little things that bug me

Wednesday, 31 December 2008
  • Nobody sells “medium-tall” shirts for us tall, skinny guys.
  • Every single electronic device has to have its own non-standardized charger.
  • Web sites that are designed assuming I view them on widescreen monitors.  Some people don’t like having all their browser windows maximized, and some people like to use computing devices that are getting smaller.  I’m looking at you, Facebook.
  • The horrible integration of Word 2007’s awesome equation editor with other Office 2007 programs.

a few things that make me think that ‘Firefly’ might be a tiny bit racist

Tuesday, 30 December 2008
  1. Adlai Niska, uber-sadist,  as a possible Jewish moneylender.
  2. The Reavers as the “wild Indians” of this “western in space.”
  3. There are no Asian people on the show, despite all the Chinese and Japanese cultural influences.  Well, maybe one or two extras.

Potential reasons why humans might be viewed as the pinnacle of evolution on Earth

Monday, 22 December 2008
  1. Humans can now affect their own evolution.
  2.  Humans can now affect the evolution of other species in a controlled manner.
  3.  Humans can affect the evolution of the planet.

apparently, how to tell whether you meet Jane Austen’s conditions for getting engaged

Tuesday, 16 December 2008
  1. Do you recognize this person’s family name?
  2. Is this person richer than you?
    1. If yes: you should get engaged, like, instantly.
    2. If no: as long as he or she is not so poor that his or her family can count their number of live-in servants on one hand or less, who the heck cares?  You own half the spoils of the frakking British Empire anyway.
  3. Is this person of higher social station than you?
    1. If yes: you should get engaged now now now now.
    2. If no: as long as he or she is not at peon or indentured servant level, who the frak cares?
  4. Does at least one parent approve?
  5. Does at least one parent disapprove?
  6. Have you met this person more than zero times?

Whose hallway looks more fun?

Saturday, 13 December 2008
Operations Research and Information Engineering

Operations Research and Information Engineering: they research how to make office workers more productive and efficient and stuff--*hurk*. I think the best word for this hallway is "edifice."

Computer Science

Computer Science: Tightly closed, nearly-unmarked doors behind which grad students and profs alike burn LCD tans into their skin.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Machines and mechanisms on display--and look, there are even some people!

Astornomy and Space Sciences

Astronomy and Space Sciences: These guys send robots to other planets, and it sure shows!

eating Fox

Monday, 8 December 2008
  1. Clinton on Fox
  2. Stewart on O’Reilly
  3. Colbert on O’Reilly
  4. O’Reilly on Colbert

Hilrious Wikipedia pages

Monday, 8 December 2008