Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Shooting yourself in the foot, it turns out, can be done in many different programming languages.  Or, once the vendors actually had to mass-market them, “application development frameworks”.  (Programming language + runtime libraries + syntax cues for a text editor = application development framework.  But that’s a rant for another day.)

Somehow, despite the fact that I am considered an aficionado of the geekier time-wasters, I only became aware of this gem early this morning.

A few samples:

370 JCL
You send your foot down to MIS and include a 300-page document explaining exactly how you want it to be shot. Two years later, your foot comes back deep-fried.

If you are dumb enough to actually use this language, the United States Department of Defense will kidnap you, stand you up in front of a firing squad, and tell the soldiers, “Shoot at his feet.”

You shoot yourself in the foot with a Civil War-era musket. The musket is aesthetically fascinating, and the wound baffles the adolescent medic in the emergency room.

You hear a gunshot and there’s a hole in your foot, but you don’t remember enough linear algebra to understand what happened.

You try to shoot yourself in the foot only to discover that you must first invent the gun, the bullet, the trigger, and your foot.


Using only 7 bytes of code, you blow off your entire leg in only 2 CPU clock ticks.

Shoot self in foot with water pistol. On big systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.

You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can’t tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, “That’s me, over there.”

Go visit the page but be prepared to spend about half an hour giggling madly and trying to suppress it so you won’t have to try to explain why you’re giggling to parent, SO’s, children, or less-geekified co-workers.


Bruce Picks Five

Springsteen was persuaded to pick five of his favorites out of over 300 songs he’s put out there.

“Born to Run”, “The Rising”, “Thunder Road”, “Nebraska”, “Jungleland”, then he takes a mulligan on that and settles on “Racing in the Street”.  But The Boss’ favorites don’t have to be yours or mine, and they are not mine (save one).  Here are mine (in no particular order).


Atlantic City

State Trooper


Born to Run

Blinded by the Light

update: fixed State Trooper video link.  

NYT Buys The Wirecutter


The NY Times bought The Wirecutter yesterday for $30M.

Good for Brian Lam, the founder!  he and his team have built a great pair of review sites, together with The Sweet Home, for less techie stuff.

As I wrote a while back, this site is a huge part of how I pick out all my big-boy toys.  I see no reason to change that approach.



Nasty Woman

nasty-woman-cocktail-cropElizabeth Warren tore Trump a new one in NH today:

Nasty women, are tough. Nasty women are smart, and nasty women vote. And on November 8th, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.

It probably should go without saying that the exact same behaviors that cause a homunculus like Trump to call a woman “nasty,” would inspire him to call any man who showed them, bold, assertive, or no-nonsense.

I am proud and lucky to be married to just such a “nasty woman”.  She stands up for her beliefs and she will cast a vote against this Trump stain in the next booth over from me, two weeks from tomorrow.

Finally, have a drink to celebrate:

Three parts silver tequila (made by the “bad hombres” of Mexico)
Two parts cherry juice (I like this one from Trader Joe’s)
One part lime juice
Pour over ice and top it with sparkling wine or sparkling limeade
This gets a wedge of lime. I’m too nasty to fuss with a twist.


Trump TV

Actually I will tire of this picture: Nov 9.

This is probably Trump’s endgame: a “news” channel that spews all-day ethnic hatred, racism, sexism and all-around ordure at levels that would shame even Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly.  NBC estimates that it could be up and running in about three months, based on the lead time for starting something like that using a low-cost streaming model.

This will be a TV network to continue pandering to uneducated and resentful over-privileged white “not not Christian”* men who can’t believe what a gross injustice it is that they no longer get to just rape and pillage without consequence.

And oh, by the way, http://www.trump.org/ and http://www.trump.tv/ would be domains you’d think any competent organization locked up a long time ago.  You’d be right, but we’re not dealing with a competent organization here.

* – That is, not Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or atheist, to name four minorities they feel free to despise.


Eating for the Team

When we root for a team, it finds its way into our meal plans.

Tonight it’s Hebrew National beef hots with griddled onions, Wrigley-style.

And for dessert… what else?


Wegmans FTW! 


My first job in IT was with a now-defunct retail chain called Best Products.  Their founder was an art-lover and he wanted the company to have a footprint in the world of art as well as retail.

Here are a few examples of their “catalog showrooms” designed by the very postmodern architects, SITE.

(click to embiggen)


Richmond, VA


Towson, MD


Houston, TX

Best Products was really good to me.  They gave me a mountain of OS internals training, which has proved to be a superb foundation for my entire IT career.

Also, to this day, I wear a gold chain around my neck that I bought in the HQ store with my employee discount.

Via 99% Invisible  (more pics at that link)

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