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Old 11-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #76
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #77
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Why is that funny?
well, superficially, it's a pun : "i wonder why so many café waiters are called "descartes" ?" Descartes = des cartes (playing cards, which you ask the waiter for to play cards in the café). on a meta level, Queneau was quite interested in Descartes (the philosopher) and studied him quite extensively, and this was his subversive way of slipping an overt reference via a thoroughly un-intellectual joke into a novel which he intended as a litterary illustration of Descartes "Discours de la méthode". so you can add a tacit second-degree "wink wink, nudge nudge" to the (superfically rather terrible) joke.

never mind. as pshrynk has reminded me, it's not funny if you have to explain it.

so you'll just have to trust me on this one.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:41 PM   #78
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I'd love to go there. A rivetting place, I'm sure. Jean-Paul Sartre is seated amongst the Chicagoers, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, "I'd like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream." The waitress replies, "I'm sorry, sir, but we're out of cream. How about with no milk?"


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i wonder what that means...
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:43 PM   #79
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well, superficially, it's a pun : "i wonder why so many café waiters are called "descartes" ?" Descartes = des cartes (playing cards, which you ask the waiter for to play cards in the café). on a meta level, Queneau was quite interested in Descartes (the philosopher) and studied him quite extensively, and this was his subversive way of slipping an overt reference via a thoroughly un-intellectual joke into a novel which he intended as a litterary illustration of Descartes "Discours de la méthode". so you can add a tacit second-degree "wink wink, nudge nudge" to the (superfically rather terrible) joke.
You see, when you explain jokes, they just stop being funny...
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:44 PM   #80
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You see, when you explain jokes, they just stop being funny...
i know, i know... just read the book. trust me, it's hilarious.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:09 PM   #81
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Ok... got it. The missing piece is that in French Cafe's, one asks waiters for playing cards. Something I never knew!
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:12 PM   #82
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Ok... got it. The missing piece is that in French Cafe's, one asks waiters for playing cards. Something I never knew!
and now you see how hilarious the joke is, right ??

(just say yes. humour me.)

*technically, it's not so common anymore for cafés to have games they lend out, but quite a few of them still do. cards, dice, chess...
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:15 PM   #83
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:31 PM   #84
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there is no global quota for meetups, silly dog. (by the way : next paris meetup is planned for the end of january. mar(k)(c) your calendars !) however if there is *not* a quota for texans then someone has been sleeping on the job*, and since the texans have clearly exceeded this quota, perhaps chicago has to pay. i have no comment on the alleged parisian plot to take over the wor(l)d.




*no offense meant to our fine upstanding texan contingent. y'all know i loves ya. i just think it's sketchy there are so many of you, comparatively speaking.

There's not so many of us, it's just that Texans are real friendly sorts, and are used to going a long ways to see friends...

Yee Haw, just got my BeBook a couple minutes ago! Gotta charge it up and start my Cybook gen3/Bebook comparison.... Hope to have a thread ina week or so...
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:05 PM   #85
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There's not so many of us, it's just that Texans are real friendly sorts, and are used to going a long ways to see friends...
....but Chicago is just a bit too far for me, much as I'd like to meet with our MR Chicagoers.
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It smells like....victory.

No foolin'. There is naught more fulfilling that finally getting a recalcitrant fastener to budge, allowing for more work or replacement. That smell, that fish oil smell, it permeates one's skin, the work area, and it lets anyone who is good enough to recognise it that you are person who can get things done.

Sometimes this requires inordinate amounts of curses to gods real & imagined. A blow torch is handy sometimes.

@ Vivaldi: The shoggoths are on their way. Enjoy your last moments.

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I've been a very bad puppy dog. :sniff:
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:17 PM   #88
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