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Wow, that's a lot of honor!

Last Friday, we had Mikhail Gorbachev here, giving a Landon Lecture on globalization. On Friday night, Ted Kooser, the 13th poet laureate of the USA, was here giving a reading at the K-State Union Little Theatre.

Then, on Saturday, irc.theonering.net hosted Alan Lee, one of the chief artists for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. figgylicious and dsthenes, among others, moderated. As when Tripitaka was the guest of honor, I even got to ask him a question and get it answered! (I asked him whether WETA or any other publisher or producer had approached him to do artwork on a Middle-earth game, and he said EA had, but he wasn't interested in games that were mostly about fighting.)

The grand coup was gondhir's, though: he got Alan Lee to agree that the balrog of Moria was a giant flaming penguin. Seriously.

In other news: On the flip side of honor, there seem to be a lot of anonymouse trolls this week. As I've always said, my policy in this journal is that you can say whatever you like here (spam and other irrelevance excluded) without fear of reprisal, provided you have the guts to show your face. Otherwise, we'll just sit around and laugh it up about why you don't! Yeller's not lellow, so say the dragons and East Asians alike. And that's knot cllo. So come on out, gorillas! You'll have more fun. Or we will. Or sumfink. Oh, and by reprisal, I mean banning or screening. You might get more than you bargained for in the way of replies. Gird thy loins with asbestos, for an thou canst not withstand the heat, hie thee hence from my kitchen. :-D

Seen with the Happy deire:

banazir is energetic.
You've got the energy level of a small yip-yap dog. And, much like those dogs, I hope you get run over by an ice cream truck. Yeah, that's right. I said it.
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A student came in wanting to change his CIS 730 (Intro AI) project to a mood detector, so I showed him this, and also:

scottharmon is worn out.
Sleep when you're dead! Whether it's emotionally or physically, you're exhausted. Have you considered sleeping pills? I took them when I had mono, and they made everything better.
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zengeneral is emotionally distant.
I bet no one's surprised that you never post your current mood. In fact, I bet most of your friends are so sick of you locking them out of your life that they hate you behind your back. Shame.
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Nov. 7th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. It might be self-centered of me, but whenever I hear of anonymouse trloos in connection with your journal, I get a sinking feeling.
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Your anonymous troll is perhaps more ethical than mine
I know whom you're talking about, but that person isn't entirely anonymous - he just lurks. At least he has an LJ.

Also, unless he's really good at imitating a peculiar flavor of broken English, I don't think it's him.

Nov. 7th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yayy!! Gondy!
Nov. 7th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Is that yew?

Nov. 7th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
<AinuLaire> I bet Balrog wings taste better than chicken wings.
<AlanLee> Maybe thats where the wings went
<Gil-galad> maybe the barog in moria was too heavy to fly
<AndrewWrites> I think it's up to the ready to decide whether or not the balrog has wings or not
<AndrewWrites> Gil-galad, Ostriches have wings, but they can't fly
* Garfeimao you can have wings and still not be able to fly. Penguins, Kiwis, Ostrich, etc.
<Gondhir> the balrog was a giant penguin?
<AlanLee> LOL
<AlanLee> So that new Penguin movie is all about Balrogs/

Note the blessing that Tyope bestowed on his last comment. ;)
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
March of the Balrogs
Balrog SLASH!!


Nov. 8th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
March of the Balrogs. On ice. Interesting.
Nov. 8th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
Noldor on Ice
Hrm... now I have this image of Finwe and Miriel Serinde doing that beak-neck thing...

Helcaraxe hurt/comfort fic is one thing, but this is ridickle-dockle.

"For the one whom he loved was Amarie of the Vanyar, and she went not with him into exile."

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