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Daft abbreviations (or the DA1.a post)
09/12/2004
One of the things that annoys me about the design community to a small extent and the computer fraternity to a larger extent is stupid abbreviations. Jargon's bad enough but when meaning's are hidden behind combinations like "REh9" then only the select (or should I say |337?) can know what it means. It's deliberately exclusive and it winds me up. The web design community has sporadic out-breaks of this syndrome but by far the worst are the *Nix geeks. They can't give anything a sensible name. Go and try Linux and the applications have names like "jgh765Jh." For crying out loud! I'm looking for an application to perform a specific task and I have to pick from application names that look like they've been encrypted? Where's the sense in that? Just use normal names, please.
Another thing that has long annoyed me is people talking loudly on mobile phones whilst you ride home on the train and at last there's an answer.
Mad

Gone Away
HELLO. NO. I'M IN SOME GUY'S COMMENT SYSTEM. NO, COMMENT SYSTEM, C-O-M-M-E-N-T. GOT IT? YEAH, FROM ENGLAND I THINK. I DUNNO, HE'S GOING ON ABOUT SOME WEBBY JARGON OR SOMETHING. YEAH, THE INTERNET YOU KNOW. WHAT? OH BROADBAND, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN. NO, I USE THIS THING. THE PHONE, YOU IDIOT. I KNOW, IT STINKS. TELL BERNARD I CAN'T MAKE THE 23RD, THE MORON'S GOT HIS PHONE SWITCHED OFF. WHAT? NO, NOT MORGAN, MORON. M-O-R-O-N..........
Date Added: 09/12/2004

Way
Mad, you attest to my conviction that not since Bell has empathy ever played a role in the furtherance of his device. Then again, I suspect Bell himself might have been a madman, secretly intent on destroying the human race.


And hey, I’m right here with you, going, “Fuck that shit!”
Date Added: 09/12/2004

josh
Yeah. The *nix thing has been around for awhile now. A for instance:
Command: ping, ping6Name: Packet Internetwork GroupFunction: send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST to network hosts
Ping? Packet internetwork groper? Am I the only one who cries on the inside when I think of some geek in some basement reverse-engineering the perfectly acceptable name "ping" into packet internetwork groper?
I sure hope not.

Date Added: 10/12/2004

Gone Away
HELLO. YEAH, I'M BACK IN THIS GUY'S COMMENT THINGY. WHAT? YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WHAT STANDS FOR? BING, WHAT THE FUCK IS BING? SPEAK UP YOU IDIOT. OH PING, WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO? IT'S PACKET INTERNETWORK GROUP OK? WHAT? NO, I SAID GROUP NOT GROPER. NO, WAIT DON'T HANG UP, IT'S NOT GRO...
Date Added: 10/12/2004

josh
HAH.
This is like that guy with the enormous phone from Trigger-Happy TV.
"ALLO! NO, I'M ON THE SUBWAY. YEAH, THE SUBWAY. CAN YOU SPEAK UP? I CANNA HEAR YOU!"



Date Added: 10/12/2004

Gone Away
Uh oh. You've caught me Josh. That's exactly what I was getting at... ;)
Date Added: 10/12/2004

josh
    Ya know - I had a feeling I was being a tad obtuse on that one. Sorta like Homer Simpson, right?
"OH! I get it! I get jokes." *guffaw*
Date Added: 11/12/2004

Gone Away
He who laughs last, has only just seen the joke... ;)
Date Added: 11/12/2004

Gone Away
Doesn't this Mad guy ever add to his blog, BTW?
Date Added: 11/12/2004

Mad
Mad may have a little treat on his blog soon. A guest writer!! Watch this space...
Date Added: 11/12/2004

josh
I am immune to your enticements. Productivity speaks for itself. :>





Date Added: 11/12/2004

Gone Away
A guest writer!!! How enigmatic is THAT?
Date Added: 11/12/2004

Gone Away
Oh and LOL Josh. :D
Date Added: 11/12/2004

josh
Not to be a complete shit -- but the web designer in me finds it rather humorous that the two images keeping your page from validating are the ones that say "W3C".

As the overburdened laundry worker says: "Oh, the ironing!"


Date Added: 12/12/2004

Gone Away
I have found the answer to the Great Comments Record Race! Just don't write a blog for a few days and the commenters will vent their frustration on the topmost page...

We DEMAND a shrubbery!
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Gone Away
I've just realised - Josh got a working smiley on his comment!



How did he dothat? Of course, I realise that it's just a case of web developer's one-upmanship...
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Gone Away
Another thing - Josh seems to have turned on italics in one of his comments. I've tried everything I can think of to turn em (nice pun, Gone) off but nothing works. Help, Mad!
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Mad
Ah I see what you mean Dad, Mr Hill hasn't closed an <em> somewhere and italicised everything after that. What was he saying about the "web designer" part of him?
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Mad
Ok now I feel forced to defend myself. Go validate any of my static pages Hill and they'll all pan out - including the w3c buttons - but with the dynamic ASP.NET pages it's a whole different story thanks to Visual Studio, the .NET framework and IIS all conspiring against me. You see Visual Studio hates nice lower case tags and when your back's turned it may capitalise them. It also likes to capitalise tag attributes (which is much harder to spot). Then I've got hassles like ASP.NET and IIS return different content according to how they view the user agent. On my site I use what ASP.NET calls panels which are really just div's that you can access programatically BUT if say Firefox comes along .NET/ISS says to itself "uh-oh it's an old Netscape browser, it won't understand div's lets feed it tables instead" which drives me batty frankly. There is a bit of ramble about this issue on my home page and it is something I will find hacks for but right now it knackers my dynamic pages. So apologies Josh, MadTV does support standards wherever possible...
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Way
What the hell, Mr. Bell. Now look what you have done.

Yer cat’s un-bagged and won’t return, spoiling all MY fun.

Instead of eat and shit and fuck: life’s priorities;

I’m sitting here enduring life’s insensibilities


Date Added: 12/12/2004

josh
Yeah. I had to drop the ball somewhere -- I knew there was something wrong with one of me comments when half of it didn't show the other night. It showed up in source, but not on the page - go figger.Sorry bout that. Bubs, mang - I just wanted to let you know that that post began as a way to work in that terrible pun - not as a witch hunt for a monkeywrench. :> But you certainly have my almost-completely-genuine sympathy -- I mean, wow, Microsoft. Wow.
Date Added: 12/12/2004

wayfareingstranger
Did you say shrubberies?
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Gone Away
I did, Way. It's a quote from a Monty Python movie. We are the knights who say, "Ni!"
Date Added: 12/12/2004

Way
Shhh. We are now the Knights who say..."Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG. Zoom-Boing. Z'nourrwringmm.

Date Added: 12/12/2004

josh
Do you guys live in the castle
AAARrggggg
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Date Added: 12/12/2004

Gone Away
Monty Python has a lot to answer for...
Date Added: 12/12/2004

French soldier
I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
Date Added: 12/12/2004

The official bud-nipper
okay, I am gonna stop this right now.
Lord knows, these things can only get further out of control.
Date Added: 13/12/2004

Bud
Ouch!
Date Added: 13/12/2004

Harry
Na. Lez wait and see if he hits 30.
Date Added: 13/12/2004

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