Thursday, January 31, 2013

It Occurs in a Bowl Wearing a Red Cape and Tights

This Sunday, the warriors gather again to compete for the adoration of the masses in one of the defining spectacles of our modern society. There will also be a football game to fill in the gaps.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Life Lessons From Programming


Today's life lesson from the world of programming:
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 1 = 11
Context matters.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Jane Austen in a New Format

Several years ago, I ran across someone posting the epistolary entries of Stoker's classic Dracula in 'blog form. It was an interesting approach looking at the work in a modern format. The internet has moved on a bit since then, and 'blogs begat 'vlogs, so it's no surprise that someone would take a classic piece of literature and adapt it for a YouTube-ized world.

In this case, it's the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. Having just passed the bicentennial of the publication of the original's publication, it seems a good time to pass along the show. If you are interested in a classic tale told in a very modern way, you might just enjoy The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

As a sample, here's the first episode:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bookworming: Christmas is Not Your Birthday

Christmas is Not Your Birthday, Mike Slaughter, ***
Technically this should be on last year's list; I finished it just before Christmas. It may say something that it took me so long to remember to document it. A short little book, this has the feel of a sermon series that was compiled and published. Each of the five chapters is on a different theme, all pertaining to putting the focus of Christmas back on others rather than ourselves. I found it rather uneven, with two good, two OK, and one middle of the road lesson. Your mileage may very of course. Still, it carries a good message and is a quick read.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Song of the Moment

Within Temptation is still on heavy rotation here. They did a bunch of covers last year, only a few of which are officially available. Of those, this is my favorite. The "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Little Lion Man" covers are interesting as well.

Quote of the Moment

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."
—Bruce Lee

I received the same advice in a more specific context from someone at small-group last week. Maybe it's just the pattern-matcher between my ears, but when a thing comes at me from multiple directions, I'm often more inclined to pay attention to it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Great Games-are-Evil Debate

Violence in games is destroying our society, and now I believe I can firmly pinpoint the culprit. There is a game on the market that is so heinous no right-thinking person could possibly condone its existence, and yet it can be purchased at Wal-Mart and is often played openly in our schools. Like many of these offensive games, it is built around the idea of war. But it goes beyond what even today's popular military simulators do. This horrid game features destruction of property, advocates attacking religious people, and depicts different classes of people as being less capable than others. But most damning of all, the entirety of the conflict in this game is based solely upon race.

Clearly, as a first step in pursuing a more general ban on violent games, we must make an example of this destructive, racist, classist, anti-religious "game". We must unite to say no more.

BAN CHESS NOW, or face another five hundred years of declining civilization.

[The technique is known as reductio ad absurdum, and if they can use it then so can I.]

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bureaucrazy

I was darkly amused today to see that my new insurance packet contained the proper form for me to fill out in the event of my death.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Regarding Requirements

There's an old requirements joke making its way around the internet again. This is my rendition.

The programmer's wife called to ask him to go to the grocery store on the way home from work. "Pick up a gallon of milk, and if they have eggs, get six." she said. Upon reaching the house his wife was appalled: "Why did you buy six gallons of milk?!?"
"Because they had eggs."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Small Victories

Appearing today on my facebook page: "Sometimes when I need a little confidence boost, I pick something really simple and do it. Bam, instant accomplishment to feel good about. Now when I say simple, I mean really simple, foolproof even. Like posting on facebook. I mean, it's not like I'm going to really mess up a facebook po#*ANOOFIH*(aohBW&E(bbuqb23897Bf;"