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Bert Glanstron, Greg thought to himself, why does that name sound so familiar? Bert… Glanstron… did I work with him? Did he go to my high school? [expand full text]
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Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 13:48 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
317174 in reply to 317172
Calli Arcale:
Anonymous:
Greygor:
frits:
As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?



Congratulations, you've just made my list, I'll get round to you eventually :-)

LOL that reminds me of the immortal alien in HHGG who flew around the universe insulting everyone, and checking them off on his clipboard.


Ah, yes. Wowbagger, the infinitely prolonged.

"You're a jerk, Dent. A complete knee-biter."

Adams also wrote a hilarious short story involving Wowbagger and Genghis Khan.


Found it, reading now. http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/980707-07-s.html

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 13:52 • by Matt (unregistered)
This reminds me of a time I interviewed a gentleman for a position years ago. The candidate was kind of "gruff" looking - not unpresentable, just a mildly unkempt beard and that type of thing. He was moderately qualified and likely would have made it to the short list of possible candidates to hire, until I received a follow up thank you note from him. Apparently not wanting to get lost in the shuffle, in his note he identified himself by stating that due to his unemployment and time to watch daytime television, through talkshows, he had discovered he was a closet butch lesbian trapped in a mans body.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 13:57 • by Todd Lewis (unregistered)
317176 in reply to 317084
frits:
Ceiswyn:

I'm still bitter over my primary school teacher, 27 years ago, telling me off for pointing out to her that tyrannosaurs only had two claws on their forelegs.


You also may be crazy. Get to the gym once in a while or take a walk or something. Exercise relieves stress that can lead to obsessing on crap that doesn't affect you in least bit.


I'm with Ceiswyn here. Two claws rules. How dare ride the child for knowing his stuff. I'll carry a grudge against his teacher for 444 fortnights!

Seriously, I once got chewed out in the 3rd grade -- I mean in my face with spittle hitting my eyeballs -- for not doing homework that had been assigned while I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed. Yeah, I could have used two claws right then.

Still bitter. A little bit.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 13:58 • by eric76 (unregistered)
317177 in reply to 317126
WizardStan:
To bring it to a modern light, surely you've read someone make a forum post so devoid of logic that you just couldn't help but wonder if this person is really that stupid in real life. What if you suddenly found yourself in a position that you could observe this person. Would you not at least be tempted to follow up? Or if not you personally, can you not see how someone else might easily be tempted to do so?
On Usenet, there was one guy who proclaimed himself to be the world's greatest mathematician, physicist, and neuroscientist. You would think that if that were true, he wouldn't have to go to the library to look up the simplest facts about his subject matter.

If I remember correctly, the first time I ever encountered him, he made the claim that the neurofibrillary tangles of Alzheimer's were tangles of neurons. In reality, they are tangles of a kind of microtubular structure inside the neurons. It's kind of hard to take someone seriously who claims to be an expert in a subject and the first thing they say about the subject is so clearly wrong.

I don't really know if I'd want to meet him in person, though. I'd probably be too tempted to just egg him on for my own amusement.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:00 • by bricon (unregistered)
317178 in reply to 317161
D-Coder:
I think this story proves that only idiots use Visual Basic.

Thank you. Yes, that is exactly what I got from reading this story, too. Every story, come to think of it.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:12 • by The Nerve (unregistered)
317179 in reply to 317167
Anon:
uuang:
TRWTF is Alex typed the name over and over, instead of copy/pasting.


Indeed. I don't type anything anymore. I just have a text document open in word with the letters of the alphabet, plus a few punctuation marks and I just cut and paste each character individually. Saves me a ton of time.
I got the idea while preparing a ransom note.


+1 Very clever sir.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:13 • by MM Donuts (unregistered)
317180 in reply to 317166
Anon:
The funny thing is, I don't think he did it because he's just that ballsy, I think he really didn't understand that donuts sitting outside a meeting room aren't open for anybody who wanders by.


Yes they are... if they weren't for anybody, they'd be inside the meeting room, on the meeting table, covered by a stack of papers.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:16 • by The Nerve (unregistered)
Alex:
No matter how much he watered or fertilized, he couldn’t get rid of a dead spot on his grass.


