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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby phreadom » Sat 04.21.2007 12:13 pm

keatonatron wrote:
Wait, so it's suddenly good to be geeky?


Yeah, now it's actually popular to be a geek.

And unfortunately I'm all too familiar with references to the answer to life, the universe and everything.

For instance, here's another example of it (that will also serve to illustrate my badge of geekiness)... in the db.localhost file on BIND nameservers, the serial number set for the localhost entry, which essentially never changes, is set to 42 in honor of Douglas Adams.

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$TTL    86400
$ORIGIN localhost.
@                       1D IN SOA       @ root (
[b]                                        42              ; serial (d. adams)[/b]
                                        3H              ; refresh
                                        15M             ; retry
                                        1W              ; expiry
                                        1D )            ; minimum

                        1D IN NS        @
                        1D IN A         127.0.0.1


The formatting didn't come through, but you get the idea. ;)
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby lalaith » Sat 04.21.2007 1:48 pm

zengargoyle wrote:
sigh, nobody caught my HHGTTG reference... therefore you all fail the second question of the geekiness test.


Oh, wait, that 42. Boy, I haven't read that series in many years. (I think Adams lost his magic in the later books, but those first two were hysterical as was the opener of the third with the expensive skinned alien insulting the galaxy.) Now if I had seen this equation back when I was in college I would have solved the integral and gotten the reference. But college was a long time ago.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby Hatori » Mon 04.30.2007 10:43 pm

EH?! I'm the only stupid one here.... :@
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby lalaith » Mon 04.30.2007 11:10 pm

Hatori wrote:
EH?! I'm the only stupid one here.... :@


Why?

Because you couldn't solve the integral? You're in high school, I thought. Have you even had calculus yet? If you haven't how you possibly be expected to solve it.

Or

Because you didn't catch a pop reference to a book that came out before you were even born? I saw on Amazon.com that they're issuing a special 25th anniversary edition of Hitchhikers. (Now, I'm feeling very old. :p)

Absolutely no reason for you to feel stupid, Hatori.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby phreadom » Tue 05.01.2007 2:50 am

Exactly. I had no clue about the math. I never got beyond basic Algebra.

I only got the 42 reference because of frequent references from my "peer group". I've never actually read any of the books (nor do I really have any interest).
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby keatonatron » Tue 05.01.2007 3:31 am

phreadom wrote:
I've never actually read any of the books (nor do I really have any interest).


You should read them! They are so great, even if you aren't a sci-fi fan.

I have no interest in science fiction or any of that "geeky" stuff, but Douglas Adams' books are all so funny, I'm a huge fan.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 05.01.2007 12:13 pm

douglas adams books are the geeks geek books.. honestly he is a self professed mega geek.. and he claims to write to the mega geeks themselves, I would imagine those that get his humor would be promptly named geeks by him and others that get the humor too.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby lalaith » Tue 05.01.2007 5:31 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
douglas adams books are the geeks geek books.. honestly he is a self professed mega geek.. and he claims to write to the mega geeks themselves, I would imagine those that get his humor would be promptly named geeks by him and others that get the humor too.



Not now he isn't. Douglas Adams died six years ago. And I know you're making a point about the geekiness of his books, but it's just a tad creepy for you to keep referring to a dead guy with the present tense. So figuring you didn't know he died (quite young, only 49), I thought I'd tell you.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby keatonatron » Wed 05.02.2007 3:50 am

two_heads_talking wrote:
douglas adams books are the geeks geek books.. honestly he is a self professed mega geek.. and he claims to write to the mega geeks themselves, I would imagine those that get his humor would be promptly named geeks by him and others that get the humor too.


"The ships floated in the air, in much the same way bricks don't."

That's not geek humor, anyone can get it.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby Valatunda » Wed 05.02.2007 4:46 am

keatonatron wrote:

"The ships floated in the air, in much the same way bricks don't."

That's not geek humor, anyone can get it.


That is not even humour. And no I did not get it. Maybe that is just my autistic mind?

Was it saying that the ships float because they just do? I am confused.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby SolidSnail » Wed 05.02.2007 7:01 am

keatonatron wrote:
"The ships floated in the air, in much the same way bricks don't."


That is so much like Terry Pratchett (Discworld series). I like it, but the problem is that past 1 or 2 books it gets very predictable.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby lalaith » Wed 05.02.2007 8:58 am

SolidSnail wrote:
That is so much like Terry Pratchett (Discworld series). I like it, but the problem is that past 1 or 2 books it gets very predictable.


I read Adams first. A friend suggested I try Pratchett, so I read the first book. My reaction was "This is a fantasy version of Douglas Adams."
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 05.02.2007 9:37 am

nope, i didn't realize he was dead.. I was not a big fan to be honest.. I never got his humor. Some of my friends were huge fans.. to the point of quoting "lock, stock and barrel" everything he ever wrote or produced.. it got to the point I would tune them out when they started quoting his books..

I guess since I look at it, I am a geek by association.. rofl.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby keatonatron » Wed 05.02.2007 10:17 am

Valatunda wrote:
keatonatron wrote:

"The ships floated in the air, in much the same way bricks don't."

That's not geek humor, anyone can get it.


That is not even humour. And no I did not get it. Maybe that is just my autistic mind?

Was it saying that the ships float because they just do? I am confused.


This type of humor is comparable to a paradigm shift: you are put into one train of thought and expect one outcome, but when the outcome is not as expected you have a reaction to it (in this situation, you're supposed to find it funny).

We use phrases like "in much the same way" (or simply "like") to draw comparisons and similarities. "He eats like a pig" or "I slept like a log"

In this sentence, we are expecting a comparison to show similarity, but instead of showing what object A is similar to, it is shown what it is dissimilar to.

Another thing I think makes it funny is that drawing a connection between what bricks don't do and what these ships do do to try and explain their behavior is absurd. Bricks don't do a lot of things (they don't do an infinite number of things, in fact).

Using this logic I could use what bricks don't do to explain any object in the universe.

Valatunda ate his meal very quickly, just like a brick doesn't.
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RE: Geekiness test level I

Postby Infidel » Wed 05.02.2007 12:39 pm

keatonatron wrote:

Using this logic I could use what bricks don't do to explain any object in the universe.



or use an angel food cake to map out the entire universe, with a little red arrow that says, "You are here."
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