February One-liners

A new month means a couple of new funny one-liners added to the collection. Here are the new additions for February:

  • There’s nothing wrong with the younger generation that twenty years or so won’t cure.
  • “Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.” — Steven Tyler
  • Everyone believes in heredity until their children act like fools.
  • I’m so old that when I was in school, history was called current affairs.
  • Practice makes perfeckt.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can forget about entirely.
  • I used to be lost in the shuffle, now I just shuffle along with the lost.
  • “The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.” — Pauline Phillips
  • “Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.” — Victor Borge
  • “Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” — Johnny Carson
  • “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” — Vince Lombardi
  • “A year from now, you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.” — Phil McGraw
  • “Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.” — Leo Rosten
  • You cannot take charge of the present if you are busy reliving the setbacks of the past.
  • “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” — Lily Tomlin

Loudspeakers

I know what makes a computer tick. I’ve got a fairly good understanding of who an airplane can take to the skies. And on a basic level, I can even explain how nuclear fission works.

Loudspeakers, on the other hand, is beyond my comprehension. Mechanically, they are so amazingly simple, yet what they are capable of is remarkable. Speakers can create every sound that ever was and ever will be simply by reacting to a varying electrical current that makes a membrane push air around!

Think about that for a second. Or a minute. Then tell me that you’re not blow away, and I’ll tell you that you are lying.

Speakers have always baffled me, and every time I try to understand how they actually work, it feels like my brain shortcuts.

This post is my final attempt to explain loudspeaker to myself.

Back Up All The Things Everywhere!

2020 marks the 20th year of me writing incoherent babble on the internet. At least it’s the twenty year anniversary of recorded ramblings.

The first proper website I created was a collection of pictures of the South Korean Playboy model Sung-Hi Lee. I’m not entirely sure when, but I suspect it was in either 1996 or 1997. All I can remember is that I was still in high school. Thanks to some creative search engine manipulation, my humble compilation of nude photos of Ms. Lee – who turns 50 this year – made it all the way to the top three list of the most popular sites hosted by Norway’s largest ISP. Then the ISP nuked the website, and I departed for my year of mandatory military service.

My first personal website was called Central Park West for no other reason than that it sounded cool and classy. I’m not sure when it was launched, but I think it was during my first year at college, so either in 1998 or 1999. After Central Park West came a site on my first personal domain, SnuffCity.com. I have a very vivid memory of taking the name from a song title I saw on the back of a CD cover I had on the desk in my bedroom. The problem with the memory is that, according to the internet, no song with that title had been published at the time.

So where I got SnuffCity.com from, I don’t really know.

2020: The Year of No Social Media?

Late last year, one of the more voices in the Linux community, Bryan Lunduke, announced his 2020 New Year’s resolutions. One of Lunduke’s resolutions was to cut social media out of his life, a thought that has crossed my mind as well.

Here’s a quote from his Patreon post, 2020 New Year’s Resolution: No Social Media, No Cellular Data:

Yep. Cutting Social Media out of my life.

I’m talking about things like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the Fediverse (Mastodon, LibremOne, etc.). No more posting, reading, liking, commenting on, or re-sharing posts on any of those services (or any services like them). I’ll keep the accounts so that nobody else can claim them and pretend to be me… but otherwise, they’ll be shuttered.

Bryan Lunduke, December 22, 2019

In today’s day and age, that’s pretty radical, especially for a guy like Lunduke. He runs The Lunduke Show, a show about technology news, Linux, and retro computing, and social media is a key tool for building an audience for an online show.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I don’t go to the movies much anymore, but I’ve somehow managed to see all of the Star Wars sequel trilogy movies on the big screen. Here is my Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review.

Recently I watched the last movie in the triology, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. I found the two previous movies quite entertaining, and I sat down in front of the silver screen with a big bag of candy and above average expectations.

Unfortunately, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does not live up to those expectations. It’s without doubt the weakest movie in the sequel triology, and among the poorest movies in the Star Wars series as a whole.

There are many reasons why The Rise of Skywalker falls short of the expected Star Wars quality. There are too many concurrent, incoherent and messy plot lines. The level of cheesy dialogue and comic relief is overwhelming, even for a Star Wars movie1. Rey moans like a tennis player when she fights. The incompetence of the Storm Troopers also hits a record high in The Rise of Skywalker. These guys can’t do anything right.