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Question: Who thinks Mefiante should get a fresh tagline?  (Voting closed: February 15, 2012, 07:04:02 AM)
Me - 4 (26.7%)
Not me - 0 (0%)
I'ts her own business, you presumptuous git! - 11 (73.3%)
Total Voters: 15

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« on: February 10, 2012, 07:04:02 AM »

I admire the old barrel dwelling, authority snubbing  eccentrics as much as anyone, but really, enough is enough. Some new material would be great for a change! Tongue  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 11:28:10 AM »

you shall be extirpated in binary code no less! Evil
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In solidarity with rwenzori: Κοπρος φανεται


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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 14:39:37 PM »

Here, have an onion. Kiss

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 14:52:21 PM »

Here, have an onion. Kiss

Not over till the fat lady sings!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 17:49:07 PM »

I'm sill wondering what "solidarity with rwenzori" is all about.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 18:47:18 PM »

Not over till the fat lady sings!  Wink
Surely you mean “till the fat lady signs”.  And she’s not so fat, I’ll have you know. Tongue  Would you step into the glow of my lamp here and let me see if you’re an honest man?



I'm sill wondering what "solidarity with rwenzori" is all about.
That would be “still”.  It goes back to a “debate” with the Tellybanana (insofar as “debate” is the correct term) who seemed to insist that everything must be precisely explicable, even if the explanation invokes some or other god.  Rwenzori’s curt response was that “shit happens,” a succinct way of saying that many problems simply involve too many imprecise variables to yield to a Laplacian determinism as Tellybanana was implying is forever possible.  (The obvious problem being that such a conception of reality is in principle unfalsifiable because it can always shift the goalposts by claiming that any intellect not capable of grasping reality fully is just not omniscient enough.)  Because I understand and identify with the universality of Rwenzori’s insightful retort, I have adopted and repeated it here in offbeat Greek.

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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 08:08:51 AM »

Surely you mean “till the fat lady signs”.
He-he ... but heavens no! Shocked I was just using the expression to point out that the voting ain't done yet. (It is, incidentally,  coming along very nicely: 3 yeas, 0 nays and 6 too-polite-to-says. Tongue)

Would you step into the glow of my lamp here and let me see if you’re an honest man?
Brutally. Bring it on, Florence. Cool

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2012, 08:31:33 AM »

Okay, honestly now:  What makes you think that popular opinion will sway me, even with thousands of “yeas” and hundreds of “too-polite-to-says”?  And yet more honestly, is that what the voting option actually says, “I’m too polite to say”? Lips Sealed

Here, have another onion.  And step into the light some more.  For there be significance in onions and a lamp as an honest-man detection device.  Honestly. Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 08:52:37 AM »

Okay, honestly now:  What makes you think that popular opinion will sway me

Because the voting results will niggle away and fester in the back of your mind, causing sleepless nights and the eventual insight that only change will bring sweet rest again.  Evil No not really ... after all, we are somewhat limited with our persuasive devices on line, when there is no real argument supporting our subjective preferences Cry.

(The onion and lamp reference is unfortunately lost on me. But it sounds interesting ... let's have another clue? )

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2012, 09:17:31 AM »

[W]e are somewhat limited with our persuasive devices on line, when there is no real argument supporting our subjective preferences Cry.
Point, but what’s equally interesting is that when we feel thus powerless, we tend to look to others for support, hence, for example, this poll.  Social animals seeking security through group identities is what we are.  Even the tongue-in-cheek part of your reply already assumes that peer pressure is a valid means of persuasion—as in FIFO.

But it sounds interesting ... let's have another clue?
Something mentioned in this thread’s OP.

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2012, 19:16:53 PM »

Ah, I've got it eventually: Diogenes of Sinope, the famous cynic. He lived on a diet of onions, and went around with a lamp in broad daylight, looking for an honest man. Angel

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2012, 19:28:30 PM »

Yup, well done on ferreting that out.

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2012, 07:36:41 AM »

I was going to vote nay but then I thought It's her own business you presumptuous old git illustrates both the nay and the reason for the nay quite nicely.

Little did I know it meant I’m too polite to say  Embarrassed   ~ That is what happens when one runs into humptydumptyness I guess  Wink

I won't change my vote now, but just want to add that while sticks and stones may break my bones, avatars and sigs will never phase me... I hardly notice them.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2012, 09:40:52 AM »

... “shit happens,” ... I have adopted and repeated it here in offbeat Greek.

So now it's no longer greek to me, even if it is still Greek to me.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2012, 09:50:24 AM »

Okay, honestly now:  What makes you think that popular opinion will sway me, even with thousands of “yeas” and hundreds of “too-polite-to-says”?


Damn straight.

I voted for my preference: I like seeing new stuff in sigs. But that don't mean you have to give 2 shits.

ps. Yes, I know, "doesn't".
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2012, 11:50:52 AM »

Right, since mere voting is ostensibly getting us nowhere, I am afraid that the day of calling the forces of La Résistance to arms has arrived. So will both of you kindly join me in setting your automatic spell checkers to American English. The mayem and anarchy sown thus will soon bring those refusing to share in the joy of fresh insignia to their knees! <insert slightly hysterical cackle here> Wink

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2012, 13:08:36 PM »

With an effort [Otake-san] pulled his mind from eternal things to continue his last lesson. “No, it is not your lack of experience that is your greatest flaw. It is your disdain. Your defeats will not come from those more brilliant than you. They will come from the patient, the plodding, the mediocre.”



“Your scorn for mediocrity blinds you to its vast primitive power. You stand in the glare of your own brilliance, unable to see into the dim corners of the room, to dilate your eyes and see the potential dangers of the mass, the wad of humanity. Even as I tell you this, dear student, you cannot quite believe that lesser men, in whatever numbers, can really defeat you. But we are in the age of the mediocre man. He is dull, colorless, boring — but inevitably victorious. The amoeba outlives the tiger because it divides and continues in its immortal monotony. The masses are the final tyrants. … The roar of the plodders is inarticulate, but deafening. They have no brain, but they have a thousand arms to grasp and clutch at you, drag you down.”
But for its length, quite sig-worthy…   Roll Eyes

Still, the prevalence of plodding mediocrity is one of the reasons this forum exists.

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2012, 19:02:41 PM »

Κοπρος φανεται is not in the least outdated in Greece.  As a matter of fact, Diogenes would find it hard to afford single barrel accommodation in Corinth right now, not to mention onions and a lamp.  The rwenzori bit is a bit dated, but so is Papoulias.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2012, 19:23:41 PM »

Κοπρος φανεται is not in the least outdated in Greece.
Linguistically or financially?   Wink  (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

While hardly an accomplished speaker of Greek myself, I have it on reasonably good authority that the phrase in question is rendered a bit oddly (though not outdated).

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2012, 21:20:35 PM »

Both.  The Greeks can't afford new dictionaries either.
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