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The world could be perceived in three states. First of all is unquestioned state. That which a child sees, in which bread is bread and wine is wine. The second state is consensus reality, that set of conventions by which we agree that bread is a meal and wine is camaraderie. The third is examined state, that with which our colleagues in the School of Sorcery deal, the interplay of forces which they hold to be the ultimate reality. Yet let us ask ourselves, what lies beyond them all? What is the true state of what we might call hyperreality? The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick

Agada Urbanit (Hebrew: אגדה אורבנית‎) - English: Urban legend

The quality of an operation system is more a subject of religious debate than of technical merit. The Windows community is like the Catholic Church; it has the largest following, and its members a mostly laymen who do not participate much in religious debates. The community is organized on strong hierarchical lines.

The Unix community is like the mainstream Protestant Church; it has not as large a following as the Windows community, and its members define the system and run the community. Like the Protestant Church, there are many flavors of observance: Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Mach; the list is as long as list of protestant variants. Most are highly evangelical - a good Protestant trait - with Linux perhaps being the most fanatical.

The Macintosh community hangs somewhere in the lurch between Windows and Unix, the Catholic and the Protestants, a bit like the Anglican Church; they're Protestant acting like Catholics.

Plan 9 from Bell Labs is like the Quakers: distinguished by its stress to "Inner Light," noted for simplicity of life, in particular for plainness of speech, like the Quakers, Plan 9 does not proselytize.

— Sape J. Mullender, Pierre G. Janson, Real Time in Real Operating System[1]

About me[edit]

  1. I am a reader: science fiction specializing in Muad'dib and military history specializing in Gaza War.
  2. I am also a software engineer specializing in kernel panic.
  3. I do not WP:OWN those articles.


Civility barnstar.png Civility Award
Sincerely, I award you a barnstar for your civility in the 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza conflict debates. --Darwish (talk) 12:53, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
BLP Barnstar.png The BLP Barnstar
It's nice to see someone actually taking BLP policy seriously, and making articles policy-compliant. JN466 22:35, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
Thanks for your contributions, AgadaUrbanit. SwisterTwister talk 17:53, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Not quite a barnstar, but...[edit]

Biosketch (talk) 06:23, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Choco chip cookie.png Hello AgadaUrbanit, I hope you enjoy this cookie as an amicable greeting from a fellow vandal fighter/Wikipedian. SwisterTwister talk 21:05, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

See also[edit]

  • I am pleased that God made my skin black but I wish He had made it thicker.[5]


  1. ^ Mullender, Sape J.; Janson, Pierre G. (2004-02-26). "Real Time in Real Operating System". In Herbert, Andrew J.; Jones, Karen Spärck (eds.). Computer systems: theory, technology, and applications : a tribute to Roger Needham. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-387-20170-2. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  2. ^ Professor Wikipedia. Encyclopedia Britannica.
  3. ^ Scott Clevenger; Sheri Zollinger (11 June 2006). Better Living Through Bad Movies. iUniverse. p. 89. ISBN 9780595400232. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  4. ^ Ruediger-Marcus Flaig (2008). Bioinformatics programming in Python: a practical course for beginners. Wiley-VCH. pp. 98–99. ISBN 9783527320943. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  5. ^ Gerald Lyn Early (1998). Ain't but a place: an anthology of African American writings about St. Louis. Missouri History Museum. p. 126. ISBN 9781883982287. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  6. ^ David Pogue (17 December 2009). Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition. O'Reilly Media, Inc. p. 589. ISBN 9780596804251. Retrieved 4 May 2011.