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A new avatar and an apology

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A new avatar and an apology Gully Foyle 7/18/11 8:45 PM
You may have noticed that I have been experimenting with a new avatar for the last week or so. It is an artist's impression of my fictional namesake from the cover of a paperback novel--Gully Foyle, the tiger in the night, the burning man, his face emblazoned with Maori tattoos and the name of the wrecked spaceship upon which he was reborn, Nomad. Unfortunately, the thing is so ugly I can't stand to look at it any more, so I'm replacing it with something less grotesque.

My apologies to any pregnant women whose glance may have chanced to fall upon it. Madam, I'm sure your baby will be just fine, probably.

-Gully
Re: A new avatar and an apology Gaieus 7/23/11 7:37 AM
Well, I am unlikely to have been affected, Gully. I am neither pregnant nor a woman as you know (and at my age, even if I were a woman, it would be unwise to get pregnant although it is amazing how advanced science is nowadays).

FYI however: I use the exact same image as your "avatar" in gmail (if I may...) I cannot remember the reason but I do know that I did not make the choice because it was so ugly.
Re: A new avatar and an apology Gully Foyle 7/23/11 7:08 PM
Well that's astounding, Gaieus. I mean, what kind of coincidence is that? Did you realize that you've been using a picture of my character, Gully Foyle? Didn't you think it odd that he's got the word "Nomad" written on his forehead? (Of course, since he's on fire, perhaps the Nomad tattoo isn't the first thing that jumps out as odd.)


Re: A new avatar and an apology Gaieus 7/24/11 3:31 AM
"...Did you realize that you've been using a picture of my character, Gully Foyle?..."

Yes, - and exactly that was my intention when I set it.
Being nomad is not an odd thing here. My people used to be nomads (the kind that wanders around on horses with the herds) until they settled down here about 1100 years or so ago (although tried to carry on with that nomadic life style for another century sometimes robbing whole Europe as far as France or Spain...)
Re: A new avatar and an apology Anselmus 7/25/11 4:22 AM
My people used to be nomads (the kind that wanders around on horses with the herds) until they settled down here about 1100 years or so ago
I understand the dumber part of the herd separated from the rest somewhat earlier and headed northwest instead of southwest, and stopped here because they couldn't swim...

Anssi
Re: A new avatar and an apology Gully Foyle 7/25/11 7:05 AM
Hmm. I'm not too sure about the origins of my people, although I am something of a nomad myself. As I am fond of saying, I change states every thirty years, whether I need to or not (although I think I'll give it a pass next time, when I'm ninety. As I have more recently become fond of saying, the next time I move will be in a box).

In any event, Gully Foyle did not have Nomad tattooed on his forehead because of his or his ancestors' peripatetic lifestyle, but because he was found adrift in the wrecked spaceship Nomad by a tribe of crazy, asteroid-dwelling savages who called themselves The Scientific People.

-Gully
Re: A new avatar and an apology Gully Foyle 7/25/11 10:40 AM
By the way, Anssi, I don't use expressions like LOL or <grin> or use emoticons, since apparently literate writers have been corresponding for centuries, using only the written word, without problem (it's the illiterate ones who have problems). However, your self-deprecating quip did actually make me laugh out loud, and I simply wished to acknowledge that.

-Gully
Re: A new avatar and an apology Anselmus 7/26/11 4:00 PM
I just had to make the observation. The Hungarian and Finnish (and Estonian) languages share the same structure and differ from most other European languages in not belonging to the Indoeuropean ("Aryan") group. The vocabularies are totally different, so when I hear a Hungarian speak, it sounds to me very familiar (like drunken Finnish) but I don't understand anything. The British-Hungarian writer George Mikes made the same comment about recognizing Finnish - the only other language that resembled Finnish to his ear was Hungarian Jews speaking Hebrew in Israel.

As to the dumbness - they can grow wine in Hungary whereas we here live among the snow, wolves an (not polar) bears...

Anssi
Re: A new avatar and an apology Gaieus 11/5/11 5:28 AM
Ah yes, wine...

Otherwise at school we learnt a Finnish song starting something like "Kultani kukku kaokana kukku ajma Sajma rannalla" (I am not sure about my spelling). Those are the only words I can understand (although there is a quite popular Finnish club in town and many people learn some Finnish there).