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Re: Turing's Cathedral

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Jun 02, 2013 at 01:33 UTC ( #1036540=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Turing's Cathedral

Never did that to a roll of paper-tape, but I do belong to the “dropped an entire box of punched cards” club, and I remember what good confetti all those “holes” made at office parties . . .

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Re^2: Turing's Cathedral
by jmlynesjr (Friar) on Jun 03, 2013 at 18:02 UTC

    Did the card drop trick too! You can never get all of that card chad out of the carpet. :)


    There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...


      I've always wondered why it was called "chad". At our school, we called them "withers". (Simply because I rescued a large manila envelope from the trash can of a teacher--Mr. Withers--and used it to hold all the paper tape waste. Since the manila envelope had his name on it, we named them withers.)

      I don't remember what happened to the envelope, it was probably just tossed, but I intended to use it as confetti on the last day of school or some such. (I'm really not certain why I was keeping them...)



      When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

        Seems that there is no clear origin of the word "chad". See:

        In about 1972 a female friend that was working for IBM in Atlanta at the time, dumped about 10 lbs of the stuff at a party. It was still being cleaned up years later.


        There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

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