On Writing or: What Do I Need to Smoke to Understand Your Websites?

This is a verbatim quote. ("This" refers to the second part of the title. The first one is a lame reference to Stephen King, of course). It is a question asked by a former colleague some years ago who had been exposed to my proto-blog websites for the first time. These websites are subject to … Continue reading On Writing or: What Do I Need to Smoke to Understand Your Websites?

Blogging Anniversary with Post No. 63. Equal to: 42 Plus (42 Divided by 2)

Captain's log: In my time zone, it is now March 24, 2013, 00:16. [Voice from the future - March 2019. Some links don't work anymore. In order to preserve the spirit of this post and to make my life easy, I will leave the web.archive.org-ifying exercise to the reader. But those links will be marked … Continue reading Blogging Anniversary with Post No. 63. Equal to: 42 Plus (42 Divided by 2)

On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things

Yesterday The Curtain Raiser has reminded that a well-versed blogger should celebrate the first blogging anniversary. I hit the Publish button first on March 2012, 24, so I should consider writing something pivotal in three days. But I am not there yet, rather the opposite. Having just announced on Twitter and Google+ that my posts … Continue reading On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things

My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.)

I am overwhelmed with spam comments such as "You should take part in a contest for one of the greatest blogs on the web!", and I really appreciate thoughtful quote spam as: Perfectly composed articles, appreciate it for entropy. “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” by … Continue reading My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.)

Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art

As a spam poet you need to avoid the Ground Hog Day Effect: Spam messages are repeating themselves, so how you do your keep your  level of originality as an artist? And spam on blogs is (too) polite these days. You could create tons of flattering poems similar to the following: your website is like an encyclopaedia … Continue reading Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art

Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level?

Regular readers know that I indulge in creating poetry from my blog visitors' search terms. (Non-regular readers should be aware of the fact that this is not at all a serious endeavor). This blog post by Alex Brown (2019: Link broken) and the related discussion has given me a new idea, very avant-garde, leading edge and … Continue reading Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level?

2012: The Year We Make Contact

What happened? I started blogging here in March. My posts evolved from lengthy walls of text to geeky stuff. Thanks to my readers who follow this blog despite the strange combination of topics covered. But I know: Resistance is futile. I have halted pseudo-blogging to my ancient non-blog sites for some months, but resumed it  to write … Continue reading 2012: The Year We Make Contact

Website Resurrection: Status Report

It's nearly EOY (end of calendar year) in corporate lingo, and thus it is time to prepare the last reports and try to meet some deadlines set by top management for political reasons. Corporate thinking is in my bones so I need to apply this approach to my personal Website Resurrection Project. I registered three personal … Continue reading Website Resurrection: Status Report

Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

Since I had access to the log files of my first hosted web server (in the past millennium) I had been addicted to analyzing my log files - browsing text files with a simple text editor.  In particular, search terms submitted to search engines had intrigued me. I know I am not the only one. People (... … Continue reading Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery

I have no clue about art or design. I learned recently from The Time Traveler that stuff like this the following has its own genre and sub-culture: It is called Steampunk. I am intrigued - as I was by the illustrations in Stephen Hawking's book Illustrated Brief History of Time long before I knew this was Steampunk at … Continue reading Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery

Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready

It happened again.  It took me four years to cope with, and now I have to start again from day zero. (Insert 2 minutes of silence and grieving here) Any device we use on a daily basis is designed for safety. You find hundreds of little logos near the serial number of the device which tell … Continue reading Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready

How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

I have been nominated for an award by a true philosopher despite the cartoon I have posted recently. More precisely, I have been nominated by Daniel who runs The Unemployed Philosopher's Blog! The award comes with some really tough conditions, I try to rise to the challenge: (Italics: Questions designed by the unknown originator) 1) … Continue reading How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

Discovering Your Life Being Cliché

You are browsing the internet in order to test - by anecdotal evidence - if your original ideas are that original or your most creative writing that creative. Within milliseconds you detect that everything has already been told, shared, pictured, thought, sketched. For every clever business idea I had, I found zillions of companies that already had implemented version 3.0 of this idea. … Continue reading Discovering Your Life Being Cliché