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Name That 'Baker

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See how many sentences of an idea you need to read before being able to guess who posted the idea. Today, I picked out an idea as being posted by Rayfo before finishing the first sentence of it and another idea as being posted by Vernon by the time I got to the second sentence of the idea.
PotatoStew, Jul 26 2001

(?) Invisibility Presentation http://www.geocities.com/it2n/magic.html
Starring UnaBubba and rfr. [neelandan, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

A demonstration of the maleness of [bookworm] http://moniplex.com...main.php?picture=11
[angel, Oct 30 2005]


       i can spot a petersealy annotation in one word...
mihali, Jul 27 2001

       congratulations steve! you're our new champion! tell him what he's won, bob...
mihali, Jul 27 2001

       <grin> I can spot a Vernon idea in 18 paragraphs.
StarChaser, Jul 28 2001

       PeterSealy: Well, gee, I never said that I was the greatest Name That 'Baker player that ever lived.
PotatoStew, Jul 31 2001

       There are ways to find even deleted annotations, of course. However I readily accept that such approaches could be considered cheating so I'm keeping quiet about the identity of the baker.
Aristotle, Jul 31 2001

       I know who it is, but I have an unfair advantage.   

       (And the annotation still appears to be there, by the way.)
PotatoStew, Jul 31 2001


       I'll come out and say it: it's gotta be egnor.   

       He's one of the few who takes most ideas seriously enough to fully think them through...often, more thoroughly than the author. And, if he feels charitable, he goes the extra step of salvaging the idea. If it gets past egnor, I'd invest.
iuvare, Jul 31 2001

       I don't think it's egnor. The first phrase is slightly too childish and insecure ("I think this would...") language for it to be egnor. And I don't think he ends sentences with 'etc.'

I like this game, by the way. Croissant!
lewisgirl, Jul 31 2001

       beauxeault, degroof and egnor are all incorrect guesses (nice analysis, lewisgirl, and thanks for the croissant!)
PotatoStew, Jul 31 2001

       my three guesses are (in order):   

       1) mephista 2) potatostew 3) petersealy
mihali, Jul 31 2001

       I thought it was me, too. Or should I say "two"?
beauxeault, Jul 31 2001

       I went and read it in context, and I don't think it's really very insecure. In the eye of the beholder though, I suppose. To clarify exactly what I mean by the use of "etc."... in the as yet unclaimed example it says "and increase tourism, etc." whereas in egnor's quote he says "leaving them open face down for weeks on end, etc." The subtlety I'd like to highlight here is that the former example didn't really look like the author actually had anything to add to that list, but in the latter, the reader can be fairly confident that egnor could, if pressed, extend his book-destruction list considerably. This (I contend) is because he has already written supplements in the two other bracketed parts of the sentence. It is clear that his use of 'etc.', even at the end of the sentence (not a grammatical sin really), is simply to stop the sentence becoming far too long and unwieldy. The former sentence engenders no such confidence (apologies to whomever that sentence belongs!). Here endeth the lesson!
lewisgirl, Aug 01 2001

       lewisgirl: it's potatostew's!
mihali, Aug 01 2001

       Yes, I admit, it was my annotation. Childish and insecure indeed! (well maybe a little). Actually, I often qualify my negative statements like that simply because I am subscribing to one of lewisgirl's own ideas: that of being a little more kind with annotations. Plus, I hesitate to say "This would have to" or "This must" since I realize I am not much of an authority on anything at all.   

       As for the etc.: improve a city or town, increase tourism, improve the economy, reduce crime, attract businesses, help citizens feel more safe.   

       Press me, and I shall extend, lewisgirl.   

       There, I'm finished defending my two month old annotation. How's that for childish and insecure? ;)
PotatoStew, Aug 01 2001

       Potato, like I said above, apologies. And all the rest of you that were screaming 'PotatoStew' at me, thanks, but I was trying to describe the thought processes of Name That 'Baker more than I was trying to work out who it was. (and, PS, I'd rather not, thanks all the same..!)
lewisgirl, Aug 01 2001

       lewisgirl: no apologies are necessary.   

       Here's another one... this may be easy because it's recent, but we'll see:   

       "Table. Some asses are so 'out there' you could put a beer can on 'em. Gotta have a Table Ass in the Scale listing. In fact - there should be a Table Of Asses rather than a Scale list. Of course, having a Table Ass listed within the Table Of Asses would compound matters, so perhaps the Table Ass should be referred to as the Cocktail Table. No, wait."
PotatoStew, Aug 02 2001

mihali, Aug 02 2001

       name globaltourniquet,where the hell is he?
technobadger, Aug 02 2001

       hahaha... I croiss! do another, do another!   

       (btw, Stew, this faceless medium gives me ample obscurity to be a sarcastic jerk, otherwise I over-qualify everything I say too, just because I don't think anybody ever gets it. heh. insecure, pfa! :)
absterge, Aug 03 2001

       ab: I'm glad you like! :)   

       mihali: my question to you is did you know that it was thumbwax from the writing style, or did you just remember/look up the posting? If it was the style, what tipped you off?
PotatoStew, Aug 03 2001

       truthfully, i remembered the post, because i had read it recently. but taking a second look at it, you can definitely see some of tw's wit and humour coming through. that and the content is a give away. (i.e. his 'ass' fetish. well, j-lo's mostly)
mihali, Aug 03 2001

       Wow. Imagine that - "style" and "thumbwax" mentioned in the same sentence. I'm flattered by each mention of Yours Truly. Didn't even know this category existed until I saw 'Tyger Bye Bye' on 'Recent' List. Turns out 2 of my least regarded ideas are on this list courtesy of jutta - damn, I make her work too hard. As for me, I can name the tune by AfroAssault, egnor, global- "you do the math" - tourniquet, Mephista, rayfro, Rods Tiger, Sparki, UnaBubba and Vernon in a hemidemisemiquaver note.
thumbwax, Nov 01 2001

       Hmmm! This game is trickier than it seems.
DrBob, Nov 06 2001

       There's three of me. Hippo knows both, st3f knows one. Can anyone else guess?
lewisgirl, Nov 06 2001

       I would like to state (for the record) that I can be bought.
st3f, Nov 06 2001

       Not as cheaply as me though.
hippo, Nov 06 2001

       I didn't say I would tell you if you guessed right.

