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TrygveLode
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Icon 4 posted January 25, 2002 20:32      Profile for TrygveLode   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Maybe truth is stranger than fiction often enough that not even clearly labeling something "HUMOR" is sufficient to convery the idea that it's not really meant to be taken seriously.

So today I get yet another serious letter, in this case from a representative of a Well Known Computer Manufacturer, wanting to ask some technical questions about cluster computing and my experiences in developing the Furbeowulf Project www.trygve.com/furbeowulf.html

... and, I run across an article on a Brazilian news site that's used it as a reference.

I wonder what would happen if I stopped admitting to people who ask me technical questions about the project (I get maybe one or two a week) that it really is a joke.

There is that one international conference on cluster computing that sent me an invitation to present a paper on my findings; all I told them was that my schedule wouldn't allow me to attend this year's sessions--and they asked that I still keep next year's conference in mind. I guess it wouldn't be that hard to make slides from the pictures I'd used for the web version.

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SupportGoddess

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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2002 14:41      Profile for SupportGoddess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Is that you? The pictures on your web site, I mean. Wow!

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Oh, cool site too.

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Icon 14 posted January 26, 2002 15:21      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That is one excellent site!

Will GeekCulture being doing a [email protected] team ?


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TrygveLode
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Icon 12 posted January 26, 2002 18:48      Profile for TrygveLode   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by SupportGoddess:
Is that you? The pictures on your web site, I mean. Wow!

Um, well, if it's got big, white plush ears or a mop of fluorescent-colored fur on top, then it's probably one of the Furbys...otherwise it's just me. I'm also taller and don't have a battery compartment, so that's another way to tell.

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Oh, cool site too.

Thanks! It's sort of a catch-all site for my stuff (you probably guessed that from the name). Sometimes it's even an instrument of catharsis because I can do something like whip up a little humor page in a couple of hours--and enjoy having gotten something done when all the other real-world projects are moving at a snail's pace, if that.

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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2002 21:18      Profile for LifetimeTrekker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Take the gig for next year, charge them a small fortune for speaking fees and expenses!

Be honest about it being a joke, but do it in such a way that they don't believe you!
This will avoid any nasty legal consequences, as you can say you told them all along it was a joke.

It's not false pretenses if you tell them the truth and they don't belive you--

BTW, I loved the site!


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macadddikt18
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Icon 1 posted January 27, 2002 14:33      Profile for macadddikt18   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
wow, now that was a cool wen site.
Nayt

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Icon 1 posted January 27, 2002 16:22      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very cool, though how anyone could be thick enough not to recognize the joke is beyond me.

Whoa...I didn't know geeks could look like that!

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2002 00:14      Profile for SupportGoddess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The bad part is I now find myself pondering the logistics of networking furbies. I played with one a long time ago and I think they interact with each other if you place one right across from the other? Is that an IR port in their foreheads? So that would mean that they would already support some sort of rudimentry networking? It would be fun to try.

I can't seem to find any sort of Furby white papers on http://www.furby.com though, I can't really count stuff about feeding your Furby. They don't have any pictures of the guts either.

(I also do not recommend the Furby web site to anyone with a weak stomach.)

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2002 10:12      Profile for TrygveLode   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
To be fair, a lot of the people who think it's serious are not native English speakers--and the article I ran into was in Portuguese, so the language barrier might have something to do with it. Still, I keep getting surprised by how many people do take my humor writing seriously--I get letters from people asking about the "nbsp virus" and see searches for it in the logs (but to date I haven't seen an official anti-virus site listing it as a hoax). ( www.trygve.com/doomsday.html if you're wondering what I'm talking about) and I've run across a lot of what certainly seemed like serious discussions of the "uncanny accuracy" of "NerdSigns, the Y2K-Compliant Horoscope" ( www.trygve.com/nerdsigns.html ) which I'd really just made up on the spot.

Can't complain about that, though; part of my intent was to whip up personality type descriptions that would sound fairly specific, but that most people would read and think, "hey, that sounds just like me!" (I shouldn't admit to doing anything so premeditated and nefarious, so just forget that I said any of this, okay?)

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Take the gig for next year, charge them a small fortune for speaking fees and expenses!

Not a bad idea--except I'm kinda stuck close to home these days; got too much going on that I need to be around for, and too many "not quite completed and stable" upgrades and projects going on with the various servers. Maybe by next year I'll get everything stable enough that I'd be up for travelling again; here's hoping, anyway.

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Whoa...I didn't know geeks could look like that!

