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Coco Loco
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 820
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-06-02 08:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-02 08:19, RevBambooBen wrote:
Getting back on topic, check this out!!!





Great site.

[ Edited by: hanford_lemoore - shortened link - 2006-06-02 11:46 ]


 
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-06-02 10:07 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-02 06:06, pablus wrote:
What if you happen to know that Topic X Cove sucks and is filled with stinging jellyfish and all the bars there only play country music and serve ultra light beer?



If you're not interested in Topic X Cove, then don't go to Topic X Cove. No one's making you stay on the boat, and there are plenty of other boats to be had (you can even make your own!), so there's no reason to hijack someone else's.

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What if Topic X Cove has been visited 359 times already and you're tired of the same palm tree with its 4 coconuts and the same outcropping of lava rock that looks like Gerald Ford and you had 3012 pictures of Topic X Cove and 359 Captain's Logs that describe its every detail?



Again, there's a lot of boats in the sea, and no one's making you take that one! You may have visited Topic X Cove 359 times, but it's apparently the first trip for somebody, and they're entitled to it. You'd be doing them a fantastic favor if you point out the great bounty that can be had by using the search, or by even directing them straight to a previous thread, but you're not obligated to do that.

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As far as the personal insights and asides, that's one of the things that intrigued and held my interest on this board in the first place. I know more about you, woofmutt, than you realize from reading inside barbs and jokes between you and some of the earlier members here.

But I do agree that there are better forums than General Tiki for it.

I just would hate to think how many truly good friends I wouldn't have made had there not been some inside stuff going on here that I wanted to be a part of.



I absolutely agree with this -- the general rule of thumb that I use is that if I have something off-topic to interject with, I try to at least wrap up my post with something that brings it back on topic.

Quote:

Except for Flounder, who I wish I'd never met at all.



Try hypnotherapy.

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Thomas
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Joined: Mar 15, 2005
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From: Lake Mojave
Posted: 2006-06-02 11:06 am   Permalink

Maybe it's just me, but I would think a cove that features an "outcropping of lava rock that looks like Gerald Ford" would be worth revisiting again and again.

 
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lanikai
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Joined: May 15, 2004
Posts: 490
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-06-02 2:28 pm   Permalink

Disclaimer:

The above comment by lanikai (re; a common food condiment) was a vague attempt at levity in an otherwise (possibly) overly analyzed subject.
It was not in any way, shape or form meant to be considered, construed, interpreted, nor inferred and especially not to be misunderstood that the author of said post had to go out of their way to post a smart-ass, off-topic comment, which was not the intention. Nor was I meaning to do that. Although it may appear to be a totally inappropriate, cheap move considering the topic, it was, again, simply a vague attempt at humor to lighten a topheavy, circumlocutory post. Not my job, I know... But it in no way was it meant to, in any manner, appear that I was belittling Woofmutt's totally valid post.

The above explanations are given solely for the purpose of helping keep Tiki Central one of the most friendly and interesting (and easy to read and traverse) places on the whole WWW.
I am in no way affiliated with the company that makes the product. I just like the product.
Park and lock it. Not responsible.


 
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TikiGardener
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2006-06-02 7:20 pm   Permalink

I like twine....

 
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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-06-02 8:48 pm   Permalink

Anyone else ever notice that the Munktiki fugu mug, when observed from above, looks like Charlie Brown meets Hellraiser?!?!









 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-06-03 12:07 am   Permalink

Im just glad there are few icebergs for HMAS TC to hit in the Pacific. But rogue waves in the middle of the night...

Good on ya Woofmutt
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Thomas
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From: Lake Mojave
Posted: 2006-06-03 12:24 pm   Permalink

It's an important principle and woofmutt's post is an effective reminder. On a short-term basis, I often turn to TC for a laugh or some "free-associative" thinking among people with similar interests. But so much of TC's long-term value is as a research tool and repository of history and practical knowledge. Imagining someone reading a thread five years into the future, eagerly seeking useful information on the topic, is probably a useful little mental exercise. I'll do this from now on, in order to think twice before making associative comments that, while perhaps of some interest in themselves, have the practical impact of veering "laterally" into other territory.

Anyway, everything in its proper place I guess. I for one will be more mindful of the need for focus, discipline and restraint outlined in woofmutt's post. It's important.


 
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Coco Loco
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
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From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-06-03 12:26 pm   Permalink

Well said Humu. I find myself asking questions that long time TC'ers have long since debated and moved on from. What's wonderful is when a long term TCer takes a few moments to update and direct to the previous thread.

It's great that newer TC members can jump and discuss the same topic. All members can jump in, or not. There are always new things to discover and discuss. Some people are just at newer places than others.
Humor interjection, done respectfully, adds to the environment. As long as the general spirit of the thread is kept.


