November 16th, 2003

treguard

Phone Post:

VoicePost
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“[fx: Nokia ring tone]

[shouted] HELLO!

[pause]

[shouted] WHAT?

[pause]

[shouted] NO, I CAN'T HEAR YER.

[pause]

[shouted] I'M ON LIVEJOURNAL PHONEPOST.

[pause]

[shouted] I'M ON... LIIIIIVEJOUOUOUOUOURNAL.

[pause]

[shouted] WHAT?

[pause]

[shouted] NO, IT'S RUBBISH.

[pause]

[shouted] I CAN'T HEAR YER.

[pause]

[shouted] YOU'RE BREAKING UP...

[pause]

[shouted] YOU'RE BREA[cuts off]”

Transcribed by: multiple users


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I think there's got to be a new LiveJournal sport: getting celebrities to leave an audio autograph on your LiveJournal. What I anticipate is that you have a cellphone which is set to dial the PhonePost number; when you encounter a celebrity - as you do - you dial up and then get the celebrity to say "Hi, I'm (eg) Neil Gaiman and you're listening to me on jiggery_pokery's LiveJournal". You should ideally also capture video and audio of the celebrity doing this as proof that it really is the celebrity rather than some impersonator.

Of course, we can award points according to the size of the celebrity. I'll start the bidding: 10 points for Tim Berners-Lee, 15 points for Dan Radcliffe, 20 points for Neil Gaiman, 25 points for Tom Cruise, 30 points for Jo Rowling. (I suppose The Leaky Cauldron can claim the JKR 30 already, but it's not a personal LJ so it doesn't count.) Of course, you only get the full score for being the first person to hit a particular celebrity - so when someone takes credit for Neil Gaiman, which will probably be in the next week and a half, the second person to get an audio autograph from him only earns one-quarter credit, the third person gets one-ninth credit and so on.

It's also fun to assign points to even more minor celebrities - to work out who might be worth fewer points than ten. As a guideline, if the celebrity has a LJ themselves, then they aren't a celebrity. (People with weblogs which can be followed on LJ, potential celebrity; people with LJs, not a celebrity. Sorry.) Nominations for one-point celebrities are most welcome; I suggest Ben The Boffin. And, indeed, Dom Joly.
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