I stated that once, st3f. Got me into a whole world of trouble...
lewisgirl, Nov 06 2001

       So one of them *isn't* lewisgirl then?
PotatoStew, Nov 06 2001

       Are they lewisgirl, hippo, and st3f? st3f being some split personality who only comes out when hippo's asleep??
Galileo, Jan 09 2002

       There were a lot of cleverly placed mirrors in that pub though.
hippo, Jan 09 2002

       From a picture of Jutta I saw, or at least her hair, there were some cleverly placed beer glasses as well...
StarChaser, Jan 11 2002

       Doggone it, where is a pic of jutta? I really want to see what she looks like. I have imagined her for 18 months and I must see.
bristolz, Jan 11 2002

       Bristolz, all you can see in the picture is brown hair and a bunch of beer glasses...
StarChaser, Jan 12 2002

       Well, that just pisses me off.
bristolz, Jan 13 2002

       <grin> Tell me about it, I always saw Jutta as nine feet tall and all-powerful...
StarChaser, Jan 13 2002

       thats a better description than the one blissmiss claimed I had made.
po, Jan 13 2002

       Yeah, that's her. Stunning.
thumbwax, Jan 13 2002

       I wonder what a google search on the word 'jutta' would turn up. I'm gonna go find out.
kaz, Jul 28 2002

       Any other running commentaries of what you are going to do/have done?
thumbwax, Jul 28 2002

       Okay, who wrote this:   

       "Everybody with the letter "Q" in their name has to hold really still and not make any noise. Everyone else is free to move around, but if they have shoes on they must also wear a large hat or have a parrot on their shoulder. When speaking to each other, every sentence must end with the person saying "then I ate a toaster" unless they are asking a question, in which case they must end the sentence by saying "and may I feel your ass?" When answering a question, you must follow up with "but the Russians are trying to steal it."   

       All moving cars must have at least one naked person unless the car has been modified to look like a penis, in which case women and gay men have to explain "Now that's a hot rod!" at least once, and all men must say "Mine's bigger than that." Persons with sunglasses must also be eating a bucket of chicken from KFC. Anyone wearing a Steve Urkel t-shirt gets free choice of who they have sex with unless the other person has a fake id, in which case they can counter-choose who that person has sex with, excluding people with genital piercings (who must wrestle for 30 minutes before they are allowed to do anything else)."
bristolz, Jan 31 2003

       Too easy, it's so obvious that's po.
waugsqueke, Jan 31 2003

       Afro - I win
po, Jan 31 2003

       how can I not agree :)   

       classic Afro - love it.
po, Jan 31 2003

       Very good [po]. You're right, of course.   

       Now for something a little more . . . difficult:   

       "lumpy, ok, so you build the side of the house out of bricks. Ok, the bricks are going to get really frickin hot from all that gasolene that is burning on them. This will set the insolation on fire. So don't use insolation you say? Oh oh! Now the wireing or the curtains inside the house will be set on fire. If it were so easy and effective to build houses out of entirely non-flamable materials, then at least external source fires would be no worry. As you know, external source (that is, forrest, neighborhood, etc.) fires are indeed still a *very* big problem for houses in certain areas. There is no practical building material that will offer immunity."
bristolz, Jan 31 2003

       fires are a problem in Australia -its not UnaBubba or Madradish. in Florida, too but its certainly not StarChaser (where has he got to? BTW). It sounds a bit like 8th but his spelling is better. who do we know that cannot spell?   

       [ sctld ] no he wouldn't say gasoline
po, Jan 31 2003

waugsqueke, Jan 31 2003

       is that a sentence [waugs]?
po, Jan 31 2003

       Hint: Starts with a "J"
bristolz, Jan 31 2003

       NOT - jutta? never   

       johng? never
po, Jan 31 2003

       Err...please, miss. I spotted that the first one was Afro too.
DrBob, Jan 31 2003

       too late..
po, Jan 31 2003


Heh! Just did a search on "insolation". You'll be very surprised at who seems addicted to that particular mis-spelling. Haven't got the foggiest about bristolz quote though.
DrBob, Feb 01 2003

       Okay . . . it's <crisp little drum roll> . . . [JakePatterson]. Alright, I know, that was a tough one, but it was a distinct style and I thought maybe, just maybe, someone would figure it out. Alas, the time limit expired.   

       So, here is an offering from a halfbakery denizen who more frequently skips comments across the croissant laden waters:   

          "I love the idea of a machine that rips the shoes off Dutchmen.
   Say... do the Dutch suffer abnormally high numbers of splinters in their feet?"

       The clock is running; tick, tock.
bristolz, Feb 01 2003

po, Feb 09 2003

egbert, Feb 09 2003

       [egbert] is da' winner! 'Tis [UnaBubba] from an idea named "Power-Unclog" that was deleted in Dec 02.   

       Well, okay then, now it's on to something a bit tougher but is a part of halfbakery lore (at least, I *think* it is a part of HB lore, anyway):   

           "I'd love to see Bart Simpson writing that on the blackboard. That or 'I will not try to violate the laws of physics.'"   

       Good luck, contestants!
bristolz, Feb 09 2003

       ""Tug of War" for cats: Additional tugging opponents, flashing tug-toys, shorter tugathons, and more scoring opportunities added to THE WORLD'S FAVORITE GAME, to make it interesting to cats, whose own perverted version of the game involves brief periods of bloodthirsty violence punctuated by long naps."
neelandan, Feb 10 2003

       bris: (furrows brow) Wasn't me, was it? (st3f is obviously not sure of even his own identity and therefore probably shouldn't play this game).   

       neelandan: no idea.
st3f, Feb 10 2003

       No [st3f]. It wasn't you.
bristolz, Feb 10 2003

       No, not st3f but...from the same idea we have "[m-f-d] science as magic.
st3f, Dec 05 2002 ". Heh!

