1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Thu May 16, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

Hah! Just doing my New Zealand morning ketchup and I see the song I was trying to parody... well, it's been done already, and much, much better.
Well, I'm going to post it anyways, because this is my hundredth post, and I will let it stand as a monument to wasted time, which was the lesson I needed to learn anyways. It is all related afterall.
Spoiler:
nevermind


Edit: Hey, I'm the Vatican Milliner's Perfect Customer! Huzzah! Screw my stupid spoof - I'm deleting it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby airdrik » Thu May 16, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

StratPlayer wrote:
Spoiler:
Valarya wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:And speaking -- again -- of Lego(s), Is there anyone besides me that thinks it's awesome that girls play with Lego? Because it makes them...
<snip spoiler>


You just had to arrow my heart in two with that beautiful bow1 whilst still referring to Legos in singular. No cupcakes for you. :cry:

1 : beau

Sorry. It was purely for punnification purposes...

Spoiler:
...it wouldn't be as funny as "Legos lasses"


But in common usage, I always say "legos".

And also -- great archery puns, your elf!

What do you call the miniature of the aforementioned elf's lady friend who lacks the aforementioned brick toys that was made by the aforementioned brick toy company?
Spoiler:
legolas's legoless lego lass


Edit: sorry for breaking the threads (I did check for embedded spoilers, but my quick scan failed)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Thu May 16, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Thu May 16, 2013 8:42 pm UTC

foilman wrote:The whole LEGO vs legos argument is dealt with here quite well:
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10839/legos-not-lego
Basically boils down to North American vs most of the rest of the world.

So "Lego" is the metric unit, and "Legos" is the U.S. Customary/Imperial unit?

SBN wrote:I think the local use was something like, "Want to play Lego?" "Sure, let me get my Legos."

That's pretty much the way I've always heard kids say it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edfel » Thu May 16, 2013 8:43 pm UTC

Ketchup... unordered and incomplete, but it's still sold with the label "ketchup"

k.bookbinder wrote:<snip>
No no no :oops: 'Tis not my map. This map was created by the holy cartographer edfel, who has been absent as of late, I'm sorry to note.
<snip>


Holy catographer :) That makes me think of Le Petit Prince, except that I do include some plants as well as rivers and stuff in the map, so I guess the Petit Prince's rose would be noted (who knows, maybe it's not so far...)
I've been lacking some, er, time recently so I could only follow the activity of Cuegan, and check that they didn't go too far so I didn't need to make urgent updates. But I did check some of the OTT, and I'm happy I did otherwise I would have totally missed the mole...

Btw I hope they find the river in the 10 next np, since afterwards I won't be able to update the map for a couple of days a large bunch of nps.


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Kieryn wrote:The river ain't far! Yay! Must be the most promising newpix in a hundred newpages.


She says that very confidently. Can she see it or is she guesstimating?

I would suppose she's basing that on the increased vegetation...there has to be reliable water somewhere nearby.


Before entering the dunes they could see the path of the river and deduce how best to meet it again. Thus, I believe, once having ascended as high as the dunes would allow, surely they could see the path of the valley the river has cut. As they are now descending, I doubt it would be too hard to determine where the bottom of the valley, and the river, lay.

Perhaps it is time, once again, to consult the holy cartographer. Has the map been updated recently?


Hmm... assuming the floor goes down steadily to the river, and that the river went up at (has there been a consensus slope?) 5%, they will be reaching it in more or less...
Spoiler:
I've no idea, just Wait for it ;)

Anyway, I have an intuition that what Megan was pointing at before crossing through the dunes was a waterfall (that would make some kinda sense when entering a "bigger hills" region, and maybe Megan would have been interested in going close to it but Cueball was not so confident), so the river can actually be at any altitude now. I just hope they won't try to swim in it...

mscha wrote:<snip>
I see you haven't made your mind up yet about where Cueball has stumbled off to?


