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Thu 2014-10-16 13:52
People don't know their classics

At work the other day a fellow developer and I were discussing incomplete array types in C, and at one point in the conversation he referred to them using a phrase which gave me a perfect opportunity to reply ‘Arrays of Unspecified Size? I don't think they exist.’ Sadly, I got a blank look.

And today at lunchtime there was a silly conversation about a car park that had collapsed due to subsidence, on a site with a large rabbit population. It was suggested that the rabbits might have undermined the car park, and someone else said ‘no, don't blame the rabbits’. Of course this is a feed line which physically cannot have any other reply than ‘Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies’ – which elicited no evidence of recognition from any of about six people.

Bah. People don't know their classics!

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[personal profile] andrewduckerThu 2014-10-16 16:49

But? What? I don't even!

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[identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.comThu 2014-10-16 23:03

With you on the bunnies (what's with all the carrots, what do they need such good eyesight for anyway?) but I don't get the other reference!

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[personal profile] cjwatsonFri 2014-10-17 00:06

The Princess Bride!  Drop everything and go and watch it straight away if you haven't seen it.  It's well worth it.

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[identity profile] alextfish.livejournal.comFri 2014-10-17 15:17

Huh. I have seen Princess Bride, twice even, and recognise many quotes from it; but I can't get from "Arrays of Unspecified Size? I don't think they exist" to a Princess Bride quote even with Google's help.

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[identity profile] naath.livejournal.comFri 2014-10-17 16:27

try ROUS

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[identity profile] alextfish.livejournal.comFri 2014-10-17 16:34

Ah, yes.

I guess that is a somewhat memorable Princess Bride quote, fair enough. But the movie is sufficiently memetic that I could name off the top of my head at least ten other rather more memorable quotes from it, probably rather more...

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