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April 7th, 2008
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Well, it was funny at 4:30 AM
IM convo between roaminrob and I as we're trying to mash the last bugs out of the new mailserver. Context: At this point we're trying to manually wade through a number of user e-mail accounts on the system that didn't get transferred to the new box correctly, to determine whether they're in active use or need to be shut down.

Bax: (spoken) *snerk*
Rob: (spoken) What's so funny?
Bax: # alias eat='su -s /bin/sh -c "pine -p ~nccnuser/.pinerc"'
Bax: I did this just so I could type
Bax: # eat squid
Rob: # eat squid & die;
(Later)
Bax: # eat sent-mail
Bax: Hey, look, I'm Microsoft Exchange!
(The joke refuses to get old, but does turn off-color)
Bax: # eat cowboy
Bax: Starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Rob: D-:
(Finally culminating in:)
Bax: Oh great.
Bax: The worst yet:
Bax: # eat peter
Rob: Dude.
Bax: And the worst part?
Bax: He's never used it.
Rob: Well, he has now!!
Bax: Yes, except we're about to cut it off D:
(We both bust out laughing.)
Bax: (spoken) Oh, this is so going on Livejournal.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 7th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
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This is going to be so much less amusing once we've had sleep ... in a couple of days.
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From:baxil
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
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My mental list of "things to blog about" is exponentially higher than my list of "things I've actually written" right now. And it's a high exponent. :-( I need more writing time.
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From:packbat
Date:April 7th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Nah, it's funny sober. :)

(Actually, is there a word-pair for "sleep-deprived"/"not sleep-deprived" equivalent to "under the influence of alcohol"/"not under the influence of alcohol"?)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
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sleepy/alert?
tired/awake?
drowsy/rested?
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From:packbat
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes, that's true. I was thinking of the mind-altering properties of sleep-dep, as opposed to alertness, but I guess those might be pretty variable among the population.

(For example, I get this thing where music will change tempo on me when I'm punchy from lack of sleep. I don't imagine that's common.)
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From:baxil
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps this calls for neologisms. I propose "sleepdrunk" and "sleepsober."
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From:packbat
Date:April 7th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Hmm ... yes, yes, that could work. Or, at least, I'm too sleepbuzzed to come up with anything better. ;)

Seriously, though, they're not bad. They are a little of an inversion, though - one could get confused thinking they meant "drunk on sleep".
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From:arethinn
Date:April 9th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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"Sleepdrunk" to me would be not the state of sleep deprivation, but what you are when you have been quickly and rudely awakened, and cannot immediately orient yourself.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Heehee, fun stuff.

Another fun thing about reading this chat log: you guys use punctuation! Sometimes I see chat logs put up by other people, and there's not a period or comma to be found. Have you heard the internet-β types described as "emotionally deadened"? I think a lack of punctuation might be a telling symptom of that.
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From:kadyg
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Bax and I do run with a pretty literate crowd. All our IMs from when we were dating could probably be published in book format with no editing needed. I'm not sure if that makes us advanced users or really Old Skool.
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From:necama
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Old School. Definitely. Personally, I can't stand the excessive use of acronyms and abbreviations that goes on today, as it takes me much longer to decipher what the meaning of any given phrase is. I like my thoughts complete and clearly expressed.
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From:baxil
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
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> I think a lack of punctuation might be a telling symptom of (being emotionally deadened).

I have no love for the βastards, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. There are any number of intellectually capable people there (the good memes have to come from somewhere; and look at the writing quality of things like the Something Awful articles), and I've got a number of local friends/coworkers that have healthy levels of empathy but can't punctuate to save their lives.

It's accurate for sure in that there's a certain texting style that is accepted as "internet hip," and the pressure to fit into the mold and make with the OH NOES and OMGWTFBBQs is greater on the β side than it is over here. But I don't see it as something people do because they're deadened. I'd say it's simply a weak cultural signifier -- like wearing a nice suit on a Saturday makes you marginally more likely to be an evangelical Christian.

At any rate - yeah, my default mode is to text-chat in proper English. It's probably symptomatic of the way I think. By the time words filter through my brain to my mouth and/or fingers, they've already been through multiple rounds of editing. I get uncomfortable when I don't have the spare brain cycles to be able to say what I mean.
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From:arethinn
Date:April 9th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
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LOL! I used to make silly custom DOS prompts for roughly the same reason. Posts like this are why I have a tag called "dood I'm so blogging this".
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