Check out My Famous Boyfriend

Al: I was on Slashdot today.

Me: Anything interesting?

Al: No, not really.

Me: Okay… why are you telling me this?

Al: Because it’s one of the most popular sites on the internet?

Me: Yeah, I know. Which is why I’m not suprised you were… oh wait, you were ON Slashdot? You were Slashdotted?!?

Al: Yes.

Me: Oh my god, that’s awesome! I thought you were just saying you were reading Slashdot!

Al: Why would I tell you I was reading Slashdot?

Me: I DON’T KNOW. That’s why I was confused!

Al: I’m sorry you’re dumb.

Me: Fuck you.

The best thing about this relationship? The communication.

36 thoughts on “Check out My Famous Boyfriend”

  1. That’s awesome! If my relationship with my husband weren’t exactly the same way (okay, not even close to exact, I know!), I would be so bored. This could have come directly from our living room.

  2. That sounds just like conversations I have every day with my husband.

    Al’s been on Slashdot before, hasn’t he? All of my nerd friends know who he is. And if they don’t, I just say, “You know, the RBL guy,” and they all go, “OH!”. :)

  3. I am glad my boss stepped out for a little bit cuz i was giggling out loud at your conversation, one that mirrors MANY in my marriage.

    And that’s cool for Al (right?).

  4. Yeah, I have no idea what slashdot is, either. I followed the link…I couldn’t tell what Al had written…

    Of course, I may just be ridiculously burned out and unable to process any more information.

    But congratulations anyway!

  5. Yeah, I have no idea what slashdot is, either. I followed the link…I couldn’t tell what Al had written…

    Al wrote the article that’s linked to in the second link in my post.

    In a hole at the bottom of the sea.

  6. I’ve known Al for what seems like an age. We worked together back when he was “The RBL guy”. I used to do contract work for his current employer. They’re lucky to have him, and, I think, he’s lucky to have you.

    That conversation is **so** Al.

  7. I love how your writing styles are similar! (That judge probably is best friends with Mr. “Teh Intarwebs are TUBES” Stevens of Alaska.)

  8. Hahaha, that sounds like a convo my husband and I would have. BTW Kate, unless you’re covered under a mountain of snow, I will be bringing him to the next Think Tank in Feb. Maybe we can all hook up again for dinner with the group – I think Al and my husband would get along famously.

  9. I just love that his response to “anything interesting” is “no, not really.”

    Heh. I think he was interpreting the question as, “Would I be interested in reading this particular article of yours?” But still.

  10. That’s hilarious. You and I have something in common, Kate. We’re both involved with guys who are kind of, sort of famous within a specific region of geekdom. Have you noticed how these guys tend to congregate? I once gave a ride to a party to a guy from China. I asked how he knew the guy giving the party, and he said they’d written some books together on FreeBSD.

  11. I do know what Slashdot is and I scan it almost every day.

    Before there were blogs, there was Slashdot. It contains news for nerds and was one of the central meeting places for the open source and free software movement. It was (and probably still is) the website for real techies with the largest number of users and it still retains a unique culture the includes politics, tech news, and geek stuff. In fact, “The Slashdot Effect” was coined about a decade ago to refer to when many smaller sites featured on the homepage would die under the strain of being viewed by tens of thousands of geeks, otherwise known as a “Slashdotting.”

    Being featured on /. is like being a minor nerd celebrity for a day – if celebrity is judged by the number of hits on your website.

    As for Al being the RBL guy; I never knew the connection to Kate, but that’s sooooo cool!!!!

  12. What’s funny is, before y’all explained what Slashdot is, I thought it had something to do with “slash” fiction. HAR!

  13. Lu,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there is pretty good overlap between the writers of Picard/Riker stories and Slashdot.

    Probably less of an overlap with Kirk/Spock stories however.

    This probably gives you some idea of who the /. readership tends to be.

  14. Better Picard/Riker than Picard/Data, though I’m sure those exist, too. And I make that assumption with a 100% certainty that I’m correct. :-D Sorry, off-topic.

  15. Why is it the brightest boys, when you ask about their work, and what interesting things they’ve done lately, they say some variant of “Nothing, really”?

    And it’s the excoriating bores that want to talk you into a coma about their pro-fesh-shun?

    roses are #FF0000
    violets are #0000FF
    all my base
    are belong to you


  16. I’m now wondering how many hits he gets a result of this post, and how it compares to the slashdotting.

    And I can’t believe I didn’t know that Al’s in the anti-spam business. *Awesome* (I say in my role as postmaster for a university department). He’s right though, that judge’s ruling sounds insane.

    Oh dear, I just outed myself as a geek didn’t I?

  17. Ah, feel the love :-)

    I hate that the think tank is the one weekend that month I can’t make it; I’ll be vending at a Pagan festival in Detroit :-( Hopefully I’ll be able to put faces to names at the May one.

  18. Oh man, put me in for another geeky chick dating a computer-nerd dude.

    Mine used to run a site that was a parody of Wired. Now he’s sold out and is a Windows sysadmin. Of course, he still writes crap in Perl and Python, and there ain’t a single computer in this house running Windows. The only Mac I brought in myself. Yay Open Source.

    And congrats to Al! I’ll try to puzzle through the article.


    My hubbie and I have those same types of conversations. They always end the same way: “Fuck you!” and a kiss. LOL! It is good that you have learned the ancient art of communication! *wink!*

    Congratz to Al for being /.ed and to you for being Al’s Sweetie! :-D

  20. Wait, the RBL guy? OH!

    (Sorry, I just had to- since that explanation hit me the exact way hedda described. :)

  21. I’m now wondering how many hits he gets a result of this post, and how it compares to the slashdotting.

    Heh. I’m pretty sure a link from here is a drop in the ocean compared to a slasdotting — but it’s a moot point anyway, since the article in question was on somebody else’s site, not one of his sites.

  22. OMFG! Ok, I’ve been reading SP for years, off and on, but have just finally added you to my regular feeds, and I’m currently going all the back posts I’ve missed, like this one.

    And you’re with THAT Al! The Al of the RBL stuff I’ve been reading for years because I’m an email administrator. It’s like finding out that two friends I’ve known for decades have been secretly married for years. Kinda. In a much more mild way. But, OMFGBBQ!

    …ok, I’ll just go and read some more post archives now.

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