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schlaugh
2007-Nov-16, 03:25 PM
OK, somehow I'm Nanny Ogg...but then, she is one of my favorite characters!

http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id=10962N

Next I'm Captain Carrot. Go figure.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-16, 03:32 PM
These "Which _____ are you" tests are just the same unreliable Meyers-Briggs tests in fancy dress, they ask entirely subjective questions, telling you only what you already think of yourself.

captain swoop
2007-Nov-16, 03:32 PM
Carrot

DyerWolf
2007-Nov-16, 03:39 PM
The text said I am Carrot, however I got this:

Commander Samuel Vimes 81%
Carrot Ironfounderson 81%
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg 69%
Greebo 69%
Death 63%

--- I was also only 38% Rincewind!


... interestingly, this is the first time anything anywhere has associated me with a DWARF (Carrot) even if only by adoption!


Edit: I'm a little suspicious of all the "Carrots" showing up in the early results...

Noclevername
2007-Nov-16, 03:48 PM
I'm a Commander Vimes type. And I didn't even need to take the test to figure that out. ;)

AndreH
2007-Nov-16, 04:16 PM
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg
81%
Carrot Ironfounderson
75%
The Librarian
63%
Commander Samuel Vimes
50%

Hmmmm.....

Gillianren
2007-Nov-16, 06:26 PM
They've got the wrong questions for Granny, because I'm assuredly not Carrot. And Susan, which is who my best friend is, isn't even a possibility. (Actually, they're missing several of my favourite characters. I'm something of a Lady Sybil, too.)

Noclevername
2007-Nov-16, 06:34 PM
Many of this type of "who are you like" test have a selection process weighted towards the most popular or well known characters. At least that's how it's always appeared to me.

Casus_belli
2007-Nov-16, 07:08 PM
You scored as a Death
You are death! Reaper of souls! Riding your horse, Binky, with a scythe at hand. Always working, always busy You sometimes try to socialize with the living, and ALWAYS SPEAK IN CAPITAL LETTERS.


Well this explains my social life.:rolleyes:

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-16, 07:58 PM
I have no idea what Discworld is, should I still take the quiz?

Noclevername
2007-Nov-16, 08:08 PM
I have no idea what Discworld is, should I still take the quiz?

A popular book series by British author Terry Pratchett. Huge in the UK, fairly common in the US. A parody of fantasy, and indirectly a parody of sci-fi using fantasy concepts.

schlaugh
2007-Nov-16, 08:10 PM
If you like very good writing, funny stories, good characters and fantasy lampooning, you need to read Terry Pratchett. A cracking good story teller.

http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/


The [disc]world travels through space on the backs of four elephants that stand on the back of a giant turtle. Don't worry about it. People don't talk about it, any more than we say, "wow, we're standing a few thousand miles above a ball of molten iron!" Besides, it seldom has anything to do with the plots, which mostly concern real people trying to get by in a fantasy world. There are wizards, witches, trolls, dwarfs, zombies, werewolves, vampires...but Discworld starts where classic heroic fantasy stops, and none of those people is doing business as usual. A lot of them have moved into the big city and are trying to turn an honest dollar, just like everyone else.

Van Rijn
2007-Nov-16, 08:31 PM
Rincewind (Heh!)

A partial list:

Rincewind 81%
Carrot Ironfounderson 63%
Death 63%
Lord Havelock Vetinari 63%
The Librarian 63%

Ach! I think I see THE LUGGAGE. Time to run.

AndreH
2007-Nov-16, 09:08 PM
A popular book series by British author Terry Pratchet. Huge in the UK, fairly common in the US. A parody of fantasy, and indirectly a parody of sci-fi using fantasy concepts.

Also very popular in Germany. I own at least 15 of his books. I guess it's mostly due to the fact he is very good translated. (As was the case with Douglas Adams, I will never forget the outburst of laughter I had when I read the introduction of the hitch hikers guide. And that is almost 25 years ago.You know the digital watches...).

The Colour of Magic and Thi Light Fantastic were my first Discworl Novels. I still like very much everything related with the Invisible University. The department of High Energy Magic and stuff...

