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2002\04\12@065742 by Russell McMahon

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Extremely detailed AYBABTU history with links to many related sites.
Must see for AYB fans. Best avoided by anyone else :-)

       http://someonesetusupthebomb.com/

   (note that this URL is right but the name is WRONG! - it's meant to be
"... setupus ...")

The proper spelling is a useless url holding site.

       http://someonesetupusthebomb.com/

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2002\04\12@175302 by Russell McMahon

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I got this (entirely reasonable) response offlist but I'll put this reply
onlist in case there are others equally puzzled. I knw it makes sens eto
many but not all. Sorry if this exceeds the bounds of reasonable OT.

> While I don't disparage you your pursuits, and don't mind and even enjoy
the
> odd off topic posting, this is rather FAR off topic, so at least you
should
> tell us what you are talking about!  Especially if you tell us to avoid
it!  I
> didn't have the foggiest what AYBABTU is  and I still don't -- looks like
a
> comic strip.

Yeah - I agree :-)
It's expanded slightly in the heading - "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"
It's rather a cult thing (or was - it's rather run its course) which took a
set of graphics and text from the introduction to a 1980's video game (Zero
Wing) (This is the discussion between the Alien "Cats" and the Captain and
his crew who have been attacked and have, the Alien presumes, no chance to
survive) and turned them into, ultimately, a brilliant (IMHO) shockwave
video clip.

The whole hinges around the appearance of the phrase "All Your Base ..." or
to a lesser extent other extracts from the original in a vast number of
unlikely everyday situations.

Somewhat like a modern version of "Killroy was here". Which many may also
never have heard of?
AYB has featured in newspapers, magazines, TV and more. Even included as an
easter-egg in one of ID software's games. And more.

But probably utterly puzzling to anyone who hasn't been bitten by the bug.
The video clip AYB3.SWF is probably the most direct introduction.

For what (little :-) ) it's worth, the text goes something like this -
(Multiple characters)

Captain: What happen?
Someone set up us the bomb!
We get signal!
What?
Main screen turn on
It's you!
Cats: How are you gentlemen?
All your base are belong to us !!!
You are on the way to destruction!
What you say?
You have no chance to survive - make your time
Ha ha ha.

There's  alittle more but this is the main part. As you can see - you need
to have been bitten by the bug before this starts to appear at all humorous.
The shockwave video helps rather.

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2002\04\12@195933 by Barry Gershenfeld

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>There's  alittle more but this is the main part. As you can see - you need
>to have been bitten by the bug before this starts to appear at all humorous.
>The shockwave video helps rather.

It's a strange kind of humor, based on the fact that the English is
so poor.  This fact could easily be lost on our non-US list
members (and I don't just mean the ozzies <g> )

Barry

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2002\04\13@060605 by Scott Stephens

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From: "Barry Gershenfeld" <spam_OUTbarryTakeThisOuTspamZMICRO.COM>
Subject: Re: [OT]: All Your Base Are Belong To Us ... ...


> >There's  alittle more but this is the main part. As you can see - you
need
> >to have been bitten by the bug before this starts to appear at all
humorous.
> >The shockwave video helps rather.
>
> It's a strange kind of humor, based on the fact that the English is
> so poor.  This fact could easily be lost on our non-US list
> members (and I don't just mean the ozzies <g> )

That is what is funny to Americans, the poor English. I'm surprised some
Oriental activists don't protest it as a racial slur. I think the humor is
in poor taste (but funny, still). I was offended when I heard the physicist
Stephen Hawking (Stephen Hawking (Cambridge Lectures) - 01 Of 08.mp3)
apologize (joke) that his speech synthesizer (he is paralyzed and can no
longer speak) couldn't reproduce 'proper' English!

Dreadfully sorry no Brit could design a synthesizer up to the task, Sir
Professor Hawking 8^)
All your engineers flee to America, where they don't have to support
socialists and royal parasite fossils? The world's best rock stars have!

