15 November 2006
Submitted by eve on Wed, 11/15/2006 - 8:49pm. Funny
\"Wow... what a relic!\"
\"Yeah, it\'s like 2000 called and wants its dotcom style back.\"
\"...I meant the typewriter on the bookcase.\"
--A woman and a man in the lobby of the W Hotel
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My apologies in advance.
Posted by Bael on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 1:52pm.
An alleged friend dropped this on me recently, and I\\\'ve been going steadily insane as a result.
In the fine upstanding tradition of supervillians everywhere, (with all due regards to the Riddler) I have decided to share the pain.

Three words in the English language end in -ngry. What are they?

I can think of two, but the third is making me crazy(er). I won\\\'t mention the ones I know to avoid contaminating your thought processes with a possible dead end.
Best of luck, etc.
Bwahaha... I feel better already.

Reality is the leading cause of stress in the world today.
Thank you
Posted by Bael on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 8:35pm.
Ye gods that\\\'s embarassing. My feeble internet skills didn\\\'t find any of that. Thank you all for the relief.
The version I got was a highly mangled version, apparently. It definately read \\\"end in -ngry\\\", and did not mention angry or hungry. I\\\'ll get back to you when I pass this back along.
Again, many thanks.

Reality is the leading cause of stress in the world today.
Posted by Saint on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 1:56am.
*sigh* Google ruins trivia. I mean, how are my mad trivia retention skills supposed to impress people if everyone can just find answers any time they want?

As for your internet skills not being up to snuff, you`ve sort of got to have an idea of what site might have the information to begin with--I don`t think just throwing it in quotes and seeing what happens (my usual search tactic) would work very well for this sort of thing.

So now I`m wondering which words you did come up with, if you didn`t think of angry and hungry.
Yay, Google
Posted by Desert Fox on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 9:21am.
Lots and lots of answers...






\\\"Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit.\\\" -- Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto
Posted by steff on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 8:04pm.
halle-friggin-lujah. thank you so much. i was leery of clicking on something that said 6 new comments because i was afraid of having to scroll through porn links. heh.

you know, because porn frightens me so.

that should be our anti-porn motto: take back march!

thank. you.
Posted by Apple on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 10:14pm.
I\\\'m alive!! Really. I swear! Ask people! They know!

Just wanted to say, \\\"Thanks, Eve!\\\"

Steff, your birthday is in March. Too late to change it from porn month. Sorry.


Mine\\\'s in March too?? Dammit!

And, holy slash festival, batman!
Posted by Matt on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 9:00am.
Hi, Apple!

And thank you, Eve! Thank you thank you!

The site may be limping along, but nobody likes graffitti.
I wish I had dotcom style...
Posted by Somnambulist on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 9:53pm.
Ah, for the days of yore (wherein yore = 2000)...

Things were better back then, I tell ya...
...not that things were easy, mind ya... why, I used to have to pound out those posts with naught but a 333 Hz processor... uphill! In the snow!
Posted by Matt on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 7:44am.
Wow, Som! That computer was suuuuuper old! At least the computer I was using in the early 90s had a 1.4 *Mega*hertz processor. Yours was, like, one fourth that fast!

Speaking of computers, I had a temp job end of last year setting up workstations, using 933MHz processors on 512MB RAM. Granted, the biggest program they ran was IE 6.x, but they ran Win2K rather speedily. I was surprised.
Silly e...
Posted by Somnambulist on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 12:54pm.
I suppose I dropped an M somewhere... I\\\'ll go look for it.

No, even the oldest computer I have has more power than that...
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 12/22/2006 - 3:16pm.
Happy Solstice everyone! And Christmas, Channuka, Kwanzaa, and any I may be missing. How about a religious Friday song?

Dashing through the snow in my rusty Chevrolet.
Down the road I go, sliding all the way.
I need new piston rings. I need some new snow tires.
My car is held together by a piece of chicken wire!

Oh, rust and smoke, the heater\\\'s broke, the door just blew away.
I light a match to see the dash and then I start to pray-ay.
The frame is bent, the muffler went, the radio\\\'s okay.
Oh, what fun it is to drive this rusty Chevrolet!

