Okay, that title has got to throw somebody for a loop. If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen me get progressively more obscure/cute/stupid in my choice of numeric references. Why? I wanted each “Chipping the web” post to have a unique title, but I didn’t just want to append a number. So I used different languages’ names for numbers, different numeric representations, and various things that refer to a number. In yesterday’s title, “sulfur” is the element with the atomic number 16. I’m counting, in my own weird way. Can anyone make out how the title of today’s post is “17″?
On with today’s links:
Looking for another heart-warming Christmas story? Look elsewhere. Phil Factor relates how a supplier took him for a ride on Santa’s SLA.
Vaspers the Grate gives us the Google home page in various exotic languages, including Klingon, Elmer Fudd, Hacker, Icelandic, Esperanto, Latin, and (OMG!) French.
Vaspers also laments bloggers who have dropped out of the blogosphere without so much as a goodbye. “What can we do as bloggers, when our bloggy friends disappear? Call the police?” Along with a number of other commenters, I’m starting to worry about Yvonne Tran. Yo, Yvonne — just a “leave me alone I’m too busy to blog” would be fine.
University of Bath researchers stumbled upon a new method of storing hydrogen that may make hydrogen-powered cars feasible. Seems fitting that a possible cure for our petroleum plague comes from Bath in the form of the “water-begetter” (thanks, Armchair Anarchist)
Joel, unable to find a silver bullet with which to shoot his legos, denies the existence of both. Despite the mixed metaphor, though, he’s right. Instead of trying to dumb down the process of programming, we need to smart up the programmers.
Happy Repeal Day, everyone! (Thanks again for the pointer, Shelley ). Yes, 73 years ago today, state conventions affirmed the pointlessness of restricting individual liberties in an attempt to protect people from themselves. Now if we could only get governments to extend that principle and remove remaining nanny laws. A toast: Libertas inaestimabilis res est .