Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Hackathon Song ♪

Coders and hackers, ready to change the world, and the hackathon is the perfect place. But things don’t always go as planned…

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Lyrics

It's so exciting watching my life unfurl,
At a time when geeks like me can change the world.
There's a hackathon tonight and if it works out alright
I can improve society, oh yes, improve society.

But a VC* will be there with money in his wallet.
If I pitch him like a boss I could get funding for my project.
A seven-figure sum and I'll be crushin' everyone
At the hackathon tonight. At the hackathon tonight.

There are prizes up for grabs if I can't get paid.
My phone is six months old, y'know I need to upgrade.
I can surely win some gadgets if I sweet-talk with judges
At the hackathon tonight. At the hackathon tonight.

Now the Red Bull's on the table and I'm ready to go.
I've got Sublime 5 open on my MacBook Pro.
I'll type at twenty words a minute, yeah, I'm really gonna kill it
At the hackathon tonight. At the hackathon tonight.

The buzzer's gone, we're underway. My chance to shine has come.
The cable mess around me shows I'm hacker number one.

The framework that I'm using's not in alpha yet.
I'm coding on the bleeding edge but starting to regret.

Just to set up the environment has taken so much time.
The clock is ticking down, I haven't written a single line.

Now the wifi's cutting out, I've got a dying battery,
I've got conflict after conflict in my Git repository.

The deadline is approaching and there's still a bug to mend
But my code is obfuscated. Will this nightmare never end?

My time ran out and I had to stop.
Instead of showing a demo I used Photoshop.
I tried to change society but it wasn't to be
At the hackathon tonight. At the hackathon tonight.
I know next time it'll be alright.

* VC: venture capitalist

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Song: The Ballad of the Printer ♪

Ever been frustrated with a printer? Then this song’s for you…

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Lyrics

When we first met in the office
you were wearing bubble wrap, so full of promise.
Pages per minute, dots per inch.
A scanner as well and fax at a pinch.
We had such fun!

But it didn't last for ever, in fact not long at all.
Soon I was banging my head against the wall.
The good times were gone.

Now you've jammed again and I'll miss my deadline.
You've jammed again and this, this is the last time.
No more empty paper tray, I give up.
No more cheap ink on eBay, I give up.
The unnecessary blank page,
always such a waste and I give up.
I give up.
I've had enough.

We gave you a chance, the repairman came out.
He looked you all over and said there's no doubt,
this thing ain't broke.

But I won't change my mind, it's decided.
I'm so tired of trying to make you
print double-sided, it's a joke.

And now you've jammed again and I'll miss my deadline.
You've jammed again and this, this is the last time.
No more empty paper tray, I give up.
No more cheap ink on eBay, I give up.
The unnecessary blank page,
always such a waste and I give up.
I give up.

Maybe I'm crazy, you are just a machine.
Maybe I have been overreacting...

But now you've jammed again and I'll miss my deadline.
Yeah you've jammed again and this, this is the last time.
No more empty paper tray, I give up.
No more cheap ink on eBay, I give up.
The unnecessary blank page,
always such a waste and I give up.
I give up.

Oh and you've jammed again and I'll miss my deadline.
Can't believe that you've jammed again and this,
this is the very last time.
No more empty paper tray, I give up.
No more cheap ink on eBay, I give up.
The unnecessary blank page,
it's always such a waste and I give up.
I give up.
You're unplugged.

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