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2012-12-03 11:28:39 AM
Its there in Debian-descended distros as well (at least, its in Linux Mint Debian Edition, and therefore
likely is present in Ubuntu and the main Mint distro), along with a lot of other interesting calendars.
 
2012-12-03 11:29:14 AM
That's not an OSX easter-egg. OSX inherited it from BSD.
 
2012-12-03 11:38:46 AM

t3knomanser: That's not an OSX easter-egg. OSX inherited it from BSD.


As it says at the top of the file. Damned apple fanbois.
 
2012-12-03 11:50:23 AM

RobotSpeaksFlowers: t3knomanser: That's not an OSX easter-egg. OSX inherited it from BSD.

As it says at the top of the file. Damned apple fanbois.


Yup, and as pointed out by DjangoStonereaver it is also in, at the very least, debian-based Linux distributions. It's in my version of Ubuntu.
 
2012-12-03 12:06:16 PM
/*
* Lord Of The Rings
*
* $FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/calendar/calendars/calendar.lotr,v 1.2 2003/10/09 00:31:48 grog Exp $
*/

#ifndef _calendar_lotr_
#define _calendar_lotr_

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien
01/17 Passing of Gandalf
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien
02/17 Death of Boromir
02/20 Meriadoc & Pippin meet Treebeard
02/22 Passing of King Ellesar
02/24 Ents destroy Isengard
02/26 Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead
03/05 Frodo & Samwise encounter Shelob
03/08 Deaths of Denethor & Theoden
03/18 Destruction of the Ring
03/29 Flowering of the Mallorn
04/04 Gandalf visits Bilbo
04/17 An unexpected party
04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar
05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
06/11 Sauron attacks Osgiliath
06/13 Bilbo returns to Bag End
06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen
07/04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman
07/24 The ring comes to Bilbo
07/26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles
08/03 Funeral of King Theoden
08/29 Saruman enters the Shire
09/10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc
09/14 Frodo & Bilbo's birthday
09/15 Black riders enter the Shire
09/18 Frodo and company rescued by Bombadil
09/28 Frodo wounded at Weathertop
10/05 Frodo crosses bridge of Mitheithel
10/16 Boromir reaches Rivendell
10/17 Council of Elrond
10/25 End of War of the Ring
11/16 Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain
12/05 Death of Smaug
12/16 Fellowship begins Quest

#endif /* !_calendar_lotr_ */
 
2012-12-03 12:07:00 PM

entropic_existence: It's in my version of Ubuntu.


I'm pretty sure it's on everything with the standard GNU packages.
 
2012-12-03 12:08:18 PM
and if you ever come across a working Newton Message Pad 2000, set the location to Groom Lake Nevada and watch the wackiness.


/can't find a working Newton MP2000...I'll happily sell you mine.
 
2012-12-03 12:11:09 PM
quirkbooks.com
 
2012-12-03 12:25:20 PM

t3knomanser: entropic_existence: It's in my version of Ubuntu.

I'm pretty sure it's on everything with the standard GNU packages.


Probably. I just checked one of the clusters I am on running RHEL and it didn't see to be there. But /usr/share/calendar/ doesn't exist on that system at all either.
 
2012-12-03 12:29:52 PM

THX 1138: [quirkbooks.com image 500x313]


There's only one "Return", and it's "of the Jedi"!!!
 
2012-12-03 12:30:29 PM
Speaking of Easter eggs in OS X, did they inherit the "tunefs" one? Somebody with a Mac man tunefs and tell me if the BUGS section has the old joke in there.
 
2012-12-03 12:35:00 PM

Lord Dimwit: Speaking of Easter eggs in OS X, did they inherit the "tunefs" one? Somebody with a Mac man tunefs and tell me if the BUGS section has the old joke in there.


hostname:~ % man tunefs
No manual entry for tunefs


:( What was the joke?
 
