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June 2, 2005

code zen

A friend of mine ran into these two Java code samples in code she has to work with. The first example is one I've encountered before in intern code. The second example is so bad that it's nearly optimally bad -- it's hard to make any line worse than it already is.

Example 1:

Runtime.getRuntime().exec("java Foo");

Example 2:

while (true) {
  int i = 50;
  if (i == 0) {

April 20, 2005

QotD: Delay's Evil Internet

"Absolutely. We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That's just outrageous," DeLay told Fox News Radio on Tuesday. "And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."

AP/CNN article

April 6, 2005

Living in the SV

Screw the O.C., this is the S.V.


Update: this is the day for S.V. license plates. ln m spotted 3DSTUD and honeyfields spotted GOTMAYA. Also, back in the archives there's good ole KILLAOL.

January 11, 2005

Neuro fuzzy

Plenty of news to report, which I may get to tomorrow, but for now, enjoy the latest and greatest in AI technology, the super "neuro fuzzy" rice cooker:


November 4, 2004

Reaching out

"I'll reach out to everyone who shares our goals" -- George W. Bush, November 4, 2004

September 1, 2004

Abundance of commas, dearth of vowels

I got Jay a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, being that he has a pedantic attention for grammar and punctuation. Within four days of that purchase, I now find my self in possession of two e-mails that either demonstrate that the authors have broken keyboards, or they are engaging in some form of performance e-mail art.

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope everyone is well and had a good weekend.

STUDENTS ONLY - (Name removed)'s computer system is not fully functional, at this time. She has requested that I ask you to please, if you have orders, to be placed, to walk your orders to her and she will place them, for you, at another computer. For those of you who sent e-mails, with your orders, last week, to also, please hand carry them, fully composed, to her, for submittal, in Oracle.

Thanks so much.

(Name removed)

and this one from a shipping company, which is apparently bill their e-mails by the vowel or sends them via telegraph:

good morning i have been advd by your agent overseas that we have a cod due at this time on your shpt from the steamship lines that is for documentation and terminal handling charges

the amount for this is usd xx we have been advd that is is to be collcted from you at time of dely so be prepared at this time to pay this amount day of dely of your goods

if you have any questions on your move, please contact (name removed) at (number removed) he will be following up on your shpt thanks

August 20, 2004

Proof: Spam is Evil



July 2, 2004

Word of the day: antwacky

Adj. Old fashioned. Possibly from antique(y). E.g."Oh no way! I'm not wearing those shoes, they're so antwacky." [Merseyside/West Lancashire use]

Example usage:

Real-estate agents rarely pick up the phone to hear Kate Beckinsale on the other end, complaining that her yem's looking right antwacky and she'd like a bit of a posher gaff.

(yem = home, gaff = home/work place)

(via kelarskye)

June 29, 2004

Photo of the Day: iRaq


Seemlessly deployed political statement...

April 15, 2004

Photo of the Day: Rock


There is a store in J-Town that sells large rocks on stands. They are very pretty rocks, and some of them even look like Sumi-e paintings.

April 14, 2004

One billion dollars

This is mind-blowing to me that I never knew this (this was mind-blowing to meta as well). I found this out while reading Neil Gaiman's Journal.

In the UK, a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (i.e. 1012)
In the UK, a trillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (i.e. 1018)

April 12, 2004

Harry Potter

harry with broom
I spotted this statue about the same time another woman did. That woman proceeded to pose next to the statue and have her family snap pictures with her grabbing Harry's... broom... It was either meta or rcp that noted that children were present.

April 7, 2004

QotD: Food Babies

meta left this quote on rcp's blog. I find it touching:

You're much nicer than me. I would have punched him. I would have ordered a second entree and smeared it all over my face and clothing as I gorged myself. I would have made a point of ending the date carrying a full third trimester food baby.

March 20, 2004

Protest sign chique

meta and I stopped by the Iraq War anniversary protests today (sadly, San Francisco didn't get a mention in many of the news reports). There were probably a couple thousand people in Dolores Park, but nowhere near the one million estimated in Rome.

Political commentary aside, this was a good opportunity to observe cleverness in sign-making, so I snapped several photos that I may post on Monday. We were too lazy to march with the crowd to the Civic Center, where the actual rally was to take place, so we had to make do with the creativity that could be observed close by.

My favorite sign by far was a man holding a sign that said, "I COULD USE A DATE -- BRING THE TROOPS HOME." That's like the Scrabble triple word score of sign making.

