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I had no idea who the vast majority of people were, so I mostly read their comments for themselves.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:48 PM
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I don't think this was long enough a trial period for the commenters who actually work comment at a below-average rate. That said, Hamilton-Lovecraft, yo.


Posted by: d7c | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:48 PM
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I can't believe you used your real name as your alternate pseud, ogged.

I actually vaguely tried to be less obvious. I fooled at least one person, but only because they thought I was acting so much like me that it had to be a put-on.

Also, you didn't guess AWB? Really?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:48 PM
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I didn't include AWB in the guesses because she just switched in the middle of a thread, so it wasn't really a "guess."


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:49 PM
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awb was a total giveaway. (I didn't play, btw. Whee, slow commenting speed!)


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:50 PM
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I don't think this was long enough a trial period

I agree; I wanted it to run until tomorrow morning, but people were already starting to unmask. Maybe we'll do it again sometime.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:50 PM
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Major portions of my worldview are going to have to change now that it turns out Ogged isn't "Graduate Student Boy."


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:51 PM
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I was ack.

Interestingly, I thought Stu's comments (later in the thread, once we started fighting--the earlier ones I didn't notice as being by anyone in particular) were assholish. Now that I know they were Ogged, I re-read them and they seem like they're sort of *deliberately* assholish in that amusing Ogged way, and therefore forgivable.

Whether this means I am too nice to Ogged or too mean to random strangers, I do not know.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:52 PM
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Who was coconuts? She was being sensible about the practical downsides of hooking in the curses conversation, in a manner that made me think Bitch, which left me unable to spot the actual Bitch.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:52 PM
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Who was it claimed to know about five or six, including mine and LB's which I assume was correct? The ones I'm sure about are already out.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:52 PM
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I was quite amused when people started talking about how mean everyone seemed.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:52 PM
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I was kwrl.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:53 PM
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9: At that point I was still abed with PK, who had kept us both up all night long by repeated barfing.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:54 PM
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I had a really good time, too. It was extra nice because it provided a good dose of bonus fun on a day that had quite a number of petty irritations in it.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:55 PM
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GSB I'm curious about. Those opinions seemed strong enough that they should have been familiar, but I couldn't place him.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:55 PM
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I really wish I'd gotten to play more.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:56 PM
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I was "milf," "brf," "Castrating Harpy," and "Sensitive Guy."


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:56 PM
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3: You I guessed purely on the criminal record.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:56 PM
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I was pretty sure I knew who curses was. Coconut I had no idea.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:56 PM
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10: That was me (stp). All of those were correct, but those were the only ones I could figure out at all. I had strong suspicions about a couple of others, but that was it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:58 PM
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I was sin.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:58 PM
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who curses was

And very decently, she gave enough biographical details to knock out most regular commenters. (Actually, on her initial comment, I responded trying to make it look like she was me, but gave it up pretty fast.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:58 PM
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I was kwrl.

Your style stood out to me—it only took me one comment to guess. Also, I was suspicious that baton rouge so immediately responded to an invocation of "the classic LizardBreathian critique".

I was slapioca.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:58 PM
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Damn, that was meant to be camoflauge; responding as if I hadn't thought of it.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 4:59 PM
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Man I was way off on everybody. Who are you people?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:00 PM
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I thought slapioca was the wittiest nick, figures it would come from Standpipe.

The most interesting thing to me about the experiment is the question of whether continuing relationships under consistent names are causing people to self-censor.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:00 PM
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I was TOBC.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:00 PM
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Was it the one about the REDOLENT undergrad? Like everyone, I guessed LB and Sifu. There are a few others I'm pretty sure about, but they haven't unmasked yet.

Mmm, slapioca.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:00 PM
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I agree this wasn't a long enough trial. Not enough time, and not enough range in topics.

That said, I found it a bit unsettling to not know who most people were, and to realize they didn't know who I was either.

I was cfm.


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:00 PM
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You'll all be happy to know that Grad Student Boy doesn't seem to have commented before.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:01 PM
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(The "PC hippie leftists" crack, incidentally, was the only thing that made me wonder if "stu" might be ogged; it was a little too perfect. All my other guesses so far are completely useless.)


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:02 PM
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I think if we do this again sometime, it'll be interesting in different ways, since people won't be so intrigued by the novelty.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:02 PM
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27: Hah. Didn't spot you, but should have.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:03 PM
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made me wonder if "stu" might be ogged

Damn! I wondered if that was over the top.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:03 PM
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Next time, w-lfs-n or somegeek should set up a web site where we each register to get one other commenter's identity for a day at random, so we can see how people feel about, e.g., B's comments when they're under teofilo's name.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:04 PM
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Had LB (ish), KR, B, and Emerson. I was tgv.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:04 PM
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I thought slapioca was the wittiest nick, figures it would come from Standpipe.

If being too familiar with Thoroughly Modern Millie counts as wit.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:04 PM
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22: Agreed.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:04 PM
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I felt that everything I said was obviously me, even before I quit trying. John Emerson is a genius, no question about that.


