pyesetz: (woof)
Every day I surf the web and collect links, then send them out via private email.  Maybe I should post them here.  Most links come from Reddit via Imgur.  The most common type of link is a puppy-photo, because that goes over well with my email audience.
    Fedex was targeted by the DEA for two years, apparently for refusing to pay the bribes that UPS did.
    "Loch Ness woofer".
    We're out of dog treats? How could this happen???
    Time is an endless 3-hour loop!
    It gets better around 0:53.
    Father's Day breakfast, made out of the most dangerous objects in the house.
    Father's Day present from Potter fans.
    Presumably this requires lemon juice to keep it edible.
    A bird.

    A cat.
    A dog.
pyesetz: (woof)
It's a website.  The content looks somewhat interesting and I have added it to my RSS feed. That is all.

The website grew out of a Facebook page created in 2012 by Elise Andrew, a biologist who — surprisingly to many of the blog's fans — turns to be a woman, and a copyright scofflaw who reuses photos without permission.  Next year her blog will be turned into a TV show on the Science channel starring Craig Ferguson (presumably the show's title will avoid fucking since you can't say that on American TV).  She lives about 150 km northeast of my house (or 233 km if you stick to highways).
pyesetz: (woof)
The title of this post is from an article about Scott Fistler, the Arizona Republican who changed his name to "Cesar Chavez" and is now running for office as a "Democrat" (but still using Republican tactics).  I used a wildcard Google search "a few * short of a *" to find other examples of this snowclone.

The first hit is A few sandwiches short of a picnic, which has an entry at Wiktionary.  That entry gives a synonym "one card shy of a full deck".

The next hit is A few X short of a Y at the Snowclones database, which lists these examples
  • a few bananas short of a bushel
  • a few sprinkles short of a sundae
  • a few hosannas short of a miracle
  • a few smarties short of a lollybag
  • a few beers short of a barrel
The snowclone entry links to the Canonical List of Fulldeckisms which is a 1994 list from USENET.  Some of its entries are rather dated now, such as
  • A return with no gosub
  • A VGA card and a Herc monitor
  • An 8080 in a 68000 environment
  • An Apple //e on UUCP
  • An XT clone in a Pentium zone
  • Blew his O-rings
  • Her dialing thumb must be broken
  • In need of a ROM upgrade
  • Mainspring's wound too tight
  • Metronome needs oil
  • Missing a few catalog cards / gears / marbles
  • Nine pence in the shilling
  • Overruns above 110 baud
  • Pins 2 and 3 (RS-232) permanently connected to ground
  • RS232C brain with a DIN connector
  • Running at 300 baud
  • Single-sided, low density
  • Slept too close to his radium-dial watch
  • The fan is working but the freon's leaked out
  • Thinks at 5 baud
  • Thinks cellular phones are carbon-based life forms
  • Thinks E=MC² is a rap star
  • Too many birds on her antenna
  • Using a 1S-2D floppy for brains in a world of hard disks
Google's list then includes some items that duplicate the USENET list ("a few fries short of a happy meal", "a few bricks shy of a load", etc.)

Then there's the Not too bright list, including items such as
  • A few screws short of a hardware store
  • A few peas short of a casserole
  • A few Bradys short of a bunch
Then there's the Euphamisms for Stupid, which is written by a college professor who apparently doesn't know how to spell "euphemism".  Anyway, his list doesn't include anything not previously seen.

And that's the first page of Google results.  Surely no one would look any further?

Okay, so I clicked "next" and got
  • A few eggs short of a dozen
  • a few cattle short of a ranch
  • a few plums short of a fruit pie
Guess I can stop now.  Sorry!
pyesetz: (felix)
Yesterday I did something a little different: I attended a meet-up for software developers.  It was sort of like a furry meet-up in that most of the people present were of the feline persuasion and very few of them said anything.  Basically, a few people played "exhibitionist" and showed off their naughty bits software code to the people playing "voyeur".

