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Like falling off a blog - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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j4
Like falling off a blog
Nielsen observes that "much of the Web is like an anthill built by ants on LSD". Surely he's thinking of spiders? After all, we already know what their webs look like under the influence of drugs. To this research I can also add the anecdotal datum that webs created under the influence of copious amounts of caffeine look something like this.

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Ever since I've worked in this office, the fax machine has made moaning noises reminiscent of a wookie in labour. Today, though, the real meaning of those noises became hideously apparent as the air-conditioning added its voice to the chorus, with a noise somewhere between a snore, a grunt, and a ruler being twanged over the edge of a desk. "Grunt - ouhhhh. Grunt - ouhhhh." It's just like living in shared student accommodation.

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And finally... nou has introduced me to the category game, which is an even better office fiddle-object than those little magnetic whatnots that keep the money rolling in for IWOOT and their ilk -- if, of course, you'd rather play with neat javascript implementations of experimental cognitive semantics than overpriced grown-up versions of construct-o-straws. If this (the linguistics, not the plastic) is an area that interests you, I can recommend Lakoff's superbly-named and eminently readable book Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. Oh, and Amazon get one out of three for product placement.
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addedentry From: addedentry Date: September 13th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on becoming the third person to recommend Lakoff to me in as many weeks. It's already on the wishlist.

j4 From: j4 Date: September 13th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Surely it's a given with blogs and memepools that they only ever recommend things you've already seen? Or is that just because we're so cutting-edge?

You can borrow my Lakoff if I can find it (my house is categorised into "things which are hidden under other things" and "things which are not") and if you can put up with the fact that the person who owned it before me was evidently a biro-wielding moron.
addedentry From: addedentry Date: September 13th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
The other people were, er, instantiated in meatspace (or whatever we call it in the 21st century), so your post acted less as repetition than cumulative endorsement.

It sounds like your house is nearing some kind of paradox. Congratulations. Have you answered back in the margins?
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: September 13th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
(my house is categorised into "things which are hidden under other things" and "things which are not")
Sounds like ours, only we're a little more slanted towards "things which are hidden under, inside, or behind other things" and "things which are on top or in front". The second category obviously considerably smaller than the first.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: September 13th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

...the fax machine has made moaning noises reminiscent of a wookie in labour

*snork* I am having difficulty keeping a straight face in the office today. Deportment and a sober professional attitude are important in consultancy and Banking. The printer is behind me and it makes that noise. Repeatedly.

vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: September 13th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

category games

Oo, oo [jumps up and down] if you're *really* bored sometime you may add me to the list of people willing to play the category game en masse.

Thanks for your latest posts (this one and Oxfam) - they've helped enormously to counteract the screaming fury I have had with the soi-disant service department at Whirlpool, who can't spell our address and therefore cannot come to mend the new fridge in which our erstwhile food went bad, melted, died. (Cue Peter Pears singing BB's requiem phrase: dying, dying.)

You're a blessing, you are.
nou From: nou Date: September 13th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: category games

you may add me to the list of people willing to play the category game en masse.

Here you go.
sion_a From: sion_a Date: September 13th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/ -- "Unravelling the mysteries of plants" with a picture of three blokes in reflective vests and har hats. Is this "plants" as in "Heavy Plant Crossing"?
wechsler From: wechsler Date: September 13th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That sign always makes me think of Triffids...
From: mikewd Date: September 13th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was small we were stopped at one of those signs when a small tree did indeed cross the road ahead of us (in the scoop of a JCB) and from a long time thereafter I believed that was what the signs were referring to...
arnhem From: arnhem Date: September 13th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to see we're not afraid to call a greenhouse a "Plant Growth Facility". Presumably a number of manually-operated earth-moving implements will be involved in the construction process.

From: bibliogirl Date: September 13th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
The descriptions of the fax machine's noises make me think of Shaun Of The Dead-type zombies...
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: September 13th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, shared student accom...
Was living in this bedsit once - one room, actually rented to two girls.
Spent a half hour or so listening to some other bloke's feet hitting the wardrobe every second and a half.

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