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April 11, 2006

“Blog”
Posted by Teresa at 07:48 AM *

Over at Unqualified Offerings, Jim Henley put up a one-word post saying “Blog.” Its comment thread didn’t so much follow as blossom, or perhaps effuse. It’s brilliant. Have a look.

Addendum: Mike Ford’s being brilliant again. From the comment thread of our own instantiation of “Blog”:

You people have no inkling of the facts.
You people just don’t see the situation.
You people sit alone and grind an ax.
You people start and bring your own damn nation.
You people sleep with partners made of straw.
You people’d unconvert old Johnny Knox.
You people sturmed the drang off Godwin’s Law.
You people, get your hands out of your socks.
You people, by the merest act of saying,
“You people,” spin the prop atop your beanie;
“You people” is your one-string banjo playing,
“You people” goes da capo senza fine.
Here sits a church, the browser is its steeple:
Open the tab, and see the typing people.

Further addenda: There have been moments, reading this thread, when I’ve honestly thought I was going to injure myself by laughing immoderately. I can’t do justice to the whole, but here are a couple of sequences. The first were all posted by Greg London:

sheepish comment by latecomer, with apology for not being overly funny due to self deprecating excuse.
——-
“in a snowstorm, uphill, both ways” post referencing ancient computer hardware.
——-
completely unrelated comment by frequent poster.
——-
apology by frequent poster confessing that recent post was put on the wrong thread.
——-
“I know I’m being pedantic here but” post invoking philosophical arguments to the meanings of several terms used by previous poster ending by proclaiming the previous poster is an idiot, for some definition of “idiot”.
——-
flamewar ensues
——-
attempt by a third party to mediate ongoing flamewar which only reignites topics that had been previously buried and forgotten.
——-
original flamers flame mediator
——-
mediator drops off list.
——-
haiku is posted
which conveys some new insight,
rhymes with “Nantucket”.
——-
picture of rabbit with a pancake on its head is posted.

Ajay’s sequence:

ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:21 AM:

Plaintive remark that I blogged this two weeks ago, in detail. Link to blog named after obscure part of human brain.

ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:27 AM:

Blindingly erudite post in foreign language (German?). Reply in more obscure foreign language (ideally dead; Latin? Sumerian?). Learned chortle from third poster at unsuspected ambiguity in Sumerian post. Question about making replica clothes of obscure Oriental dynasty. Long conversation between at least four people who know all about said clothes and wear them in their spare time. Offer to sell mysterious item of clothing, nature unknown except to above four people. Parody of Dante. Reference to Early Church Father. Interjection about emergency medicine.

ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:31 AM:

Long, bloodcurdlingly detailed advice from James D. Macdonald about what to do in event of some dire emergency (heart stops, house floods, leg falls off, children attacked by whale, etc.) Posters stunned into silence. Long, contemplative pause as commenters look thoughtfully at own houses, children, legs, etc. Timid, Piglet-like question. Terrifyingly learned and hope-destroying reply.

Comments on "Blog":
#1 ::: Dave Langford ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 08:01 AM:

Er, Teresa, that comment thread link doesn't go to Unqualified Offerings but to some site called Making Light....

This is the link you want.

#2 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 08:11 AM:

Hello, Dave, and a belated Happy Birthday to you. I just tracked down the problem, which was a missing equals sign. The link should work now.

#3 ::: Steve Eley ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 09:32 AM:

Predicate-free self-referential expression of admiration.

#4 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 09:38 AM:

Expression of surprise that no one has thought of this before.

#5 ::: cleek ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:09 AM:

hillarious. that reminded me of this song by Davinci's Notebook.

#6 ::: D. ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:13 AM:

I remember this from alt.callahans; it's called an existential argument.

Just to play along: Largely content-free reference to obscure baseball statistics orthogonal to original point asserted.

#7 ::: Norman David Gerre ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:25 AM:

It reminds me of Kuro5hin's "Confusingly titled meta story" from 2001.

#8 ::: Sisuile ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:33 AM:

String of letters indicating much laughter, expressions of thanks for the link.

#10 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 11:00 AM:

Reference to something similar that I am reminded of by this post.

#11 ::: hypochrismutreefuzz ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 11:34 AM:

O fishhead tree!
O fishhead tree!
How squamous are your branches!
They writhe!
They throb!
They vibrate so!
Just like the mob on Arsenio!
O fishhead tree!
O fishhead tree!
You adumbrate flanges!

#12 ::: Jim Henley ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 11:46 AM:

Well, Grant - I see that the date stamp on your link is August 24, 2001.

Don't you know that 9/11 changed everything? Therefore, your link doesn't count.

#13 ::: Dave Luckett ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 12:01 PM:

I am somehow reminded that one of the tracks on the original Woodstock album (various artists) was entitled "Rain Dance" and consisted of the audience making its own music in a deluge when nobody was game to go on stage. Since my memory is notoriously prone to slippage, this may not be true. But it ought to be.

#15 ::: HP ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 12:58 PM:

Dave, now that you've brought up 60s/70s music:

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing Me Softly with his song...

A sad song about someone singing a sad song about someone, that seems like it could be about the singer singing the song (not the singer sung about), that seems like it could be about me (when I'm in a certain mood). It's also a song about how humiliating it can be when a cheap pop song pushes all your sentimental buttons, which is in itself a cheap pop song that pushes all your sentimental buttons. So it's self-referential along more than one axis. (Furthermore, it puts me in the position of being a man listening to a woman singing about listening to a man singing about a woman. Reflective symmetry?) Kind of a neat philosophical trick for a song I don't even particularly like.

That does it. Now I've got to write a book called "Goedel, Escher, Flack."

(It's also proving to be a fairly resilient earworm. Apologies to anyone I may have infected.)

#16 ::: Leigh Butler ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 01:05 PM:

Quote of observation that it has been done before.

Dry agreement: additional examples linked cleverly within statement.

#17 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 02:14 PM:

Metainformation. (Possibly even metaphor. Not to mention metonym.)

#18 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 02:34 PM:

Obscure and longwinded commentary, beginning vaguely on-topic, but winding its way through linguistics, physics, and chemistry, eventually ending up as a seemingly endless list of integers having some odd property that the poster never explains, and that apparently is supposed to be obvious.

#19 ::: Ann ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 02:48 PM:

Obligatory attempt to one-up previous links to other examples with one dated even earlier.

#20 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 02:55 PM:

"Quote"

Lame pun.

#21 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:00 PM:

entirely off-topic remark from poster who is unclere on teh comcpet of thredded coments deoide of punctuashun or capitollization and annoingly misspellede with added typoes for youre amusemnte

#22 ::: TChem ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:13 PM:

Dsmvwlld cmmnt!!!

#23 ::: Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:27 PM:

That does it. Now I've got to write a book called "Goedel, Escher, Flack."

"Google, Usenet, Blog -- an Unending Grammatic Blight" by Hogless Dufstadter

A ponderous and exceedingly self-referential examination of language, thought, communities, and knitting, told in the form of a flamewar between Achilles and the Tortoise over the true nature of Spam.

#24 ::: Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:32 PM:

Oh, and of course,

Extremely vile pun.

