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Old 10-03-2004, 07:52 AM   #401
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Nilpaurion's present one is very funny, but so was one of his former ones:
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"But I already love you and despair!"
. Not that laugh out loud funny as his present one maybe but still made me smile.

I also like Fingolfin II's former signature, freshly laid to rest:
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"Reward on earth is more dangerous to men than punishment." J.R.R. Tolkien
I like it because it strikes a chord in me as I suppose it does in most of us who's had that happen to them.
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Old 10-04-2004, 09:05 AM   #402
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White Tree <==The Lofty Tree of Gondor

I like this one of Heren's:

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Old 10-07-2004, 06:36 PM   #403
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Eomer of the Rohirrim's sig is pretty cool

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Puts a chill in the bones...
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Old 10-10-2004, 04:36 AM   #404
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Eeny Meeny Feanor, caused the Kin-Strife, forced a war; since he travels evermore, lock him out of Valinor!
An Eeny Meeny! Haven't seen those for a long time. Everyone used to have one of those in their signature.
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Old 10-11-2004, 08:46 PM   #405
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The Eenie Meenie's are back! W00t! *does a silly dance*

Don't mind me, I've had a little too much sugar...
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Old 10-20-2004, 05:51 PM   #406
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I love Maeggaladiel's sword...those text pictures are so awesome. Hence my fish...
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:17 AM   #407
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One new line of Encaitare's signature tickles my musician's fancy:
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:53 AM   #408
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White Tree

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Nilpaurion's multiple choice question in his signature just made me chuckle:

Much Elven-blood can be found in: a. Helm's Deep (?); b. The Prince of Dol Amroth; c. The Lórien Blood Bank; d. Alqualondë (ooh, harsh!).
Are you kidding? I've been chuckling about that for days and days. Good 'un, Nilp.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:41 AM   #409
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White Tree <==The Lofty Tree of Gondor

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Nice one, Meela. I love the Eeny Meeny sigs!

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Old 10-22-2004, 03:23 PM   #410
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One new line of Encaitare's signature tickles my musician's fancy:
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The Musician's Theory of Relativity: E = Fb
I saw it on a T-shirt in a music catalog.... must... own... shirt...
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:52 AM   #411
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Or to take arms against a sea of spammers...

The boolean nature of your signature is so logical! Good one, Bęthberry!
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Old 10-23-2004, 11:53 AM   #412
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Parodist, thy name is Barrow-Wight!

Thank-you, Wight, but I should hasten to say I cannot claim authorship. I merely recognised the applicability.

In chat, Kuni used 2B for the equation and I took the next step. I am tempted to consider changing it to

Bbs || !Bbs =?

Bęthberry, Beth, Bb, Bethy, Bethums, ...
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I saw it on a T-shirt in a music catalog.... must... own... shirt...

I thought that was clever ... and fortunately for you but not for me perhaps I am not a sufficiently sensitive eared violinist to bleat about enharmonics.....

I am too thick to understand Bethberry's and will have to look up Boolean
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Old 10-23-2004, 04:50 PM   #414
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Don't feel bad, I don't get it either.
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:18 PM   #415
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Barrow-Wightprovided a hint:

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Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous reputations,
Or to take arms against a sea of spammers...
Think Hamlet. That is the question.

2Bs

PS. Encaitare, I'd love to get my hands on one of those teeshirts!
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:30 PM   #416
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Thanks to BW's massive hint, I think I have figured it out.

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bb || !bb =?
bb = To be

|| = I'm guessing this has something to do with "or" maybe.

!bb = not to be.

According to BW it relates to a programming language or something technical and logical like that. So...her sig translates to To be, or not to be in a computer language or something.

Is this correct? *is afraid that I have just made a fool out of myself*

Also, bb reminds one of Bethberry.
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Thanks to BW's massive hint, I think I have figured it out.

bb||!bb

To be, or not to be in a computer language or something.

Is this correct? *is afraid that I have just made a fool out of myself*
No fear, lass! And no fool, either. She finishes with
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Old 10-23-2004, 08:32 PM   #418
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How clever, Bb! Alas, I have not yet read Hamlet, so I did not pick up on BW's reference; rather, my English teacher sees fit for us to read the Crucible instead, which is sadly devoid of anything remotely poetic.

Spiffy musical t-shirt here.
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White Tree <==The Lofty Tree of Gondor

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I peer into a mirror darkly.
Very cool, Imladris. What was the original phrase? Something to the effect of "Through the Looking Glass, Darkly" or something? *headdesk* I can't believe I can't remember! Very, very cool sounding though.

