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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, November 9, 2003, 4:16
Costentin Cornomorus scripsit:
> --- Isidora Zamora <isidora@...> wrote: > > > >(BTW, you don't throw your knife against > > >another knife within less > > >than five meters, and not further either > > >unless you are a wizard at darts.) > > > > Why not less than five meters? Something about > > the physics of it? > > Yeah. Knife throwing involves knowing how far it > takes your knife to go in one revolution, judging > the distance between you and your target and > figuring whether the two distances are > compatible. The trick is throw the knife at one > of the multiples of that distance, so that the > point sticks in.
True enough. But the main reason you don't throw a knife against another knife is that you're too likely to miss, and then you've got nothing else (unless you are Two-Knife Bob, Terror of the Plains). At long distances, *if* you are accurate enough (which is more of a gift than a skill one an acquire), you have time to react if you miss or things are otherwise botched. -- But you, Wormtongue, you have done what you could for your true master. Some reward you have earned at least. Yet Saruman is apt to overlook his bargains. I should advise you to go quickly and remind him, lest he forget your faithful service. --Gandalf John Cowan <jcowan@...>


Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>