Willem wrote:HEX first appears in this book, right?
Terry Pratchett in Soul Music wrote:Rather more puzzling was the huge array of glass tubes behind it. That was where Skazz had been working; there was a litter of bent glassware and jars and bits of cardboard where the student had been sitting. The tubing seemed to be alive.
Ridcully leaned forward. It was full of ants. They scuttled along the tubing and through complex little spirals in their thousands. In the silence of the room, their bodies made a faint, continuous rustling. There was a slot level with the Archchancellor's eyes. The word 'In' was written on a piece of paper that had been pasted onto the glass. And on the bench was an oblong of card which looked just the right shape to go in the slot. It had round holes punched in it. There were two round holes, then a whole pattern of round holes, and then a further two holes. On it, in pencil, someone had scribbled '2 x 2'. Ridcully was the kind of man who'd push any lever, just to see what it did. He put the card in the obvious slot . . .
There was an immediate change in the rustling. Ants trailed in their busy way through the tubing. Some of them appeared to be carrying seeds . . .
There was a small dull sound and a card dropped out of the other end of the glass maze. It had four holes in it. Ridcully was still staring at it when Ponder came up behind him, rubbing his eyes, “'S our ant counter,” he said. “Two plus two equals four,” said Ridcully. “Well, well, I never knew that.”
“It can do other sums as well.”
“You tellin' me ants can count?”
“Oh, no. Not individual ants . . . it's a bit hard to explain . . . the holes in the cards, you see, block up some tubes and let them through others and . . .” Ponder sighed, “we think it might be able to do other things.”
“Like what?” Ridcully demanded.
“Er, that's what we're trying to find out . . .”
“You're trying to find out? Who built it?”
“And now you're trying to find out what it does?”
“Well, we think it might be able to do quite complicated maths. If we can get enough bugs in it.”
ChristianBecker wrote:I dunno if IT is my favourite Rincewind book, but I like it very much. Like some of you already pointed out, it is interesting (and funny) to see the Agatean Empire through the cynic eyes of Rincewind. I particularly like his/ Terry's view of revolutions, which hardly ever change anything much for the "lower classes" but just replace a few leaderheads (and get rid of some previous leaders' heads).
Yes it was sad, but also kind of nice in that he got to go to the barbarian version of heaven. Who knows what his afterlife might have been if he hadn't discovered the Hoarde and found his inner barbarian.ShadowNinjaCat wrote:I was sad about Teach,I liked him.
DaveC wrote:The thing I keep thinking of in association with IT ties in with Small Gods and I think possibly Pyramids in that there is a version of Dibbler in almost every area of the Disc. It was a running joke for a while, did he do it with Last Continent? I liked the idea of the same pattern appearing everywhere.
The Mad Collector wrote:DaveC wrote:The thing I keep thinking of in association with IT ties in with Small Gods and I think possibly Pyramids in that there is a version of Dibbler in almost every area of the Disc. It was a running joke for a while, did he do it with Last Continent? I liked the idea of the same pattern appearing everywhere.
The Pratchett Wiki has a list of them
List Of Dibblers Around The Disc
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, Ankh-Morpork (most stories starring Ankh-Morpork)
Fair Go Dibbler, Bugarup (The Last Continent)
Disembowel-Meself-Honourably Dibhala, Hunghung (Interesting Times)
Cut-Me-Own-Hand-Off Dhblah, Omnia (Small Gods)
Al-Jiblah, Al Khali (Jingo)
May-I-Never-Achieve-Enlightenment Dhiblang (mentioned in The Last Continent)
Dib Diblossonson (mentioned in The Last Continent)
May-I-Be-Kicked-In-My-Own-Ice-Hole Dibooki (mentioned in The Last Continent)
Swallow-Me-Own-Blow-Dart Dlang-Dlang (mentioned in The Last Continent)
Soll Dibbler, Dibbler's Nephew (Moving Pictures)
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