How bugs get in to code.

Zoso and I chat at work, because it’s one of the very few things our work lets people do on our “state of the art” Intratubes. Here’s a snippet from today (straight from the messenger program albeit slightly cleaned-up) to give you a fascinating insight into how software is developed in our industry:

Oh and arb wrote on Twitter “aiee, now I’ll be singing that ALL day!” when I mentioned Jamie and the Magic Torch with respect to our 80s Kid’s TV Theme band game. So yeah, I guess people do know that one.

I couldn’t give you a line past JAMIE! JAMIE! JAMIE AND THE MAAAAGIC TORCH!

But I could give you that one line for a good three or four hours straight…

Eh heh heh! Ditto.

“Jamie! Jamie! Jamie and the Magic Torch! mumble mumble mumble somethingthatrhymeswithtorch. ‘cos he’s Jamie, Jamie and the maaaaagic torch! Jamie! Jamie!…”

Eh heh heh! Forsooth.

amie! Jamie!
Jamie and the Magic Torch.
Down the helter skelter, faster and faster
towards Cuckoo Land.

Wordsworth! Wordsworth!
Following hard behind.
Ready for adventure, always there to lend a paw or hand!

Mr Boo and all the others too,
the strangest people you’ve ever seen.
And the torch with it’s magical beam –
If I hadn’t really been there
I’d think that I was dreaming!

Jamie! Jamie!
No two nights are the same.
And life is one long glorious game
with Jamie.
Jamie and the Magic Torch!

Oh that’s right, I just remembered it!


That’s startling! Though your memory appeared to trim a character at the beginning, your brain must’ve not quite highlighted the whole thing…

I don’t know what you mean!

And I’ve just pasted the Jamie and the Magic Torch lyrics into my code…

I actually laughed out loud then…

“Compiler sez no”

Still, I think the user would see the funny side when, instead of this high priority warning symbol, they got the first few verses of a 1980s kid’s TV program on their display.

6 thoughts on “How bugs get in to code.

  1. welshtroll

    Haha, clipboard accidents of the worst kind, i’m glad i’m not the only one that does this sort of thing.

    Other examples include:
    website urls
    half an email
    @ replys to random twitters

    Oh and my anti-spam word is rather scary!

  2. Melmoth

    Other examples include:
    Entire Wikipedia articles that one has been trying to read surreptitiously in a text editor.

    Oh and my anti-spam word is rather scary!
    Was it ‘clenching’? That reminds me, I must remember to put a few more words in!

  3. Caspian

    Is it wrong that I already knew all the words?

    For the encore, I expect Chorlton and the Wheelies, together with a Fenella impersonation

    Hop to it chaps!

  4. Melmoth

    Alas we cannot provide you with a rendition of Chorlton and the Wheelies because I come out in a fearsome rash and start frothing at the mouth any time it is sung in my vicinity.

    You might be interested to know, however, that you wrote the five hundredth comment on our blog, and for this you win a prize.



    Use it wisely my friend, it is a vorpal blade of the highest renown, and it will snicker-snack through almost any foe. Just mind you don’t go galumphing around this blog with it.

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