1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:24 pm UTC

Cauchy wrote:But where does water come from when it rains? It's a difficult question, because water is impossible to describe. One might ask the same about birds. Where do birds go when it rains? We just don't know.

No. That's wrong.

Water has been very well described.
Water was not easy to describe.

We have been doing it for a Long, Long time.
We know where the water comes from.

All of the water.
We know where it all came from and can make some good guesses about where it's going.

We know more about The Water than we do about The Birds.
We know a lot about The Birds. We know more about water.

Not all of us know about Birds.
Not all of us know about Water.

Wikipedia knows about Water.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Properties_of_water

Wikipedia knows about Birds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithology

Very few of us know where the Birds go,
Because we are all indoors hiding from The Rain.

Some birds are quiet and subdued when it rains.
Others act like it is fun time in town tonight.

Birds are funny.
I have no idea what the narrator has to say.
The birds speak for themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVzdk7ZoPzs
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:04 am UTC

Cauchy wrote:But where does water come from when it rains?


Didn't you read the title text.

It comes from the birds.

It is the birds.

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby themultinational » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:06 am UTC

But where does the rain go when it birds?

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Eternal Density » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:12 am UTC

I would like to know
Where the birds are hiding
during rainy times.
/haiku

Kay.meleon wrote:Personally, I subscribe to the theory in Joel Champetier's short story, Soluble Fish

I don't want to ruin a good story for you. But Randall's pretty close with his "birds are a phase of water" guess.

translatedsf dot thierstein dot net / tiki-index dot php?page=Joel+Champetier

http://translatedsf.thierstein.net/tiki ... Champetier
I don't know this site. That link seems to be just an index. Is there a way to get at the story online?
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby cellocgw » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:36 am UTC

mojo12 wrote:I'm currently reading A Dance With Dragons, so the title makes me think of "Where do whores go when it rains men"


NSFW-ed that FY :twisted:
eternaldensity wrote:I would like to know
Where the birds are hiding
during rainy times.
/haiku


A bird who feared the raindrop
looked for a place to dry-hop
he used his beak
on Google to peek
and was found in a Bowery flop.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:09 pm UTC

What?
ok.ok.maybe.

Birds are water.
Mice are dirt.
We are mud.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Klear » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:05 pm UTC

addams wrote:Birds are water.
Mice are dirt.
We are mud.


Wouldn't mud be bats?

Edit: Addams, are... are you... Batman?

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:50 pm UTC

You are absolutely right.
Bats are Mud.

If bats are Mud...
What are we?

The same thing we have always been?
Star Dust and Imagination.....

If ya' squint just right, we, Humans, are delightful animals.
You are.

No, Klear;
I am not BatMan.

Not even in my Wildest Dreams.
...I'd want to be The Butler.

That Butler is like a Therortical Physist.
He gives BatMan the tools, wishes him well and goes back to simple satisfying orderly life.

While BatMan, the fool, is out ...saving a City.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby orthogon » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:01 pm UTC

mojo12 wrote:I'm currently reading A Dance With Dragons, so the title makes me think of "Where do whores go"

I keep hearing this from Alice in Wonderland:
Bob Hilliard wrote:Where do stars go?
Where is the crescent moon?
They must be somewhere
In the sunny afternoon.

My answers:
Spoiler:
(a) they're still there, but there too dim to see (b) I contend that you can see the crescent moon in the afternoon.


addams wrote:That Butler is like a Therortical Physist.
He gives BatMan the tools, wishes him well and goes back to simple satisfying orderly life.

While BatMan, the fool, is out ...saving a City.

This is the kind of thing I'm talking about with your posts. Insightful and way the hell out there at the same time :-)
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby xtifr » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:20 pm UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I would like to know
Where the birds are hiding
during rainy times.
/haiku

You've omitted the most important element of a haiku, the "cutting word". (Of course, there is no perfect English equivalent, but a noticable pause point is pretty close.) You did, at least, manage to get the seasonal/nature reference in there, though, so kudos for coming closer to writing an actual haiku than most westerners manage/bother with.

(The sad part is that the Japanese actually have a name for what westerners mistakenly call haiku: senryū.)
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:37 am UTC

xtifr wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I would like to know
Where the birds are hiding
during rainy times.
/haiku

You've omitted the most important element of a haiku, the "cutting word". (Of course, there is no perfect English equivalent, but a noticable pause point is pretty close.) You did, at least, manage to get the seasonal/nature reference in there, though, so kudos for coming closer to writing an actual haiku than most westerners manage/bother with.

