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Old 07-15-2008, 11:33 AM   #721
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Horrorshow moloko ad in your sig, brother.
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NSW, whatever it stands for, may I just say:

Horrorshow moloko ad in your sig, brother.
NSW is just short for No Spoken Words, which is my user name. NSW is also short for New South Wales, which makes some Superthread folks guffaw.

Thanks for liking the sig. I am sort of a big Clockwork fan. I'd tell Axver to "come get one in the yarbles, if you have any!!" but I'm keeping the tone civil.
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I keep an open mind about international sports, like I try to keep an open mind about most things "foreign" to me....I really cannot comment until I've experienced things. So, I've watched enough Rugby, AFL, Cricket, etc, to pass some judgement, though at the end of the day, who cares what I think?

NASCAR is disturbing, in so many different ways. The races themselves, the culture behind it, the noise, the smell, etc.
I do feel kind of bad that the sports that incur my wrath are American sports, or that a lot of stuff I rag on tends to be American. It's not like I ever singled out US stuff for special criticism and am more willing to love other sports. They're just the ones that ended up on my shitlist. Gridiron partly because it was such a letdown. When I first learnt of it - well, come on, rugby's a damn rough game, so if these American guys have to wear helmets and padding, then I expected it to be even faster, rougher, and more intense. But ... it's not. It's so goddamned slow. Hence I came to loathe the sport as soon as I learnt what the deal was.

As for NASCAR, I've luckily not been too exposed to its culture, though I get the picture. Which reminds me, my friends last year made me sit through that godawful Ricky Bobby movie. Puerile nonsense, through and through.
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NSW is just short for No Spoken Words, which is my user name. NSW is also short for New South Wales, which makes some Superthread folks guffaw.

Thanks for liking the sig. I am sort of a big Clockwork fan. I'd tell Axver to "come get one in the yarbles, if you have any!!" but I'm keeping the tone civil.
I am a HUGE fan. I've read the book more times than I'll admit to. And it's always good to see the look on people's faces when I say I've seen an X-Rated movie. I can speak the Nadsat almost fluently but it's not as impressive on your resume as, say, being fluent in a "real" language like French or something.
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I do feel kind of bad that the sports that incur my wrath are American sports, or that a lot of stuff I rag on tends to be American. It's not like I ever singled out US stuff for special criticism and am more willing to love other sports. They're just the ones that ended up on my shitlist. Gridiron partly because it was such a letdown. When I first learnt of it - well, come on, rugby's a damn rough game, so if these American guys have to wear helmets and padding, then I expected it to be even faster, rougher, and more intense. But ... it's not. It's so goddamned slow. Hence I came to loathe the sport as soon as I learnt what the deal was.

As for NASCAR, I've luckily not been too exposed to its culture, though I get the picture. Which reminds me, my friends last year made me sit through that godawful Ricky Bobby movie. Puerile nonsense, through and through.
A lot of stuff I hate is American, so there you go. I've been told by a number of people I should've been born in England in the 60's. That would suit my personality and tastes so much better.

The only thing I like about NASCAR is it inspired Pixar's "Cars". The rest of it? Fuck it.
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I do feel kind of bad that the sports that incur my wrath are American sports, or that a lot of stuff I rag on tends to be American. It's not like I ever singled out US stuff for special criticism and am more willing to love other sports. They're just the ones that ended up on my shitlist. Gridiron partly because it was such a letdown. When I first learnt of it - well, come on, rugby's a damn rough game, so if these American guys have to wear helmets and padding, then I expected it to be even faster, rougher, and more intense. But ... it's not. It's so goddamned slow. Hence I came to loathe the sport as soon as I learnt what the deal was.

As for NASCAR, I've luckily not been too exposed to its culture, though I get the picture. Which reminds me, my friends last year made me sit through that godawful Ricky Bobby movie. Puerile nonsense, through and through.
Understandably so, regarding the US. Hell, I join in the on the ragging that gets done to a lot of American things 'cause I just can't stand them!

The movie Talladega Nights? That movie was shit. I had to sit through it once and never again I tell you!
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Aw, damn I missed 3600

HA! Who'd have ever thought I'd have twice as many posts as you, sis?
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Aw, damn I missed 3600

HA! Who'd have ever thought I'd have twice as many posts as you, sis?
You know that will probably change someday, right?