My second favorite was the seemingly ironic, "I HATE CROWDS." The irony was ruined when we saw the back of the sign, which said something like "So get Bush out of office so I can go home." I would have preferred the sign in pure ironic form, but this was a antiwar protest.

meta enjoyed the grammer-dorky, "WHO'S BEEN TERRORIZING WHOm," ('m' squeezed in as an afterthought).

There was also one hot dog vendor showing great business skills. Most likely in preparation for the protest, he had his menu printed up with the header "Dogs of Mass Destruction," with renamed menu items "Nuke Dogs" and "Scud Dogs." This was a smart recognition of his clientele, though meta pointed out that he would do even better had he added tofu dogs to the menu.

Of the pure anti-Bush signs, some slogans I liked were:
* "Re-Defeat Bush"
* "I am the worstest president in American history"

February 21, 2004

Photo of the day


meta says I like take blurry photos. Also, whenever she takes a photo of a mundane texture, like a stretch of dirt, she calls the photo "ken-like." These accusations are 100% true. Todays photo postings should only reinforce that belief. This photo was taken at the dimly, but red, lit Make-Out Room in San Francisco while we were listening to some bands play.

January 11, 2004

Law of Internet Invocation

metamanda reads John Scalzi's WHATEVER blog all the time, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this comment from Scalzi on Making Light (poppy z. brite thread)

Also, as a general rule, if you don't want someone to show up on your site, or in your discussion (or whatever), don't name the discussion (or whatever) after them (and especially, I would think, don't name them after authors, who are by nature curious about being fictional creatures in someone else's universe). Thanks to the twin powers of search engines and personal vanity, putting someone's name on something on the Internet is tantamount to inviting their presence, not unlike (depending on your perspective) invoking angels or demons. And we all know how much trouble that class of creature can be.

Henceforth, the above observation is to be known as the Law of Internet Invocation: "If you name them, they will come."

This is assuming no one else has yet made this observation (which I'm sure someone has). Posted by: John Scalzi on January 11, 2004 06:09 AM

I searched for "If you name them, they will come," and all I turned up was an Oct 2002 police report mentioning the names on a police warrant, so at the very least attributing this to Scalzi passes the Google Test, which does carry a certain level of omniscient certitude.

I found this quote to be serendipitous, given that metamanda's postings on her blog have summoned Scalzi, Paul Dourish, and others, which for me brings everything full circle. One of my postings attracted Eric Meyer's attention, but only due to it's incorrect attribution which he kindly corrected (by giving the credit to someone else). My postings have also managed to attract the attention of submitters to the Style Invitational, Khleo generics fans (but probably the man himself?), and who knows who else. Go Google/Technorati/Trackback!

Update: Scalzi's own post on the matter. Also, more on eponymous laws in the next thread.

December 12, 2003


You know it's been a bad train ride when the conductor says

Now arriving Menlo Park. We made it to Menlo Park

December 8, 2003


This one took two trips to the airport to get the photos.

First, San Jose Airport security line. We were about to go through the metal detectors so we couldn't get a good shot of the sign behind the screener.
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Turns out, a couple months later, that the sign is still in the airport, though no longer as well placed. Read for yourself.
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"Colorectal cancer screening saves lives." Thanks TSA!

November 15, 2003


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November 10, 2003

Word of the day: callipygous

I learned this one reading Catch-22.

callipygian ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kl-pj-n) also callipygous (-pgs)

Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

October 31, 2003

QotD: Rumsfeld, Mojo-less Poet Laureate

10/30/2003 Briefing on Iraq
Q Mr. Secretary, one of the news weeklies said -- asked whether you had lost your mojo. It's a simple question, without a premise. Have you lost your mojo? Or do you need to consult the Oxford English Dictionary?

I didn't,
but I consulted someone who did.
And they asked me that,
and I said I don't know what it means.
And they said,
in 1926 or something,
it had to do with jazz music.

Q Magic.


Q 1925.

I guess
the answer is
that beauty is in
the eye of the beholder.
I don't know enough
about mojo
to know.

DoD News: Secretary Rumsfeld briefs on Iraq

October 30, 2003

Birthday wishes

Here's part of what my mom wrote me in my birthday card:

I am glad to know that other people dropped their baby in order for them to position their baby's brain right. I don't feel bad about it anymore. In fact, I am glad it happened.

October 21, 2003

QotD: Artificial "Intelligence"

INS officer: "'American Association for Artificial Intelligence'? What's that? Sounds...subversive."

