|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|Jargon Coiner (#3)|
An irregular feature that aims to give you advance warning of new jargon
that we've just made up.
* LILOSPLAININ': Arduous process of explaining why there's now a LILO boot
prompt on the office computer.
Example: "John had some lilosplainin' to do after his boss turned on the
computer and the Windows splash screen didn't appear."
* UPTIME DOWNER: Depression that strikes a Linux sysadmin after his uptime
is ruined. Can be caused by an extended power outtage, a pet chewing
through the power cord, a lightning bolt striking the power line, or an
urgent need to reboot into Windows to read a stupid Word document.
* OSTR (Off-Switch Total Recall): The sudden recollection of something
terribly important you need to do online that occurs exactly 0.157
seconds after you've shut down your computer.
|Where, oh, where, are you tonight?|
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over, and I thought I'd found true love.
You met another, and *PPHHHLLLBBBBTTT*, you wuz gone.
Gloom, despair and agony on me.
Deep dark depression, excessive misery.
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.
Oh, gloom, despair and agony on me.
-- Hee Haw
| A MODERN FABLE|
Aesop's fables and other traditional children's stories involve allegory
far too subtle for the youth of today. Children need an updated message
with contemporary circumstance and plot line, and short enough to suit
today's minute attention span.
The Troubled Aardvark
Once upon a time, there was an aardvark whose only pleasure in life was
driving from his suburban bungalow to his job at a large brokerage house
in his brand new 4x4. He hated his manipulative boss, his conniving and
unethical co-workers, his greedy wife, and his snivelling, spoiled
children. One day, the aardvark reflected on the meaning of his life and
his career and on the unchecked, catastrophic decline of his nation, its
pathetic excuse for leadership, and the complete ineffectiveness of any
personal effort he could make to change the status quo. Overcome by a
wave of utter depression and self-doubt, he decided to take the only
course of action that would bring him greater comfort and happiness: he
drove to the mall and bought imported consumer electronics goods.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Invest in foreign consumer electronics manufacturers.
-- Tom Annau
|NEW YORK (CNN) -- Internet users who spend even a few hours a week online|
at home experience higher levels of depression and loneliness than if
they had used the computer network less frequently, The New York Times
reported Sunday. The result ... surprised both researchers and
sponsors, which included Intel Corp., Hewlett Packard, AT&T Research and
|cerebral atrophy, n:|
The phenomena which occurs as brain cells become weak and sick, and
impair the brain's performance. An abundance of these "bad" cells can cause
symptoms related to senility, apathy, depression, and overall poor academic
performance. A certain small number of brain cells will deteriorate due to
everday activity, but large amounts are weakened by intense mental effort
and the assimilation of difficult concepts. Many college students become
victims of this dread disorder due to poor habits such as overstudying.
cerebral darwinism, n:
The theory that the effects of cerebral atrophy can be reversed
through the purging action of heavy alcohol consumption. Large amounts of
alcohol cause many brain cells to perish due to oxygen deprivation. Through
the process of natural selection, the weak and sick brain cells will die
first, leaving only the healthy cells. This wonderful process leaves the
imbiber with a healthier, more vibrant brain, and increases mental capacity.
Thus, the devastating effects of cerebral atrophy are reversed, and academic
performance actually increases beyond previous levels.
Financial paranoia instilled in offspring by depression-era
-- Douglas Coupland, "Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated
|It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression|
when you lose yours.
-- Harry S. Truman
| To lose weight, eat less; to gain weight, eat more; if you merely|
wish to maintain, do whatever you were doing.
The Bronx diet is a legitimate system of food therapy showing that
food SHOULD be used a crutch and which food could be the most effective in
promoting spiritual and emotional satisfaction. For the first time, an
eater could instantly grasp the connection between relieving depression and
Mallomars, and understand why a lover's quarrel isn't so bad if there's a
pint of ice cream nearby.
-- Richard Smith, "The Bronx Diet"
| "I have examined Bogota," he said, "and the case is clearer to me.|
I think very probably he might be cured."
"That is what I have always hoped," said old Yacob.
"His brain is affected," said the blind doctor.
The elders murmured assent.
"Now, what affects it?"
"Ah!" said old Yacob.
"This," said the doctor, answering his own question. "Those queer
things that are called the eyes, and which exist to make an agreeable soft
depression in the face, are diseased, in the case of Bogota, in such a way
as to affect his brain. They are greatly distended, he has eyelashes, and
his eyelids move, and cosequently his brain is in a state of constant
irritation and distraction."
"Yes?" said old Yacob. "Yes?"
"And I think I may say with reasonable certainty that, in order
to cure him completely, all that we need do is a simple and easy surgical
operation -- namely, to remove those irritant bodies."
"And then he will be sane?"
"Then he will be perfectly sane, and a quite admirable citizen."
"Thank heaven for science!" said old Yacob.
-- H.G. Wells, "The Country of the Blind"
|Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you|
lose your job. These economic downturns are very difficult to predict,
but sophisticated econometric modeling houses like Data Resources and
Chase Econometrics have successfully predicted 14 of the last 3 recessions.