Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2011:November:20 Sunday <Monday>
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2011/11/20-12/6 [Recreation/Dating, Industry/Jobs] UID:54236 Activity:nil
11/20   http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2436
        Very true. Compared to the high school jocks who used
        to be popular, my salary gets better and better
        and my wife is younger/prettier.          -nerd
        \_ Same for me on the salary front, but as a nerd how did you manage to
           get a younger/prettier wife than the jocks?  -- nerd #2
           \_ You have to wait until you get rich to get married. -nerd #3
              \_ Oh!  I didn't wait.  Sh*t!  -- nerd #2
                 \_ You could always get an upgrade. Might not be so easy
                    if you have kids. -nerd #3
2011/11/20-2012/2/6 [Computer/SW/Unix, Computer/Companies/Apple] UID:54237 Activity:nil
11/20   Are there tools that can justify a chunk of plain ASCII text by
        replacing words with words of similar meaning and inserting/removing
        commas into the text?  I received a 40-line plain text mail where
        all the lines are justified on left and right.  Every word and comma
        is followed by only one space, and every period is followed by two
        spaces.  The guy is my kid's karate instructor which I don't think is
        a computer guy.  The mail header reads "X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.936)"
        which I don't think does this either.  Thx.
        \_ This is sort of uberkerning, which is probably beyond the
           ability of machines. Are you sure he didn't just do it by hand?
           How long is the message?
           \_ I don't know if he did it by hand, but who would manually do
              such a thing?  (I've shot mail to him asking about it and am
              waiting for a reply.)  The text is 40 lines.  I saved the whole
              text in /tmp/justified_mail.txt.
              \_ Ummm, OCD perhaps? This is pretty odd, thanks for sharing.
              \_ Maybe he used groff?  Looks kind of like a manpage.
                 \_ Got words from the sender.  It turns out that he indeed
                    did it by hand.  Amazing.  Thanks for all the responses.
                    \_ can you ask him if he has OCD? Does he like Star Trek?
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