On Monday

No broadband at home, a new career, and a blog platform that makes kittens cry.

And then there’s


Stupid technorati.

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15 Responses to On Monday

  1. Richard Wintle says:

    I have no idea what your alphanumeric string means… but what’s up with the new career?

  2. Richard P. Grant says:

    The alphanumeric string means that anyone can–never mind.
    The new career, well, it says ‘(former)’ up there, right? Things are taking interesting turns. Stayed tuned.

  3. Bob O'Hara says:

    Most lab rats become “former” by being sacrificed, no?

  4. Henry Gee says:

    ‘R78KG7Y8VQTY’ is an expression of extreme profanity that has spread in relatively recent epochs throughout the fissile robot cultures of Aldebaran-VII. It is believed to have started among helium-scoops roving the upper atmosphere of that gas giant, and spread to a number of surrounding platforms and moons. Its meaning is obscure, however a close rendering suggests comparisons between any carbon-based life-form and one’s mother.

  5. Henry Gee says:

    My apologies – it seems that I’ve inadvertently broken two of the user guidelines – by posting a profanity, and not only that, a profanity in a language other than English. I claim in mitigation that (a) committing such sins simultaneously cancel them out as separate transgressions, and (b) Richard started it. But hey, as I always advise Crox Minor to say in response to school bullies, futue te ipsum .

  6. Richard P. Grant says:

    Let her use the full quote, please

  7. Alejandro Correa says:

    Wow, that horse race.

  8. Austin Elliott says:

    Ah, but where’s the bit about “…that you rode in on?” Or is that simply implied without needing to be stated explicitly?
    Evidently we need a classical scholar in here.
    The best Latin put-down I ever came across was in Derek Jarman’s film Sebastiane (done entirely in Latin) where one character insulted the other by shouting at him the name of that well known historical and literary character Oedipus.

  9. Eva Amsen says:

    Hahaha! That (Oedipus) is the best swear ever. Totally inappropriate for NN though, so it can’t possibly be translated to English, thus not only excluding non-English-speaking folks from the network, but now also those without classical training. No wonder we have that reputation…

  10. Kausik Datta says:

    But… but… where is the SCIENCE in this post?
    Ooh, ooh, someone’s gonna get a wag of the finger! [Grin]

  11. Austin Elliott says:

    Unless Richard’s reference to kittens crying was a sly reference to what, in scientific plain language, we would call an in vivo study of the feline lacrimatory apparatus?
    Assuming he has the proper Home Office permits, of course.

  12. Richard Wintle says:

    Now, now, let’s keep the U2 song titles out of this, shall we?
    [Zooropa, folks… check the Zooropa>/i> album.]
    Among other things, that R78KG7Y8VQTY thing makes me want to grind brooch pins into my eyes. Not as bad as trying to read a string of Tweets though.

  13. Richard Wintle says:

    Bloody html.

  14. Ian Brooks says:

    take II
    Wasn’t Sebastiane the first non-pr0n movie to show an erect (human) penis? It was filmed on an odd film size and screened such that the offending implement was ‘tucked away’ off screen, as it were.

  15. Richard Wintle says:

    Bugger. I just realized I meant Pop, not Zooropa. Ah well, hardly relevant now anyway.

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