by Peter Tyrrell Thursday, September 22, 2005 10:30 AM

Once upon a time I meant this blog to contain useful and important informational tips on how to use Inmagic in a .NET environment and/or with javascript. Oh, they show up here and there still, but I confess I find that a less interesting pursuit than finding a wave of hilarity and riding until I'm tossed breathless and laughing up onto the beach.

That's a metaphor. See, which I also like. I just think there's nothing better than metaphorizing something to death, often involving cartoon levels of violence. Not that I grew up with TV. No TV in my house growing up. If I had had TV [ooh, pluperfect tense! you don't see that every day] I would have gotten my fill of Acme brand explosions and cliff-diving accidents. Unfortunately I never got enough and now am forced to manufacture it myself.

Actually, there is one more ingredient in the mix that I owe to an education in the Classics [capital C]: the epic simile.

An epic simile, also called a Homeric simile, is an extended comparison or cluster of similes or metaphors that are elaborated in great detail.

Yes! YES! YEEEESSSS! Of course Homer, writing [sorry, redacting] the Iliad and Odyssey, always used them to serious heroic effect, while I think they're highly amusing and bastardize them for the fun of it. Not that I don't like Homer. I love Homer. Homer, I love you. Your incredibly blood-soaked clashes between childishly arrogant uber-heroes: I love them. It's just that in this age of heightened self-evaluation and cultural guilt, they can only be used for satire and parody. Ah, well.


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