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Old 09-19-2019, 04:57 PM   #25546
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 I take it that's a back-translation of the German? How does the German version itself run?

The original English (modulo the reordering to match the year 1973) is:

1 for the dark lord on his dark throne
9 for mortal men, doomed to die
7 for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone
3 rings for eleven kings, under the sky

Actually, if you write the year little-endian (3791), the original ordering of the lines is recovered.

Actually, I took the Blind Guardian version of it.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:01 AM   #25547
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 Actually, I took the Blind Guardian version of it.
Blind Guardian is a band, I take it?

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Q: Why couldn't the English access the WiFi during the Anglo-Dutch wars?

A: Because the Dutch had De Ruyter.

A trombone sounds as /me beats a hasty retreat, pursued by several volleys of overripe tomatoes.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:25 AM   #25548
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A trombone sounds as /me beats a hasty retreat, pursued by several volleys of overripe tomatoes.
Yeah, except I'm throwing them at you because of this comment:
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Blind Guardian is a band, I take it?
Not the other one!
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:33 AM   #25549
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 Yeah, except I'm throwing them at you because of this comment:


Not the other one!
Now I'm really confused. Is there some rock I've been living under such that I've missed an important bit of pop culture? (Well, TBH, there are many such rocks, but I never know which is which :-) ).
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:29 AM   #25550
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 Now I'm really confused. Is there some rock I've been living under such that I've missed an important bit of pop culture? (Well, TBH, there are many such rocks, but I never know which is which :-) ).
Yes, despite the urge to not call it pop culture, but it somehow is now.

Wikipedia might be a start there. Or search on Youtube for "blind guardian lord of the rings", in case you need the specific song quote.
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Well, TBH, there are many such rocks, but I never know which is which
It's the rock with the highest metal content...
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:37 AM   #25552
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 It's the rock with the highest metal content...
Ah. That rock. Yes, I've been hiding under it. Never really been a fan of metal.

Although "highest metal content" could be any rock that contains no elements lighter than lithium.

A bunch of astronomers needs to put together a band called "heavy Metallicity". They'd actually just sing "Twinkle Twinkle little star", but astronomers standards for metal are really, really low.

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Old 09-20-2019, 10:15 AM   #25553
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 A bunch of astronomers needs to put together a band called "heavy Metallicity". They'd actually just sing "Twinkle Twinkle little star", but astronomers standards for metal are really, really low.
Brian May just sensed a disturbance in the force....
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My brothers.

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when we actually know what we're doing, when we are sure we tested everything and worked up all technical debt, but it is not this day.

An hour of certainty and confidence when all documentation has been read and understood, but it is not this day!

This day we release!

By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you deploy, and hope for the best!

-- Aragorn, slightly paraphrased
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:48 PM   #25555
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 ..but astronomers standards for metal are really, really low.
Really?

https://theseventhseason.net/music
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It's a joke, based on the fact that in astronomy "metal" means anything heavier than helium, regardless of whether a chemist or physicist would call it a metal. Neon, for example, counts as a metal.

By extension, any music heavier than hydrogen or helium would also count as a metal.

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I've been mirroring old debian repositories on my main desktop for a couple of retrocomputing machines I keep around.

Just discovered that I'd somehow screwed up the permissions for the mirror. The machines it was serving files to found everything OK, but the cron job that was supposed to be keeping the mirror up to date didn't have permissions to write to anything, even its own log file.

My hypothesis is that I set up the cron job, then manually ran a mirror update to populate the mirror (rather than just waiting for the cron job to fire for the first time), and ended up running the manual update as root.

Doesn't much matter, as one of the releases I was mirroring was already archived, so I don't think anything changed in the ~4 years it took me to clue in, and the other passed into the archive in the interim, so it too had probably stopped receiving updates.

But it doesn't have to matter for me to feel like an idiot.
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