Well, that will appear in the map, but I don't think it will make such a big difference anyway, just a small green loop to the right of the main path.
My biggest question at the moment is: was the "bigger hils" they mentioned long ago referred to the dunes they have been crossing, or were they seeing something more?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Thu May 16, 2013 8:44 pm UTC

airdrik wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
Spoiler:
Valarya wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:And speaking -- again -- of Lego(s), Is there anyone besides me that thinks it's awesome that girls play with Lego? Because it makes them...
<snip spoiler>


You just had to arrow my heart in two with that beautiful bow1 whilst still referring to Legos in singular. No cupcakes for you. :cry:

1 : beau

Sorry. It was purely for punnification purposes...

Spoiler:
...it wouldn't be as funny as "Legos lasses"


But in common usage, I always say "legos".

And also -- great archery puns, your elf!

What do you call the miniature of the aforementioned elf's lady friend who lacks the aforementioned brick toys that was made by the aforementioned brick toy company?
Spoiler:
legolas's legoless lego lass


Edit: sorry for breaking the threads (I did check for embedded spoilers, but my quick scan failed)

Now that it's fixed, I commend you for a truly excellent play on words

ETA: It could only really be better if that lady friend lost her lower limbs in a horrible accident, making her
Spoiler:
Legolas's legless legoless lego lass
. But that's just dark.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu May 16, 2013 8:46 pm UTC

jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
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Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Thu May 16, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
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Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

I've always heard it called a wheelbarrow. What else is it?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 16, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
HES wrote:I never got the American use of "legos"... to me, they are pieces/parts/sets of lego. If you have a sand pit, you don't say it's full of sands... [/flamebait]

No, but you don't usually need to search through the sand pit to find precisely the right piece of sand.

I think the local use was something like, "Want to play Lego?" "Sure, let me get my Legos." As near as I can tell*, the correct term is "Lego Bricks" so Legos seems like a reasonable short form. When we built our kids a sand box, we didn't go buy "sand grains" we bought bags of sand. But Lego bricks are bricks by Lego, not bricks of Lego, so maybe we should be calling them Lego's?

*I was hoping I'd captured some of the signs on the models when we visited the original Legoland, but no such luck.

I have to agree, that is the reason I call them Lego's, as in I am talking about my collection of lego blocks..

Also I find it quite funny that we have been having this talk about Lego and Lego's for a full day now just because I brought up the fact that I have a large collection of them. Funny how a simple comment can grow into such a large discussion about the pleural of a simple childhood toy.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 16, 2013 8:48 pm UTC

ElWanderer wrote:I hope he knows the difference between nutricious berries and poisonous berries...

Indeed. He wouldn't want to nutralise her.
And then berry her alive.
EDIT to add more of the same.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edfel » Thu May 16, 2013 8:49 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
[/img]
Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

An image?
A picture?
An array of color bits with a Fourier-based compression?
Une brouette ?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Thu May 16, 2013 8:51 pm UTC

edfel wrote:
SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
[/img]
Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

An image?
A picture?
An array of color bits with a Fourier-based compression?
Une brouette ?

Didnt either of you read it? It says right there: "wheeled_thing.jpg".

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 16, 2013 8:55 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:
edfel wrote:
SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
[/img]
Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

An image?
A picture?
An array of color bits with a Fourier-based compression?
Une brouette ?

Didnt either of you read it? It says right there: "wheeled_thing.jpg".


... like a dildo car?

ETA: Maybe a Banana Car? (it's a kinky dildo...but not with kinks in it...well...never mind.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby astrocub » Thu May 16, 2013 8:58 pm UTC

Opiboble wrote:
Spoiler:
jjjdavidson wrote:
edfel wrote:
SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
[/img]
Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

An image?
A picture?
An array of color bits with a Fourier-based compression?
Une brouette ?

Didnt either of you read it? It says right there: "wheeled_thing.jpg".

... like a dildo car?


You mean autodilgunnerang?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ergman » Thu May 16, 2013 8:58 pm UTC

jetpac wrote:
SBN wrote:
jetpac wrote:I think this may be the nearest we've gotten to a flamewar in the OTT. Localized grammar is such a touchy subject :)

Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
[img]
wheeled_thing.jpg
[/img]
Not sure if the UK folks will have as much interest, but there are apparently some regional/chronological differences within the U.S.

