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Dearly Beloved,

this has been a very sad week for all of us. Our good friend ~quack has lost what clearly was a largely important part of his Trilogy life. After a month-long struggle, he has given in to the inevitable and sent his Tilde to finally rest in peace.

Having our friend experience this tragedy would be sad enough, but the loss is even greater: With an ASCII code of 126, the Tilde was the last of the printable characters. The implications of it being no more cannot even be imagined yet.

Thus I ask you all to give a dignified salute to it that "is colloquially known as a 'squiggle' by people who do not know its name".

The manner in which you pay the tribute is of your choice: Be it that you create a Haiku telling its story, compose a song giving praise to the many wonderful deeds of the Tilde, use your art skills to design a poster that commemorates the swung dash in all its glory, write a Greasemonkey script to let the Tilde appear amongst us one more time – or whatever way you find to let the world know

~, you will be missed.

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related (in sadness): meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42431/… –  jmfsg Mar 26 '10 at 14:48
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I foresee a pony story... –  jmfsg Mar 26 '10 at 14:50
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Word is he had to give it up because of a certain gem. –  random Mar 26 '10 at 14:55
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balpha looks on track to claim the first badge in the [always-friday-in-iceland] tag! –  Ether Mar 26 '10 at 15:06
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what is navel-gazing? –  jmfsg Mar 26 '10 at 15:47
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@Downvoter: You'll have to ask tvanfosson what exactly he meant, but en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphaloskepsis gives a hint: "This criticism is also often leveled at professions which are interested in themselves: movies about Hollywood, for example, or television shows about television writers." –  balpha Mar 26 '10 at 15:52
    
@Dow: n. Slang Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or concentration on a single issue: "The optimistic trend masks a looming problem, which has sent the travel industry into a renewed bout of navel-gazing" (Financial Times). answers.com/topic/navel-gazing –  perbert Mar 26 '10 at 15:52
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thank you, something new everyday @bal @voy, meta is like the new-word-a-day toilet paper –  jmfsg Mar 26 '10 at 15:53
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I prefer to believe that it is truly called a "squiggle" and only later renamed to "tilde" by people who insist on making up words like "grapheme." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilde) –  Robert Cartaino Mar 26 '10 at 16:04
    
@Robert - Thine saying is mayhaps the greatest of the wrongity wrong things thou hast ever uttered. I salute thee, and dub thee Squigglemaster Prime! –  Adam Davis Mar 26 '10 at 17:14
    
you are all absolutely, unequivocally, omphaloskeptically insane. –  quack quixote Mar 26 '10 at 19:58
    
btw, @balpha, omphaloskeptic is my new favorite word of the day. :) –  quack quixote Mar 26 '10 at 19:58
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it's not the last! there is another! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44265/… –  quack quixote Mar 27 '10 at 13:39
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@balpha and @quack Quixote: Remember: omphaloskepsis is the only thing that ISN'T easier said than done. –  Brian Postow Apr 1 '10 at 21:08
    
Where did quack go, anyway? He's been gone for nearly a year. Probably being productive, somewhere... –  Adam Davis May 27 '11 at 0:47

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Back-tick, its brother.
Its wavy nature; its slide
Squiggling thus, tilde.

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Huh. Around here, "squiggling" is three syllables -- skwig'-gəl-ēng -- but now that I think about it, normally a syllable requires a vowel. –  mmyers Mar 26 '10 at 15:23
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Squig-​​​​gling –  XMLbog Mar 26 '10 at 15:26
    
i am so stealing this. attributed, of course. –  quack quixote Mar 26 '10 at 20:15
Console.Write((char)('T' + 'i' - 'l' + 'd' - 'e' + '.'));
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How did you find that? –  Eric Nov 16 '10 at 14:17
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@Eric: I wrote a program that tested the result of all combinations of addition and subtraction, and as there was no exact match for just Tilde or tilde, I tested some different characters to add to it to get the correct result, and a period worked. :) –  Guffa Nov 17 '10 at 14:15
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That is just awesome. –  Mark Tomlin May 27 '11 at 1:50

Memorialized as a cat scratcher -- praise doesn't get any higher than that

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+1 for an on-topic photo that has a cat! –  Gabe May 27 '11 at 0:54
    
