Telling an angry woman to calm down works about as well as trying to baptize a cat.

Anonymous Husband

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

Robin Williams

To grow a beard (pt. 1)

A beard is a lighthouse to lost, beardless souls, seeking true manhood.


I’m doing this, dammit!

After first getting clearance from my wife, I’ve made the decision to grow a beard—a REAL beard! I’ve kept a well-trimmed goatee for… hmm… Well, ever since I got out of the Army, over 11 years ago… Although I did “attempt” to grow a beard once before, I only made it a month or so before the itching became so unbearable that I shaved that shit off! However, this time I’m taking it seriously. No half-hearted efforts here; No, sir! I will grow a beard, or I will be the only person in history who doesn’t shave for a year and remains clean-shaven.


Alone in the Night

It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to understand the world robs it of its beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works—that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? 
It does no harm to the romance of a sunset to know a little bit about it.


To stand in awe

As an atheist living in the bible belt, I’m often asked how I can have such a bleak outlook on the afterlife—or more appropriately, the lack thereof. But I don’t see my outlook as bleak by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, I see it as quite uplifting and deeply spiritual. And while I may not believe in an afterlife in any religious sense, I absolutely believe in science and human observation, and these tell of an afterlife more poetic than any of the religious canons.


If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Carl Sagan

Polygon Background Generator

Far superior to Trianglify in every way. The controls can be a bit jittery at times, but after seeing the end results you can achieve, I’d wager you’ll be willing to deal with slight annoyances.


Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.

Brian W. Kernighan

Hello World!

Ah, yes… The obligatory “Intro to WordPress” post. Most people (including me) simply delete this post and move on without a second thought. However, this time around I decided to make it into something meaningful; and what better way to do that than to explain the origin of its title?


 

Current Usage

Despite the myth that “Hello World!” is the first thing to be output by all computers, its prevalence in nearly all facets of technology is undeniable; as anyone who has used WordPress can attest. A “hello world” program is often used as a simplistic introduction to programming languages, as it’s generally quite self-explanatory, and simple enough that even those with little or no programming experience can understand its function. However, do not mistake its simplicity for a lack of utility. The program needs a functioning language compiler and run-time in order to accomplish its task. This makes it ideal for a quick and easy sanity test for new systems.