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Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!
Great quote and link, Encaitare!

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I have a very short attention span, and it sometimes affects me when I'm, ooo a squirrel....
This is One of the Nine's. I definitely sympathize; I'm like that sometimes when, hey, something shiny! *_* *scitters off* Great sig!

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Old 10-23-2004, 10:52 PM   #420
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Very cool, Imladris. What was the original phrase? Something to the effect of "Through the Looking Glass, Darkly" or something? *headdesk* I can't believe I can't remember! Very, very cool sounding though.
Alas, I don't remember where I heard it, or the original phrase. It has just stuck with me for a very long time. I'm glad you like it.
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Thank you Encaitare for that link. And never fear about Miller's The Crucible; it is something which will also reverberate down the line. Many high school teachers shy away from doing Hamlet because of that soliloquy; they fear discussion of suicide.

And thank you, Helen for completing the translation which Imladris began. I was indeed playing with my nick of Bb and also being rather flippant about how we call ourselves here the dead.

If I may return the favour, about Imladris' sig:

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I peer into a mirror darkly.
While of course I don't know what kinds of things Imladris reads other than Tolkien and Harry Potter--or is that the othe way 'round? -- there is not only Alice's Through the Looking Glass but this metaphor from St. Paul. I give the line from the King James Bible--Squatter would be so pleased with me--and if you will forgive me, I will quote the entire chapter:

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Thought I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
I Corinthians, 13: 1-13, from the New Testament of the Christian Bible
Charity, in late sixteenth century English, meant love. Modern translations use the world love now.

Now, I'm sure no one was expecting a Sunday homily from me. I suspect there could well be other allusions to the dark mirror, or, rather, our incomplete perception. But, as Imladris suggests, we often use words which stay with us out of their own evocative sense rather than out of any conscious historical reference.
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Old 10-24-2004, 09:37 AM   #422
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Ahh, thankee Beth for clearing that up for me!

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While of course I don't know what kinds of things Imladris reads other than Tolkien and Harry Potter--or is that the othe way 'round? -- there is not only Alice's Through the Looking Glass but this metaphor from St. Paul.
At the risk of being off topic (*gasp*), it's now Tolkien -- Pratchett -- Potter....I am deep inside the Silmarillion and I'm lovin' it -- though he could have abstained giving everybody a zillion names. Good thing there's an index. Fingolfin rules. Period, end of story. And poor Turin....

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Old 10-24-2004, 12:05 PM   #423
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I like your sig a lot, Imladris, it really strikes a chord...

I was pondering myself on Bb's sig! I'm so happy I know what it refers to now -I'd never would have figured it out by myself! Very clever!

Right now I'm intrigued by Eomer's sig: "Green ideas sleep furiously." Any ideas what it may mean?
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I vaguely remember it from a linguistics class - Noam Chomsky's example of a sentence which has correct syntax but semantically ... well it requires a few leaps of imagination.. It is an interesting thing that illustrates the complexity of language. " Black cats walk softly", has the same structure but is unremarkable.

*googles quickly*

http://home.tiac.net/~cri/1997/chomsky.html
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Mithalwen is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Mithalwen is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Mithalwen is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Mithalwen is lost in the dark paths of Moria.
Oh and many thanks for the explanation... the Hamlet I understand .. the rest ... not, probably in this lifetime. And "through a glass darkly" I knew - a very popular lesson at weddings and funerals (it features in "4 Weddings and a Funeral", )
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My philosophy professor used it in an example. I think its great how the four words have absolutely nothing to do with each other. I am proud that it intrigued you Evisse, I'm happy to be making a difference.

And thanks for that link Mithalwen, I didn't know where it had come from (great, now I'm going to look stupid).
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A great link, Mithalwen! I too enjoy Eomer of the Rohirrim's sig--it got me thinking of ways I could relate the words.

But I think the analysis of Chomsky's sentence can go further:

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The sentence, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously", was presented by Chomsky, as a great example of a series of words strung together randomly. Not only is it grammatical according to the lexical classification, and non-sense on a semantic level.
If words are grammatical, then they cannot be random. ' Adjective noun verb adverb' is not a random pattern in English. This is:

Noun article auxilliary adverb intensifier preposition verb adjective

River the can quickly more of walk big

(Well, I suppose you can argue that 'noun article', in deliberately reversing the noun phrase pattern, bears some link to the pattern and so is not random.) Okay, okay, this is getting off topic.

