Funnily enough, just having come back from Turku, this video finally became available on YouTube. You may or may not remember, but back in November my friend Sara gave a TEDx talk. Here’s the link to my old post although it doesn’t say much.
Anyway, here’s the video now.
I was delighted to watch this and hope it gains some traction and attention. The Ramadan and Eid celebrations at Itis shopping mall that she mentions were a lot of fun, my family and I went there and it was very enjoyable. I couldn’t be more proud of my friend and her great contributions to modern Finnish culture.
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.