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February 21st, 2004
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Research request for San Franciscans
Still working on my writeup of last weekend. (*sigh*) I ended up scrapping what I had and starting over; it was really rather execrable. To lapse into gamer-speak, everyone writes critical failures once in a while.

But! In the meantime, let me post something genuinely original about the San Francisco gay marriage controversy; and make a request of my Bay Area friends and readers.

 [Photo: Gay marriage supporter with weird sign at SF City Hall] When kadyg and I went to San Francisco on Sunday, Feb. 15, I recall seeing this man; his sign, for obvious reasons, is fairly memorable. And now he's showing up again, in the background of a Feb. 20 Associated Press photo by Erin Lubin. The image at left is a detail crop from the AP photo. (N.b.: The image quality is this high because AP sends full-size photos to newspapers, not just the tiny ones you see on news Web sites.)

On Sunday, I didn't think to talk to the man about his display; we were pretty busy. But his reappearance jogged my memory, and so naturally, I turned to the Web, curious to read more details of whatever offbeat theory might be behind his signage.

I Googled xaskutanekol ... and no results.

Surprised, I tried murotunikel. Nothing. Not a single whisper of a hit. ("Bridgepointe" turns up nearly 10,000 probably unrelated pages, including a San Mateo shopping center and several town names. "12 Galaxies" is the name of a San Francisco club, but I'm not sure if that's relevant.)

Alright. Now the suspense is killing me. I want my crackpot theories now, darn it. (And if he's really just holding up a sign advertising local shopping centers and clubs, I'd like to at least know what Xaskutanekol and Murotunikel have to do with it.)

If any of you are in the area, since he appears to be a regular among the in-front-of-City-Hall set, I'd really appreciate it if someone could go talk to him, get the skinny on his sign, and get an unobscured picture of it. If not -- maybe you know someone in the city and could pass word of this on to them.

This is going to drive me nuts otherwise.

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From:rosefox
Date:February 21st, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
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His name is Frank Chu. I think dragon_spirit has chatted with him; ask her.
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From:baxil
Date:February 21st, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)

Mystery solved, apparently

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Ah! Many, many thanks. A "Frank Chu" Google search was much more productive. Andrewsinclair.org's coverage is representative.

This is every bit as fascinating as I thought it would be. :) But I'm still curious as to what Xaskutanekol and Murotunikel are, darn it.
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From:xydexx
Date:February 21st, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)

How To Amuse And Confuse People

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This is going to drive me nuts otherwise.
"However much you think about a mondo it makes no sense - even clamps and pliers cannot get hold of it. Yet at the same time, if it is a good mondo, the longer you think about it the more it seems like it ought to make sense - although you can never figure out why. Beyond that much, a truly great mondo sticks to your mind like hot pine pitch - gumming up your thought process for weeks on end." (emphasis mine)
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From:frameacloud
Date:February 21st, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I don't know what Xaskutanekol and Murotunikel mean, but let's use them as the names of some story characters anyway.
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From:baxil
Date:February 21st, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)

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GMTA. :)
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From:kistaro
Date:February 21st, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I want to recruit him into the- wait, this is a public entry. I cannot let my secret allegiances to groups that do not yet exist be known!

On the flip side, that looks exactly like the sort of thing I'd do just to make the world a bit more surreal. But from the linked literature, I don't think that's what's up with him. Shame, though, it would be much better if it was.
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From:sebboi
Date:February 21st, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
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If I had to guess, I would say that I 'xaskutanekol' and 'murotunikel' are one of the 130 Galaxies, 12 of which were guilted into joining a NAFTA-esque Rocket Society by Clinton.
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From:baxil
Date:February 21st, 2004 11:33 pm (UTC)

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I think that sounds the most plausible, in the absence of further explanation. The fact that there can be "murotunikel repercussions" makes me think it's a place to be repercussed against or by.
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From:sebboi
Date:February 22nd, 2004 12:53 am (UTC)

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My thinking as well.

Snappy little tune on that webpage, all about Frank.
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