A Boy and his Computer
Happy 10th birthday, Wikipedia

Wikipedia is best understood not as a product with an organisation behind it, but as an activity that happens to leave an encyclopedia in its wake. — Clay Shirkey, Wikipedia – an unplanned miracle, guardian.co.uk

Conservatives and Liberals

Both conservatives and liberals love telling other people (or even forcing other people) how to live their lives, they just hate other people telling them how to live their lives. The difference between them is that conservatives care about your soul more than they care about your body, and liberals care about your body more than they care about your soul.

Ghost hunting tragedy

It is a case of tragic irony. Christopher Kaiser, 29, was looking for signs of a ghost train when a real train struck and killed him near Statesville, NC.

When tragedy happens, usually the cause is human error.

usually? Getting hit by a train while hunting for a ghost is usually human error?


Are you the gatekeeper?

In the aftermath of the Shirley Sherrod incident, CNN’s Kyra Phillips asks if something needs to be done “legally” about “anonymous bloggers.”

Seems like they are basically saying, “How dare these bloggers post inaccurate material which is then picked up and regurgitated without fact-checking by mainstream media! It’s all the bloggers fault that we can’t be bothered to check their sources before running their unsubstantiated claims verbatim! There should be some kind of gatekeeper to make sure their writing is not libelous before we reprint it!”

So, what did God say the weather would be like?
Ryland’s Law

After looking at Urban Dictionary again and seeing the word “smash" redefined, I had to publish Ryland’s Law again.

Ryland’s Law: Soon, every word in the English language will be a euphemism for either sex or poop. Once this happens, we won’t be able to carry on conversations because nobody will be able to stop giggling.
Rule #1 of comedy filmmaking

Rule #1 of comedy filmmaking is (or should be): Never make a parody of a comedy.


I don’t know what this says about me, but I found Wikipedia’s list of hats fascinating. I think I spent a solid hour looking at hats, mainly looking up particular hats and remembering where I’d seen a hat like that. Most of the time, I had seen a particular hat before, usually in a movie or TV show, but didn’t know it had a name, or what religious or ethnic significance it had. Contrariwise, I’ve often read in a book when a character wore a hat, and the hat was named, but I had no idea what it looked like in real life. For example: do you know what a pork pie hat looks like? I didn’t.

Christ, what an asshole

It was recently theorized that all New Yorker cartoons could be captioned
with “Christ, what an asshole” without compromising their comedic value.

I discovered this is true of virtually all comics, old and new.

Christ, It Works for Everything

"V" is dead to me

The first few episodes weren’t great, but they were watchable. I was willing to give it a chance. But after tonight, "V" is dead to me. Tonight’s episode had the worst CSI “Enhance!” fuckity magic ever done. It was insulting. Fuck that show.