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Sid Meier
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What is your prefered name? What name would you prefer when we refer to you? I ask this so that I dont seem rude, I never like to seem rude it makes to many potential friends into enemies.
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I believe he goes by Scott.

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On the other hand, his son calls him "Card." [Smile]
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Do you think he does that in private? Or just on the boards?

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who's his son?
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In real life, "Geoff." On the board, "Puppy" or "A Rat Named Dog."
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thanks.
how many other relationships don't i know about?
[Dont Know]

i'd venture to say.. all of them.

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My son REFERS to me as "Card," which is the officially correct method of referring to an author who is not present, to avoid calling me "Dad" all the time, which is (a) ambiguous among those who don't know he's my son and (b) potentially annoying to those who might assume he's stressing our relationship.

Of course in private, like the rest of the family, he calls me "Sir."

Yeah, as if.

I really do go pretty equally by Scott and Orson. People I like call me by either name.

People who hate me tend to call me either "That Homophobic, Intolerant, Sexist, Bigoted, Rightwing Religious Fanatic Card" OR "That Communist Race-mixing Leftwing Jack-Mormon Dirty-book-writing Evolution-preaching AntiChrist Card."

I answer to any of them.

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Here we go, playing the Anti-Christ card... [Wink]
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For a second there, I thought he was talking about me. [Angst]
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quote:
I really do go pretty equally by Scott and Orson. People I like call me by either name.
Notice how ambiguous he left it? It still doesn't answer the question of whether he expects any of us to call him by those names. [Razz]
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Call him Scott and you know that he likes you! [Big Grin]
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I thought it was rather clear he wanted everyone to address him as Sir.
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No, that's my family that calls me Sir. Others must call me Memsahib. If it's good enough for Kipling, it's good enough for me.

Enough with the Bwana stuff. I'm no Tarzan.

[ April 04, 2005, 03:58 AM: Message edited by: Orson Scott Card ]

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Wait. Zotto! just called me "dude" on another thread. I have never felt so included in my life. That's the name for me.
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Dude are you still jetlagged?
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Yap, jetlagged cool dude!
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All three of us are insanely lagged. We went to bed at something close to a reasonable hour, but none of us could sleep, and now it looks like we can't send Z to school tomorrow because she's hardly slept a wink tonight.

- Dude.

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Memsahib Dude Sir, you should have tried those No Jet Lag tabs. They work great!
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Yes. Now I know you're right. I'm Sasha Foo.
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Um, Memsahib Dude Sir, is it my imagination, or are you making absolutely no sense at all? [Angst]
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quid, was that a serious recommendation?
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quote:
Wait. Zotto! just called me "dude" on another thread. I have never felt so included in my life. That's the name for me.
Dude, I'm happy that you recognized my oh-so-subtle way of assuming familiarity with you enough to include you in my circle of friends & close acquaintances. Good on you.

Oh wait, does this belong in the "Well Done" thread? [Big Grin] [Razz]

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The Dude is above ordinary considerations like making sense.
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Rivka, if you're asking about the No Jet Lag tabs, yes. They're fantastic. I used them on my way from Canada to Sri Lanka - 40 hours travel time including layover in Hong Kong with some napping on the plane, and while I wasn't fresh as a daisy when I landed, it didn't take much to get used to being on a clock 12 hours different than what I was used to. Yep, worked like a lucky charm. [Big Grin] And that's me, with sleep disorders. [Big Grin]
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You're just not old enough to get the joke. There was once a news commentator on ... CBS? CNN? ... named Sasha Foo. David Letterman would play a tape of her signoff: "This is Sasha Foo."

Letterman would then repeat, over and over (as is his wont), "I am Sasha Foo" whenever he did something dumb.

Because "Sasha Foo" sounded vaguely like then-current Ghe-to slang for "Such a fool."

So for a while there, lackwit sheep like me were saying "I am Sasha Foo" when we meant what would now be "My bad."

