Archive for the 'Humor' Category

Eye of the beholder

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

"Something in your eyes" = poetically romantic

"Something in your eye" = allegorically judgmental

"Something in my eye" = painfully annoying

Earth complaint department

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Finally, a bug-tracking system for everything. The priorities, severities, products, and components are great.

Help combat global warming

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Mike Shaver and Johnny Stenback are doing their part. Are you?

MIT City Car

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The MIT City Car page says:

The City car is NOT a replacement for personal vehicles, taxis, buses, or trucks...

It may, however, be a replacement for the Segway.

Tools of Satan

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Last night, while I was trying to fall asleep, it occurred to me that religious days of rest might seem arbitrary to people living near the International Date Line. I got up and searched Google for "international date line" sabbath, thinking I might at least come across someone else who had also wondered about the same thing. What I didn't expect to find was multiple pages arguing that the International Date Line is a tool of Satan. I also found a lengthy rebuttal. Who knew that datekeeping could be so controversial?

Could this be turned into a game? Perhaps one player picks a seemingly uncontroversial object or concept, and another player must invent a story or argument that makes it out to be either the root of all evil or mankind's salvation. For example:

PODASIP: Spoons are corrupting and should be eradicated.

Meeting spot

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Google suggests holding tomorrow's leak meeting on a cruise ship.

Somehow I don't think that would work very well. Leaks and ships don't get along perfectly.


Monday, June 18th, 2007

David Farber's hobby (in the xkcd sense): twisting common phrases. My favorite Farberisms:

  • A hand in the bush is worth two anywhere else.
  • Don't just stand there like a sitting duck.
  • He's cornered on all sides.
  • I could count it on the fingers of one thumb.
  • I haven't gotten the knack down yet.
  • I read the sign, but it went in one ear and out the other.
  • It's burned to shreds.
  • It's more than the mind can boggle.
  • It's the old Paul Revere bit ... one if by two and two if by one.
  • Just remember that, and then forget it.
  • Let's shoot holes at it.
  • My mind is a vacuum of information.
  • No loaf is better than half a loaf at all.
  • You're blowing it all out of context.

These almost make the original clichés and idioms sound ridiculous, don't they?


Friday, April 27th, 2007

Costco membership: $25.

24 large chocolate chip cookies that are almost as good as my mom's: $6.

4 bottles of Martinelli's sparkling apple juice: also $6.

Getting back at jX for weeks of referring to the apartment I'm sharing with Colin as a "gay lovenest": priceless.