Posted by: Mac | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:05 PM
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I can't remember which comment made me wonder if TOBC was Slack, but I'm glad that I was right!


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:06 PM
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39: Pretty much. You were hard to miss.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:06 PM
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It was a lot easier to pick out who was who in real time than in the stuff that happened while I wasn't around, but I still didn't get very far, mostly out of the same laziness that makes me dislike puzzles. And I misread a comment in a way that led me to misidentify ogged. LB was obvious once I got past associating Baton Rouge with SEK, as was B, and a handful of others were fairly clear. I was sven, but didn't comment much.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:06 PM
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Was it the one about the REDOLENT undergrad?

It was the one responding to the "GPT" story, which went roughly, "Ha! So, indeed, it is." That's a very redfox comment.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:07 PM
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I was ghb, axe, fat and pal as well, incidentally. Nobody guessed those!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:07 PM
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Who was Emerson, and what new evidence of genius did he give today?


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:07 PM
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Someone should make a chart and a program.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:08 PM
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TOBC: The Only Black Commenter?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:08 PM
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Oh, Emerson, I have to email you. Coming right up.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:09 PM
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I wonder if there are just so many comments that people skim most and focus on those from people who establish some sort of congenial or anti-congenial mind vibe. In retrospect, some of you should have been obvious to me, but weren't.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:10 PM
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I worship Emerson but am afraid to tell him so.


Posted by: Mac | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:10 PM
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TOBC: The Only Black Commenter?

Sweet, if so, and a great guess, if right.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:10 PM
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39 gets it exactly right, too.

Now I have to go refill my comma shaker.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:10 PM
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Thoughts: people get just as bitchy anonymously as when they think they're being baited!

I threw in two anonymous ones and considered impersonating I don't pay and Standpipe periodically.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:11 PM
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I definitely had a hard time with the three letter pseudonyms. kwrl and HAL do not surprise me much, although I would have been very tentative about guessing them.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:11 PM
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A lot of people here have a very neutral, grammatically clean writing style. I didn't have a hope for most commenters.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:11 PM
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I was old lady.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:11 PM
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I hated this experiment but wasn't really around much of the day because I was busy lol.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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I was XIII. Honestly, sometimes I deceive even myself.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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Anyway, I'd like to hear y'all's impressions.

I didn't follow the threads, so maybe this isn't true for most, but I found the lack of my own normal psued weirdly inhibiting, and I was inclined to take a little off the top of my (admittedly few) comments.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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I was Zing Zang (formerly Soy). I really enjoyed trying to guess. I had soup biscuit almost right away, because of that funny apostrophe he always uses. Beyond that, I had only the obvious ones. Oh, and will, but I thought he was obvious, too.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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I tried to impersonate LB but it was lame.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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I'm new, so I don't really count & was only able to tentatively match a couple of pseuds with identities. It was really rather interesting to watch, though.

I was paronomasia.


Posted by: caldwellian | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:12 PM
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I'm almost certain there were people who normally lurk who commented; the whole new/alt pseud thing should be freeing to those who are intimidated by jumping into what looks like an established commenting community. So guessing who everyone is isn't a matter of one to one, alt-pseud to normal-pseud substitution.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:13 PM
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40: I can't remember which comment made me wonder if TOBC was Slack

Hopefully not the one about rashes. Which, just so we're clear, total joke.

47: Yup. Which I think is still true.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:13 PM
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I wish you had, Cala. Your parody is a lens that magnifies my genius.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:13 PM
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We're high end pseudsitutes?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:14 PM
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I didn't enjoy it, but I'm having one of my periodic (by now they're around weekly) breakdowns at work, so I wouldn't be enjoying much. And I've just heard from a job opening I was waiting to hear back from, negatively.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:14 PM
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I was XIII

I was wondering about you!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:14 PM
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I didn't comment much but I was bbh, and feel slightly guilty about helping derail the choosiness thread.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:15 PM
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Mung. I quit early on, though, after I realized I was being nasty.


Posted by: Michael Vanderwheel, B.A. | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:16 PM
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And I've just heard from a job opening I was waiting to hear back from, negatively.

Sorry to hear that.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:16 PM
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67: sorry to hear it.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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I was guessing Cryptic Ned for XIII.


Posted by: Blume / zoom! | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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negatively

Oh no! So sorry, LB.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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I think I was more freely dismissive/rude since I didn't know who I was talking to and therefore didn't feel particularly interested in maintaining a relationship with a stranger.

67: I'm sorry, LB. Someone must recognize your genius, and soon!


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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Thanks.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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I was XIII

I liked the Daredevil reference.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:17 PM
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I was guessing Cryptic Ned for XIII.

I kept trying to guess which one was Cryptic Ned. For a while I thought he might be sin, but that didn't seem quite right. Still don't know.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:19 PM
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I only posted three comparatively pointless comments (as opposed to under my real name, when I post many comparatively pointless comments), but I liked having a pseud. I may have to change to one.

