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You ever get a stupid question stuck in your head and you can’t rest until you get the answer? Man, am I grateful for the Internet. I once haunted libraries and pestered librarians for my answers. Now Mister Google, he do it for me, from the comfort of my own nest of chewed paper.

The question was: what’s the longest anyone’s lived inside an iron lung? And the answer is: 57 years, assuming this lady is still alive. Woke up with polio one morning when she was three. 1950. Brrr.

There are forty people left who use iron lungs; she’s got a spare in the garage in case she needs the parts. They don’t make them any more.

Changing the subject, I totally don’t get this story from the Australian. It’s about how terrorists are operating in Second Life, blowing up pretend buildings and killing people. I understand how objects could be destroyed in SL, but killing people? There’s no dying in Second Life, is there?

They do have a point about laundering money through SL, since you can give money to other players, who then can trade online money for real-world money. But surely huge transactions would red-flag for somebody, somewhere. And the part about practicing for real-world terrorism is just silly; it’s not that realistic. You’d get better practice out of Castle Wolfenstein.

Vocabulary lesson from the Daily Mail: 1661. It’s a woman who looks sixteen from the back and sixty-one from the front. Taking care of yourself: good thing. Wearing tights and sparkly things and glommy jewelry past A Certain Age: not so good. I keep waiting for the Hillarys and Barbara Walterses of the world to give old broads with blond hair a bad name.

If the Daily Mail isn’t low rent enough for you, try the Providence rants & raves on craigslist. No post in particular; just jump in and sleaze. It’s a powerful demonstration of what happens when you give dumb people a platform and complete anonymity. I assume the rnr section is bad everywhere, but I’m confident Providentials are a special kind of stupid.

This guy offers a rich chunk of cartooning fun, melding LOLcats with old timey newpaper cartoons. He’s got the style down perfectly.

Best for last. I love this one. This guy took a text file with the words “this program does nothing at all” repeated several times, renamed it awardmestars.exe and uploaded it to a number of software download sites. He gave the ‘program’ this description:

This software does nothing. It doesn’t even run. It was created as an experiment to see how many shareware awards it got. See the results of the experiment at: www.successfulsoftware.net

Two weeks later, it’s gotten sixteen awards and recommendations. Worth reading the article, if you download stuff regularly.

And that’s all I got. It’s the weekend! Now we drink!


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: August 17, 2007, 9:56 pm

That’s really disgusting of Gore – putting the moves on a poor woman that can’t even run away!

I bet Gore gets plenty of Warmin’groupin’.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: August 17, 2007, 10:07 pm


Slashdot has picked up on the software awards stuff you’ve mentioned here, Weas!

It’s been too long since I posted anything over there…

Get ready, Weas!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: August 18, 2007, 1:46 am

Well, damn. That didn’t work….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 18, 2007, 5:54 am

It sorta did, McGoo. Bit of a blip. But, really, I didn’t have anything to add to what they knew already.

Downright COLD in Rhode Island this morning. In August. Stupid Al Gore and his stupid global warming.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: August 18, 2007, 7:08 am

Yeah, I see a little bump in your nuimbers, but not significant. I put the link over on slashdot, but (like you said) I don’t think you add anything. I bet my post over there is moderated “overrated” or something else equally insulting and true. Ah, well. It was worth the chuckle.

MO was hotter’n hell (100-103) early in the week but has cooled down considerably in the last 2 days. I’m not complainin’. It’s been a nice summer – especially since it wasn’t supposed to be, al la Gorbal Warming Idiocy. I love it when they’re wrong. And they will continue to be. ‘Cause they are full of shit. That’s becoming more and more apparent as new research results and examination of old conclusions and “facts” takes place.

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 18, 2007, 11:40 am

‘Facts’, we don’t need no stinkin’ facts.
/Gorbal idiot

Comment from Gnus
Time: August 18, 2007, 3:32 pm

Sweasel, ya can ship some of that cold down this way. We’ll take it off yer hands.

Heat index has been in the hundreds as I leave for work. At 3 AM! With the humidity it’s like a sauna. I come home feeling poached.

Poor me.

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Time: May 31, 2008, 6:40 am

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