Re: A pickle for the knowing ones

1

Ben w-lfs-n is a complete asshole. I hope he chokes on a comma, gets SARS and dies.


Posted by: apostrononymous | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:27 AM
horizontal rule
2

I want to read the paen to w-lfs-n that apo will have to write as punishment for 1.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:30 AM
horizontal rule
3

You can shove your comma up your colon, Ben w-lfs-n. I wrote you email.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:32 AM
horizontal rule
4

apo will have to write

THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ANONYMOUS!!1!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:43 AM
horizontal rule
5

The Volokh commenters support me in email.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:43 AM
horizontal rule
6

speaking of SARS, i was to go to Ioaninna to attend the meeting when that SARS outbreak happened
had to fly through HongKong and my prof cancelled the flight out of fear to catch it
he did not flew to AHA in 2001 too, was so concerned about his safety
i regret i lost my chance to go to Greece then
well, enough with my memories,


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:55 AM
horizontal rule
7

well, enough with my memories,

...time to smoke pot.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:59 AM
horizontal rule
8

time to work
Ioannina, -,


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:03 AM
horizontal rule
9

For the want of a comma, the post was lost.
For the want of a post, the blog was lost.
For the want of a blog, the blogosphere was lost.
For the want of a blogosphere, democracy was lost.
For the want of democracy, Western Civilization was lost.

With this post, Ben has saved Western Civilization. We must be forever grateful.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:03 AM
horizontal rule
10

The price of Western Civilization is lame ascii reproductions of Rothko?


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:15 AM
horizontal rule
11

fly, flew, flown
something was bothering me
now really off to work


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:15 AM
horizontal rule
12

was so concerned about his safety

A few years ago, a local got the SARS in Canada and was diagnosed on his return home. He was in quarantine at a local hospital and the local media were talking it up. Alongside all the usual ignorant fear to which I will gladly confess I found an almost perverse desire to visit him. I couldn't help feeling sorry for him; he must have been terribly lonely and frightened.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:15 AM
horizontal rule
13

Ben's in Barnett Newman's camp.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:36 AM
horizontal rule
14

3: you're kind of high-maintenance, you know that?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:59 AM
horizontal rule
15

It's my birthday week, so you have to pay attention to meeee.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 11:01 AM
horizontal rule
16

my birthday week

the week starting on your birthday, or the week containing your birthday? I need to know when I can start ignoring you again


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 11:42 AM
horizontal rule
17

This is my birthday half of the year, you know.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 11:46 AM
horizontal rule
18

Fuck it. It's my birthday year. Bow down now.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:00 PM
horizontal rule
19

I had a birthdaaaaaayyy... sometime. Within the last couple years. Gimme cake.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:03 PM
horizontal rule
20

Also I see no pickle in this post.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:04 PM
horizontal rule
21

You have to sort of unfocus your eyes.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:04 PM
horizontal rule
22

That is indicative of a terrible horrible no-good very bad psychological condition, stras.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:04 PM
horizontal rule
23

I see lots of commas. Life is a comma, I've heard.

(All those periods seem like death threats.)


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:06 PM
horizontal rule
24

Will Ogged come back if we all promise to agree that 'degree of likability' is an intrinsic and important characteristic of politicians that is transmitted to the unwashed completely unmodified by media narratives or bias?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:07 PM
horizontal rule
25

I'm still not seeing the pickle.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:08 PM
horizontal rule
26

They're actually semicolons stretched out through years of abuse.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:09 PM
horizontal rule
27

They're actually semicolons stretched out through years of self-abuse.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:11 PM
horizontal rule
28

It's my birthday month. I want semi-colons.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:11 PM
horizontal rule
29

25: If you stare at it long enough, you'll get hungry.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:12 PM
horizontal rule
30

Fuck it. Now I want pickles.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:15 PM
horizontal rule
31

md, I would never.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:18 PM
horizontal rule
32

Never? Poof! There goes another fantasy.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:27 PM
horizontal rule
33

I was twelve when I had my first comma. Luckily, my father had already explained to me that getting your comma is a natural process that happens in the transition from boyhood to manhood, so I didn't freak out or anything.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 12:54 PM
horizontal rule
34

When I was 14, my mother walked in on me when I had my exclamation point in my hand. She was totally cool about it, and said that punctuation was normal and healthy. But still: how embarassing!


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:13 PM
horizontal rule
35

The worst is a serial comma. Impossible to hide.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:15 PM
horizontal rule
36

The worst is a serial comma.

The worst is explosive diaresis.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:21 PM
horizontal rule
37

I have an early childhood memory of throwing up immediately after eating a pickle. It may well have been my first pickle. I have hated pickles my whole life, probably because of this early trauma. I think a similar early food trauma explains why I eat all my cereal--and I eat a lot of cereal--dry.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:25 PM
horizontal rule
38

Serial commas can lead to run-on sentences, which are not only embarassing but can be life-threatening in some cases. See your doctor immediately.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:38 PM
horizontal rule
39

Explosive diaeresis is especially dangerous because it can be mistaken, in the early stages, for a perfectly benign umlaut.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:39 PM
horizontal rule
40

I have an early childhood memory of throwing up immediately after eating a pickle. It may well have been my first pickle. I have hated pickles my whole life, probably because of this early trauma.

Think back, Otto. Was it really a pickle?


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:42 PM
horizontal rule
41

I have some homemade pickles in the fridge. I think I'll have one.

Any punctuation or grammar ever used by Laurence Sterne is legit. That's rule one.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:45 PM
horizontal rule
42

I'm still not seeing the pickle.

Look closely.

