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Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Written By: Youki on November 24, 2008 2 Comments

So when I read Dave’s “< ? the_last_post (); ? >” a few things ran through my head… HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey (oh the irony — “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”) and the video Rick linked above.  I also thought of Radiohead’s “Fitter, Happier” song off OK Computer in which a text-to-speech voice reads off instructions for living a fitter, happier, more productive life (presumably in an Orwellian dystopia).  Here are a few lines:

Fitter, happier, more productive,
comfortable,
not drinking too much,
regular exercise at the gym
(3 days a week),
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries ,
at ease,
eating well
(no more microwave dinners and saturated fats),
a patient better driver,
a safer car
(baby smiling in back seat),
sleeping well
(no bad dreams),
no paranoia

It wasn’t until yesterday when Usree, Dave, and I were wondering what you call people who post on FIT –  FITites?  FITians?  FITees?  FITers?

Fitter?

and then I remembered those lines again… “Fitter, happier, more productive” and everything suddenly made sense (but the kind of making sense that doesn’t really make sense).

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2 Responses to “Fitter, Happier, More Productive”

  1. daveski on: 25 November 2008 at 7:36 pm

    It’s interesting that the 3 associations are all of fairly drone male synthesized voices–do you hear *sound* when you read the < ?text();?>

    HAL is sinister; my favorite drone male synthesized voices are a bit on the lighter side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1BdQcJ2ZYY

  2. Youki on: 26 November 2008 at 6:43 am

    no, I don’t internally articulate your post as a computer voice, it’s in my normal “Youki” inner reading voice which is only half articulated. Althought it would be interesting (scary) if my inner reading voice was HAL.

    Sinister female computer voice:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthZgszykLs&NR=1
    although not really sinister. I don’t think there’s a word that can accurately describe that voice (it would make more sense if you’ve played the game).

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