#25 ::: D. ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:40 PM:

Rueful correction of earlier post--it was called an Existential Flame War.

Admission of having too much time on hands; remark about future conversation with therapist; light chuckle at TChem's comment; enthusiastic non-sequiturization of the dominant paradigm; lunch.

#26 ::: Laur[ence] Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:41 PM:

Takes offense at perceived lack of sensitivity displayed by all previous posters.

#27 ::: Namedropper von Comment ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:42 PM:

Comment about the mathematical properties of various permutations of the word "blog", when considered as a 32-bit integer, most significant bit first. This translates into the value 1651273575, which is not prime, but which has the prime factorization 3 x 5 x 5 x 7 x 3145283. The latter number of course resembles pi in a superficial way, but does not otherwise have any relationship to pi, or e, or any other irrational number.

#28 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:49 PM:

This is just to comment

I have ignored
the content
that was in
the blog entry

and which
you were probably
hoping
was relevant

Forgive me
rewriting this poem is fun
so silly
and so pointless

#29 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:53 PM:

Expression of delight at the wittiness exhibited in various comments.

#30 ::: TChem ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 03:59 PM:

Cllng th mdrtrs "fscsts" bcse thy dsmvwlld my wrthwhl cmmnts.

#31 ::: wrye ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 04:19 PM:

entirely off-topic remark from poster who is unclere on teh comcpet of thredded coments deoide of punctuashun or capitollization and annoingly misspellede with added typoes for youre amusemnte

Observation that any sufficiently devolved spelling is indistinguishable from work by Geoffrey Chaucer (who hath a blog).

#32 ::: Sarah S ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 04:21 PM:

Request for help right now with a homework project on the phenomena of blogs and comment threads.

#33 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 04:24 PM:

off-topic poster retrunss too expres dissmay that comet was ignored fales to undetstadn coment about chaucer and has snit

#34 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 04:55 PM:

Poster vanishes up own arse. Exeunt, stage left, in confusion.

#35 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:07 PM:

me too

#36 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:08 PM:

I was just coming down the pass to Keswick when the first Tornado passed me on the left.

#37 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:09 PM:

Needlessly posted out-loud worry that one has committed all of these laughable faux pas on other threads, followed by no apology but an unstated resolution to continue in the same way on subsequent threads.

#38 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:10 PM:

Sudden worry about the plural of faux pas coupled with unwillingness to look it up in a dictionary or on the web.

#39 ::: Jonathan Shaw ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:17 PM:

Query as to current whereabouts of Namedropper von Comment

#40 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:18 PM:

Pedantic remark about the correctness fo faux pas as a plural, including customary typo.

#41 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:21 PM:

Insufficiently pedantic praise of pedanticism, with spurious British spelling.

#42 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:22 PM:

Irritated correction of spurious British spelling with unsubtle use of pedantry.

#43 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:26 PM:

Meek retraction of pedantry, in sufficiently florid grammar to render the content of said retraction effectively moot.

(Subtle pun hidden inside, requiring knowledge of at least one dead language or moribund academic tradition to be comprehensible.)

#44 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 06:42 PM:

Previous comment in quotes.

Acronym for a physical reaction to something humorous one really never does in real life.

#45 ::: Patrick Connors ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:08 PM:

On-topic reply with digression in reference to a cat I once knew.

#46 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:09 PM:

Post referring fans of Namedropper von Comment to comment #406 in Jim Henley's thread.

#47 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:23 PM:

Rightwing drive-by attacking liberals for laziness, ad hominems, irrelevance, and statements above poster's head.

#48 ::: joann ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:29 PM:

Request for homework assistance is answered with hilariously misleading misinformation.

#49 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:31 PM:

Witty sonnet by Mike Ford. Sonnets in response by Claude Muncey and Jim Macdonald. Retaliatory double dactyl by Virge and villanelle by Kevin Andrew Murphy. First riff on "This is just to say." Funny quatrain by Avram Grumer summarizing original post. Poem in pre-modern English by one of the regulars. Jo Walton weighs in, impressively, and thread goes into hyperdrive. Moderator declares it a game, starts keeping track.

#50 ::: aphrael ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:33 PM:

Thanks from a site admin for the reference in post #7.

#51 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 07:40 PM:

Misplaced comment about particle.

#52 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 08:19 PM:

You people have no inkling of the facts.
You people just don't see the situation.
You people sit alone and grind an ax.
You people start and bring your own damn nation.
You people sleep with partners made of straw.
You people'd unconvert old Johnny Knox.
You people sturmed the drang off Godwin's Law.
You people, get your hands out of your socks.
You people, by the merest act of saying,
"You people," spin the prop atop your beanie;
"You people" is your one-string banjo playing,
"You people" goes da capo senza fine.
Here sits a church, the browser is its steeple:
Open the tab, and see the typing people.

#53 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 08:47 PM:

Re D.'s reference to "lunch", long, complicated but delicious sounding recipe (with only one or two ingredients omitted).

#54 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 09:43 PM:

Post intended for previous entry.

#55 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:07 PM:

Post intended for long-abandoned thread.

#56 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:09 PM:

What astonishes me is that it took until #430 to get to Mornington Crescent.

#57 ::: Erik V. Olson ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 10:44 PM:

Post pointing out that it has been done before, while making reference to the good old days on the Internet.

#58 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 11:23 PM:

Idle speculation as to Namedropper von Comment being big-endian or little-endian, with a snarky assumption that from his comments one can just tell that he must use the Wrong Operating System.

OS snark is accompanied by an impugning of von Comment's parentage.

#59 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2006, 11:51 PM:

Politely sidelong comment from moderator about not making pinatas of persons long since banned.

#60 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:17 AM:

sheepish comment by latecomer, with apology for not being overly funny due to self deprecating excuse.

#61 ::: marty ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:17 AM:

Pathetic and late post by regular lurker to "join in". Now with added quotation marks...

#62 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:23 AM:

"in a snowstorm, uphill, both ways" post referencing ancient computer hardware.

#63 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:24 AM:

completely unrelated comment by frequent poster.

#64 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:25 AM:

apology by frequent poster confessing that recent post was put on the wrong thread.

#65 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:30 AM:

"I know I'm being pedantic here but" post invoking philosophical arguments to the meanings of several terms used by previous poster ending by proclaiming the previous poster is an idiot, for some definition of "idiot".

#66 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:31 AM:

flamewar ensues

#67 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:32 AM:

attempt by a third party to mediate ongoing flamewar which only reignites topics that had been previously buried and forgotten.

#68 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:32 AM:

original flamers flame mediator

#69 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:36 AM:

mediator drops off list.

#70 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:41 AM:

haiku is posted
which conveys some new insight,
rhymes with "Nantucket".

#71 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:43 AM:

picture of rabbit with a pancake on its head is posted.

#72 ::: oliviacw ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:04 AM:

Diatribe about latest political situation, sparked by a coincidental similarity of newly elected politician's name to the poster in comment #47.

#73 ::: Kathy Li ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:44 AM:

Reply to Elise, showing off Mornington Crescent/ISIHAC in-knowledge by sly dropping of phrases "in nid" and "double-platform loop".

Plays Definitions on "blog." Begins to sing One Song to the Tune of Another.

