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Dowload this!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 5:41 pm

Will the search requests for “dowloads” ever end? Just browsing through the latest server logs, I’ve come across hits for “blog dowload”, “spelling dowload”, “dowload spelling bee”, and “proofreader dowload”. Those last three are incredibly ironic, I must admit…


Googling for the easily amused

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:21 pm

Yet another inexplicable search request culled from my server logs: “funny proofreader marks”. Now, I’ll openly admit that I’m quite easily amused, but even I’m not that bad…


The perils of instant messaging

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 6:11 pm

When it comes to the ins and outs of instant messaging, some people just don’t have the slightest clue. Take, for instance, the rather confused AOL user in this transcript who apparently thinks my screen name, registered for about five years, belongs to someone else…

The only thing I can think of is that the person in question had an e-mail address of codeman38@[some e-mail provider]– either that, or it was an elaborate prank by a friend with an AOL account…


Illitate, no doubt…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:06 am

Little did I know, when I added the Proofreader’s Hall of Shame entry about “experienced litary agents“, that someone would actually stumble across my web site by searching for “litary agents” on Google.

Yet that’s exactly what happened, according to my server’s access logs. And not only that, I’m the first result for that search string.

I guess that’s up there with all of those “dowloads” people are searching for…

But that’s not all. On a whim, I did a Google search for “litary” by itself, and the first link was, ironically enough, a page on Mercer University’s site! Maybe I should point it out to them, y’think?


What great exceptions!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 6:33 pm

I simply must share one of the quotes which resulted when I ran my blog through a Markov chain text generator:

Woohoo. I’ve apparently helped to make friends with quite a few exceptions (and what great exceptions those are!)…

What great exceptions, indeed. I wish I could find more such exceptions. 😉

Audiogalaxy reduced to a couple stars

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 3:06 am

News flash: Audiogalaxy forced by RIAA to share songs only on an opt-in basis. This is a sad day for those of us who discovered obscure bands and little-known tracks through the power of peer-to-peer sharing– sadder, even, than the day Napster was forced to implement filtering, as that was a far more lenient opt-out system.

Now where, pray tell, will I get my underground European techno fix? 🙂


Does this make me look old-school?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 9:51 pm

News flash: Some high school graduates have never seen record players or heard of Atari.

Wow, I’m starting to feel old. I mean, sure, I just graduated from high school last year. Nonetheless, I actually had a record player when I was young (heck, I often listened to my dad’s and my sister’s old LPs!). No 8-tracks, though–that’s just a bit before my time. But I did, however, play Pong, along with other such classics as Pac-Man and Frogger, on the family’s Atari 2600…

Of course, there are people within my generation that aren’t entirely out of touch with the ’80s. After all, I know of quite a few people who, though they’re still in high school, have seen and/or heard of most of these things first-hand.

But then again, I’ve also discovered that there are kids who’ve never heard of the Speak & Spell, or if nothing else, recognize it as “that red thing from E.T.“. How sad. 🙂

Trivia à la Markov

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:58 pm

Trivial facts can be entertaining. But they’re only more entertaining when they’ve been scrambled through a Markov chain algorithm [Link changed 2006-05-24 to Wayback Machine, as the original post has disappeared]. (“What’s a Markov chain”, you ask? Well, here’s a description of the process.)

Want to create your own Markovized texts? Perhaps the most famous Markov chainer is the punnily named Mark V. Shaney, for DOS/Windows systems. There’s also a version of Mark written in the Python scripting language (note: for more recent versions of Python, you’ll have to change all occurrences of “rand” into “random”), as well as a GPLed C source by Tim Musson that’s based upon it.


The #10 stop for all your proofreading needs…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:25 am

Whoa. I was just looking through my server logs (as I tend to do when I’m really bored), and I discovered that, at least for the time being, I’m on the first page of Google results for “proofreader”!

Wow. I feel so…honored…or something…


Will the record companies ever learn?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:04 pm

While some artists and record labels are sabotaging peer-to-peer networks with inaccurately labeled MP3 files and releasing CDs that can’t be ripped without much trouble, others are very much in favor of the free distribution of their music.

So, go download some popular singles from such groups as The Strokes, The Hives, The White Stripes and Badly Drawn Boy— and show the record companies that free publicity is not a bad thing.

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