Monday, February 15, 2010

An Interlude with My Brother

We call this one, "Conversation with Zach":

Zach: "What's the difference between set up and setup?" (Make appropriate hand gestures to delineate the two) "Like with a space and without a space, what's the difference?"

Brother: "With a space, it's a verb. Without a space, it's a noun."

Z: "Oh, boy."

B: "OK, if you're going over to Dad's house to check out his computer setup, that's no space. The setup is a thing, a noun. If you are going over to set up your Dad's computer, there's a space. You're doing something, it's a verb."

Z: "OK, so if I say the JOA is set up in Quorum,§ that has a space?"

B: "Right."

Z: "What if the JOA is not set up in Quorum?"

FOOTNOTE (crossed): Zach is sort of like Brother's Hans. Though Hans is mostly *intentionally* funny.

FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): Joint Operating Agreement, my bread and butter.

§FOOTNOTE (swerved): A petroleum industry-specific database program.


Anonymous said...

Hy. Larious.

Marin (AntiM) said...

Like Laurel AND Hardy all rolled up in one squirrely little bearded wonder.

Anonymous said...

what if its setup on a Mac?

Marin (AntiM) said...

I think if it's set up on a Mac, you just throw up your hands, turn off the computer and go for a ride.