Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, you wrote:
 On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, Robin Szemeti wrote:
 
  ooh .. that reminds me .. the Census man has just dropped a form in .. I
  didn't reallise it was this year .. excellent .. now dont forget .. your
  religion is 'Jedi' ok ?
 
 
 WHy not 'Perl Monger' ?

because for it to be accepted as an official religion (whatever the hell
that is) you need 20,000 people in the country to claim to follow it ..
then it gets all the usual benfits of being able to claim anti-jedi
discrimination, the right to bring a light sabre to work, extra days
holiday because The Force is weak today etc. I cant quite see 20,000 Perl
Mongers .. but hey .. I could be wrong

Actually, that reminds me of a Jefferson quotation:

"I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know."

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Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:52:41AM +0100, Robin Szemeti wrote:
 On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, you wrote:
  
  Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war! - is one of my all time
  favourite quotes
 
 :) ... I am never sure whether the exclamation mark is on havoc or the
 end of the quote.

If you take it in its original context, the reading becomes apparent.
Anthony, somewhat distraught at his recent treasonous act, says:

... And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

(Julius Caesar, Act 3 scene 1, 271-275)

Ate, incidentally, is a contraction of Hecate, which wouldn't have scanned
as well.  She was a goddess of the underworld, who just happened to have
a pack of rather large dogs.

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Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 10:25:33AM +0100, Robin Szemeti wrote:

 because for it to be accepted as an official religion (whatever the hell
 that is) you need 20,000 people in the country to claim to follow it ..

This is of course bullshit, but then you all knew that already, right?
If you fill in your own made-up religion, then you'll just get lumped in
with all the other weirdoes regardless of whether you put Jedi, Discordian,
Cthulhuan or whatever.

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Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Dave Cross

At 10:25 14/04/2001, Robin Szemeti wrote:
On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, you wrote:
  On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, Robin Szemeti wrote:
  
   ooh .. that reminds me .. the Census man has just dropped a form in .. I
   didn't reallise it was this year .. excellent .. now dont forget .. your
   religion is 'Jedi' ok ?
  
 
  WHy not 'Perl Monger' ?

because for it to be accepted as an official religion (whatever the hell
that is) you need 20,000 people in the country to claim to follow it ..
then it gets all the usual benfits of being able to claim anti-jedi
discrimination, the right to bring a light sabre to work, extra days
holiday because The Force is weak today etc. I cant quite see 20,000 Perl
Mongers .. but hey .. I could be wrong

The number quoted in the email was 200,000 - but that apparently applies in 
New Zealand where this idea started. Someone changed NZ to UK on the email 
without checking facts. On the UK Census, no religion except the ones 
listed will be counted. All of the 'others' will be counted in one bucket. 
so, IMHO, you'd be far better off demonstrating to our horribly Xtian 
government just how many of us are atheist.

Sorry to spoil the fun!

Dave...



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Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:29:13AM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
 nah you didn't say something weird like Willow (or Riley) is the
 sexiest in BtVS.

But but...


Martin



Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:57:38AM +0100, Piers Cawley wrote:
 
 Greg McCarroll [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
   ooh .. that reminds me .. the Census man has just dropped a form in .. I
   didn't reallise it was this year .. excellent .. now dont forget .. your
   religion is 'Jedi' ok ?
  
  putting jedi is a bad idea
  
  its you letting the shoreditch lot win
 
 Viral marketing doesn't work. Tell all your friends.

*looks down at t-shirt*

Cool, it mutates :-)


Martin



Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:42:21AM +0100, Simon Cozens wrote:
 
 On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:04:15AM +0100, Robin Szemeti wrote:
  ooh .. that reminds me .. the Census man has just dropped a form in .. I
  didn't reallise it was this year .. excellent .. now dont forget .. your
  religion is 'Jedi' ok ?
 
 "Discordian". No, seriously. (Fnord)

Well, yes. I will just be slightly miffed when only 9,999 people put
'Jedi'...

...and they will be *very* miffed. Hail Eris!


Martin



Re: The Most Boring Thread Ever on London.pm : Cool Letter Heads

2001-04-14 Thread Jonathan Stowe

On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, David Cantrell wrote:

 On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 10:25:33AM +0100, Robin Szemeti wrote:

  because for it to be accepted as an official religion (whatever the hell
  that is) you need 20,000 people in the country to claim to follow it ..

 This is of course bullshit, but then you all knew that already, right?
 If you fill in your own made-up religion, then you'll just get lumped in
 with all the other weirdoes regardless of whether you put Jedi, Discordian,
 Cthulhuan or whatever.


I was under the impression that if a large enough sample of people
indicated the same 'alternative religion' in the census then it would
achieve a degree of statistical significance to  cause it to get on the
summary statistics that are published - I dont think that it has any
bearing on its official acceptance however ...


/J\