2012-12-03 12:37:04 PM

balial: Lord Dimwit: Speaking of Easter eggs in OS X, did they inherit the "tunefs" one? Somebody with a Mac man tunefs and tell me if the BUGS section has the old joke in there.

hostname:~ % man tunefs
No manual entry for tunefs


:( What was the joke?


tunefs is used to set filesystem parameters in BSD.

In the BUGS section of the man page is "You can tune a filesystem, but you can't tune a fish."
 
2012-12-03 12:50:24 PM

Waldo Pepper: /*
* Lord Of The Rings
*
* $FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/calendar/calendars/calendar.lotr,v 1.2 2003/10/09 00:31:48 grog Exp $
*/

#ifndef _calendar_lotr_
#define _calendar_lotr_

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien
01/17 Passing of Gandalf
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien
02/17 Death of Boromir
02/20 Meriadoc & Pippin meet Treebeard
02/22 Passing of King Ellesar
02/24 Ents destroy Isengard
02/26 Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead
03/05 Frodo & Samwise encounter Shelob
03/08 Deaths of Denethor & Theoden
03/18 Destruction of the Ring
03/29 Flowering of the Mallorn
04/04 Gandalf visits Bilbo
04/17 An unexpected party
04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar
05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
06/11 Sauron attacks Osgiliath
06/13 Bilbo returns to Bag End
06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen
07/04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman
07/24 The ring comes to Bilbo
07/26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles
08/03 Funeral of King Theoden
08/29 Saruman enters the Shire
09/10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc
09/14 Frodo & Bilbo's birthday
09/15 Black riders enter the Shire
09/18 Frodo and company rescued by Bombadil
09/28 Frodo wounded at Weathertop
10/05 Frodo crosses bridge of Mitheithel
10/16 Boromir reaches Rivendell
10/17 Council of Elrond
10/25 End of War of the Ring
11/16 Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain
12/05 Death of Smaug
12/16 Fellowship begins Quest

#endif /* !_calendar_lotr_ */


That timeline is all kinds of jacked-up.
 
2012-12-03 12:59:00 PM

EdNortonsTwin: That timeline is all kinds of jacked-up.


It's sorted by month and date, but not year.

For example, the Fellowship departed Rivendell in December of TA 3018, and entered Moria a few weeks later, in January of the following year, TA 3019.

There are events listed that occurred many years prior: for example, "Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain" and "Death of Smaug", which occurred in TA 2941.
 
2012-12-03 01:16:59 PM
Should also be available on the Surface tablet in 2 years.
 
2012-12-03 01:24:08 PM

Lord Dimwit: THX 1138: [quirkbooks.com image 500x313]

There's only one "Return", and it's "of the Jedi"!!!


www.spikednation.com
 
2012-12-03 02:03:28 PM
hobbits? wizards? don't let me bore you with my knowledge of LOTR
 
2012-12-03 02:23:45 PM

EdNortonsTwin: Waldo Pepper: /*
* Lord Of The Rings
*
* $FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/calendar/calendars/calendar.lotr,v 1.2 2003/10/09 00:31:48 grog Exp $
*/

#ifndef _calendar_lotr_
#define _calendar_lotr_

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien
01/17 Passing of Gandalf
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien
02/17 Death of Boromir
02/20 Meriadoc & Pippin meet Treebeard
02/22 Passing of King Ellesar
02/24 Ents destroy Isengard
02/26 Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead
03/05 Frodo & Samwise encounter Shelob
03/08 Deaths of Denethor & Theoden
03/18 Destruction of the Ring
03/29 Flowering of the Mallorn
04/04 Gandalf visits Bilbo
04/17 An unexpected party
04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar
05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
06/11 Sauron attacks Osgiliath
06/13 Bilbo returns to Bag End
06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen
07/04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman
07/24 The ring comes to Bilbo
07/26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles
08/03 Funeral of King Theoden
08/29 Saruman enters the Shire
09/10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc
09/14 Frodo & Bilbo's birthday
09/15 Black riders enter the Shire
09/18 Frodo and company rescued by Bombadil
09/28 Frodo wounded at Weathertop
10/05 Frodo crosses bridge of Mitheithel
10/16 Boromir reaches Rivendell
10/17 Council of Elrond
10/25 End of War of the Ring
11/16 Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain
12/05 Death of Smaug
12/16 Fellowship begins Quest

#endif /* !_calendar_lotr_ */

That timeline is all kinds of jacked-up.