One guy showed off his Haskell program for XMPP messaging on multiple platforms, to get around Google's new (evil?) restrictions on IM chats.  I've never used Haskell, but it does seem to do a reasonable job on such multithreaded tasks.

Another guy showed off his shell script for grabbing videos from YouTube and queueing them for background downloading to his laptop.  He said that his mother once complained about YouTube's new advertisements and he hadn't even noticed them because he never actually views videos at their website!  His T-shirt was too short and he displayed some bellyfur whenever he gesticulated (which was often).

A third guy showed off a chat robot he uses to keep his programming team on the same page.  It contained various silly features and inside jokes.  I asked him why his company was hosting these meetings and providing free pizza and pop, but he couldn't really explain that and just mumbled something about "exposure".

After the main meeting, I whipped out my laptop and showed off some code from Company 𝔾's website.  I mentioned that I had processed the data using Lex "because I'm just that old", but the shell-script guy said he also uses Lex, even though he's probably 15 years younger than I am.  I mentioned that I was looking for a new job, because seven years with Company 𝔾 is just too much (the average programmer changes jobs every two years).  One fellow who works at OpenText said that his company was hiring.  I suppose I could do that job, but it's full time and I was hoping for a semi-retired position.  And there's some Windoze programming required.  And they've outsourced their HR department; I was hoping to avoid the cattle calls by schmoozing at a programmer's meeting instead of spamming my résumé all over the Internet.

Dunno yet whether I'll go to next month's meeting.  I certainly have plenty of code I could show off, but... what exactly is the point of these meetings???
pyesetz: (woof)

Terry does great work in his little nook of the art world.  For another excellent example, see Springtime in Indiana.  If you like food (and who doesn't?), there are some nice examples of Cheez-Its and Oreos.  For some lower-brow material, try his poop joke or muffin suicide.  Since it's art, we can talk about masturbation.
pyesetz: (woof)
I get an RSS feed from the Reality-based Community.  Today they wrote what is basically a re-tweet of this article from Nonprofit Quarterly, which is apparently a print journal of low significance (since it has no entry at Wikipedia).

The NPQ article is itself "an edited and abridged version of a memo, titled “Sweet Grapes,” to the board of the Public Welfare Foundation (PWF) from Thomas Scanlon on the occasion of his leaving the board after 40 years of service, including 12 years as board chair".  Wikipedia has no entry for Mr. Thomas J. Scanlon, who founded a company called Benchmarks, Inc (that also has no Wikipedia entry).

The Public Welfare Foundation has no entry at Wikipedia (notice a pattern here?) even though there are 23 Wiki articles that have unlinked references to it, and even though it has an endowment of friggin' $450 million (and that ain't hay).  Most bizarrely, it was founded by Charles Edward Marsh, who has no entry at Wikipedia even though he was a newspaper magnate, a close friend of President Franklin Roosevelt, and the inspiration for an old TV show called The Millionnaire.

I suppose I could put on my Wikieditor hat and write up these missing articles, but I suspect that would start a Wikifight.  Surely, by this point, if there is any area of human endeavour that systematically has no Wikipedia entries, that is by intent?


Jan. 21st, 2013 11:57 am
pyesetz: (arctic-fox)

I wrote a furvey back in 2004.  It was only the second furry thing I ever published, yet still today much of it rings just as true (or false) as it ever did.  The main thing I would change is that the “bird” character should actually be a “blind fox” who can’t even tell what his own species is.  In my Furry Fandom travels since then, many people have mentioned that I seem to have a Fox Inside® that I never talk about, and are pleased when I tell them that “Pyesetz means ‘fox’ in Russian” like somehow that explains things.

Unfortunately, I can’t just do a global search/replace to change “bird” to “fox” because then question 28 (external manifestations of furriness) would no longer make any sense — in the historical event being recounted, I actually did use an avian reproductive metaphor, not a vulpine one.  I have put in approximately zero study in the ways of foxes.  Did you know that fox eyes have vertical pupils like cats?  It was not until this year that I finally did a Google image-search to confirm that.

