Ten Years!

Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog, so I’ll celebrate with a bunch of random items. Interesting post suggesting that the creation of life can be explained in thermodynamic terms. A great series of old John Cleese commercials for Compaq. Can you blow smoke rings? If you don’t follow xkcd, perhaps you should.

Grammar

I just ran into this sentence in Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding You’re probably used to type systems in languages like C and Java and marveled at its ambiguity. “Used” and “type” have several different grammatical meanings. As Hobbes (of Calvin and Hobbes) said Verbing weirds language. (The article itself […]

Chicken

Q. Why did the multiprocessing chicken cross the road? A. to To other side. get the — Jason Whittington

Jon Stewart the Newsman

“Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?” asks the NYTimes: “they’ve done so in ways that straight news programs cannot: speaking truth to power in blunt, sometimes profane language” “Jon Stewart [is] as substantive as network news” Indiana University. “The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are notable for having relatively well-informed audiences […]

Military Experience

Christopher Hitchens amused me today… “The right wing had no interest in highlighting Obama’s nuanced position in Austin, either, because there was (and is) a conservative interest in painting Obama as a heedless and irresponsible pacifist, with absolutely no experience of crashing an expensive aircraft on the territory of a country on which the United […]