Adnerdery - slogans and perl.


Adnerdery - slogans and perl.


There might only be a handful of adgrunts here who'll love this combo - the Ad Code, psuedo perl code advertising slogans where you have to guess the brand. Everyone, give it try, you'll score better than you think.
I got them all right, but the winery had me thinking there for a while, I must admit - that's such an old tagline it took ages before it came to mind.

Your score: 6
You have an impressive knowledge of both programming and advertising slogans. Talk about a perfect date.

On December 18, 1987, Larry Wall released Perl 1 to the world, which makes yesterday Perl's 20th birthday.
edit: big fat hint: Orson Welles.


I'm obviously a right-brained moron.  I can't even understand the questions much less answer them.  

Without understanding what all those symbols mean I managed to get three right.  Even though there were only six questions the people grading the quiz thought I was a moron.

I can't be the only geek+adgeek in here am I? :)

Maybe the only Vespa riding geek+adgeek.  :-)

I got a 5 - the last one threw me...

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

I feel like more of a moron every second.  I looked at it again, and I just don't get it.  But then I barely made it through trig in 11th grade, and I never took another science class after bio in the 10th.

I don't know Perl (I have a great O'Reilly book w/CD, but I haven't opened it), but I know 2 dozen other programming languages, and I know lots of advertising stuff...

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

If answering these questions, or knowing any programming languages had been a prerequisite for a career in advertising or film, I'd be flipping Whoppers at BK.  :-)

Oh wait, there are no more Whoppers!  ;-)

It's alright, Tod... They brought them back... It was only an advertising experiment... That's all...

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

Thanks Allan. Whew, I'm not sure I could have gone on without them.

Oh god you have to read the camel book, it's got hilarious footnotes - I used to read them just for laughs.we're talking the Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant one, right?

I've got the The Perl CD Bookshelf (on CD), which includes Perl in a Nutshell; Programming Perl; Perl Cookbook; Advanced Perl Programming; Learning Perl; and Learning Perl on Win32 Sytems .

I think it's Version 2 (which has the third edition of Programming Perl and Perl for System Administration), and yes, there is a camel on it.

You're thinking of Programming Perl, Third Edition (at least).

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

Yep, sadly I lent my copy out to a friend (and in return got to borrow his unleashing the power of apache whatever) and I haven't seen my copy since. So I have to get a new one. My Perl in a nutshell, Programming Perl look all lonely in the bookshelf without the camel-book next to them, you know? ;) Come to think of it Perl for System Administration would be damn useful too.

Did someone in here drop a pocket protector?I got four right, which according to the site still sucks.

I have a leather glasses pocket case, that holds 2 pens (or other writing implements), and has room for credit cards, and notes, etc. Since I no longer remove the glasses (used to be reading glasses - now variable lens), I have room for additional notes and stuff in the case (Note that the case is open at the top).

So, it's sort of an expensive pocket protector. (from Levenger's).

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

You geeks are making me nuts with all the pocket protector and computalk. Next you'll all be breaking out your old TI pocket calculators.  At least I know Allan's old enough to have had one of those.  :-)


Yeah, but when they were new, I couldn't afford the $350.00 for the 'scientific' calculator! .

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

Allan, I got one of those as a gift too!  I thought it was so cool at the time.

I could only understand the first code. The rest I have no idea. Score: 1/6

I had an old slide-rule once. I didn't know what it was, or how to work it, but it fascinated me. Eventually, I learned all I could about the slide rule, and how to use it.

"Happiness is overrated. Take this placebo; it might make you feel better."

I got 4 out of 6. The "do" one stumped me altogether, and I could remember the wine ad but not the brand name.

I also still have my old TI pocket calculator. And its accompanying "Fun With Calculators" book. Take that, Tod Brody!

See also: here. Just to see how far we've come.

Wow, but can you have as much fun with calculators as you can with the T.M.X.Elmo eXtra Special Edition?. :-)And "only $345" for that Sharp Calculator. Which agency came up with that ultra creative ad?  

