High Water Mark for Geek Humor? September 15, 2006 | 12:23 pm

Okay, I keep track of the high water mark for geek humor on my whiteboard at work. The reigning champion is:

chown -r us ./base

However, I just found this in code after an assignment statement:

Reclaimer, spare that tree!
Take not a single bit!
It used to point to me,
Now I’m protecting it.
It was the reader’s CONS
That made it, paired by dot;
Now, GC, for the nonce,
Thou shalt reclaim it not.

Someone said they stole it from somewhere, but it’s pretty good all the same… Do I have a new winner? I can’t decide!

  • bhurt-aw

    Um, shouldn’t that be:

    find / -name '*base*' -print | xargs chown -r us

    ?

    I’m not sure which is worse, that I got the joke immediately, or that I instantly started nitpicking about it.

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  • johnwcowan

    It’s written by the Great Quux, aka Guy L. Steele, the inventor of the Scheme and Java programming languages.