67: Crap. Sorry to hear it.


Posted by: Jake | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:20 PM
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Was I completely transparent? I proofread, which was all I knew to do to hide myself.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:21 PM
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Sorry to hear that, LB.

You really don't want to relocate, right?


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:22 PM
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Who was zigzag? I felt bad asking that person to change pseuds (but not too bad; it was a stranger!).


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:23 PM
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LB, I'm sorry.

On the subject of job changes, I have a friend who is starting a job next month that will be a 20% pay cut (though also in a place with a lower cost of living) for hopefully more job satisfaction. We'll see how that turns out, I'm optimistic and really hope it turns out to be a good move.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:24 PM
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I was guessing Cryptic Ned for XIII.

Odd. I tend to hear my own voice quite loudly in whatever I write, so perhaps I overestimate its distinctiveness.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:24 PM
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Nah, I've got family here. I just need to job-hunt better. Being depressed about work makes it very hard for me to get anything done, including finding another job.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:24 PM
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80: I didn't bust you.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:25 PM
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I missed it, but looking through the threads convinces me that I'm very tone deaf. I only recognized three people. And one of them was awb.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:26 PM
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Dammit, why did I have to be one of the obvious ones? I knew I shouldn't have talked about hacker shit. I totally tried to change my style, too.

85: maybe you could find some way to make money that would let you quit your job and really focus on your ambition?

Seriously though, hang in there. Unfogged has your back, in some strange, attenuated fashion!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:26 PM
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Is the site slow for other people? I feel like I'm impersonating a lurker on dial-up.

67: Sorry to hear that.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:27 PM
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I thought Cryptic Ned was Junius Ponds, only because he'd mentioned that name a long time ago as a pseudonym not yet taken.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:27 PM
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I was Coconut. I am entertained to hear that someone thought for even a moment I was B.

I'm the opposite of SCMT; I found it sort of relaxing and goofy.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:27 PM
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strange, attenuated fashion

Most obvious attempted flirtation ever, Sifu.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:27 PM
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90: I'm pretty sure that was will.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:27 PM
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Oh rats! Sorry to hear it, LB.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:28 PM
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85: maybe you could find some way to make money that would let you quit your job and really focus on your ambition?

Cracked me up. Somehow, I doubt the relationship between my earning potential in my current job and as a hooker is the same as Curses'.

I just need to get my head straight and find a way out of here.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:28 PM
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85: Yeah, that sucks. Only reasons I asked were that it's easier in a market where there are fewer people who are both burnt out and really good at the work, and that there's that massive pool of goverment jobs a couple hundred miles south of you, but something will work out where you are soon enough.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:28 PM
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I thought Cryptic Ned was Junius Ponds

Ah! That would make sense!

Is the site slow for other people?

Yes. Nothing obviously wrong. Just a trillion refreshes a minute I think.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:29 PM
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91: Hah. You were very forcefully sensible. Not that you aren't always, of course.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:30 PM
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I thought Junius Ponds was Cryptic Ned, but I wasn't completely sure.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:30 PM
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82: That was me, and you were right to protest! I was only thinking about a new pseudonym with half my brain, and had obviously unwittingly latched onto yours.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:30 PM
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I didn't comment much. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out I wasn't "baton rouge," but then I figured I wouldn't have been that obvious.


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:30 PM
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I too offer my condolences and encouragement. I hope you find the right happier job that loves you back soon.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:30 PM
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If I may say so, I thought XIII and Coconut were leaving good comments that people noticed, but you guys don't get as much response when you post under your regular pseuds because you're new-ish regulars, or don't comment as frequently as some. That's the kind of thing I was hoping would jump out by doing this.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:31 PM
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I was underdunk. Next time hold it on a day when I can participate.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:32 PM
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Witt's been leaving good comments for quite a while. Flippanter's newer, I think?


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For a lot of them I had a mental image of the person behind the new pseudonym that turned out to be nearly identical to my mental image of the person they turned out to be, but for some reason I wasn't able to connect the two at the time. Now that people are unmasking most of them make perfect sense.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:34 PM
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Also, I was "richard hiscock," whose a former Alabama football player with the worst of all possible names.


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:35 PM
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"whose" s/b "who is"


Posted by: SEK | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:35 PM
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103: Hrm. Could be.

Speaking of being newish/regular: I realized when you linked to the '04 Halloween costume that I had not actually seen that post. It's funny; I thought I was reading here before the election, but I guess not.


Posted by: Coconut | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:37 PM
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Witt is still newish, having been around since March of 2006?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:37 PM
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With the notable exception of Mac, those who chose not to follow the three-letter combination idea tended to stand out more.


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:38 PM
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Darn it. See, I never check the "Remember personal info" box, and this is why.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:38 PM
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I'm kind of disappointed this happened when I was away from the computer for most of the day. I only got to post once.

