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Argentina criminals ‘evade capture by dressing up as sheep’

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Several of you have heard my recurring rant on stock photography on news sites. Take a look at the photo in this article. Be sure to read the caption. Those are the best sheep costumes I have ever seen!

Argentina criminals ‘evade capture by dressing up as sheep’

(Via Boing Boing.)

More Clever AddWords

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

This landed in my RSS reader. If those whales would just learn to eat krill like their big blue cousins, they wouldn’t be in this predicament.

Screen shot 2010-03-11 at 11.27.07 PM.png

Best SVN log entry ever

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’m doing some repository hygiene at the moment, and tripped across this log message:

r7282 | bcampen | 2006-12-21 11:18:11 -0600 (Thu, 21 Dec 2006) | 1 line

Camel Beauty Contests

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

On judging camel beauty:

“We are looking for camels with big heads, firm ears, broad cheeks and big whiskers. There is no single important thing – the neck and body should be long, the hump and the back should be big, and we also look at the colour and posture of the camel.”

Personally, I have trouble with the concepts of Beauty and Camels in the same meme. On the other hand, it looks like winning camels are netting 7 figures.

(Via the BBC .)


Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This is one of the more perplexing things that has happened to me while booking a hotel room. And developers wonder why people just click through bizarre-looking security warnings…



My Daughters Made Cookies

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Spock? What does it want?

This may hurt a little…

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

From this story:

“The officer sustained facial cuts requiring stitches and a concussion…”

I can just imagine the emergency room: “Okay, sir, we have the cuts all stitched up now. For this last step, we’ll need Bruno to beat you about the head with a brick.”

Texas May have Banned Marriage

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Texas passed an amendment in 2005 with the intent of banning gay-marriage. But they may have banned more than they intended.

The amendment contains the text:

This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

Logically, it seems like “marriage” is a member of the set of legal statuses “identical or similar to marriage”. Of course, there’s no telling how a judge would interpret the idea of something being “identical or similar” to itself.

Things (I Think) I Heard from Kitchens of Seattle Restaurants Last Weekend:

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Elliot’s Oyster House:

Voice 1: “First rock salt, and now this? No!”

Voice 2: [inaudible]

Voice 1: “I’m not telling you her name.”


“The zombies were good, but sometimes they fight.”

(Both restaurants were excellent, BTW)

Camel-milk Chocolates

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

A Dubai company plans to expand its line of camel-milk chocolates into the US, Europe, and Japan.

Kicking Myself…

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

… for forgetting that my new iPhone will do video until the moment was past.

I pulled into our alley tonight at 9:38 CDT, to the sight of a family of raccoons running directly towards my car, until they had an attack of good sense and turned and ran the other direction. By other direction, I mean straight back down the alley so that I could follow slowly and keep them in my headlights for a good 90 seconds.

By family, I mean 1 adult (I assume mom) and 5, count them, 5, juveniles. Mind you, I was in the Miata with the top down. They probably could have taken me, had they not been awed by the glory of my HID headlights.

iPhone Keyboard

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

In the process of setting up the new iPhone 3.0 note sync feature, I ran across this relic from my first day with the original iPhone:

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I’m somewhat better at it now.

Google Adwords: Too Clever?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


Gig-E, Screen Sharing, and Screen Sharing (Don’t try this at home)

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Recursive Screen Sharingrecursive

(After a minute or so, the switch turned off the port connected to the laptop…)

Addendum: Today (22Dec), Byron, Phil, and I attempted VNC-doom: 3 laptops, 1 gigabit-ethernet switch, and an attempt at a full 3-way mesh of screen sharing.

We found bugs. Lots of annoying little bugs. The most entertaining/frustrating version was inducing one-way visibility in the clients. So we didn’t get the full-mesh going today, but we got some really pretty pictures from having two loops running at once. Maybe after a round or two of bug fixing (if reports have any effect), we’ll give it another shot.

But I think next time, we’ll need 5 laptops in a mesh. Not only do you get a nice layout on the client screens (one peer in each corner), you end up with a pentagram for a diagram as a bonus :).

Rotten Brains

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on times past.

Back in September of 1997, when the media found out about the various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that can arise from eating neural material of infected animals, CNN ran a story specifically about the eating of squirrel brains as a delicacy in certain southern US states.

The best part is the graphic they ran along with the story, which helpfully points out what part of the squirrel one should avoid eating:


Have a pleasant new year, and watch out for those squirrels.

My eyes, they do burn…

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I don’t think any picture could do justice to just how very bright this particular item of clothing truly is:

Adam lulling us with the purple shirt and then blinding us by his bright trousers

Adam lulling us with the purple shirt and then blinding us by his bright trousers

We’re In Ur Bank…

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #950

(Via BoingBoing.)

Llama fetus ritual to help Bolivia’s Morales?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

A “witch doctor” burns dried llama fetuses to support Morales in the Bolivian recall election. I boggle at the fact fact that there is a market for dried llama fetuses in the first place.

Boy, George would be proud

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Cama cama cama cama cama chameleon

(might need a camelid++ category now. Or is that camelid–?)

The Gestalt of the Internet

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The current big deal in Japan appears to be a musical animation of Oshiri Kajiri Mushi, or “Butt-Biting Bug”. It’s on youtube; I’ll let you find it yourself. Because that’s not the point of this post.

I googled “butt biting bug” to see if I could find some background info. One site I found had no real info at all. But the Google ads on the page, in combination, were a work of accidental art that will probably not occur again:

Official Bug Doctor Site (bug doctor for the PC.)
Large, Round Booties (figure it out yourself.)
Bug Beetles (huge selection of Beetles items.)

…and finally…

Kill mosquitos with the leaf blower you already have…

I think that pretty much sums up the Internet–or at least the WWW.

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