I had some really elaborate April Fools joke planned out for today. I wanted to make a cryptic post here, that would link to some random page outside of the blog. I was actually thinking about registering a really weird domain name for this purpose. The linked page would have more cryptic gibberish on it – something among the lines of the infamous time cube thing. Only it would make more sense. I even started writing random verbiage half inspired by House of the Leaves (which I reviewed recently). The page would include some clues that would lead you to another page, where there would be a block of text that would need to be decrypted. I’d probably use some commonly available symmetric cipher such as DES for example. I would probably have to base64 encode it before posting it – maybe not. I don’t remember if DES outputs weird characters by default. As you can see, I really didn’t think it through that closely. I could always find an algorithm that would spit out ASCII friendly ciphertext.
Anyway, the decryption key of course would be here, in the initial post – I’d probably make it bold, or different color or something. But you wouldn’t know that it was important until you found the encrypted page. Once you would decrypt the text, it would give you last final URL, which would redirect you to a… Rick Roll.
Yeah, that was my master plan – make you follow vague clues, and do all this work only to expose you to the oldest meme still in existence. Fortunately half way through implementing this deranged plan it dawned on me that no one in their right mind would actually bother with it. I would do all this work, and likely no one would actually complete all the cryptic steps required to be rick-rolled. It would be like this XKCD comic with the strange wood shavings.
So I stopped myself. Besides, seeing how rickrollig is pretty much mainstream these days, every idiot on the internet is going to be doing it today. So screw it. I’m not going to fall into the group think and do what everyone is doing. I’m not going to rickroll you. I’m not going to trick you to see goatsey or tubgirl. I’m going to be my own man, put my foot down and not make any jokes, pranks or silly crap today.
Out of curiosity though – how many times have you been rickrolled today? I’m guessing you have survived at least 1 or two attempts before you even got to this blog. Let me know in the comments!
Oh, and also share your April Fools pranks and jokes. We already covered few good ones when we talked about office pranks. Feel free to share yours.
Oh, and a quick announcement – since I posted this today, there will be no post tomorrow (Thursday). We will be back on schedule on Friday.
Also, I have to quit blogging for a little while, because fighting crime as Batman is eating up all my free time these days.