I went to IGA, to get some Christmas cheer.
I just passed up my left front tire and it\\\'s gettin\\\' hard to steer.
Speeding down the highway, right past the county cops.
I have to drag my swampers just to get the car to stop.

Oh, rust and smoke, the heater\\\'s broke, the door just blew away.
I light a match to see the dash and then I start to pray-ay.
The frame is bent, the muffler went, the radio\\\'s okay.
Oh, what fun it is to drive this rusty Chevrolet!

Bouncing through the snowdrifts in a big, blue cloud of smoke.
People laugh as I drive by; I wonder what\\\'s the joke!
I have to get to Wal-Mart to pick up my layaway,
Cause Santa\\\'s comin\\\' soon in his big, old, rusty sleigh!

Oh, rust and smoke, the heater\\\'s broke, the door just blew away.
I light a match to see the dash and then I start to pray-ay.
The frame is bent, the muffler went, the radio\\\'s okay.

Oh, what fun it is to drive this rusttttttttty Chevroooooooleeeeeet!

Down with the soulless minions of orthodoxy!
Posted by Saint on Sun, 12/24/2006 - 10:05am.
I like that. :D

But Wal-Mart doesn`t do layaway anymore; they did away with it just in time for the holidays (which I`m sure has absolutely nothing to do with our disappointing holiday sales).
Posted by Monk on Tue, 11/28/2006 - 12:46pm.
hello all! how goes the chatting? ;)

So.....it goes under the bay???
Chatting? Pah!!
Posted by Mike on Wed, 11/29/2006 - 7:56am.
.- .-.. .-.. / - .... . / -.-. --- --- .-.. / -.- .. -.. ... / .- .-. . / .. -. - --- / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. ./ - .... . ... . / -.. .- -.-- ... .-.-.-
Morse is so last century.
Posted by Saint on Thu, 11/30/2006 - 1:30pm.
01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110111 01100001 01110110 01100101 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100110 01110101 01110100 01110101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00101110
Posted by copperhead on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 3:24am.
ne iu parol Esperanto jam ne?

i went to war for my country and all i got was this lousy stump.
The future is a blind alley.
Posted by Mike on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 1:02pm.
New languages? The concept of zero? Seriously, you guys are missing the point. Old things are tried and true. They`re comfortable, like my lucky... eep, um never mind that.

You`re really tempting me to make some big elaborate hieroglyphics-based post, and I really don`t want to, because this thread is also about laziness. Yes, tradition and laziness.

Oh, and spammers. (*shrug*) The internet is so weird.
Typewriters and empty nests
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 8:09pm.
I learned to type on an old manual typewriter, and computer keyboards are easier in every way. Plus that old typewriter had the slowest connection to the internet ever! ha ha I am so funny :)

And I am finally an empty nester. And since I am also single, that is a huge change. It is quite an adjustment. Time will tell how well I do.

Down with the soulless minions of orthodoxy!
I learned when i was 13 itulo
Posted by axiale05 on Fri, 11/24/2006 - 1:39pm.
i learned when i was 13 ituloy angsulong
Good lord!
Posted by hypoxic on Sat, 11/25/2006 - 1:21pm.
They\\\'re on the front page now? Crap.

BTW hope everyone\\\'s Thanksgiving was good. I made a nice heritage turkey that came out beautifully.
Someone has a bookcase?
Posted by Mike on Thu, 11/16/2006 - 2:23pm.
Approaching the singularity-- we must be near it by now, right? I know the rate of change on the internet is out of phase with the rest of the world, but even on the streets I`m starting to feel old and/or like the Unabomber in terms of personal ludditism (is that a word?). Not having a cell phone doesn`t mean I`m Amish, dammit, it means I don`t want to talk to you! Explaining away the rotary land-line is a bit more difficult, though.

Maybe I just like old things? I would love a working typewriter. (*shrug*) Puts me ahead for when nostalgia kicks in and everybody wants to go retro. Or when their cheap newfangled crap falls apart and/or turns out to cause terminal diseases, whichever comes first.

