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rain dance

(1)
Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem, with the expectation that nothing will be accomplished. This especially applies to reseating printed circuit boards, reconnecting cables, etc. "I can't boot up the machine. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance."

rain dance

(2)
Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or software in order to achieve some goal; the term is usually restricted to rituals that include both an incantation or two and physical activity or motion.

Compare magic, voodoo programming, black art, cargo cult programming, wave a dead chicken.
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Sadly this is almost certainly your cue to get your coat, clear your desk and start researching rain dances on the internet.
Rain dances are not static rituals of an ancient past, but are, instead, contemporary acts invoked to respond to very real modern problems like poor rainfall and threats of starvation.
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Back in 1976, Government experts consulted Australian aborigines about rain dances. Then, towards the end of summer, the Prime Minister appointed a Minister for Drought and soon after it started to rain, although no-one knows whether he actually performed a dance.
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Ritual movement has been created through the ages to help with the forces of nature (rain dances, harvest celebrations), life transitions (coming-of-age ceremonies, weddings), and preservation of history and culture (berong dance of Bali, Native American storytelling, Nativity pageants).
His trainer Venetia Williams said: "I hold up my hand for the rainy weather as it might be something to do with the rain dances we have been performing in the office at home since March.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: "We are desperate for rain at Wimbledon this week after a number of big wagers on a dry fortnight and will be doing our rain dances all week."
Choreographer and Dance India Dance judge Geeta Kapoor, who has choreog r a p h e d the latter number, says rain dance songs are definitely in vogue but are different in feel nowadays.