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best of scruss/txt General

what’s this ear?

Stewart’s first theory on the evolution of punctuation: the question mark is a stylized representation of an ear. Because a query expects listening, an ear symbol would make sense here.

Mind you, I did come up with that at 3am …

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best of scruss/txt General

they don’t make ’em like they used to

I heard today that my old HP DeskJet 500 printer is still going strong. This thing must be about 13 years old (I bought it to go with an Amiga 500), and it had some pretty heavy use in the four years I had it. This included printing Catherine’s and my theses — long nights with a spare cartridge and a brutally expensive ream of Mellotex paper.

I’ll bet that no manufacturer makes printers with that kind of staying power these days.

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General goatee-stroking musing, or something

pinholes

I would have told you about my success with pinhole photography last night, but Toronto Hydro decided we didn’t need electricity. Here’s our backyard during a thunderstorm, taken on a 8×10″ paper negative in a modified mailing box. Effective aperture is f/75, exposure time 24’45”. Photo paper makes slow film!

backyard

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best of scruss/txt General

“What a Life!” lives!

Lady Goosepelt

After about a year offline, I’ve put the book What a Life! back online. Someone asked, you see. It’s here. You’ll like it.

I’m glad I was careful with the markup back in 2000 when I did it, ‘cos it only needed minor tweaks to become valid XHTML.

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General goatee-stroking musing, or something

fishepiphany

We sampled Len Duckworth’s Fish & Chips (2638 Danforth Ave, just east of Main) tonight. Mmm. Though the halibut was not the Scottish customary haddock, it was really good. The chips were the best. I haven’t had ones this good since frequenting The Unique in Glasgow. All it needs is mushy peas, and it’d be perfect.

I was pleased to hear a few Scottish voices in the crowds. We know good food when we see it.

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General goatee-stroking musing, or something

Christian Anderson Smith, where were you in our hour of need?

Norvin just lent me a great CD; Welcome to McCALand, by Mayor McCA. It’s exactly my kind of music — quirky, folky, trippy, witty. Think Robyn Hitchcock sings Of Montreal.

What’s sad is that Christian Anderson Smith (aka Mayor McCA) doesn’t have a major recording contract. I had to go direct to the distributor, Sonic Unyon (phone 905-777-1223) to get his CDs. There’s no justice.

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cars suck General

A century later, worse economy

100 years in, and Ford’s current average car is less fuel efficient than the Tin Lizzy, says The Sierra Club. Way to go, Henry.

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General goatee-stroking musing, or something

mmm

Just discovered Reese’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. They are so good.

For various reasons, I don’t eat “brown” chocolate. I love Reece’s Pieces, and so these are perfect. But with 910kJ per pack, I won’t be eating too many.

Typically, these things are a time-limited edition. Sweets I like always get discontinued. I guess that’s why I make my own.

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General relations

Happy Birthday

Today would have been my Grandpa’s birthday. He was the one who made me want to be an engineer.

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General goatee-stroking musing, or something

is this thing on, eh?

Since this is my first entry in my first blog, I think I’m supposed to quote something clever:

For imperial Britain, rapid expansion overseas was a sign not of economic strength but of underlying weaknesses at home. An empire that looked impressive and invincible on the map later proved to be remarkably fragile, shrinking much faster than it had grown. — Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, Afterword.

I’ve just re-read FFN, this time in the extended edition. It’s better the second time around. And he’s right about Conway’s burgers in Colorado Springs — they’re that good.

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old school

in which I invent disemvowelling

I have made a new code where I miss out all the vowel's places like: Hll my nm s Stwrt Rssll
I have made a new code where I miss out all the vowel's places like: Hll my nm s Stwrt Rssll
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old school

computer fire 1977!

Last night one of my Dad's computers went on fire but they put it out
Last night one of my Dad's computers went on fire but they put it out
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old school

the vertical hold was off, I remember

On Monday our family got a colour television. It is a Murphy television and it is white and it has ITA1 and ITA2 and B.B.C.2. And it keeps on going funny. And it is very big.
On Monday our family got a colour television. It is a Murphy television and it is white and it has ITA1 and ITA2 and B.B.C.2. And it keeps on going funny. And it is very big.
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goatee-stroking musing, or something

the mail to cro(y)don

When I sent my first letter to Brooke Bond I sent it to: Brooke Bond Oxo L.t.d. Leon House high Street Crodon Surrey
When I sent my first letter to Brooke Bond I sent it to: Brooke Bond Oxo L.t.d. Leon House high Street Crodon Surrey
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old school

Early concern for Alan Longmuir

Did you know that one of the Bay City Rollers is resigning?
Did you know that one of the Bay City Rollers is resigning?
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old school

unfortunate frog pyre

Once we got tadpoles and they grew until they were little frogs. And there was lots of little frogs about the house and they all got killed so we made a little crematorium of matches then we lit it and then pooh what a pong! if any frogs get killed please burn them. (Please feed them live plankton.)
Once we got tadpoles and they grew until they were little frogs. And there was lots of little frogs about the house and they all got killed so we made a little crematorium of matches then we lit it and then pooh what a pong! if any frogs get killed please burn them. (Please feed them live plankton.)
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goatee-stroking musing, or something

the unfortunate princess

Tonight my Daddy is going to get his Austin-Princess.
Tonight my Daddy is going to get his Austin-Princess.
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old school

quite an extensive record collection

I will show you list of our LP's
I will show you list of our LP's

I think the ‘P&L’ refers to Peters & Lee.

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old school

steam trains

steam trains are usually green, or are they?
steam trains are usually green, or are they?
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old school

I want to be an e(n)gineer!

I am six-and-a-half (nerly 7.). When I am growen up I want to be an egineer.
I am six-and-a-half (nerly 7.). When I am growen up I want to be an egineer.