December BSD User Group

Jayton Garnett jayton.garnett at
Fri Nov 30 18:17:12 GMT 2007

Paul Robinson wrote:
> First up, a reminder: I'll be doing a talk before this month's meet at 
> MDDA on co-working with a couple of other speakers. Details here:
> Now then, It's traditional (i.e. I did it last year, but I've edited 
> and updated it to make it 'better') to do the December announcement in 
> this format. Apologies once again to Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) 
> who will find himself spinning in his grave once again...
> Twas 20 nights before Christmas, when in the public-house
> Not a device was IRQing, not even a bluetooth mouse.
> The staff hung by the bar of the saloon with care,
> In hopes that the BSD group would soon be there.
> Several Mancunians were sat by their desks,
> While visions of gadgets danced in their heads.
> And geeks who were rousing, perhaps after a nap,
> Were considering how to get there, aided by Google map.
> When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
> The barstaff arose to see what was the matter.
> Away to the window they flew like a flash,
> Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
> The damp, wet pavement seemed empty and bare
> "Maybe this month", they thought, "they just don't care"
> When, in front of their eyes what should appear?
> A bunch of geeks, in their finest geek gear
> With a fat bald organiser, so lively and quick,
> They knew in a moment he must be "that dick".
> More rapid than eagles his companions they came,
> And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
> "Now Dave! now, Pete! now, John and Bob!
> On, Richard! On, Sam! And me, the fat knob!
> To the front of the bar! To the back of the pub!
> Now chat away! All are welcome at our little club!"
> The output of Perl scripts was their real beef,
> And the staff of PC World, they wished to send a wreath.
> They discussed satnav, laptops and home audio,
> But BSD was their kin, and it was this they all know
> Till late at night they sat in the Briton's Protection
> Since 7:30pm, they had constituted quite a collection.
> This Chrismas meet, on the 4th December,
> Sure to be one they'd be too drunk to remember
> To those who don't know this fine old place
> 50 Great Bridgewater Street is where we grace
> To find us friends amongst a pub of UNIX foes
> Just look at our faces, sunburnt from CRT glows
> Our tubby organiser asks all who intend to come along
> To let him know, so he doesn't end up looking a mong
> To those who can not attend, despite intentions so dear,
> We say to you "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
> ------ FreeBSD UK Users' Group  -  Mailing List ------

I would love to attend, joining in festive fun
But alas I can not, the distance is too far
If it were to be in the Shire of Oxford t'would be fair

... OK, I admit I can't write poems.
Have fun!


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