|Friday, October 7th, 2005|
10:05a - Subject Subject to Subject's Subjective Analysis*
Because it's been asked, I should note that I'm NOT available this weekend (sorry, perlandria, I would have loved to have seen you, and I hope you're having a great time at SiliCon, misdev) -- I'll be somewhere in the wilds of the east bay trying to recall my camping chops with lindygale.
I'm being amused by an interesting e-mail bug. It's under the category of e-mail programs that assume way too much about the language of replies.
A customer in Germany sent us a fairly complicated question that looked simple -- you know, the worst kind. I wound up handing it off to the UK office, which had a few further exchanges.
I noticed that the subject lines in the call log kept getting longer -- message subjects from us were being prepended with the classic "Re:", which most english email programs recognize properly, and thus know not to add an endless line of "Re:Re:Re..."'s. Yes, they used to do that in the bad ol' days.
Only the message were coming back from our erstwhile German with the prefix "Antwort:", which would in turn have yet another "Re:" placed in from of it. A quick trip to bablefish, and I discover that Antwort is german for "Answer".
By the time the problem was resolved, the subject line was almost double it's orginal length, with a line of "Re: Antwort: Re: Antwort: Re: Antwort: Re: Antwort:".
Ok, maybe it's not so funny now that I've written it down. Call it a bizarre geek nostalgia.
And what's this weirdness I hear about people turning their blogs into 6 figure income generating machines, and they have NOTHING to do with porn?
* Gotta love the english language.
current mood: awake
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11:42a - Ego Surfing Re-visted
I rarely do memes, as a rule. But after I saw kshandra's version of this one, I figured I'd give it a try.
Type "[your name] needs" (in quotes) into Google and post the first ten (distinct) results.
My first attempt, "Yohannon needs", produced no results (sniff). I almost didn't bother doing the obvious alternative, "John needs", but I needed to take a break, so what the hey, right?
- John needs a good home.
- John Needs Your Bone Marrow!
- When spoken to, John needs a few seconds to gather his response and sometimes a prompt to let him know you are waiting for his response.
- John needs a way to assign an item's UUID to an attribute (as opposed to assigning a reference), so I added a new form of attribute-assignment to parcel.xml.
- Therefore, John's needs are the most demanding regardless of what size mountain the other people will ultimately climb.
- John needs our help.
- John needs to focus more on keeping on task and ensuring he completes his work.
- John needs something that is admirable, but rare and hard to find, namely wisdom.
- John needs to find out which Special is killing the others.
- John needs to work to create a healthy place for romance.
current mood: silly
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