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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:49 pm

ook


please mind the banana skin.

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Re: RIP tpratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:53 pm

Pass the dried frog pills.

Your books cheered me up and got me through all sorts of angst. RIP Terry.

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Re: RIP tpratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:57 pm

"I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."
Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.
SQUEAK.
I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.
SQUEAK.
NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.
The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.
"I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."
ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.
"Yes, that. We knew each other?"
ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.
He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young aprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.
"There... is a girl, yes?"
SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.
"Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.
SQUEAK.
"Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."
YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.
"No, not cancer. Alzheimers."
I AM AWARE.
"So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."
CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.
"Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."
THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.
"Must I?"
SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.
SQUEAK
DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?
"No. Shame really."
YES.
"Is it truely turtles?"
ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.
"Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"
IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.
"The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."
ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.
"Yes... will they remember me?"
SQUEAK.
"What was that? I could not hear you."
HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.
"I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."
I HAVE MY DAYS.
"Don't we all?"
SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.
"Is it quick?"
YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.
"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"
I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?
"No. how about checkers?"
And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:33 pm

You all appear to be spouting gibberish. Perhaps I should read some of Pratchett's output. Is it any good?
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:41 pm

DougieLawson wrote:You all appear to be spouting gibberish. Perhaps I should read some of Pratchett's output. Is it any good?
You could try and be a bit more respectful to the recently departed :-(
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Re: RIP tpratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:48 pm

DougieLawson wrote:You all appear to be spouting gibberish. Perhaps I should read some of Pratchett's output. Is it any good?
May you be trampled by the luggage.

A lot was very funny and quite inventive. Certainly worth a look.

RIP

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Re: RIP tpratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:52 pm

DougieLawson wrote:You all appear to be spouting gibberish. Perhaps I should read some of Pratchett's output. Is it any good?
Emphatically yes, you don;t get to be the second highest read writer in the UK behind JK Rowling without doing something right!

Early books are like any authors first efforts, readable, but not great literature, but once you get to Men at Arms, they are all pretty impressive. I particularly liked Nation (not Discworld), really got me at the end. The Tiffany Aching books, although intended for young adults, are also very good.

So, yes, read some.
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Re: RIP tpratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:35 pm

Poem for your thoughts?

A lot of my childhood inspirations have been dying recently. This is a sad feeling that I am having.

On the flipside, I think I have all seventy of his books in my possession. Time for a reading binge, I think.
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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:41 pm

I think I'll leave my collection in peace for a while, as a mark of respect - especially the signed ones.

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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:52 pm

Wow, that's quite a blow, he was one of my favorite authors.

And yes, Dougie, you should absolute read some of his books!
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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:08 pm

Sniff.... :cry:

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Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:58 pm

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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:56 pm

I can't help but feel that Terry would resent being brought back, unless you also cured his Alzheimer's, because he really wasn't enjoying the ongoing progressive loss of his faculties.

During the documentary about assisted suicide he made clear that the Alzheimer's made the assisted suicide option harder, it was an option he would have explored to but the progressive loss of mental meant that the decision would have to be made while he was still mentally intact enough to not need it. That he was struck done before he lost his faculties was perhaps a blessing to him.


I was moved by his daughters Tweets on the subject.
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.

Terry took Death's arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

The End
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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:10 pm

I first read the discworld novels when I was 12 (30 years ago!), much better than the harry potter rubbish available to the youngsters now ;)
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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:16 pm

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pi@raspberrypi:~$ wget http://www.raspberrypi.org --save-headers
--2015-01-30 03:30:23--  http://www.raspberrypi.org/
Resolving www.raspberrypi.org (www.raspberrypi.org)... 93.93.130.214, 93.93.130.39, 93.93.128.230, ...
Connecting to www.raspberrypi.org (www.raspberrypi.org)|93.93.130.214|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 26543 (26K) [text/html]
Saving to: `index.html'

100%[======================================>] 26,543      --.-K/s   in 0.01s

2015-01-30 03:30:23 (1.92 MB/s) - `index.html' saved [26543/26543]

pi@raspberrypi:~$ head index.html
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:15:59 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.16 (Debian)
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.3-7+squeeze25
Vary: Accept-Encoding,Cookie
Cache-Control: max-age=3, must-revalidate
WP-Super-Cache: Served supercache file from PHP
Content-Length: 26543
Last-Modified: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:55:01 GMT
X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett
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Re: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:31 pm

jdb wrote:

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X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett
For anyone who wants to do that with their Apache2 server on a Raspberry Pi

sudo a2enmod headers
sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-available/headers.conf
and add this

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<IfModule headers_module>
header set X-Clacks-Overhead "GNU Terry Pratchett"
</IfModule>
sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/headers.conf /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/headers.conf
sudo service apache2 restart


http://gnuterrypratchett.com has instructions for nginx.

Lighttpd users will have to Google it.
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