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Mommy is a stripper!
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:11 pm EST, Jan 28, 2009

This is why you should always check your kid's homework. (click link, see image) But really, do you buy the mother's story?

Mommy is a stripper!

To: Drivers From: Bicyclists
Topic: Recreation 6:21 am EST, Dec 15, 2008

A message from a bicyclist to nearby drivers...

To: Drivers From: Bicyclists

Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island
Topic: Science 12:46 am EDT, Apr 24, 2008

Italian wall lizards introduced to a tiny island off the coast of Croatia are evolving in ways that would normally take millions of years to play out, new research shows.

In just a few decades the 5-inch-long (13-centimeter-long) lizards have developed a completely new gut structure, larger heads, and a harder bite, researchers say.

Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island

Using "host -l" is apparently cracking
Topic: Technology 8:27 pm EST, Jan 29, 2008

A North Dakota judge issued a ruling in Sierra Corporate Design v. Ritz that has some pretty stunning implications about the use of the "host -l" command when accessing DNS records. In the judgment (which was prepared by the plaintiff's counsel and sent to the judge), the use of the "host -l" command is tantamount to computer hijacking and hacking. thing you know, they'll decide ping* is cracking too.

*Rattle, Aestetix, I know you guys said you can send "+++ATH0" to a modem in a ping and disconnect the person, but, really, who still uses dial-up?

Using "host -l" is apparently cracking

Japanese Banquet of Cannibalism
Topic: Society 11:50 pm EST, Mar  7, 2007

Japan as a country never stops amazing us. I am sure you have heard of, or seen the “Nyotaimori” (literally means female body plate), where the restaurant serves sushi and sashimi on a naked woman’s body.

Wow, this is one aspect of Japan I've never heard of, but then, in a country where they have BuraSera (bloomers [of] sailor [uniformed school girls] stores) and used panty machines, it's not THAT surprising.

Japanese Banquet of Cannibalism

YouTube - Introducing the book
Topic: Technology 4:48 pm EST, Feb 18, 2007

This video makes fun of modern newbie computer users. It's from a show called Oystein & Meg (Oystein & I) produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting television channel (NRK) in 2001. The spoken language is Norwegian

YouTube - Introducing the book

With One Word, Children’s Book Sets Off Uproar
Topic: Arts 4:30 pm EST, Feb 18, 2007

The word “scrotum” does not often appear in polite conversation. Or children’s literature, for that matter. Yet there it is on the first page of “The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, this year’s winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature.

Sammy told of the day when he had drunk half a gallon of rum listening to Johnny Cash all morning in his parked '62 Cadillac, then fallen out of the car when he saw a rattlesnake on the passenger seat biting his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.

I am reminded of Manohla Dargis's review of 'The Polar Express':

Tots surely won't recognize that Santa's big entrance in front of the throngs of frenzied elves and awe-struck children directly evokes, however unconsciously, one of Hitler's Nuremberg rally entrances in Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will." But their parents may marvel that when Santa's big red sack of toys is hoisted from factory floor to sleigh it resembles nothing so much as an airborne scrotum.

In the preface to "Style: Toward Clarity and Grace" [2], Joseph Williams writes:

Whether we are readers or writers, teachers or editors, all of us in professional communities must understand three things about complex writing:

* it may precisely reflect complex ideas,
* it may gratuitously complicate complex ideas,
* it may gratuitously complicate simple ideas.


Here is an example of the third kind of complexity:

The absence from this dictionary of the a handful of old, well-known vulgate terms for sexual and excretory organs and functions is not due to a lack of citations for these words from current literature. On the contrary, the profusion of such citations in recent years would suggest that the terms in question are so well known as to require no explanation. The decision to eliminate them as part of the extensive culling process that is the inevitable task fo the lexicographer was made on the practical grounds that there is still objection in many quarters to the appearance of these terms in print and that to risk keeping this dictionary out of the hands of some students by introducing several terms that require little if any elucidation would be unwise.
-- From the foreword, Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language

This means,

We excluded vulgar words for sex and excretion not because we could not find them. We excluded them because many people object to seeing them. Had we included them, some teachers and schoolboards would have refused to let this dictionary be used by their students, who in any event already know what these words mean.

You'll also find the above excerpt discussed in American Lexicography, 1945-1973, an article by Clarence Barnhart, published in American Speech in the summer of 1978. (Subscription required for access to full text.)

With One Word, Children’s Book Sets Off Uproar - CNN Political Ticker
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:38 pm EST, Jan  8, 2007

Mmmm Bushisms. Always fun.

2. "I use The Google," in reference to the popular search engine. October 24th. Interview with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC.

Yes, it's "The Google," though my boss said that before. He was hunting around the desktop shortcuts to IE and Word looking for one called "The Google." He also held the mouse upside down and pushed the mouseball with his index finger like it was a trackball, so I guess there are stupider things, but the following one seems even dumber to me.

3. "It was not always certain that the U.S. and America would have a close relationship." June

It's one thing to be technologically-challenged. That's normal. That quote is nonsense though. - CNN Political Ticker

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Earliest flying mammal discovered
Topic: Science 2:32 am EST, Dec 14, 2006

Mammals took to the skies at least 70 million years earlier than previously thought, scientists say.

A fossil uncovered in China suggests mammals were trying out flight at about the same time - or even earlier - than birds, the team reports in Nature.

And everyone thought the Wright Brothers were nuts with their talk of non-bird-things flying...

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Earliest flying mammal discovered

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