Re: Aphorisms

Subject: Re: Aphorisms
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 21:52:48 -0500

kanerb -at- concentric -dot- net wrote:

> Q: How do you know when a project is finished?
> A: When you're out of time.
> (Deadlines are everything!)

Reminds me of Stan Kelly-Bootle's suggested collective noun, "a sequence of deadlines".
Kelly-Bootle's "Computer Contradictionary" is a recent release updating his 1970s
"The Devil's DP Dictionary". Some examples:

Documentation noun [latin documentum "warning"]:
1. The promised literature that fails to arrive with the supporting hardware.
2. A single, illegible photocopied page of proprietary caveats and
suggested infractions.
3. The detailed, unindexed description of a superseded package.

The period during which a system is error-free and immune from user input.

Endless loop: see loop, endless

Another interesting book is "An Exaltation of Larks" which catalogs English
collective nouns.

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