I wouldn't have guessed the 'baker, bris, but the topic is certainly a recurring theme on the 'bakery.
DrBob, Feb 10 2003

       When this is all over, will someone please tell me what the person, who is not me, wished that Bart Simpson had written on the blackboard. I'd really like to know (again).
st3f, Feb 10 2003

       You could say that he was one of the 'bakery's stars.
DrBob, Feb 10 2003

       Very good. [centauri] was the name I was seeking, across space and time.   

       Okay, hmm, let's see here . . . how about:   

           "And yet here I am, as always, quite unprotected and happy. And there you are, living inside your fear and your hatred."   

       Should be easy.
bristolz, Feb 10 2003

       Sounds Mephista-ish to me.
DrBob, Feb 10 2003

       Yep. You have it. It was [Mephista].
bristolz, Feb 10 2003

       Hmm! Difficult one bliss. There are so many Schrodinger addicts here, but I'm going to take a guess at st3f on this one.

Just so that I'm not being entirely passive in this game, here's a couple of, I think, pretty easy ones.

First up "bouzouki!"
Second up "I'm a tepid drink-temp kind of gal. I hate hot."
DrBob, Feb 10 2003

       I think blissy's might be waugs   

       and perhaps one of DrBob's might be susen. hah no, a certain washington state resident.
po, Feb 10 2003

       "I lost my elf's socks in the exploding custard, your honour! Ain't we something." hey catch this one - sorry.. I have a gem.. someone SO bloody special!
po, Feb 10 2003

       ooh ooh thats Jutta! (and a rather fine line if ever I heard one!) well actually its the line below that which I like :P
The_Englishman_Abroad, Feb 10 2003

       Is the quantum toilet seat comment [beauxeault]'s perchance?
bristolz, Feb 10 2003

       Annotation by beauxeault, in idea "halfbarkery.com", posted by waugsqueke. Another:   

       "Retrieve razor from on top of ceiling fan, being sure fan does not impart KE to author at time of retrieval. Retrieve cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden."
neelandan, Feb 11 2003

po, Feb 11 2003

       No, its The Englishman Abroad from just up the page there.
DrBob, Feb 11 2003

       no, thats The. hey it could be you.
po, Feb 11 2003

       <!> neelandan, I didn't even recognize my own effluvium until you identified it. I'm calling my doctor.
beauxeault, Feb 11 2003

       UnaBubba. See link.   

       beau: It was a cat related anno on a dog idea.
neelandan, Feb 15 2003

       An easy one:
"If you were to combine a basket, with, say, six eggs, then losing the basket would of necessity imply that you've lost each and every egg. In such a case, I would venture to say that the best strategy would be multiple-redundancy in basketware, combined with a distributed egg location paradigm."
my face your, Jun 02 2003


       My answer is coded to avoid embarrassment if I am _wildly_ off the mark, but only until another guess or two follows.
Tiger Lily, Jun 03 2003

       Calum, I think yours is Rod's. If you see what I mean. Classic Tindale
egbert, Jun 03 2003

my face your, Jun 03 2003

       Thank goodness I took covert action...
Tiger Lily, Jun 03 2003

       Hey, put that back now. Just because it's covert, doesn't mean we won't miss it!   

       I get a turn now.   

       "The "corpse" could have a viriety of lifelike orifices - NO, NOT LIKE THAT, I mean stab and gunshot wounds, blunt trauma to the head, ligature marks on the neck etc. which the would-be 'tecs could note and measure and even photograph. Real physical evidence !"
egbert, Jun 04 2003

       1,257,234,581,259,135,012,471,245 <g>
Tiger Lily, Jun 04 2003

       knew it was 8th even before I cheated.
po, Jun 04 2003

       If this really is the 'baker [8th of 7] then I guessed correctly also! <g>
Tiger Lily, Jun 04 2003

       Well done both of you. Unfortunately answers can only be accepted if they can be understood, so Po, your turn.
egbert, Jun 04 2003

       "One drawback is that people in the neighborhood now need pig - shock - broadcasters to protect themselves"
po, Jun 04 2003

       I hate to think of 'bakers being stood-up so I'll give this one a go.   


       (Still not ready, Btw, perhaps you can see what a blind man reads?)
Tiger Lily, Jun 05 2003

       yeah - UB   

       be bolder - TL
po, Jun 05 2003

       BTW, we seem to have strayed into recognising annos whereas the original idea was related to recognising idea posts. Just saying.
egbert, Jun 05 2003

Tiger Lily, Jun 05 2003

       I name that 'baker "Eric".   

       Oh, isn't that the idea, then?
PeterSilly, Jun 05 2003

       Ha, I just spotted a Rod's Tiger idea before I got to the end of the summary.   

       "Set fire to the Millennium Dome in North Greenwich, London, captured as a high quality film project."
egbert, Jun 06 2003

       Believe it or not, this conversation did take place on this site:   

       "seeing as none of you lot want it, I'd like sex"   

       "Fight you for it ..."
neelandan, Feb 11 2004

       I think one of them are po, apologies if I'm wrong ;) I remember reading that somewhere.
ghillie, May 21 2004

       all of me are po.
po, May 21 2004

       [po] - apart from me.
PeterSilly, May 24 2004

       "Now I utilize the fine art of disguising my WIBNI's, as a plausible creation, by substituting how it will work with the phrase..."powered by the super dooper, ____, that can be purchased at Wal-Mart". No one dare argue with that!"   

       Who 'dat?
bristolz, Feb 04 2005


bristolz, Feb 05 2005

po, Feb 05 2005

       Rods Tiger?   

