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November 15, 2004

iwanttobecool.org: 'I'm with Squip'


Ned Vizzini wrote a novel for teenagers called "Be More Chill," published earlier this year.

The book introduced squips - tiny ingestible supercomputers that give you social advice on the spot - to the world.

To market the book, he asked a friend, Adam Collett, to help him build a tongue-in-cheek website promoting squips.

The two of them built the Squipiverse (iwanttobecool.org), a virtual world devoted to all things Squip.

About half of the site's visitors believe squips are real.

To these credulous individuals, I say: you're about 20 years too early.

Now there are all kinds of sister sites, such as Squip News, which offers breaking stories and service articles.

Celebritysquip.com is devoted to musings about stars who couldn't be that cool on their own, such as Jessica Simpson.

Said Brian Heim, 14, of Dudley, North Carolina, who spends several hours a night overseeing the squip message board, "I'm stuck in this place called Dudley, which is really anti-reading and pro-hunting... I've kind of learned that cool is whatever you make cool to be."


Said Joe Stirt, of Charlottesville, Virginia, who spends several hours a day overseeing bookofjoe, "I'm struck by the fact that cool, like happiness, cannot be found by looking for it; it only appears as an incidental by-product of other activities. Thus, coolhunters and their ilk are no more than post-modern versions of religious pilgrims in the age of Chaucer, in search of the One True Cross."

[via Lynn Harris and the New York Times]

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I loved this book. I remeber while reading the book I felt as though I had become cool myself. It was liek reading a book on how to go from zero to cool kid in a certain amount of time. I especially love the charcarter developement. Jeremy is an awsome kid.

Posted by: AnimeVeev | Jul 28, 2008 4:23:29 PM

iy loved the book and i so wish that we could have squips. then the whole world wouldnt feel so left out. =]

Posted by: boiicayzay | Jun 27, 2008 10:19:20 PM

i think i need one...

Posted by: Fred | Mar 11, 2008 1:01:30 PM

Heh, that would be awesome if squips existed! I'd start saving up for one if only they were real. And who knows? Maybe by the time I'm a mom or something they really WILL available. Anyways, I can't seem to access the website. Is it down or something?

I'm sorry to inform you all that no, we don't have the type of technology that can go beyond 0s and 1s and get information from nearly any other electronic device, even if it were hundreds of miles away. Not yet, anyways. But you never know when squips will be invented.

Posted by: Leah | Feb 23, 2008 1:15:52 AM

how can I get a squip?
is it possible?

Posted by: sam | Jan 23, 2008 9:00:30 PM

pretty interesting book. haha im sure everyone wants one.

Posted by: lana | Jan 20, 2008 11:27:25 PM

omg amazing book, altough i dont know if i would want a squip myself because they become defected. and i loved that you dont know if christine believed him....it made it that much more amazing

Posted by: Angela | Jan 15, 2008 12:57:56 PM

wtf where do u get 1 from

Posted by: kenny | Jan 1, 2008 4:13:17 PM

i would love to have a squip cuz it makes you cool & u can turn it off whenever you want !!!!:-)

Posted by: Heather | Dec 30, 2007 10:22:53 PM

me to iwant a squip even though i am pretty cool already

Posted by: weezy | Dec 16, 2007 3:50:08 AM

i wonder if guys at my school have one and if i could get one with the voice of tommy lee. that would be so hot

Posted by: sandra | Oct 25, 2007 7:47:34 PM

i want a squip too and i didn't know beanie babys cost so much

Posted by: katy | Oct 25, 2007 7:44:53 PM

I loved this book.

I want a squip, and I want the voice to be Marilyn Monroe

Posted by: Annie | Aug 23, 2007 10:26:35 PM

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