Tarry for the Nonce

April 30, 2003

Kill the Rich!

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:14 am

From the Chicago Tribune, this was sent to me by Randall Mueller.

A TAX-CUT PARABLE
Don Dodson
March 4, 2001

FT. WORTH — Every night, 10 men met at a restaurant for dinner. At the end of the meal, the bill would arrive. They owed $100 for the food that they shared.

Every night they lined up in the same order at the cash register. The first four men paid nothing at all. The fifth, grumbling about the unfairness of the situation, paid $1. The sixth man, feeling very generous, paid $3. The next three men paid $7, $12 and $18, respectively.

The last man was required to pay the remaining balance, $59. He realized that he was forced to pay for not only his own meal but the unpaid balance left by the first five men.

The 10 men were quite settled into their routine when the restaurant threw them into chaos by announcing that it was cutting its prices.

Now dinner for the 10 men would only cost $80. This clearly would not affect the first four men. They still ate for free. The fifth and sixth men both claimed their piece of the $20 right away. The fifth decided to forgo his $1 contribution. The sixth pitched in $2. The seventh man deducted $2 from his usual payment and paid $5. The eighth man paid $9. The ninth man paid $12, leaving the last man with a bill of $52.

Outside of the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings, and angry outbursts began to erupt.

The sixth man yelled, “I only got $1 out of the $20, and he got $7,” pointing at the last man.

The fifth man joined in. “Yeah! I only got $1 too. It is unfair that he got seven times more than me.”

The seventh man cried, “Why should he get $7 back when I only got $2?”

The nine men formed an outraged mob, surrounding the 10th man.

The first four men followed the lead of the others: “We didn’t get any of the $20. Where is our share?”

The nine angry men carried the 10th man up to the top of a hill and lynched him.

The next night, the nine remaining men met at the restaurant for dinner.

But when the bill came, there was no one to pay it.

Bombs Away

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:09 am

Darren Hron sent me the information about protocol RFC1149. The Bergen Linux Users Group implemented it. Check out those ping times!

Shall We Sing?

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 10:27 am

Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday, dear Steven!!
Happy Birthday to you!!

April 29, 2003

Genius?

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 8:44 pm

While reading about Gregory Williams, I kept thinking that the Onion was expanding into new territory. But I guess the kid is for real.

More Than Meets the Eye

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 4:16 pm

Chris Hutchens sent me proof of the

April 28, 2003

Gandalf the Grafter

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 1:34 pm

Let us explore the true evil lurking in Middle Earth.

Thanks to Toly Delm for shedding light on this.

April 24, 2003

A Self-Portrait

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 9:27 am

Ed McCulloch has a poem on his web page. I presume it is a self-description. This is the part that really rang true for me:

in your face.
stubborn as hell.
fiercely loyal.
and more determined than
you.

Oh, yeah.

April 23, 2003

Imagine

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 6:24 pm

Imagine a mocha malt frappuccino.

Now imagine a mocha malt frappuccino heaped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Imagine an individual.

Now imagine an individual who would drink 96 ounces of that mocha monstrosity.

In the space of a single hour.

Andrew Mills, you are completely off your head.

April 21, 2003

Many Cube Visitors?

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 10:15 am

Pedro DeRose sent me this solution.

I can’t say I have too much of a problem with bored co-workers, but maybe they will all run out of work to do someday . . .

April 18, 2003

Cue Twilight Zone Theme Music

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 10:03 am

Dude!

Of course, the truth is more boring.

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