The Other I

March 21, 2010

An analysis of very little things

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:47 pm

I read a quote last night in a recent edition of The Economist from the dullest blog in the world.  Here’s the quote:

“I noticed that the doormat was at a slightly crooked angle.  I reached down and moved the mat back into its correct place.”

That is the entire post for the day.  Truly fascinating, no?

The Economist suggests the blog is a satirical comment on some of the more inane blogs on the internet.  I immediately began to examine my own conscience. Does my blog belong in the category of the “inane”?

In self-defence I launched into 24 hours of amateur philosophizing on the inaneness of much of our essential tasks every day, and upon which our very existence depends.

The problem as I see it is that if you chop anything up into small enough pieces, it loses the meaning it has in the larger picture.   For example

  • straightening a doormat as part of cleaning the hall or covering up evidence of a murder means one thing.  Straightening it 5 or 6 times a day seems merely obsessive.
  • dicing an onion for a stew gives it a different meaning than dicing it to bring tears to my eyes as a gesture of sorrow.
  • a smile of kindness might be transforming;  smiling at myself in a mirror usually does not possess quite the same potential.
  • we are all made of very small molecules which are comprised of atoms which themselves are made of a whole handful of even smaller particles which, whatever else they are, do not constitute you or me.

So I went to The dullest blog in the world and read as many posts as I could bear which was about three.  They are exquisitely, utterly dull.  But any one of them could be made into a superb line either to begin or end a novel or short story.   It’s just a question of putting them in a different context.

So hurrah for the inane little things in life.  Without them, there wouldn’t be any big things at all.

Although, come to think of it, there might be an awful lot of obsessive-compulsives.



  1. I find these incredibly funny! Thank you for the laugh. I hope there’s a movie version!


    Comment by jooliedee — March 24, 2010 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed them. I thought they were funny too, and discovered that I could produce them at the rate of knots. (Do you think I could write the script for the movie?)


      Comment by theotheri — March 25, 2010 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  2. oops! I was obviously commenting on *his* blog and not *your* blog.

    I do love this blog though. It makes me think that for matter to matter, we have to add meaning, and for meaning to have meaning, we have to add matter.

    Or maybe that’s just me being inane.


    Comment by jooliedee — March 25, 2010 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  3. (and if you write the movie script to his blog, I’ll do the special effects.)


    Comment by jooliedee — March 25, 2010 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • Okay, it’s a deal: I’ll write the script if you do the special effects (straightening the floormat, for instance?) From what I’ve seen, somebody might actually decide to make a video of that blog and put it on U-tube. Apparently there is a 30-minute video taken by a car driving along the M25 – the major ring road around London.


      Comment by theotheri — March 27, 2010 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

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