mule (my¡l) noun
1. The sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, characterized by long ears and a short mane.
2. A sterile hybrid, as between a canary and other birds or between certain plants.
3. Informal. A stubborn person.
4. A spinning machine that makes thread or yarn from fibers.
5. A small, usually electric tractor or locomotive used for hauling over short distances.
6. Slang. A person who serves as a courier of illegal drugs.
[Middle English, from Old French mul and from Old English múl, both from Latin múlus.]
alternative hard blues band Mule
members: Steve Albini (Big Black), Rey Washam, David William Sims (The Jesus Lizard)
The second half of the book, titled The Mule, is all about the rise of a myserious man called the Mule. He is a man who has the ability to sense and manipulate the emotions of others. He uses this ability take over one of the sovereignties bordering the Foundation, and has them wage a war against the Foundation.
While his sovereignty is waging the war, he then travels under the guise as refugee clown with Toran and Bayta Darrell to different worlds of the Foundation, using his abilities to undermine the Foundations' war effort by destroying morale. In the end, the Foundation falls without much of a fight.
While still under the guise of refugee clown, he travels with Bayta and Toran, along with psychologist Ebling Mis to Great Library of Trantor. They seek to contact the Second Foundation to help get rid of the Mule. The Mule, on the other hand, wishes to know the location of the Second foundation so he can use the First foundation to destroy it.
The Mule surreptitiously stimulates Ebling's mind, allowing him to make powerful insights while using the library as a resource. As Ebling lies dying, the insights having come at the cost of his health, he is just as he is about to reveal the location of the Second foundation when Bayta shoots him. She had shortly before realized the Mule had been traveling with them. She kills Ebling to prevent him from revealing the location. The Mule, defeated, leaves them to go reign over the Foundation.
track _The Mule_ by Naked Raygun off of _Jettison_ 12" on Caroline (1988)
a brilliance under mane
cloudy lens and subtle strain
a fury sears the vein in time
and momentum is decline
you see the man is sick
with power's arsenic
history will predict
what politic contradicts
change in sight
the lay is right
like a freak, in a beast, in the least
hang, hang, hang
in a spiralling humanity
there's a cycle we can see
in a throng's monstrosity odds are
there'll always be a mule
you never can predict
the mind of a lunatic
a mind so badly sick
with strange arithmetic
Atari 8-bit videogame _M.U.L.E._ (full disk/one side 720k 5.25" floppy) (Ozark Softscape/Electronic Arts)(1983)
Among old school game designers, the space colony game M.U.L.E. is widely admired, not just as a multiplayer milestone but as the best computer game, period. Using just 48K of memory, Dan Bunten introduced 1-4 players to a rich game of economic competition and cooperation on the planet Irata ("Atari" backwards). It's a robot gold rush as players use work-droids, called M.U.L.E.s, to stake claims on the map, which produce energy, food and valuable Smithore. While you can ruthlessly corner the energy market, drive up the cost of M.U.L.E.s, or employ many more Enron-like tactics, everyone loses if the colony fails.
It's anything but a stodgy number game. Bunten's
design philosophy was to abstract complex figures with easy symbols and
colorful bars. Auctions are joystick-controlled arcade competitions,
with buyers and sellers deciding how far up or down they're willing to
go to make a deal. Sadly, in the mayhem-oriented marketing of
32-bit-systems, there was no room for a M.U.L.E remake. According to
Computer Gaming World's Johnny Wilson, Bunten refused to finish a Sega
Genesis port when her bosses (by now she'd had a sex change) insisted on
adding guns and bombs to this nonviolent masterpiece.