Don't I remember this question from MindTrap? Dead Spot will not go away on his own. You have to haul him off and bury him.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:18 • by Darth Bert (unregistered)
I have cut you from FIDONet! Pray I don't cut you any further.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:23 • by Ken B. (unregistered)
317183 in reply to 317125
bbsuser:
Ken B.:
bbsuser:
PCBoard rules!
Yup.

Directory of \\fileserver\oldsys_bbs\c\pcb
[...]
(So, how do you get it to single-space?)


still up'n running?
Alas, no. Life got in the way, people found this thing called "The Internets", and we just let it fade away. I probably have the docs somewhere with what our FIDONet node number was, but I have no idea where. (I would assume somewhere in the PCBoard config files?)

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:28 • by Ken B. (unregistered)
317185 in reply to 317147
DWalker59:
[...]
In any case, I have learned when it's a good idea to move on from my former interests, and learn new things. I used to love APL, but it's hard to write commercial software in that language...
Not true! You could write an entire A/R, A/P, Payroll system in just 1 line!

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:31 • by Ken B. (unregistered)
317186 in reply to 317153
Manger:
TRWTF was the talking manger:

“So you know how I get my boys donuts for the Monday meetings?” the manger rhetorically asked
And they brought gifts of powdered, glazed, and creme-filled.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:33 • by ARMed but harmless (unregistered)
1. Why does Greg remembered Bert Glanstron? Easy, you never forget your first FIDO/Usenet/etc. ...uhm... can't find a better term than the german word "Blockwart".

2. Way better way to end the interview (You need a voice disorting gadget, though):
"I've been waiting for you Bert Glanstron. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left, I was but the user..."

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 14:49 • by ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢ââ (unregistered)
317189 in reply to 317078
ch1gz:
So where exactly is the WTF ?

TRWTF is the SARUMANATEE has no balls.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:08 • by Me (unregistered)
317190 in reply to 317166
Anon:
We used to have a guy working for us who I could totally see doing the donut thing. On one occasion, a meeting of the big bosses was happening and they'd left the table with their refreshments outside the room. Our guys come along and helps himself to a donut. The bosses (that saw him) where gobsmacked.
The funny thing is, I don't think he did it because he's just that ballsy, I think he really didn't understand that donuts sitting outside a meeting room aren't open for anybody who wanders by.


Er ... yes they are. Inside the meeting room they're off limits, but they're fair game when left outside.

The real WTF

2010-08-10 15:12 • by will (unregistered)
The real WTF was that the guy only took one donut when he could of taken 2 or maybe three.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:14 • by Herby (unregistered)
This should probably be somewhere:

Moral of the story:

Be very careful of what you write on the internet (or any public forum). People have VERY long memories, and if (when?) they remember you from a flame message, you won't like it.

p.s. Don't eat someone else's donuts.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:15 • by frits
317193 in reply to 317176
Todd Lewis:
frits:
Ceiswyn:

I'm still bitter over my primary school teacher, 27 years ago, telling me off for pointing out to her that tyrannosaurs only had two claws on their forelegs.


You also may be crazy. Get to the gym once in a while or take a walk or something. Exercise relieves stress that can lead to obsessing on crap that doesn't affect you in least bit.


I'm with Ceiswyn here. Two claws rules. How dare ride the child for knowing his stuff. I'll carry a grudge against his teacher for 444 fortnights!

Seriously, I once got chewed out in the 3rd grade -- I mean in my face with spittle hitting my eyeballs -- for not doing homework that had been assigned while I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed. Yeah, I could have used two claws right then.

Still bitter. A little bit.


Wow I'm surprise you're so well-adjusted after being subjected to such intense trauma as a child. :)

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:23 • by Matt Westwood (unregistered)
317194 in reply to 317100
Bumble Bee Tuna:
frits:
In circumspect, I think we can all agree that the guy's last name should just be shortened to Glans, right?


Yeah, the vas majority of people would find that more clear. In deferens to your suggestion, I will use Glans from now on.

++1

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:24 • by uuang (unregistered)
317195 in reply to 317179
The Nerve:
Anon:
uuang:
TRWTF is Alex typed the name over and over, instead of copy/pasting.


Indeed. I don't type anything anymore. I just have a text document open in word with the letters of the alphabet, plus a few punctuation marks and I just cut and paste each character individually. Saves me a ton of time.
I got the idea while preparing a ransom note.


