The Penboard

I can't afford to run a nice UNIX server with hundreds or thousands of intelligent people on it. All I could afford was this penboard with a red pen, a green pen, a blue pen, and a black pen. Here are some excerpts from it, as written by whoever happened to wander in and write on it. The type styles, when there are any, are selected on the basis of most closely representing the style in which they were written. Had I a fulltime netfeed and a digital camera, you'd be able to look at a nice image link showing you the board as it appeared every, say, 30 seconds. As I'm a lowly software engineer in this pathetic county (Sonoma, California), I don't make anything like that sort of money. Oh well.

Feynyn Ga'rawe, the first mountain in wales!

If you think knowledge is expensive, try ignorance
(will program for food)

"Not tonight, dear, I have an aversion." -Derf

I am nothing. I am everything. I am you. I am me.

Neuter Skubly?

Skrubly is nominally male, yes.

The Perl Motto:
There's always more than one way to do it."

for (;;);

"Nothing is stationary. Everything wiggles."

"The whole idea is, you're supposed to suck on it. It's supposed to be comforting." -Devin

Will give hugs for chocolate...

willie is a good dog. willie is a nice dog. willie is neglected. be nice to willie. (but watch out for his tongue)

over what?
The cow went over the mountain, the cow went over the mountain, the cow went over the mountain, to see what she could see...

"She says she suffers from strange delusions that she's living in the real world. It's no good telling her she is living in the real world because she says that's why the delusions are so strange. Don't know about you, but I find that kind of conversation pretty exhausting." -Russel, Book IV

The ants are my friends
They're blowing by in the wind

My cat is melting


Hey, look... right-handed people!

Is this a toaster?

When you were mine I used to
let you wear all of my clothes...
I know that you're going with another guy
I know that I love you baby that's no lie
I love you more than I did when you were mine
-Cyndi Lauper

(get the fucking essay done.)
Okay, okay. The fucking essay's done. Now what?
(you fool)

There's a bathroom on the right.


I'm thinking of
my radio
It's tied up to
the tracks

"You know if I leave you now
it doesn't mean that I love
you any less. It's just the
state I'm in. I can't be
good to anyone else like
this..." -Sara McLachlan


Half the problem here is that we have this other half.

One notices the
calm before the
the storm
has passed

has spazzed?

", then... what does this shape bring to your mind?"



"These things just seem to happen." -Calvin

"Oh lord, 'tis better to swallow your sato than you will ever, ever know."


Bob's Tires
and full-body massage

"Prunes are no cure for Jacob."
"And you can quote me on that."

"We are the dead."
nah, it just feels that way when
you have to get up before noon.

"I'b gobe a code"
-Jon Arbuckle

I'm waiting for the worms...
The worms to come...
Ideally wiht some Dilaudid...
Or Percodan...

Okay, here's a reason for UC Davis to accept me; I repaired a compilation defect in Linux 1.2.13's SLHC->PPP system, designed and coded by one of their own postgraduate students, which she apparently couldn't fix. Sheesh.

things to "clo"?
What has Clo got to do with it?
[corrected:] things to "do"?

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.

If the world was a Snickers (tm) Bar, would I be the nuts, caramel, nougat or the chocolate?
And what's my expiration date?
(see "Other Highlights of the Truman Administration")

Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches.
(T Pot USA)
No cream please...
Rest your shoulders, peaches and cream... (Tori Amos)
(take thy peach from out my culinary sensibility)

Life is hard, then you die.
-Derf, the eternal optomist

"take the Long's way home,
Long's belongs to
(in spite of feudalism)

"We've come a long way.
(I wanna go home!)"

Thy thoughts stagnate.

"But I don't WANT to give you what you want!"

"[They] were supreme in that quality... the self-imposed delay
between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp
that thing." -Dune

<very absolutely totally 100% innocent <sarcasm> <censorship> glare>

If wishes were fishes, the world would smell awfully bad!

Today is the first day of the rest of the mess.

M$NBC? What part of 'no' don't you understand?

This room has been declared a neutral, soverign nation.
The Management.

net boy, net girl,
send your heartbeat round the world
let your fingers walk and talk
and set you free

<little squiggle>

When in doubt, flirt softly...

Today is the first day of the rest of the mess.

Don't touch me
while I'm drinking.

M$NBC? What part of 'no' don't you understand?

another Suburban family morning
grandmother screaming at the wall
we have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies
we can't hear anything at all.
Synchronicity II
The Police

when in doubt, fly

If at last you do succeed -- NEVER TRY AGAIN!

just cos I've been sleeping with a sysadmin for the past 18 months doesn't mean I know Linux inside and out!

How to maintain a perfect complexion throughout your teen years:
(die at age 12)

any power I have in that you've given to me
do what you will

"Let's see you take as much of 'The Prince' as I can." -Laurel

resist much
obey little


BODY DEBit Effect

Venimus, vidimus, dolavimus.

2 OS
3 CPUs

"And if you're the queen
of daffodils
Then I am the king of the rain."

"Let us consider the whole of intellect as two halves of the same melon. We are here taught to pare and devour to the bare rid, to remove the seeds and devour the vulval feast. Wehy must we be taught this way, and with spoons? Why do we not plunge in with ready tongues? Even an intellect needs her mind sucked out now and again.

"whose fantasy will I be next?" (maz)

"She really inspirates me."


Derf, you're getting too sodding predictable.

"It's part of how we got here. We keep falling for blind men's bluffs."


"we are experiencing intestinal
difficulties; service will be restored
shortly; please stand by."

"Mmm. tastes just like homemade."
"No, I was born in the hostpital."

"Hello! Over here! I am extremely pleasant to eat and wish to reproduce!" -Beth

"oh, just Beth..."

"I don't have a cat...
It's disturbing"

"regularity of menstruation has nothing to do with data security."

Why is it that more + more this whiteboard talks about nothing but SEX?!
Easy jokes.

"If you're 11, does the rubber matter?"

"In enlightenment there is chicks galore."

Last updated: [an error occurred while processing this directive], give or take a little

Whiteboard copied more or less verbatim; notes I left there for myself are excluded; most spelling errors are corrected, a few new ones are probably introduced. Occasionally the names have been changed to protect the innocent and/or guilty. Line breaks inserted as they appeared, if it seems so appropriate. Colors started being used somewhere around HTML-3.0, appearing or not depending on memory. Boldface text used to indicate a change of handwriting (typically a change of author).