August 12th, 2009

Jeeves Nazis


"Bread and butter," said Greg.

"Cheese and crackers," countered Brigid.

"Thunder and lightning?"

"Pride and prejudice."

"Freebie and the Bean?"

"BJ and the Bear."

"Chico and the man."

"Bennie and the Jets."

"Benny and Joon."

"Rosencrantz and Gildenstern."

"Damon and Pythias."

"Castor and Pollux."

"Abbot and Costello."

"Grant and Lee."

"Chip and Dale."

"Josie and the Pussycats."

"Scylla and Charybdis."

"Romulus and Remus."

"Sodom and Gomorrah."

"Breaking and entering."

"Jeeves and Wooster."

"The devil and Daniel Webster."

"The devil and the deep, blue sea."

"The old man and the sea."

"The ghost and Mrs. Muir."

"Tippecanoe and Tyler, too."

"Four score and seven years."

"Stars and stripes."

"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet."

"No," said Brigid, shaking her head. "That's four."

"So it is," said Greg. "I concede."

-The Gneech

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Six Million Dollar Man

Geek Convention -- Where Are the Klingons?

Today was spent at CFUnited, which although it could be thought of as "See Funny Ted," is actually "C.F. United," as in ColdFusion. That's the scripting language I build webpages in for work, you see.

Yes. I was at a convention for a programming language. Such things actually exist. And frankly, 90% of the people who were there, looked like they could just as easily been at Dragon*Con, AnthroCon, Comic-Con, etc. Heck, the conference rooms were named things like "Galactica" and "Gondor" for cryin' out loud. All you needed to do was pull out a d20 and yell "Roll for initiative!" and you could have started a riot.

But, what was surreal about it, was all these geeks were being professional and day-jobby. Sure, they were wearing t-shirts and jeans, but they were t-shirts for things like Linux and various ISPs rather than "Cthulhu For President: When You're Tired of Voting for the Lesser Evil." And we all talked ColdFusion all day.

So it was a weird cross between being at a convention, and being at work. Consequently, it was simultaneously rather fun and incredibly dull.

-The Gneech