Miscellaneous stories that don't really fit in any existing category.

Boston Strong

I meant to post this a while ago, but I wanted to post photos taken of Boston Common the Sunday following the marathon. Unfortunately they didn't come out (they're backlit, so you can't see any of the people in them).

But it was nice to see that the Common was packed with people and that Boston is getting back to normal after the bombing.


Something Happened in Boston Today

So apparently something happened in downtown Boston today. I live close to Boston, so I suppose I should mention it, but there's not much for me to say. I'm fine, I didn't go to watch the marathon, and no one I knew was anywhere near the finish line. Beyond that, I have nothing to add that hasn't been said countless times already. (Sympathies to the victims; I hope they catch the people who did this.) I just can't help but feel that I should mention something on it since the PAX East blog entries are still on the front page.


Only 10 words that begin with "x"?

According to /usr/share/dict/american-english and a Perl script I wrote, there are only 10 words that start with "x":

  1. xenon
  2. xenophobia
  3. xenophobic
  4. xerographic
  5. xerography
  6. xylem
  7. xylophone
  8. xylophones
  9. xylophonist
  10. xylophonists

Actually, 11, because it includes "x" itself, but still...


It's the Minor Details

So I'm watching an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. (Specifically, "Want," according to TiVo.)

Criminal Intent focuses a lot on details used to discover the crime.

So in the episode, Detective Goren is at the suspects apartment after taking him to lunch to apologize for a "wrongful arrest" over an arrest warrant for someone with the same basic description and name.

He walks over a flips on the video which is playing, which provides some vital insight into the suspect's psyche.

And then he says:


An Amusing World Series Quote

An amusing quote from the World Series:

"Here is Fuentes, trying to make amends for his outing last night, when he allowed three runs in a big eighth inning for the Red Sox. And Kielty comes off and hits one into left field for a home run!"

It's great. The announcer just keeps on talking, without skipping a beat, as the very first pitch Fuentes threw out turns into a home run.

Just a little bit of irony in the World Series.


Spring must be in the air

You can tell that spring must be coming.

I just spent the entire morning cleaning.


Away on Business

I'm going to be away on business for (essentially) the remainder of this week.

Given that the latest story posted was in February, I guess that really won't effect anything, but, hey. Just to let anyone who cares know. :)


It's Peanut-Butter Jelly Time

Yesterday, in the MITRE cafeteria, they were serving as a dessert item "peanut-butter and jelly cheesecake."

It was cheesecake with a layer of peanut-butter on top and a layer of jelly spread on top of the cheesecake. I didn't get one.


The World is Coming to an End

Well, it's happened. Global warming is real. We're all doomed.

I saw a mosquito.

In the middle of January.

We're doomed.



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