Re: I Just Set It Off For The Third Time Today

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I'll admit to stealing the Greyskull line from a friend. But now I can't not do it.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:56 PM
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Gawd, I love Skelator. And you should be going with "For the honor of Grayskull," She-Ra.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:00 PM
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You could also just put tape over its sensor.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:02 PM
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Way to suck the whimsy right out of that, Ben.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:10 PM
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Hey, it's something I'm good at. Ask M/tch.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:13 PM
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And you should be going with "For the honor of Grayskull," She-Ra.

Sexist.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:13 PM
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My favorite line for that is, 'The power of Greyskull compels you! The power of Greyskull compels you!'


Posted by: Nbarnes | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:14 PM
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I had a car named She-Ra.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:18 PM
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"I realized" s/b "Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me"


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:19 PM
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Sexist.

Mostly I just wanted to use "She-Ra," which I use in real life all the time. Becks should choose the character she wants, of course.~


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:21 PM
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The smoke alarm in my last apartment went off reliably every time I made toast or turned the oven on to over 400 degrees. Naturally, the one time I had an honest-to-god trash fire in the apartment, not a peep.

He-Man was kinda hot in a dumb jock sort of way, but the father and son team in The Herculoids offered so much more for your Saturday morning animated scifi beefcake desires, if you ask me.


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:23 PM
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I wonder where He-Man and Skeletor work out.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:24 PM
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Skeletor doesn't look that muscular to me.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:25 PM
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11: dude you had a crush on Zandor?!? That's so... I don't even know what that is.

"Is it hot in here, or is it just me?"
"Yes, Zok, I agree with you!"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:26 PM
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Musculor is another character entirely, you ignoramus.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:26 PM
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12: You know they're juiced, right? Which reminds me....


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:26 PM
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Everyone has heard the famous He-Man quiz, right?

Question 1: what is the name of the man-at-arms who is allied to He-man?

Question 2: what is the name of the sorceress who is allied to He-man?


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:27 PM
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I haven't heard that.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:33 PM
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Is this another "Family Circus" moment?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:34 PM
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Oh god, Jeffy's got a gun.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:35 PM
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Do you know the answers, oppressor?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:35 PM
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Once, I was in a sorta-relationship that, for a variety of drama-related reasons, had to be concealed. In fact, it just so happened that only three others shared the secret. I couldn't stop reciting the He-Man monologue for that whole summer. Poor Colleen pretty much ended up as Orko.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:37 PM
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Man-at-Arms's real name is Duncan, isn't it?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:38 PM
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I've never heard 17.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:40 PM
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Question 1: what is the name of the man-at-arms who is allied to He-man?

Answer: "Man-at-Arms"

Question 2: what is the name of the sorceress who is allied to He-man?

Answer: "The Sorceress"


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:42 PM
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But mrh is correct that Man-at-arms is also known as Duncan


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:43 PM
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Wikipedia says mrh is right about Duncan.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:44 PM
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The figure was originally just "man at arms." The point is: not a lot of creativity in the He-Man universe. I hope all good-hearted people can agree that Thundarr regins supreme among the 1980s Conan knock-offs.


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:50 PM
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I've never heard of Thundarr. I guess SB is going to deport me now.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:51 PM
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Did someone say Family Circus?

14: it's all about the 2-for-the-price-of-one bonus, don't you see? And while Gloop and Gleep didn't look like much, you have to think they could get into the darndest places. IYKWIM.

(although now that I've had a chance to google on down memory lane, the Herculoid boys could both use a haircut, and maybe a more modern cut to their loincloths)


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:52 PM
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For years, I thought the awkwardly muscular bodies and poop-my-pants running style was because Ralph Bakshi had hired body-builders as his templates. I must've told this to fifty people. Via the link in 27, I learn that Bakshi did Mighty Mouse in the '80s, not He-Man. Damn it, now people'll think I'm a liar.


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:53 PM
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The point is: not a lot of creativity in the He-Man universe.

In an age of baroque frippery, it takes creativity to reduce things to the essentials.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:54 PM
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30: Tundro shared your feelings.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:54 PM
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In retrospect, The Herculoids was clearly beginner gay porn.


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:58 PM
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Would Igoo the rock ape be like a... bear, you'd say?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:00 PM
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Did someone say Family Circus?

