Randomness

Blame Dragonchasers for this, it is 100% his fault. I’m uninspired for posting today, and he maintained that even posting random words I’d get a grunch of comments. Me, I doubt it. And since it’s already been done by a much greater talent than mine, here’s some random words:

jabberwocky

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Actually, take a look at that and see how many words and terms we use quite often now not to mention made-up words that have passed into common parlance: vorpal, frabjous, snicker-snack. I think the Rev. Dodgson deserves some credit for helping to kick off fantasy literature. As a matter of interest, I actually sat and read his entire collected works in my youth; not all of it is great, but some of it truly is (even if it was quite probably drug-induced, heh).

On a more rational note, I’m never too proud to beg for subjects. Anything I should be talking, ranting or whining about that you haven’t already mentioned in your own blogs?

36 thoughts on “Randomness

  1. Hmm… how about the role of humor (especially real world puns and easter eggs) in MMO design? WoW might be the poster child for silliness in that regard.

    Maybe think of it as an extension of the Immersion discussion?

  2. My very favorite english teach of all time, “Mr. Edwards” of East Hampton High School, circa 1975 or thereabouts, used Jabberwocky to teach us sentence structure. We had to go through the poem and identify verbs, nouns, etc, just by examining the sentence structure. It was when I finally “got it” (though I fear I may have lost it by now).

    That summer, Mr. Edwards passed away, so I never got to take another class with him. 🙁

  3. It’s weird how teachers stay with us. My first-year University English teacher (I can’t remember what course… Introduction to something something literature, I’m sure) was a hard-drinking, hard-smoking, no-punch pulling American lady named Ruth Raider (remember, this was in the UK, I’m a University of Kent person) who left a very big impression on me. She passed away at the end of that first year too.

    After one seminar she told me I was smart enough to coast through college, or I could get my ass in gear and actually get something out of it. I was shocked to be so bluntly (and easily) read. Some of the best advice I was ever given, too.

  4. I think the post Ethic made up above is simply the funniest thing I have ever read. He should get a blog and then make other people post on it so he can spend all day reading other people’s blogs and then writing pointless essays on the rational discourse of human events while not even really mentioning anything of the sort at all during the day at work when he should be working but instead he spends the time reading twitter which sends him to threads that say something or maybe nothing and then he feels he should add his full portion of nothing to the other nothing which might hopefully cause the two nothings to become something altogether different. Or not.

  5. Guys stop commenting! You’ll prove the theory right. I cannot just sit by and watch as some of you have even commented three times! I won’t mention any names but come on, Melmoth! Trying to raise your post count or something?

  6. I anticipated she’d get 25 comments.

    So keep ’em coming.

    Y’know what Ysh is doing right now? Yeah, that’s right. Playing WoW.

    So, who can define the point in time where playing WoW became an uncool thing to do (according to t3h interwebz, I do not share this opinion)?

  7. Ooo Monsieur Melmoth, thin ice, thin ice! 😀

    You guys are cracking me up. And I’m not playing WOW yet since more work discussion ensued. It’s… interesting, sometimes, working at a distance with large files (read: anything over 200k :P) when one of the parties is in the Heart of Darkness. Well okay, she’s not all the way upriver, but she (my mum) *is* in the Congo, or DRC as they call it now. At least she has some internets… just somewhat shaky internets.

  8. I remember the first time my mom tried to use a mouse… she just couldn’t grok that you rolled it around on the desk. She’d pick it up and hover it around in the air… she was *so* ahead of her time! LOL

    She is pretty much the last person I know who has no internet connection. Has no clue what “google” is, never been to amazon.com….

    I can’t even imagine it.

  9. Leeches are annelids comprising the subclass Hirudinea. There are fresh water, terrestrial, and marine leeches. Like the Oligochaeta, they share the presence of a clitellum. Like earthworms, leeches are hermaphrodites.

  10. Today’s entry brought to you by the letters E and L and the number 7 😀

    And Ethic, I dunno about this clitellum stuff! No pr0n here!

  11. The Irony is that Y-ish had decided to post something of great substance, which is the norm for her, she wouldn’t be getting any where near this many responses. Unless of course, she just started ranting, which always gets the community in an uproar.

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