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"Why semicolons?", you ask?

2008-02-27 18:05:55 by reviewer-general
Updated

*ahem*

I bought a stew bowl this past winter, and it sits before me now as I write. It's slightly larger than what you might ordinarily eat your morning cereal from. Made by hand, using clay dug from a canyon wash in New Mexico. After shaping and drying, the bowl was painted with a simple curving design representing the four winds, then fired outdoors in a pit, using chips of horse and cow manure for fuel. Finally, the bowl was polished with a bone, making it shine. The colors are rust, white, black, and red. The technique and design distinguish the bowl as a fine example of the ritual art of a Native American potter from the Pueblo culture of the Southwest. The bowl is a pleasure to see and hold. It is meant to be used daily. Its maker told me that only half the bowls she begins survive the firing and polishing. And they are not forever--bowls break sooner or later. The bowl's existence and use depend upon the unpredictable variables of earth, water, fire, imagination, and luck. As does the existence of its user. (Potters understand about "uh-oh") Nevertheless, she makes each bowl as well as she can, intending that it hold food and beauty equally well as long as it lasts. My stew bowl speaks to me. I like the values it embodies."

"If you look closely at the design and follow it as it circles the rim of the bowl, you will notice a peculiar discontinuity. There is a small break--a ceremonial break, actually. The potters call this a "pathway." For a thousand years this line break has appeared in Pueblo pottery. It is there to indicate that while this particular vessel is finished, the life of the potter is not. It is a ritual sign of continuing possibility."

"For the same reasons and in the same spirit, this book, this stew bowl of though, ends with a semicolon;"

Robert Fulghum, February 14, 1991

The Afterword to his book, "Uh-oh."

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P.S. Black people.

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Conspiracy3Conspiracy3

2009-02-27 18:38:41

semicolon-comma or colon pick a side we're at war


MushookieManMushookieMan

2009-02-02 12:12:03

"I don't BELIEVE in an afterlife, which is exactly the point. The fact that no part of me (in my opinion) will live on in a form capable of processing thought."

Oh, get over it, if you have no concious after you're dead then you won't even have the ability to care about the fact that you aren't concious.

reviewer-general responds:

Sure, that solves the problem- when I'm dead.

I still worry about it while alive.

Although, not so much lately.


ProottalfainProottalfain

2008-12-25 23:34:23

while(lastCharacter == ";")
{
bool immortality = true;
}
And thus programmers will never die, for they always end instructions with a semi-colon. And as you seem to like saying French words (L'outrage), I must then tell you that "colon" is a French word, and it is the last part of the intestine before the anus.

reviewer-general responds:

THE MORE YOU KNOW

*rainbow*


AlfieAlfie

2008-08-19 06:57:08

Porn.

reviewer-general responds:

Hot.


MadCowMadCow

2008-07-23 22:09:28

that's retarded.

reviewer-general responds:

NO U


CreekCreek

2008-06-11 15:42:39

Interesting. 10/10.

reviewer-general responds:

Thank you. :)


Brownie210Brownie210

2008-05-04 20:07:28

Semicolons are probably the sexiest way to fix a run-on sentence.

reviewer-general responds:

<3 U


ReN0ReN0

2008-04-07 16:23:01

Now I feel strange for reading your whole section of comments.
But I had to comment.

[insert homo thoughts here]
;

reviewer-general responds:

KEWL.


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-24 16:56:18

Te canto las cuarenta!

reviewer-general responds:

OMG, LERN ENGRISH ER GET OWT! >=(

*BANS*


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-24 16:55:59

verse is ghey, prose FTW!

reviewer-general responds:

Die in a fire.


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-23 22:14:50

This comment is slightly homoerotic.

reviewer-general responds:

Is there any other type of comment?


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-23 17:12:37

Everybody hates me in teh Lounge ='(

reviewer-general responds:

Nah.

My suggestion, though: learn haikus.


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-22 23:07:03

Have no fear, it's a love-hate relationship.

reviewer-general responds:

Oh, thank God.


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-22 21:04:08

NO, NOT OKAY.

reviewer-general responds:

"Thanks for ruining it, newfag." was a joke.

Lighten up.


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-22 19:00:31

For old time's sake, have another hateful spam comment.

reviewer-general responds:

='(


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-22 17:01:54

no.

reviewer-general responds:

M'kay.


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-20 15:22:20

I learned that verbigracia in spanish means "for example", and it comes from "verbi gratia".
Ha! me>Der-Lowe

reviewer-general responds:

Thanks, Impy.


DarkWizard1992DarkWizard1992

2008-03-14 09:50:31

O RLY?

reviewer-general responds:

YA RLY.


DarkWizard1992DarkWizard1992

2008-03-12 17:46:15

Gaylo Gayviewer-gayneral.

Also, gay.

THIS IS A VERY ADVANCED FORM OF NON-SPAM.

reviewer-general responds:

COCK.


ImperatorImperator

2008-03-11 23:17:17

mei Graecum est.

