Thoughts of a geek

30 July 2009

Juvenile humour

Filed under: Computers, Humourous, Lists — Tags: , , , , — qwandor @ 9:32 pm

It turns out that if you take the title of a book and append the phrase “in your pants”, the resulting title is often more amusing than the original. Here I present you some examples:

About the Size of it: The Common Sense Approach to Measuring Things in Your Pants
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in Your Pants
All About Worship: Insights & Perspectives on Worship in Your Pants
Being Human in Your Pants
Calculus: A New Horizon in Your Pants
Computer Networking: A Top-down Approach Featuring the Internet in Your Pants
Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface in Your Pants
Coping with Controversy in Your Pants
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer in Your Pants
Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics in Your Pants
God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God in Your Pants?
The Snow in Your Pants

For some automated humour, I have just written a little script that will transform the titles of your books most recently added to LibraryThing in similar manner. Take a look at what it does for my books, or try it on your or your friend’s collection.

Oh, and on the topic of pants, if you have not read Star Wars pants quotes, perhaps you will be amused to do so. I cannot find the original site that I remember from years ago, but they are still funny. The premise is to take a line from Star Wars and replace one word with the word ‘pants’, thus improving the line.

Well, it is said that small things amuse small minds.


7 February 2009

Quote website

Filed under: Computers, Humourous — Tags: , , , — qwandor @ 12:33 pm

I have over the last couple of months been working on a new website for people to post funny quotes from their groups of friends.

The idea is this: People often like to keep a quotebook for their flat, office, lab, club or other group of friends with funny things people have said, especially quoted out of context. Another approach is writing them up on a whiteboard. The problem with this is that such quotebooks get lost after a while (and whiteboards get erased), losing a part of the group’s history. Also a physical quotebook is only in one place at once, so you cannot show people these funny quotes unless you have it with you.

My website fills this purpose. There are already some websites for funny quotes from IRC &c. (e.g. QDB), but they all seem to lack a social dimension: you can look at funny things people have said, but they are not people you know. A lot of the humour of the sort of quotebook mentioned above comes from knowing the people who said the quotes.

Anyway, I have started making this website (using Ruby on Rails if you are interested in the technical side). You can see what it looks like so far at, as I have not decided on a proper domain name yet. You can login, create ‘contexts’ for the groups that you are part of (maybe I should just call these groups), and then add quotes to them. You can look up quotes by context or by person. There is an Atom feed for each person, each context, and for all quotes on the site, so you can subscribe to quotes in your favourite feed reader (personally I like Google Reader) or integrate them into other websites.

I am considering some sort of integration with other sites like Twitter and Facebook, though I am not yet sure what form this will take. Suggestions are welcome. I am also planning to let people comment on each quote, so the person quoted can explain what they really meant, or people can laugh at them or whatever.

So, I would like a few things from you, dear readers (assuming I have any readers):

  • Ideas for a domain name. All the ones I have thought of so far (,, are already taken, unfortunately. Can you think of something good that is not already taken? I would like to decide on a domain name fairly soon so that not too many people have to change from the current temporary name to the new one.
  • Comments about the site as it currently exists, what you like, what you do not (and why), what could be improved (and how and why). Try it out and see how it works for you.
  • Bug reports: does it break, or behave unexpectedly? If so, please let me know, with as much detail as possible so that I can fix it.
  • Feature requests: what else should I add? How could it be improved?
  • Use it! Create an account, create a context for your flat or office or friends or whatever, add quotes, tell your friends about it.

Please note that at this stage I have not done much at all about the graphic design of the site; a friend of mine is hopefully going to have a look at that soon (though if you would also like to help, please do get in touch).

Please post a comment on this blog post (the original on my blog please, not the copy on Facebook if you are reading it there) with your ideas and suggestions, or email me if you prefer.

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