Category: ponder stibbons

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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

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Ponder Stibbons picked up a different clipboard. He was beginning to collect clipboards. They proclaimed order in an increasingly hard-to-understand world. That’s all I’ve ever really wanted, he thought. I just want to feel that things are being ticked off properly.

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

Infinity is a bit tricky.

Infinity is a bit tricky.

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“I was thinking while I was running, Stibbons, as is my wont,” said Ridcully.
It’s going to be about the eyeball, isn’t it, Ponder thought. I’m pretty good on the eyeball now, but then he’ll ask about the parasitic wasp and that’s a puzzler, and then he’ll ask how exactly is evolution passed on and there’s a god-space right there. And then he’ll ask how do you get from a blob in the ocean to people by adding nothing but sunlight and time? And he’ll probably say: people know they’re people, did blobs know they were blobs? What bit of a blob knows that? Where did consciousness come from, then? Did the big lizards have it? What’s it for? What about imagination? And even if I can think up some kind of answers to all those, he’ll say: look, Stibbons, what you’ve got there is a lot of clockwork answers, and if I ask you how you can get from a big bang to turtles and spoons and Darwin, all you’ll be able to come up with is more clockwork. How did all this happen? Who wound it up? How can nothing explode? Theology of Species makes so much sense when–
“Are you all right, Stibbons?” He was aware of the Archchancellor looking at him with uncharacteristic concern.
“Yes, sir. Just a bit tired.”
“Only, your lips were moving.”

– Ponder’s anxiety is exactly like mine |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“You should get ready to move quickly, sir.”
“What are you doing, Stibbons?”
“I’ve got Hex to cast a thaumic glyph in conditional Darwin space,” said Ponder. “But to resolve it properly Hex will have to run the thaumic reactor a little higher than usual.”
“How much higher?” said the Dean suspiciously.
“About 200 percent, sir.”
“Is that safe?”
“Absolutely not, sir. Hex, glyphic resolution in twenty seconds. Dean, run! Run, sir!”

– working with Ponder is exciting |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“That would be unethical, Dean,” said Ridcully.
“Why? We’re the Good Guys, aren’t we?”
“Yes, but that rather hinges on doing certain things and not doing others, sir,” said Ponder.

– calling yourself good isn’t enough |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“There are quite a lot of reasons why that course of action might not, with ease, be rescued in any coherent way from the category of the insanely unwise, Dean,” he said, having worked out that the senior wizards lost interest in any sentence that went on past twenty words.

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

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“I see you have your “Born to Rune” jacket on, sir.”
“We’ve got a fight on our hands, Stibbons,” said the Dean, severely.

I guess Death gave it back |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Now I’m getting angry. We’re going to fight back, Mr. Stibbons!”
“I don’t think you can fight a whole universe, sir!”
“It’s the prerogative of every life form, Mr. Stibbons!”

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

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“I’ve got an idea,” said Rincewind. The other wizards turned, amazed at this revelation.
“Yes?” said Ponder.
“Why not just take it for granted that someone is out to get you?” said Rincewind. “That’s what I do. Don’t bother to work out the fine detail.”

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