I've always heard it called a wheelbarrow. What else is it?


Sometimes it's a retrograde wheelbarrow
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 16, 2013 8:58 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:
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yappobiscuits wrote:… but once the OTT sucks you in, there's no getting out…


Indeed.

The Alt-Text

Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
Over many a new webcomic full of dreary trendy wit,
Suddenly with brief foreboding I beheld an image loading -
'T'was a small JPEG decoding on my panel bit by bit.
Just a monochrome depiction taking shape there bit by bit.
I thought, 'What's the point of it?'

For the frame projected merely two figures arranged austerely,
Seated rather cavalierly on some lonesome barren spit.
Eagerly I sought for meaning in their placid restful leaning,
Yet that earnest mental gleaning explicated not a whit; -
''Tis a caption missing,' said I, comprehending not a whit,
'Should explain wherefore they sit.'

Not inclined to whine or curse it, I intended to disperse it
But my mouse chanced to traverse it and up popped a tiny chit:
An alt-text, I saw, not fearing to expect the purpose clearing
By the letters there appearing like a scroll of holy writ.
Rapt I read the words inscribed there, terrible as holy writ.
And they spelt out: 'Wait for it.'

Wait for it? I sat and pondered while my morbid fancies wandered
Into strange phantasmagoric places few ever admit.
What grim portent was it sending; was 'it' coming soon, or ending?
Some catastrophe impending, all our mortal lives forfeit?
Was the Judgment Day upon us, holding every soul forfeit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Anon my mania deflated and it seemed my fears abated.
(None of us knows what is fated, and to fate we all submit.)
Then my gaze suddenly lifted, for like desert sands that drifted,
The comic page had shifted, though no refresh I'd transmit.
Lo! The figures changed position, with no page refresh transmit.
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Castles, rivers, swimming, scaffold, rising sea: all left me baffled,
As pix flowed in slow succession like a garment being knit.
Though my kenning should be gaining with each frame, 'twere no explaining
Every question still remaining: 'What's it mean, how does it fit?
Where's it going, what's the point, who are these folks, how's it all fit?'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

No surcease from my reflecting stopped the questions interjecting:
'Is the artist now expecting? Or is it his family's split?
Is it all 'bout global warming? Is it cancer lesions swarming?
I pray you, be more informing! All these mysteries remit.
For my peace of mind and sanity, the mysteries remit.'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

'Your coyness is most unpleasing. I won't wait,' I shouted, wheezing -
'All these pictures are just teasing, no intention to commit.
Black stick figure and sand castle, images so trite and facile
They're not worth near this much hassle. Leave my monitor unlit.
Take thy comic off my browser; leave my monitor unlit!'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

And the alt-text, ne'er updating, still is waiting, still is waiting
As each new frame looms, relating tick by tick the drawn-out skit.
I can but, through days ensuing, ponder on my soul's undoing,
The one hope for my renewing being that I somehow quit
Whilst the alt-text whispers softly that I'm doomed never to quit.
I can only... wait for it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 16, 2013 9:00 pm UTC

300-RAFTONG

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Thu May 16, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

Well, I guess that answers our question about the raft...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edfel » Thu May 16, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

ggh wrote:<snip>Edit:<snip> Screw my stupid spoof - I'm deleting it.

Hey, no! That was a good one! :) If you don't put it back, I'll be happy to be one of the few lucky ones who got a chance to read it, but others can be interested too..
(btw the other version is good too, with a different style!)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 16, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Raft! Yes!

Dracomax wrote:Let me just say, I now come here for a pick me up after getting unhappy news elsewhere. Because you guys are awesome enough to raise my spirits.

I'm doing the same thing today. Even when the Outside is miserable, the OTT is fun. Like a tree3house out back where all the fun kids meet up.

Kieryn wrote:Just had a silly random thought about Molpy... What if it were one of my lemmings that has been following them this whole time?

