Suomi mobile giant Nokia and American tech behemoth Intel have come up with a brilliant idea. It has something to do with a bunch of gibberish about building a, "Linux-based software platform designed to work across a range of hardware architectures and devices including mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems" ...Blah blah blah.
But Xenu knows we don't care about any of that nonsense.
What tickles our starboard synapses, of course, is what these madmen have decided to call their little project: MeeGo.
Lest one think our nerdery has gone beyond the limits of salubrity in celebrating this unlikely nomenclatural coincidence, rest assured that we were not the first to take notice or rejoice in this obscure triumph for Lovecraft fans everywhere.
Just yesterday, Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe wrote the following for ZDNET UK in their article entitled, "When product naming clashes with H.P. Lovecraft":
H.P Lovecraft's dark, weird fantastic fiction has become the first open source literature, where other writers have taken his mythos and his nihilistic view of human life in a dark and hostile universe and run with it.The same day another techie blogger asked the one question we all knew was coming: "Could Mi-go be the the MeeGo mascot?!"
Perhaps it is a vision of a dark and hostile mobile future, dominated by uncaring monstrosities that has driven Intel and Nokia to give their new mobile OS joint venture a name that comes straight from the pages of Lovecraft (or near enough for most purposes). It's just that the name they've chosen, MeeGo, is far too close to that of an animated, intelligent, malevolent fungus, the Mi-Go. It's not quite the image we'd associate with a powerful high-tech operating system, designed to power Moorestown devices.
Our answer? Only if they make it in plush, as the hideous likenesses of all good interplanetary space beings ought to be.