Tag Archive: Humor

Medical jargon II

May 10, 2007 10:50 am Published by 4 Comments

More medical jargon you didn’t realize you needed to know:

  • emesis – vomiting
  • pandiculation – yawning and stretching
  • singultus – hiccups
  • rhinorrhea – runny nose
  • borborygmus – stomach growling
  • eructation – burping
  • sternutation – sneezing
  • epistaxis – nosebleed
  • horripilation – goosebumps


I Don’t Get It

December 18, 2006 8:55 am Published by 3 Comments

Would I be embarrassing myself if I admitted I didn’t get the notorious xkcd make me a sandwich comic? (Now being made into a t-shirt, due to its popularity.) As I read it, there are a number of possible explanations for the punchline, but the ambiguity is (I think) what’s contributing to my lack-of-getting-it.

  1. The seated character (lets call her Alice) uses sudo to make the request as root. Bob follows the request, since, well, you always listen to root. So does this mean that Bob is an executable? In that case, his first response of “make it yourself” seems out of place; something simpler, like “no” would have been more accurate. I think that this is the most likely explanation, but the first line is what throws me off.
  2. The comic leaves off a “-u bob” argument from Alice’s sudo command. In this case, at the end, Bob thinks he’s making a sandwich for himself. Alice plans some sort of future sandwich-stealing action. Maybe she hopes chown will be as effective.
  3. Alice is telling Bob to use the sudo command to make her a sandwich. (In this case, “sudo” is an adverb that modifies “make”. Replace it with the word “quickly”, and you’ll get what I mean.) Bob realizes that with different permissions, he’ll be able to make any number of sandwiches and escape responsibility for purchasing more jelly. Bob’s wily, and Alice’s laziness backfires.

Like I said, it’s probably #1, but Bob’s first response is poorly composed. Part of the allure of xkcd is the off-the-cuff style, evident in the stick figures, but in this case, I think spending a few more minutes considering the dialogue would have been worth it.

Mil Millington

January 24, 2006 11:57 am Published by

Way back in August 2004, I posted about Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About, an amusing list of petty arguments. As you read the tome, it becomes less of a bullet list and more of a pithy British comedy. If you scroll to the bottom, you’ll see that Mil Millington, the author, turned the website into a novel roughly based on his real-life life. And then he turned that into a career as a novelist.

His latest book, Love and Other Near Death Experiences is quite high on my to-read list.

Free (as in water)

August 29, 2005 11:39 am Published by

I’m at Red Hat training this week in Westford, MA. The water bottles here have the logo on them, along with the following in tiny print: “Free (as in water)”. Geek humor at its best. (Read about Gratis versus Libre for an explanation of the joke.)


June 3, 2005 11:35 am Published by

My wife just sent me an email with a file called “ANUS.doc” attached. It wasn’t quite as hilarious as I was expecting:

The dentate line- location of anal crypts and draining of glands
Superiorly visceral afferents, therefore non-painful; columnar epithelium
Inferiorly somatic afferents, therefore painful; stratified squamous epithelium

Doctors have to talk about funny things like anal crypts and gland drainage, but they have to be all clinical about it. It’s sort of a shame.