Archive for the ‘pain’ Category

Scammer epilogue

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

In this old story about me baiting a scammer, I posted some of the photos the scammer was sending me to convince me of the authenticity of the photo. Here is a photo of "Mariam" at her father's funeral: It looked obviously photoshopped to include some model's face. Today ...

Terrible beauty

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

“The Patrician took a sip of his beer. ‘I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect I never will again, but one day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the banks of a stream when I saw a mother ...

Twain speaking about the “damned human race”

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

"There has never been a just one, never an honorable one - on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful - as usual - ...

CNN’s triumphant return to accurate journalism

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...ok, ok, fine -- I admit it. I changed it; I couldn't help it. Sorry. :)

Optimism that only a programmer can appreciate

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

"A programmer is a person who passes as an exacting expert on the basis of being able to turn out, after innumerable punching, an infinite series of incomprehensive answers calculated with micrometric precisions from vague assumptions based on debatable figures taken from inconclusive documents and carried out on instruments of ...

Citizen Spies

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Thanks to Google Maps, we know that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has an awesome swimming pool, complete with a bitchin' water slide: (click to see it on Google Maps) But Google Maps also shows us the cost of excess. (click to see it on Google Maps) This is a very small sampling of ...

WTFractal?!?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

XSLT is a language for transforming XML. I came to hate XSLT long ago, at the tail end of a fading honeymoon period in which I dwelt in the empty promises of XML. Somebody came up with a way to plot the Mandelbrot Set using only an XML file combined ...

My share of the stimulus package

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Now I can pretend to be on Wall Street, seizing untold riches with my filthy, Ponzi-scheme stained paws! ...or does this hyperinflationary currency from Zimbabwe's crumbling economy portend the future of our own currency? By the way... uh... is it just me, or is the typeface on the 10 trillion dollar banknote ...

I wish my 401(k) was this much fun.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009



VP debate: It had some words in it.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I couldn't help but follow up my previous Wordle posts with some new Wordles generated from last night's VP debate transcript. As John Hodgman said recently on Twitter during the debate broadcast: "Word salad. Word salad. Word salad. I feel like I'm hearing a spam. So ...