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Zeke 04-01-2007 08:25 PM

April 1
<p>You know that cancellation problem I was talking about yesterday? I've solved it -- by creating a monster. Welcome to <b>Zombie</b>!
<p>See, here's my reasoning. Shows that are cancelled are basically dead. Now if there's one thing I've learned from horror movies, it's that <i>any</i> idiot can bring back the dead, just not in any way they'll like. But that would be the case anyway, because what show would want to be resurrected on the internet instead of TV? It fits like a <i>glove</i>, I tell you.
<p>This is the answer to all our problems. When a good show is cancelled, we just bring it back as a zombie here at It gets a new lease on a shambling mockery of life, we get to watch it shamble, and if the occasional viewer's brain is eaten, we'll still be doing better than reality shows, right? Best of all, I already have a head start with the VVS8 and 9 fivers!
<p>So keep watching the front page, because more of those links will start lighting up. Until then, BRAAAAIIINS!

MaverickZer0 04-01-2007 08:59 PM

Not bad.

Though there are only special pics and no actual zombie fivers so far, this is an actual good idea.

How long's it going to last?

Zeke 04-01-2007 09:12 PM

Until its head is chopped off and its brain is destroyed, most likely.

By the way, are you suggesting that making up an evil clone of myself and having him make some irrelevant changes to the site, then taking two weeks to change it back, was a bad idea?

Hejira 04-01-2007 09:14 PM



MaverickZer0 04-01-2007 09:52 PM

No. It was a kind of funny idea. I'm not sure anyone takes Zuke seriously anymore, though. He chose a rather terrible day for his takeover.

Nate the Great 04-01-2007 11:25 PM

A very old comic from A Modest Destiny comes to mind. "Brain for eat, not for think." That's Zombie Bob for you.

It would've been nice to recruit some of the more established fivists to create a Zombie TOS fiver, a Zombie TNG fiver, and so on, though. Everyone as zombies!

AKAArzosah 04-02-2007 04:28 AM

Is 'brainth' even a word?

BTW Zeke, when my Mum has me committed you're paying the Loony Bin fees. She's giving me funny looks as I sit here laughing hysterically.

Sa'ar Chasm 04-02-2007 06:16 PM

Brain and brain, what is brain?

Nate the Great 04-02-2007 06:29 PM

I suppose that one was inevitable.

Sa'ar Chasm 04-02-2007 07:52 PM

I'm surprised it took that long.

Must have been kinetically unfavourable, despite being thermodynamically favourable.

Nate the Great 04-02-2007 10:16 PM

"Now, see, I understood that. Where did all those Saturday nights go?"
--Rodney McKay.

This has become my default response whenever someone starts into the technobabble and I don't get confused.

Zeke 04-02-2007 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by Sa'ar Chasm (Post 72866)
I'm surprised it took that long.

It didn't.

Sa'ar Chasm 04-02-2007 10:45 PM

I was on a bus April 1st. Leave me alone. :P

Nate the Great 04-02-2007 11:03 PM

What were you doing on a bus? Heading off to some tropical Spring Break destination?

Sa'ar Chasm 04-02-2007 11:12 PM

Coming home from a job interview at a college on the Lower Mainland. I haven't been a student since last fall (despite my student ID still technically being valid - I managed to score a student rate on the bus tickets).

Now I'm waiting for the phone to ring regarding the success of said interview.

*glares at phone*

Nate the Great 04-02-2007 11:16 PM

(Puts sunglasses on the phone to protect it from the glare)




PointyHairedJedi 04-03-2007 01:03 PM

Zombies, eh? It's not so bad I suppose - at the very least the tax situation is fantastic.

Nate the Great 04-03-2007 11:01 PM

Let me put on my bulletproof vest...

Okay, I'll bite. Tax situation?

Sa'ar Chasm 04-03-2007 11:23 PM

Spending a year dead for tax purposes.

*zaps I^2 with phaser in spot not covered by bullet-proof vest*

Nate the Great 04-04-2007 01:27 AM

Ah man! I missed the Hotblack Desiato reference? I'm ashamed. Just to clarify, that's not a joke. I really am!

I^2 is better than II, but seriously...are "NTG" or "Nate" absolutely impossible to type in basically the same amount of time?

Oh, and is there some combination of keys that will spit out an infinity symbol? You know, like umlouts or squiggly n's?

Sa'ar Chasm 04-04-2007 02:02 AM


Nate the Great 04-04-2007 02:18 AM

That's not an infinity symbol, that's:

A bow tie.
A dead cartoon character's eyes.
A dumbbell.

ijdgaf 04-04-2007 02:54 AM

Nate the Great 04-04-2007 03:08 AM


Sa'ar Chasm 04-04-2007 05:17 AM

In my day, we didn't have these fancy-schmancy high-ASCII characters, We had what was on the keyboard, and we made do.

