The World's First Computer Holiday
a working proposal in IMHO*
I further like the idea of honoring 404 as
it’s probably the most common error transmitted over the internet:
On April 4th we can reavow our faith that the truth really might be out there, if only one can find the right search words.
On 4 of 04 we renew our positivism, knowing that when we come to a web dead-end, we never give up, never surrender. Rather, we back up and click again.
On Four-the-Fourth we rededicate ourselves to follow that Star-dot-Star *.* like Don Quixote, until reaching our quest (or the end of the Internet--whichever comes first).
On 4-0-4 we laugh at ourselves for getting angry over the Bluescreen-of-Death, the Illegal Operation, the Fatal Error and/or System Fault the machine commits when we aren't even touching it! Deus ex machina!
On IV-IV we find understanding (unlike the joke of Microsoft error message numbers).
On 404 Day we forgive all the crap that
computers, spammers, pop-up advertisers, virus spreaders, crapware coders,
etc. etc. etc. put us thru.
On the fourth day of the fourth month of
any year which can be represented digitally, we recall that an infinitude
of monkeys keying infinite wordprocessors over endless time will
recreate The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--but it's still
plagiarism! So despite the magnitude of such efforts, over-engineering
is over-engineering and GIGO is GIGO is Garbage in / Garbage Out.
In cyberspace we trust. In webmasters and ISPs we must hope.
Since every obsession thrives on the web, 404 already has a webring, as well as 404 page collectors. Consider URLs such as www.mindspring.com/~isixtyfive/404page/404_main_list.html which, since beginning this article has gone…. wait for it…. 404! How sweet is that?!?!?! Doesn’t that perfectly reflect the April Foolish quality of my proposed fest-day?
Sadly, like too many other pseudo-holidays, April 4th will be a workday unless it falls on a weekend in which case it would remain a workday to weekend workers most of whom aren't computer nerds, anyway. Oh well…
Lastly, I propose Thomas
Edison be the date's patron. This noted American
electronic tinkerer avowed:
By the way, 404 manifests off-line, as well.
On telephone systems it's: "The number you have reached is no longer in service and there is no new number. Please check the number 411 gave you and dial again."
And then there's the ultimate 404 tragicomedy,
the US Post Office:
*IMHO = In Monkey's preHensile Opinion