Sticks and Scones May Break My Bones

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First order of business: It seems I have 411 DVDs (or rather, DVD titles, as some titles have up to 15 discs) and 472 books. The happy-fun Bluetooth barcode scanner came today and I was able to make short work of the wall o' books in about half-hour. Most of that was manually typing the ISBN if a barcode lookup failed–which was rather frequent, as I have a lot of old books whose bar codes are no longer (or never were) on file at Amazon. As soon as I craft up some nifty XSL, I will share the lists.

Much like the scene in Microserfs where one of the characters would eat nothing but flat food (specifically, flat food pushed under his office door), I decided to have nothing but food in stick form this evening. This included “artificial krab” for protein as well as string cheese (and a yellow cheddar variant of string cheese) for dairy. It would have included carrot sticks from the veggie food group, but I decided against it upon discovering that the carrots in the fridge had been there so long as to become soft and flaccid (…yes…ewwww….) Had I planned ahead, it would have also included bread sticks, but this was a last minute idea. Another alternative would be drumsticks (either the chicken or the frosty dessert treat), but those are kind of only “sticks” in name, not geometry.

Previous to a few months ago, I thought that the last time I would write dynamic web pages in C was about 1996. With something like PHP taking about 75% of the total storage space (and well beyond the available storage), you kind of get stuck with the tried-and-true old-fashioned ways. Fortunately, I can slip a few C++ things in there (strings, vectors, and iterators) because the μClibc.

Holy CARP! In looking up the “micro” symbol, above, as part of μClibc, I discovered there is a unicode character for a snowman wearing a fez: . I am not sure how many browsers support this particular character/font/code, but Safari on the Mac seems to show it just fine.

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