#74 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:55 AM:

Fawning and obsequious apology to moderator and list participants for transgression that apparently only occured in the poster's version of reality.

#75 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:10 AM:

Post attributing controversial statement to incorrect commenter, followed by sharp attack on misidentified commenter's ability to reason clearly.

#76 ::: Dawno ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:46 AM:

another lurker unlurks with nothing particularly interesting to say just to get in on the fun

#77 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 03:28 AM:

spam spam spam spam spammity spam, wonderful [abrupt deletion and adjustment to filters]

#78 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 03:53 AM:

Increasingly digressive tangential subthread among two or three posters.

#79 ::: Dave Langford ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 03:58 AM:

Apologies for making needed correction. False claim of hating to rain on anyone's parade. Gleeful assertion that previous poster mispelled $PHRASE as $UTTERLY_DIFFERENT_PHRASE. Belligerent enquiry as to which part of $SOME_OTHER_PHRASE said poster finds so hard to understand. Hackneyed gibe concerning battle of wits and unarmed foe. Avoidance of responsibility by insertion of final smiley.

#80 ::: Keir ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 04:02 AM:

Post with very little to say, merely agreeing with all previous posters, including those with contradictory positions.

#81 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 04:09 AM:

Shake of head at one's own pathetic inability to come near the tremendous cleverness of all the other commenters.

#82 ::: Therese Norén ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:00 AM:

Pleading for mental processes regarding pre-pubertals.

#83 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:21 AM:

Plaintive remark that I blogged this two weeks ago, in detail. Link to blog named after obscure part of human brain.

#84 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:27 AM:

Blindingly erudite post in foreign language (German?). Reply in more obscure foreign language (ideally dead; Latin? Sumerian?). Learned chortle from third poster at unsuspected ambiguity in Sumerian post. Question about making replica clothes of obscure Oriental dynasty. Long conversation between at least four people who know all about said clothes and wear them in their spare time. Offer to sell mysterious item of clothing, nature unknown except to above four people. Parody of Dante. Reference to Early Church Father. Interjection about emergency medicine.

#85 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:31 AM:

Long, bloodcurdlingly detailed advice from James D. Macdonald about what to do in event of some dire emergency (heart stops, house floods, leg falls off, children attacked by whale, etc.) Posters stunned into silence. Long, contemplative pause as commenters look thoughtfully at own houses, children, legs, etc. Timid, Piglet-like question. Terrifyingly learned and hope-destroying reply.

#86 ::: Zarquon ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:59 AM:

Sexist comment.
Complaint about censorship by feminazis.

#87 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:21 AM:

Disemvowelling all around, followed by acerbic warning from TNH. Applause.

#88 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:41 AM:

ntntnlly dsmvwlld wtty cmmnt, whch ll Mkng Lght rglrs cn rd s qckly s rdnry prs, bt whch bffls ts trgts ntrly.

#89 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:42 AM:

Indignant post blaming the moderators for disemvowelling an innocent party.

#90 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:48 AM:

Orphan post appears after thread abandoned.

#91 ::: Fiendish Writer ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:51 AM:

Incoherent exclamation!

#92 ::: JennR ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 07:27 AM:

Politely snarky request that persons posting recipes please ensure that quantity of all ingredients are listed. Bemoans loss of last of last year's rhubarb, weeks before new crop availability.

#93 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 08:46 AM:

Reference to mini-play starting ~25 minutes into episode 241 of This American Life.

#94 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:00 AM:

Request for clarification of the differences between ingredients in different countries, leading to an exhaustive exposition of the relative properties of approximately equivalent substances.

Irrelevant anecdote about local equivalent substance of which a poster is fond/tried once in the reign of Queen Anne/is violently allergic to but still loves.

#95 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:11 AM:

Clueless request for unsubscription.

#96 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:14 AM:

Profuse apology. Lame excuse. False promise that will never do this again. One of the missing ingredients for recipe with incoherent measurement. Apology.

#97 ::: Jp ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:32 AM:

Rambling, dull, irrelevant anecdote about contributions to astronomical science being stifled by academic mafia.

Painful, unsuccessful attempt to relate anecdote to a previous irrelevant comment made three days ago and ignored for several hundred comments since.

#98 ::: Not Jp ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:34 AM:

Lame sock puppetry, attempting to attract attention to own previous post by posing as somebody else.

#99 ::: theophylact ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:41 AM:

Multiple post.

#100 ::: theophylact ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:47 AM:

Multiple post with apology for first instance.

#101 ::: Laur[ence] Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:51 AM:

Lurker thinks of something to say, but is too shy to post it.

#102 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:54 AM:

Plaintive complaint about browser not displaying last 400 posts.

#103 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:03 AM:

Orthogonal and largely tone-deaf comment picking up on some obscure point upthread now all but forgotten by the other posters, now elaborated on at terrifying length. Ammended during Preview to make the phrasing more careful, but twice as tedious.

#104 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:04 AM:

Na ravtzngvp cbfg va ebg13 nccrnef.

#105 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:11 AM:

Posts own version of recipe earlier posted by someone else, with all ingredients listed, including variants and with sentimntal recollections of previous occasions on which results of said recipe were consumed, as well as persons who had provided recipe to poster, in this and other versions.

Adds, disguised as casual afterthought, remark about remarkable achievement of offspring of sibling, both unknown to most posters and lurkers.

#106 ::: Avery ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:46 AM:

Long list of individuals who died under mysterious circumstances and who have no more than four degrees of separation from well heeled individual. How can you deny this evidence?

#107 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:09 AM:

Lame comment posted just to mark place where one left off reading, in tomorrow's Last 400 Comments.

#108 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:15 AM:

Reminder that some browsers may require you to press F11 twice to see all the comments, posted without thinking about the display glitch causing the people who need to see said comment being unable to do so.

#109 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:23 AM:

Attempt to shanghai thread with long, incomprehensible argument designed to prove malfeasance of previous adminstration ending with poorly spelled insults at all other posters.

#110 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:26 AM:

Irate posting about lack of responses to previous argument after an immediate refresh showed no additional postings. Intimations about other posters heritage, parentage, social skills and cliquishness.

#111 ::: Mary Aileen Buss ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:31 AM:

Complaint about the glitch that causes long threads to go to a blank page with just ads, forcing one to click the back button.

#112 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:43 AM:

Helpful explanation that the blank page with ads is not a glitch, it is a feature.

#113 ::: JennR ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:58 AM:

Commiseration with blank page "feature" problems. Admonition to fellow readers to not talk so much.

Thanks to original recipe poster for corrections. Extended discussion of changes necessitated by loss of rhubarb and incompleteness of recipe.

#114 ::: Jules ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:09 PM:

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#115 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 12:41 PM:

Comment posted almost entirely for the sake of making a Buffy reference.

#116 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:05 PM:

Pointed comment noting that, given the language skills evident on this site, simply mixing ROT-13 and /33+ is insufficient to mask the real !/\/5u|7. Suggestion re: using an Aramaic translation cypher from ancient Celtic followed by 133+-ing the Enigma -engined output of said translation, just to make it a little bit of a challenge.

