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How To Tell SF from F – Whatever
John Scalzi's classic description of "how to tell apart science fiction from fantasy".
scalzi  science  fiction  scifi  humor  fantasy  battery 
26 days ago by acemarke
English homonyms pronunciation poem
A complicated poem that shows how hard it is to pronounce similar-looking words
humor  english  pronunciation  driveway  parkway  anguished 
12 weeks ago by acemarke
It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature: Why Things Always Go Terribly Wrong in Star Trek | Tor.com
A quoted series of Tumblr posts on how humans in the Federation are always doing crazy things with technology.
star  trek  humor  scifi  tumblr  humans  technology 
september 2017 by acemarke
"Bottom of the Backlog"
A comic slightly reminiscent of the "Beware of Cheetah" joke in the Hitchhiker's Guide.
programming  humor  comic  basement  backlog 
july 2017 by acemarke
[OC]Which teams have fewer fans than their namesake? A study : nfl
In the Chicago Bears roast thread, 69memelordharambe420 posted "There are more Bears than Bears fans." That got me thinking: Is that true? And more generally, which teams have fewer fans than there exist whatever they're named after?
humor  sports  nfl  fans 
july 2017 by acemarke
Midwest 7-Day Forecast
A humorous forecast showing the variability of Midwest weather: "87 - breezy with a chance of death", "-18 - penguins march to get their parkas", "112 - a humid surface of the sun".
humor  weather  ohio  midwest 
june 2017 by acemarke
Code Progression
A comic similar to the "designing a tree swing" one, but with an axe/chainsaw instead.
programming  code  architecture  design  comic  humor 
june 2017 by acemarke
Planet: Secure For Now – blarg?
I was mulling over all of this earlier this week when I decided to take the best (and also worst, and also last) available option: I threw out everything I’d done up to that point and just started lying to the program until it did what I wanted.

This gist is the meat of that effort; the rest of it is running in production now. It boils down to taking a Requests object, giving it an imaginary friend, and then standing it on that imaginary friend’s shoulders, throwing a trenchcoat over it and telling it to act like a grownup. The content both calls returns is identical but the supplementary data – headers, response codes, etc – isn’t, so using this technique as a shim potentially makes Requests a drop-in replacement for HTTPlib2. On the off chance that you’re facing the same problems Planet was facing, and I hope it’s useful to you.
programming  python  humor 
april 2017 by acemarke
&DnD — quick guide to magic++
magic++ is a brand new way of making and casting spells in D&D. You need to write a spell from scratch, every time you want to use it. DM then ’interprets’ it and tells you the end result. As an example, this section describes how to cast a fireball spell.
programming  humor  d&d  magic 
april 2017 by acemarke
Computer songs and poems: 0x0d2c
Classic poem using a whole bunch of C terms, ending with:

"a.out is your program
there's no 'u' in foobar
and char (*(*x())[])() is
a function returning a pointer
to an array of pointers
to functions returning a char "
programming  humor  poem  c  pointer 
march 2017 by acemarke
Python Programming: Page 6
The classic `print "42 monkeys"+"1 snake"` quote.
programming  humor  quote  python  perl  monkeys  snake  42 
february 2017 by acemarke
Binder of Shame (Literature) - TV Tropes
"And that was how our party ended up being a dwarven fighter with a piece of broccoli for a head, a chick in a chainmail bikini, two wizards, the luckiest fighter in the world and a ninja brandishing the dreaded halfling on a stick."
d&d  humor  rpg  games  tvtropes 
june 2016 by acemarke
To Wash It All Away
James Mickens, author of the rant/humor articles on CPUs and such, does a final classic article on web standards and HTML/CSS/JS.
programming  humor  html  css  javascript  web  standards  rant 
june 2016 by acemarke
Dylan Beattie: We're Gonna Build a Framework!
A brilliant parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire":

Handlebars, Hibernate, Solar, Activate,
Phalcon, Flask and Silverstripe and TYPO3 Flow,
Agavi, Pixie, Hazaar MVC,
CodeIgniter, Lithium and PRADO.

