"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Introducing the book

11 comments:

seumas said...

Excellent! :)

seumas said...

But, sadly, now removed...

seumas said...

It is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU tho, so maybe just change the link.

john said...

apparently it was violating copyright...

Tom said...

Hold on, what have I missed?

seumas said...

Can't find a copy anymore. At least, not with the English subtitles. If you understand Norwegian, you can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zotTf0G9STM

The young monk is from the helpdesk; he's helping the older one with this new thing called a "book", not the same as the scrolls he's used to.

seumas said...

Now see things like this really annoy me! This was one of the most popular videos on youtube. It even made the Norwegian news and when they interviewed the comedian involved he said he was delighted with all the publicity.

So, what do the broadcast station do with all this free publicity? Of course! They get their lawyers involved and get it taken down! Morons!

Colin said...

The fools. Sorry I missed this. Good idea.

*Your book has security issues. Please install Book Service Pack 2*

Colin said...

I've just noticed, Seumas is no longer Phaemon.

Tom said...

You're right. Who was Phaemon anyway?

seumas said...

It's because I'm now using this gmail account for the All New Blogger.

I don't have the book to hand, so from memory: I don't think Phaemon really ever existed (though I could be wrong). Robert Graves has Claudius (or some other character) refer to him in "Claudius the God". There, he is said to have been a Greek philosopher and they tell the story of Phaemon's dog, which runs roughly as follows:

The philosopher Phaemon had a dog which was so well trained that he could send it to the butcher for a piece of meat and the dog would carry the meat back in its jaws without ever taking a single bite. One day, Phaemon was watching his dog from an upstairs window, as it carried a piece of meat back towards the house. As the dog trotted along it was set upon by a pack of mongrels who grabbed the meat from its jaws and started tearing it to pieces. Phaemon's dog watched for a second but realised it was hopeless to try and rescue the meat from such a large pack, so instead he dived in and ate as much of the meat as he could himself.