56 posts • joined 1 Jul 2011
OK, it's a little obscure, but the phrase "lavishly tooled in naff brown plastic" refers to the musings of Adams in his '80s detective/fantasy novel The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. He posits that Norse deity Thor, were he to materialise in the present day sans birth certificate, could not become a fully functioning member of modern society (but concludes that perhaps this is no tragedy).
D.A. writes: "If, to sustain for a moment the same arbitrary hypothesis, the God Thor were alive and for some reason at large in England, then he would probably be the only person in the country who did not receive the constant barrage of invitations to apply for an American Express card, crude threats by the same post to take their American Express cards away, and gift catalogues full of sumptuously unpleasant things, lavishly tooled in naff brown plastic."
Thor actually features quite heavily in the book... It's probably sacrilege to say so here, but I prefer the Gently series to HHGTTG.
Re: Re: Middelfart
Heehee... Backside in Aberdeenshire....
If there were an English town called By Af Prutter you'd find that amusing, not so? I agree with you about Middlesex too... I should probably grow up, but IMHO sex is funny, and so are farts.
What did that mandu?
1)Yes, we're aware that it's a Chinese soup, but couldn't resist the pun. Homophonic puns are a great tradition that cuts across Sino-Korean lines, much like a lot of the overlapping cuisine. I would also suggest that puns in general are playful, not prescriptive.
2) Won ton vs wonton - as an Anglicisation of the variant Mandarin/Cantonese characters, each word reflects the vocalisation of a character... Most people who speak languages with different alphabets would agree here that there is no "correct" English spelling and that anything that aids proper pronunciation by Anglos (eg using a q instead of a k for the "Qaf/Kaf" in Arabic) is a good thing.
3) If you're going to school Reg subs' desk on substituting a proper Korean dumpling soup for the Chinese one used in the headline, you might like to go with mandu (or, if you prefer, mandoo) guk (aka "Korean won ton soup") rather than gomtang, which is oxtail/beef/bone-marrow soup - and which, I might add, does not necessarily contain dumplings. Indeed it is so rich they would be a detraction.
4) A pun using kimchee/kimchi… is beyond my powers at the moment. Thanks for the suggestion though, I will think on it. Perhaps after a nourishing bowl of something… I don't know about the rest of you but I find myself feeling rather hungry.
Re: Great, more unsecured data
El Reg OR the news? How very dare you...
Asperger's and IT
Somewhere on the autistic spectrum or just interested in joining the discussion? Let's talk
Re: "ridiculed as unnecessary fluff"
There's a difference between poking gentle fun at hipster fanbois with emo haircuts and actually dissing attempts to cater to disabled users. Come on.
Sir Maurice Wilkes centenary - 'Flash-Gordon' tech
Vacuum tube and valve computing
Sir Maurice Wilkes centenary
Vacuum tube and valve computing
Re: 3-2-1.... Eadon.
Something for everyone to keep in mind when posting a comment: ALL suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Imagine if you were to be accused of a crime. It would be your right to present your case before the adjudicator (according to the law of the land) makes its decision and you are set free or convicted.
That said, gun control is clearly an emotive issue for a lot of people ... although, to be fair, not on the level of, say, the frothing fury that pours out whenever there's coverage of Apple or Microsoft. We do try to be fair when moderating these comments.
Re: What is the
The SIC was inserted because of the speaker's use of the word "very" before the word "ignorant". The penguins either know nothing – and are ignorant – or know something, and are not ignorant. The inclusion of an adverb of degree was redundant...
Re: BOFH Broken?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/data_centre/bofh/ should be there
Re: @ Richto. Re: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Ian - I've binned his comment and hence your response... (for clarity's sake, as it wouldn't have made sense on its own....)
Re: PDF link is wrong!
Thanks - we've fixed the link. Sorry about that.
Re: Re: Welcome to the modern world
Would you mind getting in touch with El Reg's Anna Leach - email@example.com? She'd love to have a word in private.
argh, thanks for that; it has been amended..
Re: A mystery
As mum would say: I'll facilitate YOU in a minute!
There are no plans as yet to publish in epub format. I will let you know if this changes.
Regards, El Mod
Will! You! Lot! Never! Be! Satisfied(?)!
Re: "horrendous grammer"
In sisk's defence, he took issue with the grammar rather than the spelling...
Re: Re: Re: Beer
Re: Coors light....
Re: A party atmos breaks out at Vulture Central
Re: and no picture. . . . .
We had no picture rights ... But here you go.... Enjoy http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Bikini-Clad-Woman-Searches-for-Dog-134404603.html
Re: F@#$ing apostrophe
Mobile phone (singular) known as "the Hub" was used by News of The World journalists (plural). Many people used that single phone. Hence hackers' phone. Mmm'kay?
Re: Nope sorry
We have a more recent article, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/12/rim_down_again/ .... it went up before lunchtime
Re: "put a spoke in the wheels"
Ah, but the idiom doesn't refer to a wheel...
The phrase "To put a spoke in someone's wheel" originates from the days when cartwheels were solid - except for one or two holes into which a long round wooden pin could be placed. This would act as a "brake" to stop the wheel turning or the cart running away.... So if you wanted to stop an evil crimelord carter from carrying out his nefarious plan, you would put a spoke in his wheel.
Our tech team has been working on a fix and icons should work now... we can't get those adorning comments from the last 24 hours back though...
Re: Its true
Re: Can Moderators be made more visible?
Dubious mercies? How very dare you! *sheepish grin*
Re: Dominos Pizza (in the US)
One of my favourites: "The scientist in charge had initially had moral qualms about the experiment but has since come to view the subjects as cheese-and-sauce-consuming beasts..." http://www.theonion.com/video/dominos-scientists-test-limits-of-what-humans-will,14252/ mmm, cheese burst pizza
For Pete's sake ...
Re: Well said
Pratbox? Doofus-smack? Assclout, bastardbash , cretincuff, nitwit-percuss (doesn't scan so well)... Foolspank? Foolspank is nice. Besides, ever since Zuckerberg printed his business cards, imho bitchslap has packed a bigger punch. Any other suggestions?
Re: Leave it out...
Unbeleafable! Take a bough dude
I like your style, caller
Re: its cuz of only one law ...
LOL. You guys make it a pleasure to come to work every day... :-)
Re: Is that the right picture?
It's the angle dude.
Re: Credit where it's due please
Thank you Awful Puppy. You're a gent and a scholar!
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