#117 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:26 PM:

with syntax bizarre unpunctuated comprehensible and barely by non-native just psychotic or english speaker poster post

#118 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:29 PM:

poster same for apology english bad "syntax bizarre with" be should saying post

#119 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:34 PM:

Poster expresses deep and abiding fear of lobsters.

#120 ::: Glenn Reynolds or someone claiming to be him for amusement value ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:40 PM:

Heh. Indeed.

#121 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:40 PM:

Mandatory Roomba tie-in comment.

#122 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 01:57 PM:

Random rant about The Evils Of New York Publishers who do not recognise talent when they see it. Polite flame war explaining difference between employer's website and personal blog.

#123 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:00 PM:

Request for help identifying half-remembered story/movie/TV show seen once when poster was home sick at age 10.

#124 ::: Sarah S ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:15 PM:

Arcane string of semi-logical connections and deductive leaps constructed for the sheer joy of pointing out how all this relates to dinosaur sodomy.

#125 ::: Magenta Griffith ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:20 PM:

Irrelevant post for the purpose of seeing one's name on a popular thread.

#126 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:22 PM:

Post ruefully noting that Sarah S beat me to the dinosaur sodomy link.

#127 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:39 PM:

Seriously out-of-touch poster demads explanation of how dinosaurs, in combination with sodomy, could be either relevant or amusing to original topic.

#128 ::: Michael Weholt ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 02:55 PM:

Urgent post with added emphasis, said urgency leading to effed-up html tag.

#129 ::: Jules ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 03:26 PM:

Inquiry as to whether a story lacking in dinosaurs can make up for it by removing some sodomy and adding lobsters. Includes comment that suggests (inaccurately) that poster had guessed correctly about Mr Stross's phobia.

#130 ::: Jules ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 03:30 PM:

Note that comment by "Glenn Reynolds or someone claiming to be him for amusement value" was posted by someone (cough cough) with an e-mail address at "NOSPAMyahoo.com"; suggestion that this must be an alternate-reality-based e-mail hosting service.

#131 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:38 PM:

Nostalgia about similar thread , uninteresting to and unfamiliar to all except [at most] one other poster here.

#132 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:53 PM:

Return sonnet, destroyed in preview page due to structural and personal awkwardness.

#133 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 06:45 PM:

Startling link of thread topic to some unspeakable knitting project; general wiggins ensue.

#134 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 07:01 PM:

Dramatic, terse, presumably colonial lobster recipe, including phrase "boiled well until they be dead".

#135 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 07:05 PM:

Long, detailed discursion on the malfeasance of a vanity press or other publishing scam, culminating in eventual comeuppance for the culprit du jour. (Paranoid conspiracy followup about font-kerning and Photoshop artifacts in POD books.) Gratuitous nudibranch reference.

#136 ::: Vicki ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 07:48 PM:

Confusion about relevance or otherwise of personal anecdote involving grandmother and cans of coffee shipped across the Atlantic just after the War.

#137 ::: Dave Luckett ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 08:15 PM:

Smart-alec remark to the effect that self-referential discourse is the senescence of a medium.

#138 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:12 PM:

Half-dozen comments playing with self-referentiality, just to be polite. (O the embarrassment. All die.)

#139 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:15 PM:

Commenter is put in mind of certain interesting aspects of SS. Barbara, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria.

#140 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:17 PM:

Reference made to ancient Particle with a portrait of Margaret's cute pet dragon.

#141 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:22 PM:

Proprietor posts long cheerful descriptive recipe, which contains no firm quantities or cooking times, lapses into Middle English at several critical points, and includes digressions about reverse distillation and obscure varieties of citrus that run as long as the actual cooking instructions.

#142 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:24 PM:

Moderator admits has been trying to find that picture again. Makes hazy reference to Jesus eating a guinea pig.

#143 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:29 PM:

Molesworth's account of skool pla invoked to describe effect of Ajay's comments, other comments as well.

#144 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:38 PM:

Link to Photoshopped image of SS. Barbara, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria as The Supremes (w/Queen o'Sheba as D. Ross), found by application of search engine technology that may violate unpublished DHS regulation carrying severe criminal penalties. Link slashdotted, multiply mirrored, and then implodes.

#145 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:55 PM:

Belated translation of Whyrf' cbfg.

#146 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 09:56 PM:

brief comment on minor point that is (almost) all one can compass if one attempts to take a day's posts at one gulp.

another brief comment on an entirely different small point -- picked out with some ... liberal ... punctuation (that might suggest speech if living people could speak parends).

#147 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:04 PM:

Moderator writes long post describing recurrent friction-generating interactions involving a dozen or so regulars; shakes head fondly, deletes post.

(Moderator catches self reading foregoing, shaking head fondly, and reaching for delete key. Is startled.)

#148 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:43 PM:

Circular argument

#149 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:44 PM:

ad nauseum

#150 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:44 PM:

ad hominem directed at circular argument poster

#151 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:45 PM:

circular poster bifurcates issue with ad hominem poster

#152 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:46 PM:

non sequitor presented

#153 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:47 PM:

attempts to bring thread back on topic fail as non-sequitor topic becomes hugely popular topic

#154 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 10:47 PM:

reference to microsoft and bill gates made. Godwin's other law satisfied.

#155 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:14 PM:

Commenter proposes amendment to Godwin's Law stating that infractions of it don't count if absolutely everyone ignores them.

Idle proposal of airshow involving SS. Christina the Amazing and Joseph of Cupertino mutates into discussion of whether bilocation is teleportation or simultaneous presence of two alternate realities: extension, substance, accident report, parking in NYC, evidence of miracles, worse in Bay Area, silicon, AI, can kraut, six bagels, wave asterisk.

#156 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:23 PM:

His followers called him MAHASAMATMAN. His friends called him...

#157 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:23 PM:

Random link to pictures of Cats in Zeppelins.

#158 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:29 PM:

Reference to "Serenity" made. Fond memories of "Firefly" recalled.

#159 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:34 PM:

Request made for a Yet Another Story IDentification. Can't remember anything from the entire book other than at one point there is a totally irrelevant scene involving two secondary characters having a conversation about some insignificant factoid. Despite not being able to remember anything of the plot, significant characters or events, poster reminisces about how great it was reading it.

#160 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:35 PM:

YASID request is answered, including book title, author, year published. Also, it is pointed out that half of what was in the original request was actually wrong.

#161 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:42 PM:

Rather long and detailed flame war erupts regarding how Star Trek teleporter technology would be implemented in real life. Two camps emerge: "worm hole tunnels" and "matter disassemblers, transmitters, recievers, reassemblers". Both claim the other side's solution is far too complex to ever be feasible.

#162 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:46 PM:

entire post made in pirate speak. Arr.

#163 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 11:50 PM:

pst lks dsmvwlled bt ws ctlly typd tht wy fr cmdc ffct

#164 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 12:18 AM:

Combination of YASID, lobster, and coffee can comments into mention of Theodore Cogswell's short story "Emergency Rations".

#165 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 12:29 AM:

Pedantic correction of error in Latin which would have been recognised and ignored anyway by anyone who cared.

#166 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 12:33 AM:

Discussion of vanity presses using POD spawns sub-thread reminiscing about days of hot lead. Side-track to Victorian era equivalents of APAs.

