Thursday, June 05, 2008
Thought for today
Monday, November 05, 2007
An unexpected failure has occured
It strikes me though, that if someone wrote a page to say that, then they expected this occurrence to happen.
Did they write pages for all the expected failures as well?
Or are the programmers just lazy: writing this one page as they wistfully expect the system to always be working, at all times, and when it doesn't it is a mysterious unexpected event?
Maybe they weren't lazy, and worked really hard to build a working system, but ran out of budget for this page to tell the customers that the back end was going belly up.
One asks: what does it mean to say, "An unexpected failure has occurred", and what will the readers of the page be left to ponder...
Has been cut down
And the last river
Has dried to a trickle
Will man finally realise
That we cannot eat money
And reciting old proverbs
Makes you sound like a twat
Friday, May 18, 2007
How to move a pie
Wordlessly the young disciple ate the pie.
The Master smiled as Threadi slapped him up the side of the head. "You had to use your hands."
Silently Threadi closed his mouth.
How do you move Mt. Fuji?
Wordlessly the young disciple pulled the shoji screen across their view.
The Master smiled as Daichi slapped him up the side of the head. "You had to use your hands."
Silently Daichi closed his eyes.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.
Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the "loser," and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.
I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.
Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.
When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3x5 card reading, "Please use this M&M for breeding purposes."
This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this "grant money." I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.
There can be only one.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
A thought on Zen
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thought for the day
the fool stays with the wise,
he knows nothing of the Dhamma
as the ladle, the taste of the soup.
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