Robbie: “How about an online stopwatch game? We create an app where you click the mouse once to start it, and then again to try and stop it on exactly one second. Like we did as kids.”
Dylan: “Absolutely not. No one did that except probably you. Is that seriously your best idea?”
Robbie: “K, wait. How about an app that lets you send text messages from your computer?”
Dylan: “Congratulations. You just invented AOL Instant Messenger. We are so fucked.”
Last semester I was in a class called Web Applications. The entire class consisted of working with a team on building a web application of your choosing. My friend Dylan and I had teamed up, and we had no idea what we were going to do.
Dylan: “We have no idea what we are going to do.”
Robbie: “I’VE GOT IT.”
Dylan: “Oh god.”
Robbie: “What is the greatest thing on the Internet?”
Dylan: “I am so concerned about what you’re about to say.”
Dylan: “What? I’m not so sure how that’s within the specifications of the assignment…”
Robbie: “It’s brilliant! ’OUCH CHARLIE! OUCH!’ HA HA! It never gets old!”
Dylan: “Uh… We should probably keep thinking.”
It was too late. Giggling to myself, I had already begun scribbling down name and design ideas.
Dylan: “Robbie. Stop. Please explain how we’re going to make a babies app.”
Robbie: “We create a website where users can post videos, images, and stories about how weird children are. Simple and sexy.”
Dylan: “Fuck. OK. That’s not actually that bad of an idea. What are you writing? Let me see.”
Robbie: “I’m open to any other ideas.”
Dylan: “Good. Because most of these are insanely inappropriate and probably illegal. Just take off the “To Each Other” part, and I think “Children Doing Weird Things” sounds good.”
Robbie: “You’ve got to be KIDding me.”
Robbie: “That works.”
Over the course of the semester, Dylan and I went about building the website called “Children Doing Weird Things.” Our class seemed to like it and I still thought babies were hilarious, so I bought the domain and let it go live. To my surprise, yesterday (the first day) brought in over 100 visitors, and I’m getting some hysterical submissions. I’m still tweaking the site a bit, but go ahead and check it out.