#167 ::: oliviacw ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 01:23 AM:

Query as to whether the author of the YASID ever published a short story in a collection on [theme]...poster seems to recall such, but can't place what the [theme] was, when it might have been published, or any of the other authors or stories in the anthology.

#168 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 01:49 AM:

Star Trek transporter squabble expands into discussion of whether a disassembled and reassembled person is the same person as before.

#169 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 01:57 AM:

Transporter squabble ranges into the semiotic value of unexpected goatees.

#170 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 04:55 AM:

"some unspeakable knitting project"

Steals obvious joke from Douglas Adams about "fabric of space-time". Makes obvious and strained reference to HP Lovecraft. Posts. Realises how lame post looks. Retreats in embarrassment.

#171 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 05:34 AM:

Naive request for explanation of every abbreviation (e.g. YASID) and in-joke encountered in the thread to date. Attempted ingratiation. Shrubbery.

#172 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 05:40 AM:

Insecure commenter's earnest explanation that she knew what everyone meant all along, followed by a clear demonstration that most of the math and all of the foreign language passages were beyond her comprehension, and besides, she has no ready access to rhubarb.

#173 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 06:04 AM:

Long explanation of how the transporter really works, with formal citations from Stargate SG-1, a 1968 Doctor Who serial, and an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. Marathon comment ends with an expression of confusion over words that disappeared when comment was previewed, and rueful complaint about staying up too late reading blog threads.

#174 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 06:34 AM:

Reference to Red Dwarf.

#175 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:52 AM:

Mention of lobster sodomy is ignored by all except one right-wing poster who thinks post was an allusion to Dubya.

#176 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 08:50 AM:

Poster asserts Dubya is the anti-Christ.

#177 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:01 AM:

Moderator extracts laudably accurate (and hence funny) comment sequences, re-posts them as addenda to the original front-page post.

#178 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:02 AM:

Fond ramble about Zelazny, triggered by PNH's seemingly random reference. Fervent wish that the guy would've lived longer, at least long enough to write more Amber novels.

#179 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:27 AM:

Reference to "hot lead" leads to Magnificent Seven aside, leading to samurai/gunfighter discussion, multiply tangenting to Damascus Steel flamewar.

#180 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 10:20 AM:

Outraged flame comparing earlier poster to Serdar Argic.

#181 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:02 AM:

Gratuitous references to PA, Atlanta Nights and that Pierce fellow, closely followed by three misspellings of the blog owner's name in a single iteration.

#182 ::: Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:26 AM:

Another rewrite of "This is Just to Say," written by poster who had failed to notice earlier iterations and thought he was being witty and original. [Poster finally sees earlier iterations as he scans down to re-read his own post. Poster goes and hides under his desk for twenty minutes, making whimpering noises.]

#183 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:36 AM:

Guilty admission that poster may have broken Henley thread with imitation of semi-autistic comment.

#184 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:51 AM:

"Dubya is the anti-Christ" leads to a flurry of postings on metaphysical issues, including attempts to define the multiverse (each more arcane than the next, except for the most fannish), as well as citations in the original tongue from Celtic, Aramaic, and Dark-Age Latin. Experts abound. None can agree.

#185 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 12:41 PM:

Dubya discussion is referred to post #666 on Henley blog.

#186 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 01:00 PM:

Observation that poster claiming to have broken Henley's thread doesn't really feel the least bit guilty and they shouldn't try to pretend otherwise. Subtext of jealousy obvious to anyone with a functioning synapse or two.

#187 ::: Mario Milosevic ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 01:50 PM:

This is a link to a post that anticipates some of the metapoints referenced in this comment thread.

#188 ::: oliviacw ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 02:06 PM:

Dubious linkage of samurai/gunfighter discussion to transporter technology, complete with contemplation of the question, "can you ever fire the same gun twice?"

#189 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 02:55 PM:

Peevish reiteration of thread's first YASID. Imputation of nefarious motives to persons who have been ignoring said YASID.

#190 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 02:56 PM:

Humble apologies for previous post. Blame placed on work stress/caffeine/lack of caffeine.

#191 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 02:58 PM:

Effusion of gratitude for mention of book/TV series/movie/language/fraud/folly/truth/knitting/citrus fruit. Description of how book/TV series/movie/language/fraud/folly/truth/knitting/citrus fruit has changed poster's life.

#192 ::: Bernard Yeh ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 03:38 PM:

Quote of outrageously erudite and funny comment by host or commenter.

Reminder not to drink beverage of choice while reading this blog. Demand for a new display from the perpetrator.

#194 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 04:49 PM:

Observation that "nothing new under the sun" comments fail to take into account the enjoyability of each recurrence for participants.

#195 ::: Rich Magahiz ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 05:07 PM:

Comment spam offering pharmaceutical enhancements to the body part of your choice.

#196 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 05:25 PM:

Comment spam flagged by alert poster.

#197 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:08 PM:

Two hard boiled eggs.

#198 ::: Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:13 PM:

Weary assertion that the previous poster could make sense if they tried.

#199 ::: CaoPaux ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:33 PM:

Fnord.

#200 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:41 PM:

Assertion that hard boiled eggs make perfect sense in the context of a completely different blog encountered earlier today, but usually aren't eaten with Spam(tm).

#201 ::: Dan MacQueen ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:42 PM:

Complaint that previous comment was badly formatted, and cannot be read (names of versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Lynx which failed to display previous comment included in parentheses.)

#202 ::: Keir ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 07:59 PM:

Rant at previous poster over his use of IE, explaining in great detail the advantages of Firefox.

Explanation on how to obtain Firefox that poster thinks a child could follow, but none the less involves installing Cygwin.

#203 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 08:37 PM:

Disagreement with praiser of X, with arguments that he didn't stop writing Y nearly soon enough.

#204 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 08:55 PM:

Cryptic conspiratorial response to CaoPaux with some confusing numerology and giggling.

#205 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:07 PM:

Troll elbows his way into the conversation, farts loudly, and then starts picking his nose while sniggering annoyingly.

#206 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:10 PM:

Comment spam offering pharmaceutical enhancements to body parts one doesn't have. (what is zis 'package' and why do I want it bigger?)

#207 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:36 PM:

Post consisting solely of a malformed link to a supposedly wonderful site apropos to the conversation. Poster never returns to provide working link.

#208 ::: JennR ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 09:41 PM:

Alert(?) reader notices comment spam(s).

Adds parenthetical to the effect that the (non)recipe posted by the hostess is quite good, although it involved all household saucepans and shooing the cat away from the cabinet in which the (rarely used) filter funnel lives.

#209 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 10:01 PM:

Abrupt turn into a discussion of filter funnels, their (mostly improvisational) uses and where located in various kitchens, pantries, garages, etc. Subthread collapses shortly after a wistful but vain request for a downloadable video of Filters of Tomorrow, a 1956 promotional short whose SF content was not limited to the presence of Al "Captain Video" Hodge as Osmosis Master.

#210 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 10:03 PM:

Five posters, three citing Snopes, insist that "Filters of Tomorrow" never existed, while a sixth claims it was written by Isaac Asimov.

