May 20th, 2009

me and you kid at computer

new hammer

Back in the '80s or so somebody who was trying to calm somebody who was freaked out about using a computer told that person it's just a tool. It's like a hammer---a sophisticated hammer. I picked this idea up from that somebody, whoever it was.

I've unpacked & plugged in my new hammer, and am going about addressing a few nails with it, just to try it out.

So far, so smooth. Well, after my half hour on the phone with the Scottish Andy, at Comcast, whose favorite Bill Forsythe movie is "the one set way up north---what's that one called?"

I'd post a poem for the occasion of the new computer, but the one I think of is "she being Brand/-new...," and I don't want to go there with it.

the missing link

This news of the fossil find/unveiling is quite something. It may inspire even more mouse clicking than did the article on solving Sudoku puzzles (.pdf here) that hung up the Math Society servers upon its recent publication.

If you don't get a chance to investigate much, when it comes to the quasi-ancestral lemurian remains, I'll save you some potential cocktail party embarrassment right here:  her name's pronounced EEE-da, not EYE-da.
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Been playing a little HORSE against the computer. It's sorta fun, but not as good as the real thing.

What's better, H-O-R-S-E (and varieties) or Around the World? Looking up the rules for Around the World led me to the game link. And to some talk of this Make-It-Take-It thing the kids up here seem to go by. (Online sources say it is indeed regional.)

Poll #1403089 What's better, basketball-wise?

I think the following is better:

H-O-R-S-E or related spell-it-you're-out
Around the World
Forget those--- one-on-one half-court, you shlub! I'll meet you out there with the ball, name the time!
I'm a spectator only.
I take my basketball too seriously for any of this.

Coworker GXG was just asking me about softball last night. Told her how the mercy rule was enforced against us. Or for us, I suppose it would be. Didn't seem like mercy, though. We just wanted to keep playing. Which we did, after the ump quit. He stood there and watched and we continued, the folks from Grace (our opponent) happily agreeing to let one of our number serve as umpire to keep the fun going.

We didn't completely suck. I think our fielding may be improving. Helps that the grass in the outfield wasn't 10 inches deep this week.