July 23, 2006

like a fish

After seeing the classic 1934 film The Thin Man, I’ve realized what I want to do with my life. Screw computer science, I want to be a retired alcoholic detective who’s fallen into money. I’ll solve crimes between lavish parties and come up with witty jokes about my drinking, such as:

Reporter: Say listen, is he working on a case?
Nora Charles: Yes, he is.
Reporter: What case?
Nora Charles: A case of scotch. Pitch in and help him.


Reporter: Well, can’t you tell us anything about the case?
Nick Charles: Yes, it’s putting me way behind in my drinking.

It’s a hard life but somebody has to live it. It might as well be me.

July 11, 2006


From a wiki article on Zeroconf.

There are two very similar ways of figuring out which networked item has a certain name. Apple Computer’s Multicast DNS (mDNS) is in use, and is published freely, though not by a standardization body. Microsoft’s Link-local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR) is little used, but is in the process of standardization by the IETF.

To paraphrase: There is a freely published NON-standard way to do something which is actually being used; there’s also a standard way of doing something, which nobody uses.

I propose that ANSI standardizes the word “standard,” many implementations of the word seem to be incompatible.

July 9, 2006

heads I win, tails you lose

I watched the Italy vs. France World Cup final earlier today as Italy won after double overtime with penalty kicks.

I’m not sure how I feel about the penalty kick system; penalty kicks do not tell me which team is better at “soccer,” they tell me which team is better at the entirely different mini-game known as penalty kicks.

Imagine if a football game ending in a tie meant the kicker who scored the best out of 5 field goals from the forty yard line would be declared the winner. The teams have shown they are essentially equal, and we just need to declare a winner for posterity’s sake. I’ve discovered an equally fair way to decide the winner of any given sporting event, I call it the “coin toss.”

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