Just some amusing comments I've come across.
Ian: People mix up QA and Q&A. Like, I've heard people say, "I'm in Q and A." Tantek: Quality and Assurance: "Really, really, it'll be ok."
Ian (to David): You had to be there. Fantasai: He was there. Ian: Mentally, I mean.
< dbaron> hmm, I do know things about other topics, though.
ACTION =Ian= publish book of World's Numbering Systems based on Lists module :) send proceeds to WG pizza fund
X: They have preferred Dave Winer to RDF, that's how much they dislike RDF. Y: We have a use case for Dave Winer! (Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)
<Hixie> David: I'd like one minute of silence <Hixie> * Group laughs for a minute instead
<anne> "common sense" is btw not really testable <Bert> It is, but only statistically.
<TabAtkins> Well technically function definitions aren't valid vdf right now, so everyone's just running off of vibes
Florian: Are you sure about the generalization from spaces to word separators? fantasai: Yes, if you're applying Ethiopic ruby annotations to kanji, you'd want Ethiopic word space to behave the same as a regular space. Florian: I suppose it's not unreasonable for Ethiopians to learn Japanese.
Shutting people up is not a valid use case for a new feature, IMHO.— Ian
Dom: (growling) The four hungry werewolves wake up. [minutes pass in silence] Dom: Consensus is hard. Villager A: That's what she said. Villager B: No, that's not what she said. Villager C: Are there any formal objections? Villager D: That was a long night. Villager E: That's what she said.
sgalineau: Vacation: the act of not reading mailing lists. frivoal: @sgalineau it's the other way around for me these days. sgalineau: @frivoal You really need a sane hobby.
Sylvain: Turns out that Bing maps includes detailed maps of many US airports Tab: Perfect for THE TERRORISTS!!! Why does Microsoft hate America? Sylvain: But now you also know where to stand to unleash your epic radial gradients to thwart them! Tab: Just wait until we get animated repeating radial gradients. I'LL BLIND THEM WITH SCIENCE. fantasai: Extreme violation of the WAG in order to induce epileptic seizure on our enemies? Brilliant. Sylvain: Once GCPM is weaponized there is no end to what we can accomplish
Ray: Who do you work for? :) me: The W3C me: http://www.w3.org/ Ray: Wow! You're part of that Secret Cabal that controls the Internet! me: well, we just try to coordinate it Ray: You just wait. Somebody will release a "Protocols of the Elders of the W3C" and it'll become a cult classic, and people will ask you if you really sacrifice humanities majors to appease the AIs to make network switches work faster Ray: And the UN will attempt a hostile takeover :-P
When I was 15, I didn't get a Xanga account; I got a Bugzilla account.— discussing teenage blogs
<fantasai> Hixie: It's very frustrating for me that you insist on being absurdly technically correct in some things and deliberately technically wrong in others. <Hixie> it's very frustrating to me that you concentrate on minor details instead of the content :-) <fantasai> at least I'm consistent :)
<@dbaron> wow, a breeze. I didn't think they had such things in California. < caillon> heh <@kerz> there's wind? <@kerz> who do i call to fix that < caillon> I'd rather fix the temperature. 70 is too cold. < peterv> maybe the governor can help?
<ruffi> stuart try drinking tea. I drunk 4.5 liters (1.2 gal) yesterday to fight my flu. Succesfully. <dwitte> you drank it successfully? <sayrer> I don't know why stuart hasn't done this before <sayrer> stuart, drink 1.2 gallons of tea <stuart> uh huh
<dbaron> Did you check the cabinets? <jhford> Which ones? <dbaron> All of them?
My ECO 100 prof sent [this] out to the entire class, with this comment:What's the right way to think about the true cost of a weapons program? The writers of The Onion clearly understand the correct way to answer this question.
I can't read my doctor's handwriting either, but it's unified with Latin.— Doug Ewell, Unicode mailing list
It could be a side effect of the move, the current Sasser Internet worm epidemic, or perhaps even the ghosts of unhappy Paleo-Hebrew scribes warring in the ether(net) over whether Phoenician and Hebrew should be encoded as separate scripts in Unicode.— Ernest Cline, discussing lost emails after a unicode.org server move and weeks of epic-size threads arguing for/against Phoenician encoding
I hate walls. They're always in the way.— Stas, while drunk
Pierre: *humorously* They should set up a commission.
Shoja: So that the commission can discuss it for ten years and come to the conclusion that it is urgent to wait.
Freeze. I'm going to set the table.
You could say we have combined the expressiveness of BASIC with the user-friendliness of assembly language.— The Shakespeare Programming Language
internet - substrate that makes it possible to send bits hither, thither, and yon— Brian W. Kernighan
[It] would meet a pressing practical need, therefore we will presumably have to wait a long time for it.
In 1556, not long after the Portuguese first set foot in Brazil, the Bishop Pero Fernandes Sardinha was shipwrecked on its shores and set about introducing the Gospel of Christ to the native "heathens". The locals, impressed with the glorious civilization the bishop represented and eager to absorb it in its totality, promptly ate him.— Wired - November 2004 - page 195
thank god for quirkily written error messages. they are easily googled— Ashley Prescott
But the romance of the browser wars — or perhaps it was masochism — enticed me to move to Netscape.— Vera Horiuchi
Degaussing scares the bad magnetism out of the monitor and fills it with good karma.— Sharpened Glossary
Ration the caffeine: Don't shoot the espresso until you see the lids of your eyes.— Prescott