       He's the one who did invent such wild things as fake electrons and urine batteries.
neelandan, Feb 06 2005

       Nope and nope.
bristolz, Feb 06 2005

       DogEd? Oop, do we get more than one guess?   

       Not DogEd, either. Sure, you can have as many tries as you want but they should be more than just guesses. Some halfbaked analysis should be in there, too.
bristolz, Feb 06 2005

       A google search (cheating!) brought me back to this page.
neelandan, Feb 07 2005

       I made efforts to prevent cheating and, no, it's not Wagster.
bristolz, Feb 07 2005

       is it jutta in frivolous mode?
po, Feb 07 2005

       Nay. It's not an obscure baker, either.
bristolz, Feb 07 2005

bristolz, Feb 07 2005

RayfordSteele, Mar 16 2005

       DeathNinja? I still miss that guy.
Letsbuildafort, Mar 16 2005

       I think it sound slike something [calum] might say...
Jinbish, Mar 16 2005

       perhaps its bris herself
po, Mar 16 2005

       it's not me, there's no cursing or spelling mistakes. I mean spolling mustakes.
etherman, Mar 16 2005

       Well, if we can't cheat, what fun is this game?
k_sra, Mar 16 2005

       Sheesh, it's not even on Google. I wish I knew how to search through the waybackmachine.   

       Ok, here's my analysis. Don't know about other countries, but Wal-Marts are all over the place here, so I'll guess it's an American. They imply that one would be ashamed of admitting one has shopped at Wal-Mart. Who would assume that? Many, but I'd guess young consumers into fashion. The sentence "No one dare argue with that!" indicates someone not inclined toward proper grammar. Again, pointing toward a young American.   

       We know it's a common baker, and it must be someone who's had significant experience posting ideas to come up with an idea strategy just for WIBNI's. Add to that young, fashionable, and American, (cross-referencing with the HB user map...) I choose [yabba do yabba dabba]. Either that of [po], if I'm wrong on about about all counts.   

       (Hey! [Letsbuildy]'s back! Strangely, only to complain about someone else not being around.)
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2005

       I'm not from US, I come from Mars,   

       OK this will take a month of sundays so try these two:   

       an alternative would be to place teeny-tiny doorbells and a sign that sez " All spiders ring before entry"   

       Make them Baah! to each other - like sheeps do
po, Mar 16 2005

       It is an American, yes, and a "common" baker (not sure about the use of "common," though, for anyone here).   

       One more hint . . . It's a woman and, no, not me.
bristolz, Mar 16 2005

       got to be susen then.
po, Mar 16 2005

       [k_sra]'s standing in the corner looking suspicious. I guess her.   

       My guess for [po]'s quotes: [blissmiss]
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2005

       Propriety shall be my top priority Mr. 'Gineer, sir. (colon close-parenthesis, colon p, lol, etc.)
And I've got no beef with Walmart--it's a great place to buy toilet paper. Seems that's all they sell, though.
yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 16 2005

       Is [k_sra] an American? (blushes for not knowing).   

       It's not Susen, nor k_sra, nor yabba dabba.   

       On the right, a beatific belle.
bristolz, Mar 16 2005

       Was thinking [pluterday], but she's not American - she's from the future.
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2005

       Not our fair Alaskan, Hollajam, either.
bristolz, Mar 16 2005

       GIVE UP, BRIS!
po, Mar 16 2005

       I'm down to [blissmiss], though I have no reason other than I'm nearly out of American baker women and it sounds like it could be her.
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2005

       You are correct. (The "right" being the eastern US and the beatific belle being a blissful Miss.)
bristolz, Mar 16 2005

       of course - how stoopid of me. slap me sideways
po, Mar 16 2005


       Was I right about yours, [po]?
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2005

       no, but she might provide some cheats.
po, Mar 16 2005

       I think that this is my favorite anno:   

       "that sounded so much like a newbie it wasnt funny it was like omg i just cant believe it phundug have you gone to teh other side i mean come on i didnt think that that was like you lol :p but what you need is to take a bunch of fat people it would be even better if they were rednecks and owned guns and maybe they were liberals then you shoot them with there own gun and tie a stapler and some tape to them the only bad thing is that you have a dead person laying there so maybe you could just feed it to the other fat people why should they care"   

yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 16 2005

       I thought that was Mach till I went looking and it isn't...
po, Mar 17 2005

       Here's one that is wise and distinct:   

       "Even so. But what is the definition of half-baked that we are to work with?   

       Obviously, if an idea is now totally actualized in the world, it is not half-baked.   

       At the same time, it is not necessary for an idea never to have been actualized AT ALL in order for it to be half-baked. Nor is it necessary for it to be impossible using current technology.   

       Too many times people are calling things "baked" (and thus presumably unworthy of inclusion in the site) simply because someone probably has done it in the past, or could have done so.   

       I think appropriate ideas for the site are those that one has thought of oneself, that one considers good, funny, or entertaining, and which are not so obvious that most people (though not necessarily ANYONE) would not have thought of them themselves. "
bristolz, Mar 29 2005

       Well written and thought through. There are quite a few here I can imagine as the author. I guess [half] or [waugs].
Worldgineer, Mar 29 2005

       I actually wanted to argue against that, so my initial guess was Professor Curry. But I don't think he wrote that. Just wanted to say that if somone somewhere else already thought of an idea, then there's no way to check if "ideas for the site are those that one has thought of oneself." Hence "baked", I guess.
yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 29 2005

       No accurate guesses as yet.
bristolz, Mar 29 2005

       Way too articulate, wise and distinct to be me.   

half, Mar 29 2005

yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 29 2005

Worldgineer, Mar 29 2005

       No. No and no.
bristolz, Mar 29 2005

theircompetitor, Mar 29 2005

       I think I remember reading that. Was it Vernon?   

