Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

So yesterday I'm driving in to work and the license plate on the car in front of me says: 4 YOGESH.

Which, of course, I read as "For Yog E'sh."

Naturally, I figure that the car must be a gift to one of the minor Elder Gods from one of the major ones -- Yog Sohtoth or Hastur or Cthulhu or someone. Maybe Yog E'sh is a favorite nephew.

And, in fact, there's a "Miskatonic U." decal on the back window and the car has a "Happiness is living in R'lyeth" license plate frame and on the bumper is an "Old Ones do it with right angles acting as obtuse" sticker.

And the guy driving is a many-tentacled nightmare with a thousand unblinking eyes.

Today I'm driving in to work and the license plate on the car in front of me says: D POTEET.

Which, of course, I read as "The Poteet."

I'm still working on it.

So I'm browsing in the bookstore when this guy comes up to me and says, "For a second there, I thought you were the Highlander McLeod."

I look up at him and say, "What?"

"Highlander McLeod. He's got a trenchcoat like that."

Dim memory beings to bubble up. "Highlander" was a movie several years ago that spawned a couple of sequels and a syndicated TV series. The trials and tribulations of immortal sword-fightin' guys. The hero, McLeod wore a gray trenchcoat and a day's-growth of beard, like I have.

"Oh," I say.

"It was a good show," he says.

"Yeah," I say.

He continues to stand there. I look back at my book.

He says, "You look like him."

I put the book down and pat my pockets. "Nope. No sword. Not immortal."

He looks at me.

"But I've never had my head cut off, so you never know."

He says, "Heeh."

And continues to stand there.

It's at this point that I notice he's a bookstore employee.

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Hi there! My name's GREG KNAUSS and I like to make things.

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic), Web sites (like the Webby-nominated Metababy and The American People) and stories (for Web sites like Suck and Fray, print magazines like Worth and Macworld, and books like "Things I Learned About My Dad" and "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard").

My e-mail address is I'd love to hear from you!

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