Thursday, March 12, 2009

Backticks not his doing?



A reader comments:

It seems patently absurd to me to suppose that El Naschie writes these posts himself. That's nothing he would waste his time with - it is definitely beneath him. He is enormously rich, well-connected, and for sure has a big number of devoted "disciples" who are glad and honoured to do this job for him. Try to imagine some middle-eastern potentate, that's probably not far from reality.



In certain respects I believe the truism that the rich are different from you and me. And in others I don't. For example, the assertion that El Naschie "does not use the Internet" is ludicrous. The Internet contains much that is fun, and the ultra rich like fun as much as the rest of us. So El Naschie's being rich is not a plausible argument for his not using the Internet.

In fact, El Naschie's enormous wealth makes his own keyboard the most, and not the least, likely source of the silly backticks. If you were a gazillionaire hiring a secretary to take care of menial typing and Internet tasks, would your scrutiny of the candidate be so lax that you chose one who cannot distinguish between apostrophes and backticks? I think not.

In my opinion it is virtually certain that the backtick abusers are either El Naschie himself, or a personal friend (a non-professional in textual matters) given the go-ahead by The Great Man.
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  1. What type of professional secretary would that be, that knows all the stupid stories El Naschie knows about the past 30-40 years, including those the sockpuppets are referring to about Said, his broken arm, his money problems, "who got you a job!??" "who got you a car!??" all these things where you think you are in one of these ridiculous talk shows where sooner or later some of the guests come to blows?
    What type of secretary posting from Egyptian places, from Cairo, Riyadh etc. knows the German language almost as good as El Naschie does?
    What kind of secretary is as interested in Western literature and movies, (Sherlock Holmes, The Gremlons, Sleepless in Seattle and thousands more) and loves to cite and invent metaphors and tell stories in the same kind of imperfect German as El Naschie would do?
    The sockpuppets talk all the same language, they know English, German and all details of El Naschies life. Try to find people talking English fluently on the streets of Cairo. Among those, find some talking German too - For these two characteristics alone I think it will become very unlikely to hire such a person there - they are very rare. But there's more to it. Their knowledge appears to be almost unlimited. They know that EL Naschie never uses the internet, they know when Ayman El Okaby writes emails or when he didn't (at least they believe to know that) and if the true D. Baron is online or not. They must be lifeforms sitting next to Mohamed El Naschies bed every night, learning his English, his German, his backticks, his stories. They must love him. Then, when El Naschie falls asleep - they adjust his blanket and then hover to the computer - of course with no consent of El Naschie - and write all the things that otherwise only El Naschie could write himself. They even think the same way he does. If El Naschie makes a mistake and forgets the right spelling of Christoph Drösser and makes that Christopher Drosser, ALL the sockpuppets suffer subsequently from the same memory loss. Imagine that for a bunch of real people coming from different parts of the globe, writing English and German comments, knowing what they talk about and consulting different sources (e.g. reading the actual ZEIT article) ALL experiencing the same shift in memory, from Christoph to Christopher, the same delusion. That is a telepathic connection, a type of entanglement that is inconceivable for many of us. But not for Mohamed El Naschie.
    But seen from the outside - I'm quite sure we would never be able to see any of his imaginary fairy friends sharing so many attributes, memories, language skills, style of writing and even temper with him. Even with these people sitting right next to him - I'm afraid I don't expect them to appear on a group photo. But they are very real for him. And I think we should respect that until the day comes where he himself is ready to accept that they are not really there. And voluntarily gives up on these friends and is able to talk to us without their help. Until then, they kind of protect him.

    Martin Klicken

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