#211 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:42 PM:

discussion of whether a disassembled and reassembled person is the same person as before tangents into a discussion of the differences between Descarte's mechanistic philosophy and postmodern phenomenology. Discussion generates micro-tangents mentioning: Socrates, Plato, Zen Buddhism, ghosts in the machine, mind-body differentiation, and cheese.

Someone not involved in any way with the discussion until this point posts a network diagram that shows that mapping the discussion posts by topics creates an image that resembles the Virgin Mary.

Entire tangent discussion is completely dropped. Original Teleporter-debate posters post that they will simply agree to disagree and move on.

Someone then asks about implementing a Force-Shield using real world technology. Two camps emerge.

#212 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2006, 11:54 PM:

"Filters of Tomorrow" discussion morphs into deep dive on the relative merits of coffee brewing methods. Press-pot and Melitta factions emerge. Romeo and Juliet parody with coffee theme is posted.

Specualtion begins on the inevitability of a coffee-shop singularity and its impact on a future highly-caffeinated society.

Yerba Mate based Hamster Chow is proposed as a new product.

#213 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 12:12 AM:

Post with massive spoilers hidden from casual viewing.

<font color=#FFFFFF>It was a sled. She's her sister and her daughter. You are the bus driver.</font>

#214 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 12:27 AM:

Late-night lights-out observation that Yerba Mate hamster chow is not needed, as critter in wheel a few feet away is literally blurring.

#215 ::: Madeline F ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:14 AM:

...SAM!

Digression on much-missed science fiction author continues. Octobers lonesome. Agnostic's Prayer linked.

#216 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:15 AM:

Combination of cheese and philosophy in prior post leads (via mention of The Cheese and the Worms) to a discussion of the merits or otherwise of the Catholic Inquisition in the middle ages. Discussion is rapidly settled by terrifyingly erudite post quoting all relevant sources and implying something equivalent to personal experience of the middle ages.

Topic is returned to solely for the sake of pointing out that no-one had yet made the obligatory Monty Python reference. Uninvolved poster points out subtle Monty Python reference in erudite post and in the process implies that entire thread was not only reading all posts but actually following the argument.

First poster suddenly feels out of his/her depth and makes mental note to read up on *everything*.

#217 ::: Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:24 AM:

Insouciant expression of curiosity as to how Teresa can tell that the hamster is blurring if the lights are out.

#218 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:29 AM:

Orgy of Monty Python references followed by multiple silly comments whose ultimate lines all contain the word "Spam."

#219 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:30 AM:

Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam spam, eggs, spam.

#220 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:33 AM:

Anti-spam. No spam allowed. Falling spam. Department of spam. Poster departs, spammed.

#221 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 01:34 AM:

Newish reader realises that favourite sf author is regular poster, and delurks in squeeing extasy. Newish reader has major fit of embarrassment on realising size of audience for squee, and vows never to post again.

#222 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:06 AM:

Comment that blurring hamsters would produce 37.6% of the energy requirements of South Wales.

Gratuitous explanation that that's South Wales, Wales, rather than New South Wales, Not Wales.

#223 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:19 AM:

Mispost intended for next thread, attempting to start a tangent concerning a recent visit to a museum in a foreign country most of you won't have the chance to visit, and enthusing over an exhibition that's over now anyway.

#224 ::: Kevin Marks ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 04:03 AM:

Blatant and offtopic attempt to get you to vote for poster's neologism WiFired and win him $240 worth of music.

#225 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 05:26 AM:

A return to the Wonder Woman sub-thread with the wild claim that Joss Whedon has narrowed his list to two prospects for the role: Angela Lansbury and Julie Andrews.

#226 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 05:38 AM:

Embarrased admission that the Wonder Woman digression was in the other thread, followed by disgruntled comment that Wonder Woman should be discussed here, too, being an Important Topic for Our Time.

#227 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 07:38 AM:

Belated addition to teleporter discussion, disassembled-reassembled identity subthread, largely in order to plug sf detective novel by Sean Williams turning on this very point.

(Parenthetical remark that novel's solution would attract sarcastic comment from author of "The Simple Art of Murder". Reassurance that novel is nevertheless worth reading.)

#228 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 07:56 AM:

Monty Python references lead to expected mention of Spanish Inquisition. Discussion develops about comparisons of Inquisition to Department of Homeland Security and Cheney to Torquemada.

#229 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 08:51 AM:

Observation that we already did the Spanish Inquisition.

#230 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 09:02 AM:

Requisite "You never know when they'll turn up."

#231 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 09:27 AM:

Long list of possible uses for spoiled rhubarb. Segue into hard boiled eggs, their presentation, variations and uses in religious settings, followed by an in-depth analysis of the laws of kashrut and a passing mention of WMDs (making an unintentional but funny joke).

#232 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 09:29 AM:

Offense taken at joke.

#233 ::: AliceB ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 09:34 AM:

Long apology to prior poster, our hosts, all various religious, ethnic, racial groups and nationalities. Fawning thanks for the use of hands and eyes and the possibility of being able to contribute at all after long and very detailed description of disease (trolling for advice from any possible doctors reading this post). God bless you all.

#234 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 10:06 AM:

Completely off topic comparison of Asimov to Zelazny. Suggestion that Robots of Amber would have been ideal collaboration.

#235 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 11:14 AM:

Obligatory Harlan Ellison reference, immediately deleted by moderator.

#236 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 11:50 AM:

Insanely funny and clever first chapter of Robots in Amber posted after disgustingly short interval by Mike Ford. All others retire from the field in embarassment.

#237 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:20 PM:

Poster notices that his posts have been praised by mediator and moved to top entry of thread. Overwhelming self-consciousness ensues. Poster tries to live up to impossibly high self-imposed expectations.

chokes.

Poster is not seen on thread for several days. Eventually returns citing "deadline at work" as reason for absence.

#238 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:23 PM:

reference made to Marx.

#239 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:24 PM:

reference made to Lenin.

#240 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:24 PM:

reference made to Trotsky

#241 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:25 PM:

reference made to Stalin

#242 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:26 PM:

new poster asks basic questions about Marks, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, revealing zero knowledge of the topic.

#243 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:28 PM:

Reference made to Don McLean.

#244 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:29 PM:

old time poster answers question about Marks, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin in such a way to not actually convey any context to how they relate in history. Seemingly random facts are presented in unrelated topics. old timer closes by summarizing, indirectly, that to not know these things is to be a danger to a healthy democracy.

#245 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:30 PM:

new timer poster who asked original question thanks old timer for answering question, even though none of made sense to anyone but those who already know, and publicly vows to read up on it.

New timer is never heard from again.

#246 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:35 PM:

Acknowledgement that American Pie quote about Lenin/Marx or (Lennon/Groucho Marx) is unhelpful to a full understanding of precursors to the Cold War Ear.

#247 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:36 PM:

Discussion of rhubarb leads to discussion of poison in leaves, which then forks off into discussion of all the plants and animals which are poisonous if eaten. several posters ponder how early man would have figured out what was safe to eat and what was not safe.

someone suggests that "Early Conservatives" would have been their choice for taste tester.

flame war ensues.

#248 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:36 PM:

Brief typo correction, consisting of the words, "or indeed Era."