I guess my memory is still working...:-)

I gave the price of $350.00 (USD) off the top of my head as to what it cost back then. (Of course, that was for the TI, and maybe the Sharp one was trying to undercut the TI). I remember some (HP, I think) costing $395.00, and the programmable calculators costing up to $895.00! (without extras, such as printers or memory modules). Perhaps "only $345" was bold and creative - at least price-wise. ;->

And, yes, you can have as much fun with calculators as with the TMX Elmo eXtra Special Edition - if you're the kind of guy who likes to track meteor flight trajectories without a computer, or a computerized telescope.

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

I've never considered tracking meteor flight trajectories with or without a calculator, computer, or computerized telescope. The closest I've ever been was tracking Santa Claus on NASA's website when my children were little. I wouldn't have the slightest idea of how to find a meteor to track. But then again, I'm the moron who started this thread by admitting that I couldn't even understand the questions let alone figure out the answers.

I'm sure that most people would start out in life preferring Elmo to a calculator. But then I suppose there's a certain age when depending upon the development of your brain, you might opt for a calculator over Elmo. I'm obviously one of those people who would have stuck with Elmo.

Some people just gravitate towards certain areas. Very few people are truly "well-rounded". I'm probably one of the most "well-rounded" people you're likely to meet, but I can't learn about everything and do everything. I know a lot about a lot, and I've done some things (most of which I can be proud of :->). To me, growing up, there was little difference between knowing how to pronounce (or spell) Ramphorhyncus (and what animal it was), or knowing that Art Mahaffey was a great high-speed pitcher (94+ MPH), who could throw a bit wild. . It is extremely difficult to try to keep up with everything - especially in today's world. As I write this, I'm debugging a SQL script (at work), reading the Dinosaur Mailing List, CNN.Com, local news, Urban Legends (, and, of course, Adland. When I get home, I need to get a portion of our dinner, and buy some Schweppe's for my mother-in-law, wrap some late presents, and get ready for my mother-in-law's doctor appointment tomorrow, and dinner with friends tomorrow evening. Plus, I need to send out maps and invitations to the latest writers' workshop shop (SF, Fantasy, and Horror), and do taxes from 2004 (and make an adjustment to 2006 taxes - because of losses on maintaining some patents). WHEW!!!

Throw in massive amounts of music, TV, movies, advertising, and reading, and you end up with ME! (Also, have to add that I managed to see the Phila. Eagles win a World Championship - back in 1960 - before the Super Bowl existed. It was cold and a bit windy, up in the end zone seats).

I prefer Rock over Hip-Hop*, but I still like some of it; just like prefering Bach over Vivaldi**.

"Remember, no matter where you go... There
you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

*=> Sounds like a new drink.
** => Hey, this does too!
"Hey, barkeep, 2 Rock Over Hip-Hops and 1 Bach Over Vivaldi with ice."

I think most people I know are fairly well-rounded. The majority of my friends and colleagues have pretty diverse interests. I don't know anyone who's say a "golf nut" for instance, or anyone who spends all their time working on their '68 Corvette. I have tons of interests and very little time to spend on them. I just don't usually lean toward things that are math or science related. Of course when my boys were little, I had to take a crash course in Dinosaurs and know the difference between the Saurischians and the Ornithischians. It helped that we lived right down the block from the Museum of Natural History. I think we were on a fist name basis with every dino there.

I'm not that into Hip-Hop myself, although I've worked with lots of Hip-Hop artists, and I'll take Bach over Vivaldi any day. I really didn't know a lot about Bach until I did the PBS film about him last year. He was pretty amazing.

Oh, and I loved sitting in the end zone. My family had upper deck end zone season tickets at Yankee Stadium back in the 60's when the Giants used to play there, and I loved that perspective. I don't think you could get me to a game these days though. I just couldn't sit there in the cold for an afternoon.

Åsk - I just attempted to edit my previous message, but got kicked out when Tod replied; and now the "edit" link no longer appears for my message. .

The edit button worked fine on this message.

"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).

That's not a bug, that's a feature. Wouldn't want people editing away what they said once someone replies to that specific post, I figure.

Ah, yet another reason to keep the reply option.

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