ToSeek
2007-Nov-16, 10:09 PM
You scored as a Carrot Ironfounderson
You are Captain Carrot Ironfounderson of the City Watch in the greatest city on the Disc – Ankh-Morprok! A truly good natured, honest guy, who knows everyone, and is liked by all. Technically a dwarf, but only by adoption. You’d rather not be reminded that you are the true heir to the throne, but that does explain why people naturally follow your orders…
Carrot Ironfounderson
63%
The Librarian
56%
Death
56%
Lord Havelock Vetinari
50%
Greebo
38%
Rincewind
31%
Cohen The Barbarian
31%
Commander Samuel Vimes
31%
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg
19%
Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax
19%

I'd go more with The Librarian, actually.

Gillianren
2007-Nov-16, 11:42 PM
The Colour of Magic and Thi Light Fantastic were my first Discworl Novels. I still like very much everything related with the Invisible University. The department of High Energy Magic and stuff...

Those two are my least favourite, actually--they're the first ones he wrote, and the books get much, much better over the years. Thud!, for example, was excellent. (However, in English, it's "Unseen University," which is similar but different.)

Halcyon Dayz
2007-Nov-17, 01:16 AM
In Dutch it is the Closed University.

Very good translation also.
But puns are hard, if not impossible to do.

ETA: The identity of the Dutch translator(s) is unknown. The pseudonym Venugopalan Ittekot is used
ETA2: Apparently it is the artist/scientist/editor Ruurd Groot (http://www.geocities.com/liessa_nl/discworld).
His wife Mieke translated the Dune novels under the heteronym M. K. Stuyter S.J.
Always thought that name was suspicious.

AndreH
2007-Nov-17, 11:21 AM
Those two are my least favourite, actually--they're the first ones he wrote, and the books get much, much better over the years. Thud!, for example, was excellent. (However, in English, it's "Unseen University," which is similar but different.)

I see. I simply re-translated the German term. I read 2 or 3 books in English. Just do not remeber which ones. Thinking about it, the translation "unsichtbar" which in deed means invisible is a good choice, because "ungesehen" or "nicht wahrgenommen" are not so handy in German.

torque of the town
2007-Nov-17, 12:01 PM
Nanny Ogg.......:confused:

AndreH
2007-Nov-17, 01:47 PM
In Dutch it is the Closed University.

Very good translation also.
But puns are hard, if not impossible to do.

ETA: The identity of the Dutch translator(s) is unknown. The pseudonym Venugopalan Ittekot is used
ETA2: Apparently it is the artist/scientist/editor Ruurd Groot (http://www.geocities.com/liessa_nl/discworld).
His wife Mieke translated the Dune novels under the heteronym M. K. Stuyter S.J.
Always thought that name was suspicious.

Curious: What is the Dutch word used.?

HenrikOlsen
2007-Nov-17, 06:25 PM
The Colour of Magic and Thi Light Fantastic were my first Discworl Novels. I still like very much everything related with the Invisible University. The department of High Energy Magic and stuff...

Those two are my least favourite, actually--they're the first ones he wrote, and the books get much, much better over the years. Thud!, for example, was excellent. (However, in English, it's "Unseen University," which is similar but different.)

I see. I simply re-translated the German term. I read 2 or 3 books in English. Just do not remeber which ones. Thinking about it, the translation "unsichtbar" which in deed means invisible is a good choice, because "ungesehen" or "nicht wahrgenommen" are not so handy in German.

As the Unseen University is named in reference to the Invisible College (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_College), it isn't that incorrect a back-translation:)
Perhaps the translator was aware of this when deciding on the translation.


In Dutch it is the Closed University.

Very good translation also.
But puns are hard, if not impossible to do.

For the Dutch translation, might that be a reference to a similar organization in Dutch history?

For the second point, luckily the vast majority of the humor in the Pratchett books is not pun-based, which is one of the reasons they are so rereadable.

Gillianren
2007-Nov-17, 07:47 PM
For the second point, luckily the vast majority of the humor in the Pratchett books is not pun-based, which is one of the reasons they are so rereadable.

