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September 21, 2007

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peter naegele

I wonder, are there any emoticons in hyroglyphics?

This all reminds me of a flame war I once read regarding the band Journey's cover for their album Escape. One side stated it was the first example of "133t" text, the other disagreed.

HP

That Bierce bit about "snigger points" is priceless -- I really need to read more of his essays. I'm a big fan of his ghost stories and horror stories.

I'm reminded of two of his classic short-short horror stories: "Charles Ashmore's Trail" and "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field." They both tell the same basic story -- someone vanishes mysteriously -- but while the former is a fairly straight celebration of the uncanny, the latter is IMO full of unwritten snigger points and notes of cachinnation.

Brian

Today I learn Nabokov and Bierce are cool with emoticons. Tomorrow I'll read that Henry James was a progenitor of LOLCATS.

Bryan Alexander

Peter, wouldn't hieroglyphic emoticons be akin to those in comic strips? Storm clouds over an angry person, a stream of text for swearing.

Good Bierce choices, HP. You should blog about the essays you read. Bierce's stories are indeed excellent.

I detect a pattern, Brian. We already have Welles the podcaster. Tolkien and Tolstoy doing map mashups!
(Although having a James character shout "I IZ EATING YUR MANNERZ" won't leave my mind)

Bryan Alexander

Peter, wouldn't hieroglyphic emoticons be akin to those in comic strips? Storm clouds over an angry person, a stream of text for swearing.

Good Bierce choices, HP. You should blog about the essays you read. Bierce's stories are indeed excellent.

I detect a pattern, Brian. We already have Welles the podcaster. Tolkien and Tolstoy doing map mashups!
(Although having a James character shout "I IZ EATING YUR MANNERZ" won't leave my mind)

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Took me time to read all the comments, but I enjoyed the article.

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