You know you’ve been living your life right when you’re in IRC conversations that go like this…HedgeMage is a semi-regular on this blog who I’ve never met face to face, a ferociously bright twenty-something from a Midewestern rural working-class background utterly unlike mine; squidly is an ex-boyfriend of hers. They’re both hackers.
[18:03] <esr> squidly: Considering the age and sex and background differences, HedqeMage and I do a weirdly effective job of anticipating each others' thought processes. [18:04] <esr> We have both noticed this :-) [18:04] <hedgemage> Yes, it can be amusing at times :) [18:08] <squidly> yea it's kind of scary at times too. [18:08] * HedgeMage pokes squidly to make sure he's squidly [18:09] <squidly> One HedgeMage in the world is scary enough.. but HedgeMage & esr double scary.. I forbid you two from dating :P [18:09] <hedgemage> rofl [18:09] <squidly> HedgeMage: that enough proof to show it's me :P [18:09] <hedgemage> squidly: You didn't have the power to forbid me from dating people when we were dating, what makes you think you have it now? :P [18:10] <hedgemage> No, everybody thinks I'm scary :P [18:10] <squidly> rofl. [18:10] <squidly> HedgeMage: umm.. umm.. I will think of a reason give me a couple of years :P [18:11] * esr is ROFLMAOing [18:11] <squidly> and what saving the world from an esr/Hedgemage combo is enough.. we dont need you two taking over the software world/real world :P [18:11] <hedgemage> squidly: World domination is too much work. We have better things/people to do. [18:12] <esr> HedgeMage: Oh, crap. Do we *have* to sleep together now that someone has tried to forbid it? Asking the hard questions... [18:12] <squidly> I said date not sleep! [18:12] <esr> We knew what you meant. [18:12] <hedgemage> esr: That would be in our nature ;) [18:12] <esr> Yes. Yes, it would. [18:13] <squidly> yes.. you 2 go off have a sexual relationship just to punish me for trying to save the world.. [18:13] <hedgemage> squidly: You also said dating when a certain C++ professor wanted to know how your alarm clock made both of us late to an exam. [18:13] <esr> My sides are hurting. [18:14] <squidly> HedgeMage: yea but we both aced that final in about 10-15 minutes! [18:14] <hedgemage> squidly: I think before that he wondered why we were dating and yet insisted on sitting on opposite sides of the room... I did *not* want one of us accused of cheating. [18:15] <squidly> yea that would have been bad.. [18:15] * esr thinks the section from 18:03 to 18:13 needs to be framed and preserved for posterity. [18:15] <squidly> lmao esr [18:16] <hedgemage> lol... yes!
My sides started to hurt at Squidly’s 18:13 line. Internet comedy gold.