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» Random Acts of Evil

Well there was the time...
When I made the mistake of going on /talk.
(Fri 17th Feb 2012, 15:30, More)

» Devastating Put-Downs

Went to a "comedy" night...
...with an Aussie mate. One of those in a pub with a sort of small stage and some cheap seats. Comedian comes on stage with a stool and his dog, as he comes on he says "laugh, or the dog gets it".
Sits on stool and picks up microphone. JUST before he utters his first word, Aussie yells "sorry about your dog mate!" Everyone laughs, bloke has no come back to the point his eyes brimmed and he looked like he was about to bolt.
Ruined the poor guy's set so badly we bought him a drink after.
(Mon 28th Nov 2011, 10:04, More)

» Books

Oh, and...
Dispatches, by Michael Herr. Changed my understanding of how writing works.

He went on to do the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket.

Read all abaaaaaht it
(Tue 10th Jan 2012, 20:47, More)

» Books

Anyone like fabulously amoral historical fiction? Read Dorothy Dunnett
She wrote two series of books. The first, the Lymond Chronicles, were my favourite by far.

I won't harp on about them (much), but I will say that as well as being a writer by trade now and having studied medieval history for far too long than was sensible, they are not only beautifully written but also impeccably researched. And she writes very convincing characters, both male and female, so there's no Jilly Cooper touches. Just glittering Machiavelli types.

You'll learn as well as being entertained. The story kicks off in Scotland but goes all over Europe. They're nourishing, dark, believable...all that jazz. Puts the Bernard Cornwells of this world to shame.

She died a few years back, but there's tons of stuff on the web about her. She's one of the few writers of the genre worth evangelising, I reckon.
(Tue 10th Jan 2012, 20:44, More)

» Devastating Put-Downs

When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you
I used to live with three other guys at university, all of us in full-flow mockney etc (kind of Gap Yuh denial in my case). One of them, a Turkish rude boy, was quite feisty. We had a slight falling out once over whose turn it was to charge the electricity key, which quickly escalated, cut to the two of us, nose to nose, screaming insults.
"Fuck off you chavvy Turkish cunt and get a fucking job if you've got no money," says I (we were actually friends though, he was just being lazy etc).
"Shut up you lanky posh cunt, you don't know," he ripostes
"Know what, that you're a muppet?"
He paused, looked at me with utter disdain and said: "Fish."
(Mon 28th Nov 2011, 9:58, More)
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