The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

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Postby Kent Gunn » 01/04/12 12:34 AM

There's a magician called Funsway on the Cafe.

He posted on various subjects. He's a poet, a disabled Vietnam Veteran and now, no longer a Genii subscriber.

I found this thread . . . I should've left it on the cafe, nonetheless.

Funsway Thread

Tom tries to reason with him . . . to no avail.

Sheesh,

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Postby mrgoat » 01/04/12 05:00 AM

Oh my
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Postby Bob Farmer » 01/04/12 10:05 AM

This reminds me of McLuhan's line, " A man's grasp must exceed his reach or what's a metaphor."
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Postby Anthony Vinson » 01/04/12 10:27 AM

Context, anyone? Hows about a familiarity with Acer's prose style and sense of humor? Is this Funsway's first reading of Magicana as written by Acer? Oh well... Personally I found the line funny as hell, but then I am a fan of wordplay, and hyperbole certainly qualifies as such. Yet another reason I rarely visit the cafe.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/04/12 10:52 AM

it's funnier when you stick an extra e at the end of metaphor as posted - and keep in mind that it was posted in public rather then sent to the author/editor.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 01/04/12 12:12 PM

The only solution is for Acer to get medieval on him with a pair of pliers. (which is a metaphor for "write him a strongly-worded email")
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/04/12 12:19 PM

Bill Mullins wrote:The only solution is for Acer to get medieval on him with a pair of pliers. (which is a metaphor for "write him a strongly-worded email")


Okay Ms. Adler, I didn't know Hawking likes that sort of kink. Been watching Sherlock?

Anyone else like to conflate the notions of metaphor and simile?
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Postby Bill Mullins » 01/04/12 12:25 PM

Don't know who Ms. Adler is. Nor am I able to identify the watchable Sherlock. And the "him" that Acer should get medieval on is Funsway, not Hawking.

Once you have to explain it, it really loses punch . . .
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Postby erlandish » 01/04/12 01:58 PM

Bill Mullins wrote:The only solution is for Acer to get medieval on him with a pair of pliers. (which is a metaphor for "write him a strongly-worded email")


Funsway is fringe. Acer should give him as much thought as he would used kleenex.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 01/04/12 02:17 PM

Re context: Funsway issued a complaint regarding a magic shop (the owners of which I know) on the cafe. I informed the shop owners and learned he had made no attempt to contact them with his concern - this was the first they had heard of it. I reached out to Funsway and suggested actually calling the shop. I believe the situation was rectified.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/04/12 02:21 PM

Funsway never contacted me, either. I think he has some problems.
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 01/04/12 04:07 PM

"Vlad" is among the Internet's most reliably tiresome blowhards, always quick to make an insipid observation about the subjectivity of opinion or to advertise his soft-toned sensitivity. He sounds like a middling student halfway through a master's degree in dumbed-down philosophy at a third-rate community college.
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Postby mrgoat » 01/04/12 04:58 PM

El Harvey Oswald wrote:"Vlad" is among the Internet's most reliably tiresome blowhards, always quick to make an insipid observation about the subjectivity of opinion or to advertise his soft-toned sensitivity. He sounds like a middling student halfway through a master's degree in dumbed-down philosophy at a third-rate community college.


And he has the hair cut to go with that.

He is a massive nob.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 01/04/12 05:49 PM

Jonathan's suggestion that adding an "e" to "metaphor" in the McLuhan quote, so it would be funnier, receives this month's award for the most obtuse punchline in human history. Last month's winner was, "My room is so small, the spatial coefficient in Einstein's theory of relativity is not required as part of the proof."

Funsway the Movie: In a world where metaphor and analogy threatened to destroy taking it all too literally, one man stood up and cried, "Say what you mean, you bastard!"
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Postby Bob Farmer » 01/04/12 08:25 PM

Jonathan tells me he had something else in mind, but I still think his connection of metaphor-semaphore-McLuhan is brilliant, whatever he intended. So, the award stands.
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Postby David Oliver » 01/05/12 05:58 PM

For a man who claims he abhors violence, and that he would never condone punching anyone in the face, this was an odd thought for him to include (virtually) in the same breath...

"Why hit Hawkings anyway -- more fun to dump him out of his wheel chair or shove him in front of a bus."

Bizarre.
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Postby BrianB2 » 01/12/12 02:20 PM

mrgoat wrote:
El Harvey Oswald wrote:"Vlad" is among the Internet's most reliably tiresome blowhards, always quick to make an insipid observation about the subjectivity of opinion or to advertise his soft-toned sensitivity. He sounds like a middling student halfway through a master's degree in dumbed-down philosophy at a third-rate community college.


And he has the hair cut to go with that.

He is a massive nob.



You guys are giving him way too much credit!

Ahimsa...


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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 01/17/12 12:31 AM

great story, bro
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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » 01/20/12 06:40 AM

Irene Adler- "A Scandal in Bohemia"

It's Hawking, there is no "s' at the end of his name.