(The sad part is that the Japanese actually have a name for what westerners mistakenly call haiku: senryū.)


Bummer! so the following isn't valid, eh:

Haiku, Haiku. It's
Off to count syllables we
Go, Haiku, Haiku
:twisted: :mrgreen: :oops:
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby KarenRei » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:53 am UTC

julo wrote:Obligatory Emiliana Torrini (Birds):

Lend me your wings and teach me how to fly
Show me when it rains, the place you go to hide
And the curtains draw again and bow, another day ends
The leaves applaud the wind


People outside of Iceland have actually heard of Emilíana Torrini?

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby tapksa » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:51 pm UTC

Found this curious little manhole-cover-like thing in a nearby park today.

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2016 for no reason: image lost, was of a mancover that says "rain bird".
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:46 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
xtifr wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I would like to know
Where the birds are hiding
during rainy times.
/haiku

You've omitted the most important element of a haiku, the "cutting word". (Of course, there is no perfect English equivalent, but a noticable pause point is pretty close.) You did, at least, manage to get the seasonal/nature reference in there, though, so kudos for coming closer to writing an actual haiku than most westerners manage/bother with.

(The sad part is that the Japanese actually have a name for what westerners mistakenly call haiku: senryū.)


Bummer! so the following isn't valid, eh:

Haiku, Haiku. It's
Off to count syllables we
Go, Haiku, Haiku
:twisted: :mrgreen: :oops:

That is so interesting.

I'll leave a link for the curious.
This one describes a less serious art form.
I think of them as Limericks.

hey! Limericks are Good.
So, are These things.
If, you can understand Japanese.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senryū

This:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kireji

That is difficult for me to understand.
Is it a sort of Serious play on words?

This is a Guess:
This is also, Why I'm making this guess.

I read what may have been Translated Haiku.
It was a lovely, small book.

When I opened the pages;
The left page was Japanese brush strokes.
The right page was English.

I loved that book.
It was hard to understand.

When I see Moon on Water,
I think of that book.

The Moon on Water
Moon did not intend to fall on water.
Water did not mean to reflect moon.


Maybe they were Not Haiku.
Maybe that one was not in that book.

I don't know anything about Japanese Poetry.
I know The World is missing out if they don't at least Taste It.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:48 pm UTC

KarenRei wrote:People outside of Iceland have actually heard of Emilíana Torrini?

I only know her from that one song off the Two Towers soundtrack. (The one that plays during the credits).
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:01 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
KarenRei wrote:People outside of Iceland have actually heard of Emilíana Torrini?

I only know her from that one song off the Two Towers soundtrack. (The one that plays during the credits).

This one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfGUNPW4eaU

oh...
Where are The Birds?
That big thing is a Bird?
oh...
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Pfhorrest » Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:43 pm UTC

addams wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
KarenRei wrote:People outside of Iceland have actually heard of Emilíana Torrini?

I only know her from that one song off the Two Towers soundtrack. (The one that plays during the credits).

This one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfGUNPW4eaU

Yep, that's the one.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby addams » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:16 pm UTC

oh.
Tell the Birds to Not go There.

I hear a little room can be found in Sfmans' Hedge.
We will find them there.

The ones that go with the Icelandics are on their fricken' own.
We are taking That Place off the List of Possibilities.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby tapksa » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:51 pm UTC

I'll try posting this again, as I apparently suck at embedding.

Spoiler:
Saw this in a park.
Image

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby Klear » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:08 pm UTC

You need to full url to the image, not just the page where it is. Right click it and select something like "copy image url". It should end with ".jpg" or something like that.

Spoiler:
Image

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby ilduri » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:25 am UTC

曇り空
葉で雨の音
や鳥どこ

A sky of dark clouds
The sound of rain on leaves—— but
Where do the birds go?
"Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairytales"
she/her

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Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Postby KarenRei » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:06 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
addams wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
KarenRei wrote:People outside of Iceland have actually heard of Emilíana Torrini?

I only know her from that one song off the Two Towers soundtrack. (The one that plays during the credits).

This one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfGUNPW4eaU

Yep, that's the one.


Okey, that explains it. I was a bit confused because normally people outside Iceland only know of some combination of Björk, Sigur Rós, and Of Monsters and Men ;) (with Germans, there's a good chance that they know Sóley, too, for some reason)


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