Too few astronauts and too much sky (essay)
E2 is doomed, so they say. I'm told they've been saying it for years. I wouldn't know. What I do know is that not enough of the world knows how awesome we are. You see, noder, you and me are engaged in a battle against boredom (as exemplified by Fucking Wikipedia, or henceforth 'the enemy'), and sometimes hamsters. What we have here, what we've accumulated in the nodegel, is priceless, at least until we sell it to a Chinese internet concern. I like this place. I like it a lot. But frankly, I can't shake the feeling that we're getting our arses handed to us. We're too few astronauts, and too much sky. We have wondrous people and things here. But this is a rare case where greed is good. I don't want to always be reading writeups by the same twenty people, as talented as they are. Now, more than ever, we need new perspectives. And if that means taking people hostage, tying them to a chair and forcing them at gunpoint to node, then sign me up for the kidnapping.
I like that title, though, because it's a perfect summary of what E2 is. Maybe what it always will be. I hope so, anyway. We'll never have enough people, and that's a good thing. I don't think we can afford to be insular. I think we need to be clamouring for new people, grabbing people off the street and asking them if they can write, and if they want to, and if not, fuck them, grab the next guy. We've set out our canvas, and it's broad enough to accommodate just about everyone. That's one of the things I love about this place, even while I'm off in one corner doodling on it. The possibilities are pretty amazing, and no matter what our situation, I think it's incumbent upon us to always be hungry for new material and new challenges and new awesome.
Because... it's a big sky. Huge. And I don't think we're going to cover it all by ourselves. But even if we need a few more reckless bastards ready to strap themselves into rockets and come up to join us, and even if we don't get them... well. I'd rather be up here with you fucking noders than anywhere else. Especially Fucking Wikipedia.
Super Excellent Happy Noding Fun Time. 5/20. 1 hour 49 on the clock. Shit, shit, shit.