[LNH] [META] Aliens on the Looniearth
pwerdna at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 15:25:22 PDT 2009
On Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:57:29 +0000 (UTC), Saxon Brenton
<saxonbrenton at hotmail.com> wrote:
>Tsk. Yes, typo on my part. I meant the Qwertians were Daxamite
>analogues rather than the *Dvorakians* - not the Dorfs. But yes, your
>analogy of living Dvorakians = living Daxamites while dead Qwertians
>= dead Kryptonians has at least superficial plausibility. I have
>never thought about it in that regard, simply because I've always
>thought of Myk-El as a Mon-El reference rather than a Kal-El reference,
>which may well be oversight on my part.
See, that's what I always thought it was. And wasn't there an evil
Dvorakian - Dev-Null or somesuch - who was based on an evil Daxamite
from the comics?
>That said, there are multiple levels of cultural reference that can be
>encoded in these groups. As a simple example, the Dorfs may originally
>have been a reference to internet trolls, but they also had an Imperial
>Guard, which to my mind adds in aspects of the the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
>So, looking beyond treating these groups as references to existing alien
>cultures in comic books, and instead looking at the internet trends that
>they were based on, it's also the case that Dvorakians are a reference
>to the Dvorak keyboard, and the Dvorak/Qwerty war is a reference to the
>rivalry between Dvorak and QWERTY keyboard layouts. (And, of course,
>the existance of the Etaoin Shrdlu as a Precursor alien race refers to
>the layout used by typesetters in pre-computerised printing.)
Oh, definitely. Which makes me wonder what you could do with them
based on that...
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, not gonna finish this in March,
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