I Put on My Robe and Lizard Hat

Sorcery, like all the arcane dark arts, is rooted in the ancient forgotten languages of the Old Ones, words never meant for the human tongue to speak. As such, seemingly trivial variations in tone or inflection may dramatically change the outcome of a spell. For example, a minor quarter-tone shift in pitch while casting the spell of transmutation can cause the spell to affect the caster rather than the target.


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40 thoughts on “I Put on My Robe and Lizard Hat

  1. Amy May 16, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    He must be an animagus!

  2. allein May 16, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Those tonal languages can be tricky..

  3. Deborah Gerish May 16, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Never forget the wizard Baruffio, who said S instead of F and turned himself into a lizard. (Thanks, Professor Flitwick.)

  4. Smartypants May 16, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Hehe, that expression! “Well, THIS is a pickle!”

    • Emmberrann May 16, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      A dilly of a response.

  5. Duckie May 16, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    They were told to practice…

  6. Murray C. May 16, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Perhaps he should try doing a raspberry? Or did that only work if you were a fly…..

  7. Juno May 16, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Tiny snark-free suggestion for NOMTOM: change “quarter note” to “quarter tone.” It will make more sense musically and make your commentary practically perfect in every way. (“Quarter note” relates to rhythm. “Quarter tone” relates to pitch.)

  8. Laura May 16, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Hee! Gorgeous lizard. 🙂 And speaking of lizards, we have a tiny lizard — about 4 inches (10 cm) long who has decided that we’re all major threats to him, so every day he climbs up on the back of one of the patio chairs beside the glass door and proceeds to puff out his throat (which is very red-orange so it’s impossible to miss), point his tail out and do four-legged pushups, and generally let us know that this is HIS house, dammit, and we’d better respect his authority! He’s getting less skittish when we move around inside, so I’m hoping to get a video of him one of these days. Lizards are so fun!

    • Faye May 16, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Perfect description. He’s huge in his own mind.

    • Mich Patt May 16, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Where do you live that you have lizards outside on your patio? They’re definitely one of my very favourite parts of the southwest USA. I live in Vancouver, Canada (similar climate to Seattle) and we don’t have lizards running around regularly. I’ve seen a western skink once or twice but it’s far easier to spot a slug. 😉

      • Haha May 16, 2016 / 6:59 pm

        I was planting flowers today and there was a woodpecker on the feeder (that I fill) clearly giving me the eye. “Would you get away so that I may enjoy my meal!”

        I hope you are able to get video of your new mini- lizard master. He sounds awesome!

      • Laura May 16, 2016 / 9:37 pm

        We’re in Florida. Lots and lots of little lizards all over the place — and yes, probably anoles, as Duckie suggests. I find them endlessly entertaining. Most of them run and hide the instant they see you, but this little guy has all the aggression of a lizard chihuahua — personality far greater than his physical size!

        I think he regards the dog as his enemy. Considering that the dog could inhale him and not even notice, she’s probably not as scared of him as he likes to think. 🙂

        • allein May 16, 2016 / 9:44 pm

          Okay, I didn’t know whether to post the lizard chihuahua or the wizard chihuahua, so…

          And, ok, not a chihuahua, but still…

          • Murray C. May 16, 2016 / 11:01 pm

            All of the Above caused inordinate glee.

        • Michelle P May 17, 2016 / 8:38 am

          I would love to have lots and lots of little lizards (anoles) all over the place. They’re so cute! Having been a chihuahua owner in the past, I can certainly understand this little dude’s complete lack of fear.

      • Ms Can Opener May 16, 2016 / 11:24 pm

        Banana slugs – Run everybody, RUN.

        • Michelle P May 17, 2016 / 8:40 am

          They’re not ALL bad. Have a quick Google image search for DIY-Dog-Costume-Banana-Slug. So dang cute!

          • allein May 17, 2016 / 8:44 am

            Okay, I looked and they’re cute but…I also came up with a Chia Pet! 😀

              • allein May 17, 2016 / 10:30 am

                Now I just need to get another dog so I can do this.

                • Laura May 17, 2016 / 5:14 pm

                  Oh my gosh, that is brilliant. The Chia pet costume, not a banana slug costume — there is NO WAY to make banana slugs cute. They were the bane of my childhood in the northwest. (You haven’t been grossed out until you’ve stepped on a six-inch banana slug, barefoot! ::shudder::) But there’s a costume event for all the local greyhound rescues every fall, and I’ve been trying to come up with something unique for Melody. She would make a GORGEOUS Chia pet! 😀 Let’s see, all I need is a cloth coat for her (it’s too warm down here for leggings like the model in the photo), that I can put a bunch of fake greenery through….oh yes, you have given me Ideas!

                  • allein May 17, 2016 / 5:19 pm

                    You realize if you do this you must submit pictures to ntmtom and reference this thread, right?

                    Also took Pablo out late one night when I was in my old apartment and he had to sniff at every icky slug he encountered. Ick.

                    • Laura May 17, 2016 / 6:15 pm

                      Well, yes, of course! My husband thinks I’ve lost my mind, but hey, he’s just lacking in appropriate creativity! I was thinking of making her a sheep — a white sheep, so her black head would stand out so well — but a Chia pet is just so much more interesting. And, okay, weird, but hey, weird wins costume contests, right?

                    • allein May 17, 2016 / 9:54 pm

                      I say go for it.

    • AJ May 16, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      “HIS house and respect my authority”, made me snort. Reminds me of a certain cartoon character.

    • Duckie May 16, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Sounds like an anole. I think.

    • fkaWaldenPond May 16, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Puffing throat?! Four-legged push-ups?! If he starts doing claps with the push-ups I’m sold.

  9. Mich Patt May 16, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    “You’re a lizard, Harry”.

    I love this photo.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike May 16, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Welcome to the site! It really is a great photo, isn’t it? The “expression” is what makes it so special.

      • fkaWaldenPond May 16, 2016 / 8:45 pm

        I want to wear both the expression and outfit during my daily public transit commute.

          • fkaWaldenPond May 16, 2016 / 9:17 pm

            Perhaps the entire bus!

        • AJ May 16, 2016 / 9:27 pm

          Ah heck, an outfit like that is almost normal in my city of San Diego (especially during Comic-Con!). I’ve seen some weird stuff on the buses and trolleys.

  10. murkle46 May 16, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    We’re off to see the lizard!The wonderful Lizard of Oz!

    • Haha May 16, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you! I’ll be humming and skipping the rest of the day.

      • Murray C. May 16, 2016 / 11:03 pm

        An ear lizard?

        • Haha May 16, 2016 / 11:44 pm

          People who’s names start with “Mur” are on a roll tonight! 🙂

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