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TamarYasdnil

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2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud': Part 8 · 1 reply · +4 points

Does the time he spends in the past count as part of his age when he returns to the present? His wound/scar is still there, as are the body cells that grew while he was there.

2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud': Part 8 · 0 replies · +7 points

Argh. The four or five books of that type that I found in a quick online search didn't use that form, so it doesn't seem to be alluding to anything in particular, either.
John Brunner called that sort of editor a Meddling M*r*n.
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2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud': Part 8 · 3 replies · +6 points

This is the first I've heard of words being changed in WMC. Can you be more specific?

2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud': Part 8 · 0 replies · +10 points

[this book] Znlor guvf fprar vf jul uvf vagreany pybpx trgf n fgebat erfrggvat.

I think Pratchett knew what he was doing.

I think the scene helps to humanize Vimes further. It is also a one hundred percent emotional scene, combining intensity with slapstick comedy at cartoon level.

And it is based in reality. A cop in a small town next to the one I grew up in once got a radio call and sped off, siren wailing and lights flashing - but my mother had been near enough to overhear the call, and it was "Your coffee is getting cold."

2 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud': Part 8 · 5 replies · +9 points

Crysoprase also tried to get an angle on Vimes, with the coat, and by dealing with the henchtroll immediately. He treated it as a meeting of gang leaders, not as offering support to the lawful authority.

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 3 replies · +24 points

"Having to enforce the law against your own kind" is exactly what Vimes was hired to do when he joined the Watch. There were relatively few trolls and dwarfs in the city back then, and his main job has always been to enforce the law against his own kind: humans. Including humans from his own socio-economic level.

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +14 points


Edward Tufte says: "Pessimal is a word my housemate (Ludwell Sibley) and I concocted around 1963 at Stanford; it is the opposite of optimal. It was my response to economisting (see my Beautiful Evidence on economisting) theories that claim some sort of optimal outcomes (usually in a narrow, theoretical sense)."
source: https://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-...

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 1 reply · +17 points

I seem to recall that when an annoying human male citizen of Ankh-Morpork complained about non-human (troll and dwarf) Watchmen patrolling near his home, Vimes ordered zombies to be hired specifically to patrol there, and that was when Reg Shoe was hired. I think that was in Feet of Clay.

4 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 2 replies · +7 points

Is it becoming Cool among vampires not only to be a Black Ribboner but also to have a human job?

5 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +4 points

I wonder, is that a deliberate reversal of the "prohibited" sign with the top-left-to-bottom-right line across the circle?