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Ernest Friedman-Hill
author and iconoclast

Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24195

We have a distributed team so we have a simple "story database" based on text files in CVS. I finished story number 1337 yesterday and when I marked it "done", I noticed the number and thought for a minute about saying something about my h4><0r1ng pr0we55 in the commit message, but I decided it would be too geeky, so I didn't.

In my morning's email, I found that someone had replied to my boring CVS commit email for that story:

That was some really elite work on Story 1337.

So I needn't have worried about appearing too geeky, I suppose.

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John Smith
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Joined: Oct 08, 2001
Posts: 2937
Well, I was preparing to think long and hard about why people would obscure a language instead of making it crisp and clear, but of course the answer is right in the name of the language itself ("leet"). It's for the same reason that people like to establish neighborhoods, age-based and gender-based groups, countries, alliances, and religions. The world is way too big to understand as a whole, so people brake it into arbitrary pieces which are easier to grasp. Yet the fallacy of that approach is well-known, too: the world is not simply the sum of all its pieces.
[ February 24, 2006: Message edited by: John Smith ]
Jessica Sant

Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

ha -- very nice.
Keith Wilson

Joined: May 30, 2002
Posts: 22
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