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Old 06-19-2007, 02:25 PM   #16
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I think the cormorant fishing book was a picture book ... water color looking illustrations? Come on, someone else must have seen this!
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:27 PM   #17
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Lots of pictures detailing the pre-fishing ritual and fishing.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #18
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I think the cormorant fishing book was a picture book ... water color looking illustrations? Come on, someone else must have seen this!
You don't mean the Story About Ping, a duck on the Yangtze river, do you?
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:10 PM   #19
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....hold it well away from you as you carry it home; these birds are exceedingly verminous and the lice are said to be not entirely host-specific.
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #20
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You don't mean the Story About Ping, a duck on the Yangtze river, do you?
Yes, that's the one!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:34 PM   #21
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Oh my God! Glatt, that was one of my favorite books as a child, and I had completely forgotten about it until you linked it just now. I think I may have to buy it from Amazon right now.


Edit: Ha! I just noticed one of the product reviews at the bottom of the page:

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Using deft allegory, the authors have provided an insightful and intuitive explanation of one of Unix's most venerable networking utilities... The book describes networking in terms even a child could understand, choosing to anthropomorphize the underlying packet structure. The ping packet is described as a duck, who, with other packets (more ducks), spends a certain period of time on the host machine (the wise-eyed boat). At the same time each day (I suspect this is scheduled under cron), the little packets (ducks) exit the host (boat) by way of a bridge (a bridge). From the bridge, the packets travel onto the internet (here embodied by the Yangtze River).
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If you need a good, high-level overview of the ping utility, this is the book. I can't recommend it for most managers, as the technical aspects may be too overwhelming and the basic concepts too daunting.
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The Story About Ping has earned a place on my bookshelf, right between Stevens' Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, and my dog-eared copy of Dante's seminal work on MS Windows, Inferno.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:31 PM   #22
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I think I may have to buy it from Amazon right now.
Do it. Minifob will thank you.

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:23 AM   #23
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This guy's bandaged fingers makes me wonder if the birds inflict a little damage as they are being readied for the fishing expedition.
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:14 PM   #24
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The burning basket is to singe off the cormorant feathers before they eat them. That's what happens after selling the fish to tourists. Tastes like chicken.
Okay, I guess I was wrong. Change last line to "Tastes like shit."
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