Why yes, somebody did.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:00 PM
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I bet it's not all that funny.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:02 PM
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We had this problem. A tightly wrapped plastic bag around it will deal with the issue. The trick is remembering to take the bag off.


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:03 PM
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The Family Circus: all purpose parody substrate.


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:04 PM
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We had this problem. A tightly wrapped plastic bag around it will deal with the issue. The trick is remembering to take the bag off.

Klug's absolutely right. You will get all sorts of uncomfortable questions at the morgue if you omit the last step.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:05 PM
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Would Igoo the rock ape be like a... bear, you'd say
No belly to speak of, but I could buy that. Certainly one hard monkey, at the least.

Things I did not know, from the Ralph Bakshi Wikipedia page:
1) He's still alive,
2) He was born in Palestine.

This, on the other hand, is no surprise:
When it was originally released, the film Coonskin was seen as being racist. During a showing at the Museum of Modern Art...[there were protesters], led by a young Al Sharpton, none of whom had seen the movie.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:07 PM
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28 made me realize I was thinking of the wrong character as "Man-at-arms." I was thinking that was the name of the dude with the big metal fist. But that would have been too subtle.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:10 PM
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dammit

41 = me


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:12 PM
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Fisto! Another great example of He-Man creativity. Also, "Evil-Lyn": the evil woman.


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:24 PM
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Fisto? There was a Fisto? Okay, maybe ALL those shows were beginner gay porn.


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:28 PM
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I didn't like the He-Man cartoon but they had the best action figures. I mean, the one with the four faces that you could pick? The one that slimed? The one that smelled like a skunk? All awesome.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:32 PM
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KINKY gay porn, at that.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:34 PM
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Does this guy look gay to you?


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:36 PM
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He-Man is also a cat person.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:40 PM
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Still one of my favorite Youtube vids, Brokeback Snake Mountain.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:41 PM
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Wasn't it here that I first saw The Nietzsche Family Circus?


Posted by: Trevor | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:44 PM
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Speaking of He-Man, did anyone else notice the Man Man song on the Nike commercials during Family Guy? That was surprising.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:49 PM
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I have a cartoon from the NFC on my office door (Billy, with a pizza box, claims that all life is a dispute over taste and tasting) along with this dino comic. L4M3.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:52 PM
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53: Did you render the hovertext with a post-it note?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:54 PM
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What's it with everyone talking about Conan tonight?


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:00 PM
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Gawd, I love NFC. I just got the little girl talking to a bunch of baby bunnies and baby chicks, shouting "Die at the right time!"


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:01 PM
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Ben's "taste and tasting" comic, which just came up for me.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:06 PM
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Fun!


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:07 PM
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Oh, wait. I guess the comic that ben has could obviously be different. I didn't realize it paired random quotes with random quotations. Man, I'm dumb.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:10 PM
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More felicitous pairings.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:13 PM
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Crap, link should go here.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:14 PM
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My friend used to have a cat named Grayskull. I've been meaning to come up with a LOLcat caption for this photo of the cat and his co-cat, Cheesecake.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:02 PM
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Thundarr is where it's at.


Posted by: zwichenzug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:26 PM
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63: I don't remember that happening in the year 1994.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:27 PM
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1994 was the year of the doo doo da doo doo.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:30 PM
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63: In was in February. Does that help?


Posted by: zwichenzug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:32 PM
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63 s/b 64


Posted by: zwichenzug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:33 PM
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Thundarr is where it's at.

Whoa! I totally remember that now. I loved that show.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:35 PM
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In an age of baroque frippery

Ben, I try not to like you, but it's difficult.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:49 PM
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I try not to like you

That's not very neighborly.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:53 PM
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But it is in accord with house rules.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:55 PM
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Try, try, masturbate, try.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:57 PM
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I begrudgingly like Ben's turn of phrase: "baroque frippery."

I am envious of his flippery, OKAY?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:59 PM
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A metafilter user once created a user-specific markov-based generator of comments, now offline, called "genefilter". One of the texts that came up for user y6y6y6 was "I'm only hoping that you'll hate me so much that you'll lie awake in bed late and masturbate.". I have that hope regarding each and every one of you.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:59 PM
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My flippery?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:00 PM
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I was surprised that "frippery" has been used several times on Unfogged. "Baroque frippery," has not.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:01 PM
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A friend of mine named his cat, "Battlecat." Isn't that better than Grayskull?