Anyway, sometimes people don't realize how hurtful some humor is until they
get a dose of it. Depends on how victimized you've been - getting salt
rubbed on you only hurts when your skin has been flayed off. For instance, I
read about some sports team that decided to name itself 'The Fighting
Whities' and use a white yuppie businessman in suit and tie as a mascot.
This was intended to offend and give WASPS a dose of their own medicine,
because often white Americans have used racial stereotypes to name sport
teams. It backfired; many white males thought it was quite funny rather than
offensive, taking the identity projection of competitive martial, warrior
virtues as a compliment, and ordered lots of their T-shirts, to the chagrin
of the instigators.

What is truly offensive is not an embarrassing lack of verbal etiquette; its
that American corporations abuse their workers like toilet paper, degrading
their enthusiasm, ambition and moral, then import foreigners (that don't
know what 'normal' is - to resent and oppose corporate degradation and
exploitation rather than passively accept it) to exploit. Conservatives /
Republicans constantly bash immigrants - they want immigrants to live in
fear of being deported, rather than wanting business to fear breaking the
laws by hiring them; bribed politicians make laws to be broken and terrify
indentured immigrant slaves. Pink Fascism sucks.

I wish I could laugh about it, but the situation behind it makes me too damn
angry.
http://www.hireamericancitizens.org/

Scott

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2002\04\13@115300 by Sean H. Breheny

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Hi Scott,

I agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say, but I disagree
about this humor. There is no racial slur in making fun of a poor
translation. I don't think that people from Asia (or more specifically, the
Orient) have any disproportionate difficulty in learning correct English,
once you take into account that it is from a totally separate language
group (i.e., it is probably a lot easier for a Japanese person to learn
Korean than to learn English, it would probably be analogous to our
learning Spanish). So, if I make fun of this, I'm not making fun of the
people for who they are ethnically or racially, just for their inability to
translate properly (or, more importantly, their unwillingness to hire
someone who could translate properly. There certainly are many of their
fellow countrymen who can do a fine job!)

Sean

At 04:37 AM 4/13/02 -0500, you wrote:
>That is what is funny to Americans, the poor English. I'm surprised some
>Oriental activists don't protest it as a racial slur. I think the humor is
>in poor taste (but funny, still). I was offended when I heard the physicist

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2002\04\13@125923 by M. Adam Davis

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Don't be offended.  We think it's just as funny when we mess up in other
languages.  I remember a woman who spoke decent spanish was speaking to
a spanish church group at the request of the bishop.  With the bishop
sitting on the stand behind her she said, "I'm so embarrassed, and it's
all his fault." gesturing towards the bishop.

She didn't get the response she expected, though, and realized that she
used the wrong word for embarrassed.  "Embarazado" means 'pregnant'.

I still get a good chuckle out of it.  :-)

-Adam

Scott Stephens wrote:

>From: "Barry Gershenfeld" <.....barryKILLspamspam@spam@ZMICRO.COM>
>Subject: Re: [OT]: All Your Base Are Belong To Us ... ...
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>
>That is what is funny to Americans, the poor English. I'm surprised some
>

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2002\04\14@033253 by Scott Stephens

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From: "M. Adam Davis" <adampicspamKILLspamUBASICS.COM>
Subject: Re: [OT]: All Your Base Are Belong To Us ... ...


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A favorite Monty Python (Hungarian Phrasebook
www.montypythonpages.com/sketches/hungry.htm
http://www.stone-dead.asn.au/tv-series/sounds/main.html) sketch is when John
Cleese (sp?) plays a foreigner who uses translation dictionary with obscene
non-sense phrases substituted for common questions. He insults and offends
several people in a shop, and gets arrested. Then later the author of the
obscene, twisted phrase book has to explain to a judge why meanings of
common phrases were substituted for obscene ones 8^)

Scott

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2002\04\14@033306 by Scott Stephens

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From: "Sean H. Breheny" <.....shb7KILLspamspam.....CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: Re: [OT]: All Your Base Are Belong To Us ... ...


> Hi Scott,
>
> I agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say,

I wish I had said it better, and am sorry I didn't omit my offensive ethnic
comments. I was in one of my sleep-deprived funks.

> There is no racial slur in making fun of a poor
> translation.

One of my points is that though you surely don't intend it as a slur, it
often is taken as a slur. It is unfortunate that jokers are not more
sensitive what they joke about, and those who have been systemically
oppressed are not less sensitive about those things that are not intended to
offend.