So, heebie, did you correctly guess that Captain Awesome was I?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:38 PM
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I was thinking -- Witt doesn't leave the greatest volume of comments, but she's been around for years.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:38 PM
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Witt is still newish, having been around since March of 2006?

Worst mini-me ever.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:39 PM
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Funny, she doesn't look newish.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:41 PM
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Witt doesn't leave the greatest volume of comments

And I immediately think "thick southern drawl".


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:41 PM
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116 is awesome.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:42 PM
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Aw, thanks.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:43 PM
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117: ???

I had a mental image of the person behind the new pseudonym that turned out to be nearly identical to my mental image of the person they turned out to be, but for some reason I wasn't able to connect the two at the time.

See, I think this is fascinating. Something else interesting that emerges.

I am humbled. I thought I was very familiar with prose styles and would be able to pick people out, but I really wasn't.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:43 PM
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I am humbled. I thought I was very familiar with prose styles and would be able to pick people out, but I really wasn't.

Same here.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:44 PM
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Aw, LB. Sorry to hear it. Don't become an escort!


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:44 PM
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107: Worse than "Richard Horlick"?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:45 PM
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Jackmormon was Peevish, no?


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91: Going back, I can't believe anyone thought you were me either. You were talking about money and financial planning and shit. Sure, I'll talk about how it's important for women to have money, but not in *specific* terms, because actually I don't know shit about money.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:46 PM
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And, oh god, I have a college acquaintance who CHANGED her name to Hiscock.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:46 PM
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Jackmormon was Peevish, no?

Yeah, I think she slipped at one point, but I don't remember where.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:46 PM
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Coconut seemed like she might be B in terms of content, but her tone was totally different. In fact, I was quite sure B wasn't around early on because no one sounded anything like her.


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123: More narcissism and feelings of inadequacy, certainly, but point taken.

126: A really big fan of the Crimson Tide, I take it?


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126: That's so sad. And hilarious.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:49 PM
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Had I read more of the threads, I don't think I would have guessed very well for most people. I also don't think my commenting is all that distinctive, except possibly when I'm parodying other things (like poems). Or posting stuff historical figures have said under historical figures' names.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:50 PM
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127: I thought she was LB for a while with all the em dashes, but there were too many exclamation points. Then she mentioned khoresh and blew her cover.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:50 PM
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131: Or recommending books.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:50 PM
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Then she mentioned khoresh and blew her cover.

Yeah, I was suspecting but then I knew.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:51 PM
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I should probably have appended 'upon marriage.' But still. Dude! HIS COCK. How am I not supposed to laugh at that at the reunion?


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125: Maybe that's a content/format/style issue. People pay attention to different things. I tend to remember format. I can remember the capitalization patterns of people I knew fifteen years ago.

Other folks seem to remember content, or personal style. Maybe in this case it was the latter. LB said "forcefulness" above.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:52 PM
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Or recommending books.

Right, I should read some of those. There's this alternate world in which I've become quite well informed about the (non alternate) world. I think the point where I realized that reading for courses - as opposed to coursework - and exams were what I found most interesting intellectually about graduate school is the point where I should have dropped out. Would have saved a few years.


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135: OTOH, if you're going to change your name on marriage, there's something to be said for being, ah, straight up about it.


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135: Who wore the pants in that family?

Hi-oooooooh!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:54 PM
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Then she mentioned khoresh

Yeah, that was it. Everyone else knows it's khoresht.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:55 PM
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I was npi. I got too late a start to really play.

I usually comment here under a different name, but have been thinking of changing for quite a while. There's no disputing that name-changing is disfavored, but I have good reasons, I think, to be concerned about the prior pseud. And this thread is a perfect place to undergo an identity change.

I'm not going to link this name and the old one in a single comment, but I think content -- if not style -- will tip off anyone interested.


Posted by: Napi | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:57 PM
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On names, something very similar to this was done to a teacher's name in junior high. I don't think they ever caught the kids, but I'm pretty sure I knew who they were by the snickering in the classroom.

(The great thing about googleproofing is that if you know how you proofed it it's easy to google.)


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:58 PM
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Drop hints, if you would? I hate not knowing this stuff.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 5:58 PM
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Funniest rl Unfogged conversation:

"So my pretend internet friend decided you needed a pseudonym...."


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:00 PM
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LB, you realize you can look up IP addresses?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:00 PM
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She must be binging now.

Ok, off for a bit...


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:04 PM
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Yeah, but it's a hassle, and I'd prefer to figure it out the other way. And not everyone can look up IP addresses, so it seems unfair.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:05 PM
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I'm sad I missed this! I was one of the people who actually thought it was a good idea. But I was out of the office all day.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:08 PM
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I wasn't so committed to the game today, I'm afraid.

ogged, you say khoresht, I mangle khoresh: potato, potato.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:13 PM
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NAPI?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:14 PM
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Dammit. All the people who I thought might be pox have already unmasked.

