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What would Abraham Lincoln Want to Say To Us Today?
December 18, 2001 5:09 PM   Subscribe

What would Abraham Lincoln Want to Say To Us Today? is an amusing exercise over at HyperX.
posted by mathowie (18 comments total)

 
Todd's entry is not to be missed.
posted by mathowie at 5:10 PM on December 18, 2001


I'm apparently not getting it. I see a page which reads:

What would Abraham Lincoln Want to Say To Us Today?

on a light grey background. There are no links, other text, or controls. Is that all there is?

-Mars
posted by Mars Saxman at 6:03 PM on December 18, 2001


So how come it doesn't show nothin' until I click on the HyperX link? And how come that little thing blows up when you maximize it? Is it my machine? Goddamn teeny tiny blogger fonts...
posted by y2karl at 6:04 PM on December 18, 2001


Show's how most people have pretty much swallowed the K-12 version of history.


In his own words, sept. 1858 - Charleston, Illinois;

"I will say, then, that I am not, nor have ever been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races(applause); that I am not, nor have ever been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people....
And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

Lincoln was able to create common cause among the lower classes while being politically cautious. Just like polititions today, he said the right things to the right people and all along looked out for the business interests.

In a candid statement he might say, "Thank god we're still in power."
posted by a_green_man at 6:19 PM on December 18, 2001


Mars: direct link bypassing javascript that will break the layout and look screwy on all nearly resolutions but the content is intact.
posted by holloway at 6:19 PM on December 18, 2001


"Whoa, Monument Avenue in Richmond Virginia is really fucked up. I mean, you guys lost the war, you got that part right?..."
posted by machaus at 7:01 PM on December 18, 2001


I think the problem is that the text you see is actually a link, but it isn't obvious since there is no link decoration and the text color is just normal black. The link pops up a little window, and you have to click through a couple of images in that window to get to the actual entries. Really bad interface. However, Michael Williams entry is damn funny stuff.
posted by willnot at 8:11 PM on December 18, 2001


*blink*

"Why is it so dark?"

*scratch scratch*

"Why am I in a box?!"

*thump thump thump*

"For the love of God, LET ME OUT!"




Oh, come on. Someone had to do it.
posted by Grum at 8:11 PM on December 18, 2001


Scratching head. I was hoping for a lot more. Based on the link and the effort involved in the layout, I was hoping for a straight take, and nearly all of it was ironic and/or sophomoric. It's always easy to criticize, but the idea seems to have promise not borne out here - Or maybe I just need to lightern up.
posted by kokogiak at 10:40 PM on December 18, 2001


Erm, "lighten" up that is, and yes - that may be the answer as I re-read mathowie's description and note the 'amusing' bit I seem to have screened out on first glance.
posted by kokogiak at 10:44 PM on December 18, 2001


But apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?
posted by y2karl at 11:31 PM on December 18, 2001


"After all that, you put me on the PENNY?"
posted by bingo at 11:58 PM on December 18, 2001


"I would like to lay down some phat rhymes"
posted by holloway at 12:17 AM on December 19, 2001


Maybe that movie Spielberg is thinking of making about Abraham Lincoln (obligatory link to old MeFi thread) should be called "A.L.: Artificial Linc-telligence." That is, if it's real.
posted by allaboutgeorge at 3:08 AM on December 19, 2001


What would Abe say? Ask him yourself.
posted by jennyb at 4:11 AM on December 19, 2001


Even Muhammad Ali puts unlikely words in Lincoln's mouth (last bad joke).
posted by Carol Anne at 4:31 AM on December 19, 2001


"You let who choose the current president? Man..."
posted by ColdChef at 7:07 AM on December 19, 2001


Thanks, holloway.

-Mars
posted by Mars Saxman at 10:51 AM on December 19, 2001


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