Today is Halloween. People in the USA, UK and many other countries will be having fun dressing up, trick-or-treating and partying. There will be people dressed as fried calamari, computers, dinosaurs, space men, politicians, Indiana Jones and towers of Ferrero Rocher. There will be amazing carved pumpkins with designs from the death star to bowling balls to popular television personalities.
It’s an exciting time for anyone. We’re planning on carving up some pumpkins in the office this afternoon, and we all arrived to find sweets and spider webs on our desks.
The different thing about it these days, though, is that today (the only Halloween) is only the start of the event. As more and more awesome costumes and pumpkins arrive on flickr and digg, it’ll take them a few days to reach the top of ‘explore’ or the front page. Halloween will last four or five days.
Christmas will last until mid January, thanks to this ‘digital delay’.
It’s slightly ironic, too, that all this technology that has made things easier and faster in so many ways has now overloaded us and it actually takes more time now for our trusted filters like ‘explore’ or digg to deliver the information we see. Without them, though, we’d be living in the dark ages… right?
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