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Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- 'God damn it, you've got to be kind.'
-    Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

Welcome to the message board for tadwilliams.com. All comments are welcome, whether kudos or brickbats. However, please bear in mind that Tad would like this to be a friendly, civil message board, at least in the relations between users. We reserve the right to remove postings, or even ban postings, from anyone who crosses the boundary of reasonable taste. Basically, you can argue vigorously with someone, but watch your language, okay? We have a lot of young readers as well as grown-ups, so please show them some respect.

But the main requirement here is: have fun.


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#51 2006-03-14 13:16:00

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

And again...not original, but....
Happy birthday Tad...many happy returns, and have a lovely day ( ehm...night by now???) with your family and friends!!


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~ Alan Watts

 

#52 2006-03-14 15:07:00

Darkangel
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Happy birthday Tad.  Many many well wishes.


ever notice how you never need to go looking for trouble, it always finds you?  So next puppy I get I am just going to call trouble... Actually will be calling her Heidi!

 

#53 2006-03-14 15:59:00

Calesta
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

*chimes in with more birthday wishes*

Hope it was/is a good one!  Lots of prezzies & yummy things to eat!!

 

#54 2006-03-15 11:31:00

Tad
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Thanks, guys.  It was a lovely, albeit quiet, birthday.  (I wanted it that way, because I've got so much work to do finishing up SHADOWPLAY, among about five other projects.)

Deb gave me two really cool things (as well as some other neat stuff), a neolithic battle-ax -- well, the ax-head, anyway -- and a little clay goddess sculpture of similar vintage.  We've been deep into this stuff lately, because we bid (not very much, honestly) and won a group of jars that were supposedly Maya, from something called the Atlanta Museum (I think an amateur museum of some sort) but which look to me like they're almost undoubtedly Chimu instead -- similar age, but from Peru, not the Maya countries.

(I've been doing some research -- three weeks ago I knew diddly about Chimu, so I'm not trying to sound like Fancy Collector Guy.)

Anyway, the ax-head and goddess join our collection.  I commune with them in the depths of night.  As illustrated below.

Tad (staring at objects): <commune, commune, commune...>


"God bless your crooked little heart."

- Tom Waits

 

#55 2006-03-15 11:51:00

silhouette
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

They sound like good gifts :)
I have a friend who communes with his collection of shiny swords so I know where you're coming from...old things and crafted weapons have mesmeric properties I reckon.
Also they are good for scaring burglarists.


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     with your fortunes
someone should send you a rose.

 

#56 2006-03-15 12:14:00

Olaf
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Dear Tad,
I am glad you did have a nice birthday!

Since you're around, do you have any more infos on your upcoming DC Comics miniseries?

I have been checking their website regularly but I cannot find a single word about it there.

Is it still scheduled for June?


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#57 2006-03-15 12:17:00

Maladroit
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Atlanta Museum?! As in, Atlanta, Georgia?

*perks*

Not to be a whiny redneck, but have any tour dates been set up for Shadowplay (will you be touring for Shadowplay?) and are the southeastern states included this time around?

*whine*

*bark*

*snuffle*

(well, what else am I gonna do, he's the Dog!)

 

#58 2006-03-16 11:53:00

Meike
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

ylvs wrote:

As it is past midnight now on the other side of the pond as well:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAD!

May you have a wonderful one with loads of presents, no work, sunshine and last but not least: very nice and polite children and dogs.

Enjoy your day,

Pisces rule!

Oh - I'm tooo late!!!

Sorry Tad - but

I whish you ALL the BEST

and hope, you had a wonderful birthday!!!

Beary Hugs,
Meike

[ March 16, 2006: Message edited by: Meike ]


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#59 2006-03-16 12:22:00

Tad
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

It's never too late for birthday wishes, as far as I'm concerned.  I'm going to milk the sucker 'til it's bone dry.

As far as the comic series, Olaf, THE NEXT is still scheduled for this summer.  I've just seen the lettering proofs of the first issue, so I guess it's on schedule.


"God bless your crooked little heart."

- Tom Waits

 

#60 2006-03-16 17:17:00

lian
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

The let me offer you some more milk...err, birthday wishes. I'll put them on the pile next to the battle ax, shall I? (Also, people who make good gifts are precious.)

 

#61 2006-03-16 21:57:00

dragondawn
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

'm horribly late as usual....hoppy birfday to you, tad!

*showers with late-shaped confetti*


My religion is to live and die without regret. ~ Milarepa

 

#62 2006-03-17 05:55:00

Miiru
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Wow... three days late to a birthday party. I suck.

Many wonderfulnesses, nevertheless, and the cake is in the mail. *g*


Ted Kennedy in a speedo is just another sign of the coming apocalypse.
-wiked
"He who smelteth it delteth it O LORD."
-bandit

 

#63 2006-03-17 06:04:00

Genisis X
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Happy week-after-your-b'day!

My cake would be in the mail, but I couldn't fit it in the envelope...

-X


To quote Hamlet, act III, scene iii, line 87, 'no'

 

#64 2006-03-18 15:34:00

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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From: Yonder green hills
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

I'm still waiting for the invention of the century with which you'll be able to email cakes...i'll go cake-crazy then!!!


