Fri, 29 Nov 2002

Fun little tool

I was looking through my referrer logs (absolute, incontrovertible proof of geek lifelessness) when I saw a few hits from a browser (tool, really) called TulipChain. There's a screenshot here. It truly takes so little to amuse me. Requires Java 1.4, which I don't think is installed by default currently on very many operating systems, but then if you're geeky enough to care about playing with something like this then you're also likely capable of finding the right JDK for your machine anyway...

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The Magic Word:
Which planet is closest to the sun? (hint -- it's Mercury...)

‘Twas the night before crisis, and all through the house,
Not a program was working not even a browse.
The programmers were wrung out too mindless to care,
Knowing chances of cutover hadn’t a prayer.
The users were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of inquiries danced in their heads.
When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my tube to see what was the matter.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Super Programmer, oblivious to fear.
More rapid than eagles, his programs they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name;
On Update! On Add! On Inquiry! On Delete!
On Batch Jobs! On Closing! On Functions Complete!
His eyes were glazed over, his fingers were lean,
From Weekends and nights in front of a screen.
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread…
— “Twas the Night before Crisis”