The word “cat” occurs six times in the furvey.  In question 21 it is what people mistakenly call me because they don’t know a fox when they see one.  In question 30 it is the furry species of some random girl I once met.  Whenever a cat is mentioned, it is always in the role of “Not Me“.

The word “horse” occurs only once, in question 38 (the spiritual-reincarnation animal).  There is an oblique reference to a TV show called Mr. Ed that aired 50 years ago.  Only his co-star Wilbur could hear Mr. Ed talk, sort of like the original Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street that only Big Bird could hear.

YouTube shows 239,000 results for the query “MR. ED”, including many complete episodes from season 3 (seasons 1 & 2 are on Hulu, which prohibits access from Canada).  I am afraid to watch these old episodes, for fear that the show will not be as good as I remember.  But I did dare to watch the one-minute sketch Mr. Ed and the Dodgers.  Good God, those special effects were horrible!  The scene of Mr. Ed sliding into second base looked positively painful.  And never mind the impossible physics of Mr. Ed batting the ball with his teeth!

But maybe that was the point after all.  A talking animal is ridiculous, as anyone with horse sense knows.  Mr. Ed was an impossible illusion and he wanted you to know that, so you could laugh along with him at the absurdity of his existence.

*Ahem*  Anyway, it was just a TV show.  About a horse.  Of course!

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Source: Matthew DiVito.  This animation has 53 frames.
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I should just pack it in and move to Blogspot.  This LiveJournal just isn't very furry.  Who am I kidding?  I don’t wear a fursuit, I rarely write furry stories, and the only fursonal drawing I ever bought got ruined during the move to Canada.  There is no place in this Fandom for “an anthropomorphized Homo erectus pretending to be a cat wearing a dogsuit”.  I never have any drama caused by my packmates’ unmentionably-disgusting fursonal habits.  And Wifey would have a fit if I ever did anything that would consider *typical furry behaviour*.  No-sir-ree-bob, we run a prim & proper household here; there is absolutely no reason for Child Protective Services to impound our geeklets “for their own good”.  Well, yes, we do have open-air piles of corrosive dihydrogen monoxide crystals at our homestead, but that’s the government’s fault.  Why don’t they clean these things?  Get that DHMO off my lawn!  It was only a few weeks ago that a fellow down by Sarnia was enveloped by DHMO crystals and died.  There outta be a law!

So, um, Objective Reality.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I think that Objective Reality actually exists, but is beyond our ken.  We live in a Subjective Reality that corresponds to the real world (more or less, sometimes a lot less) but is always separate from it.  In contradistinction to Plato, who believed that the material world is merely a shadow of the Real World of Ideas, I believe that the objects in the universe are just exactly what they are, but our finite ideas about those objects are mere shadows of the infinite ideas that would truly describe Objective Reality.  Unfortunately for our egos, our ideas about our ideas are also mere shadows of the True meta-ideas about how the universe really works.  And so on, to infinity.  There is just no way to think our way out of our sub-reality and into the real world.

I like this religion because it allows me to dismiss out-of-paw some of the wacky ideas that are floating around the noösphere.  Anyone who thumps his Bible as “the complete Word of God” is obviously deluded, because the complete Word of God must be infinitely long and so cannot be captured by any book of limited pages.  There used to be a lot of well-respected physicists who thought that Newton’s F=ma was Reality, but of course it could only ever have been Approximation.  Today, there are probably some scientists who think that Einstein's F=ma ∕ √1−(v²/c²) is Reality, but we *know* that this too must be Approximation because it is a finite formula with only a few variables.  In Reality, everything in the universe depends on everything else for each of its properties.  For practical purposes we can safely ignore most things most of the time—but occasionally something that we thought could be ignored will turn out to have been critically important, such as the effect of Hurricane Katrina upon President W.’s war plans.  This is the conundrum of our existence: we must approximate because we cannot perceive Objective Reality, but “Reality bites” and so we cannot approximate without risk.

