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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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This study also shows that Kenyans continue to use rain dance traditions as a drought management strategy in the absence of modern governmental solutions because the dance offers community agency, unity, and power during precarious periods.
The Epilogue at the end of the Instructor's Notes can be used as a follow up for discussion and to update students on the current status of Rain Dance.
Penguin Bay, an interactive water play area, is the largest rain dance pool in the world measuring 30,000 sq feet and offering shaded discos, open discos, rain showers and the 'Rock Hoppers Den', which is a fully equipped stage with acoustics and theatre lighting for pulsating performances.
Natives in northern Philippines perform the "manerwap" rain dance during periods when severe drought is experienced.
Among her topics are the poachers' village, the chimpanzee nest, rain dance, African wives, soldier decision, outside the ring of fire, the fruit trees, undergraduate thesis, and return to Africa.
BRITAIN'S Got Talent winner George Sampson will be performing his winning Singin' In The Rain dance routing next month when the Britain's Got Talent Live 2009 comes to the NIA in Birmingham on June 12.
I hope they get a couple of days rain before the National, so I'll be doing a rain dance.
Lewis Hamilton admits he is tempted to perform a rain dance ahead of today's qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix as he looks to gain any edge he can over Felipe Massa in the battle for the World Championship.
Each half hour session gives Year 3 and Year 4 a chance to play Samba and African drums to play tunes such as the Yombella, an African rain dance.
Mind you, just 10 minutes earlier, the one wearing a traditional feathered head-dress was performing a rain dance to The Birdie Song.
David park heads the home assault at the Wales Open - but as the Celtic Manor basks in unfamiliar sunshine, the leading Welshman was doing a rain dance last night.
We were having dinner on Saturday night when it started raining and we joked about doing a rain dance.