Posted tagged ‘geek humor’

James Fallows Shows Mercy…

October 21, 2008

On his much abused USB stick. His wrap here — which includes the announcement, gratifying to those of his readers moved to sympathy for his forlorn servant, that the loyal slab of memory has now, at last, been translated to a better place.

My comment here was mostly an excuse to write up the donkey factoid incuded therein.  My only additional thought is that for all that Fallows swears — cross his heart! — that he intended no ill to his suspiciously frequently tech-hospitalized bit of circuitry, this still seems like a case for that still purely imaginary Society for the Preventio of Cruelty to Gadgets.  Just sayin….

Up Before My Kid Deep Thought: Presidential Politics Parallel Universe Edition

October 1, 2008

Just think:  if one justice out of five had voted with the Force instead of the Dark Side…there is a non-zero chance that the Democratic Party nominee for President in 2008 would be Vice President Joseph Lieberman.

Charles Darwin Talks Like A Pirate

September 19, 2008

It is, as I am sure everyone knows, International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Now I know y’all will be honoring this important day in all the appropriate ways. But when I discovered this handy Pirate translator, I realized that those of us in and around science have, perhaps, lagged in the intensity of our festival rites.

So, without further nattering, I offer to all, an evolutionary Pirate offering: this translation, which I’m sure you will all recognize.

Aye, thar is grandeur in this ‘iew o’ life, with its se’eral powers, ha’in’ been originally breathed int’ a few forms or int’ one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cyclin’ on accordin’ t’ the fixed law o’ gra’ity, from so simple a beginnin’ endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and be bein’, e’ol’ed.

Do have at it yourselves. If you get anything good, feel free to post it to the comments.

Image: N. C. Wyeth, “Captain Bill Bones,” (Illustration for R. L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island), 1911. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

More on Vacation Recovery: Traveling with children edition

June 30, 2008

From the invaluable xkcd:

This reminds me of the old, old joke about the problem with neuroscientists. If you had a planet on which, for some reason, brain scientists dominated and electrical engineering had never taken off — but which was nonetheless awash in EM signals — imagine what would happen when a passing spaceship somehow drops a transistor radio into the hands of the eager savants. What would they do? They might, at some point they would twist the volume knob past the little click and turn the device on (assume, for the sake of the joke, intact, fully charged AAs on hand). Nothing — the device is tuned to a particular frequency, and happens to pick up no signal. So next, the experts would do what neuroscientists do — open the thing up and start taking bits off to see what would happen. First to go is a transistor, and all of a sudden the little plastic box emits a fearsome screech.

Knowledge! Holding up the transistor in a pair of sterile forceps, the team leader proudly instructs his loyal students: “Here we have,” he the gender-uncertain alien says, “the screech suppressor.”

I do remember the shocking experience of walking out of the hospital with our infant son and wondering where the hell the damn manual had gone.