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He's smiling now. Image But it's because he knows it could be solved, not because it's done...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby moody7277 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:300-RAFTONG

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Should I be scared that Cueball and I had the same idea for the wood?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 16, 2013 9:06 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Raft! Yes!
<snip>
Kieryn wrote:Just had a silly random thought about Molpy... What if it were one of my lemmings that has been following them this whole time?

That explains a lot!
<snip>

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu May 16, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

edfel wrote:Ketchup... unordered and incomplete, but it's still sold with the label "ketchup"

k.bookbinder wrote:<snip>
No no no :oops: 'Tis not my map. This map was created by the holy cartographer edfel, who has been absent as of late, I'm sorry to note.
<snip>


Holy catographer :)

Is that who drew this?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 16, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Raft! Yes!
<snip>
Kieryn wrote:Just had a silly random thought about Molpy... What if it were one of my lemmings that has been following them this whole time?

That explains a lot!
<snip>

Just remember... they are all armed, and you saw what they did to the castle!

Yeah, they will try and shoot themselves...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 16, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

When you eject a USB stick you have to Wait For It; the OTC is proberly a parable about the digital shenanigans which take place in the dying moments of the circuits as the data settles and the electric currents fade. Where's the electronicists when you need them?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Thu May 16, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

SBN wrote:Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 16, 2013 9:11 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:Just remember... they are all armed, and you saw what they did to the castle!

Don't worry, I have recruited them for my molpy army. They will do my bidding (hopefully).
Onward, my molpys! Onward!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ergman » Thu May 16, 2013 9:12 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:300-RAFTONG

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This has gotta be the best proof yet that GLR 'hears our prayers'
We ask and he.... Well he gives us a reason he doesn't deliver anyway
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Thu May 16, 2013 9:14 pm UTC

Earthling on Mars wrote:
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HES wrote:I never got the American use of "legos"... to me, they are pieces/parts/sets of lego. If you have a sand pit, you don't say it's full of sands... [/flamebait]


You can count Legos. You can't count sand.

Well, I guess you can. But it's a lot harder.

You can also count rices, by the way.

Well, maybe we should make everything consistent. If you can't stand "Legos", then here's some pieces of brick:

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Those are "bricks of (probably) clay", much like the cupcakes are adorned with "bricks of lego". The only time legos would be appropriate is if you have the presence of various different brands, i.e. "There's real lego, and then there are the fake legos" GAH :evil:


"Lego bricks" I could deal with -- bricks made by the company Lego. But "bricks of lego" is just ridiculous -- bricks made of a material called "lego"?

I'll admit that was a bad example, I was trying to point out it was the (singular) collective term. I would never use the phrase in normal speech.

I am also well aware that it's an american thing, and people can call them whatever they want. (Though in doing so I'd prefer they didn't refer to "American English" as "English" - as long as that distinction is made they can butcher|improve it all they like)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:14 pm UTC

Opiboble wrote:
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HES wrote:I never got the American use of "legos"... to me, they are pieces/parts/sets of lego. If you have a sand pit, you don't say it's full of sands... [/flamebait]

No, but you don't usually need to search through the sand pit to find precisely the right piece of sand.

I think the local use was something like, "Want to play Lego?" "Sure, let me get my Legos." As near as I can tell*, the correct term is "Lego Bricks" so Legos seems like a reasonable short form. When we built our kids a sand box, we didn't go buy "sand grains" we bought bags of sand. But Lego bricks are bricks by Lego, not bricks of Lego, so maybe we should be calling them Lego's?

*I was hoping I'd captured some of the signs on the models when we visited the original Legoland, but no such luck.

I have to agree, that is the reason I call them Lego's, as in I am talking about my collection of lego blocks..

Also I find it quite funny that we have been having this talk about Lego and Lego's for a full day now just because I brought up the fact that I have a large collection of them. Funny how a simple comment can grow into such a large discussion about the pleural of a simple childhood toy.

And all this time, due to a simple misreading of spelling, I thought all y'all1 were talking about something else. "Leggo" is an American word that translates directly (in English) to the imperative: "as I regard thee as no gentleman, varlet, I demand that thou release thy unworthy grasp of." Example: "Leggo my arm."