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alohabros
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 533
From: westernus
Posted: 2006-06-03 2:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-02 10:07, Humuhumu wrote:

... the general rule of thumb that I use is that if I have something off-topic to interject with, I try to at least wrap up my post with something that brings it back on topic.

Quote:

Except for Flounder, who I wish I'd never met at all.



Try hypnotherapy...






... just like the end of that post... right back on topic...




 
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BryanDeanMartin
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Posted: 2006-06-03 5:39 pm   Permalink

Hmmm...I thought it was funny that Saxotica went off topic on a topic about going off topic...I admit, I had the same idea myself when I read this...so in keeping with this spirit...

I'm wearing a white shirt....is anyone else?


 
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hanford_lemoore
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Joined: Mar 23, 2002
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From: Tiki Central
Posted: 2006-06-03 6:36 pm   Permalink

I don't think that "funny" should always be an excuse for going off-topic.

I often think that there are TCers who, the whole time they're reading TC, are thinking "what funny comment can I post here?" and then posting whatever comes to mind, without thinking about if it's going to derail a good dialog, or be inappropriate, or would just be a better topic without the comment. I have to say that considering that woofmutt took the time to write up a pretty detailed post about NOT going off topic, that it's kinda lame to just post off-topic comments here, just becuase it's "funny". Anyone else agree, or is that just me?


[ This Message was edited by: hanford_lemoore 2006-06-03 18:41 ]


 
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Thomas
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From: Lake Mojave
Posted: 2006-06-03 6:51 pm   Permalink

There might be a few different notions about what is being discussed here. Let me clarify what I have in mind when I address this topic.

It is not the interjection of a quick bit of humor such as, for example, a pun that comes to someone's mind during the course of a thread, or whatever. You're reading a fairly serious discussion of some topic and then someone makes some hilarious comment and you're laughing out loud. I couldn't agree more that that's one of the great pleasures of TC.

Nor is it the scenario of someone deliberately changing a topic, for example entering a thread about "Tiki Tony's bar in Jersey City" and saying, "I hate Tiki Tony's in Jersey City -- Luau Larry's in Hoboken is much better..." and going on at length about Luau Larry's. That kind of blatant "hijacking" strikes me as pretty rare.

For me what comes to mind is something like this: Someone starts a thread asking for advice on how to construct a little waterfall, using tiki design elements, in their garden. A number of concrete suggestions come in, along with expressions of enthusiasm for the project, because the subtle noise of falling water enhances a tiki environment so well. Spurred by these comments, someone posts an exuberant post about how the sound of trickling water is conducive to a zen-like state, constructs a musicological theory about how it is the basis for the very concept of rhythm, and relates an anecdote from his travels in Mozambique to bolster this theory.

It's not malicious, it's just a bit lazily unmindful of the fact that the thread is for the exchange of a certain type of focused information. It also might spur followup posts about anything from Zen to Mozambique. Uncool! The thread-creator and others wanted to have a particular type of discussion.

So, those are my two cents. I know about this naughty tendency because I have on occasion noticed it in a certain TC member ... myself! Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.


 
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Thomas
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From: Lake Mojave
Posted: 2006-06-03 7:43 pm   Permalink

The same notion, to post an absurdly off-topic comment, occurred to me as well, right off the bat. I refrained from doing so, but I can't criticize something too harshly when I came close to doing it myself. I think I thought to myself at the time, "well, that's too obvious, too predictable -- and therefore not really that funny." I think I was right.

A few of them seemed inevitable and no problem but I kept waiting for an unstated consensus along the lines of, "OK, we get it ... now, about the issues raised in this thread..." to emerge. I'm not sure it has, even yet.

Maybe attempts at constructive criticism and reform raise suspicions that the initiator is putting himself in a position of moral authority of some sort, and an irreverent spirit emerges to kind of resist this. The off-topic posts might be a manifestation of this.

For the record, I think these suspicions are unwarranted in the case of woofmutt's post.


 
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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: London
Posted: 2006-06-04 01:15 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-03 18:36, hanford_lemoore wrote:
Anyone else agree, or is that just me?



well, in the short term, these off-topic quips may (or may not) add a bit of levity to a thread. but, in the long term those same posts often seem like speed bumps when trying to navigate and find information about ... tiki.

it's always hard to judge whether being a smart ass is appropriate. i think woofmutt's suggestions, at the very least, are a good rule of thumb.

also, keep in mind that these posts are here for a loooong time. sometimes i shudder when i happen upon old (5+ years) posts that i wrote. 'what was i thinking?' it's one thing to interject w/ an off-topic comment in a verbal conversation - it's another to post something that's recorded for years.

tiki chris


 
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