You kids today with your umlauts and your copyrights and your fractions-squeezed-into-one-character...bah!

*wanders off, muttering to self*

Nate the Great 04-04-2007 06:28 AM

And you are how old?

If we're going to start stories of the beginning of the computer revolution, a lot of bad feelings will result. I remember DOS. I remember Applie IIe's, when programs ran right off of floppies (and a megabyte was a LOT of memory) and games were about gameplay, not graphics. Oh, those were the days...

Hejira 04-04-2007 07:04 AM

I remember when I was five or six, my mum was programming on the Commodore 64. CASSETTE TAPES, DUDE, CASSETTE TAPES!

Zeke 04-04-2007 07:20 AM

When I was just a little older, I was programming on my C64. God, I loved that machine. (It's no coincidence that I chose Commodore as my "rank.")

PointyHairedJedi 04-04-2007 01:43 PM

Just as a thought, does this mean that Alec Guinness will be making a guest appearance?

Nate the Great 04-04-2007 02:40 PM

Well, I can't claim any usage of the C64, but I still get warm fuzzies about the Apple IIe. That was the way to go. Programs on floppies. They ran right off the disk, and if the disk got corrupted, throw it out and take out another one.

Cassette tapes? Hopefully you don't mean audio tapes.

Quick poll. How many DOS commands can everyone rattle off the tops of their heads?

Zeke 04-04-2007 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by PointyHairedJedi (Post 72913)
Just as a thought, does this mean that Alec Guiness will be making a guest appearance?

Probably not. Maybe Ed Wood, though.

PointyHairedJedi 04-06-2007 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by Infinite Improbability (Post 72918)
Quick poll. How many DOS commands can everyone rattle off the tops of their heads?

One. Which is strange, given that I used to play the likes of Theme Park, Civ and Monkey Island through DOS (though Civ was a CD-ROM re-release, so I don't think I get any cred for that really).

Nate the Great 04-06-2007 12:35 PM

Okay, let's see...


I guess that's it.

Gatac 04-06-2007 03:27 PM

Without looking things up...


And, of course...


That'd be pretty much 95% of everything I ever did under DOS and via DOS shell in Windows. (Of course, I remember a hell of a lot of options and tricks for those, too, but I felt it would be cheating to list them all seperately.)


Sa'ar Chasm 04-06-2007 05:41 PM

> C/
> C/windows
> C/windows/run
> Run/dammit/run

Derek 04-06-2007 06:38 PM

I still use DOS. Or at least I use "Command Prompt" on my Windows computers. 'dir' and 'cd' are the main ones I use from the command shell. And I use the command prompt all the time on my linux computers.

Gatac's list is good, but there's a great DOS command he didn't list: 'rem.' It's 'echo' without the output! Let's look at a typical novice's session with the mighty rem:

c:\> rem
c:\> rem help
c:\> rem quit
c:\> rem exit
c:\> rem bye
c:\> rem hello?
c:\> rem eat flaming death
c:\> rem ^C
c:\> rem ^C
c:\> rem ^D
c:\> rem

Note the consistent command flags and error reportage. Rem is
generous enough to flag errors, yet prudent enough not to overwhelm
the novice with verbosity.

(Okay, I started borrowing from The Ed man joke page at the end there.)

Zeke 04-06-2007 08:28 PM

On our family's DOS computers, a 386 and later a 486, I actually didn't use the built-in commands a lot because I made my own .bat files. k was Commander Keen, j was Jill of the Jungle, and so on. It was also on those computers that I learned how to program in C. My crowning achievement was a simple Windows facsimile I made from scratch -- it couldn't do much, but it had graphical icons for starting programs. I called it WinDOS.

I still use the Command Prompt for one important thing: a program I wrote years ago called 5mv.exe. It takes a fiver and formats it for HTML. (By the way, I've found out there are two command prompts available from the Run dialog box: "command" and "cmd". The latter is the one you want, as it has more features.)


Originally Posted by Gatac (Post 72957)
And, of course...


DOS for the win?

Nate the Great 04-06-2007 09:34 PM

Jill of the Jungle! Awesome! You have to love those, especially when they (the Epic people) made fun of the Apogee heroes and called Commander Keen "yesterday's news."

Okay, so I knew about win, format, and fdisk too.

Gatac 04-07-2007 12:12 AM

And DuckTales, too.

Then again, we had some good times on the Commodore 64, too...ah, Turrican.


Nate the Great 04-07-2007 12:36 AM

Ducktales? Great show, but I found the game weird. Using a wooden cane as a pogo stick? Bouncing on rocks to turn them into gemstones?

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