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Thu May 16, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

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Should I be scared that Cueball and I had the same idea for the wood?

I think I should be more scared; I was thinking "large wooden badger."
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 16, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
SBN wrote:
HES wrote:I never got the American use of "legos"... to me, they are pieces/parts/sets of lego. If you have a sand pit, you don't say it's full of sands... [/flamebait]

No, but you don't usually need to search through the sand pit to find precisely the right piece of sand.

I think the local use was something like, "Want to play Lego?" "Sure, let me get my Legos." As near as I can tell*, the correct term is "Lego Bricks" so Legos seems like a reasonable short form. When we built our kids a sand box, we didn't go buy "sand grains" we bought bags of sand. But Lego bricks are bricks by Lego, not bricks of Lego, so maybe we should be calling them Lego's?

*I was hoping I'd captured some of the signs on the models when we visited the original Legoland, but no such luck.

I have to agree, that is the reason I call them Lego's, as in I am talking about my collection of lego blocks..

Also I find it quite funny that we have been having this talk about Lego and Lego's for a full day now just because I brought up the fact that I have a large collection of them. Funny how a simple comment can grow into such a large discussion about the pleural of a simple childhood toy.

And all this time, due to a simple misreading of spelling, I thought all y'all1 were talking about something else. "Leggo" is an American word that translates directly (in English) to the imperative: "as I regard thee as no gentleman, varlet, I demand that thou release thy unworthy grasp of." Example: "Leggo my arm."

1all y'all, pronoun, second personal plural, southeastern U.S.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu May 16, 2013 9:19 pm UTC

In a dark room, in a dark palace, on his dark throne, sits the Dark Lord. He is twice the height of a man, clad entirely in black, and on his head is a black crown.

The door to the throne room opens, and a servant enters and bows.

"Your Majesty," he says, "the General is here to see you."

"Let him in," says the Dark Lord, his voice like the roar of the Sea¹.

The servant bows and exits. A short while later, the door opens again, and the General enters and bows.

"I bring news, Your Majesty," he says.

"What news, General?" says the Dark Lord.

"From the Beach, Your Majesty," says the General.

"What news from the Beach?" says the Dark Lord.

"The Megball are there, Your Majesty," says the General.

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"What are they doing?" says the Dark Lord, his voice growing even deeper, matching his impatience with the General's slow way of reporting.

"They have built a Castle of Sand, Your Majesty," says the General.

"Is that all?" says the Dark Lord.

"They have also built a Platform, Your Majesty," says the General, "from which they watch the rising of the Sea¹."

"Is that all?" asks the Dark Lord again, his voice growing louder still.

"LaPetite was there also, Your Majesty," says the General, "but she left shortly thereafter."

"LaPetite," the Dark Lord mutters (though for him muttering is done with a volume like the normal speech of a man), "She is trouble. Is that all?"

"That is all, Your Majesty," says the General, "though I must say that the Sea¹ is rising nicely."

"Indeed," says the Dark Lord. "Do you have anyone watching this Castle of the Megball?"

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General, "I left several Molpies nearby to watch for further activity."

At that moment, the door to the throne room opens, and a servant enters and bows.

"Your Majesty," he says, "a Molpy is here to see you and the General."

"Let him in," says the Dark Lord.

The servant bows and exits.

"More news from the Castle, perhaps," says the General.

The door opens again, and a Molpy enters and bows.

"Speak," says the Dark Lord.

The Molpy, nervous to be in the presence of the Dark Lord, stutters, "Y-Your Majesty, I bring n-news from the C-Castle of the Megball."

"What news, Molpy?" says the Dark Lord.

"The Megball have left, Your M-Majesty," says the Molpy. "They have gone to see if there are any other Rivers³."

"General," says the Dark Lord, "send some Molpies after the Megball. But keep some at the Castle to watch it."

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General.

"And send a Sparrow-raptor after them as well," says the Dark Lord, "to watch them from the air."

