why do clowns have red noses?

March 25, 2009

--A Commie Clown from Cracked.com's 6 Reasons North Korea is the Funniest Evil Dictatorship Ever. Guess it's a 'shop but still, I like the double menace of it.

http://felisdemens.livejournal.com/556665.html - felisdemens on her Seneca heritage, and its irritatingly matrilineal definitions. Some nice discussion in the comments.
Kate is twittering in haiku. I retaliated with 140-character limericks... she wrote
I dreamed of beasts. Huge rampaging porcupines. The pictures were great.
There was this one though...It was of a sloth peeing. That was kind-of weird.

I came back with
BEASTS! Kate was seein'- in dreams, what's the meaning? of vast porcupines, with dangerous tines- also that sloth that was peein'-

I liked her defense of mandatory haikus:
Time? No time at all. Haiku writing's tres facile, like breathing out smoke.
Admittedly they are more sustainable than limericks. I just get tired of all facile-faux-clever haiku contests, especially when they don't have the theoretically mandatory season reference.

Of course ultimately I'm more of a prose guy.
cmg introduced me to foodler.com, delivery menus for many places; unlike DiningIn, it seems like just a creditcard middleman, not w/ extra fees.
For HR reasons yesterday's interview got moved to tomorrow, now I have pre-interview angst; what kind of, and how much, techie brush-up to do. As much as I want this job (and it's a great match, though with a so-so commute) I'm more afraid of having an interview not come through, especially because indicators are so good for this one.

If the economy wasn't so bad and the idea of full time employment gaps so scary, I'd love to take a year off. Relative success in getting personal projects done buoys me a bit; but then the old Protestant work ethic thing comes to bite me on the butt - there's a self image of Being a Guy that Works, though sometimes 30 more years of 40 hour weeks seems disheartening.
"The decision to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 provoked dire warnings from a handful of dissenters that the deregulation of Wall Street would someday wreak havoc on the nation's financial system. The original idea behind Glass-Steagall was that separation between bankers and brokers would reduce the potential conflicts of interest that were thought to have contributed to the speculative stock frenzy before the Depression."
--NY Times, 1999.

Also EB sent on a Rolling Stone article explaining the insane, swingin' dick gambles AIG took on and that we'll be paying for. The bit about the eyerolling "you wouldn't understand, it's a finance thing" was amazing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BetaStirlingTG4web.jpg - the Stirling Engine. Robert Stirling was a genius, if a bit phallic minded.
"How did I fail women's studies? I love bitches!"
--Jamal, "How High"
"I found chocolate! Hiding in my pocolate!"
I am please that Perl/Tk provides a way to make simple drag and drop UIs in windows... pity Tk is so gourdawful ugly and under-documented.
Black Electrical Tape: the Duct Tape of My Generation. My printer is now something like fixed.