Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Riverdale joins blogosphere.

I never much cared for Archie Comics, first published in 1939. But I’ve read them nearly all my life – without meaning to. Somehow, they kept coming my way and I took the path of least resistance. I’ve witnessed the changes that took place in the Gang’s lifestyle, clothes, even lingo – barring their teen ‘status’. They are sort of frozen in the Riverdale High era, wouldn’t you say? What caught my eye – and interest – in our unwitting association is the comic strip in Bombay Times this morning (Tuesday, 18 April). It shows our protagonist rushing home to read the blog of his latest date to find out if she had a good time with him. That’s one sure sign that blogs have ‘arrived’, I guess. And, Archie and the Gang, too. To update your store of Archie lore, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Comics. Did you know about the search engines named after Archie (File Transfer Protocol – “the first ever invented”), Veronica (Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Net-wide Index to Computer Archives) and Jughead (Jonzy's Universal Gopher Hierarchy Excavation And Display)? Both V and J are for Gopher Protocol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_search_engine. At http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=1990Sep11.174506.12376%40math.lsa.umich.edu&output=gplain, you can read the original USENET announcement about Archie.

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