Monday, 19 November 2007

Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day

Ok - so this should have been up yesterday like I promised - but - as much as I hate to burst your bubbles - I am not Superwoman! (Shit - getting too old even to call myself 'supergirl )
Anyhoo - on to the subject in the title -
On the 8th December 2007 it will be -
(sound of drum roll)
Remember 'Talk like a pirate day'?
Well - it's a bit like that - which means that - yes - your workmates and friends will look at you as if you're insane!
But that's half the fun!!

On this day - you MUST spend the entire day in costume. And in character.

There are three possible options.

OPTION 1 - UTOPIAN FUTURE - Think Star Trek TNG or Twelve Monkeys. If you've ever seen the way 'Futurama' sees the 21st Century - then that's it!
Your job is to dress in rather anarchic clothing and speak in slang from a multitude of eras.
A few examples - Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!" - Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.
OPTION 2 - DYSTOPIAN FUTURE - More flexible than the last. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Blade Runner to Freejack to Mad Max.
The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters: - If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before. - Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off. - Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO" - Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished. - Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away.
OPTION 3 - THE PAST - This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers: - Aeroplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while. - Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic shop doors. Stay there for hours playing with it. - Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and piecings on women are particularly scary
God - that's a lot of writing
Tired now
So - over the next three weeks I'm going to have a theme - for the three weeks until December 8th i'm gonna do
Past - Present - Future
Starting with
So for the next week I'll be posting stuff relevant to the past (amongst other usual shit)
Feel free to send me any ideas for posts that you have.

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