+1 Very clever sir.


Indubitably.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:24 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
317196 in reply to 317189
ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢ââ:
ch1gz:
So where exactly is the WTF ?

TRWTF is the SARUMANATEE has no balls.

No TRWTF is that SARUMANATEE can't decide whether he's a wizard or a large, aquatic marine mammal.

'iusto' - iusto be a wizard, but now I'm a sea cow.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:25 • by Anon (unregistered)
317197 in reply to 317190
Me:
Anon:
We used to have a guy working for us who I could totally see doing the donut thing. On one occasion, a meeting of the big bosses was happening and they'd left the table with their refreshments outside the room. Our guys come along and helps himself to a donut. The bosses (that saw him) where gobsmacked.
The funny thing is, I don't think he did it because he's just that ballsy, I think he really didn't understand that donuts sitting outside a meeting room aren't open for anybody who wanders by.


Er ... yes they are. Inside the meeting room they're off limits, but they're fair game when left outside.


No there not. We're trying to have a civilization here. Unless somebody tells you they are yours, THEY ARE NOT YOURS.
Especially when it's top management's donuts.

fidonet shall rise again

2010-08-10 15:29 • by BC (unregistered)
With the Verizon/Google thing happening, fidonet again will become the land of free internet, thus making his skills relevant and prized.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:38 • by zzo38
FIDONET and text-based BBS still exists, although these days it is usually accessed through the internet (rather than telephone lines), and the server software used is usually Synchronet (which is capable of serving a variety of protocols).

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:56 • by wtf (unregistered)
317200 in reply to 317194
Matt Westwood:

++1


Comment: unexpected type
required: variable
found : value

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:57 • by SuperousOxide
317201 in reply to 317095
Not only was he wasting his own time, he also wasted another manager's time (and a box of donuts) with an interview he knew wasn't going anywhere.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 15:59 • by Me (unregistered)
317202 in reply to 317197
Anon:
Me:
Anon:
We used to have a guy working for us who I could totally see doing the donut thing. On one occasion, a meeting of the big bosses was happening and they'd left the table with their refreshments outside the room. Our guys come along and helps himself to a donut. The bosses (that saw him) where gobsmacked.
The funny thing is, I don't think he did it because he's just that ballsy, I think he really didn't understand that donuts sitting outside a meeting room aren't open for anybody who wanders by.


Er ... yes they are. Inside the meeting room they're off limits, but they're fair game when left outside.


We're trying to have a civilization here. Unless somebody tells you they are NOT yours, THEY ARE YOURS.
Especially when it's top management's donuts.


FTFY

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 16:13 • by da Doctah
317203 in reply to 317177
eric76:
If I remember correctly, the first time I ever encountered him, he made the claim that the neurofibrillary tangles of Alzheimer's were tangles of neurons. In reality, they are tangles of a kind of microtubular structure inside the neurons. It's kind of hard to take someone seriously who claims to be an expert in a subject and the first thing they say about the subject is so clearly wrong.


Yeah, this isn't brain surgery, after all.

Oh, wait....

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 16:48 • by hatterson
So is the WTF that he remembered the name of a guy who yelled at him on the internet 20 years ago or is it that, after remembering the name, he proceeded to waste company resources bringing him in for an interview and then bragged about it on a website?

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 16:56 • by RogerInHawaii
317206 in reply to 317128
bringing him in for an interview for a job he is clearly not going to be hired for is a big "eff you" in my book.


On the other hand, this fellow apparently actually applied for a job that he was clearly unqualified for. You have to wonder what the heck was going through his head.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 17:00 • by bbsuser (unregistered)
317207 in reply to 317127
Old Fart:
bbsuser:
PCBoard rules!


Renegade rules!


Anything that is not PCBoard stinks!

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 17:15 • by ƒÂ¢Ã (unregistered)
317208 in reply to 317207
bbsuser:
Old Fart:
bbsuser:
PCBoard rules!


Renegade rules!


Anything that is not PCBoard stinks!

Your mother stinks!

