Category Archives: Humour


Useful child-speak: Barger-Coo: Barbeque Bixit: Biscuit Blank: Naked (e.g. blank feet = bare feet) Booblies: Blue Berries Eleventy Hundred: A Favourite Number Granny Pommit: Pommy Grannit Harbest Vegetable: Harvest Festival Mixit: Music Tainainer: Container Dee Bee: DVD, TV or CD … Continue reading

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Not Enough Water!

JB (now 5 years old) complained that there was not enough water in the tapless end his bath. With a wry smile, I suggested that he use a beaker to bail water from the deeper tap-end into the shallower end.  After … Continue reading

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Word is Stupid!

Writing an application form today, I noticed that Word squiggly-underlines “teammates” in red, and offers “team-mates” and “team mates” as a suitable alternatives. However, it green-squigglies “team-mates” and “team mates”, suggesting “teammates” as the correction. I just can’t win.

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Dr Dobbs: Our Inspiration

I received an email this morning,  from the people who inspired a generation of programmers. Here’s the header: Accounts for a lot, doesn’t it!

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Waiter, Waiter…

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Computer Science meets Pornography

I recently wrote about IT pros using language in a different way from ‘normal’ people. I’ve seen it again. Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, wrote a controversial article about something called, “NP-Complete”.  What is it? I must be the wrong kind … Continue reading

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The Hazards of Programming

Every occupation has its hazards. Including mine. Apparently, I use language differently from other people. Recently, I gave a talk on a programming task I had been working on. It took me quite a while to figure out why people kept sniggering every time … Continue reading

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Answers to Microsoft Interview Questions

I have not actually been interviewed by Microsoft (yet), but here are some of the answers I’d like to give to some of the questions that they’ve been known to ask: Why is a manhole cover round? Don’t you mean a person-hole cover? … Continue reading

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A Great Trick

Cutting a woman in half, then sticking her back together again. Escaping from a straight-jacket whilst dangling from a burning rope. Opening a bottle of beer with your…

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Loners Of the World

Loners of the world, unite! But on your own.

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