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Happy Birthday :-) (Smiley’s 25th Anniversary) September 19, 2007

Posted by Tom in blogging, tech news, Techstuff.
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25 years ago today the smiley was born…. After much discussion about how to show jokes and humour online Scott E. Fahlman came up with the smiley.

Here is an excerpt from the discussion which gave birth to a new cultural phenomenon.

17-Sep-82 10:58 Neil Swartz at CMU-750R Elevator posts Maybe we should adopt a convention of putting a star (*) in the subject field of any notice which is to be taken as a joke.

17-Sep-82 14:59 Joseph Ginder at CMU-10A (*%) I believe that the joke character should be % rather than *.

17-Sep-82 15:15 Anthony Stentz at CMU-780G (*%) How about using * for good jokes and % for bad jokes? We could even use *% for jokes that are so bad, they’re funny.

17-Sep-82 17:40 Keith Wright at CMU-10A *%&#$ Jokes! No, no, no! Surely everyone will agree that “&” is the funniest character on the keyboard. It looks funny (like a jolly fat man in convulsions of laughter). It sounds funny (say it loud and fast three times). I just know if I could get my nose into the vacuum of the CRT it would even smell funny!

17-Sep-82 17:42 Leonard Hamey at CMU-10A {#} (previously *) …I think that the joke character should be the sequence {#} because it looks like two lips with teeth showing between them. This is the expected result if someone actually laughs their head off…

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(

Thank you smiley for helping me express myself , and thank you Scot for inventing it :-)

UPDATE: Switched off WordPress automatic graphic display of emoticons … shows how far they have come I suppose.

Messing with my looks August 29, 2007

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So I’ve been blogging for not too long, I feel like a teenager working out how I should look.
I have hummed and harred a bit (is that spelt correctly?) and decided that I would forgo the wider images and keep to the lighter look of regulus lite.
I previously posted about the theme and was full of praise. So welcome back Regulus and apologies to my few readers for the journey through eye candy.

Thanks to ALL bloggers… May 25, 2007

Posted by Tom in blogging, Techstuff.
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I am so very happy that I have finally discovered the world of blogs from a blogger’s perspective. This is not the first blog I’ve kept but it’s the only one I’ve written more than a couple of posts for. Why? Because this is the first one I write what I think.

I was very disillusioned with Web communities prior to blogging. Chatting and MySpace etc were for teenagers to waste time and I read lots of blogs but saw them only as a source of information. I now understand that by writing a blog, commenting on blogs and visiting blogs I am sincerely communicating with like minded people (or not so like minded) around the world in a meaningful way.

So this post is to say thank you to ALL the Bloggers ever (or at least those with live blogs) wherever you may be. :-)