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June 19th, 2007
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How is it, that in the middle of a conversation about open-source oysters, I somehow managed to miss the "pearl scripting" joke until someone else hit me with it right between the eyes?

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From:eclective
Date:June 20th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
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....entirely randomly, I've been meaning to ask this for an age, but what or where is "~yuba"? I always think of, er, Yuber from the Suikoden series when I see it.
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From:baxil
Date:June 20th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
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I was wondering when someone was going to ask about my location tagging! ];=8)

Old geek shorthand: ~ (tilde) by itself refers to your home directory on a UNIX system. So my entries such as ~/brainstorm and ~/laptop refer to items within my "home directory"; e.g. computers at my place of residence.

A tilde suffixed by a username is a shorthand reference to their home directory. So ~yuba refers to me being within the "residence" of my workplace, Yubanet; same with ~calorg = California Organics (though there are new Internet access restrictions there, so if I post something from ~calorg these days it's likely to be work related but typed up from home).

We're near the Yuba River (and Yuba County), hence the name. So probably unrelated. Probably. I don't think there are any undead dragons lurking around waiting to be summoned by dark knights, and I don't have any particular desire to check. ;-)
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From:eclective
Date:June 20th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
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Ah, gotcha! I had wondered about the tildes, as well; I was vaguely aware that the ~/something tags were references to file systems, but I do occasionally parse just the ~username tags as being cutesy. I'll know better in future!

....that you work for something called Yubanet I still find rather unsettling, but I believe you when you say you're unaware of the presence of any otherworldy chaos-causing entities bent on world destruction. *nods*
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From:baxil
Date:June 20th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
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I figure, hey, as long as I'm alive, I'm safe. They wouldn't hire a dragon planning to kill him and send the unliving corpse out to wreak havoc.

... Or would they?

(*blinks and jolts in chair as brain electrodes kick in; then smiles pleasantly and vacantly*)
From:premchai21
Date:June 20th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
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So why are cats so creative?

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From:baxil
Date:June 21st, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
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They ... uh ... er.

This is another setup line that I'm going to completely miss until the pun whacks me like a boomerang on the back of the head, isn't it?
From:premchai21
Date:June 21st, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Well, they're always in touch with their mews, y'know. *nod*

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From:baxil
Date:June 23rd, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I would feel much worse about not foreseeing this one if I hadn't at least partially redeemed myself with the "mother of perl" pun below.
From:premchai21
Date:June 24th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
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How do you measure the output of an electronic prayer wheel?

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From:baxil
Date:June 25th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I'd imagine in Aums ... :)

Reminds me some of Cerulean's classic pun, which is still worth bookmarking.
From:premchai21
Date:June 26th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
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D'oh! x.x I'll have to try for a less obvious one…

Well, here's one, though it's not bipartite. Also it would be an interesting exercise to see whom it offends and whom it doesn't (it's hard for me to tell from here). (Readers who are easily offended, please brace yourselves now and prepare to flame me, or not.)

You're familiar with the Great Vowel Shift, right? The big shift in the pronunciation of vowels that marked an important boundary between Middle English and Modern English? Everyone's heard of that. But what you don't hear about is the Great Consonant Shift. And why not? Well, it was discovered in 2002 by the obscure American linguist Achmed Al-Literat. It was quite a find, really; he wrote a whole book on it, or at least the manuscript for one.

Problem was, he was flying to a linguistics conference in Denmark to show some of his colleagues the manuscript for better review before publication—and he was arrested and thrown in prison at the security checkpoint. For attempting to bring ex-plosives onto the plane.

Discuss, or not.

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From:arethinn
Date:June 20th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
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So what's the mother of perl?
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From:baxil
Date:June 21st, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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If the oyster's their father, then their mother is the c.
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From:arethinn
Date:June 21st, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
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pun++!
From:premchai21
Date:June 21st, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
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*griiiin*

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