Wednesday, February 20, 2013


I forgot to write, and forgot to observe, the annual giving up of something for Lent.

Buy-bye social media.  See you in April.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Life imitates art

I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.

- Steve Martin

I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff.  Got me a gold rolex.  Bruce Lee memorabilia.  An Eddie Van Halen guitar.  A hat that Michael Jackson wore.  And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.

- Jesse Jackson, Jr

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hypothetical bicycle

I have a bicycle. 

It is worth $20.

I want to sell it.

My state has a law that says all bicycles must be sold for no less than $40.

I am not going to sell my bicycle.

Related (youtube): Edgar the Exploiter is going to be all right.  Simon is screwed six ways to Sunday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


He's two.  Glides into the room.  Draped in Nonna's bathrobe.

Oh ... scary!  Are you a ghost?

Pause.  "I ... BAT-man ... cape!"

Exit, giggling.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tab Clearing

Make your own soap, make your own bread.  Ammunition?  Ammunition.

Free, open, secure and convenient communications: Can we finally replace Skype, Viber, Twitter and Facebook?

Stross is some kind of Communist? And he finally has woken up to the consequences of his foolishness. Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship.

ssh-ident Wrapper around ssh to prepare ssh-agent and load identities.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mr. Snake, why did you do that? Now I will surely die!

About that Kill List Business ..

I am told that there are now righteous citizens who are now all het up about the Executive extra-judicially killing American citizens.  Straw-man summary ..

'I voted for Obama and this makes me mad.'


They knew before voting for that jack-wagon he was murdering citizens.  There were viable choices.  They voted knowing what he was, they don't get to be all remorseful about letting that snake back in the hen house after the fact.

I read this and wish I had not

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer.

A complete waste of time.  A fascinating premise, which is wasted by the author. Cardboard characters. The world building is tone deaf and implausible.

Some guys can get away with this. This fella ain't one of them, at least not with this novel.

Joe Bob says he wants his time back.

Friday, February 01, 2013

If it looks good it is good

All said and done, this

VAR=$(openssl rand -base64 8)

looks better than this

VAR=`openssl rand -base64 8`

Something-something good design looks right something-something.

Restated: F*ck backticks.

Also: Obama still has a kill list.  But hey, bangs, and economic minutia, and skeet shooting at Camp David.