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Archive for February, 2013

Month: February 2013

You can’t wash the Internet’s mouth out with soap. Or, to switch metaphors, don’t mud-wrestle with a pig; you’ll both get dirty and the pig will enjoy it. Running a service on the Internet that allows humans (or dogs) to post their own content sets you up for a thankless job. Foremost you need to […]

Month: February 2013

My mom gave my daughter a copy of Curious George and the Rocket, a board book describing the lovable monkey’s voyage into space and commemoration as the first monkey in space: The plot runs a very close parallel to the story of Albert II, the real-life first monkey in space. Until about 4 pages before […]

Month: February 2013

I mentioned earlier that I got hold of the list of all 107 million dot-com domain names. It’s a pretty fun corpus to crunch for hilarious accidents of fate. Some unfortunate misparsings: Lap To Piss Low What Doe Snot Kill Me Yell Ow Pages Butt Hats Not All Ski Town Snot Ice Anus Ham Dance […]

Month: February 2013

A friend once posited the existence of a shadowy organization responsible for perverting language into the malevolent and confusing thing that it is. Perhaps language was once pure and intuitive until this secret society, perceiving the power it could gain from creating ambiguity and confusion, acted to twist it. How else can one explain the […]

Month: February 2013

The dot-com zone file is the master list of .com domain names. It’s maintained by Verisign and available for the price of asking. I’ve been a long-time visitor to Popeye Marine, apparently now known as Popeye’s Catalog Shop and historically called Popeye Sailor’s Exchange. It’s a sailor’s scrapyard, where unusual people go to paw through […]

Month: February 2013

In December I played a Christmas gig with The Elixxxirs. This was going to be a fun night for me — I planned to start by hoisting a beer at noon with a hundred Santas or so, then arrive late and drunk at the bar where someone else would be providing a drum set which […]