Swimming with the Razorfishes

Saturday, April 17, 2004

"It felt like rubbernecking a highway accident made entirely of words."

Friday, April 16, 2004

I am number one on the German Google site when searching for "pimp your ride."

Number one, baby!

I suppose that is roughly translated to "kuppeln Ihre Fahrt." Or, perhaps, "wandeln Sie Ihr Automobil in das eines Kupplers um."

Etymology Fun:

Bush League: The Dutch bosch, "woods or forrest," gave us our word early on for bush, "wilderness." By 1909 American baseball fans were calling the minor leagues the bush leagues, because they were out in the wilderness, away from the cities where professional teams played. Bush league and then bush soon came to mean anything amateur.


Function: intransitive verb

1 : to show obsequious deference : FAWN
2 : to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect

Etymology: Chinese (Beijing) kòutóu, from kòu to knock + tóu head


Thursday, April 15, 2004

"We love Terry's literalness about Out's mission. He probably thinks Time is a magazine about watches."

[via Wonkette]


Bonus photo:

Wednesday, April 14, 2004


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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

On Sunday, my sister pointed out that the voice I use when speaking to dogs sounds a lot like Strong Bad.

What does your dog voice sound like?

Great, strange, funny article. Somehow, though, I don't think it was supposed to be funny.

"NEW BRUNSWICK: Police and firefighters rescued a 29-year-old Piscataway man yesterday morning who was found dangling upside down beneath the Route 18 south underpass -- his right leg caught in a rope."

Ah. Pure New Jersey. But it gets better.

"A passenger in a cab noticed the man, whose name was withheld by police pending further investigation, around 9 a.m. hanging from the bridge, which runs over Weston Mill Pond."

"New Brunswick police Lt. Peter Mangarella said after the cab driver dropped the passenger off at the Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, he drove back and called police after he too saw the man."

Passenger: Hey -- is that a guy dangling underneath the bridge by his leg?

Driver: Hmm. I didn't see. I'll go back and check after I collect my tip.

Good Samaritans, one an all in the Garden State. Here is how the article ends:

"[New Brunswick police Lt. Peter Mangarella] said the man, who didn't appear to have suffered any life-threatening injuries, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick."

Were there any justice in the world, here is how it should have ended:

"The man was deemed to be too stupid to live, and was beaten to death with a frozen ham."

Alas, this guy will live to spread his genes.


Someone is always watching. Bonus picture:

Take a look at this photo, then read the vitriolic comments people have posted.

Photo geeks are as bad as the Slashdot crowd.

Monday, April 12, 2004

AllahPundit is a sick man.

Schmuck: ...Our software will be more like a ... uh ... model of the ... uh ... real world!

Boss: Hmmmm. Software that looks like a model of the real world eh?

Schmuck: Yes sir.

Boss: Would it be easier to understand then?

Schmuck: Yes sir.

Boss: Will it allow junior developers to program like experienced developers?

(Aside to audience) If this is true, I'll be able to fire all these expensive software geeks and hire kids right out of school!

Schmuck: Well, sir, that's possible, yes. Our software would be much easier to understand since it would have a much better structure and have it's...

Boss: (Eyes glaze over, foot taps.)

I just read this short article by Rob Martin regarding modeling the real world with OO languages. Funny stuff. Funny because it is true.

I wish he'd write more in his 'blog. Most of his stories are short like this.

Scoble: Some aspects of WinFS may be cut from Longhorn.

The Nation: "A small but significant White House cover-up fell apart this past weekend."

"His pubic hair is whiter than Tip O'Neil's head" she cried, and with that all the fairies burst out into the most heart felt and melodious laughter the world has ever heard.

Mr. Mustard is back, and thank God for that.

There is a memorial for Spalding Gray tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13, in the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City. There are no tickets; seating is first come, first served.


This week's theme: An Afternoon in Manhattan.

Bonus picture:

Note to users of my software: Should you feel the urge to include a screen shot in a bug report, don't send it with Yahoo and MSN chats open, a browser with CarsDirect.com, and a browser with an Indian personals site open. It makes you seem less business-like.

Even if you are getting some, I really just want the bug report.

Mark Pilgrim takes a usability and accessibility look at Google's upcoming Gmail.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Beatallica plays Beatles tunes in the style of Metallica.

Nothing says class and sophistication like a photo shoot. In denim shorts. On a cold Saturday morning. In the shit and dirt of Tompkins Square Park.

Yea, you'll be huge. This could be your big break. Smile for the camera.