A Cockatoo joke…

I’m still working on my “why threads are bad” rant, but in the meantime, here’s a joke with a Parrot in it… One day, a Cockatoo walks into an antique shop. The owner walks over and says to the Cockatoo: “Hello there, can I help you with anything?” The Cockatoo points his wing at a… Continue reading A Cockatoo joke…

Now they have two problems…

Today, I’m going to write a bit about programming. But first, a short detour into the wonderful world of USENET, and the adaptability of certain quotes to any situation… There’s a fairly well known quote (among programmers, at least), that goes like this: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use… Continue reading Now they have two problems…

One Small Victory…

Last night, walking back to work from dinner, I happened to pass by the Scientology building in downtown Mountain View. As I passed by, I studiously ignored a Scientology drone as he tried to hand me a pamphlet explaining some of the finer points of L. Ron’s philosophy. As he asked me “Would you like… Continue reading One Small Victory…

Fun with eBay lenses

I’ll need to add a couple of pictures to this post to illustrate, but I just received a lens I purchased on eBay. It’s a well-used, manual-focus Vivitar 70-150 “Macro” zoom. I put Macro in quotes because it doesn’t appear that this lens gets anywhere near the range of true macro 1:1 magnification. The closest… Continue reading Fun with eBay lenses

The best-laid plans…

Okay, so I haven’t been updating this as often as I’d like. I guess that’s not too surprising, given my “issues” with writing. Of course, that’s a major part of why I started this ‘blog – to get practice writing, to improve my comfort level. In that spirit, here’s an update. I complained in an… Continue reading The best-laid plans…