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Arcana

Keep asking why, because repeated questioning will eventually get to the truth; but again, keep that voltmeter handy.

Here, you will find curious things I've discovered and curated over the years:

Enjoy!

Interesting websites

There were found by wartyping, which is the keyboard analogue of wardialing: typing combinations of domain names, staring with "a.org" (e.g.) and working up in the alphabet. Here's my list so far:

  • A.org - social venture capital (??)
  • G.org - allrighty, then
  • at.org - strange manifesto written on an oscillating rainbow
  • bl.org - somebody was bored
  • br.org - black rose; "adult education"
  • bw.org - international geek of mystery
  • cg.org - common ground; sort of an in-between thing
  • cm.org - cancelmoose is obsolete but still there
  • cq.org - at least they have a phone number
  • dd.org - personal site; cryptic but interesting
  • di.org - the dorsai irregulars: security for your comic-con
  • eh.org - i have no idea, but it looks like an old BBS, sort of

Chatronyms

nym expansion
<3 i like that comment
<g> grin
aamof as a matter of fact
afaiac as far as i am concerned
afaict as far as i can tell
afaik as far as i know
afair as far as i remember
afk away from the keyboard
afssoap a few sandwiches short of a picnic
aopc reciting local national motto
asap as soon as possible
asl pls age sex location please
atm at the moment
atp at this point
aybabtu all your base are belong to us
bbfn bye bye for now
bbiab be back in a bit
bbiaf be back in a few
bbl be back later
bbs be back shortly
bbs be back soon
brb be right back/bathroom break
btw by the way
cq... looking for...
ctc care to chat?
cya see ya
d/c disconnected
djjad dammit jim, i'm a doctor
djiad not my area of expertise
e.g. exempli gratia
faq frequently asked questions
fb fine business
focl falling off chair laughing
fwiw for what it's worth
fyi for your information
ga good afternoon
gm good morning
gmta great minds think alike
gmtaasdo great minds think alike, and so do ours
gtg got to go
hdj irretrievably broken (he's dead, jim)
hybs christian greeting
ianad i am not a doctor
ianaitp i am not an IT person
ianal i am not a lawyer
iaadbnyd i am a doctor, but not your doctor
iaalbnyl i am a lawyer, but not your lawyer
ic i see
ifypfy i fixed your post for you
iirc if i recall correctly
imho in my humble opinion
imnsho in my not so humble opinion
imo in my opinion
iow in other words
irl in real life
isagn i see a great need
istr i seem to recall
ito in terms of
itt i think that
j/k just kidding
jk just kidding
kbn gimme a minute to break it
kbn klaatu barada nikto
kbn stand down, cowboy ^^
kwh kilroy was here
l8r later
le later edit
llap live long and prosper
lmao laughing my * off
lol laughing out loud
ltns long time no see
lts laughing to self
ly love you
mil mother-in-law
motd message of the day
n/a no attachment
n/m nevermind
n/p no problem - np also used
n/t no text
nhdbof observing a religious holiday/ritual
np no problem
oic oh, I see
omg oh, my god
op original poster
opiahh op is a hose head
otoh on the other hand
pal2 peace and long life
ppl people
re re hi or re hello
rofl rolling on floor laughing
roflmao rolling on floor laughing my arse off
rotfl rolling on the floor laughing
rtfm read the * manual
rtfm read the full manual
sahm stay at home mom
shlm jewish greeting
slm muslim greeting
ta thanks/again
tafn that's all for now
tam thanks a million
tmi too much information
ttyl talk (type) to you later
ttys talk (type) to you soon
ty thank you thx thanks
w8 wait
wb welcome back
wc are you hungry? (want chinese food?)
wfm works for me
wtf what the **
wtf why the face?
wtg way to go
wx weather
wysineutwyg what you see is not entirely unrelated to what you get
wysiwyg what you see is what you get
ygbkm you gotta be kidding me
ymmv your milage may vary
yold year of our lady of discord

Curious phone numbers

These phone numbers all call a recording of some kind. Some of them are leftover Bell System intercept (error) messages.

number description
(202) 762-1401 USNO master clock!
(202) 965-9970 you have just deactivated this feature.
(206) 343-0011 this call requires a coin deposit. no, really.
(213) 621-0001 the good, old-fashioned, "We're sorry..." recording (not Jane Barbe, sadly)
(213) 621-0002 1000Hz @ 0dB (this only makes sense if you're a phone person)
(270) 301-5797 a maze of twisty little touch tones, all different.
(313) 849-9906 calling is too heavy to answer this number.
(505) 503-4455 Better Call Saul
(570) 387-0000 "due to an emergency condition...."
(573) 996-0002 they still have party lines?
(618) 625-8313 Stranger Things
(719) 266-2837 hall and oates emergency song line
(800) 444-4444 automated number announcement circuit
(845) 354-9912 callcannotbecompletedasdialed....."
(858) 651-5050 the pronunciation line
(877) 763-2435 odd squad HQ
(888) 447-5594 congratulations, you found your way here
(914) 232-9901 pleasant hills DMS 100
(914) 737-9938 somebody said put an outgoing message here
(916) 440-0017 your service has been interrupted.
(916) 440-0031 "due to facility trouble...."

Enjoy.

Updated 2022-06-19 Sun 19:44.
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