The leftward and other blatherings of Span (now with Snaps!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

not udderly convinced

The About Towners revealed at dinner last night, and again on their blog last night that AJ Chesswass is merely a conceptual art project, and thus not a real person.

I guess I don't want to believe because I was duped and engaged with "him" (them), but at the same time I still have some vague nagging doubts (yes, Thomas indeed Tristan).

I'm at work so I don't have much time to investigate (and I'm also incredibly tired from taking The Man In The Comfy Chair to the A&E late last night - it seems he's going to be fine) but I did just do a quick technorati on one of the other bloggers that the About Towners say they created as part of the AJ Chesswass project, KSMilkmaid. She moved her blog from blogger to it's current location in mid-November (although it goes back to July) which would gel with Kate's claim at dinner that they had laid the ground work for about two weeks, and of course you can date blogger posts at any time in the past. However, you can see from the results for KSMilkmaid's original blogger blog, which run to three pages, that she has been blogging for much longer than a few weeks - there are links to her blogger site going back nearly three months...

So I remain slightly sceptical, at least about some of the details. I await AJ's comment that he does exist with interest.

15 comments:

Xavier said...

As you will read from our post, we decided in January to create AJ, but the groundwork was laid for two weeks. KS was an afterthought, about 4 months down the track

tze ming said...

Elizabeth Knox wrote an epic magical-realist novel about just such an elaborate fantasy-world of characters concocted by herself and her social circle. The book was Black Oxen, left famously unfinished by its own Listener reviewer (who was not me). I hope no-one expects a conclusion to this comparison.

Nice to see you last night J - and pass on thanks to the dinner-organisers. I'd go and thank them on their own blogs, if I had figured out who they were. Oh dear. I was rather tired and easily spooked, wasn't I.

Maria von Trapp said...

If you see my post Tze Ming (just click on my profile) you'll see the links to all their blogs.

Twas nice to meet you.

KSmilkmaid said...

Oh I just couldn't resist continuing to post. I mean if I am not real, it is so hard to stop a good joke right? :P This is the most hysterical thing I have ever seen.

KSmilkmaid said...

Someone tell me please should I continue to pop in and delete comments too?

servant said...

You're being had by people you obviously know and trust Span... that a bit sitnk. Allan exists.

It's a bummer that the whole thing has been diverted from discussions about very real topics because some kids wanted to play a game.

span said...

did you get my message servant?

servant said...

Havne't got anything yet. Did you send something to my hotmail?

span said...

no, via the contact box elsewhere, i will try hotmail now.

servant said...

Excuse my typing, I'm actually on the radio at the moment as well as playing round on the net. :o)

span said...

yeah i worked that out, i was listening to you earlier (first time listener, i'm more a national radio kind of gal myself)

servant said...

yeah, we're quite different from National radio! ;o)

span said...

thanks for getting back to me too

Iain said...

1) servant is real, he's on the radio - you can hear him

2) servant can vouch for me

3) subversnz is my cousin

4) subversnz can vouch for pitt

5) subversnz and myself, at least, both know Allan personally through the good ol' University days.

Summary: Allan is real. The Aboutownsfolk are lying, to eeeeveryone.

sagenz said...

span for someone so astute, what are you doing still supporting the alliance? :)