Newsflash: You’re Not Good Enough
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The excellent humorist Jay Pinkerton just wrote about Men’s Health magazine. It’s a lighthearted but wholly accurate look at a common magazine formula.

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Writing and Formatting
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I just read a good post on Gadetopia about writing skills and had a small correction to offer. Go read it and come back (and read the two linked posts about Word and Frontpage use). I’ll wait.

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Specificity
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I’ve always loved English’s hyper-specific words like defenstrate (to throw something out of a window) and borborygm (a rumbling noise caused by shifting air in the bowels). Something about them is deeply and indelibly funny.

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Think Outside the Euclidean Universe
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You’ve probably all seen the brain-teaser that’s a perennial favorite with uncreative managers the world over. (Why an exercise in creative thinking is really only loved by incredibly boring people is a discussion beyond the scope of this blog post.) The brain-teaser goes like this:

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Push cx
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My first programming language was Hypercard (probably 2.0). A slight change of pace, my second programming language was x86 assembly and I have a small warm spot in my heart for it. I keep the small warm spot deep underneath the frozen lake of frustration I have in my heart for x86 assembly. Anyways, on x86, cx is the count register, one of only four registers (well, not really at the time and not anymore, but work with me here.)

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