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Six implausible things - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Six implausible things
Doing the rounds at the moment -- six things I have done that you probably haven't (mostly because I'm being absurdly specific about them):

1. Played a musical instrument with the Hallé orchestra.
2. Made 200 pairs of cardboard glasses, like 3D goggles but with green acetate in both sides, in one afternoon.
3. Read Titus Groan while sitting outside a ruined castle at the top of a mountain (well, okay, a big hill).
4. Copied Luke's gospel in Anglo-Saxon onto a cake.
5. Been exactly (well, to the year) half the age of my first car.*
6. Painted my nails in chessboard patterns while being driven through Milton Keynes.

But I'm willing to be proved wrong...

* edit: I'm rephrasing this as "Bought a first car which was twice my age", & hopefully that will make the wilfully obtuse leave me alone.
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teleute From: teleute Date: February 24th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
#4 -- all of it??
j4 From: j4 Date: February 24th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Not all of it, no! But enough...
livredor From: livredor Date: February 24th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that cake is very cool. I'm most impressed.
teleute From: teleute Date: February 25th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
*gasp*
wow
gosh
wow
brrm From: brrm Date: February 24th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
5. Been exactly (well, to the year) half the age of my first car.

Does it count if I was 11 at the time, and the car was owned by some bloke in Crawley, not me? :-)
j4 From: j4 Date: February 24th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
No. HTH. :-P
hairyears From: hairyears Date: February 24th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
#4 I'd be impressed if you'd painted the Book of Kells version of Luke.

Where did you get that icon?
j4 From: j4 Date: February 24th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I so want to do a Book of Kells cake one day! (I did a cake that was supposed to look like "The Book of Kells" by R. A. MacAvoy, a fantasy novel that my mum was desperately trying to find a copy of, as a birthday cake for my mum. But that doesn't count.)

bateleur made the icon for me as a prize for winning his "comment of the month" competition a few months ago.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: February 24th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I so want to do a Book of Kells cake one day!

Oh yes. If you do, pictures please ?

[ You've seen the front-and-back book cake from my wedding, with reviews including "Comparable to lembas at its best", yes ? ]
hairyears From: hairyears Date: February 25th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You've seen me wearing a verse from the Book of Kells.

Before the less gifted members of the congregation ask how much it would cover, On a T-shirt,
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j4 From: j4 Date: February 24th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gonna shake that thing

Ah, it was a recorder in my case, at the same sort of thing, so only really one step up from an egg-shaker. :)
ceb From: ceb Date: February 24th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gonna shake that thing

I played my default instrument (viola). Not in a concert, though.
anat0010 From: anat0010 Date: February 24th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

1st Car

Hasn't everyone been at one point half the age of their first car ? Presuming you didn't get a car until over the age of 17, and the age of your 1st car was less than 34 years old. The only exception I can see is someone who saves up to buy a 1920's model T and is less than 40.

My 1st car was 13 years old. I was once 6 1/2 years old.
j4 From: j4 Date: February 24th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

Hasn't everyone been at one point half the age of their first car ?

Well, er. Was it your car when you were half the age of it?

(Besides, if you buy a new car then you'll get a divide-by-zero error!)
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: February 24th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

Hasn't everyone been at one point half the age of their first car ?

Not those of us whose sight is too poor to be let have a car, for one.
sion_a From: sion_a Date: February 24th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

There's an implicit "at the same time".
anat0010 From: anat0010 Date: February 25th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

Wheee .... pedants corner. Yippee !!!!

Divide by zero ????
Current age = age of first car / 2
Where ?????

Not those of us whose sight is too poor to be let have a car, for one.
Not necessarily. The age of your first car is yet to be determined. You may well still buy a car. There is no restriction on you *buying* a car, just driving it, which you may do some time in the future. Or a long-lost absent minded rich aunt may buy one for you as a birthday present.
Only when you die and your estate is settled will it be possible to say that age of first car is invalid since you will never own one. At this point, come and tell me and I'll concede the point.

There's an implicit "at the same time". *implicit* ???? where ?
Been exactly (well, to the year) half the age of my first car, at the same time. - doesn't parse.
At the same time, been exactly (well, to the year) half the age of my first car. - doesn't make much sense either.
Been exactly (well, to the year), at the same time, half the age of my first car. - doesn't work either.

I think we need to say - At an instant of time when I was the owner of my first car, my age in years, when rounded down, was equal to exactly half the age of the said car, when rounded the age of the car was also rounded down and expressed in years.

Simple really.

j4 From: j4 Date: February 25th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

Right, not divide by zero, zero-divided-by-two (I have flu, I wasn't thinking clearly) -- but I still maintain that you can't be half the age of a new car. You're being deliberately obtuse, & I hope it's making you happy, but it's making me extremely irritated.

My first car was 50 years old when I bought it; I was 25 at the time. That's all. Now go and do something more interesting.
anat0010 From: anat0010 Date: February 25th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1st Car

Sorry miss. Shall I go and sit in the corner ?
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