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:01 PM
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I've mentioned before that I think two good names for cats are Hermes Trismegistus and Finn MacCool. Earlier today I realized that a third such name is Palinurus.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:03 PM
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Also "Dog".


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:03 PM
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The Bounty Hunter?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:05 PM
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77: Yes.


Posted by: zwichenzug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:05 PM
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Let's get to the meat of the issue. Which was the best: He-Man, Transformers, or GI Joe? I'm partial to Joe, though Megatron attracts me strangely.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:05 PM
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You should name your cat "Fiddy," even though that's probably racist.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:06 PM
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I wrote a lot of poetry about Palinurus during college.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:08 PM
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Hermes Trismegistus is a fucking awesome cat name, but functionally it's just Hermes. I want twin males of one sort or another that I can call fat man and little boy.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:08 PM
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83: I was thinking the other day that African-Canadians should be known as "Afradians," with the hard "a" (obv.), but that it might be racist.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:10 PM
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functionally it's just Hermes

Or even Herm. It would work if you always called it by its full name, and yelled at people when they didn't, but not everyone is prepared for that kind of responsibility.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:12 PM
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I own a diminutive female dog named "ben w-lfs-n", because it is a little bitch.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:12 PM
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82: THUNDARR!


Posted by: zwichenzug | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:12 PM
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but functionally it's just Hermes.

The plan was to address him as Henri.

Armsmasher, I assume you've read The Unquiet Grave, a "word cycle" by Palinurus (aka Cyril Connolly)? (I think it's pretty dumb that it says "Cyril Connolly" on the jacket of the edition amazon's hawking; it was published pseudonymously. My edition at least waits until you look at the back cover to tell you that Palinurus is now known to be Cyril Connolly.)


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:13 PM
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I've mentioned before that I think two good names for cats are Hermes Trismegistus and Finn MacCool

The latter would be even better if you were to spell it Fionn mac Cumhaill -- always good for a few laughs at the receptionist's expense on visits to the vet.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:14 PM
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Theophrastus Bombastus. von Hohenheim.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:17 PM
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Shit, outed.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:20 PM
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I think "Big McLargeHuge" would be a good name for a cat. Or "Doctor Octopus". Or "Venom".

But I LOL'ed at the idea of a real cat named "Battlecat".


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:20 PM
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90: I particularly enjoyed this review:

The author of this book should have been shot, November 4, 2006 By Harry Eagar (Maui) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) It is difficult, though not quite impossible, to understand why this tedious piece of self-abuse should still be in print, and selling, after 60 years -- or indeed, why it was ever printed.

'The Unquiet Grave' represents the final degradation of an idea that started out without merit, that the feeling artist is the moral arbiter of his society.

Fans think Connolly deep. 'Strewth, he was so shallow that he couldn't assign any greater significance to a world war with naziism than that it interfered with his contemplation of the beautiful task of being Cyril Connolly.

In any righteous age, he would have been disposed of as useless mouth when worthier people were dying of hunger.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:22 PM
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Also "Fausto Carmona".


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:22 PM
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My grandmother currently has two cats that she calls Snoopy and White Cat.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:23 PM
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The latter would be even better if you were to spell it Fionn mac Cumhaill

Or just name the cat "CumHail". Or use that as your username on a message-board for single mothers or something, and then get offended when people don't realize it's a reference to your Celtic roots.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:23 PM
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90: I haven't!

Incidentally, I bought a book for you this weekend.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:24 PM
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"Battlecat" brings other good options to mind, such as "Omnicat" or "Hypnocat".

"This is Bradycat, and this is Tachyat."


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:26 PM
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"Battlecat" brings other good options to mind, such as "Omnicat" or "Hypnocat".

"This is Bradycat, and this is Tachycat."


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:26 PM
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crap. time for bed.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:26 PM
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"Cat" is quite a creative name in this age of something or othery.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:28 PM
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Blackie Onassis was the name of a cat formerly of my acquaintance. As pet names go, I believe it is yet to be surpassed.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:31 PM
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Theophrastus Bombastus. von Hohenheim.

