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Humor meme

April 2nd, 2008 (09:53 pm)
current mood: laughing

OK, I'm picking up cvirtue's meme:

  1. Post three links to humor you have found on the web which have made you laugh. Even better if they made you laugh so hard you had trouble breathing.
  2. Each should have a description -- no naked links!
  3. Post a link to the specific journal entry where you got this meme/game -- this will let readers follow the link-chain to get even more fun sites.
  4. Ideally, your own entry should not be friends-locked.

My choices:

  1. The iPod Zepto: yes, it's what it sounds like. "My iPod Zepto stopped playing and now it keeps eating flakes of dead skin that have settled on my furniture."
  2. Programming languages and their relationship styles: what languages would be like if they were people. The one about Prolog is my favorite. Accurate, too.
  3. The Demon Squirrel: your basic boy-meets-girl story. Except it's man-meets-squirrel. And they don't fall in love. And the man is riding a motorcycle and the squirrel is possessed by the Tasmanian Devil.


Posted by: Siderea (siderea)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Re 2.

Perl: You're incredibly enthusiastic and you have five different ways of doing anything that anyone could possibly want to do. As a result, you tend to overwhelm people and you leave a bad impression on people who could otherwise benefit from knowing you. You promise people answers to all their questions, but you're not ready for a real relationship. You like to guess what people want, but tend to jump to conclusions. When other people would say "what, really?", you've already gotten out a ball-peen hammer and a tub of beeswax. Because of this, people find themselves speaking to you using a range of expressions and vocabulary even more limited than what they'd use for someone who didn't speak the language at all.
*rotfl, gasping for breath helplessly and pointing*

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Re 2.

Indeed. :-)

For those who don't know: The simplest, most obvious example of the ball-peen hammer problem is "foo"+"bar" giving 0 instead of "foobar". Perl knows that + is always for numbers (even though the rest of the world likes to use it for strings, too), so it helpfully converts "foo" and "bar" to integers. Since they aren't integers, it can't; but it has to give you some answer, so it just says 0.

Now imagine an entire language that works this way (using the word "works" in the loosest sense, of course). Perl likes dogs and cats living together.

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