Of Blogs and Magic

In the work going on behind the scenes to make the blog.. well… work, I have had an enlightening experience.

Never in life did I imagine I would see this combination of letters in an actual sentence:

"I’m using a git clone for the svn repo." 

I speak about 6 languages, but that isn’t one of them.

This tech thing …

I think it was Arthur C. Clarke who said that technology which is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.

And so I picture someone working on the server while chanting:

git clone for the svn repo

git clone for the svn repo

git clone for the svn repo

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. MLivingston says:


  2. jaykay says:

    I’m sure my countryman James Joyce would have reJoyced in the possibilities of the Net, but that offering would puzzle even him in his most extreme Finnegan’s Wake mode

  3. wanda says:

    Eeek! Prayers being offered up for you, Father.

  4. r.j.sciurus says:

    That can be Christine O’Donnell’s new campaign slogan.

  5. Beau says:

    LOL. I understand that perfectly, and yeah…there’s a lot of magic going on there.

  6. Mario Bird says:

    I have no need for a svn repo. Do you speak Botchi?

  7. chcrix says:

    “I think it was Arthur C. Clarke who said that technology which is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.”

    That is true.

    But my favorite tech comeback is this:

    “Any technology which is distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.”

  8. Mario Bird: Do you speak Botchi?

    No. But I’ve played bocce.

  9. jacquesm says:

    I’m aware that I’m geeking out with this upgrade – an upgrade to a shiny wordpress 3.0.1 install, latest versions of plugins, etc.

  10. tianzhujiao says:

    wo bu ming bai……

  11. jpjackson says:

    Re: Do you speak Botchi?

    That gives me an idea. So many of our computer problems would be solved if someone could invent a real life R2D2…that little guy could fix anything.

  12. MichaelD says:

    I love the way the blog looks this evening. I hope you have reached an end to the difficulties.

  13. Hey – I kind of like that header! Vincenzo needs to photoshop Fr. Z walking away, but , up closer on that path, wearing cassock and cappello romano!

  14. Oh no…. It’s gone. I’ve broke Fr. Z’s blog-header. :(

  15. Mac in Alberta says:

    Yes, it was Arthur C. Clarke. But I believe that it was technology that is sufficiently beyond the understanding of the audience. I could be wrong, though; it’s almost 50 years since I read that.

  16. Londiniensis says:

    A GBS quote springs to mind – “all professions are conspiracies against the laity”.

  17. MJ says:

    Hahaa, that’s a great sentence! It took me a minute or two to figure out what it means, but I’m thinking that the sentence has something to do with a version control system. GIT is a type of version control system, for example, and a git-clone is when one clones a GIT repository into a new directory. Where I work we use an SVN repository, so methinks that “svn repo” may be what that refers to…

    So I guess the sentence is saying that “someone” is using a git-clone (a clone of a GIT repository) as a SVN repository (version control system)…which is weird because that basically means “someone” is using a version control system as a version control system…I guess…haha. :-P

  18. PostCatholic says:

    I do speak that language. I'm guessing tortoises were involved.

    (Just to confuse things further.)

  19. Jerry says:

    Is there an option to view the responses in time sequence rather than threaded?  I prefer the threaded view for the initial reading, but it is extremely difficult to subsequently identify new responses.


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