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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/…
    – juan
    Mar 26, 2010 at 14:48
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    I foresee a pony story...
    – juan
    Mar 26, 2010 at 14:50
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    Word is he had to give it up because of a certain gem.
    – random
    Mar 26, 2010 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, 2010 at 15:06
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    what is navel-gazing?
    – juan
    Mar 26, 2010 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 Staff
    Mar 26, 2010 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, 2010 at 15:52
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    thank you, something new everyday @bal @voy, meta is like the new-word-a-day toilet paper
    – juan
    Mar 26, 2010 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) Mar 26, 2010 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!
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 26, 2010 at 17:14
  • you are all absolutely, unequivocally, omphaloskeptically insane. Mar 26, 2010 at 19:58
  • btw, @balpha, omphaloskeptic is my new favorite word of the day. :) Mar 26, 2010 at 19:58
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    it's not the last! there is another! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44265/… Mar 27, 2010 at 13:39
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    @balpha and @quack Quixote: Remember: omphaloskepsis is the only thing that ISN'T easier said than done. Apr 1, 2010 at 21:08
  • Where did quack go, anyway? He's been gone for nearly a year. Probably being productive, somewhere...
    – Pollyanna
    May 27, 2011 at 0:47

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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, 2010 at 15:23
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    Squig-​​​​gling
    – Welbog
    Mar 26, 2010 at 15:26
  • i am so stealing this. attributed, of course. Mar 26, 2010 at 20:15
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Console.Write((char)('T' + 'i' - 'l' + 'd' - 'e' + '.'));
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    How did you find that?
    – Eric
    Nov 16, 2010 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, 2010 at 14:15
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    That is just awesome. May 27, 2011 at 1:50
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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, 2011 at 0:54
  • For the curious, this is my kitty. :) And the scratcher can be bought here.
    – Jon Seigel
    May 27, 2011 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, 2011 at 1:55
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~           ~          ~     ~      ~      ~   ~         ~~~~~~~         ~~~~~~
     ~          ~          ~          ~     ~         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     ~~~~~~
 ~        ~           ~       ~     ~        ~       ~~~~~~    ~~~~~~   ~~~~~~
     ~         ~     ~        ~       ~     ~   ~   ~~~~~~      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
       ~         ~         ~      ~     ~    ~      ~~~~~~         ~~~~~~~

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

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You shall be missed.

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+500

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

~ http://djtrousdale.com/arts/wp-content/original/2009_08/epuc-tilde.jpg

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    The possessive tildes are better than the glow stick tildes.
    – random
    Mar 26, 2010 at 15:05
  • Are they legion? I'm sure we can find a heard of pigs...
    – AnonJr
    Mar 26, 2010 at 16:09
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    ~≈≋ - Oh noes! They're multiplying!
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 26, 2010 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? Sep 2, 2011 at 21:10
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Goodbye %7e, you were unique

alt text http://www.juanformoso.com.ar/images/unique.jpg

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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? Sep 2, 2011 at 21:11
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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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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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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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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!
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 26, 2010 at 16:09
  • For more limerick fun: limerickdb.com/?top150
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 26, 2010 at 17:01
  • -1 for trying to rhyme "blown" with "town" and "crown".... but i'm'a gonna fix that. Mar 26, 2010 at 20:09
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    tho you really deserve a downvote for the limerickroll ... ouch ... Mar 26, 2010 at 20:11
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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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