I rarely take Randall shopping with me when I shop for myself. He usually dies inside while feigning contentment. It kills me to see him so unhappy. He recalled this pretty nerdy anecdote when we did happen to go shopping together for the holidays and had passed by an office supply store. Yup, he actually said “the cool guys” did this. I just hope they had something to eat for lunch since they weren’t spending their money on a meal. There are more interesting comics to come, of other times that I take Randall into the real world on shopping trips, where he does and says weird things.
So this is what my hacker husband, Randall, said to me when I asked him about the conference he was going to (last year). Yup. Pretty rogue-hackerish-sounding to me, and pretty normal – or “badass”- to him. DEFCON is an annual pro-hacking conference in the US that’s pretty well known for its often rebellious attitude. And just so I don’t get shot, I’ll clear the air by saying that “rebellious” can mean something like “rebellion via hacking in a righteous effort to create transparency”. And that’s all I know about DEFCON! I like how Scribbles looks in this comic. She’s just as cute in real life by the way.
Poor lovebug and I went to a concert, where he said this to me. I know what he means though, especially if being offline means talking to strangers, who he calls “not programmers”.
It was really embarrassing when Randall started yelling “Infinite recursion!” in the grocery store. I didn’t know how to calm him down. I didn’t want to explain, to strangers, the excitement of his epiphany, mostly because people just won’t understand. There’s a new taco at Taco Bell, flavored like Dorito chips. After it became popular, Doritos had to continue flavoring things…. Doritos now has a new chip that is flavored after the taco that was initially flavored after themselves…. It is like a never ending loop!
So programmers are programmed (like the programs that they write) to think logically and that creates a sort of, human error problem for Randall sometimes. When I told him that I was “head over heels” for him once, he was very confused as illustrated in exhibit A above. I suppose that I sound just as confusing to him too.