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April Fool’s

phpBB 1 Essentials CoverToday I tweeted an announcement of a new phpBB book — phpBB 1 Essentials. As you might expect, it was an April Fool’s joke. It wasn’t a bad one, either — pretty sure a couple people were convinced. Patrick O’Keefe, who runs, and I have collaborated on several April Fool’s jokes over the years over there, and it’s always a pleasure to cut up a bit on an annual basis. :)

My favorite April Fool’s gag of the day, though, is popular Web comic xkcd‘s command-line interface. It’s awesome enough that xkcd ensured good fidelity with popular UNIX commands, but it’s even more awesome that the source code to the joke was released under the GPL. Looking around, it seems it was adapted from an old WordPress command line theme. I sincerely hope xkcd retains “unixkcd” (as it was dubbed) as an interface option going forward. (Update: unixkcd does indeed live on.)

As Per Whatever

April Fool’s Day

So yesterday was April Fool’s Day. Being on a Sunday, the response is really muted and just limited to a few people. I get a kick out of it, and promptly scared my mother by telling her that I was reconciling with my ex-girlfriend. LOL. I couldn’t get my dad or brother, though. Sigh.

April Fool’s ravaged the Internet(s) as per usual. Slashdot had their usual spate of April Fool’s stories, while Google pushed broadband over plumbing. I helped Patrick orchestrate two great jokes; one of them, a “Guest Admin Access Hack” for phpBB that theoretically permitted any guest to log into anyone’s phpBB; and another one, A lot of people fell for that one, despite the l33t speak in the domain name. :P I helped him with the graphics and the like during the day Saturday. It was quite elaborate, and he let the cat out of the bag this morning.

It was a fun day. I can’t wait for next year, when it lands on a Tuesday, right smack dab in the middle of a work week. Bwhaha.