Saturday, April 09, 2011

Blog post #957

No, I don't have a lot to say (except that I'm going to go back to work in a second). But I'd been noticing that I was getting up towards my 1000th post. I did a count of the draft posts (which get figured into the Blogger total posts number) and this is #957.

I realize that this sounds like "The Simpsons' 138th Episode" show, but, if nothing else, it's a quick marker for me to count from as I approach #1000.

Spam is good for something after all: haiku!

Green Harbor Publications has a Spam Haiku generator. This generates haiku using the subject lines from spam (with no changes or corrections to the capitalization, spelling, or punctuation).

Some of these are pretty good, you know:
This will make your day
10 things girls love about men
Your dreams have come true

Start Working Today
A babe-filled life awaits you
Plans for the day's end

No workout, lose weight
Ardorize for your woman
Russian dating site

Be cool, think different
Treat your pain with Percocet
Love them and leave them
Green Harbor Publications also has a lot of information about the Writing 69th, a group of journalists in the European theater of WWII that included Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, and many other notables. There are some great photos and stories.

Many thanks to Richard Hamilton for bringing this gem to my attention.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Stabs from the past

I had a Commodore 64 about 20 years ago. It was lovely for what I used it for (running a ham radio hardware plug in). It had a fantastic keyboard for its day, one that I still think is superior to many keyboards even now.

The Commodore 64 computer has been revamped. As you can see here, it's now a state-of-the-art computer but one with the same old interface. I'm tempted to try one out just to see how it feels.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Joke du jour: an oldie but a goodie

I've always liked this one. It's the difference between Heaven and Hell:

"Heaven is where the Swiss are the bankers, the Italians are the lovers, French are the cooks, the Germans are the mechanics, and the English are police.

Hell is where the Swiss are the lovers, the Italians are the bankers, the French are the mechanics, the English are the cooks, and the Germans are the police."