CHORUS:

We’re gonna build a framework,
‘cos we wanna use one, but don’t wanna choose one,
We’re gonna build a framework,
we didn’t like the others, so we’ll write another…
programming  humor  framework  billy  joel  fire  song 
may 2016 by acemarke
Fiction: Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results by John Scalzi — Subterranean Press
An amusing short story from Scalzi that lists search results from a notional alternate history search engine.
fiction  scifi  humor  timetravel  scalzi  moon  hitler  alternate  history 
april 2016 by acemarke
Wikihistory | Abyss & Apex
An amusing short story that purports to be posts from a time traveler's forum, in which every newbie's first action is inevitably going back to kill Hitler.
scifi  fiction  timetravel  hitler  forum  humor 
april 2016 by acemarke
James Mickens: The Night Watch
A hilarious satire on systems programming:

"The systems programmer has written drivers for buggy devices whose firmware was implemented by a drunken child or a sober goldfish. The systems programmer has traced a network problem across eight machines, three time zones, and a brief diversion into Amish country, where the problem was transmitted in the front left hoof of a mule named Deliverance."
programming  humor  systems  satire 
april 2016 by acemarke
Maiden Flight Report - SDSD Freudian Nightmare
A humorous short story about the first trip of the Empire's new Imperium-class Ultra Star Destroyer.
humor  starwars  stardestroyer  empire  imperial 
april 2016 by acemarke
/g/ has some insider info on Microsoft - Imgur
Anonymous chat logs from supposed Windows developers talking about how bad the actual code is (such as the steps needed to add a dropdown to the new Window 10 Control Panel).
programming  humor  windows  microsoft  internals 
april 2016 by acemarke
The Stanford Review Is Going to Get in Trouble. . . | Power Line
A beautiful satire of the various campus demands letters:

2) WE DEMAND that Stanford expels Panda Express from campus, since its food is culturally appropriative, and celebrates the harvesting of the endangered panda bear.
humor  campus  stanford  sjw  demand  satire 
april 2016 by acemarke
Stargate Physics 101 - DRMacIver - Stargate - All Series, Stargate SG-1 [Archive of Our Own]
A fanfic story that covers the development and creation of the Stargate network... as the diary of an engineer who worked on it. And keeps having to debug why things blow up. And has a super-smart alient tester who keeps presenting long lists of other ways things could go wrong (which may or may not heavily overlap with actual SG episodes...).

Actually written by the author of the Python Hypothesis property-checking library.
programming  humor  stargate  scifi  testing  fanfiction  debugging 
march 2016 by acemarke
The Story of Boxcar Joe, the Magic Hobo
A very amusing story of how a particular randomly generated character showed up in a sequence of many different game worlds.
d&d  humor  rpg  games 
march 2016 by acemarke
The Difference Between Excellent, Good and Bad JavaScript Developers : javascript
Some amusing thoughts on maintainability in the comments:

"The more I program, the more I realize that you should make a simple assumption when you code: You get dumber as you age. Given that, you should pay it forward and do your future self a favor by treating your future self like a drooling knuckle dragger."
programming  career  essay  humor 
february 2016 by acemarke
So a Foo walks into a Bar... : ProgrammerHumor
A pretty good collection of mostly original and actually funny programming-related "$X walks into a bar..." jokes.
programming  humor 
february 2016 by acemarke
Yep! And you can even run DOS apps inside Windows 95, so you can have Virtual 80... | Hacker News
A recap of the layers involved in running a DOS prompt in Win95 in DOSBox inside a browser.
programming  humor  abstractions  layers 
january 2016 by acemarke
Program Development Cycle!
Software doesn't just appear on the shelves by magic. That program shink-wrapped inside the box along with the indecipherable manual and 12-paragraph disclaimer notice actually came to you by way of an elaborate path, through the most rigid quality control on the planet. Here, shared for the first time with the general public, are the inside details of the program development cycle.
programming  humor 
december 2015 by acemarke
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