1. latsot says

    I have that exact same laptop 🙁

    Also, I have no idea what I’m doing.

    It’s a good job I don’t wear a tie or the identity would be clear.

  2. says

    I had a geek friend who insisted on teaching her dog entirely commands based on unix. Not being that sort of geek, I don’t remember most of them, but I believe one of them was about elimination and involved dev/null, and there was some use of “grep” as a command.

    It did tend to make her friends of a sort she sought, when other geeks heard her interact with her dog. Tribal identification is a wonderful and amorphous set of behaviours. 🙂

  3. latsot says

    This should clearly turn into a thread about geeky names for cats. I’m thinking about getting another one.

  4. latsot says

    I think I’m going to have to go with a geeky name. As much as I like your suggestions you can’t follow a Fortran with a Madeleine.

    Even more off topic, but did I ever tell you how I got my name?

  5. latsot says

    The new cat name doesn’t even have to be that geeky, to be honest. It doesn’t even have to pass the embarrassing-shout-down-the-street test (I’ve shouted “Fortran…. Fortran….. FORTRAN” often enough.)

    The main criterion is that it has to piss off my parents and in-laws because it’s not a ‘real’ name. The more it annoys and confuses them. the better a name it is.

    Maybe I should just call it Spite.

    Come to think of it, that’s not a bad name for a cat.

  6. karmacat says

    To add to Chigau’s list:

    I really do love having cats

  7. says

    I used to date someone with a similar linguistic geekiness to mine, and who called her two cats Broca and Wernicke.

    I had a friend whose three dogs were named Lister, Rimmer, and Cat. She also had a cat named Holly.

  8. Acolyte of Sagan says



    January 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    The new cat name [……..] doesn’t even have to pass the embarrassing-shout-down-the-street test …

    How about ‘Shout’? Or ‘Hotsex’?

    And just how did you get your ‘nym?

  9. Al Dente says

    So this burglar is ransacking the house when he hears: “God is watching.” He looks around but doesn’t see anyone. Again he hears: “God is watching.” So he looks more carefully and sees a parrot in a cage.

    He walks up to the parrot and says: “Polly want a cracker?”

    The parrot replies: “My name isn’t Polly, it’s John the Baptist.”

    The burglar says: “That’s a funny name for a parrot. Who gave you that name?”

    John the Baptist answers: “The same guy who named the rottweiler ‘God’.”

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