[LNH] [META] Aliens on the Looniearth

Andrew Perron 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,
margle nargle.

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