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If gremlins are things that go wrong, what mythical creature would be the things that go right?

 
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Gremlins are the "cause" of things that go wonky in coding or in a machine, right? So, what's the opposite of a gremlin? Say something unexpectedly awesome happens, what silly mythical creature do we atribute it to? A gnome? A dwarf? A sprite? Something from a non-European mythology? What do you think?
 
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Surely it must be the Will-o'-the-wisp? A ghostly light appearing to guide you from the marsh that is your code, but in the end revealing its malicious intent and leaving you stranded even deeper?

At any rate, I find that description sufficiently describes the scared feeling I have when my code unexpectedly works. Something must be off...
 
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Maybe a Leprechaun. You struggle and struggle to catch you problem and suddenly, there is a pot of gold.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:. . .  a pot of gold.

But you have to kiss the Blarney Stone before you can get at the gold.
 
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Stephan Hulst wrote:At any rate, I find that description sufficiently describes the scared feeling I have when my code unexpectedly works. Something must be off...



...which happens to me all too often. Nothing is working/cooperating on a Friday, come in on Monday, having made NO changes over the weekend, and it works.

On that note I am going with Stephan's Will-o'-the-wisp ghost being the mythical creature when something goes right.
 
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What's mythical aboiut wills‑o'th'wisp?

They are emanations of methane from stagnant marshy land which ignite spontaneously, guiding unwary travellers into the most dangerous places.
 
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Well, I think brownies are supposed to fix things overnight. I may have them conflated with the shoemaking elves.

Alas, most of the brownies I've encountered only want to sell me cookies.
 
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A unicorn ?
source: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Unicorn_blood
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:They are emanations of methane from stagnant marshy land which ignite spontaneously, guiding unwary travellers into the most dangerous places.



I was going more on the premise that some "ghost" drifts into my code and fixes whatever the problem was, so when I come in on the Monday it is miraculously working.

Quite the explanation there, though Campbell.  
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:
They are emanations of methane from stagnant marshy land which ignite spontaneously, guiding unwary travellers into the most dangerous places.



Yeah, I've inherited some projects like that.
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:. . . Yeah, . . .

Hahahahahahahahaha!
 
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Fairies.  Genies.  Naiads. Kodama, which we could modify slightly for software to Codama (Code-ama?)
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:Well, I think brownies are supposed to fix things overnight. I may have them conflated with the shoemaking elves.

Alas, most of the brownies I've encountered only want to sell me cookies.



Ha! Cookies! Brownies actually required gifts of cookies/milk to keep working, or they'd turn into nasty boggarts.

Speaking of shoe-making elves, leprechauns were known to be shoe-makers.

Brownies, I think did more cleaning and tending, than fixing. Interestingly enough, in early stories, they were said to guard treasure. They were also mischievous and played tricks on lazy people....Are there any elven creatures that aren't mischievous?!                    
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:Alas, most of the brownies I've encountered only want to sell me cookies.


You obviously have been mixing with the wrong kind of brownies. The ones I know only make you happy and munchy.  
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:...The ones I know only make you happy and munchy.  



For non native Eng
munchy = ?
 
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Munchy=someone who has the "munchies." They are hungry and want to "munch"(eat) everything.

Some people make brownies with weed/marijuana. If someone eats the brownies, they then become happy and hungry
 
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thanks Nikole
i hadn't read the entire thread i and asssumed  brownies as black people but isn't
brownies = ?

Nevermind i google it
 
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Harry Kar wrote: . . . brownies = ? . . .

Helpful fairies.

Young girls joining the Girl Guides Association. The name was chosen because they were supposed to be helpful, too, calling them after the fairies.
You do not have to stuff the girls with chocolate to make them into brownies, but my experience with girls is that they have no difficulty stuffing themselves with chocolate.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:

Harry Kar wrote: . . . brownies = ? . . .

Helpful fairies.

Young girls joining the Girl Guides Association. The name was chosen because they were supposed to be helpful, too, calling them after the fairies.
You do not have to stuff the girls with chocolate to make them into brownies, but my experience with girls is that they have no difficulty stuffing themselves with chocolate.



I got it wrong then google show me (in images section) lots of rectangular pieces (of brawn color) of desserts  
Thanks for the explanation Campbell although still don't got the relation dessert(brownies) -  girls what mean

You do not have to stuff the girls with chocolate to make them into brownies

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...but my experience with girls is that they have no difficulty stuffing themselves with chocolate



Idem here lol
 
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Brownies can mean lots of things.

Brownie= girl scout who learns crafts and helps in the community and sells cookies door to door. Looks like



Brownie = a dense, chocolate, cake-like food. Sometimes people put marijuana in it. Looks like



Brownie = mythical elven creature that lives in homes and cleans them if given milk &/or bits of food. Said to look something like:

 
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I got it ; appreciate Nicole  
PS: one img (that with marijuana ) is not shown
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:. . . girl . . . who learns crafts and helps in the community and sells cookies door to door. Looks like . . .

You can tell she's seven years old by the missing tooth.

I have managed to correct the image of the marijuana.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:...
I have managed to correct the image of the marijuana.


Thank you
 
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Harry Kar wrote:
PS: one img (that with marijuana ) is not shown



Campbell Ritchie wrote:
I have managed to correct the image of the marijuana.



Just so you guys know, it's just a generic picture of a brownie that I pulled from The Food Network (https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/everyday-brownies-recipe-2047093). Most brownies do not have marijuana!   I only mentioned the marijuana because someone mentioned "munchy"!
 
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Actually, my brownies don't have powdered sugar on them, either!
 
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Maybe Daedalus-Icarus escape story fits?
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:. . . I only mentioned the marijuana because someone mentioned "munchy"!

Us staid lot over here need a bit of excitement every now and again; we know the sort of things you Permies lot grow.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:

...the “master” of the house



I wouldn't dare call my wife a Domovoi, however, I've been "told" on numerous occasions that I should be referring to her in the pretense of the above partial quote from the Domovoi wikipedia article (note in particular the word in double quotes)...    
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:

Bear Bibeault wrote:

...the “master” of the house



I wouldn't dare call my wife a Domovoi, ...


In her presence ? I dubt  Domovoi's view really  scares me
 
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Harry Kar wrote:In her presence ?



In her presence, or not in her presence, either way wouldn't dare call her that! She would somehow know....  
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:

Harry Kar wrote:In her presence ?



In her presence, or not in her presence, ....  


That " control flow structure"  makes a HUGE difference  
 
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Staff note (Ganesh Patekar):

Lol

 
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Finally now we agree  
cow well earned
 
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Thanks Harry!  
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:Thanks Harry!  


You're welcome Randy  but thanks for what?
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Harry Kar wrote:but thanks for what?  



The cow.

I like your flowchart as well.

And to all our female ranchers who might come across these posts and possibly think we're being sexist, we're just admitting as males that we know where we stand when it comes to the better gender...  
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:

Harry Kar wrote:but thanks for what?  



The cow.


Sorry wasn't I; don't know yet how the cow thing works ; most probably cow donation was from an acknowledge person (male or female) that already know how cow thing works here

I like your flowchart as well.


i found it from a female's twit
here's another bigger one about female character?! seems rather complex  

And to all our female ranchers who might come across these posts and possibly think we're being sexist, we're just admitting as males that we know where we stand when it comes to the better gender...  



Absolutely, quote you 101% we and they have hopefully acknowledge of the differences through the "species" and respect each other  
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