Land of Lisp

September 5, 2011

Seen via Planet Emacsen: the Land of Lisp.

It’s a Lisp book that is, in its own way, even crazier than the dearly-departed _why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby. Check out this sample of the comic on their homepage:

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A Castle on the Ocean

January 30, 2011

Followed some links about papercraft. Apparently a guy in Japan has spent four years assembling a papercraft castle, complete with electric lighting and a train.

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Rutabagas

March 25, 2010
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The Wikipedia article on rutabagas has a section entitled "Activities involving rutabagas":

Rutabagas are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns for the Halloween season throughout Britain and Ireland.

The International Rutabaga Curling Championship takes place annually at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market on the last day of the market season.

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Marriage

March 21, 2010

I realized recently that my impression of the sanctity of marriage has been damaged most by anti-gay activists attempting to limit marriage to heterosexual couples. The message seems to be, "Marriage isn’t for EVERYBODY who is in love, since some people who are obviously in love can’t be married. Ergo, what else can it be besides a legal mechanism, a tax break/health insurance arrangement we give to some couples but not others?" Of course, as the child of an open marriage maybe I’m predisposed to think something like that.

So then what to make of this story about a man marrying his body pillow in Korea, via Suzanne? One commentator writes, "As long as the guy and the pillow are happy together who cares? I suspect that this is just another ‘look at stupid johnny foreigner’ photo opportunity. If the pillow had a Ph. D. they never would have published it."

Or how about the related stories I found when I was digging up that one: man marries a Barbie doll to appease the spirit of his dead wife, man in Japan weds video game character?

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Damn right you can.

March 3, 2010

Seen on Planet Debian: ‘Can you get cp to give a progress bar like wget?’ The solution starts:

#!/bin/sh
cp_p()
{
   strace -q -ewrite cp -- "${1}" "${2}" 2>&1 \
...

The author notes in the comments:

If you feel the need to point out an alternative solution, then you have missed the entire point by a wide margin.

—lamby

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Historical Dwarf Pie

February 27, 2010
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Seen via JWZ: a fascinating story about a dwarf.

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This is one of those things where I’m struck at how weird the world we live in is.

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Biologists are Crazy

January 18, 2010

Please be advised: there is a protein called sonic hedgehog. There is also a retinal protein known as Pikachurin, named after Pikachu.

The name of this "nimble" protein was inspired due to Pikachu’s "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".

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“I Like to Fight in the Nude”

January 9, 2010

Via Peter Swimm: a fascinating interview with the creator of Kobe Bryant Deathmatch Fiction.

A quote from the Kobe Bryant fanfic in question:

We chose to have our fight to the death in an abandoned factory in China. I flew over in my private jet and made sure I preserved my vital combat energies by abstaining from totally consensual intercourse with my perfect-10 stewardesses.

Instead, I reminisced about other NBA superstars who I have killed in action: Mel Turpin, Joe Barry Carroll, Benoit Benjamin, Stanley Roberts, Arvydas Sabonis, Mike Giminski, Bill Wennington and Edward Martini, who is not technically in the NBA or a superstar but a male nurse I mowed down in an unsolved hit-and-run homicide.

It’s fairly short (five minutes of reading?) so you might want to go read the whole thing (then again, maybe not). Lots of fascinating thoughts in the interview on the nature of fanfic and "serious literature". Also be sure to check out the Dirk Nowitzki fanfic, linked from the article.

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Scary-Go-Round for December 15, 2009

December 26, 2009
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Wonderful quotable line from this strip.

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"Otherwise I look bad. I know it shouldn’t matter, but it does."
"It’s all right, Lauren. That’s… that’s how I feel about everything."

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Behind the Scenes: NORAD’s Santa Tracker

December 24, 2009
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On CNN: an article about the NORAD Santa Tracker.

"NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa — radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets," reads the NORAD Santa Web site. "Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole.

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