Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves…

Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imper­cep­ti­bly sad. “There are no more bat­tles between good and evil, no mon­sters to slay, no maiden in need of res­cue. Most maid­ens are per­fectly capa­ble of res­cu­ing them­selves in my expe­ri­ence, at least the ones worth some­thing, in … Continue read­ing Most maid­ens are per­fectly capa­ble of res­cu­ing them­selves…

Money vs. Culture

There is a great guy named Merlin Mann whose work I have been appre­ci­at­ing for years.  He is pretty much a time and pro­duc­tiv­ity guru, although I am not sure you’d be able to catch him using the word “guru” to describe him­self in any way.  He invented the Hipster PDA and Inbox Zero.  Earlier in the year he … Continue read­ing Money vs. Culture

Holmes on homes

There is a really excel­lent Sherlock Holmes quote that, for the life of me, I can­not seem to find ref­er­ence to1. Although the quo­ta­tion itself is not as famous as some of the other Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quo­ta­tions, it is quite prac­ti­cal and I find I use it with great fre­quency. The gen­eral gist of it is that … Continue read­ing Holmes on homes

My life, the bad sitcom

Kim: Did the timer go off? Me: I didn’t hear it. Kim: You didn’t hear it? Timer: *brrrrrring* Me: The timer went off. In other news, Ebenezer — the nekkid cat — has reaf­firmed some of his quirks. He is the only cat I know that is indif­fer­ent toward cat­nip, yet loves bleach. Kim is mop­ping the … Continue read­ing My life, the bad sit­com

Economies of Scale

A bil­lion is a thou­sand mil­lion, or 1,000,000,000 or 1 x 109. Amount of money requested for bank bailouts: $700,000,000,000 Number of vis­i­ble stars in the night sky: 9,110 * Approx. num­ber of stars in the Milky Way: 300,000,000,000 * Current world pop­u­la­tion: 6,700,000,000 * Number of peo­ple who have ever lived: 110,000,000,000 * Go out­side tonight … Continue read­ing Economies of Scale

Paper Beats All

I under­stand how scis­sors can beat paper, and I get how a rock can beat scis­sors, but there’s no ****ing way paper can beat rock. Is paper suposed to mag­i­cally wrap around rock and leave it immo­bile? Why the hell can’t paper do this to peo­ple? Why aren’t sheets of col­lege ruled note­book paper con­stantly suf­fo­cat­ing stu­dents … Continue read­ing Paper Beats All

Why programs that should be simple often aren’t

Programmers… often take refuge in an under­stand­able, but dis­as­trous, incli­na­tion towards com­plex­ity and inge­nu­ity in their work. Forbidden to design any­thing larger than a pro­gram, they respond by mak­ing that pro­gram intri­cate enough to chal­lenge their pro­fes­sional skill. Michael A. Jackson, Principles of Program Design, 1975 Posted in: Programmers… often take refuge in an under­stand­able, but … Continue read­ing Why pro­grams that should be sim­ple often aren’t

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Quote of the Day

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were auto­mat­i­cally imported from LiveJournal.  To see the com­ments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source post­ing at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2006/09/“That's not a cat toy. That's a sword.” Posted in: Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were auto­mat­i­cally imported from LiveJournal.  To … Continue read­ing Quote of the Day