Wednesday, October 27, 2004

We're really not trying to be HitchWatch but...

From the the Hacker's Dictionary:

hack

1. /n./ Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well.
2. /n./ An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed.
3. /vt./ To bear emotionally or physically. "I can't hack this heat!"
4. /vt./ To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense: "What are you doing?" "I'm hacking TECO." In a general (time-extended) sense: "What do you do around here?" "I hack TECO." More generally, "I hack `foo"' is roughly equivalent to "`foo' is my major interest (or project)". "I hack solid-state physics." See Hacking X for Y.
5. /vt./ To pull a prank on. See sense 2 and hacker (sense 5).
6. /vi./ To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than goal-directed way. "Whatcha up to?" "Oh, just hacking."
7. /n./ Short for hacker.
8. See nethack.
9. [MIT] /v./ To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels of a large, institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant workers and (since this is usually performed at educational institutions) the Campus Police. This activity has been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also vadding.

Constructions on this term abound. They include `happy hacking' (a farewell), `how's hacking?' (a friendly greeting among hackers) and `hack, hack' (a fairly content-free but friendly comment, often used as a temporary farewell). For more on this totipotent term see " The Meaning of `Hack'". See also neat hack, real hack.


I guess we now really need to add one for "Political pundit who makes a political endorsment based on the readership of the publication in which he's writing the endorsment."

Atrios has the compare/contrast. I will simply ask, was the endoresment for Bush in the Nation the ironic endorsment, or a cheap attempt to piss off friends on the Left? A serious intellectual. ARE YOU EFFIN' KIDDING ME?

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