"Medieval... pilars" is a line from Pulp Fiction.

and I am off my OCD meds.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/20/12 08:33 AM

@JP - also "A Scandal in Belgravia" Sherlock series 2 episode 1.
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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » 01/20/12 10:06 AM

@JT She only appears once in the works of Doyle (although she is mentioned in several other SH stories by Doyle), but has had far more significant role in post Doyle Sherlock Holmes fiction including the films "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (with Roger Moore as Holmes), the two Guy Ritchie films, as well as being the inspiration for the German spy in Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes." "The Woman" who beat Holmes has become something of a cult figure, even appearing in stories that don't involve "The first Consulting Detective" a title actually attributed to Vidoq, the creator of the Surete Nationale as well as being the inspiration for Poe's C. Auguste Dupin in what is almost universally considered the first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841).
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/20/12 12:23 PM

... by Poe, of course.

And if you have the chance to see the French film "Vidoq" it's pretty good.
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Postby mrgoat » 01/20/12 12:45 PM

oh talking of films, I got round to seeing Hugo. You were right. Beautiful stuff.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 01/20/12 01:42 PM

For Jonathan Pendragon:

The book on Vidoq you were talking to me about the night of the show in Mission Viejo (which was GREAT by the way!), was that The Vidoq Dossier by Samuel Edwards?

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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » 01/21/12 01:18 AM

Vidocq, I always forget the c, my spelling will be the death of me yet.

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It was released in US as "Dark Portals-The Chronicles of Vidocq"... starring Depardieu. I have it in my collection. I love the films look. It came out the same year (2001) as The Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups). Both are mixed genre films, and they do it well, very loosely based on historical people and events: Vidocq and La Bete du Gevaudan respectively.

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Yes, that is the book. Vidocq wrote a shorter autobiography which his friend, Victor Hugo, said was too short. A ghost writer was employed to finish it. It was published circa 1828 as The Memoirs of Vidocq. Samuel Edwards published his book in 1977.
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Postby Vlad_77 » 02/09/12 06:19 AM

mrgoat wrote:
El Harvey Oswald wrote:"Vlad" is among the Internet's most reliably tiresome blowhards, always quick to make an insipid observation about the subjectivity of opinion or to advertise his soft-toned sensitivity. He sounds like a middling student halfway through a master's degree in dumbed-down philosophy at a third-rate community college.


And he has the hair cut to go with that.

He is a massive nob.


You found me out!!! But you know folks, I don't play at name calling as two of you have done. That said, you would have to do a hell of a lot better job at baiting me than your efforts thus far. Considering the ethnic epithets I have endured as a result of my nationality while growing up in America, the only words that would get to me would get you banned and marked as a bigot. I am certain there are no bigots here or indeed in any magic fora.

Ahimsa,
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Postby mrgoat » 02/09/12 08:58 AM

Vlad_77 wrote:
You found me out!!!


It's not like you go to any lengths to hide it.
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 02/09/12 10:35 PM

I'd say you were pretty successfully baited, Vlad. You can't really post a response celebrating your non-response.
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Postby DonE » 02/17/12 11:51 AM

"Life," wrote Horace Walpole, "is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel."
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Postby mrgoat » 02/17/12 11:57 AM

El Harvey Oswald wrote:I'd say you were pretty successfully baited, Vlad. You can't really post a response celebrating your non-response.



http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... &forum=2&4

He is funny.

Now saying he isn't posting at the cafe much now because two people on another forum called him stupid.

Lolsome.
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Postby Edward » 02/17/12 11:03 PM

poor boy. :(
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Postby Marty Jacobs » 02/29/12 11:04 AM

Hi Damian,

Your posts ridiculing Vlad (who isn't even the subject of this thread) are very mean-spirited. Sure, Vlad's posts a a little long, but then you don't have to read them.

mrgoat wrote:Now saying he isn't posting at the cafe much now because two people on another forum called him stupid.


Er, yeah. You've upset him. Well done you! Maybe you and your friend El Harvey Oswald (whoever that is) should find something more productive to do with your time?

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Postby mrgoat » 02/29/12 11:41 AM

Marty Jacobs wrote:Hi Damian,

Your posts ridiculing Vlad are very mean-spirited. Sure, Vlad's posts a a little long, but then you don't have to read them.


If you find my posts mean spirited, you don't have to read them.

HTH.
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Postby Marty Jacobs » 02/29/12 11:50 AM

mrgoat wrote:If you find my posts mean spirited, you don't have to read them.


Yeah, I was expecting this kind of childish response. Still, when someone acts like a jerk I think it is important to point it out and let them know that such behaviour is sad and a little pathetic.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/29/12 12:01 PM

I'll stop this right here. I don't want to see a response from Damian or any other comments on Vlad.

If you have anything of interest to others regarding odd things you find on the Magic Cafe, feel free to post.
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Postby Marty Jacobs » 02/29/12 12:27 PM

Apologies Richard. I should have let this lie. The fact that everyone else was letting these nasty comments go without notice was irritating me. I certainly wasn't trying to start a flame war.

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Postby BlueEyed Videot » 02/29/12 12:48 PM

The best thing I ever did for my magic was to get myself permanently banned from the "Green Wastes."

Now I find I have much more time to practice, rehearse, and read magic books.
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 02/29/12 08:51 PM

I've seen some odd things posted by and about Justin Miller.
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 03/01/12 12:14 PM

Ahimsa
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