19 November 2008

Fives: In-Geek Shibboleths

Simply use any of the following and the others will know you're one of them.

1. Epic fail

2. !!1!!one!

3. Offhand use of: {orthogonal, overclock, -endian, isotropic, "plugh" or "xyzzy", "It's a jump... to conclusions... mat.", /dev/null followed by laughter, pwned}

4. Significance associated with, or sense of "roundness" attributed to any of: {3.5 or 8, 4-40, 101 or 280, 555 or 741 or 3904, 632.8, 2600 (either), 4004, 65536}

5. Anything involving the non-existence of cake, e.g., "The cake is a lie." (*)

Bonus. Painting "Warren Robinett" on an actual Easter egg.


Feel free to add.

-g

ps (Credit to Merlin Mann who does lists of fives.)

10 comments:

G-Fav said...

Oops! In #4, I forgot {404, 808}, which are very different things.

-g

jopesche said...

I think there are various different kinds of geeks in question here. And they're not necessarily interchangable, which is perhaps a feature. So 'epic fail' (or FTW) is less indicative of in-group status than say /dev/null or isotropic or -endian. (I think I'd also add "...considered harmful" on the list).

But what this was really about is the numbers. I'll give you 101/280, 2600(s), 632.8 since you're a laser dork, 4004 (although I'd throw a bone to Z80 and 8088 here too), but you've lost me on the others. Explain! And I am pretty damn geeky.

G-Fav said...

Considered harmful! Considered harmful! Dang, I knew I was forgetting something...

You are on your way to winning a prize with the numbers-getting (I figured using Z80 would be too obvious). Do you really want me to explain? You'll smack yourself for some of them, I'm sure.

(No Googling!)

g

G-Fav said...

Way to go on 632.8, BTW.

ftw

g

Matthias said...

Ha! I just used "considered harmful" less than five minutes ago. (To describe a coworker, on IRC. In jest. Really.)

Most of the numbers went over my head except for 101/280. I thought maybe 4004 was for creationism geeks, but evidently not. And the cake IS a lie.

G-Fav said...

Woah, IRC. Forget it, man, you don't need to take the test. You're in.

Umm - what's the creationism angle for 4004?

g

Matthias said...

That would be this guy. I know, it's a stretch.

IRC is pretty much how we function at my job. That's why I was able to move 3000 miles away and it didn't really change very much.

jopesche said...

It's true. It's about time I got the 555 [etc.]. But neither Erin nor I are getting

3.5 or 8
4-40

which are (apparently) the first two you thought of. Hints, at least?

G-Fav said...

Yo -

I didn't intend this as a test, I was just goofing around. But I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Yeah, I bet if you read it as "five five five" instead of "five hundred fifty five" it would've clicked.

So... four forty and three-and-a-half or eight. Uh. You'd be "screwed" if you didn't recognize the first one one in the lab, and I'm feeling too floppy to come up with a clue for the last two.

Duh! Those are awful clues. No wonder I don't play in the Mystery Hunt much.

g

jopesche said...

Oh, ok. I'll buy the 4-40. But *surely* [3.5 or 5.25 or 8] No?