do it yourself indentations: updated
Much has been argued about the Rubaiyat indentations; reputations are at stake and points of view have been applauded and ridiculed* in equal measure. Somerton bloggers, those masters of the subject, have at times needed physical restraint lest they pick up the computer that holds the most recent comment that enraged them and hurl it through the nearest window.
The committee agreed that there must be a better way to sort this out.
The letter R is a good place to start: it’s the second letter in the first string. The first letter has been dealt with by the uniform tasked with the overwrite job, leaving him confused. He downs tools and walks over to another uniform, who has a look at it and shrugs his shoulders.
‘No bloody idea.’ he says.
The first uniform goes back to his desk and commences overwriting the letter R.
The argument is whether the uniform is intending to overwrite an indentation of the letter R – written as is – or is he going to overwrite indentations that make up the letter R?
It is upon this inconsequential matter that our small world turns.
We gave it a shot anyway. Here be the pics.
This experiment was undertaken by highly qualified scientists working within the secure compounds of the Ponds Institute of Australia.
The committee is obliged.
*… it looks as though at least two different detectives added it (the first one was very heavy-handed with the laundry pen so it ended up looking blobby, while the second one had a much lighter/smoother touch etc); or that a previous detective seems to have tried using a pencil to overwrite the indentations on the Rubaiyat itself before realizing that this was a completely stupid idea. NP.
Close, Nick, but no cigar.