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#10603 - 11/22/00 08:51 PM Re: Big Smoke
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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The truth is less prosaic. "Jafa", in this instance, is a polite acronym for "Just Another F---g Aucklander".

Now, now, CK - you're just just getting bitter. After all you and I need to remember that since we live South of the Bombay Hills, we don't actually exist in the extremely Platonic worldview shared by all Jafas.


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#10604 - 11/22/00 10:58 PM Re: Big Smoke
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Now, now, CK - you're just just getting bitter. After all you and I need to remember that since we live South of the Bombay Hills, we don't actually exist in the extremely Platonic worldview shared by all Jafas.

No, Max, not bitter. Just delighted to know that (a) I'm not one, and (b) that to them I have an existence somewhat similar to Heidinger's cat ... I may exist, then again I may not. And - in an extension of quantum physics well-understood and much loved by Jafas, the corollary is "who cares - if you don't live in Auckland you may as well not exist"!



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#10605 - 11/23/00 02:42 AM Re: Big Smoke
shanks Offline
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For a poetic city title, how about Oxford: The City of the Dreaming Spires?


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#10606 - 11/23/00 08:16 AM Re: Big Smoke
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In reply to:

that to them I have an existence somewhat similar to Heidinger's cat...


Cap, it's always nice to have a bit of quantum mechanics thrown in to the mix, but I believe the cat was Shroedinger's (or not, as the case may be... 8^)


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#10607 - 11/23/00 08:40 AM Re: Big Smoke
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I believe the cat was Shroedinger's

Ha! Cats don't belong to anybody - they just make slightly more use of one particular human's furniture and food supplies.

Actually I've just independently resolved the question "is Shroedinger's cat dead or alive?"
The cat would have to be dead for it to be possible to get it into the box in the first place.





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#10608 - 11/23/00 08:46 AM Re: boxed cat
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...not necessarily; it's just slightly more difficult than, but done along the same lines as, getting a ship into a bottle.


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#10609 - 11/23/00 08:50 AM Re: Big Smoke
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Flying Pig City... I assume it refers to the little piggies' souls going up to heaven.

JazzO, does talk of flying pigs have connotations of total impossibility over your side of the Pond?

Here we'd talk about completing a project with an unrealistic timescale "at the same time as building a runway for the flying pigs".

Or someone says "Yes, I'm sure we can do that" and somebody else points out of the window and says "Look! A flying pig!"

Interesting that fish on a bike isn't used in the same way, as on the face of it there's some kind of relationship. Which I would, of course, strenuously deny.



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#10610 - 11/23/00 09:42 AM Or like...
shanks Offline
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...pears in liqueurs, perhaps they're just grown in there.

Of course, given the uncertainty of quantum physics, perhaps you don't even have to know whether or not there's a cat in there - even that would collapse some wave function. (Speaking of which, if a quantum physicist went to observe the beaches in Hawaii, would the breakers all become swells?)


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#10611 - 11/23/00 10:21 PM Re: Big Smoke
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Here, it is usually said "oh ya, when pigs fly" with a bit of a smarmy sneer and a roll of the eyes.

So if itís o.k. with you guys, I prefer to think of The Flying Pig City as a place where the impossible can happen than - not where all those slaughtered little piglet souls are flying about.



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#10612 - 11/24/00 04:43 AM Re: Lies, damned lies, and statistics
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I make my average since I started posting about 1.8 per day, which means I should become an addict just in time for Christmas. So, what should I ask Father Christmas for to celebrate?

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