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♻ AKA PhilCorp

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File under “Native Americans named like an evil corporation from a movie:” Metacom

Suffix fix

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My friend Ben tweeted the following:


These are sets of prefixes and suffixes that expand to English words (squalor, squalid, stupor, stupid…). Inspired and curious, I wrote a short script to generate more of these:

[adam@Adam-Hahns-MacBook:~]$ ./ or id /usr/share/dict/words 
[adam@Adam-Hahns-MacBook:~]$ !!|wc -c
./ or id /usr/share/dict/words|wc -c

Uh-oh, my script generated more than Ben’s grepping! Granted, not all of them would fit in a tweet, so I’ll have to forgive him. What other fun can we have?

[adam@Adam-Hahns-MacBook:~]$ ./ a e i o u /usr/share/dict/words 
[adam@Adam-Hahns-MacBook:~]$ ./ ly tty /usr/share/dict/words

Ben also informed me of a neat shell trick!

[adam@Adam-Hahns-MacBook:~]$ echo {be,unwi,co,pu,sca,wi,pa,po}{tty,ly}
betty bely unwitty unwily cotty coly putty puly scatty scaly witty wily patty paly potty poly

If you’re interested, here’s the source of

♻ Walk This Way

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I don’t know how I missed this when it happened last year, but now’s as good a time as any: RUN-DMC has a street named after them!

Yes, 205th St @ Hollis Ave is heretofore known as RUN-DMC JMJ Way. If you’re a keen listener, you might know this as their old stomping ground:

My Ahhh-didas, standin on two fifth street / Funky fresh and yes cold on my feet

Merry Christmas (In Hollis)!

♻ Good lord!

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Standards are important, but sometimes I read something and can only exclaim, “The rod up that [committee]’s butt must have a rod up its butt.”

I’m talking, of course, about the selection of the IDNA prefix: xn--

Read, and be amazed. Link to the IETF standard (natch) used to publicly generate random numbers.

[via Jeffrey]


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