Musings on Photography

SoFoBoMo declared the cause of world-wide crisis

Posted in Solo Photo Book Month, whimsy by Paul Butzi on April 1, 2009

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Dateline: April 1, 2025 Geneva, Switzerland

The world’s economy braced for another 90 day SoFoBoMo shutdown today as photographers worldwide started their traditional one month preparation prior to the two month “fuzzy month window” for SoFoBoMo 2025. In further news, the Worldwide Summit on the Issues Surrounding Anthropogenic Global Photography issued its strongest statement so far against Solo Photo Book Month, the global photography phenomenon which has not only taken the world by storm but has caused environmental, political, and economic upheavals that threaten the fabric of human civilization.

Worldwide, energy providers are frantically finalizing their plans to support the global electric grid by more fully exploiting geothermal and solar power, and plans are already in place to tap the zero point energy of the universe to meet the projected demand in 2028. Concerns about the stability of the worldwide power grid escalated after last year’s near total collapse as photographers worldwide fired up computers and charged camera batteries the day before SoFoBoMo started. Experts are now suggesting the climate change precipitated by the massive power demand that occurs during SoFoBoMo will soon become permanent, and the risk of another ice age, a major concern in the recent decade, is now generally considered negligible.

Worldwide, SoFoBoMo has toppled several governments since its inception in 2008. In 2018, the government of one super-power attempted to ban participation by residents, but the ensuing protest strikes drove the government to retract the ban in less than 60 hours. In response, many oppressive governments have relaxed restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of press, unwilling to take on the powerful worldwide SoFoBoMo juggernaut. August 2019 ushered in a new era of peace in the Middle East, as all parties to the centuries old conflicts there called a three month truce so that hostilities did not interfere with the two month ‘fuzzy month’ window or the usual one month preparation time. These three month ‘fuzzy peace’ periods have done much to cool hostilities and introduce political stability in the region.

For the past six years, more than 76% of the GDP of the world’s most developed countries has been dedicated entirely to producing photo equipment and software suitable for use in SoFoBoMo, making it the engine of the most dramatic period of economic growth in human history.

Each year, however, economies worldwide are thrown into turmoil as participants scale back their work hours to free up time for their solo photo book effort. Starting from a humble beginning of 170 participants in 2008, the number of participants has roughly trebled each year. There were roughly 1.2 million participants in 2016, and in 2023 the size tipped the scales over 2.4 billion. Organizers are predicting that this year, about 99.8% of the world’s population aged four years or older will participate, with roughly 8,000,000,000 participants.

Adding to the confusion, researchers at SETI, the organization that’s been patiently waiting for signs of life outside our solar system, claim that they have received the first communication from a non-human civilization; after struggling for 9 months to decode it, SETI researchers have now concluded that the message consists of 14 billion registrations to participate in SoFoBoMo 2025.

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  1. Ove said, on April 1, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Uhm…..not to mention the economic crisis that follows immediately after the event. The sum of all countries’ BNP decreases is expected decrease by some 25% during the two months this year, resulting in a more serious depression in July than ever. Something must be done.

  2. bill said, on April 1, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Are we confident that the SETI applicants will be able to produce PDFs?

  3. Martin Doonan said, on April 1, 2009 at 2:20 am

    If only it were true…

    That’s one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while.

  4. Steve Scherbinski said, on April 1, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I think you’re going to need some bigger servers….

    That’s a lot of pdf’s to host.

  5. Martin Doonan said, on April 1, 2009 at 4:35 am

    “I think you’re going to need some bigger servers….”

    All your internets are belong to us

  6. Gordon McGregor said, on April 1, 2009 at 5:29 am

    just passed the 400 mark, huh?

  7. Andrew said, on April 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I’m glad you have a sense of humor about it. I have to admit: there are at least 3 blogs (this unfortunately being one of them) in my RSS feed reader from which I’m seriously considering unsubscribing based solely on this silly SoFoWhatEver book thing and the bloggers’ entirely overblowing its importance.

  8. Anita Jesse said, on April 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I can’t remember starting April Fool’s Day with this big a laugh. Priceless. Thank you!

  9. Rosie Perera said, on April 1, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Ha ha! Brilliant!

  10. Alex Brikoff said, on April 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    That’s great!! I love it!! SoFoBoMo is now not only an international event but an interstellar one at that! I’m glad to be a part of such an event. But you’ll have to excuse me for now, I have to go do a 60,000,000 light year service on my interstellar star cruiser. Ciao!!

  11. matt said, on April 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    EGAD! I need to stock up on canned goods and potable water. SoFoBoMo is just around the corner.

    truth be told I am looking forward to the challenge. this will be my first year trying it out. sure I may be late to the game, but at least I’m playing…


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