Another nice feature of this religion is that it explains the existence of Magic.  As a professional computer programmer, I could hardly profess my Faith in any clockwork-universe philosophy that rejects Magic.  How then could I explain what it is that I do all day?  Arthur Clark said that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, which is sometimes paraphrased as "Magic is technology you don’t understand” (see Zekmalados’ comment here).  To connect this with Objective Reality, I claim that “Magic is useful activity based on approximations of the laws of physics that you don’t happen to know”.  Since the Real laws of physics are infinitely complicated, no one can know all of their useful approximations, so for each person there are things he can do that will be perceived by others as Magic.  With a little practice, you can learn to perceive your own activities as Magic even though you know the physics approximations that make them work.  Do you understand how the “quantum tunnelling” effect works?  You can use a cell phone anyway, but it’s Magic to you!

I’ll admit to a certain vanity in my thoughts about Magic.  I believe that I have more Magic in my right rear dewclaw than you could find in an entire conference room full of Harry Potter fans, but I realize that this belief is Approximation and some Potter fans actually do have the Talent.  Still, it is a useful thought because it helps me to feel superior to the Mundanes.

Regarding E₈ and string theory: Oh dear, this post is too long already.  Maybe I’ll get to those next time.  Meanwhile, here’s a random disconnected link to a certain author’s thoughts on similar subjects.

pyesetz: (flag-over-sunrise)
  • Item: Health Canada says no one should take more than 2,000 IU of Vitamin D per day, but one study says the average vitamin D researcher personally takes 5,000 IU.  A day of sunbathing is like taking 10,000 IU.
  • Item: Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq (under orders from Prime Minister Harper) refuses to sign the Vienna Declaration ("criminalization of drug use is fuelling the HIV/AIDS epidemic") because it clashes with Canada's national drug policy.  It isn't news that when facts and policy clash, the Harper govenment doubles down for policy.  Is there a policy regarding Vitamin D supplements?  Why or why not?
  • Item: In a move that shouldn't have been as surprising as it was, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously that Nuremberg Principle V is still the law of the land in Canada.  "I was just following orders" does not excuse a Charter violation by a police officer!  The stupid cop chose a high-profile lawyer to pick on and now his department has to pay $5,000 for violating the guy's rights (in addition to a $5,000 payment for false arrest, which was not contested).
  • Item: In Toronto London UK, a cop hid his ID, walked up to a newspaper salesman (note: not a high-profile lawyer), and whacked him with a baton for no visible reason as shown by amateur video.  After the salesman died, a physician already threatened with losing his licence due to poor autopsy work did the autopsy—and exonerated the police officer.  Two other physicians did autopsies on the same corpse and said the death was the cop's fault.  Although the officer's homicidal act was caught on video, no charges will be laid against him because "experts disagree".
  • Item: Joyce Murray, a member of Parliament for Vancouver and a Liberal, exaggerated a little when discussing the mandatory national census (which Harper recently eliminated over the objections of the arm's-length government agency that, you know, is actually supposed to decide such things).  She said the independence of such agencies is "what separates a government from a tyranny."  Never slow to seize such an opportunity, the Conservative Party struck back, saying they "understand what ‘tyranny’ means”.  Yes, I think they do.
pyesetz: (arctic-fox)
(About comments at newspaper websites): "It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

Gene Weingarten (who has won two Pulitzer prizes but I had never heard of him before this mention).  RSS added, but I'm not sure whether I'll keep it.
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Google says I have 61 friends, which makes sense since LJ says I have 62 including myself.  But LJ's list includes five former journals that no longer exist, so really it doesn't add up.  Google's list includes Brad Fitzpatrick twice (once at LJ, once at Facebook even though I'm not his friend there).  It lists "Ka Crow" who no longer exists (and [ profile] just_the_ash is not my friend anymore).  It includes Corin in NH who unfortunately had to prune his friends list (including me) many months back.

