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One Week Reminder: January 27th is the 2nd Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day - scribbles and lies

Jan. 20th, 2006

02:35 pm - One Week Reminder: January 27th is the 2nd Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day

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Some time ago, I had a dream in which everyone on LiveJournal had clearly gone insane for a day. Nobody posted about the stuff they usual do; instead, there were bizarre religious conversions for the previously-agnostic, sordid tales of perversity from the normally-vanilla, impulsive and even reckless life changes from the usually-responsible, clearly hallucinatory transformations of space and time from the completely-sober. It was a bizarre and baffling thing to read, as my friends scattered to foreign countries to pursue ridiculous careers and cavorted with assassins and joined shadowy cults and confessed to behaviors and experiences that were shocking, bizarre, unsettling: in a word, unexpected. And as difficult to understand as it was at the time, I was more than a bit sad to wake up and realize that it had been a dream, and I thought: Why not try to have a day like that for real?

So a year ago, on the 173rd birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, was the First Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day. The premise was this: For a whole day, experience some other life, perhaps in some other place or time, or perhaps as some other person. Alice chased a white rabbit down a hole and found herself in a world where none of the rules could be relied on; why not do the same?

Now it's that time again; Carroll's birthday is a week away. When you wake up on the 27th, instead of writing about your usual work and school and politics and friends and relationship and stuff, experience life down the Rabbit Hole and write about the work, the school, the politics, the friends, the relationships, the stuff that you find there instead. Travel through time. Turn into an animal. Flee from assassins. Talk to your goldfish. Conquer Greenland. Sprout some extra limbs. Learn how to walk on water. Marry an insect.

Take a break from the Every Day and write about your Rabbit Hole Day. Your normal life will be waiting for you when you get back.

If you decide to come back.

EDIT: Some badges added at http://crisper.livejournal.com/73673.html

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For consideration: as always, tell your friends. or don't, and freak them the hell out next Friday

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From:kingfox
Date:January 21st, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
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It's interesting to see what the reaction was to this last year. Some were downright hostile to the meme, others embraced it, others quite nonplussed. We'll see what happens this year.
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From:crisper
Date:January 21st, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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I think the people who were most hostile were the ones who got fooled by someone else.
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From:jbacardi
Date:January 21st, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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Looking forward to reading what people offer up! Guess I missed this one last year. I'd do it myself, but that presupposes imagination on my part...
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From:crisper
Date:January 21st, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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Leap into the hole first, find imagination when you get there!

(Golly, what a swell icon you have!)
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From:murnkay
Date:January 21st, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
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Spreading it all over as I did last sir. I hope this is as big and as much fun as it was. One of the all time great ideas here.
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From:scottopic
Date:January 27th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Following murnkay's lead, sir!
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From:jwgh
Date:January 21st, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
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There's a community created last year for this: rabbitholeday which people can post to (or not) if they participate this year, and which has some examples of what people did last year.
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From:horrorvenus
Date:January 21st, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
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You don't know me and I don't know you but, I had a great time with this last year and look forward to doing it again. Thanks!
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From:onesillymonkey
Date:January 21st, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
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Lewis Carroll and I share teh same birthday. I somehow believe that is why I love Alice in Wonderland so much (obsessed since 3 y/o)
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From:polexia420
Date:January 21st, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
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That is absolutely awesome...
Like totally and utterly.
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From:ladyperegrine
Date:January 21st, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
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I never knew who came up with that last year, but it was a blast.

Thank you. Can't wait 'til this year. :-)
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From:zweiundzwei
Date:January 21st, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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via glamourbombs (i think).

this is a WONDERFUL idea!

& i won't have computer access on january 27th. =(
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From:brokenashtray
Date:January 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this is an awesome idea. I'm absolutely telling my friends
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From:cobweb_diamond
Date:January 21st, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant! I'm spreading the word!
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From:xrian
Date:January 21st, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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We have a science teacher who declares "Entropy Day" on some random day of the school year. From the teachers who participate (it's voluntary, of course!) you can get math in history class, music in science class, economics in religion class......

P.S. Speaking of rabbit holes, that can't possibly be one of my old Girl Scout troop members from high school. I thought we were the only ones in the universe to have decided to use "Mille bornes" as a swear word....
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From:end_of_beckett
Date:January 21st, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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i am so there :) wherever "there" may be...
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From:piercedtink
Date:January 21st, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)

wow.

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okay i just wanted to tell you that this is the coolest crap i have ever heard of. .. oh man im gonna have a helllava good time doing this.. oh yah...
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From:blue_by_you
Date:January 21st, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I missed out completely last year and only heard of it this year because patricks pointed the way to this entry. It's a brilliant idea. Thank you.
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From:fishoftime
Date:January 21st, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I am so completely in. After my two exams on that day.
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From:crisper
Date:January 23rd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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Heh. Those exams ought to be interesting to hear about, who *knows* what could happen with them...
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From:inked_tears
Date:January 22nd, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
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I'm so looking forward to it. I love Alice in Wonderland. =)
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From:theotherme000
Date:January 22nd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
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That is a truly amazing idea. I like it. Will do.
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From:white_locket
Date:January 22nd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Dude..... that's awesome. I'm so participating.
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From:thunderclap8
Date:January 24th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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sign me up!
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From:greyweirdo
Date:January 24th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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Last year was great and I look forward to doing it again.
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From:silveradept
Date:January 24th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Had fun while I was at it the last time - hopefully there will be something equally as amusing ready for me on Friday. OF course, there's a chance that real life could mimic the rabbit hole, and I'd have a true story to tell...
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From:elizalavelle
Date:January 24th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
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What a great idea. I'm in for some fun :)
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From:daveroguesf
Date:January 25th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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I'm down.
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From:perfusive
Date:January 25th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
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I promise I will participate. XD
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