Are you familiar with how anniversary dates work?
 
2012-12-03 03:13:36 PM

lilbjorn: EdNortonsTwin: Waldo Pepper: /*
* Lord Of The Rings
*
* $FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/calendar/calendars/calendar.lotr,v 1.2 2003/10/09 00:31:48 grog Exp $
*/

#ifndef _calendar_lotr_
#define _calendar_lotr_

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien
01/17 Passing of Gandalf
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien
02/17 Death of Boromir
02/20 Meriadoc & Pippin meet Treebeard
02/22 Passing of King Ellesar
02/24 Ents destroy Isengard
02/26 Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead
03/05 Frodo & Samwise encounter Shelob
03/08 Deaths of Denethor & Theoden
03/18 Destruction of the Ring
03/29 Flowering of the Mallorn
04/04 Gandalf visits Bilbo
04/17 An unexpected party
04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar
05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
06/11 Sauron attacks Osgiliath
06/13 Bilbo returns to Bag End
06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen
07/04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman
07/24 The ring comes to Bilbo
07/26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles
08/03 Funeral of King Theoden
08/29 Saruman enters the Shire
09/10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc
09/14 Frodo & Bilbo's birthday
09/15 Black riders enter the Shire
09/18 Frodo and company rescued by Bombadil
09/28 Frodo wounded at Weathertop
10/05 Frodo crosses bridge of Mitheithel
10/16 Boromir reaches Rivendell
10/17 Council of Elrond
10/25 End of War of the Ring
11/16 Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain
12/05 Death of Smaug
12/16 Fellowship begins Quest

#endif /* !_calendar_lotr_ */

That timeline is all kinds of jacked-up.

Are you familiar with how anniversary dates work?




nazg gimb agh naz = Only with my super-secret-decoder-ring of +3 clairvoyance

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien ----------------
01/17 Passing of Gandalf ----------------------
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien

Did Galadriel bump-off Gandalf and send the Fellowship off without him for shiats and giggles, or maybe the Balrog just flew in to Lorien and killed Gandalf for trespassing after the fact?

Besides that fark-up, you need said super secret ring of power to put the years in and see if there are any other mistakes.

I think maybe the dasequence is actually right, and Galadriel actually did kill Gandalf for hitting the pipe-weed and not having Gwaihir fly Frodo in to Mordor and drop the ring in the fire.

/ I put on the ring ((((gasp))). Oops, none of these encoded dates appear to be right at all.


Am I entirely wrong here? Prove it and I'll give you my pre-paid ticket to The Hobbit.
 
2012-12-03 03:16:11 PM
Also starts on Dec 14th 

You're welcome.
 
2012-12-03 03:31:06 PM

Lord Dimwit: Speaking of Easter eggs in OS X, did they inherit the "tunefs" one? Somebody with a Mac man tunefs and tell me if the BUGS section has the old joke in there.


$ uname -a
Darwin adrienne-barness-imac.local 10.8.0 Darwin Kernel Version 10.8.0: Tue Jun 7 16:33:36 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1504.15.3~1/RELEASE_I386 i386

BUGS
This program should work on mounted and active file systems.

You can tune a file system, but you can't tune a fish.
 
2012-12-03 03:41:41 PM
EdNortonsTwin:
nazg gimb agh naz = Only with my super-secret-decoder-ring of +3 clairvoyance

01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien ----------------
01/17 Passing of Gandalf ----------------------
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien

Did Galadriel bump-off Gandalf and send the Fellowship off without him for shiats and giggles, or maybe the Balrog just flew in to Lorien and killed Gandalf for trespassing after the fact?

Besides that fark-up, you need ...