Sorry to hear about the job disappointment, LB. If all else fails, perhaps you should join the circus.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:15 PM
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Do I have such an obvious commenting style?

Sorry to hear that, LB


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:18 PM
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Um.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:18 PM
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Do I have such an obvious commenting style?

It's mostly the way you do quotation marks.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:19 PM
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Barbara Manatee was me.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:20 PM
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154: you know, i've never noticed that, but I guess I try and force proper typography on ascii. That and thousands of hours of LaTeX.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:21 PM
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Explain soup's quotation marks? I don't notice them.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:22 PM
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It's not going to be difficult. Especially when I submit a comment from one of my computers with an obvious IP address.


Posted by: Napi | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:22 PM
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Today's threads are much, much better as I'm reading them again now, knowing at least somewhat who's who.


Posted by: Brock Ladners | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:22 PM
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155 is another one I guess I knew, actually.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:23 PM
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153: Oh shit. Why didn't that come up when did I text search on the thread? Huh.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:24 PM
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Soup's `quotation' marks. He always does them like that, no matter what name he comments under.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:24 PM
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LB, I tend to do them `like this' rather than "like this" because they should be directional. Also, in TeX you would use `this' or ``this'' never "this", and your editor would be smart so this isn't a problem.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:26 PM
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next time i'll try to be anonymous or something, and then i'll screw it up by using quotes.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:27 PM
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Ah. I've got a rotten eye for stuff like that -- if the meaning is clear, I don't see the formatting.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:27 PM
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Dog. I also made the spectacularly failed JFK joke (the "ah" was his Boston accent, you know?) and then was LBJ trying to point out that the JFK thing was a joke.
I consciously made an effort to avoid parenthetical statements because I always overuse them, and also to use shorter sentences in general.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:28 PM
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All the people who I thought might be pox have already unmasked.

That would be me, as I acknowledged a few hours before the official unmasking.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:28 PM
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LB, I'll notice them, but it's not like I'm being obsessive or anything; it's just that I type a lot of documents and never use a word processor. So this approach is in my fingers, is all.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:29 PM
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I thought pox was right that the transportation anecdotes in the transport thread were pretty well identifying.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:30 PM
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(and in LaTeX double quotes don't do what you'd expect, so you learn to avoid them)


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:30 PM
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Given his colorful past, of course, soup's identity is often clear from the content of his comments as well.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:30 PM
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Didn't read the transport thread, more's the pity.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:31 PM
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Formatting is one of the main things I notice about people's comments, and it was a major clue to figuring out some people's identities today.


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171: I thought Sifu would at least muddy that water today... Sometimes I do feel a bit of an outlier.


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174: He did, actually, and for a while I wasn't sure which one was you. Then you posted a comment with something in quotation marks, and I knew.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:33 PM
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which transport thread?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:33 PM
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This one.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:34 PM
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In retrospect, I sucked at identifying people. I got Di/Barbara Manatee, and the folks who inadvertently unmasked themselves, but that was about it. I left my notepad with my guesses in the office, but it is probably just as well, because they were so embarassingly wrong: I thought Junius was LB, Chet Chetworth was TLL, old lady was OPINIONATED GRANDMA, and many others too embarassing to recount.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:36 PM
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So who was cps?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:36 PM
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177: ah, thanks. I missed a chunk of the afternoon


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:37 PM
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old lady was OPINIONATED GRANDMA

Is OPINIONATED GRANDMA one person? I thought so at first, but lately it seems like a persona various people adopt.


Posted by: destroyer | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:40 PM
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WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE ABYSS THE ABYSS LOOKS INTO YOU OR SO I HAVE HEARD


Posted by: OPINIONATED GRANDMA | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:43 PM
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I think if we do this again sometime, it'll be interesting in different ways

Well, if you wear the police uniform next time, and B the bobbysoxer outfit. Gotta keep that novelty.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:47 PM
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IN SOVIET RUSSIA GRANDMA OPINIONATES YOU


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:49 PM
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Silly Standpipe, there is Soviet Russia no longer.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:53 PM
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All your opinons are belong to grandma?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:54 PM
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don't tell Putin.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:54 PM
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Di, don't take this the wrong way, but I knew Barbara Manatee was you when you talked about your lover asking what what turned you on and you were stumped. I thought, "That must be a good Christian girl."


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:54 PM
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183: I think Ogged would look a lot cuter in a bobbysoxer outfit than I would.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:54 PM
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There must always be a Soviet Union. Nowadays we just call it "Iran" or "Islamofascism" or some such.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:55 PM
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B, you could totally rock bobbysox.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:55 PM
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I think Ogged would look a lot cuter in a bobbysoxer outfit than I would.

Whatever brings the thrill back.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 6:59 PM
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Opinons mediate judgment. Opinons are usually bosons.


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188: That actually makes sense. I was afraid it was going to be something more like "that persistently whiny/bitter/whatever tone" that gave me away.


