friday, march 28, 2003
woohoo! a load of links for your perusal. i was too lazy to stick them into entries before. so now, you get a week’s worth of crap. yay for you!
this place, entitled apeiron, is rather interesting (yay random google searches), with an online drum machine. the weird name generator. yes, bow down before me. i’m The Living Impostor That Obtains the Inquisitor, anyway. or the Garments of Shock.
sunday, march 02, 2003
i (or the linguist gnawing away inside of me) am annoyed and fascinated by the abbreviation i18n for internationalization.
my first instinct is to try to pronounce it in pseudo-leetspeak. maybe i spend too much time on irc and around teenagers, but “i18n” looks as if it sounds like “elate-in”. this almost makes sense: the “nternationa” part is cut out and the “zation” part is slurred into “eighten” and if both the i and the l turn into ones readability suffers so the l is chosen and there isn’t any standard leetspeak for n…and we get i18n.
these i18n’ers didn’t seem insane (or immature) to me though, and so there had to be another explanation. google time!
The term “i18n” is derived from its spelling as the letter “i” plus 18 letters plus the letter “n”.
that’s the first paragraph of this explanation of il8n’s origin. wow. so it’s not leetspeak; it’s a numeronym! not too scalable or intuitive, but i hadn’t heard of these, and new = neato.
Real men never define acronyms; they understand them genetically.
mister boyfriend says it doesn’t matter what an acronym stands for as long as you know what it means.