Nerd-boy's right. The Fellowship didn't enter Moria until the 13th, and Gandalf fell of the bridge on the 15th. Depending on how you define "passing", he finally killed the Balrog on the 25th, came back to his body February 14th and got the Eagle Taxi to Lorien on the 17th.

Yes, there's a site for this.

Any fansite that detailed has to have been done with Appendix B open beside the keyboard.
 
2012-12-03 03:52:05 PM

EdNortonsTwin: 01/05 Fellowship enters Moria
01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien ----------------
01/17 Passing of Gandalf ----------------------
02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien

Did Galadriel bump-off Gandalf and send the Fellowship off without him for shiats and giggles, or maybe the Balrog just flew in to Lorien and killed Gandalf for trespassing after the fact?


Remember that Gandalf and the balrog did not die immediately.

They fought after plunging into a subterranean lake. The balrog fled after Gandalf obtained the upper hand, and eventually ascended to the peak of Zirakzigil after eight days. There they fought again for two days, before the balrog was slain and Gandalf himself died.

Citation

But yes, the dates seem to be off, compared to other chronologies based upon Tolkien's writings. For example, most chronologies state that Jan 15 was the date of the standoff between Gandalf and the balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dum, and that Jan 25 was the date of Gandalf's death.

A chronology

Another chronology

Yet another chronology
 
2012-12-03 04:24:56 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Its there in Debian-descended distros as well (at least, its in Linux Mint Debian Edition, and therefore
likely is present in Ubuntu and the main Mint distro), along with a lot of other interesting calendars.


I just checked. Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) has it, as well as several other calendar data files. It's probably been there for years without anyone really noticing...
 
2012-12-03 04:29:03 PM
As a the Grey Wizard he was equal to a Balrog, but he did have a ring of power to help him and a Gondolin sword.

As a White Wizard, we are not sure if he would have beaten the Witch King. The movies suggests no, but the book is different. As if JRR didnt want to reveal who would win, I think Gandalf would have, but it would have been deus ex.
 
2012-12-03 04:42:47 PM

Clash City Farker: As a the Grey Wizard he was equal to a Balrog, but he did have a ring of power to help him and a Gondolin sword.

As a White Wizard, we are not sure if he would have beaten the Witch King. The movies suggests no, but the book is different. As if JRR didnt want to reveal who would win, I think Gandalf would have, but it would have been deus ex.


In 'Bored of the Rings', Gwahir* had a banner reading 'Deus ex machina Airlines', which seemed appropriate.

*he was actually called 'Gwahno'.
 
2012-12-03 04:53:38 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Its there in Debian-descended distros as well (at least, its in Linux Mint Debian Edition, and therefore
likely is present in Ubuntu and the main Mint distro), along with a lot of other interesting calendars.

 
I'd be interested in seeing some of the better ones.  Maybe someone has a site listing them?  Too lazy to Google.

 
 
2012-12-03 05:58:54 PM

t3knomanser: That's not an OSX easter-egg. OSX inherited it from BSD.


Yeah, it has been around for a long time. It's a data file for a program called "calendar" which prints significant events for the current day (or for the next week etc. depending on how you call it). It would often be found in your .login script.

$ calendar -A 7 -f /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr
Dec 05 Death of Smaug

OpenBSD, for example, added a calendar file containing LOTR events on Oct 18, 1995. In 1999 (revision 1.7) those were split out into a "calendar.fictional" file.

Lord Dimwit: In the BUGS section of the man page is "You can tune a filesystem, but you can't tune a fish."


The "easter egg" is the comment in the source page warning what will happen to anyone who removes that joke.
 
2012-12-03 06:11:24 PM

Clash City Farker: As a the Grey Wizard he was equal to a Balrog, but he did have a ring of power to help him and a Gondolin sword.

As a White Wizard, we are not sure if he would have beaten the Witch King. The movies suggests no, but the book is different. As if JRR didnt want to reveal who would win, I think Gandalf would have, but it would have been deus ex.