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"If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend you life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is, to go on doing things you don't like doing... which is stupid."
~ Alan Watts

 

#65 2006-03-18 19:10:00

Jaime
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

If that ever happens, I fully expect my parents to email me a Mozart cake from the Sugar Plum Bakery at LEAST once a week.

mmmm, Mozart cake.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#66 2006-03-18 20:19:00

Miiru
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

That WAS really good cake.

~wipes chin~


Ted Kennedy in a speedo is just another sign of the coming apocalypse.
-wiked
"He who smelteth it delteth it O LORD."
-bandit

 

#67 2006-03-19 11:57:00

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

*drools*

That black velvet one sounds delish!!!

*feels hungry for cake*


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"If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend you life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is, to go on doing things you don't like doing... which is stupid."
~ Alan Watts

 

#68 2006-03-19 12:06:00

deegec
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

I'm always hungry for cake.

And Happy Birthday Tad.

How late was that?

*leaves a triple layer choclate cake*

*swipes a large piece*

*feels guilty and puts it back*

Damn my too-niceness!

 

#69 2006-03-19 16:53:00

Earthmanu
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Happy birthday to you, Tad.

Thanks for writing good books.

As Pratchett is falling a bit into repetition and Vance has retired (into paradise ? I should check for the old man...)
you are my preferred writer.

I am  currently trying to gather the elements for a (mainly) non commercial project for learning languages by interactivity 
on internet.

Math learning is not a priority of the project but learning manners certainly is.

As a fan-eyewink, I hope to find a place somewhere for your famous unpolite trick-question : "Are you a Puppet ?"...

Another version of the question could be: "Are you driven by bits and other numbers ?".

I  am still trying to find a good name for the project (babels.org being already taken), but in a few years, maybe, a netsurfer will have the opportunity to have some bits of fun by riding the free part of It.

If It is so, I will not forget to send you a free invitation.


- My former pseudo in the french minitel roleplaying community AKELA
was "GAG THE FOOL" , for about one thousand hours ...
- I wish to share experience about
1/writing rpg-scenarii in Tolkien's Beleriand ... 2/teaching roleplay and impro to disabled adolescents ... 3/simulations of acrobatic kites flying

 

#70 2006-03-20 11:25:00

Tad
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

I will be sure to reply.

Maybe I can improve my French, which has sadly been allowed to lapse.

I'm taking German lessons once a week, so I know my language-brain still works, albeit somewhat haltingly in the midst of much other distraction...


"God bless your crooked little heart."

- Tom Waits

 

#71 2006-03-20 14:06:00

Desperate Elf
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Russians tend to crawl in the shady end of this bright-minded society that's why they are always late.
Tad, a lot of affection and happy birthday wishes goes to you from your faithful russian readers (If be more precise , you just recived 7 congrats including mine) The art that you create really helps us survive. Take care!

[ March 20, 2006: Message edited by: Desperate Elf ]


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#72 2006-03-20 15:01:00

lian
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

A Russian delegation! And you're their spokesperson! That's so cool :)

 

#73 2006-03-20 17:14:00

Earthmanu
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Tad wrote:

I will be sure to reply.

Maybe I can improve my French, which has sadly been allowed to lapse.

I'm taking German lessons once a week, so I know my language-brain still works, albeit somewhat haltingly in the midst of much other distraction...

The French will be the first part of my project, indeed...

The H.i.l.t. Project has begun its way up to launching.

It is not a very good name, being  war-sounding and not french.

And Human Interactive Language Teaching is a bit  silly, isn't it ?  ;-)

Not a good name, but it could be a good  beginning.

As talking too much is ill-mannered, I go back to secret sheming...


- My former pseudo in the french minitel roleplaying community AKELA
was "GAG THE FOOL" , for about one thousand hours ...
- I wish to share experience about
1/writing rpg-scenarii in Tolkien's Beleriand ... 2/teaching roleplay and impro to disabled adolescents ... 3/simulations of acrobatic kites flying

 

#74 2006-03-20 22:51:00

Simcha
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Nanashi wrote:



Wraak is dutch for revenge ^__^ Have fun trying to pronounce it the right way! :p

Isn't it pronounced Wraak?


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#75 2006-03-20 23:01:00

Simcha
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Re: DOGBLOG: The Math and Manners Cave

Well better late than never.....

Happy birthday to you...
You live in a zoo....
You smell like a monkey....
and you look like one too!

Egads! sorry Tad, I'm mean.

Love your work, but your b'day is for YOU! not us, you should have taken the day off and had fun with the kids and doggies.

Not to mention, the wifey.

Anyway, I started Shadowmarch 2 days ago, and am almost done with it. It is interesting, how you incorporated things from Otherland and MST in it.

Well, hope all was well, and when do you come to Ocean County, NJ for a tour. Would love to meet you.

BTW a friend of mine knows you IRL. Ed Kramer. He says you rock.


"All your cookies belong to us", Khaladon, Gemstone IV

 

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