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General.

There is a long, uncomfortable silence--uncomfortable for the General and the Molpy, at least.

Then the Dark Lord waves his black-gloved hand. "You are both dismissed," he says.

The General and the Molpy bow and exit.

The Dark Lord sits for a long while in silence, contemplating a plan to eliminate this potention threat to his power. Then he calls, "Servant!"

The servant enters and bows.

"Bring me the Dish," the Dark Lord commands, his voice far, far deeper than the Sea¹.

"The ... Dish?" says the servant.

"Yes, the Dish!" says the Dark Lord, his voice deeper still.

"The Dish, Your Majesty?" says the servant.

"Yes, the Dish!" says the Dark Lord, his voice deeper than the servant has ever heard before.

The servant hesitates, swallows, and says, "Yes, Your Majesty."

He bows and exits the room.

The Dark Lord sits in silence for another long while, waiting for the servant to do his bidding.

Then the servant re-enters the room, carefully holding a small ceramic bowl in his hands. He walks slowly forward, his head bowed, and stops before the Dark Lord's dark throne.

The Dark Lord takes the bowl from the servant's hands and holds it in his own.

"Dismissed," he says.

The servant bows and exits.

The Dark Lord stares into the Dish, which is filled with water. He stares deeply into the water, and sees at the bottom a tiny blob. The blob would be far too small for the eyes of a mortal man to see, but the Dark Lord is not a mere man. He can see into the very core of the blob, filled with the double helixes that hold the information passed down to it through the countless generations.

And the Dark Lord speaks, with a voice that could cause the Sea¹ to freeze over.

"Go to the Megball," he says, "and eat their brains."




¹ big
² small
³ neat, and bigger than the other River², but still smaller than the Sea¹

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 16, 2013 9:24 pm UTC

Earthling on Mars wrote:In a dark room, in a dark palace, on his dark throne, sits the Dark Lord. He is twice the height of a man, clad entirely in black, and on his head is a black crown.

The door to the throne room opens, and a servant enters and bows.

"Your Majesty," he says, "the General is here to see you."

"Let him in," says the Dark Lord, his voice like the roar of the Sea¹.

The servant bows and exits. A short while later, the door opens again, and the General enters and bows.

"I bring news, Your Majesty," he says.

"What news, General?" says the Dark Lord.

"From the Beach, Your Majesty," says the General.

"What news from the Beach?" says the Dark Lord.

"The Megball are there, Your Majesty," says the General.

Spoiler:
"What are they doing?" says the Dark Lord, his voice growing even deeper, matching his impatience with the General's slow way of reporting.

"They have built a Castle of Sand, Your Majesty," says the General.

"Is that all?" says the Dark Lord.

"They have also built a Platform, Your Majesty," says the General, "from which they watch the rising of the Sea¹."

"Is that all?" asks the Dark Lord again, his voice growing louder still.

"LaPetite was there also, Your Majesty," says the General, "but she left shortly thereafter."

"LaPetite," the Dark Lord mutters (though for him muttering is done with a volume like the normal speech of a man), "She is trouble. Is that all?"

"That is all, Your Majesty," says the General, "though I must say that the Sea¹ is rising nicely."

"Indeed," says the Dark Lord. "Do you have anyone watching this Castle of the Megball?"

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General, "I left several Molpies nearby to watch for further activity."

At that moment, the door to the throne room opens, and a servant enters and bows.

"Your Majesty," he says, "a Molpy is here to see you and the General."

"Let him in," says the Dark Lord.

The servant bows and exits.

"More news from the Castle, perhaps," says the General.

The door opens again, and a Molpy enters and bows.

"Speak," says the Dark Lord.

The Molpy, nervous to be in the presence of the Dark Lord, stutters, "Y-Your Majesty, I bring n-news from the C-Castle of the Megball."

"What news, Molpy?" says the Dark Lord.

"The Megball have left, Your M-Majesty," says the Molpy. "They have gone to see if there are any other Rivers³."

"General," says the Dark Lord, "send some Molpies after the Megball. But keep some at the Castle to watch it."

