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http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagain/thursday/rams/1830.ram

 

Many of you will already be familiar with The Man Who Was Thursday from the game Deus Ex, which exploits quotes from it. Many others will know the author G.K. Chesterton. However, it really has to be heard in toto before it can be truly understood. A huge rolling expanse of genius, with bomb-throwing, terrorism, and fat men dashing about amongst policemen and steam trains. The above link is only going to work until next Thursday, so get cracking!

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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And for those of us who refuses to touch Real Media and it's various permutations even when wearing asbestos gloves.

 

UNIVERSAL POKER:

 

Is each here? Does each have his opposite?

I am here, but my opposite is you.

Huh?

Don't let him bug ya'. We're here.

My opposite is not here.

Is your opposite "Lies"?

My opposite is "Void". He couldn't make it.

>snicker

Agh! How are we going to seat five! This table is made for six!

Just take out his chair and move over. Sheesh!

I have the cards.

I've got the chips.

I have the beer.

I have the cards!

Shut up.

 

...

 

Whose deal is it?

Do ya' gotta ask that EVERY time?

It is Good's deal.

OK, five card draw...uh, everything is wild.

How can anyone win if everything is wild?

No ONE can win, but we all can call ourselves winners if...

I like this game.

This is pointless.

It is time to deal.

Here we go! Your bet, Truth.

Five.

Five and raise you five.

Don't you morons get it? It doesn't matter how much you bet!

I like ten better.

>sigh

I fold.

YOU CAN'T LOSE!

I still fold.

OK, I'll call. How many, Truth?

What's the point in taking more cards?

I will keep the cards I have.

I will take two.

Why?!?

I didn't like those.

None for me.

I'll take six.

Sorry, you folded. Dealer keeps his. Bets?

Oh, just get this over with.

But now we have to bet!

Any money you put in, you're just gonna get back!

I am in agreement with Evil. Let us show our cards.

I have five aces.

I have five ace of spades.

I have a three.

Please be quiet. I also have five aces. We all win.

Hold it, bub. Six aces, read'em and weep.

Where did you get that card?

He stole it from Chaos.

You know the rules, boys. The pot's mine.

That was a stupid game.

Whose deal is it?

The dealer progression is opposite the deal. Chaos deals.

Whee!

>groan

Eleven card stud-hold'em with threes, eights, jacks, and

kings wild...fives count as fours, fours count as nines,

and queens don't count unless there is a prime numbered

spade showing...

I fold...

 

[Ed: written by Brian Cash (bcash@deletedbygorth.ca), and originally appeared in talk.bizarre]

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” - Albert Einstein

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IN case anyone is confused, Gorth's extract isn't from it.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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IN case anyone is confused, Gorth's extract isn't from it.

Sorry, I should have mentioned that :blush10:

 

Just happened to read that joke about order and chaos 10 minutes before clicking on the link... and being told that my computer refuses to play .ram files.

 

Can you give a "summary" on what it is about?

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” - Albert Einstein

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Certainly. The mechanic of the story, up to the nearly the end is a great Edwardian adventure/detective story. Idon't want to give away any of the many plot twists, but as well as violence and derring do (including as I say, car chases) the hero delves deep into a murky non-euclidean world of anrachist bomb-makers and revolutionaries. People who do not believe they are in the wrong, but who believe wrongness itself should be destroyed. There's quite a bit of philosophical discussion along teh way, but given the recent discussions we've been having I thought it remarkably apposite.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

tarna's dead; processing... complete. Disappointed by Universe. RIP Hades/Sand/etc. Here's hoping your next alt has a harp.

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