       No and no but your guess has an element of the right answer, 2 fries.
bristolz, Mar 29 2005


       (Actually, I had it vaguely associated with Vernon, too. But, it didn't sound like him. Must have been in an annotation on one of his ideas?)
half, Mar 29 2005

       Hah! Wonderful association, [half], dead wrong, but wonderful.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       The thread that I recall that being anno'ed on has either been deleted or rendered unsearchable, but I think it was UnaBubba speaking to Vernon.   

       I always make sure they're not searchable and, no, not UnaBubba either. Sorry.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

hippo, Mar 30 2005

       Ha! That's the first time that the words 'articulate', 'wise' and 'DrBob' have been included in the same sentence without the word 'not' also being included.
DrBob, Mar 30 2005

       No, not Saint Threef, either.   

       Huge hint: he lived in an Asian country.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

po, Mar 30 2005

       [bristolz] how do you make them unsearchable? I'm intrigued (and hoping to work out a way of cheating)
zen_tom, Mar 30 2005

       Only use deleted ideas that aren't in Google's cache?
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       No, not [neelandan] and, yes, [World], exactly.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       Sounds too serious to be [benfrost] but he's my next guess, being the only 'baker that I am certain has lived in an asian country (assuming we include Japan with asian countries, despite being a series of islands not connected to the continent).
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       All of Asia, or the far east, including Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and all the other little ones I may have missed that are considered a part of the Orient.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       I can think of a few islands, world, that believe they do not form part of their nearest continent :)
po, Mar 30 2005

       Ha. Yes, [po], forgot you know all about such controversies. The funny thing is I just searched for maps of asia to find out which islands are really considered part of Asia, and maps commonly include only the Indonesian half of New Guinea. I wonder who decides these things.
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       I thought you did.
yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 30 2005

       BEEP! Hey [bris] - I speak a little Jive. You dig?
wagster, Mar 30 2005

       ? (looks over in left field, from whence it came, and sees nothing)
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       [bristolz] - how do you find the quote if it has been deleted, and not cached by google? (not to cheat but just for curiosity)

.........well, not much.
brodie, Mar 30 2005

       If you're looking to find a quote you can share here, one method would be to try the waybackmachine (google this term), and enter the user page web address of one of the many 'bakers who have deleted their account or ideas.   

       I assume the moderators have other sources for deleted ideas.
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       I printed my favourite - since deleted.
po, Mar 30 2005

       which one, [po]?
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       Well, it's not him then.
wagster, Mar 30 2005

       an alternative would be to place teeny-tiny doorbells and a sign that sez " All spiders ring before entry"   

       Make them Baah! to each other - like sheeps do   

       no, it's not him - 2 bakers here
po, Mar 30 2005

       This "idea" is not named "Search for that 'baker." It's about people, not search, acumen. This helps separate it from just shovelware and keeps me from marking it as a for deletion list (and thereby bending the rules a bit).   

       To keep it that way, the quotes I post are from mainstream users, generally, but from ideas that have been deleted and, sometimes, long since deleted. My source is a rather large personal archive of deleted ideas that has grown for the past few years through my saving a copy of every idea I delete that has some redeeming quality.   

       Some of the collection is of severe trolling which can be entertaining to look through.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       own up, you are a closet librarian.
po, Mar 30 2005

       I should be offended that [po] thought I was the author of the monstrosity that [yabba] posted but I'm not. Just wanted to point out that at least I *pretend* to use correct punctuation and yeah, I say lame stuff *sometimes*, but never to that extent! My guess would be [EvilPickels] but there aren't enough spelling mistakes. I have no idea who could've written that.
Machiavelli, Mar 30 2005

       Is your latest one by [contracts], bris? I don't know if he's lived in Asia, but I get the idea he's been in the military so maybe he's been stationed in Asia? I have no idea what I'm talking about...
Machiavelli, Mar 30 2005

       monstrosity? sounded like gentle mocking to me.
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       Hm, now that you mention it I think you're right, [World]. I'm not very good at understanding things when taken out of context, it seems.
Machiavelli, Mar 30 2005

       No, not [benfrost], nor [contracts].   

       Sigh. I don't think this one is going to get guessed and, now that I read the annotation again, I think maybe I didn't pick one enough distinction.   

       Japan is the country and that's my final clue. I know that I could find the baker with that and the one other key clue I mentioned earlier on this page.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       oh for gawds sake I wouldn't know me if I fell over me.   

       sorry, Mach.
po, Mar 30 2005

       No problem, [po]. Just a slight misunderstanding on my part, it seems.   

       OK, I searched "lived in Japan" here on the HB site and came up with [mcgarym]. I don't know who that is.   

       Aaahh! No, it's [hippo], isn't it?
Machiavelli, Mar 30 2005

       The name [yamahito] sounds Japanese. Don't know what he has to do with [Vernon] though. But your quote does sound moderator-like.   

       Oh, looks like [Mach] is right. [hippo] mentioned he lived in Japan in the Brocolli Vendors idea (I miss that one - I may churn it).
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       Geez. No one has it yet and not even I have ever heard of [mcgarym].   

       I break a bit further and offer: "crows."
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       [Vance] keeps coming up in my search for Japan, including a search with the word crow. Never met him/er.
Worldgineer, Mar 30 2005

       [Vance] is correct. He lives/lived in Japan and shares the letter "V" with [Vernon] ("an element of the right answer"). He was a relatively prolific user here a while back.
bristolz, Mar 30 2005

       Whoa. That's familiar.
bristolz, Mar 31 2005

       Since no one has probably looked at [yabba]'s question in a few months, I'll just say I'm flattered.

And, [Machiavelli], I was being retarded, for [phundug]'s sake. Look up his "Heavy Stapler and Tape Dispenser" idea for the context.

Oh, and:

ghillie, Jun 05 2005

       afro on the last.
bristolz, Jun 05 2005

       [bris] is right! (and I use that phrase as often as possible :D)
ghillie, Jun 05 2005

       Here's a simply heavenly quote. Who wrote it?   

