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The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Kent Gunn » January 3rd, 2012, 11:34 pm

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » January 4th, 2012, 4:00 am

Oh my

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Bob Farmer » January 4th, 2012, 9:05 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Anthony Vinson » January 4th, 2012, 9:27 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 4th, 2012, 9:52 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Bill Mullins » January 4th, 2012, 11:12 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 4th, 2012, 11:19 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Bill Mullins » January 4th, 2012, 11:25 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby erlandish » January 4th, 2012, 12:58 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Brad Henderson » January 4th, 2012, 1:17 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 4th, 2012, 1:21 pm

Funsway never contacted me, either. I think he has some problems.
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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby El Harvey Oswald » January 4th, 2012, 3:07 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » January 4th, 2012, 3:58 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Bob Farmer » January 4th, 2012, 4:49 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Bob Farmer » January 4th, 2012, 7:25 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby David Oliver » January 5th, 2012, 4:58 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby BrianB2 » January 12th, 2012, 1:20 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby El Harvey Oswald » January 16th, 2012, 11:31 pm

great story, bro

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Pendragon » January 20th, 2012, 5:40 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 20th, 2012, 7:33 am

@JP - also "A Scandal in Belgravia" Sherlock series 2 episode 1.
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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Pendragon » January 20th, 2012, 9:06 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 20th, 2012, 11:23 am

... by Poe, of course.

And if you have the chance to see the French film "Vidoq" it's pretty good.
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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » January 20th, 2012, 11:45 am

oh talking of films, I got round to seeing Hugo. You were right. Beautiful stuff.

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 20th, 2012, 12:42 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Jonathan Pendragon » January 21st, 2012, 12:18 am

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

Richard
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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Vlad_77 » February 9th, 2012, 5:19 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » February 9th, 2012, 7:58 am

Vlad_77 wrote:
You found me out!!!


It's not like you go to any lengths to hide it.

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby El Harvey Oswald » February 9th, 2012, 9:35 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby DonE » February 17th, 2012, 10:51 am

"Life," wrote Horace Walpole, "is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel."

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » February 17th, 2012, 10:57 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Edward » February 17th, 2012, 10:03 pm

poor boy. :(

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Marty Jacobs » February 29th, 2012, 10:04 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby mrgoat » February 29th, 2012, 10:41 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Marty Jacobs » February 29th, 2012, 10:50 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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 29th, 2012, 11:01 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby Marty Jacobs » February 29th, 2012, 11:27 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby BlueEyed Videot » February 29th, 2012, 11:48 am

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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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby El Harvey Oswald » February 29th, 2012, 7:51 pm

I've seen some odd things posted by and about Justin Miller.

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Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

Postby El Harvey Oswald » March 1st, 2012, 11:14 am

Ahimsa


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