Category: ponder stibbons

vonlipvig: Time for “Spin! That! Discworld Cha…

vonlipvig:

Time for “Spin! That! Discworld Character Appreciation! WHEEL!”

I’ve never drawn Ponder Stibbons before, so here’s a quick doodle of him. He’s such a great character, I love him!

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“Did you know they put his statue in the canteen, sir?” said Ponder, a little shocked.
“Did they? Good idea,” said Ridcully. “That way, every sensible person sees it. Ready, Hex.”
And the Central Hall was empty again, apart from the fossils.


Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Er, sir.”
“Just ‘er’, Stibbons?”
“‘Er’ is a very precise term in this context, sir. It means we don’t have time for a big debate.”

– an efficient word |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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Ridcully was, Ponder noted, quite clever under all that shouting.

– Ridcully: a summary |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“You see, I’ve been talking to Hex. I’d like to give him something to remember. We owe him that, at least.”
“Really, sir?” said Ponder. “Won’t it make things worse?”
“I’d like him to know why we did all this, even if it’s only for a moment!”
“Are you sure that’s a good idea, Mustrum?” said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.
The Archchancellor hesitated. “No,” he said. “but it’s mine. And we’re going to do it.”

– on confidence |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“In addition, it is possible that a collective of Auditors with sufficient presence in the material world may develop crude physical senses, and so I have adapted some catapult bows to fire a mixture of intense, er, stimuli. Old references suggest chili, essence of Wahoonie or Blissberry blossoms, but modern thinking inclines to HIggs & Meakins Luxury Assortment.”
“Chocolate?” said Ridcully.
“They don’t like it, sir.”
“But those things can live in empty space and inside stars, man!”
“Where chocolate is significantly absent, sir,” said Ponder, patiently. “They keep away from it. Also, it comes handily packed. They particularly don’t like the Strawberry Whirl.”
Ridcully picked up a bow, pointed it at a wizard, and fired. There was a distant “ow!”
“Hmm. Spreads nicely on impact,” he said. “Well done, Mr. Stibbons. I’m impressed. You are in charge.”

– I hope Ponder performed the Rite of AshkEnte to ask Death to ask Susan what to do |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Hex confirms that, er, that our recent activities have left camiloops between our world and Roundworld, sir. That is to say, residual connections that may be used deliberately or inadvertently from either side. Magic doors, in fact, drifting without anchor. These will evaporate within a matter of days. Um…”
“I don’t want to hear ‘um,’ Mr. Stibbons. ‘Um’ is not a word we entertain here.”
“Well, the fact is that since the camiloops are spread over centuries, the Auditors may very well have been in Roundworld for some time. We have no way of knowing for how long. Hex, um, sorry, does report some circumstantial evidence that humans are dimly aware of their malign meddling, albeit at a very mundane level as evidenced by the findings of a researcher called Murphy.“

– on Murphy’s Law |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“The hour, Mr. Stibbons, is for you to come up with some way to kill Auditors!”
“They’re indestructible, sir!”
“All right – ninety minutes!”

– on managers |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“It’s like a play, Dean,” said Ponder Stibbons. “The characters just see the act they’re in. They don’t see the scenery being shifted because that’s not part of the play.”
+++ Despite being wrong in every important respect, that is a very good analogy +++ Hex wrote.


lies to wizards | Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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Ponder had taken him aside earlier and had explained that, since Rincewind was so experienced at this sort of thing, he was going to be given four of the most, er, interesting tasks. That was how he had put it: ‘er, interesting’. Rincewind knew all about ‘er, interesting’. There was a giant squid out there with his name on it, that’s what it meant.

– He’s been living his life a long time; he knows how it works |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch