[vcf-midatlantic] computer superstitions

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Thu Oct 17 07:04:45 EDT 2019


On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:57 AM Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> "Scandinavia and the World" is an online comic with an International
> flavor.
> This time literally:
>     https://satwcomic.com/hangry-computer
> looking that up leads to:
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kuai_Kuai_culture
> Kuai Kuai culture is a phenomenon in Taiwan
> wherein workers put snacks of the "Kuai Kuai" brand next to or on top
> of machines.
> Workers who do this believe that,
> because the name of the snack -
> "Kuai Kuai" - stands for "obedient" or "well-behaved,"
> it will make a device so adorned function without errors.
> As such, it can be commonly found in myriad places of work in Taiwanese
> society.
> A rigid set of best practices has arisen surrounding the proper use of
> Kuai Kuai snacks,
> such as using green bags only, and ensuring the snacks are not expired.
> other programming/computer superstitions:
> https://www.red-gate.com/simple-talk/opinion/opinion-pieces/programmer-superstitions/
> and kinda related to that:
> http://catb.org/jargon/html/magic-story.html
> -- jeff jonas
Jeff Brace
Vice President
Vintage Computer Federation

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