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Geek Humor at work

Work is fun because there are fen and geeks here. It's brilliant. The text-based program we use to work on the dialer and all was written in 1988, so there are the sort of easter eggs in it that wouldn't get through the humorless management today.

For example, there's a menu screen dealing with the real-time analysis of the stuff we're doing on the dialer, summaries of the stats. A typical menu's prompt to make a selection is something boring, like CHOICE: or SELECTION: ... pretty typical stuff. This menu? SUMMARY JUDGEMENT:

It's just little things, but it's the sort of little things that count as hysterical if you're the sort of punster that most geeks wind up turning into. The error messages are amusing, not because they're really inherently funny, but because they're ever so slightly sarcastic.
YOU MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN YOUR PASSWORD!
2? NO ONE CAN BE INTERVIEWED WITH THAT CHOICE!
DID YOU MEAN MAYBE? PLEASE SELECT Y OR N.

There's a reason I prefer geeks as friends. I'd like to think that I'd get along with those lost programmers from 1988.
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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