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.


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!

Waiter, Waiter…

July 16, 2009


Generated with RedKid’s Sign Generator

Computer Science meets Pornography

November 20, 2008

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I recently wrote about IT pros using language in a different way from ‘normal’ people.

I’ve seen it again.

Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, wrote a controversial article about something called, “NP-Complete”.  What is it? I must be the wrong kind of geek, because I couldn’t make neither head nor tail of the whole business. As far as I could make out, it is some arcane computer science thing that explains why travelling salesmen rarely see their families at the weekends.

One thing that Jeff mentioned does seem to explain a lot:

NP-Complete problems are like hardcore pornography.


At the end of the article, Jeff asked for examples of reader’s, “favourite NP-complete cheat”. One of the few responses that actually answered gave a list. With no hint of titter nor smirk he including:

  • Simulated annealing
  • The great deluge

Frankly, the mind boggles!

Having read the article, I am still fairly naive (about both the porn and the NP thing). One thing’s for sure:

Either computer scientists need to get out more, or I really am the wrong kind of geek.