#249 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:47 PM:

Poster notes that "two hard boiled eggs" comment was a reference to Marx, and honks. Digression towards Firesign Theatre comic works is anticipated.

#250 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 02:54 PM:

Question about Antelope Freeway and Fredonia.

#251 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 03:16 PM:

Green eggs and spam!

#252 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 04:19 PM:

Return to Spanish Inquisition thread, since after all, no one was expecting it.

#253 ::: CaoPaux ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 04:56 PM:

Relief that minimalist contribution succeeded in amusing at least one of august company. Post illuminated with Snoopy dance and/or kowtowing emoticon(s).

#254 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 05:12 PM:

Snarky quotation from Dorothy Parker.

#255 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 07:48 PM:

Philosophical quotation of James Thurber, from "File and Forget."

#256 ::: Thena ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2006, 09:26 PM:

Lurker de-lurks, delcaers de-lurking wiht numerous typose of excitement, and makes remark ambiguously pertinent to one or more abandoned threads.

Comment that we've already been there. Nitpick about typonese. Remark that 'typonese' is offensive. Query as to which abandoned thread lurker is de-lurking to. Remark as to obviousness of answers a, b, and c. Digression ensues.

Lurker re-lurks, mission accomplished.

#257 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 12:29 AM:

discussion of science fiction story involving time travel degenerates into issue with the world-rules the story used around time-travel. Time-traveling world rules for a number of stories are volunteered by numerous posters as thread seems to tangent but gain focus at the same time. However, when the "only organic material can travel through time" rule employed in "Terminator" is listed, another poster comments that said rule was, to quote, "stupid". Thread quickly tailspins into a flamewar regarding what time travel rules are "not stupid". Two camps emerge in thread: (1) All time travel is allowed, paradoxes must sort themselves out somehow, otherwise the current thread of time would have collapsed in on itself and we wouldn't be here. And (2) time travel into the past is not possible. Only traveling into the future is possible, and therefore, paradoxes cannot occur.

Poster in group (1) informs a poster defending group (2) that his methods show numerous logical fallacies, a lack of understanding of even basic quantum mechanics, and disregard for basic concepts, such as conservation of energy.

Group (2) poster responds by giving group (1) as a whole the title "camp bonehead".

entire thread implodes in incindeary attacks. After three weeks, only a few survivors remain. They pull themselves out of the rubble and start rebuilding.

A new thread is started regarding the poster buying a new pair of glasses and thinking about getting corrective surgery. Discussion wanders discussing the marvels of the human eye, optical systems in general, and laser surgury to correct vision problems.

Someone ponders whether it would be possible to take a powerful enough laser, some lenses, and build a Light Saber.

two camps emerge.

Flame war ensues...

#258 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 12:37 AM:

Someone points out that as the duration of any blog thread continues, the probability of an incindeary flame war approaches one. And that this rule applies regardless of what topic started the thread.

Another poster provides a number of links to various threads that were quite long and even got "hot and heavy", but that the thread never actually turned into a "flame war". no insults were exchanged, the posters simply disagreed completely with each other.

First poster responds that the URL's posted point to threads that were simply too short to guarantee a flame war, and that had the thread gone longer, it would have flamed up.

Second poster says that's equivalent to predicting "it will eventually rain": if you wait long enough, the prediction is correct, but that makes the prediction completely useless.

First poster goes into long mathematical explanation of hyperbolic asymtotes, and how they approach a limit, but never actually touch it.

Second poster calls first poster "hyperbolic".

First poster tells second poster to "kiss my asymtote".

Flame war ensues.

#259 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 01:29 AM:

several posters unplug, burn their computers in protest, then take up farming. Two groups emerge: those who use chemical pesticides and those who follow wholly organic methods...

#260 ::: Keir ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 02:35 AM:

Poem in pre-modern English by one of the regulars.

Post-Modern poetry, on the wonders of A. Warhol, Coke, and coke.

#261 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 07:50 AM:

Mention of cats.

#262 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 08:20 AM:

Comparison of cats to the royal family of Amber. Puzzling digression into whether or not Prince Gerard could defeat the Incredible Hulk.

#263 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 09:06 AM:

Question raised as to exactly what would have made the Incredible Hulk that particular shade of green. Several heads explode.

#264 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 11:19 AM:

Question raised as to exactly what would have made the Incredible Hulk that particular shade of green.

Green eggs!

Discussion ensues: maternal ova or Seussian dietary practices?

#265 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 01:21 PM:

Reference to Ayn Rand made.

#266 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 03:57 PM:

Learned, long, incredibly boring post based on new poster's college dissertation on Atlas Shrugged.

#267 ::: Madeline F ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 04:36 PM:

Attempt to answer previous commentor's call for kowtowing emoticon. __o==2_

Expression of deep love of A.J. Luxton. Suggestion that Gerard as a Norwegian Forest cat could beat Hulk using first-ranked cuteness.

#268 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 04:39 PM:

*repeated hits on the "refresh" button in hopes that somebody's noticed how funny I am*

#269 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 06:55 PM:

Acknowledgment that TexAnne is funny. Admission that commenter's then-boyfriend recommended Zelazny and Herbert to her just over 30 years ago, neither of which she's read even today. Public admission that this perverse need to not read anything that relatives, friends or acquaintances tried to make mandatory (e.g. Harlan demanding the reading of Proust) may not be in the commenter's best interest. Assertion that the Hulk makes good coffee, and it's probably not green.

#270 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 07:23 PM:

Extended comparison between publishing scams and the current administration.

#271 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2006, 08:16 PM:

Comment that this is why no one trusts liberals any more, manee wordes mispeled.

#272 ::: Greg Machlin ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 01:24 AM:

Embarassingly late post by lurker after all others have left party. Self-conscious reference to said lateness theatrically indicated. ("Looks around, whistles. Tumbleweed blows by.") Assurance lurker will keep up better with thread/website next time.

#273 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 01:41 AM:

Gasp of recognition towards Madeline F. Stepping out of the meta, I do believe I know you from another shadow -- as an alternate version of myself, complete with (!!) declared gender. Email to follow.

#274 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 12:22 PM:

Suggestion that Gerard as a Norwegian Forest cat could beat Hulk using first-ranked cuteness.

Yet another link to online photo of Emperor Horton, cutest of all Norwegian Forest cats.

#275 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 01:24 PM:

Quick skim by late poster mis-reads "Emperor Horton" as "Emperor Norton" and begins several simultaneuous threads on Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, it's variations, American attitudes towards royalty, alternate realities in which Texas maintained its independance and became an empire [including speculation on what citizens of said empire would think of the current president's claim to be a "real" Texan], Death, and death.

#276 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 03:46 PM:

Lengthy screed by fanatical Texan about the current "president" who is not in the least a real Texan. Gloomy remarks on the isolation of red-state Democrats.

#277 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 04:19 PM:

Comment wishes everyone a Happy Easter.

Flame war ensues.

#278 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 04:24 PM:

Praise for the goddess Ostara/Eostre is followed by poster pointing out that she probably was only a figment of the Venomous Bede's imagination.

#279 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 04:58 PM:

Multiple links to various religious and anti-religious blogs.

Flame war does NOT ensue; all posters take a deep breath and simultaneously and independently decide: "Let's not do that."

