Archive for June, 2010

the debt is paid

27 Jun

Lo, so many years ago, the most excellent Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure borrowed the concept of a phone box shaped time machine from the venerable Doctor Who. With the finale of series five, the debt is paid, given the Doctor’s clever appropriation of the favored time travel technique of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and […]

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stuff I like a lot – “Vincent and the Doctor”

26 Jun

Regular visitors to this space will not be shocked to learn that I’m a big Doctor Who fan. The new series (as well as many of the old serials, thanks to Netflix) gets a lot of play in my living room; it’s sufficiently geeky, and it’s something the whole family can and does enjoy together. […]

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friday random ten: “duel of the middle school crushes” edition

25 Jun

A nice mix off the laptop hard drive this week, from which tracks two and three nicely complement the news that the stars of Mega Piranha and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus are joining forces for the sure to be epic motion picture Mega Python vs. Gateroid, coming soon to a basic cable network near […]

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Shiny!

23 Jun

Wouldn’t you know it…it’s Talk like a Browncoat Day! An enterprising passel o’ Browncoats on Facebook (I’m not going to link there; FB and I are havin’ what I call some ‘apart time’ right about now) up an’ decided that the ‘Verse needed another engagin’ little bit of arbitrary holiday mirth*, so’n they set this […]

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a quick thought and a useful test

22 Jun

In my mind, there are few things that tell you more about a person than that person’s answer the following question: Which of these statements is more true? “Killing is bad, therefore we have laws against killing.” “There are laws against killing, therefore killing is bad.” Feel free to substitute “Killing” with any other social […]

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stuff I like a lot – world record texting phrase

22 Jun

There’s just something inherently fun about the fact that the following is the official phrase the Guinness Book of World Records uses to measure quickest texting records: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” Not much else […]

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apparently part two in a series

21 Jun

This whole Gulf oil spill business is becoming a series of misattributions. A little while ago, I made mention of the fact that a lot of people looking for someone to blame for this disaster are blaming the good people of England instead of BP, who, through negligence toward safety and good craftsmanship, got this […]

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a little more on impostor syndrome and knowledge

21 Jun

A couple of weeks back, I wrote a little bit about “embracing the awesome”, as mentioned by one of my favorite internet people, author Carrie Vaughn. In her piece, she talks a little bit about “impostor syndrome”; the feeling a lot of us have on occasion where we feel like frauds in areas where we’re […]

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public opinion

21 Jun

as described by the always wonderful xkcd:

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XI

19 Jun

Happy Birthday, kid. Enjoy the eleventh.

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