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Postby poohcarrot » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:39 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:You should get the hang of it pretty fast I'd say pooh but then your biblical knowledge can only stretch so far :twisted: :wink:

My biblical knowledge stratches as far as I wrote in the Omnian Bible. I've never read the Bible and have no intention of starting now, thankyou very much. :lol:
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Postby Fljotsdale » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:42 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote::oops: Forgot about SoH! :lol: It means sense of humour.


Ah! Thank you! I'll try to remember. :)

Jan Van Quirm wrote:Terry does the 'decoy' fossils gag in a few of his books - at least one of the Science of the Discworld books and I think in the Last Continent on the island where the other wizards meet the Creator? Not sure but also possibly in Eric when Rincewind accidently sets off creation with his dodgy sandwich... :lol:


Yes, I think you are right. Have you ever read Strata? It's not a discworld book, but is a sort of precursor. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:45 pm

fljotdale wrote:Yeah... but the bible shows the Assyrians were Semitic, like the Jews - the descendents of Shem (of Ham, Shem and Japheth fame; the sons of Noah). :P And since the flood was at the time of Noah and his sons... :P :lol:

Oh dear oh dear - do you think the Lord intended the OT as some kind of primeval soap mini-series where they whizz through the prologue as if it happened yesterday - or perhaps Ham Shem and Japheth were the 1st writers and churned out porn like there was no tomorrow (that Lord so insistent with his deadlines :roll: ) so that their progeny repopulated the de-flooded earth in record time? :twisted: :lol:

Nope - not read Strata or Dark Side of of the Sun. Sci-fi sort of lost its appeal for me as a written form in the late 70' early 80's for some reason - possibly George Lucas may have been partially responsible but I need the visuals more for that now. I do love Asimov though, particualrly the Robot series and the 'classic' Foundation novels (so 1st 3).
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Postby Fljotsdale » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:46 pm

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Jan Van Quirm wrote:You should get the hang of it pretty fast I'd say pooh but then your biblical knowledge can only stretch so far :twisted: :wink:

My biblical knowledge stratches as far as I wrote in the Omnian Bible. I've never read the Bible and have no intention of starting now, thankyou very much. :lol:


You should, you really should. :) Um... yes there are longish bits of boring stuff - like the begats - and like the Law code - but a lot of it is fascinating. Even the boring bits are useful on the right occasion. :wink:
Should be required reading, imo. :P After all, I had 25 years of reading it, why shouldn't you?! :lol:
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Postby Fljotsdale » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:48 pm

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fljotdale wrote:Yeah... but the bible shows the Assyrians were Semitic, like the Jews - the descendents of Shem (of Ham, Shem and Japheth fame; the sons of Noah). :P And since the flood was at the time of Noah and his sons... :P :lol:

Oh dear oh dear - do you think the Lord intended the OT as some kind of primeval soap mini-series where they whizz through the prologue as if it happened yesterday - or perhaps Ham Shem and Japheth were the 1st writers and churned out porn like there was no tomorrow (that Lord so insistent with his deadlines :roll: ) so that their progeny repopulated the de-flooded earth in record time? :twisted: :lol:


LOL! :lol: I like it!
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Postby Fljotsdale » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:03 am

Jan Van Quirm wrote: Nope - not read Strata or Dark Side of of the Sun. Sci-fi sort of lost its appeal for me as a written form in the late 70' early 80's for some reason - possibly George Lucas may have been partially responsible but I need the visuals more for that now. I do love Asimov though, particualrly the Robot series and the 'classic' Foundation novels (so 1st 3).


Me too! Are you sure you aren't me? Read the whole of the Foundation series, and all the Robots as well. Preferred the Robot books, actually. But, yeah, I moved over to almost exclusively fantasy reading around the 80s (though I had been reading a mix of fantasy and sci-fi since I was a kid, just after WW2, when I discovered American pulp sci-fi and fantasy mags, when I was 9).

But Strata isn't exactly sci-fi. And anyway, it's funny. Not sure if I've read Dark Side of the Sun, though. Don't remember anything of the story, so probably not.
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:27 am

poohcarrot wrote: I've never read the Bible and have no intention of starting now, thankyou very much. :lol:

That's a shocker! So why should you recommend Richard Dawkins to christians? Cheeky pooh :P
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:22 pm

I also recommended the Koran, which I also haven't read. :lol:
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:01 pm

I have - a suitably secular and unholy translation that true believers wouldn't touch with a bargepole naturally :)

It's a lot like the OT and Mohammed was a big fan of Jesus. It's also surprisingly supportive of women despite the polygamy aspect - in fact I think that's quite a good idea really :twisted: I'd be the wife who'd be excused housework and i/c taking the p*ss out of the old man :lol:
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