Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Merriam-Webster Shade

The Merriam-Webster dictionary is getting to be one of the more pungent tongue-in-cheek Twitter accounts (although it’s still no Wendy’s).  So far, it has taken 11 occasions to correct our Pumpkin-in-Chief on his misuse or misspelling.

Here’s an example, from last August, after the big ol’ bigot told his rally audience of bigots that Hillary Clinton was the real bigot.

If I were designing dictionary technology, I would set this up so that when a Trump supporter looked up this word, it would say,

big-ot n. see mirror.  No, not in the dictionary.  In your bathroom.

There’s lots more fun at the Daily Dot.  Check it out.

Another B Sides

Rochester B Sides is always fun and enlightening.  The keynote was by @dualcore about techniques that malware writers will use to defeat memory forensics so that their hard work developing payloads is not trashed.

His talk was punctuated with those infamous clips of goats emitting disturbingly human-like screams.  I have no idea why, and I am not even that curious about it.  His talk was still good…

But then he had a slightly longer break while a data harvesting process ran.  And he played this.

Gotta love BSides.



Silly Summer TV Begins

Team Ninja Warrior, people!

New drinking game: Watch an episode of this, or American Ninja Warrior, or The Beast Master.  Take a shot every time one of the presenters says, “It all comes down to this.”

Good luck staying conscious for two shows of that!


Pick a Topic

Googling for random stuff in hope of inspiration, I put a few off-kilter search terms into the box.  Nothing much, after a couple tries, but then I tried “trivial pursuit sketch”.  I was planning a braggy kind of column about how you don’t want to challenge me at that game.  You just don’t.

But then I landed on this.  I don’t know what it has to do with Trivial Pursuit, but… ever since Educating Rita, I have always had a bit of a thing for Julie Walters.

Yes, you read it here first.  Your humble blogger thinks Molly Weasley is hawt.

Deal with it.

Bye, Bye, Billy



Check out the Atlantic article (click)

It’s disgusting that it took this long.  And of course, the vile spew he takes with him will be replaced in spades.  So this is not one to celebrate so much.  Knocking one brick out of the wall that has so many roaches scurrying to shore it back up, counts for nothing.

It has to be nuked flat.


Some Days at Work

I think sometimes… there are two or three people gathered… in a cubicle… or in a small conference room. And I think the conversation goes something like this.

And then… I get an email.  An email containing such a level of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, that it can only be the product of an intense session of this Brilliant! process, honed to perfection.



Spiritual Immune System

Henri Bergson was a French philosopher at the turn of the last century.

He’s famous for having debated the nature of time with Einstein, and it did not go well for M. Bergson.  But what happened a few years later, was the development of theories of Quantum Mechanics.  This was viewed by philosophers as a vindication of Bergson’s position.  Unfortunately, the prominent role of uncertainty and randomness in that school of physics leaked over into areas of philosophy where it is not truly applicable.  So in a vague but undeniable way, we may have M. Bergson to blame for Deepak Chopra and other such slime molds using the terminology of real science to bilk rubes out of their money for the fruits of pseudo-science.

In any case, I love this quote from On Intuition vs. Intellect – 1907:

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.

It’s a testament to how it’s both difficult and possible to escape from the cave of mythical shadows into reality.


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