casting the runes

casting the runes

(jargon)
What a guru does when you ask him or her to run a particular program because it never works for anyone else; especially used when nobody can ever see what the guru is doing different from what J. Random Luser does.

Compare incantation, runes, examining the entrails; also see the AI koan about Tom Knight.
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15pm Robert Lloyd Parry, of Nunkie Theatre Company, will present the MR James ghost story Casting the Runes at Newcastle City Library.
In my guise as Mirror mystic Claire Voyant, I set out to divine next Saturday's six winning Lottery numbers by reading the tarot cards, casting the runes, dream interpretation, studying tea-leaves, numerology and even peering into a crystal ball.
You can just picture Linford Christie casting the runes to decide whether to defend his Olympic 100 metres title.
Saturday, November 8, sees Casting the Runes and The Residence at Whitminster, two MR James' ghost stories, performed by storyteller Robert Lloyd Parry.