("better known as Paracelsus") was right. It was Paracelsus who emerged from the fifteenth century (castrated by a hog, so they say, in his childhood) to proclaim that the object of alchemy was not at all the transmutation of base metals into gold, but the preparation of medicines, thus opening the way for the hospitalized perpetuation of accident which we triumphally prolong, enlarge upon, finance, respect, and enjoy today. 3:3'-diamino-4-4'-dihydroxyarsenobenzine dihydrochloride, writes Doctor Ehrlich (after 605 tries), thereby dismissing the notion that syphilis might be a visitation upon that pleasure which, in its perennial variety, had until now afforded the gratification of which only sin is capable. For unlike progressive revelation, the englightenment of total materialism burst with such vigor that there were hardly enough hands to pick up the pieces. Even Paracelsus was left behind (dead of injuries received in a drunken brawl); and once chemistry had established itself as true and legitimate son and heir, alchemy was turned out like a drunken parent, to stagger away, babbling phantasies to fewer and fewer ears, to less and less impressive derelicts of loneliness, while the child grew up serious, dignified, and eminently pleased with its own limitations, to indulge that parental memory with no doubt but that it had found what the old fool and his cronies were after all the time.

Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:36 PM
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Frippery Rock could be a finishing school.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:40 PM
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Frippery Bok could be a philosopher.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:42 PM
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Froz and I had a cat in college named Protein.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:42 PM
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Slippery Sock could be something found under Ben's bed.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:43 PM
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Bitch could be the name of a white bear.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:43 PM
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Lobofilho could be the name of a dog.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:46 PM
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Ben, I was interested in alchemy and related things, Paracelsus as one slightly minor figure (such a great fucking name, though, unforgettable) for a while. The interest hasn't yet ended.

You looked that up. Well, Great fucking name, after all.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:47 PM
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I had a friend in high school with a dog named "Shithead", pronounced "shuh-THEED".


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:47 PM
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You looked that up.

No, I read the passage I quoted earlier today. Or maybe it was yesterday. I can't remember that much. The Recognitions, p 132.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:51 PM
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I admit that I looked up the particular page, since I didn't want to take too long relocating it.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:52 PM
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Speaking of Bitch, what's the deal? Is she on a mission that nobody can talk about?


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:53 PM
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116: Laptop died.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:55 PM
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Also, can anyone recommend a decent biography of either Paracelsus or Humboldt?


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:55 PM
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116: The absence of B. confirms the presence of B.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:55 PM
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110, 116: I am ascendant in her absence.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:56 PM
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117: Oh, yeah, that'll fool the censors. She's fomenting revolution somewhere, I'm sure of it.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:56 PM
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117: Damn you, apo. I was trying to be all cryptic and shit....ladies.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:58 PM
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That's not where ladies come from, Stanley.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:59 PM
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The absence of the ladies in ben's life confirms their presence.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:00 AM
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The absence of my fist in your face confirms its presence.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:01 AM
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Fideists.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:02 AM
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No, I read the passage I quoted earlier today. Or maybe it was yesterday. I can't remember that much.

You quoted Paracelsus earlier? Maybe you did. I totally forgot. I wouldn't have been surprised, so I might have just smiled and said to myself, there you go, ben's quoting Paracelsus, why am I still surprised.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:04 AM
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The absence of my fist in your face confirms its presence.

Use your words, Ned.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:06 AM
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The passage I quoted in 105. Which I thought you were accusing me of having looked up after you gave his name. I'm so confused.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:07 AM
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Oh ben, you've been confused by your own dangling modifier ("earlier today"), which you meant to modify "read" but which you then saw as modifying "quoted".


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:08 AM
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Have not. Parsimon ("You quoted Paracelsus earlier?") may have been, but may simply have thought, as would be understandable, that I meant I had quoted P; anyway, she was clearly talking about an earlier quotation, and it was to her that I was responding. HIBT? Only time will tell.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:12 AM
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129: Ben, did I give his name before you posted 105? I'm not going to scroll up and down any more. I'm not accusing you of anything. I've got to go to bed.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:13 AM
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88 to 131


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:15 AM
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You had definitely said "Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim", since I quoted that in 105. That's his name, oder? And it is also the beginning of the first sentence of the quotation that makes up the balance of 105 which, you will note, begins into middle things.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:17 AM
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Quit bickering, bitches, and recommend to me a biography of Alexander von Humboldt. Or Paracelsus, if you must.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:23 AM
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Ben, sir, I mentioned the guy's name at 92. That's all I know. I'm totally confused as well, but it's silly, and I'm going to bed. Good night.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:26 AM
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Good lord. Parsimon, you were confused by the dangling modifier. Earlier today, Ben read the passage he quoted this evening. It was a big coincidence that you mentioned Paracelsus on the same day that Ben read a passage about him.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:28 AM
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I did it all so that people would see how important it is not to let modifiers dangle.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:31 AM
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becks, more trapeze posts and less cooking/home appliance/life or death situation posts please


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:36 AM
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Once had a cat named "Evinrude". Also three Coryodoras sp. aquarium catfish named Kirby, Eureka, and Hoover. And a wife into giving cutesy names.

