I’m in the mood to be cheered up and today, the net has been providing. If you don’t remember Senator Stevens and his wonderfully inept description of the internet back last june (My staff sent me an internet the other day to my internet…) (..it’s not a truck, it’s a series of tubes…) etc, a quick search for his name on wikipedia will bring you up to speed. (Or search for “A series of tubes.”)
In anycase, I was reviewing some of that stuff, chuckling, when I stumbled on this article. It’s worth a few giggles. All information was obtained using the Bioforensic Unfragmenting Logistical Level Systemic Hopping Information Tracerouter. Which is open source.
I always find it amazing how memes, particularly geek humour, can sweep the internet so quickly. This is one I missed however, and if you’ve not seen it, I recommend you go check it out!.
Ping the magic duck
A review of a childs book, explaining how it is actually a metaphor for the ping protocol 😉
My personal favorite is the ending though:
But even with these problems, The Story About
Ping has earned a place on my bookshelf, right between Stevens’
Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, and my dog-eared copy of
Dante’s seminal work on MS Windows, Inferno. Who can read that passage
on the Windows API (“Obscure, profound it was, and nebulous, So that by
fixing on its depths my sight — Nothing whatever I discerned
therein.”), without shaking their head with deep understanding. But I
Original link from Coding Horror a tech blog I found today that seems quite informative – and obviously, a bit of fun too ;).
Not sure how this works under IE. I only tried on firefox.
Quick capsule reviews of a couple of books written by people who really LOVE their computers. Hell, one of the authors has a windows tattoo. That’s a level of commitment I can’t relate to right now. I wonder if his arm crashes.
Reading the review of the first book reminds me of the line “It’s ok to love your pets.. just don’t.. LOVE.. your pets.”
This little video really struck my funny bone, i’m not sure why. In some ways it’s not particularly clever, but it combines satire and a healthy does of self-mockery quite well.
Give it a watch. Good to see celebrities that are able to laugh at themselves.