Indigo Editor’s Blog – 736
Well, it’s finally here. 2012. The big one. It’s event after event this year: the Olympic Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the US Presidential election, and, erm, Steps’ comeback UK tour… and we can’t forget the Sequoia, the supercomputer to be completed this year whose performance will be measured in ‘Petaflops.’ I’m not sure what a Petaflop is exactly, but I think we can all agree that it’s pretty hilarious. So much excitement is in store, readers, that here at indigo it’s difficult for us to sit still. We’re approaching the New Year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and in the most avuncular of ways, we hope you are too.
There’s so much change to get used to – from our new Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, to Facebook’s Timeline, a feature that should have the tagline ‘all the better to stalk you with’. Facebook’s other venture, the lame attempt at keeping up with Twitter’s trend monitoring by helpfully announcing “Joe Bloggs and twenty others posted about Christmas” hasn’t added much to the mix either. But hey, we’re all about encouragement, and we say: Well done Facebook, the Timeline is amazing. Especially the emotional video about growing up with Facebook. That really touched the cockles of our metallic, bleeping hearts. Naaaaat. What we really saw was good material for a new episode of ‘Black Mirror’.
In the words of Alphonse Karr, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In one obvious instance, people are still making unachievable New Year’s resolutions. To quit smoking, (you already would have if you wanted to) to drink less, (but you’re at uni!) to exercise more (Why? Just why?) We’ve kept it simple. indigo’s New Year’s resolution is to be even more awesome. It’s a toughie, but we’re feeling pretty confident about it. We just have to ask ourselves, “What would Chuck Norris do?” and life is a whole lot simpler. Nay, readers, I jest. Obviously we’d be asking what Oprah would do. All right, I’ll stop. Seriously though, our goal is to be as relevant as possible to you, the students of Durham, because without you, there wouldn’t be an indigo.
However much Durham life is to change in 2012, from the management changes at Klute and Studio to those pesky, happiness-stifling resolutions, it seems best to approach the New Year with the kind of unfettered optimism that we routinely use to build ourselves up for Christmas. Why burn out now? Why not power on through? There are always reasons to be cheerful. Yes, the festive season might have left you out of pocket; yes, another term means another mountain of work, but then again, indigo is back too to provide you with the perfect procrastination tool. Sit back, relax, get yourself a cup of tea and let us help put things in perspective. Or rather, out of perspective. You know what I mean.