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    [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe] n. 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  View Definition: casting the runes 

    casting the runes


    n. What a guru does when you ask him or her to run a particular program and type at it because it never works for anyone else; esp. used when nobody can ever see what the guru is doing different from what J. Random Luser does. Compare incantation, runes, examining the entrails; also see the AI koan about Tom Knight in "{A Selection of AI Koans}" (appendix A).