Who really knows?

I ran across this today and it caused me to wonder how I would know if I were or were not a robot. If you created me and programmed me to be a robot who thinks he is human, wouldn’t you have skipped the self-awareness subroutine that made me question whether I was human? I… Continue reading Who really knows?

Stay the patient course.  Of little worth is your ire.  The network is down.

This is a rerun from a few years ago, but it (re)amused me, so I figured I’d share. I ran across an old list of computer error messages written as haiku.  (“Haiku”?  “Haikus”?  Whichever…)  They continue to amuse me.  The one I recalled was: A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone. I went back to my hard… Continue reading Stay the patient course.  Of little worth is your ire.  The network is down.

Joule Thief

I made a joule thief. So what? So nothing. I just thought it would be fun and interesting to find something to do with all the old, not-quite-dead-but-not-quite-useful batteries I have sitting around. That is a 3V LED and it can be lit (lighted?) by a battery showing less than 0.5V of potential. Cool? I… Continue reading Joule Thief

Girl, you know it’s true

I realized earlier today that I sang as many notes on Milli Vanilli’s song Girl You Know It’s True as Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus did. I also have as many Grammy’s as Milli Vanilli. Did I have a point? Not especially.

Two Latin quotations

Labor omnia vincit. Alea Iacta est. “Hard work conquers all.” Virgil said it more than 2,000 years ago. “The die is cast.” Attributed to Caesar, having crossed the Rubicon. Here is how I am tying these together today: Most of the year, I follow the first quotation. Work work work. Just like the governor in… Continue reading Two Latin quotations

No, no, no. No Clippy!

Microsoft is bringing back Clippy the paperclip. You’d think the people who brought you Microsoft Bob would learn not to double-down on bad interface decisions, but, apparently not. I would expect there would be a way to turn off Clippy within Windows, or you could always do it the way I did: Use a Mac.


If you smiled when you read “Moof!” you are 1) An original Macintosh fan, 2) a nerd or a geek, your choice, 3) old, 4) all of the above. I miss the sense of humor that was present in the software world years and years ago when we had to walk up-hill both ways to… Continue reading Moof!