The Further You Go, the More Meta It Gets
Sunday, April 24, 2011 9:59:00 PM
For example, digital suffocation is the agonizing state of an Internet addict when the connection is down. In desperation, like a fish gulping air, they try to get the last out of any available backup connections, be it GPRS or a modem for voice lines. The philosopher's pencil is a legendary writing utensil which turns any scribbler's drivel into a literary masterpiece. In futile search of such a pencil, adventurers have tried hundreds of material combinations for the core and casing. And what do you think edible committee might be?
Here is another game. Each thinks of a comparative phrase starting with the word “the”. When they say their halves together, they sometimes end up with complete nonsense, and sometimes with a surprisingly apt aphorism, and the latter happens more often than you'd think it would.
Some examples. The more you earn, the deeper the disappointment. The narrower the eyes, the higher the GDP. The smaller the penis, the greater the need for money. The harder you try, the more you're screwed. The more you study, the dumber the jokes.
This game uses the formula “The [comparative] X, the [comparative] Y”. Similar games can be constructed using other formulae, for example, “A for B is like C for D”. One says a phrase of the form “A for B”, and the other has to complete it with “is like C for D”. This way, you come up with maxims like: A man for a lesbian is like meat for a vegetarian. Or take, for example, the formula “X is not Y, [negation of a property]”. A cucumber is not a flower, can't give it to a girl. Or “X is not Y. Nothing is Y but Y”. Life is not all beer and skittles. Nothing is beer and skittles but beer and skittles.
Have you tried all these games, but the road ahead is still long? Try the ultimate entertainment: the meta-game! One says a phrase beginning with “One says…”, and the other has to complete it with “and the other has to…” so as to make the rules of a word game. Then you try the new game, and if it's good, post its rules as a hint on how to while away the time in a long road trip.
All examples are taken from real word games which Kristina and I were playing during our Scandinavian road trip. Thank you for the great company, my dear friend! Driving around the world won't be boring with you.
По-русски: Чем дальше едешь, тем больше «мета»