Friday, May 26, 2006

Deep Insults...

Deep Insults. Got an email from my publisher the other day (no, not the one asking “where the heck is the next book” – I have that one too, this is a different email):

FYI. See below. We discovered today that we messed up Sean's quote in the most recent printing of Tom's book.

Apress apologizes. Most of the copies from the most recent printing are still in our warehouse. Gary says we're still in possession of 95% of the copies that are bad, so the damage is not widespread. Our current plan is to sticker over the quote.

I immediately asked them for a copy of “unadulterated” version of course – for posterity. Here is a picture of the quote (if you click through and look at the “medium” image – it is quite readable:

Deep Insults

It is sort of like having an “Easter egg” hidden in software. There are at least a couple dozen/hundred books out there with the “deep insults” quote. Collectors Items I think. Two versions of the collectors edition – do you have the version with the “insult” or the version with the sticker blanking it out!

I find it all very funny.

Well, to everyone that has the long weekend - have a good one. I'm taking off early this morning. Time for travel soccer once again. At least I spent one short night in my own bed (from hotels in Florida to hotels over the weekend in Virginia)...


Blogger melanie caffrey said....

The funny (sad?) thing about that, is that Sean is one of the nicest guys on the planet. "Insights", anyone?

Fri May 26, 07:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Not just "insults" but deep insults. Pretty funny. Gotta love the typos. Now I wonder if it was the only one ;-D.

Enjoy the weekend!

Fri May 26, 08:19:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Jonathan Gennick said....

Tom, we all know that if anyone could come up with "deep" insults, you would be the one. And you would have evidence to back them up :-)

I treasure my copy of this rather humorous blunder. It is on my shelf near the accidental, purple version of Feuerstein's PL/SQL Pocket Reference and the French SQL*Plus translation with my name mispelled on the cover.

Fri May 26, 08:43:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous araim said....


I wonder what price is it going to reach on ebay ;)
I myself would pay let's say... up to 500% of the bookstore value for this one.
Perhaps it's a good idea - Normal version for only $39,99 and 'special, easter egg version' for (only!) $99,99

Have a nice weekend ;)

Fri May 26, 08:51:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Herod T said....

Shall we start the bidding?

I have one copy with the typo.

I always wondered about that.
I haven't found any other glaring errors and I have read the book a few times.

Excellent book by the way sir.

Fri May 26, 08:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Herod T said....

I guess we found another reason to add to Mr. Awad's
15 Reasons Why Books Have Problems

- Publishing mistakes in the book are hard to fix.

Fri May 26, 08:58:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Hae-Kwang said....

Just wondering, what book is this typo in? Is it the Expert Oracle: Database Architecture?

Fri May 26, 09:16:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

Dang, that's what I get for rushing out and buying an early printing.

The funny thing is, as I turned around to check for the quote, being primed to see "insults," I thought I saw a book in the Oracle pile named Oracle Insults.

echo "set sqlprompt \'$spew> \'">>~/login.sql
(your environment may vary)

Fri May 26, 10:17:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

You should have no problem selling those copies on eBay. Just checked my copy, it's normal :| Very informative book by the way.

Fri May 26, 10:49:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous RobH said....

That page with quotes isn't even in my copy, but I do have the version that has and part of a chapter missing (don't worry, Tom already corrected the problem for me)

Fri May 26, 12:04:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Frivolous insults are easy; only the true Oracle expert can deliver profound insults.

Fri May 26, 12:07:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Michael Olin said....

At least we now have a backup presentation for our NYOUG meeting at the start of June. "Oracle Deep Insults" sounds like a great keynote.

Fri May 26, 12:12:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Gabe said....

What I'm curious to know is at what point in the process the "mishap" happened ... and I'm not talking about the QA/verification part (yes, maybe someone missed it there), but the actual event of the original word being replaced with "insults" [and not just some gibberish!] … you know, it is even grammatically correct – plural!

Expensive for the publisher ... but kind of naughty funny nonetheless.

Fri May 26, 12:52:00 PM EDT  

Blogger jimk said....

Maybe we could have "Deep Insults" tell us some secrets al la "Deep Throat" (grin)

Fri May 26, 06:32:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Gabe's comment: (What I'm curious to know is at what point in the process the "mishap" happened )

Well, must have been the spell checker in some Windoze word processor?

Sat May 27, 12:11:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

"Well, must have been the spell checker in some Windoze word processor?"

Wouldn't surprise me one bit. Mine insists that "tnsnames.ora" should be "tsunamis.ora"...

Sat May 27, 09:03:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Gabe said....

Well, must have been the spell checker in some Windoze word processor

Makes sense.
First suggestion Word makes for "insugts" is "insults" ... second one is "insights".
One click of a difference indeed.

Sat May 27, 02:08:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Peter K said....

Mine must have been one of the first printing as there are no quotations inside the front cover.

That's funny though and the guys are probably right in that the spell checker with automatic correction probably changed it into insults.

At least, the error got caught before all the books went out.

Sun May 28, 09:57:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Ram said....

Damn! I missed it. I only have an E-Book. :(:(


Mon May 29, 03:58:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Mirjana said....

Yesterday I got the "deep insults" copy... Wow...

Wed Jul 26, 02:55:00 AM EDT  

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