For "Secondary Connections" Google lists my friends-of-friends.  Apparently I have only one: [ profile] eliki who is a friend of [ profile] serge12261 who no longer posts.

It lists as a primary contact, even though I have never heard of them.  It says they are connected to me via [ profile] kraant even though they are not mentioned in his journal.  Shouldn't this be a secondary connection?

Overall summary: Not very impressive, Google.  But keep trying!  And if this is the best you can do, why should anyone be afraid of the big bad Total Information Awareness wolf?

Hat tip: Cog Dog's blog.
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Tim Minchin's White Wine in the Sun:

Besides the ridiculously large number of syllables attached to so few beats, one can also appreciate the bizarre fingering on some of the piano chords (Minchin gave up piano lessons after three years and is now mostly self-taught).

Further info: Wikipedia entry, lyrics.

Hat tip: Pharyngula.
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The children’s book section at my local Border’s has been voted “Most Likely to be a Total Fucking Disaster” for three years running.

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The website WorldMeets.US is frequently quoted in the RSS feed I get from, so I finally went there for a look.  At the bottom they mention the various newspapers they use for sources, including The Canadian which I've never heard of, so I looked at a few of its articles.

The Canadian has a strong focus on LGBT stuff, which is a poor match for the heteronormative lifestyle I'm leading these days, but that's okay.  The articles seem like they were written by people with ADD, veering from one subtopic to another.  Example: this Global Warming article starts out strong, talking about the world's two plutocratic cabals who have taken opposing sides in the debate about what (if anything) we should do about Climate Change.  I was actually hoping that this article would tell me something of interest.  But then it veers off to a discussion about environmental science.  The intro paragraph focuses on "elites" but the concluding paragraph is all about "scientists".  Didn't these people ever learn how to write a five-paragraph essay?

But this article is over the top, treating the domestication of dogs and the existence of alien visitors in flying saucers as equally plausible.  I don't think I'll be adding The Canadian to my RSS feed.  Oh wait—they don't offer RSS!  I guess you can be "socially progressive and cross-cultural" while still living in a Low-Tech world.  And maybe they'd get more respect if they spent $30 to buy a website that's actually named for their paper?  Just a thought...

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My laptop works much better now that I finally got another 1GB of RAM for it!  "swapon -s" shows only 5 MB of swap space in use, much better than the 400 MB that I used to see.  Resuming from suspend no longer hangs waiting for lots of disk I/O.  Terminating Opera no longer hangs waiting for whatever it is that program does instead of immediately exiting like I told it to.  Not bad for an upgrade that cost only $56 with tax and shipping.  Still no fancy Compiz effects though.  Those stopped working when the LCD was replaced.  Maybe I could restore them by installing a new OS?  I've had this one for a year.  I'm still running Linux 2.6.27!
pyesetz: (sozont)
I don't really have a website.  I used to have Furtopia, but I messed up and my account was frozen.  I used to be a paid member here at LiveJournal, but I had to cut costs.  For a while it seemed I didn't "really" need a website since I could just embed images directly in journal posts, but LiveJournal recently (and silently) stopped allowing that.  As usual, they didn't reply to my support request, so I'm left guessing as to why they did it.  My guess: it allows people to not buy LiveJournal memberships because they don't really need the ScrapBook® feature!  If that is really the reason, the new owners have flushed [ profile] brad's original raison d'être for this site and I should avoid paying them on principle.  That's too bad because I really liked the (poorly-documented) RSS feed of friends-only posts.  It was my favourite paid feature.

A few months ago I created a Google Sites website.  It seemed like it might fill the bill, although the documentation for how to write JavaScript for it seemed rather complicated, so I put off learning more about it.