       "You are the illegitimate whelp of a tavern-whore who serviced diseased camel-drivers for profit and diseased camels for pleasure."
bristolz, Oct 26 2005

po, Oct 26 2005

bristolz, Oct 26 2005

Shz, Oct 26 2005

       You got it, [Shz]. Very good. Amazing, even.
bristolz, Oct 26 2005

       Not so amazing, since the word "whelp" is searchable on this site, and the "Insult Tennis" idea still floats to the top of the recent pages frequently. Plus it was a pretty memorable insult coming from [angel]'s mouth.
jurist, Oct 26 2005

       I think [bris] is being sarcastic, [jurist]. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Shz, Oct 26 2005

       I think thumb was working him (angel) with his hand up his back!
po, Oct 26 2005

       Perhaps but more than that I was just warming you up for the next quote:   

       "Quadratic equation sounds like a good place to start. A quadratic equation says: "give me a pair of numbers whose sum is this and whose product is that". Superimposition of periodic functions (such as sound waves) brings into play all sorts of sum and product relationships, so there's very likely something harmonious (or perhaps dissonant) about quadratics in general."
bristolz, Oct 26 2005

       Ugh. I'd've said egnor, except he was more formal than that. But angel is into music. And there is a typo - should be "superposition," not "superimposition."
DrCurry, Oct 26 2005

       I always admired supercat's logic and his way with words. likewise, quarterbaker - btw its his birthday today.
po, Oct 26 2005

       I've got a good handful of bakers in mind that could have written this one. I think I even know which idea it is, though I'll keep from searching for it. I guess: [ldischler].
Worldgineer, Oct 26 2005

       The playful tone reminds me of [Rods Tiger], better known these days as [Ian Tindale].
jurist, Oct 26 2005

       No one has gotten it yet.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       It's a current user but I don't recall the idea.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       Not guilty on this occasion.
angel, Oct 27 2005

       Hm. Someone who has thought enough about quadratics to speculate on underlying characteristics, and explained it in laymen’s terms (helpfully, non-argumentative). Not necessarily one of our music gurus or it would have read more like directions for manipulating a sine wave on x synth. Detly?
Shz, Oct 27 2005

       I'm not sure he's a mathematician, but the easy layman's style, (and use of brackets) makes me think maybe Basepair?
zen_tom, Oct 27 2005

       I still can't get over angel spewing such filth, from his usually polite and even-tempered mouth. Gotta love that. (Sounds like he was taking UB lessons, or something.)
blissmiss, Oct 27 2005

       [bliss]: It was on 'Insult Tennis' and I was addressing [NickTheGreat].
angel, Oct 27 2005

       // I still can't get over angel spewing such filth//   

       That’s what made it so funny (and memorable). Oh did I laugh at that! - <still chuckling>
Shz, Oct 27 2005

       No correct answers yet.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       I can think of three ‘bakers that it might be. Guess #2, st3f?
Shz, Oct 27 2005

       If I were to take a guess, I'd say [bungston], but I have no idea why.
hidden truths, Oct 27 2005

       I'll try again. [half]
Worldgineer, Oct 27 2005

       Nyet, nye, no.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       I'm wondering how bris remembers such a complicated quote when she can't remember the idea it was posted to. Perhaps it's a trick question. I'm going to guess it's bristol herself.
DrCurry, Oct 27 2005

       Nope. Besides, I would expect you to understand that I do not understand anything about quadratic anything.   

       I do recall the idea now and it's not the glissando microwave thing idea mentioned above.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       [Detly]. My guess #3.
Worldgineer, Oct 27 2005

       bris: that would have been the trick part.
DrCurry, Oct 27 2005

       // I would expect you to understand that I do not understand anything about quadratic anything. //lord, that sounds just like a quadratic...
po, Oct 27 2005

       Psst, [World], that was my first guess. Guess #3, hippo?
Shz, Oct 27 2005

       Doh! Then change mine to [RayfordSteel].
Worldgineer, Oct 27 2005

       Okay. Changed. Still wrong but changed.
bristolz, Oct 27 2005

       [Vernon] on a causal friday? (maybe I should just stop guessing - I'm clearly not good at this)
Worldgineer, Oct 27 2005

       Thanks angel, that explains your potty mouthed behavior.   

       Let's see...jutta, or has that already been said?
blissmiss, Oct 27 2005

       [dentworth] perhaps? Well done [bris], you have the entire bakery waiting on your every word. Also I'm beginning to suspect that you just made the annotation up as I'd swear that we are running out of bakers.
hidden truths, Oct 28 2005

       Yeah. I like to be the center of attention.   

       And, no, no one has gotten it yet.   

       And the author of the quoted comment has commented here on the HB within the last week or so.
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       Such a clue… thumbwax?
Shz, Oct 28 2005

       Well [hidden] that's the nicest thing anyone was ever wrong about me over. I don't know a quadradic from an aquatic.   

       I'll just throw [skinflaps]? in there again.
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       OHOH DrBob!
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       dent, Only if skin was two pints to the wind...and fell upon it by mistake. He is faaaaar too smart for that...
blissmiss, Oct 28 2005

       Heh! dent, bliss   

skinflaps, Oct 28 2005

       Is doctorremulac3 still around? It seems like a doctor thing to be saying. Or maybe Zimmy.
hidden truths, Oct 28 2005

       Ok one more try, [jurist] seems like a math guy. and writes long fluid answers with lotsa numbers.
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       yabba dabba?
po, Oct 28 2005

       An out-of-leftfield guess: [krelnik]?
Jinbish, Oct 28 2005

       krelnik's on a sabatical. [Lurch]?
blissmiss, Oct 28 2005

       //OHOH DrBob!//

I get that a lot. Never when talking about quadratic equations though.
DrBob, Oct 28 2005

       Geez, you guys are LAME! LAME! LAME!
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       Can we get another clue please [bris]? I don't think any of us are going to get it from the quote.
hidden truths, Oct 28 2005

       No. It's not [oneoffdave]. I haven't seen him around for a while, either.   