</off my lawn!>
Hey another luddite!
Posted by hypoxic on Sat, 11/18/2006 - 3:25pm.
Sweet! I don\\\'t own a microwave or have cable TV. But I have a cell phone and no land line. Where does that rank me?
Well, I have a microwave, but
Posted by Bael on Sun, 11/19/2006 - 10:25am.
Well, I have a microwave, but no cell phone. And I still haven\\\'t wrapped my mind around paying for TV. And my car is older than I am.
I am not really not a Luddite. I just don\\\'t see paying ridiculous sums of money for something I don\\\'t need or want.
I like having my phone tethered to the wall where I can find it.
I dislike the idea of people leaving me a message on voice mail and expecting me to drop my life for their convenience. If you want something from me, the least you can do is talk to me.

Reality is the leading cause of stress in the world today.
The PC term is technology-impaired
Posted by Mike on Mon, 11/20/2006 - 7:55am.
I`m not a luddite, I`m just lazy! Having a land line means I have an excuse not to catch a call, and last year`s resolution was to read more, which has had an adverse effect on my TV viewing. Have you ever turned off the television to read in between commercials only to realize hours later that you were supposed to be watching something? It`s TV`s own fault for giving me such a short attention span.

And my microwave broke over the weekend. I blame you guys.
Yep. Turned off the TV to rea
Posted by triticale on Sun, 12/03/2006 - 7:03pm.
Yep. Turned off the TV to read between commercials twentysome years ago, and never turned it back on.
Posted by Matt on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 7:02pm.
I weaned myself off of TV over the last five or six years, but now that I\\\'m cohabitating with my SO, I catch smatterings of this and that. And lemme tell ya, you\\\'re not missing a damn thing.

Okay, so I catch Cal football on TV every chance I get, but I don\\\'t really consider that TV, considering I watch it in a bar with no sound and go back to my magazine when the commercials are on.
Yeah, but it`s in another state.
Posted by steff on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 4:17pm.
i have a 1930s era typewriter. i got it for free at a garage sale... from the original owner, i think. it does not, of course, work.

it`s sitting on the bookcase, back in iowa. grr.
Solid, liquid, gas
Posted by Somnambulist on Wed, 12/13/2006 - 10:13am.
It`s nice to see that I`m not the only person like that...

``Oh, I have one of those... it`s in... hmm... California? No, Arizona; that`s right... well, anyways...``

Speaking of, I had three typewriters at one point; two manual and an IMB electric with 24 (or so) bytes of memory... fancy!
They`re in Alaska.
Old .. yeah
Posted by dave on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 2:14am.
Nothing like turning out to pre-season soccer training, looking at all the new young guys and realising that some of them hadn\\\'t been born when you finished your uni degree ...

then you realise just how long it is since you finished your degree and that its a rather distant milestone these days

then you realise your looking at which high school to send your kids to ...

but at least I\\\'m not yet at the point where they\\\'re running websites and leaving home and working and all.

Just how bad is that to deal with ParU ;)

\\\"Million to one chances happen nine times out of ten\\\"
Empty nest & typewriters, oh my!
Posted by ParU on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 10:40pm.
Well when I moved out of my last house I had two typewriters, one electric portable and one manual portable (that I had typed my masters thesis on when there was no power). Ended up giving them to the Salvation Army. And yes Dave eventually your kids will grow up and have their own websites and you\\\'ll have to watch what you say. Manys the time I\\\'ve had an email from Eve that says \\\'Dad.........\\\' and responds to something I\\\'ve posted here (some of which she nukes from time to time). So yes it\\\'s humbling to be admonished by someone whose diapers you\\\'ve changed.
It\\\'s Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Saint on Sun, 11/19/2006 - 3:00am.
Hey, Unit! Long time no see. Er, read. Whatever.

Speaking of nuking posts, I sent Eve an e-mail regarding a porn-spammer in the back pages, but I don`t know if she got it (I know if I`d received an e-mail from a random person, it`d be deleted). The offender`s name is bossprym, and his handy-work is on display in the 24 January 2004 thread. If he`s in any other threads, I haven`t found them...but with the tracker still doing its own thing, who knows?
Since we`re on the subject...
Posted by Mike on Mon, 11/20/2006 - 8:24am.

