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  • recordari, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    I like to think that it looked something like this.

    I would say almost exactly like. They've all got no pants. What's that all about?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    viewing politics and society through the prism of your homosexual experience

    Ooo, sparkly!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4364 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to ,

    You're not from these parts, are you?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2080 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn, in reply to nzlemming,

    OMG, I've been infrequent of late, but that Son of Little P post is the oddest I've ever seen here.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to andrew llewellyn,

    And one of the most offensive. I suspect the baiter or his minions have gone fishing.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    O dear o dear o dear - Lil P in all his various incarnations is very well known - gak, is the only response from self-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    how about that weather, then

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16627 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to ,

    Nah, sorry, why would we do that in this thread?
    Maybe you should try over on this one instead.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to ,

    If it were asked in good faith, maybe - but it is not. What makes you think you deserve any consideration or respect? No, don't answer that, the surges of ennui are overwhelming as it is. It has nothing to do with the present discussion - I suggest that you leave non-sequiturs to professional Surrealists. Ammonite. Shoe-horn. Umbrella.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to ,

    An "ass burger" is more commonly known as a 驴肉火烧/lǘròuhuǒshāo, and is made of donkey meat stewed, chopped finely, and perhaps with a few herbs (cilantro being most common), put in a small bun similar to pita bread. It is a specialty of Hebei Province, and although the many small restaurants around Beijing selling "ass burger" usually advertise themselves as specialising in the 河间/Héjiàn version, it is also known as a specialty of nearby 保定/Bǎodìng.

    Although when I was in Norway I did see in a fish market hvalbiff, I saw no evidence of actual trolls, let alone troll meat turned into anything vaguely burger-like.

    I am unaware of any syndromes associated with burgers made of either donkey or troll meat.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2076 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    On the other hand this, available to listen to until 13/04/11, is relevant.
    (It has a little weather reference at the end, Sacha. :-)

    Seriously: listen, and form your own conclusions.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to linger,

    Or, you might consider this, in relation to Offspring of Little Dribble. However, I do disagree with:

    ..a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood

    … as no evidence of adulthood has been presented.

    Ah, sorry, I’m being far too serious about this. Really, go ahead and mock, everyone. I’ll get out the popcorn. It’s been a long week and I deserve some schadenfreude.

    can anyone please begin, to address the question plainly posed?

    By the way, do you know anything about the use of commas? Once we get that sorted, we can start work on apostrophes.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Kracklite,

    Ammonite. Shoe-horn. Umbrella.

    that has promise

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16627 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Sacha,

    Indeed. All three intimate infinity - the ammonite, in describing a spiral, the shoe horn and umbrella in manifesting hyperboloids. Truly sublime.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Kracklite,

    We certainly can start a most interesting conversation about these matters- ready when you all are-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Many thanks for that!
    Self & a couple of locals had seriously been considering whether anyone – except rats – ate donkeys. We truly appreciate your contribution.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Hullo all - sorry for the threadjack, but can anyone out there tell me how (and why?) an incorrect business listing can be put up? Also, does anyone know how to get in touch with Loaded Web? Their reply thing doesn't work on their site. Could some IT genius out there HELP?

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Islander,

    Well, first to apologise, it's late and it's been a long week (marking a pile of assignments 13.5 centimetres thick has just been completed - yes I did measure it, - and then there's the smaller pile 1.8cm thick yet to be tackled, which is almost a relief... and perversely, I enjoyed it)... my brain is fried, and now pickled, while I watch the DVD of Caprica to relax.

    Well, ammonites are so beautiful, as are trilobites... (I've a fossil of a Phacops rana, known for its extraordinary eyes, on my bookshelf), but the spiral of an ammonite shell, and that of a nautilus is so rich a metaphor - not only in its creation of new chambers as it grows and outgrows its shell, but of its anachronism too, its anatomical primitivism - the nautilus's eyes function like pinhole cameras, having no lenses. How can you not make something of that?

    A gentle image that, the segmented spiral, but the hyperbola, well that suggests vertigo, having no end at all...

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Kracklite,

    O glory!
    I have 2 ammonites & 7 trilobites in my desk shelf because I love spirals...I try to envision how those beings saw their oceanic world, and the best i can do is films of nautiloids - who can dwell in oceanic dark (for us) and hunt with eyes we really cannot envisage-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Islander,

    Now that's what I've found fascinating about some science fiction - how a different sensorium has resulted in a different form of consciousness as well. Not too many authors have really gone into depth on those terms (pun unintentional)but a few have. I've seen some CGI visualisations of how a sperm whale for example might hunt using its sonar (and there's been speculation, that being the loudest creature on the planet, it can use its sonar as a kind of stun gun)... There was an idea previously that sight was an active sense, that the eye sent out corpuscles and received them back, rather like a radar - now that was wrong in physical terms, but it does imply that seeing is an active process, because perceiving is a function of thinking. (There's rather a good book, The Eye: A Natural History by Simon Ings.) It's rather pertinent because scientists looking at the issue of consciousness generally focus (also an unintentional pun... but significant nonetheless that it is a visual simile) how the brain makes visual data into experienced images as offering clues into how the brain creates experience.

    Now I'm going to have reveries on H. G. Wells' use of sight and observation as his anchoring images (ahem) in the opening sentences of The War of the Worlds...

    ...almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water... intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes...

    The conflation of a biologist's microscopes and the Martians' telescopes is really very clever, and very, very ironic. The Martians are predators - and rather like cephalopods too in form...

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Kracklite,

    Yum!
    Add to that (just before I haul my sorry carcass off to bed) that cetaceans can scan any body via sonar and *sieve* the results visually - and, I rather suspect, so can cephlapods (evolutionary catch-up stuff) and we are getting back to quite classic (but not really sophisticated) scifi-- cheers!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Islander,

    Been a pleasure, and off to bed myself!

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 975 posts Report Reply

  • son of little p,

    gosh, i really really thought you could use that 1st paragraph of mine for adverstising copy! It may not have been" made in GF" - STIIL waiting for the explanation of that one - but it was certainly composed in a sporting spirit!

    Since Apr 2011 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • son of little p,

    i just can't b'lieve you DELETED it before everyone else got to read! Just what on earth could you possibly be afraid of bra, that would make you want to actually annihilate another's attempt to communicate!!!

    Since Apr 2011 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Er...I am mightily confused by little son of p (as in p minus?) is on about and it is not a good way to start the week.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2308 posts Report Reply

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