Veering wildly into alchemy, there's lots of it in Neal Stephenson's remarkable and enormous Baroque Cycle novels. And plenty of masturbation too, so I thought it would fit right into this thread.


Posted by: joel hanes | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:13 AM
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There is also lots of alchemy in Ægypt.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:19 AM
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And lots of so-witty-they're-almost-cutesy names. Blackbury Jambs. Pierce Inverarity. Mike Mucho.

I haven't read Endless Things yet, so warn me if this thread is gonna have spoilers, and I'll avert my eyes.


Posted by: joel hanes | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:21 AM
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I haven't read it either.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:25 AM
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I don't even have it.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:25 AM
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Speaking of names, I have just gone to apostropher's own site for the first time, and am thus handed a reference for his nym.
So: bromidrosis


Posted by: joel hanes | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:27 AM
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bit of a slow weekend, eh lads?


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:52 AM
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If you do the "By the power of Greyskull!" thing to a light socket instead of a smoke detector, you'll be able to get the lightning effect.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 4:08 AM
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Enemy of Promise would be such a great name for that blog I'm too lazy to ever write.

I hope all good-hearted people can agree that Thundarr regins supreme among the 1980s Conan knock-offs.

Indisputably true, sir.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 7:21 AM
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135: It's not a proper biography, but The Alchymist's Journal by Evan Connell is fun (or exasperating, depending on your taste for archaism) on the subject of Paracelsus. (Digression: Even if you don't care a whit for the whole Custer/Little Big Horn affair, Connell's Son of the Morning Star is one of the unsung classics: brilliant & thoroughly gripping.)


Posted by: clark diversey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 7:45 AM
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139 - I don't want to do a front-page trapeze post right now because my co-workers know I went so we can talk about it here. Tweedledopey, Tweedlesister, and I went trapezing this weekend! And now I feel it in every muscle in my body.

Tweedle did very well! I was laughably, terribly bad.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 8:04 AM
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130 and so on:

dangling modifier

Right. Got it now.

Look! There's a squirrel!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 10:02 AM
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150: Wow, cool. Trapeze looks ridiculously fun, but I don't do things that involve voluntary falling. No skydiving, no trapeze.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 10:13 AM
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No love.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 10:14 AM
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Involuntary works just fine.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 10:15 AM
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Even more fun: they wouldn't let me wear my glasses so I had to do it essentially blind. While I knew there was a net down there, I couldn't see it. And there's so much to think about! On my second attempt, I was paying so much attention to my feet that I...um...forgot to hold onto the bar, sending my flying face-first into the net.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 10:32 AM
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I have video of 155.


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:25 AM
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Dude!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:26 AM
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I know!


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:39 AM
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I'd post it, but i am too sore to reach anything. I am using my thought controlled keyboard to type this ooh cookies! dammit erase erase backspace


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:40 AM
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I'm sure Becks would be happy to post it, if you sent it to her.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:41 AM
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see 150 ogged.


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:48 AM
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156 - Tweedle! That was OUR SECRET!


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:49 AM
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And I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one sore today. I don't want to even think about raising my hands over my head.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:50 AM
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Big McLargeHuge

Ned, it's nice to see another fan of Space Mutiny. Slab Squatthrust!


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:49 PM
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That wasn't a secret Becks: we shared it with the 8 other class members, the 3 instructors, the 3 fans, the shitzu or whatever yip dog that was. Soon, we share it with the masses!

Muhahahahaha.


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:14 PM
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Since it appears that I have no hope of preserving my dignity, I just ask that you post it in a way that helps me keep my psuedonymity.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:17 PM
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of course. I think, much as you probably saw it, you are just a blur there. I have not actually seen the video yet. It may be less than spectacular. Any photo/video of me can be reproduced with my nymity released. Especially the ones where I am so spectacular that fireworks go off.


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:25 PM
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He's not kidding. He really did set off fireworks.

Of course, you only got the video of me flailing into the net and not me doing a backflip dismount.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 1:30 PM
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