“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…

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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:


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