World peace follows.

#280 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 09:26 PM:

Teresa's my witness: I did this whole thing as a fillo in the early 80s. ("Dull observation." "Witty topper!")

#281 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 10:05 PM:

Remark that previous poster is out of form, out of context, and out of time.

*depiction of witty and/or impossible gesture*

#282 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 10:15 PM:

Confirmation that Kip did indeed do that. Further observation that it was darned funny.

#283 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 10:37 PM:

Question about unfamiliar term "fillo," and whether that's related to Usenet/ARPANet, BBS, or bits of paper.

#284 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2006, 11:31 PM:

Area 51 is mentioned.

Post dissappears without explanation.

#285 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 01:39 AM:

Poster mistakes fillo for phyllo. Recipe for triangular lobster-filled pastries is offered.

#286 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 09:02 AM:

Incoherent rant, from new poster, never heard from before--and never to be heard from again--on the lack of consideration presented by some people--not named--who are so inconsiderate as to share recipes using foods that provoke dangerous allergic reactions in people and are furthermore typically prepared in cruel and inhumane ways Several confused anecdotes relayed, giving in excruciating detail, episodes from the poster's own personal medical history as well as that of numerous relatives. As poster loses steam, rant winds down, ending in inquiry as to status of last three manuscripts submitted to Tor. Both grammar and internal logic of not just the paragraphs but even the sentences in this rant is frquently lacking.

#287 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 09:15 AM:

Outraged response to one of first twenty comments, mis-identifying the author of the original comment badly enough that the perceived insult cannot be traced whatsoever by anyone who stumbles along later.

#288 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 09:17 AM:

(fidelio ended world peace, you see.)

#289 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 12:47 PM:

Post by ordinarily active commenter who has been out of touch for a while. Observes that the phyllo pastries with lobster are really good with crab as well, but warns against use of fake Krab thingies. Offers to share recipes for phyllo-based pastries brought to a con three years ago. Anecdote about notorious writer.

#290 ::: Patrick Connors ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 12:56 PM:

Notation that "filio" is a term for a small illustration used as filler, in this case in a fanzine.

#291 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 02:09 PM:

Filio is also a particle-board credenza sold by Ikea.

#292 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 02:26 PM:

Mention of Ikea sparks digression on bookcases, best method of construction, lack of sufficient, amusing or harrowing stories of collapse, as storage for cats, as chew toys for dogs. Thread gallops off in all directions.

#293 ::: Sarah S ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 02:31 PM:

Nasty, if vaguely neurasthenic, complaint about the misuse of apostrophes. Post displays perfect apostrophe usage but a complete inability to manage commas.

#294 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 03:13 PM:

Mention of the conjectured apostrofly, which tends to leave extra apostrophes where they are not needed, but now and then removes one from where it properly should go.

#295 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 04:59 PM:

Disgruntled grumble about the purportedly correct but in fact barbarously neologistic habit of distorting one's sentences in order to painstakingly avoid the appearance of a split infinitive, betraying some pretentions to a grammarian's dignity, and rather more confusion about the actual nature of an infinitive, split or whole.

#296 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 06:19 PM:

"Ich bin ein Berliner" is quoted.
thread forks off into discussion of jelly donuts.

#297 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 06:26 PM:

"This is the sort of language up with which we will not put" quote brought up.

#298 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 06:26 PM:

"Bad N, no dounut" meme invoked.

#299 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 06:27 PM:

Memetic collision occurs. Sugar and parts of speech are scattered everywhere.

#300 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 08:02 PM:

Makes explicit the punch line carefully implied by earlier poster; feels entitled to full credit for witticism.

#301 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2006, 11:11 PM:

Thread gallops off in all directions.

Response that thread did that so long ago that pieces are now meeting each other at the antipodes.

#302 ::: Petter Hesselberg ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2006, 05:31 AM:

Sharply worded warning from Depratment of Cerative Speling.

#303 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2006, 06:33 AM:

Notes waggishly that agreement on obscure point by two longtime antagonistic posters must surely herald end of world, as predicted in major religion. "Caps it off with quote from Bill Murray movie!"

#304 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2006, 09:17 AM:

Link to knitted, fulled Stay-puft Marshmallow man.

#305 ::: Sarah S ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2006, 09:53 AM:

Reference to Pepys Marshmallow particle, justified by fidelio's comment, but merely as an excuse for pointing out that Pepys' diary is online.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/

#306 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2006, 02:49 PM:

Link posted depicting re-enactment of popular movie using nothing but fruits, vegatables, and other food products for characters. A blender replaces the Carbonite chamber, and cheese graters are used for Tie Fighters. one-handed corkscrews are used for X-wing fighters. And the "death star" is implemented with two spaghetti colanders.

famous lines get equally mangled.
"Use the fork, Luke-Warm."
"Never underestimate the power of the Dark Bread"
and the jaw-dropper:
"Luke-Warm, I am your Waiter."
"NOOOOOOOO!!!!!"


#307 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2006, 12:10 AM:

Discussion comparing merits of Hardware Wars, Porklips Now, and any other parody trailers commenter can remember.

#308 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2006, 09:02 AM:

Link to site with pictures of the Bloody Assizes as portrayed by Peeps; Judge Jeffries is played by a Thanksgiving turkey Peep, and the one who will become Captain Blood by an Easter rabbit Peep, with the ears bent down into an Errol Flynnish 'do.

#309 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2006, 09:03 AM:

poster realizes link not working due to HTML error; reposts fixed link and URL with incoherent apologies.

#310 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2006, 11:45 AM:

Poster points out that previous poster is not alone, as blog host also screwed up HTML link on Sidelights. General soothing noises made in both directions.

#311 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 20, 2006, 10:27 PM:

Nekkid chicks
WOOOHOOO!

#312 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 21, 2006, 04:58 AM:

notes possible comment spam on ""Blog""

#313 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: April 21, 2006, 06:38 AM:

Poster dissolves in giggles.

#314 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:25 PM:

Incomprehensible acronym that only makes sense to members of a totally different forum or email list.

#315 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:27 PM:

Subsequent request for clarification of acronym and other more common acronyms such as LOL and K/S by internet newbie.

#316 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:27 PM:

Rambling response by another poster about the origins of acronym on Usenet or FidoNet or Genie.

#317 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:28 PM:

Digression into discussion about slash fiction with many links marked not work safe.

#318 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:29 PM:

Complaint that some links are not work safe. Long rant about how this is a family forum.

#319 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:32 PM:

Comment that previous poster was not forced at gunpoint to open the links.

#320 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 01:33 PM:

Very embarrased comment from first poster about how she didn't mean to stir up trouble and will now gracefully retire back to lurking.

Apology for posting multiple times.

#321 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 22, 2006, 08:36 PM:

Clueless poster adds comments days after all the cool people have moved on to another thread.

#322 ::: John M. Ford notes more of the old spamflakes ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2006, 12:49 AM:

Looks like another iteration of the same brainless bot.

Remember, buy gray-market crap from morons. It keeps them out of politics.

#323 ::: Fragano Ledgister sees persistent spam ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2007, 07:42 AM:

It keeps on coming, like a zombie.

#324 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2007, 07:44 AM:

Spam.

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