Saturday, January 31, 2009

Paying dead farmers not to farm....

Not such a silly idea AFTER ALL!

Quote of the day

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

- Rich Cook

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The bowels of goofy translations....

Apparently, the Russians have a word like our "bowels of the earth" that sounds odd in translation:
The main task of the public energy policy in this sphere is the reproduction of the mineral-raw base of hydrocarbon and other fuel-energy resources and rational use of Russian bowels for providing the stable economic development of the country.

The original post has a link to a sort of top ten list of hideous translation errors.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Most impressive inauguration picture ever!


HT Coyote.

Where does she find this stuff?

McArdle points out a site for "Dating A Banker Anonymous", which has posts like God, You are so 24.

A heartbreaking story, beginning with the ominous:
Charles treats me just as well as, if not better than, many of the unmarried bankers I’ve dated in the past. I would call myself his “girlfriend” in the sense that I receive constant attention via text messages, emails and phone calls, fabulous vacations while he is on “business trips” and a never ending supply of gifts, gourmet meals and affection. I get all this AND I get to leisurely continue to date in search of my own Mr. Right. Win-win, don’t you think? I certainly did… until the mortgage meltdown.

Quote of the day

You know "that look" women get when they want sex? Me neither.

--Steve Martin

My best man once discussed the song Woman, Woman (as performed by Gary Puckett) with me, and pointed out he didn't quite agree "A woman gets a certain look when she is on the move, and a man can always tell what's on her mind." Or maybe he was COULD tell what's on her mind, but hadn't been around women on the move., neither!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Quote of the day

A hacker on a roll may be able to produce, in a period of a few months, something that a small development group (say, 7-8 people) would have a hard time getting together over a year. IBM used to report that certain programmers might be as much as 100 times as productive as other workers, or more.
- Peter Seebach

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Just in case you think it's only the right wing....

...that goes off the deep end, here is an example where a liberal would approve of an act of war against the UK.

OK, my friends in those British Isles, I really don't think that just because a country relies "on the Royal Navy for protection" that means it is OK to invade it.