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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby Shapley » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:33 am

In the meadows anew, the shcowps softly boo,
their bellies filled with caffeine.
Night and day, day and night, their booing causes a fright,
as Willy-Nilly rots quietly unseen.

The lawyers gather and blather and blather
about torts and moot courts and the like,
while Bottom was saddled as the four shadows foreshadowed
and the Gelato miners walked out on strike.

While the Gallactica Battlestar moved in from afar
rousing Lorne Greene in his grave.
The gnomes, like little Friar Tucks, consumed coffee from StarBucks
and Bottom escapes a close shave.

The Pearl Fishers casting their nets everlasting
as Juan Valdez leaves Colombia behind.
And with his mule ‘Pale' he crosses the vale,
verdant pastures hoping to find.

On Venus he doth settle to test the mettle
of the peasants that work the fields,
for in the mountains of Venus there grows a plant genus
that hallucinogenic coffee yields.

Fine stuff, indeed, though conspirators see need
to weaken it by mixing with tea.
Their profit to expand till Juan, sword in hand,
doth seek to drive them to into the sea.

The war that he wages the conspirators enrages
who send troops to drive him down.
The war prices raise which draws the praise
of the conspirators, who sell coffee in town.

As the old man we see from scene twenty-three
questions the tenor approaching.
When his query goes amiss he falls into the abyss
with Haggis, such plagiarism reproaching.

As the thread became racier, a hit-and-run glacier
wove thru the thread, to and fro,
and, there, nothing were finer to a gelato miner
than finding a vein of Haggis gelato.

And thru Hell and thru Heaven we completed page seven
as the Sopranos burst into song.
Now mark my word for it may seem absurd
this was all ‘fore we were eight pages along.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby piqaboo » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:55 am

To quote lily von schtup "ah'm Tahred"!

wow, you been reading and working hard!
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby Shapley » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:25 am

"To see where you are going, it helps to know where you've been." - Anon -

Anon was a famous author, apparently with no last name. Probably a Greek, though he seems to have written mostly in English. I was trying to find his collected works at Barnes & Noble, to no avail. ;)
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby piqaboo » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:45 pm

He's almost as hard to find as Op Cit.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby dai bread » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:54 pm

There were three of them who went around together; Trad, Anon and Ibid. Op.Cit tended to confine herself to technical and academic works, and Ibid could often be found there too.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby Shapley » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:00 pm

I thought ibid was the Apple Version of ebay...
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby piqaboo » Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:46 pm

Shapley wrote:I thought ibid was the Apple Version of ebay...

Snort!
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby GreatCarouser » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:45 pm

Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off...
Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby Shapley » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:54 am

Back in 2007, I started writing a book I was going to call Zen Conservatism. I Googled it at the time, and found no hits, so I was content that it was a safe title. Alas! Someone beat me to the punch, as a book by that Title was published by a gentleman from St. Louis last month. Now I have to search for a sutable title for my book. I could still use it, but then I would appear to be a Shapley-come-lately, which I don't want to do. He was there first, so he gets the title. His book, however, does not resemble my concept in the least, and is more about the Tea Party movement than about Zen Conservatism as I define it, so my book can proceed, sans title.

I had considered The Collected Poems Of Anon, but it would seem that I would need to change my name to Anon, or at least use it as a nom-de-keyboard, which I ame loathe to do. Some one suggested The Analects of Confusion, but that doesn't convey the message I want to convey. Besides, that title is used in a variety of blogs on the board already, so there again I am late to game. The Tao of Shapley isn't used, but since few people know who the Hell Shapley is, they aren't likely to flock to buy the book.

I'll just have to keep working on it.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby piqaboo » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:17 pm

"And Zen there were none" ?
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby Shapley » Mon May 03, 2010 9:39 am

The conspiracy of Zen, crops up now and again,
by conspirators conscious of fashion.
While ‘Star Trek' rears its head, though Haggis thought it dead,
admitting he hates it with passion.

The dwarfs with their anvil chorus, and Cleopatra, worshiping Horus,
dons her Zen-look-a-like ring.
Marc Antony, the Roman Sailor, recognized Elizabeth Taylor,
as the one doing the Cleopatra thing.

Then a trekkie post most odd, with a Salvador Dali nod,
brought the Well-Digger's ass back to view,
as the Well-Digger was digging, the coffee Bottom was swigging,
made the war, about nothing, seem much ado.

Too deep, it may seem, in the Well-Digger's dream
had he dug, and awakened we know not what.
For here, like a bad check, reference to Star Trek,
slipped in, tying the thread in a knot.

Or, perhaps not, for the source of the knot,
was a remnant of theory ‘Ball of String'
which Haggis brought round in the wake of the sound
of that exploding salmon-haggis thing.

Bruce Springsteen, through a ‘boss' reference was gleaned,
and the ‘supernova' became a cheap auto.
Out of this confusion, the technicians, through fusion,
created foul-smelling braunschweiger gelato.

While we gave up hope on the Rubble Telescope,
as we returned to the Fields Elysi-an.
Tim Robbins, though dead, was placed at the head
of a towboat to which Lula ran.

On the barge sitting, Lula a new skirt starting knitting
from the hawser as, for Michigan, they started.
The hawser grew weak and finally did break
setting both barge and Lula adrift as it parted.

On ice or on aground the barge was soon found
by gelato miners who took Lula,
though unhurt but in need of a skirt,
to Wal-Mart's department of Hula.

There, freshly skirted, she was soon alterted
to the presence of the Men in Black.
Who, in the nick of time distracted by an exploding mime,
failed to see her escape out the back.

With Bottom in tow she wove to and fro
through the next series of difficult prose,
with tenors singing and accusations flinging
regarding mare's urine mixed with gelatos.

As the conspiracy was solved, the thread soon evolved
to a discussion of matters of Grammerica
which by my computation is some little-known nation
found somewhere 'tween Italy and America!
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby piqaboo » Tue May 04, 2010 1:48 pm

Wow!
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Re: "And now for something completely different"

Postby dai bread » Tue May 04, 2010 5:57 pm

Grammerica? Greece and America; one bankrupt, the other in what passes for dire straits in the world's biggest economy.

Do you think that Greece being on the slippery slope makes it more slippery? :wink:
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