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God is in the typos

1st December 2003, early evening | Comments (14)

I am currently experiencing the less-than-delightful side of being a programmer on a deadline — no sleep and no food has turned me in to a shivering wreck, and for some reason I’ve developed hyper-sensitive hearing in to the bargain — even the air sounds loud. It’s very odd.

It was in this slightly harried mental state that I found myself reading a line of code I’d written earlier today:

  1. // if all is god then insert info into database
  2. Download this code: 66a.txt

if all is god…

What can that mean?

Is The Almighty contacting me through the power of PHP comments? Has my slight dyslexia become a channel for Jesus? Will crazy people from the American Mid-West flock to see my typos: He wrote run query — it’s a sign Jesus wants gay people chased out of Heaven!*

Is my shaking the onset of a religious experience? Are my mis-spelt words a literary form of speaking in tongues? Is my amazing hearing indicative of finding Jesus, or the first steps to becoming a Super Hero? Or do I simply need some sleep and a bite to eat?

Whatever the reason turns out to be, it better not get in the way of this deadline…

*That’s the crazy people talking btw, not me. As far as I’m concerned gay people can hang out in heaven as much as they like… just don’t paint it pink or anything, OK?

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  1. Wes:

    I came across this entry via Web Graphics [1], and I just wanted to say that I thought it was hilarious. You never know what you can read into a typo. I have in mind a comedy sketch, but I think it's trapped somewhere in my corpus callosum and I can't refer to it here.

    I particularly enjoyed:

    [ Will crazy people from the American Mid-West flock to see my typos: He wrote run query — it’s a sign Jesus wants gay people chased out of heaven! ]

    Speaking as someone who is unfortunately stranded here in the Midwest, I know all how true and scary that can be. The Rev. Fred Phelps (ugh) is from Kansas, as an excellent example of how mad the Midwest can be.

    I hope your code doesn't decide to prove you prophetic!


    Posted 28 minutes after the fact
  2. Martino:

    // if all is god then insert info into database

    // if all is good then insert info into database perhaps?


    Posted 1 hour, 48 minutes after the fact
  3. David House:

    Lol. Maybe, but I think it would be slightly less sublte than that ;)

    If the air seems loud get a louder computer.

    Posted 2 hours, 18 minutes after the fact
  4. Sans:

    Although I'm afraid to ask, what happens in the 'else' when all isn't god?

    Posted 19 hours, 22 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  5. Ruben:

    You're the living proof that only the pressure of deadlines and alike can lead man to brilliant inventions.

    Posted 22 hours, 9 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  6. Dunstan:

    Ruben, these last few days have been a bit fraught, but it's come perfectly together in that last hour or so and I'm smiling again. After your comment I feel even better - you can drop by anytime if you're going to say such complementary things :op

    Posted 22 hours, 15 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Ruben
  7. Dunstan:

    Nice one Sans, don't get me started thinking about that!

    if ($all == 'god')
    be nice: help an old lady across the street

    else if ($all == 'satan')
    be nasty: poke an old lady with a stick

    just be: do whatever, dude, it doesn't matter either way

    Posted 22 hours, 19 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Sans
  8. Jim:

    That's odd. Something similar often occurs to me when I find:

    spam style=

    in my code. And I'm a vegetarian dagnammit! :)

    Posted 2 days, 7 hours after the fact
  9. Laborant:

    I think it's simple - you mean "good"

    Posted 3 days, 17 hours after the fact
  10. Nigel Chapman:

    What DB operations might depend on pantheism, I wonder? Could any? After all, if G/god is all, then all is one... should we even be trying to keep datums separated from each other?

    Still, there are lots of other options here... God is the universe (pantheism, if all is one then monism), God is the soul of the universe (panentheism), finite gods dwell in the universe (polytheism), God created the universe and exists independently of it (theism, but deism if s/he isn't really interested in it), God and the universe are opposing poles of a duality and both need each other (process theology), G/god(s) don't exist (atheism), or aren't known to exist (agnosticism)...

    Well, anyway, that's your blog for the next few weeks planned out, so I look forward to seeing some *really* interesting typo's.

    Nigel Chapman

    Posted 6 days, 15 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Geof
  11. Sian:

    Definately divine inspiration!

    Posted 1 week, 6 days after the fact
  12. Geof:

    Never thought I'd see process theology mentioned on a design site. ;)

    Posted 4 months after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Nigel Chapman
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  13. Dunstan:

    We've got it all 'round here :op

    Posted 4 months after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Geof
    Inspired: ↓ Geof
  14. Geof:

    I best not say it too loudly, then, Dunstan ... my Presbyterian friends will come over and tell us that we're all going to hell.

    Posted 4 months after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan

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