Jan 14

Was it really necessary to chain it to the post?Click for larger image

The Bookkeeper Comments: Being wrapped in metal foil like a baked potato was a poor clothing choice for burning day.

Published 1998

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.50 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “User Friendly”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    It’s really starting to heat up in this chat room.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “What are you doing?! Just turn it off and turn it on again!”

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Seriously folks, this whole burning thing would have been a lot easier if you just gone with an iMac.

  4. Raoul Says:

    Those damn lithium batteries

  5. misterbob Says:

    Hey Everyone its November the 6th – AMSTRAD DAY ! Drinks are in the olde BAEN Tavern .

  6. fred Says:

    If Spider Robinson books have a spider on the cover then Ursula K. Le Guin books should have Ursula Andress.

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Deep Blue never learned the most important thing about chess: let the king win.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Condemned as a heretic by the cruel minions of Pope Abacus III, Joan of Atari meets her flaming end, yet, the legend lives on!

  9. Ray P Says:

    Why is the mag-tape cabinet tied to the stake? Can it move unaided?

  10. Ray P Says:

    The IT field has seen a lot of religious wars. over the years. This could be the Richard Stallman user revolt of the early nineteen eighties.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    I thought I’d seen every episode of ‘The Goodies’.

  12. Monty Says:

    Stupid, but works. It makes me curious why the pope is having an inanimate object burned at the stake, chained down like he expects it to scuttle around biting people. Whoever sold him this scapegoat, he fell for it hard!

    Checking reviews, the book of course contains nothing of the sort. It’s a collection of brutal essays, short stories and rap(yes).

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Where is this? If you made a bonfire in Ludlow, Norwich or York there’d be preservation orders on all the thatched Tudorbethan buildings that earn so much tourist revenue stopping you.

    The reason so few towns in England look like this now is idiots being careless with burning torches. Why not go out into a muddy field, close to a ducking-stool?

    (That’s a point, how do they know the computer’s a witch? Did it float?)

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Ray P @9:

    “Is your computer running?”
    “No, we’ve got it pretty well chained up.”

    The knight in front somewhat puzzles me: judging from his modern-style glasses and the fact his cloak seems to have a picture of a bug (computer bug?) on it, he’s a time traveler: shouldn’t he be on the computer’s side? Or perhaps to save himself he threw the computer under the bus, er, hay wagon.

    Also, what is he looking at? Does he see the approaching computo-cavalry in the distance?

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    I’ve seen this movie. In the present day, laptops and iPads seek revenge on the descendants of those who burned their ancestor.

  16. Daard23 Says:

    Fahrenheit 404

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    @Daard23: GSS

  18. Ray P Says:

    @Tat It has floating point operations.
    @Bruce I read decades ago of an old disk storage unit, the size of a washing machine, which would creep across the lab if sent the correct series of disk access instructions.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I want to see the “Spanish Inquisition” tag retro-applied.

    Torch dude in armor looks a LOT like Spider, but I’ve never known him to support organized religion, burning anything at the stake, or wearing armor.

    @Ray P: I saw this demonstrated once. It was tough on the unit, so it was only done late at night, when supervisor types were absent.

    @Daard: GSS.

    @Monty: I’m not surprised.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Someone needs to find this one out in the wild.
    (caution: no Space Sheep provided)

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Tell us Famputer. Where are all the sexy amazon women!

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    GSS ex-noob Says:
    January 15th, 2019 at 6:21 am
    I want to see the “Spanish Inquisition” tag retro-applied…

    NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    By the way, excellent jokes in this thread until I showed up. Hat’s off to you! 🙂

  24. Emster Says:

    Oh, it’s Baen, never mind then….

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