I have hated pickles my whole life

Deep fried pickles are pretty good, actually.

And on the topic of food, I expect everyone's eating haggis tonight?


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:51 PM
horizontal rule
43

Why, is it, uh, David Hume Night or something?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:56 PM
horizontal rule
44

everyone's eating haggis tonight?

Any plans I might make along those lines are pretty sure to go agley.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:58 PM
horizontal rule
45

I remember my first time. I had an enormous solidus; she didn't know I was really a virgule.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 1:58 PM
horizontal rule
46

Is this a Python joke? About data persistence and object hierarchies or something? Geez...


Posted by: NickFranklin | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 2:33 PM
horizontal rule
47

Dammit! For some reason I forget Burns Night & Talk Like a Pirate Day every year until it's too late in the day to have fun with it. Perhaps it's time to invest in a calendar.


Posted by: Rah | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 2:42 PM
horizontal rule
48

These comments are truly awful, another one from MM:

most fat people are fat because they're hungry. It is much more likely that the causal relationship between fat and income runs from fat to income than from income to fat

What the fuck does it mean to say people are "fat because they're hungry?" I can't even... bleh. Anyway, what is she saying? That if you're fat, you end up poor? I ... argh


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 2:45 PM
horizontal rule
49

With a pun on pickling as "serialization," to boot? (I.e., Ben's comma usage was impugned, so he produced a Python pickle--by defn., a "serialization" of data--which just so happens to include an extended pattern of "serial" commas.)

Am I crazy, or just the only one foolish enough to say what everyone else knows already?

And besides, what's the unpickled version look like?


Posted by: NickFranklin | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 2:47 PM
horizontal rule
50

i have a jar of pickles in the fridge too, kept it over a month i think, may be it's expired already
what's with this spelling? i realized what was bothering me - not commas and dots, that i don't know whether it is archaic english or
parody and it's hilarious
if so, i'm only glad to influence someone down to my literal level
or may be it meant something else, can't read the like many layers :(


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 4:38 PM
horizontal rule
51

NickFranklin, I take pity on you, and explain all. You can find the whole book online, even.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:49 PM
horizontal rule
52

That could have gotten quite a bit more elaborate before you broke the spell, Ben.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 9:58 PM
horizontal rule
53

I am a merciful god.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:03 PM
horizontal rule
54

48: It's almost like a random word generator.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:06 PM
horizontal rule
55

51: OK. Very nice. Although I did like the Python hypothesis as well.

And I hereby retract my rather pettish proposal for Ogged's return in 24.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:06 PM
horizontal rule
56

51: Ah, well, I tried. I'm happy to take one for the team, especially in the service of such an excellent link. (Let these words not be a call to action for the rest of Unfogged, however. For the love of god.)


Posted by: NickFranklin | Link to this comment | 01-25-08 10:27 PM
horizontal rule
57

Having ignored this post all day, I have to say that I'm kind of disappointed to have the allusion--which obviously there *was* an allusion--explained. Sniff.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 12:24 AM
horizontal rule
58

And on the topic of food, I expect everyone's eating haggis tonight?

I've just come back from eating haggis, and I brought the leftovers for my children, who enjoyed it the last time I served it. There were also neeps and tatties, and mince pie, and a single malt from Jura, and a handsome Scotswoman reading Burns.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 2:33 AM
horizontal rule
59

woohoo, i'm much relieved
i feel now as if my broken english is like authorized
so that i wouldn't bother to worry about its faults from now on ;)
thank you Lord


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 5:38 AM
horizontal rule
60

51: that was supposed to be anonymously posted on standpipe's blog!


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 7:42 AM
horizontal rule
61

I haven't followed every single thread, and so am not absolutely certain that this youtube has not appeared. Who cares? If it has, we can watch it again.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 7:46 AM
horizontal rule
62

59: here, read, in case you run out:

.,,,.,...,,.,....,,.,..,.,,,..,,..,......,,.,..,.,,,..,,..,......,,....,..,.....
.,,,..,,.,,..,.,.,,...,,.,,,..,..,,..,.,.,,,.,....,......,,.,,.,.,,..,.,.,,,..,,
.,,,..,,.,,....,.,,..,,,.,,..,.,..,......,,..,,..,,.,,,,.,,,..,...,......,..,,,.
.,,.,..,.,,...,,.,,.,.,,.,...,,..,,,..,..,,....,.,,.,,,..,,.,.,,.,,.,,...,,.,..,
.,,.,,,...,,,.,...,......,.,.....,,,,..,.,,,.,...,,.,....,,.,,,,.,,.,,,...,.....
.,,,..,,.,,,.,.,.,,...,,.,,.,.,,.,,,..,,..,....,


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 7:48 AM
horizontal rule
63

Nápi's video in 61 is hilarious, and I don't even care about football. Also, read, here are a bunch of shift keys for you:


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 7:58 AM
horizontal rule
64

63: Mr.H. took the words right out of my keyboard, on both topics.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 8:00 AM
horizontal rule
65

59: i feel now as if my broken english is like authorized

Hmmmm. So right out of the blue we just happen to get a post "authorizing" read's English. Ben, you might want to doublecheck the IP address on the main page post.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 8:13 AM
horizontal rule
66

Someone with modest skill and a great need to procrastinate could probably write a pretty good script for that same clip dealing with one of the fascist varieties of liberalism, or liberal versions of fascism.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 8:16 AM
horizontal rule
67

66: Right. At the very end, he will be consoling himself that his spirit will live on through his ideological kinsmen, the New Dealers.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-26-08 9:01 AM
horizontal rule