Stability and posture.

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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Dave » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:42 pm

GlytchMeister wrote:Callahan's?
Oh my... you know not....? :shock:

Spider Robinson's SF-ish stories set in "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon". They're told from the viewpoint of Jake, a folksinger and guitarist.

Puns are just as much part of the atmosphere at Callahan's as they are here. I'd guess that the Callahan's stories have been a formative influence on a lot of us here... probably on most of the most-insufferable among us.

My recommendation: start at the beginning ("The Guy With The Eyes") and go through them in order... there are spoilers if you jump around too much.

Go. Find copies. Read.

Lemme put it this way... the spirit of the Wapsi forums, and the spirit of a particular noisy Irish bar called Callahan's, are twins separated at birth. Lots in common.

EDIT: just dug around a bit and found that Spider has done a bunch of podcasts... including one in which he reads "The Guy With The Eyes"!

http://www.spiderrobinson.com/podcast.html for the index, http://media.libsyn.com/media/spiderweb/SOTW050a.mp3 to get this specific podcast directly.

He also has one where he reads Sturgeon's "Slow Sculpture"... and another, entitled "Suicide Prevention Kit", in which he reads Sturgeon's "A Saucer Of Loneliness"! This makes today one of the best Mondays I've had in quite a while... gotta do some downloading!

Talk about formative influences... Spider has described "Saucer" as one of the two reasons he didn't blow his brains out during a tough period in his youth. Although I can't make quite the same claim, I do deeply understand why he cherishes that particular story.

EDIT again: God's navel! He's got a reading of "The Magnificent Conspiracy" as well. I am so glad I looked!
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Sgt. Howard » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:18 pm

Yana Nimkova wrote:That was a pun worthy of Callahan's.
AHA!!! SHE KNOWS OF IT!!! There can be no better influence...
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Yana Nimkova » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:25 am

Mike Callahan's motto fits these forums very well: "Shared joy is joy increased, shared pain is pain diminished."

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Post by GlytchMeister » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:54 am

Wow, I certainly stumbled upon something here... I'll have to look this up and read through this stuff...
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Warrl » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:56 pm

GlytchMeister wrote:Wow, I certainly stumbled upon something here... I'll have to look this up and read through this stuff...
I don't know about "have to", but it's strongly recommended.

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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Just Old Al » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:40 pm

Warrl wrote:
GlytchMeister wrote:Wow, I certainly stumbled upon something here... I'll have to look this up and read through this stuff...
I don't know about "have to", but it's strongly recommended.
NO. HAVE TO. GO NOW. READ.

If I have to I will ship you my copies.
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by GlytchMeister » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:54 pm

Just Old Al wrote:
Warrl wrote:
GlytchMeister wrote:Wow, I certainly stumbled upon something here... I'll have to look this up and read through this stuff...
I don't know about "have to", but it's strongly recommended.
NO. HAVE TO. GO NOW. READ.

If I have to I will ship you my copies.
Nah, I have a library card, I'll find 'em. No worries, Al. :)
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by GlytchMeister » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:55 pm

Yes, the twenty-something guy has a library card. :P
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Catawampus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:55 pm

Dave wrote:You do have to wonder about the metaphysics and moral questions, though. It's a bit like in The Sirens of Titan. Is it really just and proper that Catawampus's whole hidden purpose in life, for the last few decades, was to be in the right place at the right time, in the right forum, discussing the right topic, to set up the straight line for a horrendous pun ambush? Did Catawampus know, or guess?
Or perhaps it was all a long-standing plot of mine, secretly grooming Al into the ultimate of weaponised paronomasiacs and waiting for the perfect moment to trigger him. Now I can hold the world hostage, as they tremble upon the verge of linguistic annihilation!!!
GlytchMeister wrote:Yes, the twenty-something guy has a library card. :P
You say that as though there are people who don't!

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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Dave » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:30 pm

Catawampus wrote:
Dave wrote:You do have to wonder about the metaphysics and moral questions, though. It's a bit like in The Sirens of Titan. Is it really just and proper that Catawampus's whole hidden purpose in life, for the last few decades, was to be in the right place at the right time, in the right forum, discussing the right topic, to set up the straight line for a horrendous pun ambush? Did Catawampus know, or guess?
Or perhaps it was all a long-standing plot of mine, secretly grooming Al into the ultimate of weaponised paronomasiacs and waiting for the perfect moment to trigger him. Now I can hold the world hostage, as they tremble upon the verge of linguistic annihilation!!!
Fiendish! I like the way you think.

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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Dave » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:33 pm

Catawampus wrote:
GlytchMeister wrote:Yes, the twenty-something guy has a library card. :P
You say that as though there are people who don't!
I'm distressed by the number of twenty-something people who I'm fairly certain don't ...

... read. At all. At least, not books.

A couple of years ago, I met a young lady at a social event, who said she was a secondary-school teacher in the area. I asked her how many of her students read for pleasure. She held up her hand, with fingers making a "zero" symbol.

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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Just Old Al » Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:02 am

Re: Spider Robinson podcasts:

I'm not a big one for podcasts in general, but I just listened to "The Guy With The Eyes".

Wow.

Nothing like an author reading their own work to give you a true feel for the material. Highly recommended.

Alan
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Re: Stability and posture.

Post by Just Old Al » Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:04 am

Catawampus wrote: Or perhaps it was all a long-standing plot of mine, secretly grooming Al into the ultimate of weaponised paronomasiacs and waiting for the perfect moment to trigger him. Now I can hold the world hostage, as they tremble upon the verge of linguistic annihilation!!!
One teeny-weeny point you forgot there...we need to discuss creative control... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Heeheehee...never, ever forget that if the bomb has volition you have to get it to agree with you. :mrgreen:
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