Last night was the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.  Since "Mr. Bear" and I are both Jewish, I generally make a show of not doing any paid work on major Jewish holidays.  What to do instead?  I worked on my Google site.  Problem: it is difficult to figure out how images stored in Google's File Cabinet (example) are to be hot-linked from other websites (example — can you see the laptop photo?).  In general, it seems that Google Sites is too concerned with preventing you from doing things that will make Google look bad and not concerned enough with ease of (re)use.  Also, their Terms of Service allow them to delete your site at any time for any reason or no reason.  Hey, if I didn't care about long-term storage or customized programming, I would use Imgur!

So I restarted another old project: find an ISP.  I wanted
  • Server physically located in Waterloo, Ont. (since we have plenty of connectivity here);
  • Runs Linux so I don't have to learn another operating system;
  • Offers ssh shell access so I don't have to learn another "website control panel";
  • Virtual Private Server technology so I can get root access even with "el cheapo" shared hosting;
  • PHP and MySQL for custom programming (which is what initially attracted me to Furtopia);
  • About $7/month, which is what WestHost used to charge for this feature-set (but they're in Utah, the cheap plan is now $9 and doesn't include ssh anymore).
Last night I found lots of ISPs that had *some* of these features, but none had *all* of them.  And reading through HostSearch was depressing; so many of these hosts have gone out of business after posting their ads.  Consider AroundKW:  They're based in Waterloo, but apparently their server is in Florida.  No Linux, no ssh, and minimum $12/month.  Other people offer Linux for as little as $2/month, but almost nobody dares to offer ssh (which would be suicidal for a Windows-based ISP to offer, due to lack of security).

But lo and behold!  HostMDS offers Linux, ssh, PHP+MySQL, hosting in Waterdown Ontario (at least it's in-province, but they claim it's in Toronto?), and only $6/month!!!  Their Terms of Service are reasonably clear ("A website is considered using 'Excessive amounts of resources' when it monopolizes the resources available using 10% or more of system resources for longer than 60 seconds.") although it seems wrong to me to mention "Canada" and "DMCA" in the same paragraph.  Sorry, Stephen Harper, nobody but you wants a DMCA here in Canada!

So I tried signing up for their basic starter "Unlimited" plan.  Things were going fine until I got to the page where it said "To protect against fraud, we will now call the phone number you gave.  Enter this PIN when prompted.  Click HERE to begin the call."  But it was 1 AM and I had sleeping children!  Today I managed to get the signup process restarted to the point where their computer did call me and I entered the PIN and also the voiceprint of my name, but the transaction still didn't go through because it had already been "cancelled".  I tried a complete do-over, but then it wouldn't give me the hostname I wanted because "this name is already in use at HostMDS; cancel your other website first" but the name isn't in use and it shows in my account as "cancelled; status FRAUD".

I sent email to their sales department, but it's the weekend and they probably won't reply until Monday.  And then Rosh Hashanah will be over.

So I had to think of yet another thing to do that wasn't paid work and wasn't 8 boring hours of chanting Hebrew in a synogogue.  I started cleaning out my email inbox.  I actually managed to get rid of 10% of the oldest entries (down to 371 now) before thinking of something else to do instead: write this post!

UPDATE Sunday 20 Sept.: Heard back from HostMDS sales.  The "fraudulent" signup evaporates after 24 hours.  So I signed up again and asked for a new phone call—which failed because Wifey was on the phone to her mother!  Oh well, guess I'll try again tomrrow.
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Last weekend the temperature dipped below freezing again, making May '09 the eighth month in a row with freezing temperatures.  I didn't realize I was signing up for that much winter...  According to NASA, my region (between lakes Ontario, Erie, and Huron) had "near-normal" temperatures last year, even though the local meteorologists said last summer was exceptionally cool and last winter was the worst in 15 years.  Last night's dog-walk was the first one this year where I didn't wear a coat.

