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May 20th, 2011


10:28 am - How not to endear yourself to the locals
Dear parents of graduating students:
I understand you wanting to take a group shot of graduating students in front of the Patterson building. However, it would have been nice if you'd noticed that there's nothing but a sidewalk front of Patterson; and that having subjects on one side of the street and photographers on the other side means that you're effectively blocking traffic.

You made me late to work; I would've been even later if I hadn't given up waiting for you to take your pictures, made a U-turn, and detoured past an uglier building that no one would want anyone to pose in front of.

I've never liked posed shots, especially group shots. This is just one more reason why.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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October 11th, 2010


02:07 pm - This should never happen
I hate it when I'm troubleshooting a utility, and trace an error message to a block of code prefixed with
// Hopefully this will never happen

Since I'm not sure how to fix this, the adage that leaps to mind is "Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle."

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February 4th, 2010


02:52 pm - Conversation O' the Day
Boss: [Pulls out phone and reads] Campus police have nabbed laptop thieves on the mall. For more information, see www.umdps/alerts/news underscore alerts underscore 319 dot cfm.
Me: [Pulls up browser on iPod] Do you have a bit.ly version of that?
Me: [Types in umdps.net <return>]
Boss: U-M-D-P-S dot net...
Me: I wonder if they have a mobile browser version of this site. [Sticks m. in front of the domain name.]
Boss: ...slash alerts...
Me: No, they don't. [Clicks on "back", looks around for a "latest alerts" link or something.]
Boss: ...slash news underscore... Are you following this?
Me: I was, but then you got past twelve characters and I lost interest.
Boss: You're the perfect candidate for Twitter.

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February 3rd, 2010


03:31 pm - Conversation O' the Day
NetApp salesdroid: Blah blah blah product line blah blah increase disk utilization by 50% blah blah...
Me: Excuse me, what do you mean by "disk utilization"?
Droid: Things like getting rid of redundancy and reducing the amount of storage you have to deal with.
Me: Oh, you mean like removing the parity disk from a RAID?
Droid: Yeah, like that.
Current Music: Real Synthetic Audio

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December 25th, 2009


02:35 pm - Mmm... Mmm... Soup is redundant food
Spotted at the local Safeway in the soup aisle:


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December 15th, 2009


11:28 am - YA flavor of geekiness
So I was listening to Elastica's self-titled album, and caught myself thinking, "Hey! The opening of Connection is a total rip-off of Wire's Three Girl Rhumba!" I think that means I'm turning into a music geek.

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October 6th, 2009


05:13 pm - Want
USB sound card:

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September 28th, 2009


06:19 pm - Monty Python re-meets reality
Forty years ago, Monty Python's Flying Circus aired a sketch called The Mouse Problem, a mock-documentary about people who dress up and act like mice.

From the mouse-man interviewee's (John Cleese) answers, it's clear that the sketch is a parody of homosexuality. But if it were filmed today, it would be a straight-up documentary about furries.

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September 25th, 2009


12:14 pm - The Oh-So-Very-Wrong O' the Day
Finnish Viking-Metal cover of Rasputin:

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September 24th, 2009


04:46 pm - Hobbit 419
Hobbit 419, because any number of y'all will enjoy it.

(via Boing Boing and curvemudgeon .)

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