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qntmyrrh
I can't help about the shape I'm in I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @qntm
The essence of comedy is something which is surprising (which often means defying or subverting expectations or assumptions), but harmless. As far as I can tell nearly all funny things can be broken down in this way
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @qntm
The setup for the joke creates an expectation that we'll be getting an explanation of the origin of the anteater's name, and the punchline defies that expectation. It also reverses the universally assumed causal link between the anteater's name and and its diet for comic effect
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @CardiacJoshi
It always does
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @phyphor
Forty-five board feet per minute
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @stalefries
Thank you, Biff Tannen
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @qntm
The joke is that rather than being called "anteater" because of its natural diet of ants, the anteater was so named for completely unrelated reasons and now has to eat ants to avoid breaking the law with its fraudulently misrepresentative name
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @qntm
For reference, my actual favourite joke ever is probably "Why does an anteater eat ants? Trade Descriptions Act"
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
This is still one of my favourite jokes ever
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @TetraspaceAdmn
Well now you need a README to justify the continued existence of this otherwise empty repository
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @OleenaNatiras
I can think of bad reasons
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qntm_ebooks Dec 13
The ebook edition of Ra is now also available from Google Play Books! Less DRM maybe? Have at it!
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Replying to @qntm
P.S.: There's no such thing as objectively good comments
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qntmyrrh Dec 13
Everyone's all like "there's no such thing as objectively good code... except, heh, no code", as if an empty source file doesn't require, at minimum, a comment explaining why in the world there has to be an empty source file here
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qntmyrrh Dec 12
Replying to @qntm_ebooks
I guess I can't pin 's tweet, oh well
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qntmyrrh Dec 12
Buy Ra in Kindle format now! Or don't
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qntm_ebooks Dec 12
There is now a Kindle ebook edition of Ra! It is about three dollars!
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qntmyrrh Dec 9
Replying to @qntm
"Oh but like if someone is universally, cosmically good, then how can there be any conflict?" Watch even a single episode of The West Wing and get back to me on that
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qntmyrrh Dec 9
Replying to @qntm
Nobody remembers what a good person even looks like, even hypothetically
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qntmyrrh Dec 9
Replying to @qntm
I feel like people are just becoming neurologically incapable of conceiving of a tremendously powerful individual wielding that power in a responsible, beneficial, happy way
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qntmyrrh Dec 9
Would you look at that! James Gunn has made a movie which is a grim, frightening take on Superman! What a REFRESHING CHANGE
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