Thursday, February 12, 2004

Valentine signals

Bill Bumgarner's blog mentions ThinkGeek is selling some valentine appropriate under garments featuring HTTP status codes. Bill offers a few entertaining suggestions of his own:
Every man's fear is 411 Length Required or 417 Expectation Failed. Many of the emails I receive promise that in a few short months, I can receive 413 Request Entity Too Large instead.

This made me think of naval signal flags. While I don't have time to market a line of underwear. I offer the following table of flags and there meaning and leave it to you to determine their merit for the task.

Alfa I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.
Bravo I am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerous cargo.
Charlie "Yes" or "affirmative".
Delta I am maneuvering with difficulty; keep clear.
Echo I am directing my course to starboard.
Foxtrot I am disabled; communicate with me.
Golf I require a pilot.
Hotel I have a pilot on board.
India Coming alongside.
Juliet I am on fire and have dangerous cargo; keep clear.
Kilo I wish to communicate with you.
Lima You should stop your vessel immediately.
Mike My vessel is stopped; making no way.
November No or negative.
OscarMan overboard.
Papa All personnel return to ship; proceeding to sea.
Quebec Boat recall; all boats return to ship.
Romeo Preparing to replenish. Ready duty ship.
Sierra Conducting flag hoist drill.
Tango Do not pass ahead of me
Uniform You are running into danger.
Victor I require assistance.
Whiskey I require medical assistance.
Xray Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
Yankee I am dragging anchor.
Zulu I require a tug.

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