Posted by: Barbara Manatee | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:03 PM
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I was gone for a while and might have missed it, but who was Figbash?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:04 PM
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Stupid "remember personal information" checkbox.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:05 PM
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The problem is that comments were read for themselves, but not yet in and for themselves.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:09 PM
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197: Jawohl, Herr Doktor Professor Kant.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:13 PM
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191: Hush, I'm in denial.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:18 PM
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Comment, ça va?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:19 PM
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It was a Hegel joke, not a Kant joke.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:19 PM
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Kant you people get anything right?


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:21 PM
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You can't always get what Kant wants.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:22 PM
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Hegel is the truth of Kant.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:24 PM
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Ah, the high magic of low puns.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:25 PM
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A sich in time saves nein.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:27 PM
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I wish every day could be Single Blind Day! Mm. Sifu was the only person I identified with any certainty and only because he mentioned hacking. The criminal mind is easy to identify. "ack" sounded like B. and I thought "Junius Ponds" might be Knecht Ruprecht merely on the basis of frequency, but beyond that I was mystified.

I was "fnord."


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:28 PM
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It's over already? For the record, I didn't comment at all because of travel commitment and also due to having a job and stuff.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:29 PM
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I thought "Junius Ponds" might be Knecht Ruprecht merely on the basis of frequency

That's a sure sign I need to starting doing more work and less commenting during the day.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:31 PM
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having a job and stuff

Which, as we well know, is an insurmountable obstacle to commenting on Unfogged all day.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:32 PM
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Which, as we well know, is an insurmountable obstacle to commenting on Unfogged all day.

I mean a real job -- you know, in academia. Not lawyering or finance sector bullshit.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:44 PM
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I was in Chicago, where I remain, so I partook of no reindeer games. Chicago's really great.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 7:46 PM
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I only got to post once (as 'Dogpatch') and didn't get to read much, but I recognized rfts by her first comment and also guessed AWB and Sifu. Sifu was easy, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong about Coconut.

rfts initially though zig zag was me due to prior history.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:21 PM
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I was oleo. Back to (mostly) lurking.


Posted by: Amber | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:22 PM
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I posted one comment as "Meh," because that's how I felt about it. I didn't want to lurk all day and didn't want to pretend to be someone else. I can only handle one pretend identity.

I didn't even lurk, because trying to read so many comments written by people with no recognizable name was just overwhelming. Like, NPH, I'm too lazy to do puzzles. There's a neuropsychological test where you have to look at just people's eyes and eyebrows and then pick out the emotion (from a list of choices) which corresponds to the picture. I feel utterly at sea trying to make sense of the emotions without being able to see the facial expressions. That's how I felt today during the brief period of time I paid attention.

I found it so unpleasant that I had to walk away. I was actually productive. It was very successful as an aversion therapy. Since unfogged isn't real work, I didn't think that the unpleasantness was worth it.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:29 PM
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So, heebie, did you correctly guess that Captain Awesome was I?

I saw the Captain Awesome moniker and thought, "omg, just recently I was on someone's blog who had named their cat Captain Awesome! I must totally know who this is." Then I couldn't quite figure out who it had been.

mrh, do you have a cat named Captain Awesome?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:32 PM
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Snarkout has a three-digit mefi usernum! oooo.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:36 PM
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I find it hard to believe I was unrecognizable. Oh well. My pseud was even similar to my, um, primary pseud! I got into many of the same arguments I'm known for getting into!


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:53 PM
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I only have four good guesses. Haven't read this thread yet.

Barbara Manatee = Di Kotimy
ack= bitchphd
Chet Chetsworth = nattarGcM
Castrating Harpy = John Emerson

and one other guess.
Figbash = strasmangelo

If we had had any actual coherent arguments I'm sure LB's uniquely effective argumentation would have been recognizable.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:56 PM
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218: Were you, then, Junius Ponds?

and one other guess.
Figbash = strasmangelo

I guessed this too, but I'm not sure of it and he hasn't shown up.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 8:57 PM
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Also, I was "richard hiscock," whose a former Alabama football player with the worst of all possible names.

LOL

I thought "zoom!" was Adam Kotsko for some reason, and then I changed my mind.

There was one three-letter one that I thought was either eb or teofilo, but again changed my mind.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:00 PM
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220, yes.

It's a GREAT pseud. Please, some lurker, use it.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:01 PM
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There was one three-letter one that I thought was either eb or teofilo, but again changed my mind.

Which one was that.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:05 PM
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?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:05 PM
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Snarkout has a three-digit mefi usernum! oooo.

This is sadly ineffectual as a pickup line in my experience, but perhaps you'll have better luck. "Snarkout has a three-digit mefi usernum," you will slyly say as you approach Herself at the bar. "Oooo." She'll be putty in your hands.

