0ld m4/\/z w4|2 is teh r0><><0r, d00dz!!!! I 4m 1337!!
Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just trying to hang with the kids and, you know, speak teh language.
(For those of you completely out in the dark, the number “1337″ — which is the Amazon ranking in the picture above — is an analogue for “leet,” which is short for “elite,” in “leetspeek,” a kind of replacement code that gamers and others use for actual letters. It stopped being cool, oh, roughly the same time I started writing this entry. The first line of this entry, then, reads: “Old Man’s War is the rock! I am leet!”
Please bear in mind that I am, in fact, not making any real representation of Old Man’s War being the rock, or of me being, in fact, leet. The sentence in question is merely to be appreciate for the ironic value of a 35-year old man using the slang of 15 year olds. Please, go about your life.)