My maiden anti-idiot (4wd) rant



SteveA

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Theo Bekkers said:
Stuart Lamble wrote:
> Theo Bekkers wrote:
>> We use Toyota's as light tankers. Max crew 2.

> ^ *BLAM!*
>
> Oh. Sorry. Having just spent a while explaining usage of the
> apostrophe to a non-native English speaker in a newsgroup where
> pedanticism rules the roost, my trigger finger got a little too
> twitchy.


"Toyota's" ****, I don't believe I did that. I'll have to speak to my
proof-reader and my editor. I'm just going to share a cup of coffee with
them. We all drink from the same cup.

Theo
My fingers got temporarily disconnected from my brain. Please accept my
sincerest apology.
Theo,

you just took about 50 years off your true age by using the feral apostophe. :D . Grumpy old buggers (includes me) usually don't fall into that trap. Its usually one for the young 'uns.

SteveA
 
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Stuart Lamble

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On 2006-04-07, dtmeister <[email protected]> wrote:
> Stuart Lamble <[email protected]> wrote:
>>
>> The above link ain't a snopes link, and a quick check on snopes in the
>> "automobiles" section reveals nothing about air conditioning and fuel
>> economy ...

>
> Okay, you win. Will you proof read all my most important posts from now
> on?


How much is it worth to you? :)

> You're not a computer geek are you? :)


Gee, I wonder how you guessed that. :)

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dtmeister

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Stuart Lamble <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> How much is it worth to you? :)


Not much. :)

>> You're not a computer geek are you? :)

>
> Gee, I wonder how you guessed that. :)



Takes one to know one I guess. I once asked a friend what most annoyed
her about me. She said that I "like all the other computer geeks" seem
to have the annoying habit of correcting insignificant errors in
peoples conversations - being it trivial factual errors or grammatical
mistakes. So I took that on board, and now I get invited to all the cool
parties. ;)

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Stuart Lamble

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On 2006-04-07, dtmeister <[email protected]> wrote:
> Takes one to know one I guess. I once asked a friend what most annoyed
> her about me. She said that I "like all the other computer geeks" seem
> to have the annoying habit of correcting insignificant errors in
> peoples conversations - being it trivial factual errors or grammatical
> mistakes. So I took that on board, and now I get invited to all the cool
> parties. ;)


Professional hazard. What seems insignificant to a human tends to blow
up to be incredibly significant in the computer world. So it makes sense
-- if you ignore the details, you're not going to be a good computer
geek, but you might well get on better with people in general.

Or, more colloquially, "we become what we most despise". :)

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mitosis

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Theo Bekkers said:
mitosis wrote:
> Theo Bekkers Wrote:
>> TimC wrote:


>>> Do these people ever wonder why they are the only ones in their
>>> truck? Doesn't it get lonely and dangerous to fight fires all by
>>> yourself?


>> Hehe. No-one goes out alone.


> Minimum 4 in NSW I think.


We use Toyota's as light tankers. Max crew 2.

Theo

4 would be a cat 2 (about 2500 litres). Our cat 9's (landrovers) they've recently discovered are too heavy with a full load of water and have been taken out of service. We only needed 2 in those.

What state are you?
 
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dtmeister

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Stuart Lamble <[email protected]> wrote:
> On 2006-04-07, dtmeister <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Takes one to know one I guess. I once asked a friend what most annoyed
>> her about me. She said that I "like all the other computer geeks" seem
>> to have the annoying habit of correcting insignificant errors in
>> peoples conversations - being it trivial factual errors or grammatical
>> mistakes. So I took that on board, and now I get invited to all the cool
>> parties. ;)

>
> Professional hazard. What seems insignificant to a human tends to blow
> up to be incredibly significant in the computer world. So it makes sense
> -- if you ignore the details, you're not going to be a good computer
> geek,


No, I don't agree. You can suspend the need to correct people in
situations where the correct information is completely unimportant. A
small talk conversation could be an example of that, but there are
others. That doesn't mean that you have to lose the ability to
concentrate on the details when it's professionally important.

>but you might well get on better with people in general.


Getting on with people is good. :)


> Or, more colloquially, "we become what we most despise". :)


Nope, don't agree.

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Theo Bekkers

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mitosis wrote:
> Theo Bekkers Wrote:


>> We use Toyotas as light tankers. Max crew 2.


> 4 would be a cat 2 (about 2500 litres). Our cat 9's (landrovers)
> they've recently discovered are too heavy with a full load of water
> and have been taken out of service. We only needed 2 in those.
>
> What state are you?