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General.

"And send a Sparrow-raptor after them as well," says the Dark Lord, "to watch them from the air."

"Yes, Your Majesty," says the General.

There is a long, uncomfortable silence--uncomfortable for the General and the Molpy, at least.

Then the Dark Lord waves his black-gloved hand. "You are both dismissed," he says.

The General and the Molpy bow and exit.

The Dark Lord sits for a long while in silence, contemplating a plan to eliminate this potention threat to his power. Then he calls, "Servant!"

The servant enters and bows.

"Bring me the Dish," the Dark Lord commands, his voice far, far deeper than the Sea¹.

"The ... Dish?" says the servant.

"Yes, the Dish!" says the Dark Lord, his voice deeper still.

"The Dish, Your Majesty?" says the servant.

"Yes, the Dish!" says the Dark Lord, his voice deeper than the servant has ever heard before.

The servant hesitates, swallows, and says, "Yes, Your Majesty."

He bows and exits the room.

The Dark Lord sits in silence for another long while, waiting for the servant to do his bidding.

Then the servant re-enters the room, carefully holding a small ceramic bowl in his hands. He walks slowly forward, his head bowed, and stops before the Dark Lord's dark throne.

The Dark Lord takes the bowl from the servant's hands and holds it in his own.

"Dismissed," he says.

The servant bows and exits.

The Dark Lord stares into the Dish, which is filled with water. He stares deeply into the water, and sees at the bottom a tiny blob. The blob would be far too small for the eyes of a mortal man to see, but the Dark Lord is not a mere man. He can see into the very core of the blob, filled with the double helixes that hold the information passed down to it through the countless generations.

And the Dark Lord speaks, with a voice that could cause the Sea¹ to freeze over.

"Go to the Megball," he says, "and eat their brains."




¹ big
² small
³ neat, and bigger than the other River², but still smaller than the Sea¹

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:25 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:
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HES wrote:I never got the American use of "legos"... to me, they are pieces/parts/sets of lego. If you have a sand pit, you don't say it's full of sands... [/flamebait]
I agree.

Guess I'm the only one around here who has always, and always will, use 'legos' to talk about the toy. They are legos and I build things with legos. "Pick up your damn legos; I just stepped on one!" The more you guys point it out, the more redneck I feel I sound... but hearing them called Lego just feels wrong/weird to me unless I'm speaking about a Lego shirt. Or some Lego birthday invitations.

I've never heard them called just "Lego" by anyone actually in the same room with me. They're "Legos," or, "Lego bricks," or, "Ow, dammit!"
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That would be me. Nomch nomch nomch... Hey, crunchy!


Thanks, I'm right there with you. Saying, "Look, a bunch of Lego!" sounds really weird.

The cupcakes were delicious, by the way. If you stack them together, can you build things with them?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Thu May 16, 2013 9:27 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:
SBN wrote:Just for fun then. What does everyone call this?
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What about this?
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Lego wheelbarrows!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:33 pm UTC

Angelastic wrote:Aww, here I was thinking that jjjdavidson's paradoxical signature was hiding a message for one particular grapheme-colour synaesthete in the colours of 'steganographic sig'.


I confess I didn't know what "steganographic" meant. Every time I saw it in jjjdavidson's sig, I just thought of stegasaurauses (stegasaurii?) and left it at that. When mscha pointed it out, I finally looked it up, and then expected jjjdavidson to say, "Ha! You think it's not steganographic, but it is!"

Now I want to have a steganographic sig.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby akacat » Thu May 16, 2013 9:35 pm UTC

mscha wrote:Oops, looks like I forgot the second-last word. :oops: (I just forgot to type it in, really!) Retconned my answer, thanks for the note.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby astrocub » Thu May 16, 2013 9:37 pm UTC

Earthling on Mars wrote:-snip-
And the Dark Lord speaks, with a voice that could cause the Sea¹ to freeze over.

"Go to the Megball," he says, "and eat their brains."

Excellent, the One True Dark Lord is a fellow amoebocyst.
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