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Wag the dog [May. 4th, 2006|06:55 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Brian and I are playing a show. Sort of. Which means, there'll be flyers. Which means, we need a name to put on the flyers. A name for our band.

It's kind of hilarious, because it's the opposite problem from the one I've always been afraid of having, which is being one of those people who have a band name but not a band. Even in college, Tanny, J.P., and I were "Lindsey Kuper and her band" because to call it anything else would have been...well, you know. The second you give something a name, you're saying, "Hey, look! This is something!" In fact, some folks have it that to name is to create*, and I think I can understand why. And, despite most of the Freesound comp contributors trying to pull it off every year, I don't think there can ever really be any such thing as ironically having a band name, for the same reason I believe there's no such thing as ironically being an asshole. Sooner or later, you're...just an asshole.

Right. So, the name. When we spoke on the phone today, Brian was very nice and aw-shucks-let's-just-use-your-name, but the thing is that this time I want there to be a clear break with the past, and a I think a new name would be a nice way to do that. Besides, I want to convey that this is us, not me-and-some-people. It wouldn't be happening if it weren't for him.

* Didn't this come up in Snow Crash, just briefly, in one of the Sumerian-creation-myth bits? I couldn't say for sure, since I kind of glossed over those to get to the sex-and-violence bits faster, but I mean, c'mon, there's a big, juicy, low-hanging analogy to programming right there.

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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-05 04:24 am (UTC)
I don't remember any sexy bits in Snow Crash.
There used to be a writeup on e2 about whether anyone has ever masturbated succesfully to ASCII pr0n.
I think masturbating to Snow Crash would be about as hard.

But there was lots of violence. Oh yeah.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-05 04:37 am (UTC)
I think masturbating to Snow Crash would be about as hard.

I...think you're wrong.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-05 04:41 am (UTC)
I think I have met you twice...

...which means we might not yet be ready for PATHETIC GEEK SEX FANTASY stories.

But if we are, I am just going to win it outright, by admitting I used to read Xanth novels for teh sexiness.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-05-05 05:08 am (UTC)
i totally read Xanth novels for teh sexiness. WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-05 05:17 am (UTC)
Yes, that is what I meant...when I was ten years old...

::: quickly moves unnamed paperback behind copy of 'Noam Chomsky's I hate Capitalism Omnibus' :::
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[User Picture]From: flaccus
2006-05-05 05:37 am (UTC)
I totally get what you mean. Like, that bit about Enki masturbating to create the flowing waters of the Tigris and Euphrates? HOT
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From: freyley
2006-05-06 12:49 am (UTC)
Wow. *swoons*
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-05 06:43 am (UTC)
From what I understand, for Jews in general and Qabbalists in particular, language doesn't reflect reality. Language causes reality. The world was actually made by speaking Hebrew.

If your cyberpunk adventure isn't pretentious enough as it is, just add Qaballah! It adds instant meaning for any science-fiction story too muddled to make sense on its own merits!
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[User Picture]From: necromagus
2006-05-05 05:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but this keeps sticking in my head.
You could name the band: "to name is to create"

Sorry, I'll go back into hiding...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-07 01:18 am (UTC)
Nooooooo...come baaaaaaaaack...
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From: freyley
2006-05-06 12:51 am (UTC)
I like "Creation Myths" or "Enki and the Love Monkeys"

But I might just have gotten my brain fully warped by Snow Crash.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-06 02:37 am (UTC)
Actually, I think we've just settled on a name. Details to follow.
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