I Am

Day 51. 69 pages, 34,075 words.                        

For a little while a week or two ago, there was a mini-meme [insert Austin Powers joke here] going the rounds of social media wherein one went to the Google Translate “Finnish to English” feature and wrote “Minä olen [firstname lastname]” (“I am [firstname lastname]”) and had a good laugh at how your name was translated.

This seemed to work best for Finnish names, which in a lot of cases have literal English translations that aren’t really intended to be used in place of the proper-noun name. I’ve had a chuckle about some of these before, for example a slang term like matskut translates as flavour of love.


Unfortunately, Google fixed up the name bug, so now it’s boring again. Still, for a little while it did the rounds and was mildly amusing.

I made this in remembrance.


About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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