No? But I thought one of the privileges of geekdom is that you could get away looking any way you wanted? My take on the difference between "nerds" and "geeks" is that a nerd is someone who is out-of-step with mainstream values and interestes and generally focused (if not obsessed) on at least some scientific and technical areas, but who still wishes he were "cool." A geek, on the other hand, is all of the above, but is convinced that's what is cool.

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I can't seem to find any sort of Furby white papers on http://www.furby.com though, I can't really count stuff about feeding your Furby. They don't have any pictures of the guts either.

Have you been to http://www.phobe.com/furby or http://www.hackfurby.com ? Doesn't look like either's been updated in a long time, but that's as close to a "white paper" as I know of. At least they do have plenty of pictures of the guts.

Now, if they could communicate via the "third eye" optical port, would we have to worry about Furby viruses or worms?

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2002 12:32      Profile for macadddikt18   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ok, me personaly, i think Furbies are cute. But that is just me.
Nayt

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2002 17:47      Profile for Geordie     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Trygve, please stop creating interesting content on your website. I keep stumbling on links to it and then thinking wait I've been here before. Then next thing I know another hour of my life is gone.
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macadddikt18
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Yes, his page is huge. That is what makes it so amazing. That he has the time to do all that. I was quite impressed.
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Icon 4 posted January 31, 2002 20:07      Profile for TrygveLode   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Geordie:
Trygve, please stop creating interesting content on your website. I keep stumbling on links to it and then thinking wait I've been here before. Then next thing I know another hour of my life is gone.

But, but...there's still so much left to do I'm too young to stop writing web content.

'Course from out here it seems like I get stuff done a lot more slowly. My personal web stuff just gets done in the gaps between business stuff and admin stuff, and from up close what I do get finished writing always looks small in the shadow of the remaining "to do" list.

(But, then, the business/admin "to do" lists are even more daunting, so a little playing around on the net isn't so bad.)

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2002 17:46      Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think it could be done.... well, not really. But at least they'd be good for something then.

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I have to agree with the roach on this one. It is quite possible, but maybe a bit risky. Risk is all part of the Game though.
Nayt

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Icon 1 posted February 19, 2002 15:49      Profile for Fesh     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So has everyone run across the Furby Suicide Pact phenomenon? No? Ah well. That's what Google's for... *grin*

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Icon 1 posted March 22, 2002 11:33      Profile for TechnoGram     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:

Whoa...I didn't know geeks could look like that!


he truly is a hunk who talks techno, and has a great sense of humor at that...

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Icon 12 posted March 22, 2002 19:37      Profile for MBoprey   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Haha! That's a hilarious site. I read it a few times just to laugh harder each time. :-D

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macadddikt18
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Just because i saw this thread came back to life, i thought i should help keep it alive another day by posting another useless post on it. I am not sure if i should use the standard "ME TOO" or maybe my own patented "PIP PIP CHEERIO". Though i could use some new ones from pinky and teh brain like, "NARF, ZORT, TROZ". Those may add to much excitement to a thread for some geeks to handle though. So in the interest of living longer i will go with "SMOKE". I think the roach will know where i get this one from. I am not against guessing though, take you best shot at it.
Nayt

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Icon 12 posted March 24, 2002 09:38      Profile for TechnoGram     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
well, keeping it alive means more people have a chance to read the article, and check out the other humor articles on that site.

i really like & n bsp - the Doomsday Tag and WinDuck 2001 Install Accelerator


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Actually I'm not for "punting" or "bumping" threads, but I'm glad you did Technogram with this one! I missed this thread the first time around, and I got a good chuckle from looking at those furbys roosting in a CPU! LOL!

Lots of goodies on your site Tryg! It's awesome!

Plus a spotting of the rare and elusive real life TTH, that's always a Good Thing.


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groovy site,
you get the official solid gold votie award
<gold=solid>Vootie!</gold>

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macadddikt18
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ahhh, someone brought this thread back again. it is the thread that will not die. Thats ok though, it is a pretty cool site.
Nayt

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Icon 1 posted April 09, 2002 00:02      Profile for GameMaster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I'm glad it came back. I didn't see it the first time. Cool site, and I agree that you should take some gigs talking... But do fuzzy talks about "thiking outside the box" (think cell phone comercial). You may also want to consider copywriting the idea, then if someone manages to network a cluster of toys you can sue for royalties.

On a similar topic remeber Cold Fussion? Hehehe.... You should throw in a paragraph about how your fubywulf system is powered by a Cold Fussion (or Naquida (Star Gate SG1)), and link to a few sites on Cold fussion.


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