Armin sent me this email:
You're not alone! I could touch him -- Elvis lives... standing in some little Tauren bar singing..."
It's hilarious to read what helpdesk staff has to cope with on a day to day basis; the web is full of those stories.
But it's even more hilarious to imagine how this may have looked like in the dark ages. No, not when DOS 5.0 came out -- I mean in the original dark ages:
(via Basic Thinking)
When Adam Curry discovered the concept of sitzend pinkeln" (peeing seated, even when you're male; a habit gaining ground at least in Germany) in one of his recent Daily Sourcecode episodes, I knew I had 2 cents to give away. And, lo and behold, he started his newly created "Are posh people pigs?" segment in "episode 452&episode_id=49221 by reading my email! :-)
I guess the woman sitting in front of me on the tram must have become really frightened by my loony grin when I reached 19:15 into the podcast and was hearing my own words:
Adam, mein Freund!
DSC 540 had me in tears, listening to you speaking German about good bathroom manners!
You're right, the concept of sitting down to pee is a pretty strange concept to some men, as you can see on this illustration:
But if it's explained well, a man can get used to it after a while. I got too, especially because it's my turn to clean the bathroom including the toilet every second week.
As you will have guessed until now, I'm a folder, as is every good German.
And Adam, no, although german women indeed are something special, my girl isn't forcing me to clean the bathroom. It's a matter of fairness to do it in turn -- she has to clean my shit every second week, too.
fn1. Not meant literally, we actually use the toilet brush, other than the (posh?) people your callers use to tell of.
You know your baby child is a born Unix hacker when it starts writing termcap entries manually
Angerwhale" is the name of a new blog software written in Perl, and its first official version "Angerwhale 0.02 was released%20Released.pod to CPAN~jrockway/Angerwhale-0.02/lib/Angerwhale.pm today.
Features include guaranteed valid XHTML 1.1 output, social tagging, categories, syntax highlighting, RSS and YAML feeds for every article, comment, tag, and category, nested comments, intelligent caching of everything, space-conserving mini-posts, search-engine (and human!) friendly archiving, a flashy default theme, and lots of other cool stuff.
The software is based on the Catalyst Web Framework and uses the file system as storage backend instead of a database like MySQL. Another interesting feature is that Angerwhale uses cryptography to map articles and comments to users:
[Angerwhale] determines authorship based on the post's PGP digital signature. These posts can be in a variety of formats (text, wiki, HTML, POD), and new formats can be added dynamically at runtime. Posting comments is also supported, and again, authorship is determined by checking the digital signature.
Finally, there's a contender for all the (great nonetheless) blog software written in PHP!