Sunday, February 15, 2009

And Now, for Something Completely Different: How Creep Out Your Roommate

"10 Ways To Creep Out Your Roommate" (July 19, 2007)

"10) Collect potatoes. Paint faces on them and give them names. Name one after your roommate. Separate your roommate's potato from the others. Wait a few days, and then bake your roommate's potato and eat it. Explain to your roommate, He just didn't belong.

"9) Move everything to one side of the room. Ask your roommate if he knows how much an elephant weighs, and look at the floor on the empty side of the room with concern.

"8) Draw a tiny black line on your nose...."

If this looks familiar, it should: I posted about a longer list in 2007: Eight of the ten items in 'CrazyPiglet' are exact copies of the 100 list. #8, that "line on your nose" item was changed a little from the 100 list. In the longer list it was: "13. Draw a tiny, black spot on your arm. Make it bigger every day. Look at it and say, 'It's spreading, it's spreading.' "

And, #1 from the list of ten is identical, except that the list of 100 has the phrase Rice Krispies in quotes.

Two of five favorites I mentioned from the 100 list in 2007 made it into Crazy Piglet's list: and CP included one that I liked from the 100 list, but didn't mention back then: "6) Collect hundreds of pens and pile them on one side of the room. Keep one pencil on the other side of the room. Laugh at the pencil." (23 in the longer list.)

Can You Say, "Intellectual Property Rights?"

The '100 list' is undated, but the page has a very clear "© Matt Simerson 1999-2004" at the bottom.

Crazy Piglet's post is dated July 19, 2007. It's funny, and I don't have a problem with someone doing a 'best of' review.

But, I'd be more impressed with Crazy Piglet, if whoever made that post had at least acknowledged the source.

I've got some pretty well-defined opinions about intellectual property rights, and have posted about them from time to time:

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