Heck, yeah. They reward you for knowing about more than comic books and Star Wars; that's one of the things I love about them. I happen to know (because I asked the man himself) that he does research for those books, but I also know (for the same reason) that he just knows a lot of the stuff that appears in them. And the underground of Ankh-Morpork is based on the city where I talked to him, too, just an hour north of where I'm sitting right now.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-17, 07:54 PM
The trolls whose sluggish silicon-based brains become suprconductors in extreme cold, the magic-based "computer" with the label Anthill Inside, the dragon-powered rocket ship... The list goes on. Brilliant stuff, in both senses of the term.

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-17, 10:17 PM
I'm Carrot Ironfounderson, apparently.
Who the heck is he?

Noclevername
2007-Nov-17, 10:21 PM
I'm Carrot Ironfounderson, apparently.
Who the heck is he?

A six-foot-five Dwarf (by adoption) who's such a straight-arrow he must sleep in a quiver.

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-17, 10:39 PM
A six-foot-five Dwarf (by adoption) who's such a straight-arrow he must sleep in a quiver.
Thank you for the information.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-17, 10:45 PM
Thank you for the information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot_Ironfoundersson

Halcyon Dayz
2007-Nov-18, 04:12 AM
Curious: What is the Dutch word used.?
Gesloten Universiteit. The direct opposite of an Open University.


As the Unseen University is named in reference to the Invisible College (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_College), it isn't that incorrect a back-translation:)
Perhaps the translator was aware of this when deciding on the translation.

For the Dutch translation, might that be a reference to a similar organization in Dutch history?
We never had such a thing, so the translator had to think up something original Dutch readers would get.
We do have an Open University.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-18, 04:15 AM
...Now that I think about it, I'm more like a cross between Vimes and Rincewind, if you can imagine such a hybrid.

Oh, screw it, I'm the turtle. ;)

AndreH
2007-Nov-18, 12:11 PM
Gesloten Universiteit. The direct opposite of an Open University.


We never had such a thing, so the translator had to think up something original Dutch readers would get.
We do have an Open University.

So, as I guessed pretty close to German. The German word for that would be Geschlossene Universitt.
So what is the Open University: A University anybody can go to?

Halcyon Dayz
2007-Nov-18, 02:04 PM
So what is the Open University: A University anybody can go to?

Precisely.
It is a distance learning university (FernUniversitt) without formal entry requirements. Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_University_%28Netherlands%29)
It is based on a British model.

darkhunter
2007-Nov-18, 05:21 PM
You scored as a Commander Samuel Vimes
You are Samuel Vimes! Captain of Ankh-Morpork’s city Watch! You are a knight, married to the very wealthy, noble lady Sybil Ramkin. You often walk the streets at night, and are able to tell where you are by the feel of the cobbles under your boots. You always do what is right – that is, what needs to be done – to keep the city safe, even when it seems bad.
Commander Samuel Vimes 88%
Lord Havelock Vetinari 88%
Death 81%
The Librarian 69%
Cohen The Barbarian 63%
Carrot Ironfounderson 56%
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg 56%
Rincewind 56%
Greebo 44%
Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax 44%

HenrikOlsen
2007-Nov-18, 07:11 PM
Precisely.
It is a distance learning university (FernUniversitt) without formal entry requirements. Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_University_%28Netherlands%29)
It is based on a British model.
Not so much a model as an actual (http://www.open.ac.uk/) university (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_University).
It's the largest university in Britain based on the number of active students.

I've actually taken a couple of their courses.

ToSeek
2007-Nov-20, 05:04 PM
Not so much a model as an actual (http://www.open.ac.uk/) university (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_University).
It's the largest university in Britain based on the number of active students.

I've actually taken a couple of their courses.

They even had their own space mission (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle_2), albeit unsuccessful.

Noclevername
2007-Nov-20, 05:06 PM
They even had their own space mission (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle_2), albeit unsuccessful.

Their Beagle ran away from home.

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-20, 10:10 PM
Their Beagle ran away from home.
Really? I heard that it went to the Galapagos... oh wait, wrong Beagle. Nuts!

mickal555
2007-Nov-21, 04:07 PM
When in a new place, do you look for things/people to rape and/or kill?
Heh...

You scored as a
Lord Havelock Vetinari 81%
Rincewind 69%
Commander Samuel Vimes 69%
The Librarian 63%
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg 63%
Greebo 63%
Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax 56%
Death 44%
Cohen The Barbarian 38%
Carrot Ironfounderson 19%