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My Big Fat Redundant Idea
You know what the problem with the Internet is? It's that every knucklehead with a great idea can go online and blab about it. So, now, whenever I have a great idea, and I search Google to make sure that I am the first person ever to think of it, I always wind up with, like 74,000 hits. Lame. Remember when you were a kid and you would say "blander-la blander-la gnart!" and touch a tree, and then think "I am the first person in the history of the world to ever say 'blander-la blander-la gnart!' and touch this tree' and how that made you feel all special? Not any more! Now you enter "blander-la" into Google and the first thing you'll find is some idiot's blog entry about how he said that exact same thing while touching your tree seven months ago.
I started thinking about this yesterday, when I had this hil-lare-ious idea of taking the movie poster for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Photoshopping it so that it contained pictures of Bill Gates and Keven Smith and whatever, and then renaming it My Big Fat Geek Wedding! Ha! But then I foolishly decided to search Google for the phrase "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" and found out that I am the last person on Earth to think of this. Stupid search engine.
Or here's another. The other day my friend and I were eating Hatian Grand Slams at Denny's, and he, my friend, was all like "hey, do you think that x to the nth power plus y to the nth power could possibly equal z to the nth power if x, y, and z are non-zero intergers, and n is greater than two?" And I said "no way, dude, because all semistable elliptic curves with rational coefficients are modular, so if n were greater than 2" blah blah blah. Well it doesn't really matter what I said because it's all moot!! After dinner I was, like, "I bet I'm the first person to figure that out! I'm going to write about that on my blog." But then I checked Google, and it turns out that some joker named Andrew Wiles said the exact same thing a while ago, the jerk.
So the moral of this story is: if you have a great idea, don't be selfish and put it on the web or tell anyone about it.Posted on October 18, 2002 to Favorite Posts