Re: Effective Communication

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Ogged's mom really knows how to get maximum effect from the analogy ban.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 2:36 PM
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All right-thinking people should love Ogged's mom. Ogged is not her fault; things like that happen.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:01 PM
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I dated a Cambodian girl whose heavily accented mom would use the "oh, she must have misunderstood me" gambit to great effect: when buying (say) tires, the salesperson would quote one figure, and she would agreeably name a completely different, lower figure. After a few go-rounds the salesperson would usually give up on communicating with the apparently uncomprehending foreigner and sell her the tires for whatever she was willing to pay.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:02 PM
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Your mom should start a blog.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:05 PM
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All right-thinking people should love Ogged's mom.

O, hai ogged!

I'm in ur momz house, luvvin ur mom.


Posted by: a right-thinking person | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:05 PM
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Ogged mom should blog here!


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:06 PM
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Brock says, in his heavily accented English.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:09 PM
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Ogged's mom and Becks's mom should start a group blog.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:19 PM
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Ogged already asked his mom to stop blogging here. No more Bob.


Posted by: DaveB | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:34 PM
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8: It could consist of all the emails forwarded to them by their children. payitforwardbackward.blogspot.com, or something like that.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:34 PM
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I wonder what Gilbert Arenas would have to say about ogged's mom.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:35 PM
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Only one way to find out.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:37 PM
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Gilbert Arenas has never seen Ogged's Mom. People talk about Ogged's Mom all the time, but really they're just thinking of their own mom. He calls it, "Invasion of Your Own Mom."


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:37 PM
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13: so, wait, there is no Ogged's mom?

Something's funny, here.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:39 PM
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As far as Arenas is concerned.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:39 PM
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Haha. You thought that Gilbert was just talking about your mom. But he was actually, secretly talking about a particular Iranian Mom. But he has to say it's your mom, so he doesn't get in trouble with his sponsors.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:41 PM
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Oh, I just know he ain't talking about my mom.


Posted by: Nakku | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:44 PM
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Ogged is not her fault; things like that happen.

My junior-high math teacher, to me: "Your mom is so sweet, there must be a nugget of goodness in you somewhere."


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:46 PM
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Wait, Ogged is Iranian?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:46 PM
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19: The analogy is clear, I thought.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:47 PM
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J.P. (who comments here sometimes, and guest-blogs at B's) has a mother who blogs.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:48 PM
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Ogged's mama's so sweet, she makes everybody think There Must Be a Nugget of Goodness Inside You. (There Must Be a Nugget of Goodness Inside You is an unpublished, romantic thrill-ride by ogged's junior-high math teacher, Fleatrice.)


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:50 PM
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Doesn't w-lfs-n's mom lurk here? Or is that a layer of the w-lfs-n's Mom joke?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:56 PM
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Matt Weiner's mom used to lurk here.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:57 PM
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That's a joke. L.'s mom used to comment occasionally, but I haven't seen her around in quite a while.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 3:58 PM
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25 to 23.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:00 PM
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That's a joke.

Wait, what? Obviously you're in a position to know, but I thought there were some non-joke posts after Matt linked her poetry. Maybe that was on his own blog...


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:00 PM
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All right-thinking people should love Ogged's mom.

Seriously. At a minimum, you should wonder why ogged is so committed to her unhappiness.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:05 PM
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20 - Ogged's mom is a shark that breaks into people's houses? That's some scary shit. No wonder the Scientologists wouldn't mess with her.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:05 PM
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28 = teh funny.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:06 PM
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Contrary to what most people say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:11 PM
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From the short story "The Greatest Game", I am led to believe that the most dangerous animal in the world is a shark on a Cape buffalo's back, armed with lasers.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:26 PM
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Ogged used to claim that DominEditrix is my mom. But she actually isn't.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:28 PM
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33: Take heart, w-lfs-n. I believe Jack Nicholson endured a similar revelation, and yet he's had a pretty good life.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:31 PM
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31: No, no, no. You mean a bear holding a shark.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:56 PM
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Toon.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 4:59 PM
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Your mother sounds adorable, Ogged. You should get her something nice, like a rug.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 5:12 PM
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33: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child...


Posted by: DominEditrix | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 5:20 PM
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34: On the contrary, I heard that Jack Nicholson is still quite bitter over the fact that DominEditrix isn't his mother.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 5:37 PM
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Ogged's mom and Becks' mom and my mom should start a blog.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 5:57 PM
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That's not the Valve?


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 6:13 PM
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If there is an Unfogged meetup that involves Ogged's mom, I am there.

By the way, the Unfogged Logan Airport meetup was spectacular. We ate at Legal Seafood until 11:15 pm. We snuck our own bottle of Fine Malbec into the restaurant. Tons of fun was had by all.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 6:18 PM
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That story reminded me of a great sketch from Chris Morris's Jam, about an agency that hires out dim people to argue on behalf of clients "because they're too thick to realise they've lost". Video here.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 7:35 PM
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This link should work.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 7:37 PM
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By the way, the Unfogged Logan Airport meetup was spectacular. We ate at Legal Seafood

You guys met at Logan? You're kidding.

You are kidding. Really? And I haven't been to Legal Seafood in a million years.

Hey. Is the so-called No-Name Restaurant still around? It's on some pier somewhere.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 7:42 PM
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Parsimon, they tried and tried to call you.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 7:44 PM
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re: 43

That sketch isn't/wasn't really funny for me. Sometimes I feel I know way too many people who are exactly like that. There's nothing more enraging than getting into an argument (political or philosophical) with someone and totally kicking their ass and them just refusing to give up. Not through sheer stubbornness, as such, but through a total lack of awareness that they've lost.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 7:50 PM
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I am putting myself up for adoption ...


Posted by: swampcracker | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 8:56 PM
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I fear my mom might be going off the deep end. She just emailed to ask if she could stay with me in NYC so she can go to this.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:00 PM
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Wow, it's like an all-star lineup of the world's most irritatingly self-righteous atheists.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:06 PM
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I wonder why Dawkins isn't there.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:09 PM
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50 - Bingo!


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:10 PM
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Don't stereotype, Teo. They're annoying people, not annoying "atheists".


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:11 PM
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They're annoying people who happen to be atheists.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:15 PM
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The warm cuddly atheists should enhance their media presence. Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson can be the spokesbabes, preferably wearing skimpy, non-annoying, warm, cuddly outfits.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:40 PM
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The presence of Hitchens and Dershowitz at the same event is compelling evidence of the existence of hell.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 08- 2-07 9:49 PM
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Parsimon:

The meetup mostly consisted of my family and me. I am certain that there were some other Unfoggers there who were scared to say the secret identifying code.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 08- 3-07 8:22 AM
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There's nothing more enraging than getting into an argument (political or philosophical) with someone and totally kicking their ass and them just refusing to give up.

Yes!

This is only slightly more annoying than having an argument in which the other person keeps trying to claim that ground that is being debated has been conceded.

"I can't believe you tried to defend X"
"I didn't try to defend X, I said Y."
"But Y implies X."
"I didn't concede that, I believe I can argue Y without defending X."
....
"I can't believe you're defending X."
rinse, lather, repeat.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 08- 3-07 12:15 PM
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