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10 August 2005 @ 17:27
Filk: I don't care if it rhymes...  

I don't care if it rhymes or codas,
Long as I've got my widget Yoda,
Sitting on the Dashboard on my Mac.
And I don't care if it's pop or soda,
Long as I've got my got my widget Yoda,
'Cause he's such a nifty little hack.

Widget Yoda, widget Yoda,
Sitting on the Dashboard on my Mac,
Very good, his program isn't,
But his whispered voice is pleasant,
So I cut the little guy some slack.

Well, I've got widgets that look like clocks,
Ones that track airplanes, and ones that track stocks,
Sitting on the Dashboard on my Mac;
I've got all kinds of widgets to save me labour,
But there's only one with a green light-sabre,
Lookin' like he's ready to attack.1

Widget Yoda, widget Yoda,
Sitting on the Dashboard on my Mac,
It's not easy being green,
Sitting on a computer screen,
Waiting for Frank Oz to come on back.

I called up a student of theology,
To see how he liked my new technology;
The poor guy damn near had a heart attack.
"I'll call a spade a spade, and a tree I'll call a tree:
That there's nothing but Jedidolatry
Sitting on the Dashboard on your Mac!"


1. If you tell me that "a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defence only, never to attack," then I shall be compelled to trump your pedantry by pointing out that "ready to attack" is (deep-)structurally ambiguous.

Yoda widget screenshot

(Thanks to Heidi Harley for bringing the Yoda Dashboard Widget to my attention!)

 
 
Nuværende musik: / D Bm / G - / D A / D Bm / G - / D A D - /
 
 
 
(Anonym) on 10. August, 2005 16:51 (UTC)
hee hee hee
the meter is with you.
:) hh
parodieparodie on 10. August, 2005 17:20 (UTC)
The fact that you included _cords_ brings this whole thing up (down?) a notch or two. :-)
the_deli: iled_ehtthedeli on 10. August, 2005 19:32 (UTC)
You reminded me of just how happy I am to still be using OS9.

THANK YOU.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 15. August, 2005 10:28 (UTC)

Now, now. It's not as if use of the Dashboard, let alone the various frivolities coded therefor, is mandatory. And plenty of similar frivolities have been coded for OS 9 and earlier, although I grant you that there's not so much of that going on anymore.

the_deli: MAGIC BOTTLE OPENERthedeli on 15. August, 2005 13:02 (UTC)
Remember customizable system sounds?

OS9 = Nero's Rome!





(I'm at a loss here with how to make a past-tense 'equals' symbol.)
Merlemerle_ on 14. August, 2005 12:11 (UTC)
"Been inverted, My syntax seems to have", my ass. In sentences with a main/auxiliary verb of "to be", it is (almost) always sentence final.

"Inverted, my syntax seems to have been" would be much better.

Or rather:

Much better, "Inverted, my syntax seems to have been" would be.
Q. Pheevr: Jediq_pheevr on 15. August, 2005 10:37 (UTC)

Yeah, it seems to front everything after the first non-modal auxiliary:

Input: "My syntax seems to have been inverted."
Widget Yoda: "Been inverted, my syntax seems to have."
Input: "My syntax seems to have been being inverted."
Widget Yoda: "Been being inverted, My syntax seems to have."
Input: "My syntax must have been being inverted."
Widget Yoda: "Been being inverted, My syntax must have."

I agree with your intuitions for the first example. For the latter two, I'd be inclined to break between the passive be and the progressive one ("Being inverted, my syntax {seems to, must} have been"); what do you think?

Merlemerle_ on 16. August, 2005 09:02 (UTC)
It seems unlikely to me that Yoda would have ever utilized such formations. He tended to stick to imperatives and simple tenses.

But yes, I agree with your inclinations. Completely with Widget Yoda, Yoda grammer is not.