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So things have started to die down a bit nearing the end of the year at my studio here and it's prime time to mess with co-workers.

 

I'm looking for Houdini / Linux specific pranks to pull when they step away from their machines to get coffee.

 

I've started by adjusting the interface colors down to absolute 0 . This makes the UI totally useless and you're forced to fumble around to get back to the menu.

 

It's amusing to watch.

 

Best technique is to open a secondary instance and adjust it there then close that instance. The blackness will only strike once they relaunch their current houdini. . . enough time to evade suspicion.

 

So anyone else have any ideas? Something that repeatedly turns the interface bright pink would be great.

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One classic could be to take a screenshot of Houdini and use that as desktop background. (Hide any existing icons)

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add this to their houdini.env file:

HOUDINI_SPLASH_MESSAGE = "I <3 PONIES"

or for less subtlety set the HOUDINI_SPLASH_FILE

 

a quick one: hit n twice to hide all operator names.

more advanced: hit n twice and remap the hotkey preference "Show Operator Names" to nothing.

 

low tech: switch the physical "a" and "s" keys on the keyboard. bonus points awarded if done before they have to type their login password.

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Ah, the hide operator names one is brilliant. Works easily and is super annoying. Good tip.

 

Now to wait until they step away . . . .

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Maybe bind L (organize the nodes) to another key? Like U or I which you use often. That would be suuuper annoying!

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a quick one: hit n twice to hide all operator names.

more advanced: hit n twice and remap the hotkey preference "Show Operator Names" to nothing.

 

That is pure evil.

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About linux, some things we tried at work, very annoying :

 

Do a loop, and reduce the gamma very very slowly, by small value every second. The screen becomes darker and darker... :ph34r:

Slow down/speed up the mouse speed. Tremendous. I think you can also inverse the mouse directions.

Beep. send a lot of beeps on other computers.

Spamming other's computers with a lot of popup (like xeyes, or "tasteful" pictures... B)  )

Changing aliases (adding like 10 beeps, each time you open a new console...).

etc

 

About Houdini, I think you can also replace the "default" geometry, when you create a new file node. Replace the cube by a less politically correct mesh ^_^ .

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I've never quite understood the culture of pranks or the joy of pranking. They've always rubbed me the wrong way. But then again I didn't grow up with older brothers or grow up being pranked or pranking others in return. So, there ya go, I got a stick up my bum.

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You could write some python script that automatically sends emails and hide that in some embedded otl somewhere inside a foreach node, so everytime that node cooks...

not to give my colleagues any ideas of course....

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one guy in our company had a second mouse (on his desk) plugged in the neighbors computer sometimes per day he moved this mouse and you hear'd the neighbor shouting that his computer has a bug.... it worked for month's !!!! :-) 

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You could write some python script that automatically sends emails and hide that in some embedded otl somewhere inside a foreach node, so everytime that node cooks...

not to give my colleagues any ideas of course....

 

Thats looking more like a virus :)

 

Add a python script to format the harddrive. LOLZ

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opchmod 000 * command , to remove all permissions in the current houdini dir.

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