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*ducks peanuts*

So a geek with a little bit of spare time wrote a script for removing all smilies in this fashion: ^_^ and replacing them with the traditional sideways smilies like :).

It's called "the caret peeler".

The pun suggested itself to me back in 1997 or so, during the height of my correspondence with boojum, but I couldn't think of a good place to apply it, so I had to wait until the smilies in question came into common use.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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