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by JohnFoelster
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Incredibly Specific "Thing Explainer" Clarification Requests
Replies: 3
Views: 2954

Re: Incredibly Specific "Thing Explainer" Clarification Requ

Thank You! Now I know and understand, the backstay slide would be on a long diagonal from the mast to the aft of the ship. Presumably not a trick for the acrophobic. Is there at least a safety harness for modern sailors inclined to try this stunt? For clarification, the "lift" in the Assas...
by JohnFoelster
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Incredibly Specific "Thing Explainer" Clarification Requests
Replies: 3
Views: 2954

Incredibly Specific "Thing Explainer" Clarification Requests

Got about a third of the way through "Thing Explainer" since Christmas, and had a question about a detail in one of the diagrams. If you don't know what the real word for the thing being explained is, you might have a bit of trouble figuring out what the word in question is. Since there is...
by JohnFoelster
Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Re: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

Is it all right if I put this here: Drawn as much for making pretty moves in fighting other people as for important form things, the sharp light stick, also called the "narrow light stick" by those who were not good with it, was a special hurt-thing, the very image of which was very much ...
by JohnFoelster
Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Re: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

PAstrychef wrote:I tried Jabberwocky and couldn't make it work.


I'd have been worried if you could.
by JohnFoelster
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Re: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

Two from Macbeth "Be all and end all" and "Sound and fury" "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly: if the killing Could lock up the follow-up, and catch With his stopping winning; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, Bu...
by JohnFoelster
Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Re: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

Another interesting phenomenon that seems to be an artifact of the time Simple Writer was created is that some short words for basic concepts that would probably have passed had the filter been made 100-200 years ago are nearly impossible to approximate in it, in this case I have to use "notice...
by JohnFoelster
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Re: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

Yay, I am judged worthy! Here's another, this one the well known speech Henry V. I once read a book on play writing by Sam Shepard that insisted that in terms of diction, words with simple Anglo-Saxon roots were the most stylistically desirable. I wrote it off as nonsense at the time because Shakesp...
by JohnFoelster
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick
Replies: 9
Views: 9691

Simple Writer tries Shake-Pointy-Stick

This could just as easily be put in the Language/Linguistics sub forum or the Forum Games one, but I think this is best, and may Mod strike me down if I'm wrong! So I found the the new xkcd Simple Writer filter, and decided to see what would happen if I plugged in some really complicated poetic lang...

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