* * * * *

The Province of Ontario produced a report in 2004 on how wonderful their healthcare system is.  The report is notable for what isn't in it: there is no mention of dentistry or chiropractic.  They talk about all the stuff they're doing to prevent heart attacks, but they don't mention that gingivitis is a risk factor.  They talk about "improving quality of life" but there is no mention of back pain.  If you have a broken bone, the province will fix it for you—unless it's a tooth bone, then you just have to live with it.  If you have a sprained muscle in your ankle, the province will help you—but if it's in your back they won't.
      I understand that these are cost-saving measures, based on the willingness of Ontarians to call dentists and chiropractors "not-real-doctors" and thus undeserving of provincial funds, but it is ridiculous for them to say that their mission is "to keep people healthy and care for those who are sick" when there are large classes of sickness for which they offer no prevention and no treatment.

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HuffPo.  The Chrysler dealer in Cherry Hill NJ is slated for closing. Also, the dealer that I bought my first used car from (Runnemede NJ) is closing, along with the one in Maple Shade NJ from whom I bought two used cars. However, the Chrysler dealer in Langhorne PA from whom I bought my only new car has apparently survived the chopping block, for this round anyway.

* * * * *

I actually blogged about something *before* Cory Doctorow did!  He just found out about the Internet Identity Workshop's logo, which is reminiscent of the cartoon "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog".  I blogged it 3½ years ago!

* * * * *

Yesterday was the end of Kid #2's last year as a Cub Scout, so his pack went bowling.  In one game, I got a spare, a strike, and a double-strike, for a total of 173 points!  My best score ever at 5-pin bowling.
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I was daydreaming recently about attending the FurAffinity United convention (9-12 August 2007, Central NJ).  I imagined sitting in the lobby with my laptop, whistling for several hours until something decent finally came out.  Of course, that would never happen.  ("Creating a public disturbance", yadda yadda.)

Today I was reading Stephen Dubner's blogpost about Canada, which led me to Jessica Simpson, which led to Dolly Parton and also Talk:Jessica Simpson, which led to Whistle Register (a.k.a. flageolet).  Yes, I'll do anything to avoid paying work!

Anyway, the whistle-singing I used to do in college is not like "Mariah Carey hitting a C8 note".  It was much lower-pitched and more akin to ventriloquism: forming consonants with the back of my throat while the front made whistly noises.  A few times I tried switching from whistling to singing, but found that to make the same note the usual way required a complete rearrangement of my mouth parts.  Perhaps I could achieve that with practice.  Making the same whistle-note on inhale and exhale requires a rearrangement of mouth-parts, but I got that down pat years ago.
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I am excessively proud of the title, “Quibbles and Bits”, for my comment on this post about Conservative Judaism's decision to allow gay rabbis.

When I read this story I thought of a certain cougar who sometimes complains about having been short-changed in the "equipment" area.

I haven't been watching Battlestar Galactica, but apparently they use the word "frack" a lot (with meaning similar to "smeg" on Red Dwarf).  Scott Adams gives us this riff:
Galactica is a military ship under continuous threat of annihilation by Cylons. If you were on that ship, you'd be cursing too. For example, you might be tempted to yell "frack!" when you discover that the hot chick who fracked your brains out is actually a frackin' Cylon who is now pregnant with your frackin' baby that is half human and half frackin' toaster.

I was reading on SlashDot (at a high comment threshold) about EMI, one of the robber-baron music conglomerates, which is thinking about selling music that doesn't automatically assume that the customer is a criminal.  Because of the high comment threshold, I didn't immediately see the post for which the reply was "Celine Dion isn't quite THAT bad".

Wired has a blogpost where they ask people to vote on which technocrat put his foot in his mouth the most this year.  It's mostly tired old Bush/Cheney crap, but then there's this one:
E-Bay Feedback: NEUTRAL: Excellent communication, but should've poked holes in box before shipping the kitten. Refunded.


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