And Latin is the origin of the phrase.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_to _me

reviewer-general responds:

Ahh...

I see. :)


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-10 19:52:37

no.

reviewer-general responds:

Erm, yes.

NO MOAR SPAM. >=(


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-09 18:43:51

I get no luff comments in mah blag =(

reviewer-general responds:

That's what you get for banning teh me.


ImperatorImperator

2008-03-08 19:00:15

You should end all your posts with witty Latin phrases.
Why?

Same reason, essentially; History repeats.

"quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur" - Anything said in Latin sounds profound

See? it works.

reviewer-general responds:

I think "It's all Greek to me!" in Latin would be humorous.


fat-barryfat-barry

2008-03-08 18:01:38

I got high off a finely crafted stew bowl last night and woke up here..... What the hell happened last night?!

(Updated ) reviewer-general responds:

You went to a donkey show, you naughty boy.


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-08 17:00:37

You have too many comments.
You're CORRUPT.

reviewer-general responds:

You should NEVER delete comments, my boy.

NEVAH.


SadisticMonkeySadisticMonkey

2008-03-07 23:18:59

Buyt the god delusion kthx.

reviewer-general responds:

KK.


Decadent-PhilistineDecadent-Philistine

2008-03-05 18:50:05

I love you more than the rest of these fags.

reviewer-general responds:

I really want to secks you right now.

:D


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-04 21:55:52

HAVE ANOTHER HATEFUL SPAM COMMENT.

reviewer-general responds:

OH NO THAT BITCH DID NOT


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-04 21:09:56

This is a hateful spam comment.

reviewer-general responds:

Do you see what I did to Der-Löwe's blog?

THAT COULD BE YOU NEXT, SO I WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL IF I WERE YOU.

O_O

==

Nah, I'm just messin'. I like dirty talk. :D


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-04 05:43:47

I hate you.

reviewer-general responds:

Love / hate relationships are the BEST.

:3


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-03 17:46:26

:3
<3

reviewer-general responds:

<3
:3


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-03 08:40:59

Nobody lurves teh me... ='(

reviewer-general responds:

I LOVE YOU.


ChristopherrChristopherr

2008-03-02 18:51:51

Hey, man, hey.

I love you.

reviewer-general responds:

Awww...

<3!

^_^


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-02 18:49:12

No. I am in heaven, remember?

reviewer-general responds:

L'outrage!

=O

*le gasp*


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-02 18:15:12

You're all going to hell.

(Updated ) reviewer-general responds:

I'll see you there, bud.

:)


RommelTJRommelTJ

2008-03-01 23:50:35

I second that... *Ahem* I am manly!

;

reviewer-general responds:

^_^

;


qStikqStik

2008-03-01 18:42:06

You ARE very luvable...

reviewer-general responds:

^_^


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-03-01 08:42:23

aw qstik lurves ya ^_^

reviewer-general responds:

Can you blame him?


DarkWizard1992DarkWizard1992

2008-02-29 16:20:10

Once you go semicolon, you never go back...

waitwut?

reviewer-general responds:

IT'S TRUE.


qStikqStik

2008-02-29 07:51:40

You seem nice...

reviewer-general responds:

Thanks. =)


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 18:05:20

Oh i dont just hang out at your page, i hang out at like 10 more different pages, the poli forum, the general, the front page, a couple of different threads, stuff like that.

reviewer-general responds:

I assumed so, but it is nice to be included.

Why me, may I ask?


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 17:56:57

Lol, yeah, boredom does that to ya. Waiting for mass effect PC and since it doesent come out until may i gots nothing better to do...

reviewer-general responds:

I am honored then, I guess.

=P


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 17:52:23

Cause you wont be there when it happens.

(Updated ) reviewer-general responds:

....

The thought of not existing bothers me, I can't really justify it completely.

==

Also, do you keep my page open all the time or something??


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 17:30:43

Then whats there to fear? You simply belive in an end. At one point your conciousness stops and you end. That's it.

reviewer-general responds:

How is that NOT a frightening thought??


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 16:49:28

Wait wait wait, you're afraid of the afterlife? Not the lack of it?

(Updated ) reviewer-general responds:

I don't BELIEVE in an afterlife, which is exactly the point. The fact that no part of me (in my opinion) will live on in a form capable of processing thought.


qStikqStik

2008-02-28 08:00:24

So from what i gather, you use the semicolon because the book told you that by using it you would live forever?

And what's with this extreme fear of dying that you have?

P.S. I also agree with the last part.

reviewer-general responds:

Erm, no.

"It is there to indicate that while this particular vessel is finished, the life of the potter is not. It is a ritual sign of continuing possibility."

I'm not sure, exactly. Nonexistance as a concious entity REALLY frightens me. Why wouldn't it? Maybe I just worry about it more than other people.


Der-LoweDer-Lowe

2008-02-27 18:09:28

I agree with the last part.

reviewer-general responds:

I knew you would...