Measuring the Marigolds: Should you, gentle reader, ever find yourself transported by some magical tornado to one of the locales about which I write, don’t try and explain this one to the locals. Really. Just… don’t.
Expect a lengthy lecture on how The World Is Just Awesome, but can only be appreciated at a very shallow level by those who don’t even try to understand it, and how substituting mere numinous neural self-pleasuring for truly grokking the wonders of the world is grossly inadequate, and frankly the world deserves better of you, Mister So-Called-Sentient-Supposedly-Sapient-Being, than such flagrant and feth-witted mystagoguery.
Or, y’know, a truly spectacular contemptuous snort.
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“feth-witted” – it’s not exactly often I see that turn of phrase outside of the DakkaDakka 40k forum. And yet, it fits 😛
I blame Ciaphas Cain.
Except “feth” is the slur of choice among Gaunt’s Ghosts. Cain is a bit more fond of “frak” 😉
Don’t know where I got it from, then, as the Cain books are the only WH40K I’ve read.
It just hit me that in light of their “Nothing ineffable must be left uneffed” attitude, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and the observer effect must drive the Imperials absolutely ’round the bend.
Jeness Rafientar, the chap who discovered the Indeterminacy Barrier (as ’twas known locally), spent pretty much the entire rest of his increasingly-frustrated career trying to find a way to work around it.
How did he end up? Is he still at it?