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Darth Fluffy

Story Friday December 17, 2021

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1 hour ago, Darth Fluffy said:

So, what you're saying is, Dan is making light of Tedd's epiphany?

 

OK, /me says that does it.  You get a star next to your latest entry.  Plus Epiphany isn't until Jan 6th, or 19th for some people. Post 1970 in some churches it's Jan 2nd next year.  In the real world it's a few weeks away.  In the comic world it passed a few weeks ago.

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1 hour ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

I know quite well that there are many things I can't do that others can.

So why am I shocked to find people who can't do what I do?

So the other seers never stumbled across anything like Tedd's DIY projects?

Arthur’s description of wandmaking as being mostly “wands making wands”, and those few who can make wands on their own being able to do it only due to having acquired wandmaking spells, implies that only Seers have enough wiggle room to truly experiment with new approaches like Tedd’s programming-based paradigm. Total available Seers would be limited to Tedd, Arthur, two currently-unknowns, and whatever Awakened Seers had been active since microcomputers became a thing but who are since deceased (probably not more than half a dozen of those if the current population is representative).

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According to Tedd the seers would not only need have used human magic but also be familiar with Uryuom magic as well to be able to make a wand making glove.  I suspect that limits the possible glove makers to Tedd only.

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Pretty much only Tedd and Arthur himself would have had such opportunity out of known people, and Arthur has already admitted to having never thought of such an approach. That is likely why Arthur is emphasizing the uniqueness of Tedd’s achievement.

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1 hour ago, mlooney said:

According to Tedd the seers would not only need have used human magic but also be familiar with Uryuom magic as well to be able to make a wand making glove.  I suspect that limits the possible glove makers to Tedd only.

Good point, although, we don't really know how widespread is the knowledge of the existence of Uryuoms and of Uryuom tech. Lavender in particular is participating in government service, and there is sensitivity training mentioned to address discrimination. Their contact with EGS Earth goes back a long time, not necessarily ancient, as the Egyptian scenes could be relatively recent, but some are mentioned as having been born here.

Also, a curiousity, Lavender is rather tall for a Uryuom. Guessing she's actually a hybrid?

 

2 hours ago, mlooney said:

OK, /me says that does it.  You get a star next to your latest entry.  Plus Epiphany isn't until Jan 6th, or 19th for some people. Post 1970 in some churches it's Jan 2nd next year.  In the real world it's a few weeks away.  In the comic world it passed a few weeks ago.

Epiphany, the event, is based on the word epiphany, to have a sudden understanding, a light bulb moment. Tedd had a light bulb moment. His did not involve three or any other number of wise guys. Huh, it was actually the result of a conversation between two Magi, Arthur and Tedd. Hmm.

Do they have Christmas in the comic? I recall Zeus (formerly Jerry) in a Santa hat, I think. I don't recall any festivities. They had a New Years party, that's where he wore the hat, ... drawing a blank on Christmas. I guess a Santa hat is a weak connection, seems a bit generic.

I appreciate the star, thanks. Five pointed? Foil sticker, or drawn on? Might I ask, "What color?" It's nice when ones efforts are recognized.

 

 

 

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58 minutes ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Uryuoms are shape shifters. She could be shifting her height just to fit in with humans.

Good point, but I couldn't see your post because of the Fnord.

 

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21 hours ago, Darth Fluffy said:

Do they have Christmas in the comic?

They have Christmas movies, if nothing else.

 

 

21 hours ago, Darth Fluffy said:

I appreciate the star, thanks. Five pointed? Foil sticker, or drawn on? Might I ask, "What color?"

5 pointed, hand drawn in red ink the color of fresh blood.

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3 minutes ago, mlooney said:

They have Christmas movies, if nothing else.

Oh, good point.

 

4 minutes ago, mlooney said:

5 pointed, hand drawn in red ink the color of fresh blood.

Nice! Good attention to detail. Sounds stylish, hand crafted like that. Was the donor a salesman? Sorry, you probably shouldn't say in a public forum.

 

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3 minutes ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

Debate Trigger:

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

I've seen it on 'Favorite Christmas Movies' lists, and it takes place during Christmas, but I would say "No", because it does not focus on a Christmas theme, 'Yes" because it involves a Christmas party.

Would you call 'Little Women' a Christmas movie? There is a scene celebrating Christmas, but it is not the focus of the story.

'Home Alone' is harder, it kind of doesn't focus on Christmas, but Christmas is the rationale for the story's events.

In the myriad 'A Christmas Carol' adaptations, Christmas is central to the theme, but it's not really what the story is about. Scrooge has a redemptive epiphany through the interaction with the spirits of the season, but it could have been set in a different context. (Indeed, similar stories often are.) The well regarded 'It's a Wonderful Life' is similar.

Even among 'legitimate' Christmas fare, the focus varies widely. Some stories focus on traveling home for the holidays. Some spoof the crass commercialism of the time. Some are religious in nature, interpreting the Bible story. Some focus on an aspect of the modern traditions, like Santa and Frosty.

Then there's edge cases, like 'Jack Frost'.

Also Christmas themed Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, South Park, that subvert elements of the season. 

I guess it's complicated.

 

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This got me thinking about media coverage of other holidays of this season. It's pretty sparse.

Hanukkah gets an occasional nod, perhaps a menorah is pictured, but the only coverage I recall is the South Park episode with the dreidel song.

Futurama has a Chanukkah zombie. The spelling varies, I suppose because not only are the letters different in Hebrew, but the phonemes are as well, and there is a sound of clearing your throat that does not translate well; Arabic has the same issue.

You'd think Hollywood would make an action movie about the Maccabean Revolt, seems like a ready made plot for the season.

Kwanzaa gets even sparser coverage, which is fair, it is a fairly recently invented event, first celebrated in 1966. It has roots in African traditions and celebrations.

Futurama has a Kwanzaa Bot. He hands out a book, "What the Hell is Kwanzaa?"

Then there's Festivus, made widely known through Seinfeld, taking on a bit of life of it's own. "Festivus for the rest of us".

(My Christmas tree is even easier than a Festivus pole. It is fiber optic, about two feet tall, USB. I plug an adapter into the wall, plug in the tree, and it's done.)

I see a need for a Pastafarian celebration, featuring a pirate-themed family gathering, especially with global warming being what it is. Choice of what to have for dinner would be a slam dunk. Heavy drinking should be involved, to celebrate the creation of the world. Hmm, I may have to talk my family in to this ...

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3 hours ago, Darth Fluffy said:

Then there's Festivus, made widely known through Seinfeld, taking on a bit of life of it's own. "Festivus for the rest of us".

 

I would have bet money that Festivus was from Seinfeld only.  Given that the son of the "creator" of it wrote the Seinfeld episode, in a way it was.  Of course, to be honest, I have watched the Seinfeld show, much less that episode, so I was a bit hazy about the details.
 

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57 minutes ago, mlooney said:

I would have bet money that Festivus was from Seinfeld only.  Given that the son of the "creator" of it wrote the Seinfeld episode, in a way it was.  Of course, to be honest, I have watched the Seinfeld show, much less that episode, so I was a bit hazy about the details.

I agree, I thought they made it up, too, until I read the article. I have not seem a lot of Seinfelds, but oddly enough, I have seen that one.

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