Archive for December, 2009

Squirrel Monkeys + Jell-O = Fun

Take Squirrel Monkeys add Jell-O, and watch the fun!

Russia’s War On 99942 Apophis

Back in 2004 I mentioned 99942 Aphophis, a near earth asteroid who was calculated to have a 1 in 37 (2.7%) chance of hitting earth in 2029. That was subsequently ruled a non-existent risk however if it passed through a gravitational keyhole in 2029 it would have a 1 in 250,000 chance in 2036 or […]

Security Through Obscurity TSA/GSM Edition

It’s impossible to write code these days without having to study security to some extent. The byproduct of this is that since digital security concepts are based largely on real life, you see the obvious gaps in real life “security”. The quotes are intentional because many/most attempts only provide the feeling of security as opposed […]

The Death Of Duke Nukem Forever

Way back in 2006 I blogged about all the things that took less time than Duke Nukem Forever. A running joke in the technology industry as a whole has been how long the mythical game has taken to develop. Wars have started and ended in less time than they spent on the game. Take World […]

Christmas Economics

Jeff Walden linked to a great paper:The Deadweight Loss of Christmas by Joel Waldfogel. Given the economy this several year old paper is extremely relevant and interesting. Something to keep in mind when merchants report their holiday sales statistics. I remember a discussion on this in college (likely an economics class). It’s a slight misnomer […]

Santa Claus And Logic

A little analysis/satire on all this Santa Claus stuff… Use caution around children.

Festivus Time

It’s that time of year again. Time to put up the Festivus pole, enjoy your Festivus Dinner, participate in the Airing of Grievances and finally participate in the Feats of Strength should you be chosen. The particular episode in question is Season 9 Episode 166 “The Strike”. If you make a donation, I suggest “The […]

Firefox On Bing

Bing’s background of the day today was a Firefox. And again a few days later:

Patton Oswalt On Christmas Shoes

You may remember Patton Oswalt as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. Here’s his little rant on that song “Christmas Shoes”. I’m pretty sure everyone has thought the same thing about this song at some point. This routine of his has some NSFW language so treat it accordingly.

Adventures With document.documentElement.firstChild

Here’s an interesting DOM test-case I ran across inadvertently yesterday. For the purpose of this post assume the following markup: < !DOCTYPE html> <html> <!– i broke the dom –> <head>     <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>     <title>Testcase</title> </head> <body> <p>Something</p> </body> </html> If I use document.documentElement.firstChild I don’t get consistent behavior. In […]