The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Alphabet soup

So we have this new project at work, ERAS. It's an ETLA that stands for “ECID ReST API Service,” which itself contains a few ETLAs that, when fully expanded, becomes “Enhanced Caller Identification Representational State Transfer Application Programming Interface Service.” If you have to ask, it's not worth knowing, and if you don't have to ask, I'm sorry.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Notes on an overheard conversation from 25 years ago about TLAs (and yes, this really did happen)

“What was that term you just used?”

“What? TLA?”

“Yes. What does it mean?”

“It's a ‘Three Letter Acronym.’”

“Yes, but what does it mean?”

“A ‘Three Letter Acronym.’”

“… and it means … ?”



“Tee—three, el—letter, ay—acronym.”

“But what does … oooooooh!”

“Thank God I didn't mention ETLA …”


Monday, October 25, 2021

Notes on an overheard conversation while driving home

“Oh my! The freeway may be an incredible invention, but it was never designed for two objects to occupy the same space at the same time!”

“Physics wasn't designed that way either!”

Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Ah, it's that time of year again, when the veil between the worlds is thin and we protect our young by forcing upon them a sugar coma so the spirits would have to physically lug them back through the veil. It works, because frankly, who would want to lug a bunch of comatose kids?

Perhaps the time of Trick-or-Treating is now past

Two kids.

Just two measly kids.

Who arrived at our door chauffeured in a van.

What is up with parents these days? Aren't they concerned about the spirits sniping their kids through the thinning veil?

Or maybe … just maybe … there are no kids in our neighborhood! Oh my!

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