Welcome to tanstaafl.gws.uky.edu!

This page may be a bit of a disappointment, as it serves mainly to let you know about davidwildasin.us, my main web page.

However, as long as you're here, you might find it mildly diverting to know how this site -- tanstaafl.gws.uky.edu -- got its name. This is the name of the system that formerly hosted my web and email servers. The "uky.edu" part is easy: that's the University of Kentucky, an institution of higher education. What about "gws"? Well, that's the rather unimaginative designation for stray computers in the UK domain; it stands for "general workstation". And "tanstaafl"? That's the part that's most interesting, but it also sometimes causes confusion. There was a time when this phrase was somewhat better known than it now seems to be. It stands for "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch", and truer words were never spoken! The word apparently traces its roots to Robert A. Heinlein's classic The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), though I've seen it chased back (in the contracted form tnstaafl) to the late-1800s/early 1900s.

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