Quote: Rights and Reponsibilities at Home

January 22, 2010

You know you’re at home because you have refrigerator rights.

But if you eat, you wash up. Rights bring responsibilities.

— Bill Harman, Preacher


The (Other) Four Horsemen

December 29, 2009

The Four Horsemen of Innumeracy

Excess, Lack and The Other One.

The Four Horsemen of Indifference

Apathy, Disregard, Meh and… Whatever. 

The Four Horsemen of Mild Irritability

Peckish, Snuffle, Quibble and The Missed Afternoon Nap.

Everything on Your Plate

October 9, 2009

Yesterday evening, we had guests for dinner. JB (5 yrs) was over tired and over excited. Perhaps that is why he was being particularly fussy about his food.

L (my wife): Eat up! Everything on your plate is something you normally eat!

JB: Yes… Except my fork.

Something Else That’s True

September 29, 2009

JB is 5 years old:

I’ll tell you something else that’s true:

Volcanoes don’t have wheels.


September 8, 2009

Useful child-speak:

  • Barger-Coo: Barbeque
  • Bixit: Biscuit
  • Blank: Naked (e.g. blank feet = bare feet)
  • Booblies: Blue Berries
  • Eleventy Hundred: A Favourite Number
  • Granny Pommit: Pommy Grannit
  • Harbest Vegetable: Harvest Festival
  • Mixit: Music
  • Tainainer: Container
  • Dee Bee: DVD, TV or CD
  • Hole: Hall
  • Lines: Sugar Strands
  • Plud: Please (the plu-word)
  • Police Whacker: Truncheon
  • Poota: Computer
  • Shoulder: Soldier

Not Enough Water!

September 3, 2009

JB (now 5 years old) complained that there was not enough water in the tapless end his bath.

With a wry smile, I suggested that he use a beaker to bail water from the deeper tap-end into the shallower end.  After 4 or 5 beakers full he proclaimed that things were now “much better”.

Word is Stupid!

September 1, 2009

Writing an application form today, I noticed that Word squiggly-underlines “teammates” in red, and offers “team-mates” and “team mates” as a suitable alternatives. However, it green-squigglies “team-mates” and “team mates”, suggesting “teammates” as the correction. I just can’t win.

Dr Dobbs: Our Inspiration

August 14, 2009

I received an email this morning,  from the people who inspired a generation of programmers. Here’s the header:


Accounts for a lot, doesn’t it!

So Close

July 31, 2009

JB (my 4-year old):

CAT and RUG. They rhyme, don’t they?

Waiter, Waiter…

July 16, 2009


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