Re: CHAT: "Intercom" article

Subject: Re: CHAT: "Intercom" article
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 08:23:11 -0600

At 08:34 AM 3/5/97 -0500, you wrote:
>To those of you who are STC members:
>
>I received the March/April issue of "Intercom" yesterday, and in the
>"Witful Thinking" article, I came across a phrase that I don't
>understand.
>
>The humorous article is a Jeff Foxworthy-ish list called "You May be a
>Technical Writer if..."
>
>The term in question is "Klatu, barrada nickto". (the entire entry is
>"You have a sign next to your computer: 'Klatu, barrada nickto'". I
>don't get it!
>
>Just for the record, I scored a 9!
>--
>|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
>Kim Keegan | keegan -at- explorers -dot- com

Is that thing still around? It's from an old classic sci fi movie called
"The Day The Earth Stood Still" and it's often considered a kind of tacit,
funny password into the world of the technogeekdom. Presumably you're
techno-hip if you recognize the line.

My experience has been that Monty Python has a much stronger hold on the
techno mentality. I've often heard cries of "run away, run away" drifting
down the hallways, far more often than "Klatu, barrado, nickto".

Tim Altom
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