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Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:48 pm

Heh. I’m not alone in my driving frustrations, as this one web page about driving with ADD highlights:

I swear I have a guardian angel watching over me because sometimes I’m not watching so good. One phrase I have to repeat to myself often is “Glance, don’t stare.” It helps to make the distinction!

That sounds so much like me, it’s scary. And what about this?

I still have to look at the light several times to make sure it’s really the color I think it is. I guess it takes a second to process.

Again, guilty as charged…

Can you hear me now? Good!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:36 am

Yet another pointless rant brought about by one of Kat‘s blog entries (originally posted as a reply to said entry, and now in a slightly better organized and edited form here):

I’ve never understood what drives people to hold long conversations on their cellular phones while walking around, riding in the car, etc. Admittedly, I feel this way in large part because I’m an Extreme Introvert™, but that’s not the main reason I detest such cell phone abuse; after all, I’ve been known to hold long, engrossing conversations with people (whether on the phone, via IM, or face to face) when I’m in the mood to talk and given that they have anything interesting and reasonably meaningful to contribute. But thirty or more minutes of what basically amounts to small talk, or, for that matter, of discussion of intimate personal matters I had no intent of ever wanting to overhear? Blah. I’ll pass, thank you.

In addition, my ADD-addled brain can’t quite grasp how someone can operate a car while chatting on the phone, even when using that phone in hands-free mode, but I figure it is very much possible given a more “normal” mind. Heh. Even then, it still seems rather risky and dangerous…libertarian that I am, I nonetheless wouldn’t have many qualms regarding basic limitations on the use of cell phones by drivers.

It’s not just in the car that phones can be annoying, though. Classrooms, theatres, presentations…you name it, I’ve heard someone’s mobile phone start going off, wailing like a synthetic banshee, as the owner attempted to shut the blasted thing off before everyone else in the room viciously attacked– that is, if they bothered to take any action at all. Some people would just have it continue ringing, acting as if they were oblivious to the butchered, square-wave rendition of Für Elise blaring from somewhere in their immediate vicinity.

Oh, and on a related note, with the exception of the polyphonic ring tones on newer phones, I find many mobile phones’ ringers to be absolutely cacophonous. I know I’m showing both my geekiness and my age, but it reminds me of the very limited PLAY command in GW-BASIC– except that my old computer’s cheap tone generator still sounded more melodic than many of today’s cell phones. Yet, for some reason, I’m charmed and amused by the simplistic, monophonic rendition of the Liberty Bell March which my dad’s phone uses as a ring tone; go figure…


In<cite> on HT<em>L tags

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:42 am

Heh. Just a random HTML-related comment: am I really that uncommon in using <cite> and <em> tags properly in my blog? Scary thought, really.


Strange search requests, once again

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:27 pm

Inexplicable search request of the week: computer spell checkers are good utility for people who can spell well.why

I’ve never understood what made people search for entire sentences on search engines (even though, technically, the above request comprises two badly punctuated sentences, but I’ll ignore that fact for a second). Amusingly enough, the first link in the results led to the Proofreader’s Hall of Shame…


Happy Parodays!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:04 pm

Happy holidays, all! Anyone want to sing some geeky Christmas song parodies? There are plenty of them out there, some of them even dating back to the wonderful ’80s– like this rather rhythmically deficient UNIX version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

Of course, speaking of Christmas song parodies, Bob Rivers’ Twisted Christmas has some of the finest. Be sure to check out the Vault for such classics as “Walkin’ Round In Women’s Underwear”…


Search Requests Agogo

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:59 pm

Yet another round of Weird Search Requests…

  • hinded rooms – No, I don’t know what they were searching for. I only know that on the page in question, “hinded” was part of a bit of Anguish Languish which I used to demonstrate the concept of mondegreens.
  • offender OR tara OR proofreader OR instructions OR reformulating – Well, I’ve tracked down at least one of the sources of these random, inexplicable searches: Jamie Zawinski’s Web Collage. Interesting stuff, and makes for some hilarious search requests to be found in server logs, at that.
  • bah “i know the pieces fit” – Apparently not a fan of Tool’s “Schism”…
  • myriad font download – For the last(?) time: No, I do not have Adobe’s Myriad font available for download here. I simply mentioned the words “myriad” and “font” on the same page, with no real connection to one another. Yes, I have a licensed copy of the Myriad font on my own computer, included with Adobe PhotoDeluxe. Got that?


Ah, the ‘joy’ of commercialism

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:51 pm

Y’know, around this time of year, shoppers can act quite a bit like Lemmings. (via boingboing)

Lord of the Bad Subtitles

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 3:04 am

Spotted on the forums at screenshots of what may be one of the worst-subtitled bootlegs ever. Marvel at the transcribers’ inability to spell such phonetically simple names as “Moria” and “Gondor” while tackling other, more complex names with no difficulty…their repeated misinterpretation of “orcs” as a certain type of cattle…their inability to get the name Isildur right even once (“Aragorn”? “Sauron”?!!)…

Of course, the biggest question is: if this is a bootleg meant for the Hong Kong market, why isn’t the movie subtitled in Chinese rather than in its original language? Only those responsible for such a travesty could really explain…


Ad nauseam

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:19 pm

Gack. As if Internet ads weren’t already annoying enough, one popular airline site has recently begun running ads which redirect the browser to the advertiser’s site when moused over. No click involved, just moving the mouse to the appropriate location.

Anyone besides me think this could potentially do more harm than good? For instance, imagine if you had just finished filling out a CGI form of some sort, then accidentally moused over such an ad, causing all your input to be erased. And even if the end result wasn’t so destructive, I, for one, would still be tempted to avoid buying anything from such an intrusive advertiser.

The introvert’s handbook?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 4:58 pm

Yet another book I’ve stumbled across at the bookstore and am now thinking about getting: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. I think there should be more books of advice for introverts; we’re underappreciated and often misinterpreted, and it doesn’t help that American society tends to be extroverted by default…

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