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From the ‘bizarre blog comments’ department…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:30 pm

It seems one of the people who was searching for a “dowload” of “mario word” ended up leaving a comment on my blogen español, no less– asking (from what rusty Spanish I can make out) if I’d send them some tricks to use in the game.

Heh, I’m leaving the comment archived just because it’s so incongruous… though I’m not replying to it, because (a) I don’t know enough Spanish to do so, and (b) really, what’s the point of posting a comment in Spanish on an English-language blog?


Perhaps he needed an escape Claus?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 9:31 pm

OK, so it may not be truly ironic, but it’s still amusing: A restaurant owner was watching a TV special featuring a video clip of a crook getting caught in a chimney; during the show, it was reported to him that a robber was stuck in his restaurant’s chimney. (via


More web searches for the chronically bored

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:07 am

I know you love ’em, so here are some more search requests to keep you amused:

  • speeling bee words — My misspelling was intentional; however, I’m not sure that the user of MSN responsible for this search had the same excuse.
  • Proofreader what to they do. — Why, they prevent grammar like that from making it into print. ::grin::
  • I had my wisdom teeth removed — Quite an unusual topic for a search request, but hey, whatever interests you…


Still more from the Search Request files

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:41 pm

Hmm. First off, it seems that Google indexes things rather quickly these days; I’ve already gotten a number of hits as a result of my mention of Population: Tire in my previous post. Gotta love Homestar Runner.

But that’s not the main reason I wanted to post about search requests. This search– from, not Ask Jeeves– was far more amusing: do they still make LPs? Though the blog post this person linked to didn’t answer the question, I can say with certainty, having been to a number of record stores that sell them, that LPs are indeed still out there even today…


Wired does Homestar

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:14 pm

For the Homestar Runner fans out there, Wired News has interviewed the Brothers Chaps and Missy, and even has a 19-minute audio recording of the interview. Quite entertaining and interesting.

Oh, and there’s a new Homestar game: Population: Tire. I love the Metal Gear references in the intro and title bar…


More from the search request files

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:04 pm

Someone stumbled across the Proofreader’s Hall of Shame by searching for bad grammar in advertisements.

Now this wouldn’t be so bad (hey, it’s even on topic!), except for the fact that my site was only found after Google corrected this person’s spelling. The original search, you see, was bad grammer in adversitments

And that’s not all. Within hours of one another, I received two searches on a common theme: one for TRIGGER HAPPY TV RINGTONE, another for trigger happy ringtone. Let’s just hope they also want it to poke fun at annoying mobile phone users, rather than to earnestly become annoying mobile phone users.

Last but not least, someone did an image search for “your stupid”. What image did this person find? This typographical error from an IHOP ad, which I doubt helped him to correct his grammar.


Such a codeman38 sense of humor…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:47 pm

Yet another from the Pointless Links department: The Infinite Teen Slang Dictionary. In typical Surrealist fashion, it extrapolates from known slang terms to come up with a rather bizarre colloquial definition for any given word.

cody: adj. owning a drink.
“Do you like my tattoo, bud?” “Yeah, it’s cody.”

codeman38: adj. of a high-quality nature.
“Jackie, you’re so codeman38 – kill my arcade game!”


More fun with Babelfish

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:49 am

“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” translated to Chinese and back, results in “Beef: What are it are are the dinner.”

And yet another interesting misspelling, this time from the Japanese translator: translating “When I was going to Saint Ives, I met a man with seven wives” into Japanese and back gives us “When I have gone to the saint Ives, as for me the meeting っ it is in the person who has 7 wifves.” “Wifves”?


Time for some metacognition…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:48 pm

My results on the Mind Media Brain Persuasion test, a meme that’s been going around quite a few blogs, with my own comments in italics:

Auditory : 54%
Visual : 45%
Left : 23%
Right : 76%

Auditory 54%? I can see how they could label me as right-brained; my mind works in a rather “ADD-ish” way, for lack of a better explanation. But I’ve always thought of my primary style of thinking as verbal-visual. Then again, in a non-verbal capacity– for example, instrumental music or abstract art– I do tend to process things better aurally. Go figure; it’s almost the reverse of how most people tend to think…


The fragility of laptops

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:14 pm

Well, after yet another week without any posts, I’m back.

This past weekend has been a bit…hectic, to say the least. Suffice it to say that the display panel on my laptop literally came unhinged; there had been a small crack forming near the hinge, and last Thursday, it had expanded under pressure to the point that the panel broke off, leaving a small piece of plastic attached to the hinge. Yes, the computer still worked, but the damage prevented it from closing, and there were a few wires that ended up being exposed; my best bet was to send it in to the repair center, since it was still under warranty, and that’s exactly what I did. (Incidentally, I handled the call to support quite well, telephonophobe that I am, but that’s another story entirely; perhaps I should devote a post later this week to that topic.)

Anyway, I didn’t realize how useful my laptop has been until this weekend; let’s just say that it can be quite inconvenient to use a shared computer in a room that doubles as a parent’s bedroom. The thing is, it could have been worse; imagine if this had happened during the semester, rather than during summer holidays. This laptop is the computer I use on campus (indeed, it was a part of my scholarship!), and it would have been even more inconvenient for this CS major had the damage occurred as finals were approaching.

Anyway, though, I finally got my computer back this morning, with the back of the display panel replaced and the remnants of the crack in the other side of the panel repaired. Needless to say, I’m quite relieved.

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