Apparently it’s ice cream day at Slumberland. Microbatch ice cream looks pretty cool. They have beer ice cream, caffeine-enhanced ice cream, mint-flavored ice cream that is purple, and a Triple Espresso flavor that is likely to keep you awake for days. Unfortunately, stores around here don’t carry the stuff. They do deliver, but $72 is the minimum order. Wah. Maybe sometime I’ll get to try it.
It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s! Of course, their new management will probably do away with this little tradition… so enjoy it while you still can.
“Yea, Yea. Then wherefore didst thee choose “Nemo” for thine pseudonym, and “Slumberland” for thine BBS and domain name? Nobody knows but Jesus. “?
For many years as a child (and, I admit, after), I used to read Legion of Super Heroes comics. The LSH universe used an “international writing system” (actually a simple cipher) called Interlac, to give the stories an air of futuristic otherworldliness. Now you too can .translate text into Interlac. Results are in ascii graphic form, so it would probably be a bad idea to translate, say, War and Peace into Interlac.
“Slumberland” in Interlac is:
|-| _______ ______ ___________ _______________ _________
| | | — |_ / \ ___| | | | _ _ )
| | ____| | | | \ / |__ _____ __| |/| | \/
| | | _______| | |—-‘| \ / | | | | | |_
|_| || |,——-` \/ |__| |__| |___|
____________ __________ ______ ________ ____________ __
| ________| | _____ | |_ / | ___ | | | | \
| | |/ \ | | | |/ | | |_ _______| ___| |
| \ _/ | | |—-‘| | / | | | |
\__/ |___| |,——-` // |__| \____/
High-tech jobs boring, girls figure
“Girls are avoiding high-tech careers not because they fear failing but because they believe computer jobs are boring and lonely,” according to an American Association of University Women study. There are some interesting suggestions in this article of how they might draw more women in the field. But are marketing campaigns really going to make a difference here, or are we dealing with an actual reality of “cubicles full of boring men who are better at relating to machines than to people”?
This is way cool. One of the entries in the 5k web design contest, a version of Space Invaders that’s only 5k. Only works in 4+ browsers except for Mac IE 4. To play, A – left, D – right, space – fire.
Not to make this the “all-Microsoft news weblog” or anything, but this is interesting. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft might be stripped of the rights to Internet Explorer as a result of the antitrust case they lost. (This link is to Yahoo! News since the WSJ makes it a pain in the butt to find anything.)
According to the Seattle Times, Microsoft is responsible for you being able to use the Internet at all. No, really. In today’s User Friendly column, Paul Andrews said,
The reason you can log on to the Internet without figuring out and typing in a bunch of weird numbers is because of Microsoft.
This might be news to Paul Mockapetris.
Give it up, Bill. I mean, really. And did you see the Microsoft ad during ER? I felt like I should go wash after watching it. Really, it seemed like a political ad. It certainly didn’t make me feel any warm and fuzzy feelings about Microsoft.
Rudy Galindo has HIV. This is sad news and I hope he is one of those who can live a long, healthy and happy life with the virus. I don’t know what else to say.
Rob Neyer gripes about Safeco Field. Basically, the Mariners’ management are big wussies about the roof, and they haven’t yet figured out how to serve 47,000 freezing people the warm food they desperately want. I haven’t been to the park yet this season, but based on the second half of last year, he’s right.
“I believe it’s because the police were reluctant to approach the tampon”: Someone sent me this story on Monday, but I’m so far behind in e-mail that I didn’t read it until now.
But even Australia has its limits. And women dressing up as giant replicas of feminine hygiene products, and pelting the prime minister with said products in public, is pushing them.
Yes, I would think so.