The Rules

Day 30. 83 pages, 38,803 words.

Okay, I know I’ve been dumping on Jordan Peterson a bit since learning who he is, but this video is hilarious and quickly veers off the Peterson topic. Which is fine with me because the Hatstand isn’t the platform for him.

This was amusing. Not just because the book would be hilarious and I want the entire multiple-set volume, but because way back in the mists of time I wrote a set of Rules of Objectionability and Misconduct for Usenet, based on the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition from Star Trek.

Sadly, I haven’t got a copy of those rules ready to hand, but I really should throw them on here at some point. Funnily enough, the closest I could find to an actual link was this Usenet thread where a singularly strange poster by the handle “The Vampire Muffin Man” had posted an annotated version of the Rules. Here’s part 1 – 50, and here’s part 51 – 100. Think that works.


– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while sitting in the carpark.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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