Gandalf undoubtedly had much greater overall power. He was a Maia, wielding an elf-forged Ring of Power and Glamdring, sword of Turgon, King of Gondolin. The Lord of the Nazgul was likely a Numenorean mortal, wielding a Ring of Power considered to be of lesser puissance compared to that of Gandalf's.

Would the Witch-King have been able to defeat the balrog of Moria, as Gandalf did? Gandalf barely won that fight. The Ring of Fire probably helped ward off some of the balrog's signature fire-based attacks. If he did not have Narya, he might have been defeated. The Nazgul was not as dependent upon inflicting thermal damage, thereby negating some of the advantage Gandalf's ring granted against the balrog.

Also, the Nazgul's skills and powers were likely optimized for combat and inflicting harmful status effects on opponents, whereas Gandalf likely traded some offensive firepower for healing (e.g. restoring Theoden), buffing allies, persuasion, minor divination, and enhanced movement.
 
2012-12-03 06:16:58 PM

Ivo Shandor: t3knomanser: That's not an OSX easter-egg. OSX inherited it from BSD.

Yeah, it has been around for a long time. It's a data file for a program called "calendar" which prints significant events for the current day (or for the next week etc. depending on how you call it). It would often be found in your .login script.

$ calendar -A 7 -f /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr
Dec 05 Death of Smaug

OpenBSD, for example, added a calendar file containing LOTR events on Oct 18, 1995. In 1999 (revision 1.7) those were split out into a "calendar.fictional" file.

Lord Dimwit: In the BUGS section of the man page is "You can tune a filesystem, but you can't tune a fish."

The "easter egg" is the comment in the source page warning what will happen to anyone who removes that joke.


True, but all I gotta do is survive until 2039.
 
2012-12-03 06:32:58 PM
I'm glad Hendrix wrote All Along The Watchtower.
 
2012-12-03 06:52:45 PM
I can't believe I'm the first one to point this out.....

02/22 Passing of King Ellesar
04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar
05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen


It's Elessar, not Ellesar. Seriously, someone was geek enough to want to put that easter egg in, but not geek enough to spell it correctly?
 
2012-12-04 12:10:44 AM
So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?
 
2012-12-04 02:03:57 AM

theurge14: So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?


Well, the file is like a few bytes, but if its really bugging you, at the Terminal:

sudo rm -f /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr

Should do the trick.
 
2012-12-04 08:28:42 AM

OriginalGamer: theurge14: So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?

Well, the file is like a few bytes, but if its really bugging you, at the Terminal:

sudo rm -f /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr

Should do the trick.


It looks you're trying to trick me into formatting my harddrive. You silly pranksters! Besides, I thought about it and concluded that by removing anything from the geeky underpinnings of this magic computer box would harm its ability to function on nerd pixie dust. I'll just leave it and try to forget it's there.
 
2012-12-05 03:22:32 AM

theurge14: So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?


You have to drop it into Mount Doom.
 
2012-12-05 09:25:30 AM

libranoelrose: theurge14: So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?

You have to drop it into Mount Doom.


Well played.
 
2012-12-05 03:26:39 PM

theurge14: libranoelrose: theurge14: So what are the steps to remove this nerdy infestation from my computer?

You have to drop it into Mount Doom.

Well played.


:D
 
2012-12-05 06:52:48 PM

Tillmaster: Clash City Farker: As a the Grey Wizard he was equal to a Balrog, but he did have a ring of power to help him and a Gondolin sword.

As a White Wizard, we are not sure if he would have beaten the Witch King. The movies suggests no, but the book is different. As if JRR didnt want to reveal who would win, I think Gandalf would have, but it would have been deus ex.

In 'Bored of the Rings', Gwahir* had a banner reading 'Deus ex machina Airlines', which seemed appropriate.

*he was actually called 'Gwahno'.


Heh. ‶How It Should Have Ended" takes that even further and points out that the Quest could′ve been done much more quickly and without anyone dying, if only anyone at Rivendell including Gandalf himself had remembered that he and Gwaihir were best buds.
 
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