WA. We don't have all those cat categories. Our light tankers are on a
Landcruiser chassis, hold 600 litres, two crew and are the most useful
vehicle for our terrain. I went to Singleton in NSW in umm, 2002 for two
weeks to give the locals a hand with the bushfires there. I was surprised
they didn't have any small manouverable vehicles there. All cat 2 2500-3000
litres.

Theo
 
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TimC

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On 2006-04-07, SteveA (aka Bruce)
was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> Theo Bekkers Wrote:
>> "Toyota's" ****, I don't believe I did that. I'll have to speak to my
>> proof-reader and my editor. I'm just going to share a cup of coffee
>> with
>> them. We all drink from the same cup.
>>
>> Theo
>> My fingers got temporarily disconnected from my brain. Please accept my
>> sincerest apology.

> Theo,
>
> you just took about 50 years off your true age by using the feral
> apostophe. :D . Grumpy old buggers (includes me) usually don't fall
> into that trap. Its usually one for the young 'uns.

^
I hope that was a deliberate troll.

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informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common
Lisp." -- Greenspun's Tenth Rule of Programming
 
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TimC

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On 2006-04-07, Theo Bekkers (aka Bruce)
was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> Stuart Lamble wrote:
>> Theo Bekkers wrote:
>>> We use Toyota's as light tankers. Max crew 2.

>> ^ *BLAM!*
>>
>> Oh. Sorry. Having just spent a while explaining usage of the
>> apostrophe to a non-native English speaker in a newsgroup where
>> pedanticism rules the roost, my trigger finger got a little too
>> twitchy.


A toyota's a toyota.

As an added bonus: palindrome!

> "Toyota's" ****, I don't believe I did that. I'll have to speak to my
> proof-reader and my editor. I'm just going to share a cup of coffee with
> them. We all drink from the same cup.
>
> Theo
> My fingers got temporarily disconnected from my brain. Please accept my
> sincerest apology.


In the froup in question, apologies are neither issued, nor accepted.

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Theo Bekkers

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> Theo Bekkers Wrote:

>> We use Toyota's as light tankers. Max crew 2.


Stuart, I see where I went wrong now. Looking at this again I typed
'Toyota's heavy utes' and edited out the 'heavy utes'. :)

Theo
 
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Shane Stanley

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In article <[email protected]>,
SteveA <[email protected]> wrote:

> you just took about 50 years off your true age by using the feral
> apostophe. :D . Grumpy old buggers (includes me) usually don't fall
> into that trap. Its usually one for the young 'uns.


"Its"?

Grumpy old buggers are coming out of the woodwork...

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SteveA

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Shane Stanley said:
In article <[email protected]>,
SteveA <[email protected]> wrote:

> you just took about 50 years off your true age by using the feral
> apostophe. :D . Grumpy old buggers (includes me) usually don't fall
> into that trap. Its usually one for the young 'uns.


"Its"?

Grumpy old buggers are coming out of the woodwork...

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Well played sir. :D

SteveA
 

SteveA

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<snip>

I hope that was a deliberate troll.

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TimC
"Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc
informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common
Lisp." -- Greenspun's Tenth Rule of Programming[/QUOTE]

:D :D :D :D

For anyone who did not pick it.....

http://www.apostrophe.fsnet.co.uk/


Steve(just back from a Kronenbourg lunch)A

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TimC

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On 2006-04-08, Travis (aka Bruce)
was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> http://youtube.com/watch?v=IW1WZTK-dko&search=tahoe


Tee hee hee. MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you
understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send
signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that
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Travis

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TimC wrote:
> On 2006-04-08, Travis (aka Bruce)
> was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> > http://youtube.com/watch?v=IW1WZTK-dko&search=tahoe

>
> Tee hee hee. MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Here are some of my favourites:

Alien invasion:
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A Faustian bargain:
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Waterskiing in Greenland:
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For everything else there's:
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Weapon of mass destruction;
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Chevy drivers:
http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?uniqueid=a2ba6b12-1244-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7

Suggested transport alternative;
http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?uniqueid=2b67faec-124a-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7

Acid philosophy:
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Finality:
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Big as a house;
http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?country=us&uniqueid=f1e58034-1666-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7

Seven deadly sins:
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Don't be a jerk!:
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Don't hate me because I'm beautiful;
http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?country=us&uniqueid=fe8e2dea-17e2-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7

Do you have a big ass?:
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Flowers don't make your peener hard;
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Hold on to your sombrero!:
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Brokeback Tahoe:
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Losing control;
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If I find some more really good ones, I'll post them.