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April 22, 2004

earth to Yabut . . .

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 3:46 pm

earth Our webmaster overheard this conversation a couple hours ago in the ethicalEsq lunch room:

Prof. Yabut: You’re picking up the tab, of course.  It’s my special Day.

skepticalEsq: What do you mean?  The radio just said it’s Curse Day.  You shoud be treating me.

Prof. Yabut:  You must be deaf, old man.  They said it’s Irks Day, so I’m the honoree.

ethicalEsq [just coming out of a nap]:  Did you say it’s Mirth Day?  Shoot, I probably should write a Weakly Special!

haikuEsq:  Sigh. Can’t you recall a time when we made a big deal of Earth Day?  I hope our readers take a moment to connect with our beautiful, fragile planet.

earth’s birthday:

recycling our Valentine

cards

……. by dagosan

WelchQuakeG

after the quake

the weathervane

pointing to the earth

from Open Window - a beautiful collection of haiku and photographs by Michael Dylan Welch. Click here to see the original, full-screen photo-poem.

computer weary flip Postscript:  We’ve been missing the joys of Springtime on planet Earth lately, due to too much weblogging.  Our hardware and software are about to crash.  Therefore, the ethicalEsq gang is going to take a short break from posting — unless something really earth-shattering happens (viz. ATLA declares use of a standard contingency fee unethical).  Meanwhile, we send our sympathies to the e-fuddled FoolEsq.

  • CAUTION: The postings found below this point may contain over-weeningly serious or judgmental materials that are likely to cause agita.

4 Comments

  1. David, I wanted to e-mail this to you, but couldn’t find an e-mail link. I received the e-mail reprinted below and immediately thought of you. I can’t vouch for the veracity of the contents, but I certainly enjoyed them! Hope you do too!

    >Here are 16 actual error messages seen on the computer screens in Japan.
    >Some are written in Haiku. Aren’t these better than, “Your computer has performed an illegal >operation”?
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Chaos reigns within.
    > Reflect, repent, and reboot.
    > Order shall return.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Program aborting:
    > Close all that you have worked on.
    > You ask far too much.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Windows NT crashed.
    > I am the Blue Screen of Death.
    > No one hears your screams.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Yesterday it worked.
    > Today it is not working.
    > Windows is like that.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Your file was so big.
    > It might be very useful.
    > But now it is gone.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Stay the patient course.
    > Of little worth is your ire.
    > The network is down.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > The Web site you seek cannot be located,
    > but countless more exist.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > A crash reduces your expensive computer
    > to a simple stone.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Three things are certain:
    > Death, taxes and lost data.
    > Guess which has occurred?
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > You step in the stream,
    > but the water has moved on.
    > This page is not here.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Out of memory.
    > We wish to hold the whole sky,
    > But we never will.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Having been erased,
    > The document you’re seeking
    > must now be retyped.
    >
    > ——————————————–
    >
    > Serious error.
    > All shortcuts have disappeared.
    >
    > ——————————————–
    >
    > Screen.
    > Mind.
    > Both are blank
    >
    >

    Comment by Ann M. Byrne — April 23, 2004 @ 10:15 pm

  2. David, I wanted to e-mail this to you, but couldn’t find an e-mail link. I received the e-mail reprinted below and immediately thought of you. I can’t vouch for the veracity of the contents, but I certainly enjoyed them! Hope you do too!

    >Here are 16 actual error messages seen on the computer screens in Japan.
    >Some are written in Haiku. Aren’t these better than, “Your computer has performed an illegal >operation”?
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Chaos reigns within.
    > Reflect, repent, and reboot.
    > Order shall return.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Program aborting:
    > Close all that you have worked on.
    > You ask far too much.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Windows NT crashed.
    > I am the Blue Screen of Death.
    > No one hears your screams.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Yesterday it worked.
    > Today it is not working.
    > Windows is like that.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Your file was so big.
    > It might be very useful.
    > But now it is gone.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Stay the patient course.
    > Of little worth is your ire.
    > The network is down.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > The Web site you seek cannot be located,
    > but countless more exist.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > A crash reduces your expensive computer
    > to a simple stone.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Three things are certain:
    > Death, taxes and lost data.
    > Guess which has occurred?
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > You step in the stream,
    > but the water has moved on.
    > This page is not here.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Out of memory.
    > We wish to hold the whole sky,
    > But we never will.
    >
    > ——————————————
    >
    > Having been erased,
    > The document you’re seeking
    > must now be retyped.
    >
    > ——————————————–
    >
    > Serious error.
    > All shortcuts have disappeared.
    >
    > ——————————————–
    >
    > Screen.
    > Mind.
    > Both are blank
    >
    >

    Comment by Ann M. Byrne — April 23, 2004 @ 10:15 pm

  3. Thank you Anne!  These are fun and might indeed make dealing with Errors far more palatable.  I tracked them down, and I suggest readers can enjoy them with better formatting at their true origin — Salon Magazine Challenge No. 4 (“Haiku Error Messages,” Feb. 10, 1998).  I shall also link to it from our Haiku Resources page, too.

    Comment by David Giacalone — April 24, 2004 @ 12:42 am

  4. Thank you Anne!  These are fun and might indeed make dealing with Errors far more palatable.  I tracked them down, and I suggest readers can enjoy them with better formatting at their true origin — Salon Magazine Challenge No. 4 (“Haiku Error Messages,” Feb. 10, 1998).  I shall also link to it from our Haiku Resources page, too.

    Comment by David Giacalone — April 24, 2004 @ 12:42 am

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