old and fat
I’m about to spend ~75 MB of RAM to cache 500 XML files just because it’s convenient. It’s worrying how casual we can be with system resources when virtual memory, garbage collection, and JIT are all there to “help.” But anyway, it’s all running in a virtual machine on some big-iron server I’ve never seen, so who cares, right? My inner Apple ][...
Soundtracks from TV Land: Production Music No. 2 -... →
This is the second in an on-going series. Cedric King Palmer was born in 1913 in Sussex, England and educated at the Royal Academy of Music. He volunteered during the war for service in the RAF but was rejected for poor eyesight. He went on to conduct a series of orchestras in the 1940s and 1950s, and several of his compositions proved popular at the time. Throughout his life he authored...
Soundtracks from TV Land: Production Music No. 1 -... →
I’ve decided to start collecting “production music” (aka “stock” or “incidental” music) and sound-a-like works from the 1950s and 1960s. To me it’s a fascinating sub-genre because it is simultaneously overtly corrupt and sublimely innocent. Written by classically-trained composers as works-for-hire, music production companies collected libraries of...
The software I’ve been working on for the last six months successfully ran end-to-end for the first time yesterday. At the time I felt chest-thumpingly pleased with myself and unsurprisingly giddy. Today I feel strangely detached from all of it, and I’m not sure why.
A joke: Q: How do you know if an engineer is an extrovert? A: He looks at your shoes when he talks to you.
I recently had an interesting exchange on Facebook. It started when Bob complained, I’d just like to point out that Facebook used to be a fun place for keeping in touch with friends and family. As of late it seems more and more political. From “Obama will eat your children!” to “Romney will enslave us all!” to the various pro- and anti-union sentiments. I have my...
If there is a hell, I’m so going to it. I just made a joke about Jesus going to Chucky Cheese for His birthday.
I have long believed that the universe keeps one’s karma in balance throughout one’s life, that periods of turmoil and sorrow are balanced by subsequent joy, and vice-versa. Recent experience has only reinforced this belief.
I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean, through restful waters and deep commotion,...– The Beach Boys - Sail on Sailor (Holland, 1973)
An old earworm, fitting my mood like a glove: ...
animals talking in all caps →
“THIS IS THE LAST TRIP TO THE ORTHODONTIST YOU WILL EVER TAKE.” The internet never ceases to amaze.
Occupy Herbstreit →
“A lost GameDay fan occupies Wall Street”
Murphy's Law, buttered toast, and anti-gravity... →
Burish Responds To A Fan's Feedback →
I miss Adam Burish on the Blackhawks. He was a perfect 4th-line winger.
So much for 2011 →
“The Cubs are counting on a healthy John Grabow” says all that needs to be said about this organization.
This is a news website science article →
“This picture has been optimised by SEO experts to appeal to our key target demographics”
Computers let you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human...– Unknown
Someone said, “Is there there funk after death?” I said, “Is...– Parliament - P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)
merlin: Experience “ū—”: The Last Distraction-Free Writing Environment You’ll Buy. Today. PORTLAND, OR - The Ourobouros Fun Factory, LLC is proud to announce a revolutionary new tool for serious artists doing serious work. It’s a distraction-free writing environment that we call “ū—” (pron. “YOOOoooouuuuu…”). And, it’s going to change the way you think about thinking about maybe writing...
junk in the carry-on
Flight attendants with prodigous backsides probably shouldn’t work on tiny planes. Every time the one on my flight turned around or walked by, somebody got bumped. Usually me.
$2 Chuck →
An interesting look at every frugal urban sophisticate’s favorite grocery chain.
When I was your age... →
The “Niles Center Branch” sees the return of a long-demolished station.
Seniors, it’s time to cap your anus with cement!
I went to an a cappella show and a frat party broke out. Or was it the other way around?
We solve our problems with song… and bloodshed.– The Northwestern Undertones
How to Suck at Facebook →
“I just upgraded my pigs to level 13 Pork Knights!”
“It has come to our attention that [our name] may be misread by some.” Credit for honesty, at least.
Instead of designing beautiful data-structures and elegant algorithms, we’re...– Mike Taylor (via Gruber)
snail mail →
for when you want to slow down electronic communication
One step closer to my childhood dream of having a laser rifle. I want to be a transformer when I grow up.
Perfect deconstructionist satire
lonelysandwich: scottjacksonx: Me doing the fishstick. At least, I think I’m doing the fishstick. C’mon now drummer, I wantcha ta tighten up for me now. I should have listened to the episode before I filmed this. Maybe then my attempt at casually focusing on the camera wouldn’t come off as such an intense stare. This video is the kind of thing that happens when people have iPhones. ...
The Evolution of the Hipster 2000-2009 →
“He seeks working-class authenticity, taking pride in his full beard and the fact that he’s often mistaken for a homeless person.”