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Wikkit
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2002 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: FYI: To Do list Reply with quote

Greg Stephens wrote:
For anybody interested, here's my To Do list for the forum:

  1. Possibly enable avatars for users.


Can I have Rommie?

The new format is very.... MacOS X-ish. I like the new features, but I'm afrad that someday I'm going to wake up and absolutely everything will be soft, fluffy, and covered in pastel gradients.

Ben

P.S.: At the top it says "Font colour:" and then a dialog, and on the line below it says "Font color:" and instructions how to do it in BBCode. Is it a multiple personality script, one part brit and one part merkin?
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Alexander D.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2002 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Merkin"? Was this just a misspelling, or do people actually call us that?
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Wikkit
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2002 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander D. wrote:
"Merkin"? Was this just a misspelling, or do people actually call us that?


I used to hang out a lot in international newsgroups, which is where I picked it up. Some must call us that. I call us that.

Ben,
Allah bless Merka.
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Greg Stephens
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2002 3:50 am    Post subject: Re: FYI: To Do list Reply with quote

Wikkit wrote:

The new format is very.... MacOS X-ish. I like the new features, but I'm afrad that someday I'm going to wake up and absolutely everything will be soft, fluffy, and covered in pastel gradients.

I hadn't quite thought of it as OS X-like, but I see where you're coming from. Much of the basic style comes from the standard "subSilver" template for the forum (which can be seen in action here) which is quite warm and fuzzy, dispite being a cool color. I removed some of the more blatent color gradiations and changed all links to have a proper underline (adding the ability to have links that aren't underlined is, in my opinion, a violation of basic web usability), but overall I find the new look to be pleasing (well, duh! I am the one who installed this forum).

If Apple would come to their senses and realize how much money they could make by releasing a version of their OS that would run on a PC, I'd be among the first to buy one.


Wikkit wrote:

P.S.: At the top it says "Font colour:" and then a dialog, and on the line below it says "Font color:" and instructions how to do it in BBCode. Is it a multiple personality script, one part brit and one part merkin?

Yeah, the phpBB team is spread out all over the place, so that explains the spelling difference. To be pedantic about it, though, it's probably correct, because while non-American English speakers write "colour", HTML & CSS use the Americanized "color"
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:14 pm    Post subject: Origin of merkin (reply to a very old message) Reply with quote

Wikkit wrote:
Alexander D. wrote:
"Merkin"? Was this just a misspelling, or do people actually call us that?


I used to hang out a lot in international newsgroups, which is where I picked it up. Some must call us that. I call us that.


"Merkin" could be derived from Cordwainer Smith's SF. I believe it was in Under Old Earth that Smith used a phrase something like, "the Merkin's ancient highway net which could be seen from the moon."

Then again, it could be parallel evolution at work.
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Tim Mallos
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why I knew this, but I did. Thought I would share a definition of merkin with folks.

mer?kin ( P ) Pronunciation Key (m?rkn)
n.
A pubic wig for women.

The American Heritage? Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright ? 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit, the only definition of merkin I knew was the one Tim just posted up. I guess my mind runs on the puriant side. First time I ever heard of a merkin was several years ago, when Grampa Al Lewis brought it up on the Howard Stern Show. Supposedly, it was used in the old days by dirty old men as a way of getting under-age girls past the hotel desk clerk.
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