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 17:17 • by Ricky Clarkson (unregistered)
The WTF is that Greg appeared to answer his own question at the end because the article got the names confused. In other words, Bert should have replied that he has never had a conflict, not Greg.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 17:18 • by Mason Wheeler
317210 in reply to 317203
da Doctah:
eric76:
If I remember correctly, the first time I ever encountered him, he made the claim that the neurofibrillary tangles of Alzheimer's were tangles of neurons. In reality, they are tangles of a kind of microtubular structure inside the neurons. It's kind of hard to take someone seriously who claims to be an expert in a subject and the first thing they say about the subject is so clearly wrong.


Yeah, this isn't brain surgery, after all.

Oh, wait....


+1

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 17:57 • by Jeffo (unregistered)
Why is it that people with names like Bert Glanston always end up being nasty sorts?

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 18:00 • by gob (unregistered)
317214 in reply to 317139
Steve Holt!

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 18:08 • by dnm (unregistered)
317215 in reply to 317066
frits:
As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?



Absolutely agree!!! He wasted everybody's time.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 18:39 • by GaroRobe (unregistered)
So sad. Both of them are assholes.
Here in exUSSR we seldom call this "security guard's syndrome". In USSR people were forced to be "equal", thus anyone who's position allowed just any kind of authority (like, say, shop casher who could refuse to sell you meat just because something in your face annoys her - no joke!) often were intoxicated with it and excessively used it just for the fun of it - playing God in their own puddle.

Dunno, to me both of them seem ugly here.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 18:43 • by Lactose Lover (unregistered)
317220 in reply to 317218
GaroRobe:
So sad. Both of them are assholes.
Here in exUSSR we seldom call this "security guard's syndrome". In USSR people were forced to be "equal", thus anyone who's position allowed just any kind of authority (like, say, shop casher who could refuse to sell you meat just because something in your face annoys her - no joke!) often were intoxicated with it and excessively used it just for the fun of it - playing God in their own puddle.

Dunno, to me both of them seem ugly here.


Uh...did you mean "often" where you said "seldom?" Big difference in meaning.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 18:50 • by GaroRobe (unregistered)
317221 in reply to 317220
Nah, 'seldom' is the word - it's not often-used (relatively), but (still :() wide-spread. TRWTF is that people who grew back then consider such behaviour absolutely normal - mostly eldery.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 19:00 • by Grob (unregistered)
317222 in reply to 317078
I am amazed that he kept a copy of that email from 20 years ago.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 20:16 • by John Muller (unregistered)
The real WTF is they ended up hiring TopCoder.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 20:18 • by sheldon (unregistered)
317225 in reply to 317221
The word you're looking for is "sometimes". And maybe "doorman's syndrome".

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 20:21 • by wtf (unregistered)
317227 in reply to 317222
Grob:
I am amazed that he kept a copy of that email from 20 years ago.


To be fair, if you read the article it doesn't say that he kept the email. That's why it's a "flashback".

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 20:55 • by Mike (unregistered)
I know that the Daily WTF allows a bit of creative license when telling the stories, but come on, this did not happen (at least not as described)

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-10 22:16 • by Lactose Lover (unregistered)
317239 in reply to 317221
GaroRobe:
Nah, 'seldom' is the word - it's not often-used (relatively), but (still :() wide-spread. TRWTF is that people who grew back then consider such behaviour absolutely normal - mostly eldery.


I still don't think you used the word correctly, Comrade.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-11 00:16 • by The 2-Belo (unregistered)
317242 in reply to 317065
Alargule:
Alex Papadomilous Papamidilious Pammalicious Palladimious Papadipopulous Papadimoulis:
Bert Glanston...Bert Glanstron...Bert Gladstron...Bert Glastron...Bert Glanstrom...


Just curious: what's the guy's real name?


Kirk Langstrom, otherwise known as... THE MAN-BAT! *SQUEEEEEEEEEEK* *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEK*

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-11 00:55 • by GaroRobe (unregistered)
317243 in reply to 317225
With "doorman syndrome" you definetely have a point there. WIth sometimes... aww, whatever - I've heard few variations and it's not like I heard 'em much - thus I wrote 'seldom'; consider it as my personal expirience :)

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-11 01:02 • by Pat (unregistered)
317244 in reply to 317078
hahahaha. That would have been awesome.

Re: Tables Turned

2010-08-11 01:21 • by Nick (unregistered)
WWIV?

World War 4?
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