I ran across “Mother and Grandmother”, a Mother’s Day sermon by one Edwin Whitney Bishop from May 14, 1911, about a hundred years ago, and was curious to see what it might say. The first surprise came in the first sentence: A VERY decided attempt is being made in many quarters to have this second Sunday in… Read More A Mother’s Day Sermon
…and days when I really hate XML. In this case, I have an XML document like <?xml version=”1.0″ ?> <foo xmlns=”http://some.org/foo”> <thing id=”first”/> <thing id=”second”/> <thing id=”third”/> </foo> and I want to get things out of it with XPath. But I couldn’t manage to select things exactly, such as the <foo> element at the top.… Read More There Are Days When I Hate XML
Yesterday, thanks to @Monahan_PJ (via the incomparable @edyong209), I ran across this paper in Science: No buts about it, the butthole is one of the finest innovations in the past 540 million years of animal evolution. The first animals that arose seem to have literally had potty mouths: Their modern-day descendants, such as sea sponges,… Read More “Looks like I was wrong for 30 years”
There’s an old joke about an instructor who asks, “if you were on a plane, and found out that the inflight systems were controlled by a beta version of software written by your team, would you get off the plane?” Most of the students pale and say yes. One person says, “No. If it were… Read More Would You Get Off the Plane?
The Alexa app on my tablet wanted to share with me the exciting (to it) news that Amazon has released a companion device to its Echo, called an Echo Dot, and invited me to ask “Alexa, what’s Echo Dot?” to learn more. According to said app’s transcript, here’s the conversation we just had: – Alexa,… Read More Wheeze A Coda Dog
You may have heard that establishment Republicans are almost as terrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency as the rest of us. And since they haven’t been able to stop him so far, they’re getting a bit desperate. So today, Speaker Paul Ryan opened his mouth and said some words: The Republican party does not… Read More Paul Ryan Denounces Republican Strategy
The news today mentioned that Pope Francis I had okayed contraception for women in Zika-struck areas. Yay, liberal hippie pope! My complaint since the beginning of his tenure is that while he gives good press conference, that’s all he does: he hasn’t changed the church’s policy, and that’s the real problem. At least so far,… Read More I Should Have Known the Pope Wasn’t Going to Change Policy