Sunday, October 31, 2004
A young man hurried in, turned to the clerk and asked excitedly, “Where’s Africa?”
We turned to look. The clerk laughed nervously, then pointed across the store to a shelf near me. “Over there,” he said, “below the books on Asia.”
“No, “said the young man. “I mean the continent!”
“Uh, I think it’s south of the Mediterranean,” offered the clerk.
“Thanks!” said the young man, and he hurried away.
Friday, October 29, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
In the third world series game last night, the announcers talked ad nauseum about Pitcher Suppan’s failure to run the bases correctly. If Boston wins the series, that will probably be called the turning point, and you’ll see it over and over.
Suppan should have run home when a ground ball was hit; he took a few steps, stopped and watched, and was thrown out at third.When you see the replays, watch the third base coach behind him. At first , the coach waves and shouts, encouraging Suppan to run home. When Suppan stops, he throws up his hands in despair, turns and walks away. Here’s what the announcers failed to mention: that’s a baaad mistake! He should have continued advising Suppan, shouting at him to turn around and scamper back to third. Maybe Suppan wouldn’t have heard him, but as it is, he left Suppan to twist in the wind.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
“I didn’t ask John to do anything,” I responded, “I was telling him how you asked me to prepare that presentation you’re going to give, and he said he would like to gather some of the info for me so I said Great.”
“You know how John gathered that information?” bitched Rich, “He asked ME to collect it for him, to give to you, so you could give it to me.”
Friday, October 22, 2004
There is luck in baseball. The Yankees do not own all the luck.
They came close to winning anyway.
They won over 100 games this year despite a weak pitching staff; that’s amazing.
They had to beat the only team that knows how to hit Mariano Rivera.
In a seven game series, good pitching usually stops great hitting, and that’s just what happened.So why did the Red Sox have to make it look so difficult?
Thursday, October 21, 2004
After the New York Times published an article about people spending tens of thousands of dollars to try to clone pets, they published a letter from Mary Chipman (who is from Missouri). She gets right to the heart of the matter (reprinted with her permission):"I read the article about cloning cats, and it just makes me sad to read about such clueless people. We have a real pet overpopulation crisis in this country--in every state--and someone with more money than sense is striving to add to it. Millions of beautiful, loveable cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens (and other animals) are euthanized every year because they have nobody to care for them. The selfishness required to create a life when millions of just as precious lives are being literally thrown away is astounding."
Oh, and by the way: Boston, congratulations!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Quote: ”At last I have released the eigth version of this manual!”
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
“Currently about 20 percent of all identity documents are lost per year. An entirely separate security system would have to be developed for people who lost their card, a system that itself is capable of abuse.”
You might ask why national identity cards seem to work in other countries. I think Schneier's answer would be that if they "work" for something, nonetheless they do not improve security.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
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