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    Thursday, April 27, 2006


    Is there nothing that we can't learn from them?

    Lecturers and students from the University of Plymouth wanted to test the claim that an infinite number of monkeys given typewriters would create the works of The Bard.

    A single computer was placed in a monkey enclosure at Paignton Zoo to monitor the literary output of six primates.

    But after a month, the Sulawesi crested macaques had only succeeded in partially destroying the machine, using it as a lavatory, and mostly typing the letter "s".

    Now, considering this, what have we learned?
    1.  Monkeys like the letter "s".
    2.  Monkeys like poop.
    3.  Computers are excellent recepticles for holding poop.
    Here's the part that I liked the most:
    Director of the university's Institute of Digital Arts and Technology (i-DAT), Mike Phillips, denied the project was a disaster and said they had learned "an awful lot".

    He also denied it had been a waste of money.

    Props to The BBC News for both of these snippets.
    Now, considering this, what have we learned?
    4.  People will pay for anything.
    Personally, I think that the experiment was flawed.  The sample size was terribly, terribly small, given the theory.  I don't suppose, however, that an infinite amount of monkeys probably was available.  And if the one computer was running Windows 98, well, I can see why the monkeys would be upset.
    However, the message of the story is clear.
    Step 1: Go outside and get away from this screen.
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit!
    Go forth, and live.



    Wednesday, April 26, 2006

    Think We'll All Get Snowed?

    Ah, yes.  Really, wasn't it a no-brainer that the new White House Press Secretary would come from Fox News?
    After several days of speculation, the inevitable has come to pass: Fox News bobble-head Tony Snow has agreed to take over as Scott McClellan's successor .Snow, who had recently battled colon cancer, was awaiting clearance from his doctors. He's expected to be introduced Wednesday morning as the next White House Press Secretary .
    Props, Sploid.
    You know what I really enjoy about politics these days?  You almost always know exactly what to expect.
    I hate politics.  It makes me cranky.  I watch the news, I wish I hadn't, I go to bed, and stay awake all night long, my girlfriend becomes unhappy, then I just want to kick something, preferably in the groin.
    Therefore, to combat the political bent that this post unfortunately took, just because I was in a bad mood, here :
    You may thank Lifehacker for that, because technically speaking, they rock.


    Absolutely, Positively, The Most Useful Page You'll Read This Year

    And I'm not kidding:
    I want a Freeware Utility to ... 450+ common problems solved.
    Extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well and save time and money.
    Open Source Software is listed separately.
    Behold the beauty, and the terrible, terrible power that is Fark.
    Do not lose this post.  Bookmark the above link.  Use it.  Love it.  Do not forget it.

    Friday, April 14, 2006

    Super Uber Geek Joke

    Because  I am a geek, and somewhat proud of it:
    Read at your own risk, geekboys.

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