That`s graffiti all right.
Stupid spammers
Posted by eve on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 4:52pm.
Thanks for pointing that out. Give me a few minutes, \\\"boomer\\\" will be banned for life.
Very stupid
Posted by Mike on Wed, 11/29/2006 - 8:04am.
No, seriously, why do they keep doing this? No, don`t tell me: the answer can`t be healthy.

[edit] die in fires, spammers. The only thing worse than evil is evil done incompetently.
Posted by copperhead on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 4:17am.
not porn, just annoying. and downright puzzling.

i went to war for my country and all i got was this lousy stump.
Posted by Saint on Wed, 12/06/2006 - 9:31am.
Just fucking stop already.

Er, not you, copperhead. I mean the spammers. Thought I should clear that up.

--I am powerless over my addiction to parenthesis.--
Like viruses
Posted by Mike on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 11:24am.
We already discussed the counterintuitive mindset of the typical sleazy jerk, remember? Spammers never just go away. Hell, some seem to be adapting. Just more proof that humanity is doomed in the long run.
Posted by Saint on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 6:11pm.
God, I wish I had the power to bring down the ban-hammer and nuke posts. I`d almost rather see IP shut down, than live on to become a wasteland of spam.

...of course, there might be some who`d say it was far too late for that years ago....
Posted by steff on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 6:27am.
copperhead: singlehandedly reviving the site for today.
Posted by copperhead on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 6:39am.
eh, sorry, went a little crazy. been deprived of the computer for a while, plus i have a lot of time on my hands right now.

but, imagine the faces of the people logging in to see if anyone\'s posted anything.

i went to war for my country and all i got was this lousy stump.
Ug, spammers
Posted by eve on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 1:43pm.
Hey guys -- Sorry about the spammers. Turns out it\\\'s harder than I thought to really ban people who can just sign up again. I\\\'m going through and deleting whatever I can find by hand, but that isn\\\'t a particularly long term solution. I\\\'m thinking about it, though.
The dangers of war
Posted by eve on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 2:02pm.
Ok, I\\\'m deleting comments as fast as I humanly can, but I think I just deleted a few legit comments among the spam -- my apologies to their authors. Think of it as friendly fire.

As a stopgap measure, how would the community at large feel about disabling new accounts? I\\\'m not sure if Drupal supports it, but it\\\'d be a way to allow the regulars to stay without allowing any more spammers in. (Of course, the existing spammers would still have to go. I\\\'m still figuring out how to delete accounts altogether. Bear with me.)
True Words
Posted by Somnambulist on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 10:53pm.
Trust an old soldier;
Friendly fire... isn`t.
Posted by eve on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 2:03pm.
Ok, I figured out how to delete accounts entirely, instead of just comments. It *should* delete all comments they made, too.

Also, I\\\'m going to work on adding this module :


...Which keeps anyone with a troll-designated IP address from signing up again. It\\\'s a good start. :-)
Still working
Posted by eve on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 3:09pm.
...Ok, I\\\'ve deleted the most recent offenders accounts (older offenders are harder to track down in the user account management system). And I\\\'ve deleted a couple hundred comments. I should probably get back to work now. But hopefully I made a dent in the clutter.
Thank you, Eve!
Posted by Saint on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 4:19pm.
Thanks for all the hard work--not being a computer person, I didn\\\'t realize it would be such a hassle.

I would be okay with closing off the option to make new accounts, since all the new accounts seem to be spammers anyway.
Double thanks
Posted by Mike on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 3:16pm.
Yeah, I didn`t consider that either.

...one is still posting, though. And no, he won`t just take a hint and leave. He`ll try to fill the threads right back up again. (*sigh*) Spammers.

re: riddle

Wasn`t it just -gry? Because that one has an answer, although it`s a total cop-out.
Warning! spoilers!
Posted by steff on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 4:11pm.
the answer, if you can call it that, is here. the word detective explanation is pretty good too, IIRC, which said page also links to.

of course, then there`s nugry.
Link Fix
Posted by Somnambulist on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:54pm.
IP is still afflicted with the backslashes-o-doom, so here`s the backslashless version of those links...

Posted by steff on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 10:17am.
hey, thanks! i forgot about those.

wait, how do you do those, again? i know we`ve been through this, but...

(and, wait, why is google ads hawking a vampire hunter book at me? what have they heard?)
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