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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar North
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    Did that anchorite get eaten by the lion?Report

  2. Avatar Will Truman
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    I’m trying to get caught up!Report

  3. Avatar James K
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    So, what do you think was the deal with Vorbis in the desert? Was he pretending the whole time, or did he just snap out of it?Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to James K
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      The answer to that is tied up with the answers to these:

      * Why did Vorbis try to kill the tortoise?
      * Why was Vorbis afraid of Brutha?

      I think the answer to your question is that Vorbis originally really was catatonic. We saw him gradually get better, able to walk and eat. As he did, he observed Brutha talk to the tortoise and eventually realized that it was Om and that Om wanted him dead. At that point he was able to make his mind opaque to Om, and waited for his chance to ambush Brutha and kill Om. He was still afraid, because he knew that his claim to be prophet could be threatened by Brutha, who really was a prophet, which is why his next step was to goad Brutha into attacking him, so he could have Brutha killed too.Report

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