You can slap your buddy on the back to show affection, but if he is bruised,
you don't evoke the response you intended. I have heard an Asian - American
activist complain about the poor-English stereotype. I can dig up a book
reference detailing this, if you really want it.

> (or, more importantly, their unwillingness to hire
> someone who could translate properly.

I would say it is profound apathy, even suicidal hostility of disaffected
management, to release such a pathetically defective product. I would laugh,
but the thought that my government is encouraging immigrant importing for
the purpose of degrading the standard of living of the working class,
through a competitive rat-race to the bottom of benefits and wages, makes me
damn mad. That joke is an example of it. I wonder if those managers (and
that programmer) is managing our nuclear reactors, our aircraft, our medical
technology? If aliens don't screw it up accidentally, will management screw
it deliberately? I don't want to think about it, I find it hard to joke
about.

Scott

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Is the American Identity freedom to pursue happiness and profit from the
fruit of your own labors, or a servant leased to corporations by corrupt
federal government taxing you to your tolerance?

How is it IRS permits corporations to evade taxes in offshore 'special
purpose entities' (like Enron), yet we peasants are prosecuted?

"The strong do as they will, the weak suffer what they must."
-Thucydides
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2002\04\15@032431 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Stephens [SMTP:EraseMEscottxsspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTATTBI.COM]
> Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2002 10:37 AM
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> That is what is funny to Americans, the poor English. I'm surprised some
> Oriental activists don't protest it as a racial slur. I think the humor is
> in poor taste (but funny, still). I was offended when I heard the
> physicist
> Stephen Hawking (Stephen Hawking (Cambridge Lectures) - 01 Of 08.mp3)
> apologize (joke) that his speech synthesizer (he is paralyzed and can no
> longer speak) couldn't reproduce 'proper' English!
>
> Dreadfully sorry no Brit could design a synthesizer up to the task, Sir
> Professor Hawking 8^)
> All your engineers flee to America, where they don't have to support
> socialists and royal parasite fossils? The world's best rock stars have!
>
To be honest I am surprised at just how bad the quality from his synthesizer
is (or at least was last time I heard him talk).  It seemed little better
than a Speak and Spell, considering how good modern synthesizers on PC's
have become.

And what's a Royal parasite fossil exactly?

Mike

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'[OT]: All Your Base Are Belong To Us ... ...'
2002\10\07@044756 by Jinx
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> Extremely detailed AYBABTU history with links to many related sites.
> Must see for AYB fans. Best avoided by anyone else :-)
>
>         http://someonesetusupthebomb.com/

http://www.planettribes.com/allyourbase/vehicles.shtml

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2002\10\07@183808 by apptech

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> > Extremely detailed AYBABTU history with links to many related sites.
> > Must see for AYB fans. Best avoided by anyone else :-)
> >
> >         http://someonesetusupthebomb.com/
>
> http://www.planettribes.com/allyourbase/vehicles.shtml


TRUE All Your Base ... afficionados will note that the site name
http://someonesetusupthebomb , which IS the correct url,
is an incorrect quotation from the "all your base ... " source material.
The correct phrase is, of course

               "Someone set up us the bomb!"

:-)


           RM

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2002\10\07@185449 by William Chops Westfield

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I bought a new power supply, having burnt out my old one :-(

It has wonderful instructions, including:
  7. THE FUSE "MUST" ACCORDING THE REGULATION FOR CHANGE THE NEW FUSE.
     "DO NOT USE OTHER FUSE TO INSTEAD".

:-)
BillW

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2002\10\08@041517 by Alan B. Pearce

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>It has wonderful instructions, including:
>   7. THE FUSE "MUST" ACCORDING THE REGULATION FOR CHANGE THE NEW FUSE.
>      "DO NOT USE OTHER FUSE TO INSTEAD".

I guess this is what is known as conFUSEing :)))))

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2002\10\08@050814 by Claudio Tagliola

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Take a look at http://www.engrish.com/.

If you can scan those instructions, you can submit them there.

Claudio

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----

I bought a new power supply, having burnt out my old one :-(

It has wonderful instructions, including:
  7. THE FUSE "MUST" ACCORDING THE REGULATION FOR CHANGE THE NEW FUSE.
     "DO NOT USE OTHER FUSE TO INSTEAD".

:-)
BillW

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