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August 14, 2008


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One of these days, I'm going to stop being taken in by these hoaxes. Really. I WILL. *Sigh* And apostrophree seemed like a dream come true, too.

Jorgensen even includes some code snippets, which are probably just as hilarious as the "interview transcript," but I haven't a clue.

Isn't that frustrating? Partly bcs there's a funny that I missed out and, and partly bcs I feel a teensy bit stupid.

The first time my parents came to visit me in NYC, I wanted to take them to Carnegie Hall. The only show available during that time frame that I thought might be at all interesting was a P.D.Q. Bach concert. We're not huge classical-music listeners, but I thought we'd enjoy it, and it would be funny. Plus, hey, they'd be in Carnegie Hall, which was really the point.

We did enjoy it, and we got most of the jokes--esp. the one about "unchartered territory" and the comma outside the quote marks in the program; since we'd spotted them before Schickley pointed them out to the audience, it was particularly funny to us, and we laughed loudly, and others looked as us sort of funny; they didn't think it was THAT funny.

But they got their revenge. Every now and then there'd be some musical riff, and the entire audience would burst into laughter. And we'd sort of look at one another blankly.

The Miasma thing is hilarious. There are some funny details in there that sound programmer-ish but aren't really. For example:

"Does Miasma support the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern?
Yes. The Wikipedia article about MVC has been a big help figuring out how to organize the code."

Sly. :-)

BTW, the last bit in this:

"I guess you can think of Miasma as having the benefits of Rails without a lot of hard to understand Ruby OO code, and without the profanity."

Is a reference to the conference presentation described here (4th paragraph):


@Mike: I was hoping you'd chime in on this! Thanks for the insider's perspective.

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