       Another clue?   

       Well... it's not [Steve Degroof]. Does that help?
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       for real last one... [Steve DeGroof]
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       ARRRRRRGH! pleeeaaase.... Whining is always a help.
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       Okay: sometimes the author makes puzzling and almost cryptic comments.
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

hidden truths, Oct 28 2005

       Ha! Well, that's narrowed it down bris!
zen_tom, Oct 28 2005

       they don't get more puzzling than [mensmaximus].
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       And puzzling ideas often with very technical underpinnings.
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       [etherman]! (based on "Lame lame lame" and having recently anno'd after a long absence - can't quite reconcile the 'puzzling' clues though...)
zen_tom, Oct 28 2005

       And a very similar user with, in the end, only a single difference in character is active on the site this morning ;-)
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       LoriZ, rather, very mathy person. AND Loris was on something this morning. HAH I got it didn't I !!!!
dentworth, Oct 28 2005

       subflower? Arggh who is it!?
skinflaps, Oct 28 2005

       Nicely done, [dentworth]. It was written by [LoriZ].
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       Heh. Some of the awful ideas I've read today reminded me why I stopped bothering. Finding this one still active reminds me why I wanted to come back. Howdy, y'all.
egbert, Oct 28 2005

       Hiya, doll.   

       Well now, that was great fun wasn't it? It was for me, anyway.   

       Here's another morsel to ponder:   

       "You're at an important meeting. Your boss is there, your boss's boss, and the president of the company. They're about to sign a multi-billion dollar contract, and they're having one final meeting to get everybody's opinion on whether or not this deal would be a good idea. They go around the table, and finally reach you. "Will this help the company or not?" they ask you. You fold your hands, lean slightly forward, and reply, "Is it wise to store sandwiches vertically?" They all nod sagely at your wisdom."
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       Without looking, I'd say it was from Use Bizarre Metaphors, but I've no idea who would have written it.
egbert, Oct 28 2005

       With looking, I'd say it wouldn't be as easy to check that as it used to be.   

       Sounds vaguely [po]-ish, but then again, I had never heard of the last person.
hidden truths, Oct 28 2005

       Do I always guess [half]? Because it seems like I do. I guess everyone around here sounds like [half] to me. I guess [half].
Worldgineer, Oct 28 2005

       Not [po] or even [po]-ish or [half] or even [half]-ish.
bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       [Steve DeGroof]-y?
Worldgineer, Oct 28 2005

jurist, Oct 28 2005

Shz, Oct 28 2005

bristolz, Oct 28 2005

       I think I'm going to need hints. For now I will guess the well-honed story telling style of [pluterday].
Worldgineer, Oct 28 2005


       Hint: Ebony mahogany.
bristolz, Oct 28 2005


       Anyone know when/why [raven] left us?
Worldgineer, Oct 28 2005

       his own website/writing keeps him too busy apparently.
po, Oct 29 2005

       are you sure about that?
po, Oct 29 2005

       I've never seen the word boss's written before.   

       //Hint: Ebony mahogany// = AfroAssualt?
Zimmy, Oct 30 2005

       Sorry, [UB]; I think you'll find that [bookworm] is also of the male persuasion.
angel, Oct 30 2005

       of course, we had a picture somewhere.
po, Oct 30 2005

       On the famous [DrCurry] calendar (linky).
angel, Oct 30 2005

       Yes, it's [Ravenswood]. I guess that clue was a bit overt.
bristolz, Oct 30 2005

       Here is one from one of the halfbakery regulars:   

       "no-one has a clue what I am doing in front of my monitor."
neelandan, Oct 30 2005

po, Oct 30 2005

       My guess too.
blissmiss, Oct 30 2005

       I can understand your train of thought but you'd be wrong. I think blissy and I are correct.
po, Oct 30 2005

       Nah; just 'male'.
angel, Oct 30 2005

       Well, no. UB did reply to that with a "We had noticed... "
neelandan, Oct 31 2005

       I wonder what a true "train of thought" looks like. I see it as cartoon bubbles, hooked together with fruit loops.   

       Ok bris, ya got us all wondering, are you gonna give us a hint or what?
blissmiss, Oct 31 2005

       A hint for what, I pray thee to tell me?
bristolz, Oct 31 2005

       I thought it was [UB] also. I think the hint must be tied to who sits beyond the glass screen doing mysterious things.   

       It wouldn't be the artist also known as benfrost, would it?
Zimmy, Oct 31 2005

       Having a lack of capital letters, I propose it's the work of our local teletubby.
Worldgineer, Oct 31 2005

       Ian Tindale?   

po, Oct 31 2005

       //"no-one has a clue what I am doing in front of my monitor."//   

       neelandan, Oct 30 2005   

       Sorry, memory lapse. Hey neelandan, can we get a clue or what?
blissmiss, Oct 31 2005

       Hint ... to which the subj replied "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, loved that - might have expected a cheap remark like that, sweet viola!"
neelandan, Oct 31 2005

dentworth, Oct 31 2005

       that lack of capitalisation (decapitation?) indeed does point to it being our red scooterist so World is - - - round.
neelandan, Nov 06 2005

Worldgineer, Nov 07 2005

       I've completely lost the thread of this.
po, Nov 07 2005

       Then start from the beginning. Or just up to where I use the word [half] 3 times in an anno. Or start your own game - we're ready for a new one.
Worldgineer, Nov 07 2005

       how far up is half, half, half?
po, Nov 07 2005

       About 1/15th the way up. Search for "Because it seems like I do" on this page.
Worldgineer, Nov 07 2005

Jinbish, Nov 07 2005

       'rattletrap' - what a great word. [waugs] would be my guess, too. Failing that - [scout]?
moomintroll, Nov 07 2005

       I'll ask.
blissmiss, Nov 07 2005

       Not you, is it [UB]?
hidden truths, Nov 08 2005

       Nope, not him. He doesn't visit this site anymore, but he ensures me he never said:
"Just get in your rattletrap spaceship and go back to whatever pathetic rock you hail from."
blissmiss, Nov 11 2005

       Oh, okay. [World], one of yours?
moomintroll, Nov 11 2005

       [bliss]: Curses. Both for my incorrect guess and the fact the them mighty [w] is absent.
Jinbish, Nov 11 2005

       Oooo [UB] thats familiar! Cant think of who... I woulda guessed [waug] but it's not.   