I happen to like Lalwendë's current sig very much:

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Now there's a writerly feeling that awoke my interest!
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White Tree <==The Lofty Tree of Gondor

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Indeed it is, Eomer. *nod nod* Nice quote.

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face
Thanks for clearing that up, Bęthberry! *mwah!*

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Pipe Syntactic Structures et al

Just quickly in response to Beebs,

The estimable NC has of course also made the point, through his own syntactical analyses, that there are linguistic universals that inhibit truly random behaviour in language structure. Language meaning, as posited by the angrily somnolent clear jade concepts, is not so constrained, as when the words used violate their contextual definitions. In any case, “Rabbits were running to the Eternity holding rainpipes in their mouths”*, which I’m sure you’ll all agree clears that up.

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Of course meaningless words can be grammatical ... "crucks thrick godges" for example, and "mome raths outgrabe" of course the latter is explained by Humpty Dumpty
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Hilde Bracegirdle's location has me chuckling and chuckling:

"Ack! Who paved the Greenway?"

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Gaze into my eyes and repeat after me: I will join the Golden Ring Marathon and donate lots of money to it because I have had so much fun with all the Gwaith-i-Marathons. Frodo lives!
So sayeth the signature of Orominuialwen. That would be what is known as super-liminal advertising. Way to go, Oro! Support the Golden Ring Marathon!!!

EDIT: Found another kewl one, but didnae want to double post:

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It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
This belongs to Carlas. Truly amusing; it sounds rather Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy-ish. Not sure if it is, but it sounds like it.

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Old 11-07-2004, 07:12 PM   #433
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I particularly like Son of Númenor's new sig.

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A God, a God their severance ruled;
And bade betwixt their shores to be
The unplumb'd, salt, estranging sea.
Not only does its cadence haunt me, but its theme fits well with Tolkien and with Sono's own interests, his location, of course, "the last wave over Atalante".

Good pick, Sono.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:02 AM   #434
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I have been puzzled by Bethberry's sig for the days. I was thinking it has something to do with her name...until Nil cleared it up for me. A terribly witty one, Bb!

Speaking of Nil Felagund, I have always loved his multiple choice sigs. But I get to hear them before he uses it because...well...he's my brother. 'Nuff said.

Another amusing one is Encaitarë's E=F flat. Good thing I got this one this time.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:03 AM   #435
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I have been puzzled by Bęthberry's sig for the days. I was thinking it has something to do with her name...until Nil cleared it up for me. A terribly witty one, Bb!

Speaking of Nil Felagund, I have always loved his multiple choice sigs. But I get to hear them before he uses it because...well...he's my brother. 'Nuff said.

Another amusing one is Encaitarë's E=F flat. Good thing I got this one this time.

Oh, and Guinevere's sig is just too true!

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Old 11-12-2004, 09:59 AM   #436
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~Jareth, The Goblin King (Labyrinth)
Sound familiar?
Indeed it does, Elennar. Yet another indicator of the Bowie craze sweeping through Crazy Captions and Crazy Scenes. w00t.

[You can say that again.]

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Old 11-12-2004, 04:37 PM   #437
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I enjoy the phantom's new sig. The legend indeed...

I liked Mithalwen's (now) old sig as well, Don't tamper with my genes! And, embarrassingly enough I cannot remember the name of the Downer with the sig Wolves did it, but I really liked that one too.
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:24 PM   #438
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I enjoy Meneltarmacil's:

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Haikus are stupid
I'm not going to do one
Go jump off a cliff
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Old 11-13-2004, 04:41 PM   #439
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I like Lalwendë sig:

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heavy words are so lightly thrown
'Tis so true...and I've been guilty of it more than once. *cough*
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Old 11-13-2004, 05:22 PM   #440
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I've not been onto this thread before - and I see some curiosity about my sigs. Well, Wolves did it, that was me, and it's from my favourite comedy show.
if I can but make the words awake the feeling and heavy words are so lightly thrown are both from favourite songs I've been listening to a lot lately. But both are very different songs, from very different decades! I'll be impressed if you can spot 'em! Funny that both are about words, I didn't notice that! Typical...

I loved that conundrum by Bethberry; it reminded me of a fiendish crossword clue and had me befuddled for ages. I peer into a mirror darkly is another one that has had me puzzling.

I might check this thread out more often - darn, I missed a Chomsky discussion!
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