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In high school, I had a wonderful Latin teacher, a sharp little white-haired lady named Miss Ferguson.

(I took Latin class with Jeffrey Eugenides, who is now a famous author. Teachers rather like Miss Ferguson appear briefly in his books The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex.)

When students got a little too rambunctious in her class, Miss Ferguson would stand up very straight and snap

"Infants!"

It always worked to get our attention—I think the slight absurdity of that word allowed it to slide right in and strike our self-consciousness centers.

I wish I could sic Miss Ferguson on alt.poly right now.

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aquaeri
Jun. 27th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Or maybe the fishie...
submarine_bells
Jun. 27th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Yup.

Getting the voice-of-command thing working via text, though... that's the trick.

Hm. Do you think doing it in latin would help?
opus119
Jun. 27th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked at alt.poly in years, but it sounds like it hasn't changed much. My guess is that jimbat still has that stick up his butt that makes him smarter than anybody else.
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brooksmoses
Jun. 28th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Personally, while I found him annoying, I never minded him that much, and I do have a very tiny feeling of "Hey, I missed you!" when he shows up after an absence.

I'd definitely trade the current problems for another Jimbat. If they wouldn't multiply by talking to each other, I mean. Maybe even if they would.
firecat
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Jimbat could be killfiled, but if I used a killfile on this current problem, there wouldn't be any posts left to read.
elynne
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yikes...
bastette_joyce
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I wish I could sic Miss Ferguson on alt.poly right now.

I'm not reading alt.poly right now, but BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
nolly
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yes.
Very yes.
the_siobhan
Jun. 28th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
I'm tempted to attempt to pull a Miss Ferguson, just to see what would happen

But I think (if I have read all the posts correctly) that people have started to realize that they have been being wankers.
firecat
Jun. 28th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
It's looking that way. I hope so.
xf85goblin
Jun. 30th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Is alt.poly about love or something
Try convincing her to expand her romantic horizons or take on a fetish for self-abuse.
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