[ April 04, 2005, 06:39 AM: Message edited by: Orson Scott Card ]

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Memsahib Dude Sir, I sincerely doubt it's my age. It's more likely a dislike for American news and David Letterman that does it. Hmm. Yeah, that's pretty much it. [Dont Know] I think I've watched Letterman all of once in my life. Twice if you really stretch it.
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A-ha. So when speaking to him directly, it's "Memsahib". When making a third-person reference to him, it's "the Dude". When referring to him in the third person plural, it's "Messrs Card".
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if OSC (thats what i'll call him, darnit) says "the dude abides" i'm gonna lose it. I really hope he has seen The Big Lebowski, because thats what i'm going to picture him looking like from now on.
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[Laugh]

OSC abides.

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So, That Communist Race-mixing Leftwing Jack-Mormon Dirty-book-writing Evolution-preaching AntiChrist Card, how you been lately? [Razz]
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J/K, of course.
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So for people you like it's Card or Scott. But for your family its sir [Big Grin] ? Is it possible that I can just say sir since I don't know if I'm the annoying type of fan you wish would jump off a bridge or the okay fan who you don't mind talking to. By the way since you seem to like Risk may I suggest playing Hearts of Iron 2? http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/heartsofiron2/
index.html?q=Hearts+of+iron+2

This I swear is the last time I suggest playing the game. Since I don't want to end up on the "Fan who must jump off of a bridge" list. Anyways Uber job on Shadow of a Giant, kept me reading for hours.

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here's my question: when someone refers to you as, say, Mr. Card, do you a) let the "Mr." stand, b) say "Please, call me Orson", c) say "Please, call me Scott" or d) other?
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I like to use both OSC and Mr. Card. OSC sounds weird when giving ownership, such as

OSC's book. How do you say that? Oh-Es-Cee's [Angst]

Card's cards sounds better so I mix them up.

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The Grand Ooorgle = OCS
As in: The Grand Ooorgle's new book Shadow of the Giant was fantastic and wrapped up everything except Achilles II.

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I've used "Unky Orson" a few times. I'm figuring that might get me slapped.

[Big Grin]

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I must say that I have a new image of "the Dude" in my head. Sorry Labowski, but OSC has the name now.
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As much as I respect Mr. Card, "The Dude" will always belong to Lebowski
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Dude, I called you "Dude" first!
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You called who first?
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Dude, you did dude the Dude!
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I give up.
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Quoth SarcasticMuppet: "here's my question: when someone refers to you as, say, Mr. Card, do you a) let the "Mr." stand, b) say "Please, call me Orson", c) say "Please, call me Scott" or d) other?"

Answer 1. It depends. Are they trying to sell me insurance?

Answer 2. It depends. Have they given my books bad reviews or insulted me in public, recently enough that I remember it?

Answer 3. Is it my daughter-in-law? Dang, I keep meaning to tell her she can call me Sir like her husband does.

[ April 06, 2005, 03:56 AM: Message edited by: Orson Scott Card ]

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Just call him the way my mother addresses cards she sends to me.

Master Card. (I am quite sure you heard the one before but I threw it out anyway, dude.)

Writing Ender's Game - $1M
Going to Brazil for a Missionary - $0
Having a following of nerds and geeks wherever you go - Priceless!

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Seeer Jay. Aswomeus.
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I prefer to call him "Mr. Card". The reason for that is probably my [sarcasm]undying repect for my elders[/sarcasm].
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I'm inclined to keep using "Mr. Card" simply because he's a man my parents' age whom I have never met. Calling him "Orson" or "Scott" would be a level of familiarity I would be uncomfortable with unless he insisted on it himself. I know that seems kind of strange in today's society, but I can't help it. I was raised to respect geez--uh, my elders.
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quote:
Master Card.
Yeah, definitely don't start calling him Master. It never turns out well. I had a friend by the name of John Bates...he never heard the end of it.
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quote:
My son REFERS to me as "Card," which is the officially correct method of referring to an author who is not present, to avoid calling me "Dad" all the time, which is (a) ambiguous among those who don't know he's my son and (b) potentially annoying to those who might assume he's stressing our relationship.

Just wanted to point out that my father is the first person ever to catch on to why I refer to him as "Card" without my having to laboriously explain it [Smile] I guess it arises from the way I was raised ...
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