Tarry for the Nonce

February 22, 2007

Shall We Sing?

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:54 pm

Happy Birthday to You!!
Happy Birthday to You!!
Happy Birthday, dear Ran-dall!!
Happy Birthday to You!!

. . . and many moooore.

February 14, 2007

“Naughty, Nasty Little Germans”

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 12:57 am

Sharon Stone has clearly lost her mind. The caption says that she was making out with Richard Gere. Perhaps he contaminated her with the thoughts he sent out.

February 12, 2007

Watch for Seven Minutes

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 2:11 pm

We have come a long way from Windows 386.

(Hat tip to Andrew Mills.)

February 8, 2007

Calling All Illini

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 5:09 pm

In a horrifying twist on events, I can dress my alma mater.

February 7, 2007

Keep the Music in You

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 5:19 pm

Having just been gifted with an iPod, I was intrigued by New York City’s proposed ban on pedestrians with electronic gadgets

State Sen. Carl Kruger’s bill, scheduled to be introduced Wednesday, would actually ban the use of any electronic device in a crosswalk. So besides iPod users, the proposal would also target people talking on mobile phones, checking email on their Blackberries or playing videogames on a portable console.

Kruger justifies the ban by stating that “This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it’s becoming not only endemic, but it’s creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand.”

An endemic public safety crisis? Golly, senator, don’t you think you might be overreacting just a smidge? I would hazard a guess – heck, I would even wager – that literally thousands of gadgeted New Yorkers cross the street every day without incident . . . because they exercise due caution, as adults are wont to do.

I land squarely on the side of the objectors to the proposed ban. Certainly I think that responsible pedestrians should not be texting and surfing while bopping nonchalantly across a busy causeway – especially in New York City – but I don’t think it’s up to the city to strong-arm a lockstep citizenry through legislation. If someone is injured in their self-imposed oblivion, it’s tragic, but – on the plus side – it’s almost a necessary deletion from the gene pool.

The government will never be able to protect dolts from their own devices. It’s absurd to restrict the rest of us.

February 5, 2007

For Howard

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 1:40 pm

I promised Howard an ode to my birthday gift. Here it is, albeit long-delayed.

I received quite a marvelous gift from the Rothsteins. ‘Twas . . .

A miniature, oddly-toned loo
With orange-ish, gloppy-type goo
When fingers push in
Oh my, what a din!
It sounds just like runaway poo . . .

Thank you for the noise putty, Howard! I kept the orange one and shared the red one with a white-elephant gift exchange, where it was – understandably – the hit of the party.

And for those of you living in Chicago, the putty can be frozen, thawed and still retain its oomph!

Candy Buttons

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 1:22 pm

From XKCD, a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language . . .

(Hat tip to the UIUC ACM mailing list.)

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