How to comment

Not going to add anything to the latest blogspat. But this guide to commenting is worth reading. (Thanks to a commenter here.)

Only slight quibble I have would be the “stay on topic” advice. I still have a lot of older posts with closed comments, and I certainly don’t mind people using a new post to raise something about those, or who want to ask an interesting question about something that they think somebody here might be able to answer, or so on.

All I would ever ask is that a comment should relate to the blog and the community here – ‘on topic’ in a more general sense of engaging with me and the readers and commenters, if you like.

Well, since it’s almost the weekend, consider this an open thread for any questions about Life, the Universe and Everything that have been bugging you lately. Silly ones are welcome – the sillier the better, come to think of it. The weather’s depressing me and I need a good laff. And you never know, our collective genius might be able to find the Answers too.

(Update: read this too.)

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6 Responses to How to comment

  1. Alun says:

    Talking of genius have you been listening to Genius? What could be a better idea than using laughing gas rather than tear gas to incapicatate rioters.

    After reading this from Yahoo! I was wondering what sort of recipe could be so shocking that it could be used to rob a bank? I did think of my chocolate fudge which was confiscated at school as a dangerous weapon after I forgot to add milk. But that was fudge with a serrated edge, not a recipe.

  2. Brett says:

    If anyone is ever so foolish as to ask, “Any questions?” I always take my lead from from Catch-22:

    Yossarian attended the educational sessions because he wanted to find out why so many people were working so hard to kill him. A handful of other men were also interested, and the questions were many and good when Clevmger and the subversive corporal finished and made the mistake of asking if there were any.
    ‘Who is Spain?’
    ‘Why is Hitler?’
    ‘When is right?’
    ‘Where was that stooped and mealy-colored old man I used to call Poppa when the merry-go-round broke down?’
    ‘How was trump at Munich?’
    ‘Ho-ho beriberi.’ and ‘Balls!’ all rang out in rapid succession, and then there was Yossarian with the question that had no answer: ‘Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?’

    If anyone can answer any of those, I will be much taken aback!

  3. Sharon says:

    There’s always: so England can bowl (Yay!), but any guesses on when they’ll remember how to bat?

  4. Sharon says:

    And of course the big question of the night:

    Shall I have another glass of this rather tasty red wine?

    Place your bets now.

  5. tony says:

    I was just going to say, I nearly got in touch the other week when I was in Wales for my father’s funeral, but it was just all too much. Did think of you though. And BTW, the crematorium at Aberystwyth is the nicest one I’ve ever taken a funeral in. The parking’s inadequate, but the view from the chapel window is supoib.

  6. Sharon says:

    “The parking’s inadequate but the view is superb” isn’t a bad single-sentence description of Aberystwyth altogether (for a car driver anyway).

    I didn’t expect you to have much time for socialising. But I was thinking of you and the family. I hope things are holding up OK.

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