- Make me a sandwich – I had to explain this to a non-linux person, so thought I’d just reproduce it here: Linux system administrators tell computer systems to do a lot of things every day, but sometimes it will balkingly refuse to do certain [privileged] commands, in which case the system administrator rolls up his sleeve and prefixes it with the divinely ordained sudo command.
- Bumper sticker: “If this is blue you’re going too fast” – A friend showed me that to see my reaction. I instantly cracked up – exposing the geek in me. It’s based on the Doppler Effect. Light is electromagnetic radiation, and the color of light is determined by its wavelength. Blue light has shorter wavelength, and red has longer wavelength. When you travel really fast (and I mean really really fast, as in at least 100,000 km/sec), it causes the wavelength of light to compress. So, red light shifts to a shorter wavelength causing it to become blue light.
Elementary, Dear Watson
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.”Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”
“And what does that tell you, Watson?”
Watson pondered for a minute. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.
Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.
Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.
Theologicaly, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.
Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
What does it tell you?”
Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. “Watson, you born idiot. Some culprit has stolen our tent.”
This clip says it all, about Calvin & Hobbes, one of my favorite strips as a kid. Click to enlarge.