November 14, 2006

The Computer Science D&D Spellbook

by peterb

We can't help it. We're doubly cursed: we program computers and we spent all our time in Junior High School playing D&D while you were having sloppy makeouts at the good parties we weren't invited to.

So let's do this thing.

21. Detect Lie Algebra (agroce)

20. Osterhaut's Ostentatious Optimization (peterb)

19. Summon Dire Knuth (peterb)

18. Prismatic Assert (peterb)

17. Detect Dijkstra (psu)

16. Ready, Set, Unify (psu)

15. Comprehend O-Notation (peterb)

14. Triple Convex Hull Tanker (psu)

13. Patch (peterb)

12. Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (peterb)

11. Cure Serious Bug (roc)

10. Unwind Stack (psu)

9. Dispel Bubblesort (jch)

8. Create Illusion (Of Progress) (roc)

7. Power Word Kill -9 (baird)

6. Bigby's Finger of Blame (jch)

5. Collect Garbage (psu)

4. Virtualize Self (baird)

3. Polymorph Args (baird)

2. Decompose Singular Value (psu)

1. Tenser's Floating Heap (peterb)

Posted by peterb at November 14, 2006 06:51 PM | Bookmark This

Rofl. Very good, I'm going to link to you.

Posted by Eddy at November 15, 2006 09:29 AM

Bravo! You have outdone yourselves. If I had any of my homemade apple pie left, I'd give you a slice. Instead, I'll offer these:

Write Barrier
Gauntelts of Lambda Lifting
Comprehend Perl
Hold Unevaluated Thunks
Protection From Segmentation Faults
Minor Globe of Indirectivity
Power Word Cons
Transmute Imperative to Functional
Stack of Many Things
-1 Pointer (Cursed)

Posted by Tom Moertel at November 15, 2006 01:13 PM

Hold Person Overtime, Unpaid
Summon Spaghetti Code VIII
Cure Serious Bug
Comprehend Nerds
Leomund's Tiny Cubicle
Otto's Irresistable Trollbait
Entropic Maintenance Cycle
Know Word Alignment
Hold Mountain Dew
Tenser's Pointer to Pointer
Raise Legacy Code
Expeditious Refactor
Smite New Hire
Nystul's Funky Aura
Mordenkainen's Private Key
Bigby's Wrist Splint

Posted by Tim F at November 15, 2006 02:48 PM

Transform alpha symbol

Posted by psu at November 15, 2006 03:42 PM

Priority Queue of Sustarre
Otiluke's Freezing Machine Room

Posted by Andrew Plotkin at November 15, 2006 05:05 PM

Bless Any Key
Spectral Handle
Wizard Deadlock

Posted by Christina at November 15, 2006 05:15 PM

For years I've been explaining the problem with IDS as an attempt to implement "detect evil"....

Transmute P to NP (May be 1st or 9th level depending on setting)
Turing's Irretreivable Halting
Transmute 4 to Any Value
Splay Trees
Create Perfect Hash

Posted by Mike Collins at November 15, 2006 06:36 PM

I love each and every one of you. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.

Posted by peterb at November 15, 2006 07:56 PM

In retrospect, I think "Summon Dire Knuth" has a nicer ring to it.

Posted by peterb at November 15, 2006 08:29 PM

Circle of Protection from Emacs
Coerce Object
Boots of FreeBSD
Open Source

Posted by Ehdonhon at November 16, 2006 10:52 AM

summon wxPython
ctrl-Y (resurrect) Killed line (only available to those who have made a pact with emacs)
detect evil OS

Posted by Doug at November 16, 2006 02:21 PM

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