Monday Jun 13, 2005

You can buy \*Anything\* on Ebay

My collection of microbrewery, foreign language, and reasonably offensive t-shirts is getting a little long in the tooth. I decided that I needed to replace a few favorites while I backfill with some new designs. One of my favorites of all time is from a British microbrewery that makes "Dog's Bollocks" ale. Imagine my surprise when the sponsored link to my Google search for "bollocks, shirt" showed me this invitation to visit Ebay.

Get them while they're fresh folks!! (And for those US folks reading this who don't know what bollocks are, nevermind. You would probably take offense if you actually bothered to find the literal translation.)

bill.

Friday Apr 29, 2005

Proud to be a nerd

I need a life. Friday night and here I am on a laptop watching CSI reruns on TiVo. More specifically, Friday night, outside of "normal working hours" according to NameFinder, on my AMD 64 3000+, widescreen, 2G memory, 8 virtual machine laptop, watching CSI reruns on my 200+ hour hacked DirecTiVo. :) I need a life.

I am nerdier than 77% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
The Stupid Quiz said I am "Fairly Smart!" How stupid are you? Click here to find out!

At least I'm not a stupid nerd though.

And I am a computer god. :)

My computer geek score is greater than 99% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

bill.

Thursday Apr 28, 2005

Worth a Chuckle.

A long day of customer meetings and hellish DC beltway traffic, but when I got home, there were two large dogs and two energetic offspring eager to welcome me back. My mom also contributed to my improving mood with this little joke in my Inbox:

Hans Grapje was raised in a Catholic school in The Hague and, as a young man, aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years co-piloting B17s until his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and he lost his left arm.

Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid to soldiers, both Allied and enemy.

After the war, he became a priest, serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his handicap) to villages across the continent.

In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver mine caused a cave-in. The now Archbishop Grapje went down into the mine to administer last rights to those too severely injured to move. Another shaft collapsed, and he was buried for three days, suffering multiple injuries, including the loss of his right eye. The high silver content in the mine’s air gave him purpura, a life-long condition characterized by purplish skin blotches.

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a scholar, mentor, and holy man, church leaders agree: he will never ascend to the Papacy. No one wants a One-Eyed, One-Armed, Flying Purple Papal Leader.

Groan.

bill.

 

Tuesday Apr 19, 2005

Google game - McDougall's

Richard McDougall (one of my favorite natives of Oz and all around Solaris mega-uber-geek) and I were talking about my little Google Challenge at SUPerG today. In looking at his blog, it was painfully obvious that he is way too precise, and lacks some of the whacky metaphors and humorous monologues that make the game easier. I was able to find Richard a nice two word entry though:

bill.

 

Saturday Apr 16, 2005

Darwin was Wrong

This article is just too strange. Some inDUHvidual is just too darn stupid to remove himself from the gene pool. Sad, but true.

bill.

 

Elmer Fudd Locale?

Now this is fun. Googling with Elmer Fudd as your default language. Apparently you can also search in Klingon, hacker, Swedish Chef (from the Muppets), and Pig Latin too.

Ssssssshhhhh. We'we huntin wabbits.

bill.

 

Friday Apr 15, 2005

Amusing Google Game

Here is a challenge for all of my fellow bloggers. Find as few search terms as possible that result in Google displaying your blog as the first choice. I discovered this little distraction while looking at the referrers that brought people to this blahg.

So far, my personal best is 2. Common phrases and proper names other than your own are fine. My favorites so far are:

Apparently Carson Daly had the audacity to ask Simon Cowell in a recent interview whether he wore boxers or briefs, so the last one now ranks below several others (like entertainment reporters). Perhaps Carson Daly's writers were researching whether the answer to that age old question was already common knowledge. Nice to know that for at least a week or so, I was the Internet's authoritative source on Simon Cowell's choice in undergarments.

bill.

 

Scary Entries in the Googie Game

 

bill.

Thursday Mar 17, 2005

Brickify - Geek Word of the Day


    brickify (v) :
    1. To render an otherwise perfectly good piece of computer hardware unbootable and worthless through either installation of bogus software, or by configuring something completely wrong.

    See also fatfinger, bonehead, toast, PoS, beta, pre-release, and overlapping partitions

    From the Canadian "Brick(lin)", a defunct Acrylic car, and the Geek-term "iffy", or of doubtful reliability (often a synonym for Bricklin).

 

Wednesday Mar 16, 2005

Coffee Addiction

Those who know me well also know of my affinity for caffeinated beverages. Here is today's caffeine related chuckle for your amusement.

bill.

Friday Mar 11, 2005

Barbie does Linux

I laughed so hard at this that caffeinated beverage squirted through my nostrils and all over the keyboard. If this was a real item, I am sure that my 5 year old daughter would already have one.

bill.

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