Have I seriously gained nearly 500 posts from Superthreads?
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I mean, try this sentence: "the night watchman was dismissed leg before wicket for a duck early on the third day by a fantastic in-swinging yorker." I am sure it seems to be pure gibberish to you.
For the hell of it, let me translate this.

Night watchman: Test matches usually run for five days. If a batsman is dismissed just before the end of a day's play, the team may opt not to send in one of their good batsmen and send in a lesser batsman as the "night watchman", in the expectation that he will just hold the fort until the end of play, then get dismissed early the next day so that the more talented batsman can come in and play straight for the day without the night break to disrupt his rhythm.

Leg before wicket: A very hard to understand form of getting out (i.e. dismissed). Basically, if the batsman fails to hit the ball with the bat and the ball hits his body instead, he is out if the ball would have hit the wickets if he had not been standing in its way. There are further nuances, but hopefully you get the idea.

A duck: Dismissed for a score of zero.

Third day: As I said, Test matches go for five days. There are three predominant forms of cricket. Five-day Tests that have unlimited overs (an over is when the bowler bowls six deliveries) and each team plays two innings. One Day Internationals are where each team is limited to one innings of fifty overs (and this funnily enough takes one day to complete). Twenty20 is very new and is basically a One Day International with twenty rather than fifty overs. It takes about three hours.

In-swinging: Pace bowlers bowl either in-swing or out-swing. Either the ball swings into the batsman, or it swings away from him.

Yorker: A ball bowled to bounce directly at/on the batsman's feet.

FUCK, this is a complicated sport.
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For the hell of it, let me translate this.

Night watchman: Test matches usually run for five days. If a batsman is dismissed just before the end of a day's play, the team may opt not to send in one of their good batsmen and send in a lesser batsman as the "night watchman", in the expectation that he will just hold the fort until the end of play, then get dismissed early the next day so that the more talented batsman can come in and play straight for the day without the night break to disrupt his rhythm.

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A duck: Dismissed for a score of zero.

Third day: As I said, Test matches go for five days. There are three predominant forms of cricket. Five-day Tests that have unlimited overs (an over is when the bowler bowls six deliveries) and each team plays two innings. One Day Internationals are where each team is limited to one innings of fifty overs (and this funnily enough takes one day to complete). Twenty20 is very new and is basically a One Day International with twenty rather than fifty overs. It takes about three hours.

In-swinging: Pace bowlers bowl either in-swing or out-swing. Either the ball swings into the batsman, or it swings away from him.

Yorker: A ball bowled to bounce directly at/on the batsman's feet.

FUCK, this is a complicated sport.
Seriously, I barely understand any of that.
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I am a HUGE fan. I've read the book more times than I'll admit to. And it's always good to see the look on people's faces when I say I've seen an X-Rated movie. I can speak the Nadsat almost fluently but it's not as impressive on your resume as, say, being fluent in a "real" language like French or something.
I saw the film a few times before I read the book, which is of course not the order you want things to go in, but there you have it.

I enjoyed the obok greatly but wish Burgess would have been more pleased with Kubrick's vision, but I can understand his complaints.

Yeah, if you're going to be a polyglot, at least speak German or French as opposed to Nadsat. Still, speaking Nadsat will endear you to a small, cultish and likely scary group of people, so there's that.
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For the hell of it, let me translate this.

Night watchman: Test matches usually run for five days. If a batsman is dismissed just before the end of a day's play, the team may opt not to send in one of their good batsmen and send in a lesser batsman as the "night watchman", in the expectation that he will just hold the fort until the end of play, then get dismissed early the next day so that the more talented batsman can come in and play straight for the day without the night break to disrupt his rhythm.

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A duck: Dismissed for a score of zero.

Third day: As I said, Test matches go for five days. There are three predominant forms of cricket. Five-day Tests that have unlimited overs (an over is when the bowler bowls six deliveries) and each team plays two innings. One Day Internationals are where each team is limited to one innings of fifty overs (and this funnily enough takes one day to complete). Twenty20 is very new and is basically a One Day International with twenty rather than fifty overs. It takes about three hours.

In-swinging: Pace bowlers bowl either in-swing or out-swing. Either the ball swings into the batsman, or it swings away from him.

Yorker: A ball bowled to bounce directly at/on the batsman's feet.

FUCK, this is a complicated sport.
That makes less sense than the original.
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Cricket is crazy complicated and I've tried teaching people about it, and failed. It's crazy how you just know all this shit as an Aussie/Kiwi/Pom, isnt it?
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That makes less sense than the original.
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