INS officer: "'American Association for Artificial Intelligence'? Does that have anything to do with 'intelligence'? Co-worker: "No"

(Courtesy of two co-workers who have recently dealt with the INS)

October 8, 2003

Quote of the Day

A frustrated chicken should not vote for Colonel Sanders
- Jesse Jackson, at a Davis rally

August 13, 2003

QotD: OOP and SCO

In other words, when IBM bought Sequent, what happened to the Sequent-AT&T agreement? Were it made null and all dealings between Sequent and AT&T now under the stipulations of the IBM-AT&T agreement? Or is it the case that code developed by Sequent is still bound by the original Sequent-AT&T contract?

It just goes to show that whether it's object-oriented programming or contract law, multiple inheritance is likely to be hard to understand. - by Waffle Iron (339739)

Courtesy of this /. post (sent to me by Jay)

July 23, 2003


Unfortunately, ritual circumcision wins out over softball
- Alyssa

May 17, 2003

Po-po Bike Lock

Ever wonder how bike cops lockup their bike? No? Neither did I, but look in the complete entry for the answer.

Continue reading "Po-po Bike Lock" »

May 12, 2003

Funny /. Post

The following post was made with regard to Microsoft's new Longhorn OS plus HP's prototype PC being imitation of Apple's OS X and Cube. I thought it was funny, but, then again, my office uses thirty-six reams of Xerox paper to prop up my monitors and table.

Re:Flattery and Imitation (Score:5, Funny) by B3ryllium (571199) on Monday May 12, @03:45PM (#5938675)

Xerox. In fact, it's rather ironic that everyone copies Xerox.

original post

To give proper credit to my employer, however, it's, "Xerox (PARC). In fact, it's rather ironic that everyone copies Xerox (PARC)."

May 8, 2003

Zen Monk Internet Koans

(this was meant to be a test of the trackback system, but I think wu-tang's blogger site is busted)

Wu-tang is building a Web site for a Zen monk. I find this slightly odd, unless the Internet is sufficiently ethereral to not be considered an earthly binding. However, in my experience, any tie to the Internet only increases one's suffering.

My favorite is:

"and so wu-shu made the tag blink, and the students saw, and then did not see, and then they saw again..." (ad infinutum)

The other was:

"and so wu-shu said, 'What is the sound of TCP/IP over fiber?'"

That one seems a little too dorky to be funny just yet. Perhaps with some refinement.

You can find the rest of the conversation here.

March 28, 2003

Caples Lake

Arrived at Caples Lake. Joke of the night:

Knock knock

Who's there?

Interrupting Bryan



March 11, 2003

Quote of the Day

"I don't think running into battle naked with a sword automatically implies effectiveness"
- Alyssa, Dana Street

September 22, 2002

Quote of the Day

"There's an old saying in Tennesee, well its in Texas so its probably in Tennessee. You fool me once... shame on... shame on you... Youfoolcantfoolmeagain"
- George W. Bush

(Courtesy of the Daily Show)

September 2, 2002

Quote of the Day

[Re: belly button man] "If its upside down I can't read its lips"
- Amanda

June 1, 2002

Quote of the Day

I took viagra before the race... I should be able to race hard and long
- Robin Williams, SF Grand Prix

March 2, 2002

Adam's "Pope Joke"

(approximately as told at Jeff's housewarming)

The Jews and the Catholics are having a debate about religion and decide that they can each send one representative to prove that their side is right. The only rule is that words are not allowed.

They each decide on their representative. The Vatican decides to send their best - the pope - while the Jews pick one of their best rabbis to represent them. As a sign of respect the Jews allow the debate to be held at the local cathedral. The time for the debate comes and the rabbi walks into the cathedral and up to the pope. The pope waves his hand towards the sky. The rabbi responds by slamming his fist into his palm. The pope holds up three fingers. The rabbi responds by holding up his middle finger. The pope then pulls out bread and wine. The rabbi then reaches into a bag and pulls out two fish. At this point the pope holds up his hands and walks away.

After the debate the pope heads back to the Vatican to talk it over with the other cardinals. "Man, those Jews have it all figured out. First I said to him, 'God is everywhere,' and he responded, 'God is right here.' I was taken aback, so I held up three fingers representing the Holy Trinity, and he responded, 'We all worship the same one God.' I didn't know what to do so I showed him bread and wine representing the sacrifice of Jesus, and he responded with two fish, representing that Jesus provides.

The Rabbi headed back to the synagogue to tell the others his version what had happened. "Man, you wouldn't believe those Catholics. The moment I walked in this guy with a weird hat gestures at me 'No Jews Allowed.' I said 'I'm staying right here.' Then he said, 'You have three minutes.' I said, 'fuck you.' Then he pulled out his lunch, so I showed him mine."