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Fishfuzz

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PostSubject: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:44 pm

Any guesses?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang

Neat Kickstarter project as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:06 pm

No idea, but I'm suddenly feeling the itch to read "Snow Crash" again...
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:31 pm

I'm curious too (BIG NS fan here!). I asked them via Kickstarter. Will keep you posted if they respond!

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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:32 pm

I'm kinda thinking he was just holding it for the bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:46 am

I am a big fan of Zodiac, Snowcrash and The Diamond Age. I stopped reading his books after Cryptonomicon, that was more a test of endurance than a book Smile

I do hope that pipe is more than just a prop for the photo shoot. You can't move online for Steampunks and Chaps with unsmoked pipes hanging from their collective mouths.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:35 am

So Neal responded. Apparently he does not smoke a pipe - it was just a prop. But he says he'll smoke for us :-) . Maybe we can send him a "starter kit" and get him to do a quick video for his Kickstarter that references BoB :-) .

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Neal: Your fans want to know what kind of pipe you smoke! :-)

Quote :
I don't, but I would for you guys.



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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:08 am

Gumball wrote:
I am a big fan of Zodiac, Snowcrash and The Diamond Age. I stopped reading his books after Cryptonomicon, that was more a test of endurance than a book Smile
My feelings exactly! (My father felt the opposite--but he loves Dreiser and Pynchon. His reading style is less an assassin, more a general managing a siege.)

Hard to guess what P&T he'd like... his aesthetic is English with heavy Oriental influence, maybe a blend for him should feature the same. (Snow Crash and Diamond Age would actually be teriffic names for tobaccos...)
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:48 am

Mr. Doody wrote:
So Neal responded. Apparently he does not smoke a pipe - it was just a prop. But he says he'll smoke for us :-) . Maybe we can send him a "starter kit" and get him to do a quick video for his Kickstarter that references BoB :-) .

Quote :
Neal: Your fans want to know what kind of pipe you smoke! :-)

Quote :
I don't, but I would for you guys.



Doody.

A starter kit for Neal would be awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:41 am

so what kind of pipe would fit the bill for what he is holding at the start of the video?

it looks like a pretty simple jobbie - a tad on the short side maybe? 1/4 bent? definitely all-dark. is it a billiard or more of an egg or bulldog-ish?

regardless of his cultural leanings, i wouldn't want to shove anything too strong down his stem if he hasn't smoked before. happy to donate an ounce of a couple mild 'baccys to the cause.

maybe he'll do a vidskype with a group of us and we can teach him how to fill/tamp/light!

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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:19 pm

A pipe starter kit is an excellent idea.

As another big fan of NS, I would say Cryptonomicon may be a bit of a slog, but is absolutely worth it. Likewise the Baroque series which is likewise complex, deep, long and worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:55 am

Doc Manhattan wrote:
Gumball wrote:
I am a big fan of Zodiac, Snowcrash and The Diamond Age. I stopped reading his books after Cryptonomicon, that was more a test of endurance than a book Smile
My feelings exactly! (My father felt the opposite--but he loves Dreiser and Pynchon. His reading style is less an assassin, more a general managing a siege.)

Ah, Pynchon! My nemesis! For about 10 years straight, my new year's resolution was to read Gravity's Rainbow. Every year I'd waste a good 2 month's of reading time wrestling with that book before giving up and retreating to something easier, like Ulysses. Razz A few rounds of that business, though, makes Cryptonomicon go down pretty easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:38 am

Ok, so we've got 6 fans here pondering what Neal should smoke in his pipe, and no one's mentioned the obvious. Wasn't there a time when each of us finished one of his novels and said to ourselves, "Man! WHAT was he smoking when he wrote that?" Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:36 pm

I loved Cryptonomicon. It was my first Stephenson book and then I read all his others. I wish he'd stop with all these silly side projects and write some damn books! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:48 am

Screw a starter kit, I say we bomb dude.

(Point of clarity: I have no idea who he is, I just like sending inordinate amounts of pipes and tobacco to random people.)

bom
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PostSubject: Re: Neal Stephenson smokes a pipe - what is it?   Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:54 pm

Dave_In_Philly wrote:
Screw a starter kit, I say we bomb dude.

(Point of clarity: I have no idea who he is, I just like sending inordinate amounts of pipes and tobacco to random people.)

bom

Quite fitting for a guy who bombs us with an inordinate amount of words. Razz
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