       [po] i'm flattered that you guessed me as //"no-one has a clue what I am doing in front of my monitor."// Sounds like me.   

       UB, we need a hint! Or a new quote, if you dont remember.
DesertFox, Dec 24 2005

       That conversation was from one of my early ideas "Love Howto". It met with considerable disapproval and I thought it wise to delete it. The date was Nov 24 2001 so the participants have probably forgotten the exchange. I have a saved copy.
neelandan, Dec 26 2005

       i will say that i am known for my grammar!!
compatta, Jun 08 2006

       A nice easy one for you, just to get the ball rolling again...

"I'm not as accident prone as I sound, honest."
DrBob, Jun 08 2006

       Tantalisingly close.
DrBob, Jun 08 2006

po, Jun 08 2006



Your turn!
DrBob, Jun 09 2006

       One of my favourites. Unfortunately, you can find it using the search function, so try not to cheat:   

       "Deep in the archives of our collective memory, there's a little, tiny bell, that says   

       ** BEWARE **   

       to rational folk.   

       It's there for a reason..."
methinksnot, Jun 09 2006

       This hasn't been dug up in a while. I don't think it's on the webarchive or the google cache but here is one I copied to my hard drive a while ago. There might be at least one other user who knows who it is, but I'm hoping he'll keep schtum about it.   


       "I don't believe in butter, but I find it perfectly reasonable to go on for hours on end about Mystic Pagan Leylines and Magic Celtic Spam Wizards for hours at a time, in the mistaken belief that it makes me sound interesting and otherworldly, whearas in fact, it only accentuates my lonely, misguided and otherwise empty life."?"
hidden truths, Dec 15 2006

       Based on the tone, and usage of the words celtic, leylines, and spam, my guess is that the user in question is of a British persuasion.
zen_tom, Dec 15 2006

       who's going to risk offending anyone by identifying them with the association that they don't have a full social life?   

       having said that, I thought it was Rayford. :)
po, Dec 15 2006

       I'm getting an egbertian whiff from that quote, [h_t].
calum, Dec 15 2006

       //who's going to risk offending anyone by identifying them with the association that they don't have a full social life? //   

       From the way that sentence is enclosed in quote marks, it's possible the quoted 'baker could be implying someone else has those traits, rather than him/herself.
imaginality, Dec 15 2006

       It is a Brit (I think), it's neither RayfordSteele nor egbert. And yes, it's a quote of a quote.
hidden truths, Dec 15 2006

       //I'm getting an egbertian whiff// That's funny, I was getting a faintly culumnian aroma.
zen_tom, Dec 15 2006

       Me too.
DrBob, Dec 15 2006

       Nope, not culumnian either.
hidden truths, Dec 16 2006

       I'm confounded that the baker who could spell "ley lines" could not spell "whearas".   

       Would it possibly be [panthaz paradise]? Admittedly, I haven't seen that nom de plume in a long, long time, but he's the only one I recall who ever employed that particular misspelling.
jurist, Dec 17 2006

       Am I that much of a judgementalist? Just to think, my good name being trampled while I was away from the bakery having a social life.... hmmmph! (wow, guess I am...)
RayfordSteele, Dec 17 2006

       Nice logic [jurist], but not [pp].
hidden truths, Dec 18 2006

       Here's one! "Showering for me can often be perplexing, and this makes me wonder that perhaps I'm just not doing it right."
MoreCowbell, Dec 19 2006

       Hey, finally one I recognise! Well-chosen quote, [MoreCowbell] - good example of that 'baker's style, and quite possibly the best opening sentence to an idea ever.
imaginality, Dec 19 2006

       no fair, but who?
Zimmy, Dec 19 2006

       None other than that intrepid adventurer into all realms bodily, [benfrost]. (The idea was something about a personal shower assistant to help people learn how to shower properly... ah, yep, 'Personal Shower Trainer'.)
imaginality, Dec 19 2006

       Stupid me. I never would have guessed it was him.
"Explorers are we, intrepid and bold, Out in the wild, amongst wonders untold. Equipped with our wits, a map, and a snack, We're searching for fun and we're on the right track!" (B. Watterson)
Zimmy, Dec 19 2006

       Ah, C&H, now that was a quality comic strip, for sure!   

       Here's another one to guess (it's still searchable here, since I haven't been around long enough to know many of the deleted ideas, but it seems a good example of this baker's style):   

       "Perhaps it is the term 'dog' that is slightly misleading here, as a tortoise is not strictly a dog, genetically speaking, but the principle is sound."
imaginality, Dec 19 2006

       [world] was fond of tortoises, I believe
po, Dec 19 2006

       That was just a vicious rumour put about by a few cheap and sleazy tabloids - Nothing was ever proved
Dub, Dec 19 2006

       //[world] was fond of tortoises, I believe// - What happened? Was there a falling out?
wagster, Dec 19 2006

       They realised they were turtley incompatible. It was a slow break-up, though.   

       Nope, not [world].
imaginality, Dec 19 2006

       Puns this bad have a limited shellf life...   

       I guess [hippo].
Jinbish, Dec 19 2006

       That one made me groan out loud. *applauds*   

       Not [hippo].   

       A cryptic clue: Surprised to see a chook?
imaginality, Dec 19 2006

       Lett uce have another guess:
Actually, I've just cheated. So I won't guess after all.
Jinbish, Dec 19 2006

       Damn. I was going to guess [hippo] too.
hippo, Dec 20 2006


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