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Happy Epiphany and Happy Birthday to Saint Jack the Bodiless! (Cross-posted to julianmayfans.)

Here's a meme from glowing_dragon:
Please explain your username to me, even if you think it should be bleedingly obvious. I'm interested in why you chose them.

Monty Python and the Holy GMail

Edit, 11:20 CST Sat 07 Jan 2005 - I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time late Thursday night. Previously, I had only seen Life of Brian (which my classmate Mike Gardner had lent me in high school). I had seen (clips of) the vorpal bunny and Black Knight scenes before, and the witch-burning, French taunting ("your mother was a hamster"), Knights Who Say Ni, and bridgemaster scenes have been quoted to me so many times that I knew them without even seeing the film. In any case, great stuff!

New taglines

Old primary tagline: Impervious to Sedation
Old secondary tagline: Leonine Speech Impediments

New primary tagline: O Play Me Some Mountain Music, Like Grandpa Ecthelion Used to Play
New secondary tagline: And I'll Float On Down The River to My Brother's Hideaway

The Narnian Turing Test: A Conversational Agent

Cross-posted to tessier_ashpool and loving_the_ai:

Talk to Tumnus

me: Who is Aslan?
Tumnus: He is the King.
me: Who is the King?
Tumnus: King Peter rules Narnia with his brother and sisters.
me: I thought you said Aslan is the King.
Tumnus: Oh my goodness, I gave you the wrong reply.
me: Who is King Peter?
Tumnus: King Edmund.
me: King Peter is King Edmund?
Tumnus: Are they exactly the same?
me: No!
Tumnus: What is the difference?
me: Peter and Edmund are brothers.
Tumnus: I think there might be a few exception.
me: I wasn't making a quantified statement.
Tumnus: Perhaps I misunderstood. What were you?
me: Peter Pevensie is the older brother of Edmund Pevensie.
Tumnus: Is it the only one?
me: Yes, he's the only older brother.
Tumnus: I see. I did not know ASLAN is it.
me: Aslan is absolutely, definitely IT.
Tumnus: Are they exactly the same?
me: All Kings are created equal, but some are more Equal than others.
Tumnus: That is a rather sweeping generalization.
me: You're telling me.
Tumnus: Yes, that's what I am saying.
me: Who are the enemies of Narnia?
Tumnus: Is it some specific person you are asking me about?
me: Yes. Are there any bad people who hate Narnia?
Tumnus: I see. No, I don't think there are any.
me: You don't seem too sure.
Tumnus: Absolute certainty is hard to come by.
me: Are there any bad people IN Narnia?
Tumnus: No, I don't think there are any.
me: That's reassuring.
Tumnus: I see.
me: Who was Jadis?
Tumnus: The White Witch.
me: Who was the White Witch?
Tumnus: She was the former ruler of Narnia, defeated fifteen years ago by Aslan.
me: How was the White Witch defeated?
Tumnus: Edmund broke her wand and then Aslan killed her.
me: You know, I heard there is a movie about Narnia out.
Tumnus: Thanks for telling me that. I will remember it.
me: Have you seen the movie?
Tumnus: No I have not seen it. What's it like?
me: Well, you're played by James McAvoy.
Tumnus: All of them?
me: James McAvoy is an actor, not a collective.
Tumnus: Aren't all actor not a collective James McAvoy?
me: No, some actors who are not collectives are not James McAvoy.
Tumnus: I did not know that. Some may actors who are not collectives are not James McAvoy, but not all.
me: Most actors who are not collectives are not James McAvoy. There is only one James McAvoy.
Tumnus: Are all actors who not collectives are not James McAvoy? But not all of them? There certainly is.
me: There is one actor who is not a collective who IS James McAvoy. You need to work on that syllogistic reasoning.
Tumnus: There certainly is. I will take that under advisement.

SciFi Friday premieres: Battlestar Galactica, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1

So! Who caught the premieres tonight on SciFi?
Good stuff.



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Jan. 7th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
To answer your meme and because I am too lazy to type anymore: http://www.livejournal.com/users/kaladhwen/381.html
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)

And I knew about the proper pronunciation of "dh" in Sindarin thanks to Tripitaka. :-D

Re: Caladhwen - kaladhwen - Jan. 10th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
My username is bleedingly bovious tew YEW, but to practically nazone nelse!

Lalso, the main reason is acos of "Paganini" was lalready taken. ;)
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Tai ji jian
tai1 ji3 jian4 should be recognizable to sze, glowing_dragon, and possibly seldear and jadziadax. I believe that crythanatopsis probably recognizes those words as well.

For all others: a tai1 ji3 jian4 (lit. "supreme ultimate sword") is a long sword used for practice in the martial art of Tai Chi. Note that that's jian, as opposed to dao1, which is literally read "katana" as kanji, but refers to knives, machetes, and bastard swords).

Re: Tai ji jian - taiji_jian - Jan. 7th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dao are cheap, Jian are expensive - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Tai ji jian - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Oh, my reply is spoilerific, isn't it...
I loved the SG-1 premiere. The show was seriously lacking when it was all just talking to the Orai and getting pissed about how stupidly reticient they were to reason, but now that things are now starting to move forward (and they've finally found something to stop the Priors) it's getting good again! And Daniel and Mitch's interactions were absolutely brilliant! I love me some Daniel :D

But I'm watching Atlantis right now and it's bleh. But I've never liked Atlantis. (Though Rodney's spaz out after taking the enzyme was funny ^^) *snickers* Sheppard has just mentioned the clowns they fight.... so wierdly brilliant.