I lost the login info a million years ago, but I had a five-digit Slashdot usernum, too.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:06 PM
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No one used Wry Cooter. Disappointing. It's still up for grabs, lurkers.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:07 PM
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This is sadly ineffectual as a pickup line in my experience

Good thing you're married.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:08 PM
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The fact that richard hiscock really was SEK as guessed by NPT in the other thread is really freaking me out.

I guessed that Figbash was Kotsko. I came nowhere close to figuring out that baton rouge was LB.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:11 PM
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After reading some of the last 250 comments of "Choosiness" after I left, old lady is heebie-geebie.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:11 PM
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I felt recognized by a fair number of people, but expected, as I guess a lot of people did, to be obvious to everybody as apc.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:12 PM
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"Snarkout has a three-digit mefi usernum," you will slyly say as you approach Herself at the bar. "Oooo." She'll be putty in your hands.

Unless I'm misinformed as to conventions surrounding "herself", these are instructions for picking rfts up.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:12 PM
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I have a 3-digit DailyKos id, to my abiding shame.


Posted by: mano negra | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:15 PM
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Unless I'm misinformed as to conventions surrounding "herself", these are instructions for picking rfts up.

I just want her to think that random guys at bars are impressed by my low MeFi usernumber.

Good thing you're married.

Rfts has a MeFi usernum below 2000. Low-usernum men from the Northeast are attracted to low-usernum women, although the woman's number must not be lower than the man's. This is because on the veldt, men got to stand around and post funny pictures of industrial accidents while the women went out and hunted.

(Rfts had a four-digit Slashdot usernum. I can say this because I am a sensitive New Age guy, confident in my superiority because I was an early reader of Kuro5hin.*)

* I was not an early reader of Kuro5hin.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:17 PM
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225: I was interviewed by Slashdot, what does that buy me?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:17 PM
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Oh man, you were in the CDC? That's fantastic.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:19 PM
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229: Yay! I feel the love!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:19 PM
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Let's see...it was apc that I thought was you, for most of the original thread. A certain intense rationality was evident. But it then seemed that apc was an older person, and...well, this pretty much removed all chance that it was you.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:21 PM
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237 to teo.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:21 PM
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teo and I often seem to be almost the same person at different ages, if that doesn't upset him: it doesn't me.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:27 PM
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235: "were," hell! I'm head of the damn Ninja Strike Force.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:28 PM
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239: It doesn't upset me, but I think the resemblance is not quite as close as it sometimes seems. You're much more like my dad, and resemble me mostly inasmuch as I resemble him (which is a lot).


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:31 PM
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I thought apc was I don't pay, but then I ruled it out for reasons that are now obscure to me.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:35 PM
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I'm hiding out here from that other thread.

I thought ack was B, but it was the guess I was least sure about.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:49 PM
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I'm still not clear on whether "Walt Someguy" is actually Robust McManlyPants.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:51 PM
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I'm not. If you had a cool pseudonym like Robust McManlyPants, would you give it up in a million billion years?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 9:54 PM
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There was one three-letter one that I thought was either eb or teofilo, but again changed my mind.

As mentioned, I did not participate. BG is mostly right, by which I mean I mostly agree, in 215, but I was semi-interested in the anthem and transport threads.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:05 PM
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Sorry Bostoniagirl. And I think the eyebrow test is the sort of thing that tests your ability to get and trust "blink"-type information, that is, if you look at the image in detail you are no longer sure of your answer, but your instinct is often right.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:10 PM
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Hey, I missed out on the trial period because of the time difference here in Japan, but I'll use a three-letter pseudonym now so you can all have fun racking your brains trying to guess who I might possibly be.


Posted by: XKC | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:22 PM
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how's that working out for you so far, chopper?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:25 PM
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I had no idea that Lunar Rockette lived in Japan.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:43 PM
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Well, shit, Ned was Junius Ponds. I now vaguely recall the reference. I would've put money down that he was will, and I would never think I'd normally confuse those two. I put it down to skimming and a very busy workday. The rest of you were slacking at work. Again. (I'm jealous.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 10:52 PM
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I suppose protocol requires me to claim tla. It was one (minor) comment, but rules are rules.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:08 PM
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I actually thought, the first time I read a Junius Ponds comment, that Junius Ponds was someone who commented regularly, but infrequently, by that name. Before you laugh, keep in mind that I didn't read the ugliness thread while it was still masked.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:12 PM
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I was Booze Not Bombs. Actually, I like that better than my current nick (which makes me slightly sleepy every time I see it), so I'm thinking about switching permanently.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:12 PM
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By which I mean, I'd only read this. Not too identifying.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:13 PM
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How about "Blues Not Blombs"


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:13 PM
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"Booze Not Blondes"


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:14 PM
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You know what would be a good thread to have before too long? DJ suggestions for UnfoggeDCon: In It to Win It.

I'm pretty certain "Love Me or Hate Me" should be in the mix.

Of course, this is probably much more like how we (Unfogged) do it when we do it.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:18 PM
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DJ suggestions: A mid-90's theme!

