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Родители рассказали: Их знакомая, переехавшая в Германию, в письме написала о своем городке, что в нем живет "всего 50 тыс. человек, а остальные – немцы."
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N. accidentally provided me with the best Valentine's day story in years. He had to stay over at his folks for a couple of days. They have a woman who helps around the house, including cooking. She made some mahamri for everybody on Saturday. Mahamri is a coconut based Kenyan variation on a universally favored idea of fried dough. Terribly bad for you but very tasty. According to N., mahamri came out delicious, just like back home, and he thoughtfully saved some for me. Since he came home empty handed I assumed he managed to forget them behind, but no. Apparently, on Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, around 2am, unable to sleep and feeling hungry N. suddenly remembered the remaining treats. He reasoned that I wouldn't want all five pieces and ate one. Then he decided that three pieces would be enough for me, since I don't generally approve of fried foods, and had another... "And then there was just one left and I couldn't bring you just the one, so I ate it." Well, as they say, it's the thought that counts.
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After a meeting this afternoon stopped by Barnes & Noble at Union Square. While browsing noticed a book called Networking for People Who Hate Networking and the second thought in my head was "if you don't like networking try storage." (The first thought was a scandalized "how can anybody hate networking!?") Then I read the rest of the title: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected. That I believe is a classical illustration for déformation professionnelle.
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On the way to the airport heard on the radio: It is very wet today in Boston (blah, blah, blah) up to 3 inches of water (blah, blah, blah). Snapping turtles were seen crossing a highway to the astonishment of local motorists. They've never seen anything move that fast ... on 95.

My flight was mere two hours late, hardly warrants a mention.
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Общалась с коллегой из Германии. Естественно, речь зашла о футболе и он мне прислал прикольную картинку.

Geek humor

Jul. 2nd, 2014 12:00 am
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STONITH (Shoot the Other Node in the Head) is a way to kill a bad node in a cluster.

According to Linux High Availability Wiki:

STONITH started out as a misspelling of another acronym (STOMITH), where the M stood for machine. At one point, Alan Robertson realized he had been misspelling it, but he decided he preferred his misspelled version, because it appealed to his sense of whimsy. It seems he liked the sort of Biblical feel to the the sound of STONITH, which to his ear is similar to the pseudo-King-Jamesean verb "stoneth" - as in "I stoneth thou". This appeal was enhanced by the parallels between a cluster fatally casting out one of its members for disobeying cluster rules, to the Biblical use of stoning as a fatal method of casting a human out of the community for their transgressions against God.
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Н. у меня интересовался, почему я смотрю олимпийское фигурное катание по iPad'у вместо телевизора. Пришлось объяснять, что по телевизору я ни в жизни бы не увидела замбони катающиеся под звуки советского гимна. А тут, пожалуйста, незабываемые впечатления.
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[ profile] vgramagin have you figured out your WiFi issues yet? Because I found you a nifty little gadget:

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Не помню, рассказывала ли, но... Много лет назад, еще до появления Google и YouTube у нас в компании сняли видео, специально на 1 апреля. В видео очень серьезные дяденьки в касках и прочей экипировке рассказывали и показывали, как мы из семян выращиваем телефонные столбы. Я все подробности за давностью лет не помню, но там были показаны целые поля деревянных столбов, разной степени подрощенности, рассказывали, как о них заботятся, чтобы росли прямыми, поливают креозотом, чтобы насекомые не ели и т.д. А в конце было маленькое экспериментальное поле бетонных столбов.

Так что мне у Google очень понравился прикол про Fiber to the Pole.
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Мама мне всегда к возвращениям из командировок приносит поесть. Обычно это уже готовая еда, но часто еще всякие фрукты/овощи. На прошлой неделе мне достался совершенно замечательный продукт, который я собиралась сфотографировать, но забыла. На этикетке пакета с нарезанными капустой и морковкой красовалась гордая надпись: COAL SLOW!
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Read a funny anecdote in The Code Book. Charles Babbage supposedly sent the following letter to Alfred Tennyson:


In your otherwise beautiful poem "The Vision of Sin" there is a verse which reads – "Every moment dies a man, Every moment one is born." It must be manifest that if this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest that in the next edition of your poem you have it read – "Every moment dies a man, Every moment 1 1/16 is born."

The actual figure is so long I cannot get it onto a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.

I am, Sir, yours, etc.,
Charles Babbage

Unfortunately Tennyson's response is lost to history.

Simon Singh, the author of The Code Book, followed in Babbage's footsteps and wrote his own criticism of bad science in poetry. He couldn't find a handy Tennyson so he had to settle for a song by some British pop singer.
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I've been catching up on the episodes of The Big Bang Theory and this scene of Sheldon ordering Diet Virgin Cuba Libre just about killed me dead.
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Особенно мне понравились ноутвуки, но тавлетки тоже хорошо.


May. 24th, 2012 10:48 pm
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This is hilarious, especially if one knows that Georgette Hayer wrote Regency Romances.

And on a somewhat unrelated note, I can't believe Google exchanged Picasa for this abomination upon image hosting service that is G+.
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Have been watching YouTube videos of presentations from Open Networking Summit which I believe was the first conference solely dedicated to the topic of Software Defined Networks (SDN). One of the presentations covered Open Networking Foundation, its raison d'être, modus operandi, etc. When introducing participating members, presenter noted that he is not going to mention all of them, and the interesting part is not who is participating but who is missing from the list. A whole letter of the alphabet in particular was conspicuous by its absence, which, he added, might be for the best as he would hate to see an SDN become an iSDN. It cracked me up so much I had to pause the presentation and find somebody to share the joke with in a hurry. It's in moments like this I truly appreciate the fact that N. and I work in the same industry and can talk shop without getting blank looks in return. As an added bonus to the joke, his company falls under the same letter of the alphabet.
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Подпись под картиной:

(Quod Est Veritas?) What is Truth? Christ and Pilate...
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay)

За что это они так Ге?
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Понравилось с баша:

xxx: У каждого уважающего себя сисадмина должно быть 8 рубашек различных цветов. Бело-оранжевая, оранжевая, бело-зеленая...
xxx: И в шкафу они должны висеть в правильном порядке!

Только у меня бы бело-зеленая и зеленая первыми висели, согласно T568A.


Nov. 22nd, 2010 10:11 am
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Was looking on amazon for some new reading material. Came across something presented as an alternate history of WWII. Book sounds pretty interesting but even more interesting is the amazon's list of available publications. Check out the publication date of the bottommost paperback edition. According to amazon, the author managed to predict second world war even before the start of the first one.

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Came across this oddity in our local pharmacy:

I wonder what they did to the water to get it to such state.


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