And I am a pure and simple h8ter of Battlestar Galactica. it's so not as brilliant as the original. And Starbuck should not be a chick >_< *fumes*

But yaeh!! I'm so excited that we are finally getting new episodes!!!! I was going into New-Daniel-Jackson-Wittism withdrawals!
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: Oh, my reply is spoilerific, isn't it...
P.S. To answer your meme, my username is actually just my nickname, soon to be actual first name. :P

It's based on Nakago from Fushigi Yuugi who I was once compared to because of my ruthless disregard of human life in my quest for knowledge (it was a really strange d&d campaign that we were on >>) and it just got shortned to Nakki over the years and ceased to be a refernece to Nakago but the definition of how I live my life.

Yes... It's odd >> But loveable :D
Chacun a son gout - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Chacun a son gout - nakki - Jan. 7th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 7th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
I love that icon. A hellcat and a spitfire, but in insect form. With teeny wings!

Jan. 7th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
my username is my real name reversed and pronounced. easy!
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
That's the noly easy thing aboat Yojopese!
Fro example, it can be vert daunting to sort oat the non-TEUNCanese Yojopisms adn those things yew brought to TEUNC, such as "dknot" (which gondhir has adapted into "aknot", "cknot", "dknot", "haknot", "mknot", "sknot", and "wknot", and changing "eople" to "epople".

Laso, IIRC, "laso" is a Yodgism.

Jan. 7th, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
once more, with closed tags!
First of all, I love that your tagline involves Ecthelion. The other Balrog-slayer always gets all the attention, you know? ;) Glorfindel's still my favorite, though.

My username should be fairly obvious, but I enjoy explaining it. I like Nienna a lot--I love that she was the Vala to beg for Melkor's release, misguided though it may have been. And "niennas_tears" looked stupid without the apostrophe, so I went with "tears_of_nienna." :)

Jan. 7th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
Gandy the balrog slayer
Thanks. Actually, though, the Ecthelion in my tagline is the father of Denethor and grandfather of Boromir and Faramir. I think Boromir mentions "the white tower of Ecthelion" in Minas Tirith during the film of The Fellowship of the Ring. He may or may not have been named after the Lord of the Fountain and Warden of the Great Gate of Gondolin in The Silmarillion.

Your username is distinctive and awe-inspiring. It's one of the reasons I added you.

Re: Gandy the balrog slayer - tears_of_nienna - Jan. 7th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Ecthelion and Nienna - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ecthelion and Nienna - tears_of_nienna - Jan. 7th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
Oops ... I missed the BSG premiere. Oh well ... I guess it'll air again sometime soon. I have to admit, what with everything else going on in my life, BSG has dropped in priority. In general, I think it's ok, but missable.

Re: my username, I had a friend at MIT who put "bo" after other's names. It stuck, and I started using it to sign my emails, etc.
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)
Very interesting!

Yes, it will probably air in no more than another 11 weeks.

Thanks for the explanation!

Jan. 7th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Interesting Narnia thiny there. I saw the movie on Tuesday. :D

OLD meme, heh. But good you chose it. ;)

"Glowing" because I like the idea of glowing, iridescent fire. (but iridescent_dragon was too long)
"Dragon" because I'm a dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
Jan. 7th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
How did you like it?

And thanks for the reply about your name etymology.
What's your dragon icon?

Re: Narnia - glowing_dragon - Jan. 7th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
MASSIVE - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: MASSIVE - glowing_dragon - Jan. 8th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
util -- a unit of happiness. (It might be better to say "pleasure" in place of "happiness" but... hm... "unit of pleasure." Oh, well.)
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Is there such a thing as an antiutil?

Re: Interesting - util - Jan. 7th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
"oh hell" is from Midsummer night's dream, it's the curse they (both humans and fairies) say over and over.
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell!
That's very original!

I wonder (but can't be bothered to check) how many Puck/Robin Goodfellow, Oberon, Titania, Lysander, etc. derived names there are on LJ.

Jan. 7th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
Because Prolog is the greatest language in the history of mankind, computer or natural, and I'll cut the first person who insinuates otherwise!

Jan. 7th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Cut elimination theorems

You'll cut them, eh?
You can backtrack right out of that one, kiddo! We pay the pun box for such things around here. ;-)

Re: Cut elimination theorems - prolog - Jan. 7th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Pun fund - banazir - Jan. 7th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Firstly BSGOMGSQUEE. That is all.

Secondly, username is one I coined myself; I associate myself with the fleur-de-lis, the symbol of Québec and of Old France; (my historical interest, you see) and so I tried for years to use the screen name fleurdelis. But I couldn't, other people had it. Take the word fashionista, and make it fleurdelista instead. S'all I did.
Jan. 9th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Très bien!
Thanks for the info!

That was some première, eh?
See above for a rather detailed discussion thread with nakki about why I love the show.

Jan. 8th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
My username tvn is quite obvious, initial of my name, ThanhVu Nguyen :)
Jan. 9th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Makes sense
May I ask what ThanhVu means?

Re: Makes sense - tvn - Jan. 10th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 9th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
My username is derived from my first 2 initials and last name... it has the virtue of being essentially unique - so it's easy to get as a username anywhere and additionally google searches on it bring up many pages of stuff about nobody but me :P

Jan. 9th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me
There are at least half a dozen other William Hsus (even a couple of William H. Hsus and a William Tsun-Yuk Hsu who's also a CS professor), a few other Banazirs, and a few other Jedi hobbits. ^_^

Re: Sounds good to me - sgstair - Jan. 9th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 9th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Tolkien, you dknot say?
LOL! C'mon, you can be more specific than that, Mister Movie Star!

(Dang, who is it that you remind me of? It's not just Kevin Bacon... someone from Switchfoot or Jars of Clay?)

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