For the curious, this is my kitty. :) And the scratcher can be bought here. –  Jon Seigel May 27 '11 at 1:05
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Ah! You might've gotten away with it if it hadn't been for that comment, spammer! –  Pops May 27 '11 at 1:55
~           ~          ~     ~      ~      ~   ~         ~~~~~~~         ~~~~~~
     ~          ~          ~          ~     ~         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     ~~~~~~
 ~        ~           ~       ~     ~        ~       ~~~~~~    ~~~~~~   ~~~~~~
     ~         ~     ~        ~       ~     ~   ~   ~~~~~~      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
       ~         ~         ~      ~     ~    ~      ~~~~~~         ~~~~~~~

Oh tilde,
Speeding into the night,
I hope we meet again soon.

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I have visions of tildes flying around, looking for a new user to possess...

~

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The possessive tildes are better than the glow stick tildes. –  random Mar 26 '10 at 15:05
    
Are they legion? I'm sure we can find a heard of pigs... –  AnonJr Mar 26 '10 at 16:09
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~≈≋ - Oh noes! They're multiplying! –  Adam Davis Mar 26 '10 at 16:55
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Sadly, this image is no longer available at that address. Would you happen to have a copy or to know where it went? –  Gilles Sep 2 '11 at 21:10

You shall be missed.

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Goodbye %7e, you were unique

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Sadly, this image is no longer available at that address. Would you happen to have a copy or to know where it went? –  Gilles Sep 2 '11 at 21:11


Oh tilde, oh squiggle,
oh symbolic Not,
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

you who approximate the string
before the knot,
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

oh curious cat's tail
creeping into the cupboard,
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

oh deviant dragon's tail
decamping to the den,
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

you aren't alphanumeric enough
for SOFU.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


see you at $HOME.

~$

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~fin

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..
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I often use the tilde to express "approximately" or "about", as a replacement for = when I provide WAGs.

As such, I can only offer my congratulations to quack for having fully realized his true nature, rather than only approximating the quackitude he so fittingly displays.

Your old self will be missed, but we look forward you full antics.

~quack

All hail the real quack!

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My tribute:

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I would offer up the new name of squiggle quack.

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There once was a tilde from quacktown,
Who danced before names like a king's crown.
      Jeff said "Forget it!"
      A forced user edit;
And far from the DB it was blown.
And far from SOFU went that clown!

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There once was a man named Bertold # Who drank beer when the weather grew cold # As he reached for his cup... # "NEEEEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP!!!" # Oh, snap! You just got limerickrolled! –  Adam Davis Mar 26 '10 at 16:09
    
For more limerick fun: limerickdb.com/?top150 –  Adam Davis Mar 26 '10 at 17:01
    
-1 for trying to rhyme "blown" with "town" and "crown".... but i'm'a gonna fix that. –  quack quixote Mar 26 '10 at 20:09
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tho you really deserve a downvote for the limerickroll ... ouch ... –  quack quixote Mar 26 '10 at 20:11

For some reason, when I read Guffa's answer, this popped into my mind.
It did get slightly embellished in the telling.

A C-ode to the dead tilde

#define puts(in,out) (puts)(in*out)
#define qua int
#define remains(ho) ho[]=#ho
int main () {
    unsigned char *r, e, d=~0, remains(tilde);
    qua puts(const unsigned char, const);
    for (e=-~-~-~-~-d; -~~-e; d=d & ~tilde[e]) e=??--e;
    e[tilde+-~0]=e; *(r= tilde) = e = -d;
    return! puts(++r+1, (~e |- d));
}

The code above is actually version 2. Version 1 used putchar, but I don't much like the explicit use of 10 — too unportable.

#define not(char) int
#define remains(ho) *ho=#ho
#define ressucitate(it,is,friday,there) (put##it -~~0)(there)
int main () {
    not(yet) putchar();
    char r=~0, e=~0, d=~0, remains(tilde);
    for (r=5; r; e=e & ~tilde[d]) r=d=??--r;
    return! putchar(ressucitate(char-,-red,tild-,-e)? 10:10);
}
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I'm trying to find the words to the "alt sigma tilde" song (to the tune of Waltzing Matilda) but without success. It would be very appropriate if anyone has a link?

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