I admit, most of the reason I signed up for twitter is because Stephen Fry is on, and I thought, what the hey. If I don’t like it, I can always remove myself from the august peerage of the Twitting hoi polloi.
Hmm. A thought just occurred to me – are people who use Twitter Twitterers, or would it be a better phrase, a mot juste, to simply call them Twits? Must think on it.
In my defense, I am as fascinated by new shiny toys as the rest… And I adore cats, as well. Like with cats, however, I prefer that my new shiny be as debugged as possible before it comes into my house.
For those of you on the frontiers of technology who have already passed the edges of light expanding past the universe, and who look back on late adopters like me with a sort of fond disdain, I say this: It is a far wiser man who lets evolution do its work before dipping his dainty toes into the genetic murk. And that stands true especially for technology.
Let me say this first: I don’t expect anyone to get me anything – we’re all broke, it’s been one hell of a tough year on the pocketbook, and if you want to give me something but can’t afford to, that’s just ducky, because you can still give me a great present: a warm friendly hug and a ‘happy holidays’.
Now as far as my wish list is concerned… I assembled the list from a peculiar perspective. “What,” I asked myself, “Would I ask Daddy Warbucks for, if I were the little orphan Annie (only male, overweight, twenty-eight years of age, modern, and, well, me)?”
This is what I came up with.
In no particular order…
Ever heard of the Algonquin Round Table?
No, it’s not a pizza joint.
It doesn’t even exist (anymore, anyway)
The Algonquin Round Table was a somewhat controversial and elite gathering of a a celebrated group of New York’s finest writers, critics, actors and wits.
“In its ten years of association, the Round Table and a number of its members acquired national reputations both for their contributions to literature and for their sparkling wit. Although some of their contemporaries, and later in life even some of its members, disparaged the group, its reputation has endured long after its dissolution.” – Wikipedia
And Nieman Marcus is offering to help you and a guest recreate the feel by having dinner and hobnobbing with a large group of New York’s finest intellectual glitterati. ( …for the low, low price of $200,000.00 ) No Joke.
I’m not that picky though. Give me a night at Stephen Fry’s house.
Acceptable guest list entries include:
any and/or all of the Pythons (except ‘the dead one’, although I’m sure he’s fun at parties) with a particular preference for Micheal Palin or John Cleese, although I admire all of the pythonians individually as well as en masse ^^….
Jeremy Clarkson (who has a clever mind and has had many interesting experiences… just like the lot of these guests and the host, actually…. hmm. I sense a theme here.)
John Sessions (a fantastically intelligent and very funny man, although not very well known on this side of the pond)
Her Royal Majesty’s Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown.
Roland Fryer, Jr. , hotshot economist tenured at Harvard University
Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner and American Secretary of Energy
Daniel Nocera, MIT chemist and discoverer of a cheap method for making hydrogen fuel from water
Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller – Biogeneticists and sequencers of the wooly mammoth genome
Nicholas Christakis, sociologist and physician at Harvard University
members of the writing staff for the Daily Show or the Colbert Report … (I’ll take the green-horn intern if I have to… ^^)
Hugh Laurie – because, well, he’s Hugh Laurie. Not because he’s in House, although the show is good. Actually I’m inviting him because (like a lot of the rest of the list) he’s multi-talented, possessing a keen wit, rapier tongue, musical talent, and a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience.
Last, and in first place, Host and intellectual agent provocateur, Stephen Fry.
There are tons more, but these are some of the major ones, and would produce in any configuration a lively, unforgettable night of discussion and debate, wit and repartee. Screw the literary snobs. Give me scientists, great thinkers, and comedians any day.
As far as dining… oh, I don’t know… How much do you think it would cost to have Alton Brown teach us how to cook our own dinner?
Umm… I just realized that all of the other crap I wanted would be nothing compared to this.
Here’s some Stephen Fry at his comedic best, hosting the fantastic british quiz show, QI.
And because I firmly believe in the beauty of irony, here’s a little something I stumbled onto on youtube… I hear there’s going to be a ringtone out any time now…
okay, okay… last bit…. but only because it involves Jesus, custard, and gay innuendo. ^^
I simply adore Mr. Fry’s perspective here, especially the analogy between science and software law. take a peek.
Look, I know I’m biased. I’m gay, an Anglophile, and an atheist… not to mention passingly fond of good acting, tasteful and well-turned phraseology, and cunning, cutting, catty humour.
All that said, well… I adore Stephen Fry. He’s one of the few people who give me hope. Hope that intelligent people have not completely disappeared from public view. Hope that more brave and daring people like him will stand up to speak for what is right and just, against that which is hypocritical and false. Hope that I, bipolar, gay, and atheist though I am, might yet have some sort of positive effect on this wondrous world we live in.
Mr. Fry, I salute you.
To learn more about Stephen Fry, you can go to these sites, and I highly recommend that you do ^^
Stephen Fry’s official site, created and maintained by himself and… someone else… ^^
And an example for those of you who haven’t seen him in action… culled from many, many examples, and not by far the best, but simply the one I chose. ^^