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Engish Spoken Here

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 6:37 pm

Finally, I’ve gotten around to scanning the infamous (at least around Mercer’s campus) flyer sent out by Mercer’s English– or should I say “Engish”?– department last semester. Normally I wouldn’t be so picky about a one-letter typo, but considering the word that was misspelled and the department from which it came, this one is deliciously ironic…



More pointless but fun linkage

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:39 pm

A rather interesting interactive musical animation (for lack of a better description) that I stumbled across today: Legato.

Fun with Windows errors and search requests

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 4:38 pm

Hah. I knew it. Someone stumbled across my weblog yesterday by searching for “the semaphore timeout period has expired”… an error which I mentioned on my blog after having experienced it myself this past Wednesday.

Also from the search request files: INTP chess Monty Python. I just find this one oddly interesting; that’s all…


trats eht ot kcab gnioG

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:27 pm

Anyone seen the video for Coldplay’s “The Scientist”? If not, go watch it in Windows Media format at MSN (of course, you’ll need a fairly decent connection for it to be viewable).

It’s very surreal, to say the least, reminiscent of the works of Michel Gondry; like the movie Memento (to which many reviewers have compared it), the video tells a perfectly coherent story, with the added twist of being entirely in reverse. It’s a perfect visual pun on the chorus of “going back to the start”. And yes, lead singer Chris Martin really did learn the lyrics backwards for the video shoot, a fact which Martin compared to speaking an alien language and, obviously, quite an impressive task in itself.

Googlewhack adventures

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:36 am

From the server logs tonight, I see that some Canadian surfer discovered my site by searching for various INTP-related phrases including INTP observation and INTP bad drivers. Amusing enough; I’ve had similar searches lead to my site before, as I mentioned a while back.

But no, this person didn’t stop there, instead going on to search for INTP non-drivers, a combination of words for which my own site was the only result. In other words, I’ve been Googlewhacked!

(Incidentally, I don’t mind being the sole result for INTP non-drivers; in fact, I find it quite entertaining, not to mention that I enjoy the honor… :grin:)


Why not try Morse Code instead?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 8:24 pm

Inexplicable Windows error message of the day, seen when the connection was interrupted while trying to copy files to a network drive:

“The semaphore timeout period has expired.”

I understand why the message happened in this case, but what in the world is a semaphore timeout period? Apparently it’s a fairly common error, too… but it’s just so cryptic.

Guaranteeing more introvert-related search results…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:11 pm

Amusing spoof of the Friendster community site: Introvertster. I’ve seen this link on way too many blogs, and shy guy that I am, I couldn’t resist succumbing to the meme as well…


Yet more from the search files

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 5:06 pm

A few amusing entries culled from the search logs, as I usually post in lieu of interesting content when nothing’s going on in my life:

free classified advertisements in all shipping companies in south america – Seems to be a rather odd thing to search for… considering the fact that this was a non-native speaker, however, and considering where the search led, I’m pleased to see that it was spelled correctly.

dowload site’s – Too bad this non-native speaker didn’t fare so well…

playing ddr with sandals – From personal experience, I can say that this is not the greatest idea, something with which a number of the other search results seem to agree…

Perhaps the most popularity I’ve ever seen…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:41 pm

Hm. While googling for my nickname, I discovered that my font page has been indexed by the web popularity index Popdex. Quite neat… and the commentary on a number of the indexed blogs is quite flattering.


Place Bets Now!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:57 am

Hee! After all the searches I’ve gotten for buckaroo bonzi, I finally found a searcher in my logs who made the opposite mistake: banzai purple gorilla.

Now all I need to do is make a reference to that faux-Japanese betting game show, and I’ll really see the hits start pouring in. Anyone wanna bet when I’ll end up with a search for something like “bonzi game show”? ::chuckle::

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