Everyone's talking about the recent (possible) discovery of the first potentially habitable extrasolar planet Gliese 581g. But now, Gliese 581g is talking back. Witness, the twitter account of Gliese 581g @gliese581_g:
Some sample tweets:
- This planet #cantwait to welcome my first settler! Gave up smoking carbon, picked a wallpaper, reading What To Expect When You're Habitable!
- Earth, sorry about the dinosaurs. I just wanted to surprise you with a big rock when we got engaged! #liesyoushouldntfallfor
- Earth, I like that giant wall-shaped tattoo you have in your China area. But you realize those things shift as you age, right? #justsayin
Of course, these accounts have the potential for their jokes to get old really fast, but perhaps there is something to be said for such single-minded dedication to a topic. This is essentially the argument of creative constraint. Work within some well-defined boundaries or conventions, and it can actually make you more innovative. All of Twitter, with its 140-character limitation, has this feature and is also essentially the idea behind sonnets or haikus. And LOLcats.
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