This post is recycled, and was originally published on my former weblog on Saturday 2005-02-26 at 18:08:45. I tweaked some grammar and spelling here and there, but I resisted the urge to rewrite this entry almost entirely. I did not, however, refrain from commenting on myself. Sensitive souls beware: I added some brand new explicit content.
This is the only signature I had which really liked. It looks like a quote from someone famous at first sight , or just a good old expression (you know, like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”), but it is entirely a product of my brain. I don’t find that so very surprising all by itself; in what may be a form of narcissism, I say things I consider quotable quite often. But still, this particular “quote of my mind” has a sort of uniqueness over it.
You should also know something about my browsing behavior to understand a bit about what happened when the quote came to me. I seldom browse with less than four pages open. I basically just open what I find interesting and then read what I have opened one by one, or close it quickly if I see it is not what I expected it to be. I also start writing a reply to something, to interrupt it by going to some other page, after which I will continue writing the reply.
The situation where the general idea came into my mind was like this. I was filling in profile information on some site (I don’t remember which one, but it doesn’t matter) and I came to the signature part. I could use the quote which I made up with my Chicken avatar (“The chicken and the egg came at the same time”), but I wanted something new. Something catchy. So I decided to go to another site. Meanwhile, I could think about my signature.
It was quite a strange site I visited. A UFO related site, where they argued that UFOs actually were some kind of new technology from the Third Reich, whose descendants still resided on Antarctica. Utter nonsense and therefore enjoyable. But then suddenly this thought came into my mind, because of the combination between World War II and UFOs. Why haven’t aliens contacted us? If they’ve observed us they must have noticed the bloodbaths of Alexander, the expansion and fall of the Roman empire, the Conquistadors, Napoleon, and most important, World War II. So yes, obviously alien life is intelligent; if they weren’t, they would have contacted us. Intelligent alien life does exist, otherwise they would have contacted us.
And there it was. The perfect signature. I had exactly the kind of bad quote I wanted my signature to be. I still like it.