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Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is a meme with one purpose:  to get to know bloggers better. Thirteen secrets they’ve never shared before, Thirteen random things about themselves or their lives that give the reader a better idea of who they are.

This week I’m only letting a little bit of information about me slip out.  This is because I am secretly weeping tears of sorrow because Sioned didn’t stop by to look at the blog entry that I dedicated entirely to her yesterday.  Tears of sorrow.  It’s nearly enough to crush a man’s spirit.  Then I thought WWCYFD?  So here I am blogging again.

Thirteen Acronyms

  1. WWCYFD – In any difficult situation you should always ask yourself What Would Chow-Yun Fat Do?  He’d look cool and probably kick someone’s butt but he’d do it in a wise way.
  2. TLA – If in doubt chuck a Three Letter Acronym into conversation. 
  3. PEBKAC – An IT problem that is the fault of incompetent users.  Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair.  A typical fix for this is percussive maintenance.
  4. RTFM – Another IT favourite.  Read The Fucking Manual.  I’ve told everyone that it means Read The Fix Manual but secretly I smile inside whenever I say this to someone.
  5. DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid is amazing stuff.  So simple yet it contains a total map of what it is to be a human being.
  6. FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions that are actually answers to questions that few people actually need to ask.
  7. GNU – GNU’s Not Unix.  A joke in the naming of the free operating system.  I think it’s really clever that the name is built into the acronym like that.  It just shows how meaningless it really is.
  8. Laser – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.  I bet you thought it was a real word too.
  9. WWTD – What Would Thor Do? In The Order of the Stick Durkon asks what his deity would do in a difficult situation.  The comic can be found here.
  10. ROTFLMAO – Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off.  Not literally obviously.  I rarely use this acronym but I do tend to get a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I see it in response to one of my comments.
  11. WSB – The name of the little company that my chums and I formed.  The WSB nominally stood for Warblington School Boys but I secretly named it We Sell Brains.  Officially it stands for Wireless (and Wired) Systems for Business.
  12. OK.  Another non-word.  The origins either come from US military term for Zero Dead (0 killed) meaning a successful mission or from the greek phrase “olla kalla” meaning all’s good.
  13. NIIOMTPLABOPARMBETZHELBETRABSBOMONIMONKONOTDTEKHSTROMONT (Нииомтплабопармбетзелбетрабсбомонимонконотдтехстромонт). The 56-letter initialism (54 in Cyrillic) is from the Concise Dictionary of Soviet Terminology and means “The laboratory for shuttering, reinforcement, concrete and ferroconcrete operations for composite-monolithic and monolithic constructions of the Department of the Technology of Building-assembly operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for building mechanization and technical aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR.”  I like it because it’s long.

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Ahoy there!

Yarr!  It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day today all over the globe.

Shiver me timbers if it ain’t a fine day fer pirating.  She’s a right beauty and ye’d be the lowliest son of a bilge rat if’n ye refuse ta celebrate it with us.  I be planning ta drink plenty of grog wi’ me shipmates and retiring ta me cabin wi’ me mighty fine saucy wench come sundown fer a spot a treasure huntin’.  By the Powers!

If’n ye’re the sort of scallywag who don’t have a saucy wench then find the nearest port a try some of these faithful pick up lines smartly.

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How’d you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

That’s all ye need ta know.  Yo-ho-ho, me hearties.

Cap’n Frog


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Thursday Thirteen

Thursday ThirteenIf any former 20sixers remember Enigma then you may have followed him Blogger and seen his Thursday Thirteen Blogroll entries.  Well I liked them but he’s deleted them now.

Thursday Thirteen is a meme with one purpose:  to get to know bloggers better. Thirteen secrets they’ve never shared before, Thirteen random things about themselves or their lives that give the reader a better idea of who they are.

So I’m in a sharing mood today so here is my Thursday Thirteen:

Thirteen Things that I believe in

  1. “Why?” should be the first question that you teach your children.
  2. Karma.  I should clarify this.  I don’t believe in the westernised idea of Karma where a person gets a good or a bad deed coming back to them.  I believe that when you do something good then people appreciate it and will do good things as a result.  This has an overall effect of making people perform good acts which makes everyone’s life better.  It works in reverse as well.
  3. The power of debate.  If there is no debate then how will I ever understand my enemy.  I don’t need to agree with my enemy to understand him, I just need to see his point of view.  I believe that there is no argument that cannot be overcome through debate.
  4. Logic is the beginning of wisdom.
  5. A government should serve the interests of the people.
  6. A smile is a great gift to give someone.  It’s free and contagious.
  7. The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
  8. We change the world in small steps and not in leaps and bounds.  Or as Ghandi put it “In a gentle way, you can shake the world. “
  9. If you think that an order is wrong then you should question it and if the explanation is flawed then you should defy it.
  10. Some sins are not wrong.
  11. History teaches us that people make mistakes.  If we learn anything from history it is that many of these mistakes should never be repeated.
  12. A little suffering is good for the soul.
  13. Sarcasm.

There you go.  This was a little more serious than I originally intended but there you go.

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