How to play pool

I was digging through my old work files and found this. It’s non-work-related, so I think it’s safe to put up here. I was about to try to finish off a bit of The First Feast, but some other crap got in the way.

Anyway, apparently this was something we really thought was important back in the days when our office had a pool table, and Juuso (aka. The Taj Mahal) and I would occasionally play.

Important enough to make a rules-comparison chart, anyway. Must’ve been a slow day.


So there you go.

I also found this, which I have already blogged before but will blog again.

This is why we correct you.

The end.

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5 Responses to How to play pool

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    LOL@ those pool rules which quickly turn to snarky satire. That escalated quickly! But in light of the second part of this blog, the comic strip, I must critique this: ” Opponent gets two shots from wherever the cue ball ended up”

    So the opponent takes one shot from the current cue ball location, and then…puts the cue ball back to that location again for the second shot?


    Or were we already talking about liquor shots? If so, never mind, all good.

    • stchucky says:

      Obviously, they take the first shot from wherever the cue ball ends up. They take the second shot from wherever the cue ball ends up after the first shot.

      Technical writing is as much about practical usability as technical accuracy.

      Now if it was liquor shots, doing it from where the cue ball ended up would be … interesting to see.

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        Well, I think my alternative is a reasonable interpretation, especially since the document is in English directed at people living in Finland. I just don’t want to run the risk of confusing them!

        Ok that’s not true, never mind. Confusing people is fun.

      • stchucky says:

        Quite right. And in the spirit of the comic, I will go back in time and tell late-noughties Hatboy that there should be a strategically-placed “starting” in there, so morons who understand pool even less than late-noughties Hatboy did won’t misunderstand.

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        I wasn’t going to say anything about how you didn’t seem to understand pool, but some of those rules were highly suspicious. You’ll note I was kind and left those alone. Because they were awesome.

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