Adina Howard -- Freak Like Me
Montell Jordan -- This is How We Do It
4 Non Blondes -- What's Going On
Dionne Farris I Know
Liz Phair -- Supernova
Soundgarden -- Black Hole Sun
The Breeders -- Cannonball
Veruca Salt -- Seether
The Cranberries -- Zombie
Notorious BIG -- Big Poppa
The Offspring -- Keep 'em Separated
Merril Bainbridge -- Mouth

and so forth...


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:44 PM
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Actually, I think we need some Shaggy in there too.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:47 PM
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258: Pow!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:50 PM
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4 Non Blondes -- What's Going On

Dear god no! Undoubtedly the most boring song of the 90s.

Also, Black Hole Sun and Zombie.

We want people to dance, GB, not pass out.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:51 PM
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See, apo has the idea!

Not that that's a big surprise or anything, oh no.

Make my funk the apo funk!

Also, we definitely need that mini-mall song.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:53 PM
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Merril Bainbridge -- Mouth

Now there's one you don't hear anymore!

Dance and not pass out, eh?

Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper
Gina G - Ooh Ahh Just A Little Bit
Snow - Informer
Boyz II Men - Motownphilly

Also, this.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:55 PM
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Oh no, this has become a music thread.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:55 PM
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Hey, we should have Vaseline at the party! Um... the song, I mean. Yeah, that's the ticket.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:58 PM
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Oh no, this has become a music thread.

Says the person who specifically picks out the national-anthem thread for praise.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 8-07 11:59 PM
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That was not exactly praise, given the options for thread-reading today.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:00 AM
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Damn, I was going to say Snow - Informer.

Excellent choice on Ini Kamoze!


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:00 AM
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Um, I don't know how to say this charitably, but . . . . you guys have never really danced, have you?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:16 AM
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I can dance if I want to. (Actually, no.)


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:22 AM
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I can leave my friends behind.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:36 AM
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There'll be dancing?

Thanks to Google and YouTube, I can now solve mysteries that have haunted me for years. For example, what was the rap song about Tonto I heard on the radio 20 years ago? Apparently, it was "Apache" by the Sugar Hill Gang.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:39 AM
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273: Who said Walt's behind the times?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:45 AM
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Shameless blog pimping, but kinda on topic -- looking up music videos on YouTube makes me feel really old.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 12:48 AM
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Actual dance song suggestions that, taken as a whole, form a slam-dunk case that I am gay:

Vogue, Madonna
James Brown is Dead, LA Style
Jesus Built My Hotrod, Ministry
Your Woman, White Town
Mundian To Bach Ke, Punjabi MC



Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 1:11 AM
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We still haven't found your weapon of mass destruction yet, Walt, so maybe not.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 1:24 AM
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Wha'?


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 1:34 AM
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This "slam-dunk" case that you're gay is full of holes, is what I'm saying. Sure Judith Miller attests strongly to your gayness, but I'm not convinced I'm not.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 1:45 AM
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Fuck. It's now so late I'm not even getting my own references.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 3:15 AM
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I go away for a few days, and miss this? Gits.


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re: 281

You are clearly insufficiently dedicated.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 5:28 AM
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I really hate my stupid job. I spent yesterday being harassed by some incompetent, offensive, imbecilic New York slickster, instead of commenting double-secretly here like I should have been. And now I have to go back and do it all over again. Stupid Internet Use Policies!


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 5:39 AM
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a former Alabama football player with the worst of all possible names

A day late and a dollar short with this, but "Richard Hiscock" is not the worst name possible.

The former CEO of Dana Corporation, Southwood J. "Woody" Morcott, changed his name from "Woody Morecock". Supposedly he did this fairly late in life, not for his own sake, but because his teenage daughters were tired of being teased about their surname.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 7:19 AM
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mrh, do you have a cat named Captain Awesome?

No, I am just awesome.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 7:19 AM
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M/tch's "Make Unfoggidycon: Attack of the Clowns dance" concept really should get its own mixtape thread one of these days. I can think of six or seven really good mixtapes for that just off the top of my head.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 7:50 AM
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not the worst name possible

Hard to beat Dick Trickle. However, Beatis Johnson is about 200% awesome.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 8:40 AM
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I was No Gnus. Then I got on a plane to Chicago, and it was all over. Hi Armsmasher!


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 9:23 AM
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Thanks to Google and YouTube, I can now solve mysteries that have haunted me for years. For example, what was the rap song about Tonto I heard on the radio 20 years ago? Apparently, it was "Apache" by the Sugar Hill Gang.

This reminds me, I keep waiting for The Onion AV Club to do a feature on "songs that everyone is familiar with despite nobody knowing what the song is called or who it is performed by".

Here's Exhibit A.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 1:34 PM
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249: Not me. I didn't participate. Work has sucked this week.

Note: after randomly running across a comment about me in the middle of one of the gazillion-comment threads, I'm now searching through all of the current threads for my handle, and feeling warmly validated.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 11- 9-07 10:00 PM
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