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25 July 2005

Two similar humorous exercises in jargon juxtaposition made me smile recently – excerpts follow. First, The War on Terror as viewed from the Bourne shell:
$ cd /middle_east/Iraq/Democracy
$ ./install
Install Error: Install failed. See install_log for details.
$ more install_log
Installed failed!
Prerequisite packages missing
Conflicting package Wahhabism found in /midde_east/Saudi_Arabia
Packages Church and State must be installed separately
File System /PeakOil nearing capacity
Please read the install guide to properly plan your installation.

And If World War II was a realtime strategy game this is what would be going on in the chat during the game (warning – lots of profanity – as you might expect):
benny-tow: hey ur losing ur guys in africa im gonna need help in italy soon sum1
T0J0: o **** i cant help u i got my hands full
Hitler[AoE]: im 2 busy 2 help
Roosevelt: yah thats right ***** im comin for ya
Stalin: church help me
Churchill: like u helped me before? sure ill just sit here
Stalin: dont be an arss
Churchill: dont be a commie. oops too late
Eisenhower: LOL


  1. David,

    Very witty, however a only a select few can really appreciate the wit that has actually gone into this joke… that select few being “Unix Folk”. Great though!


    Comment by Hakim Singhji — 25 July 2005 @ 6:53 pm

  2. I thought that this clip, forwarded to me by a friend was very relevent tot he general feeling around London caused my the terrorists:

    Comment by Sarah Bull — 2 August 2005 @ 3:29 pm

  3. I am so disappointed your prgm ate my comment. I briefly will retype them:

    1) This was hysterical – it had ROFLOL. Thanks for brightening my day.

    2) Won’t you consider a pda version of your site so I don’t have to sneak peaks at work- jeopardiziing my position. Thanks!

    Comment by michele — 10 August 2005 @ 8:39 pm

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