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Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (3:23pm)

1. Try to install Adobe Captivate on my new Mac Mini. (I've got an important 'sceencast' that's got to be done pronto.)

But Captivate only runs on a PC.

2. Load Captivate on my old Dell Notebook.

But it's too much for my old Dell Notebook. The thing keeps crashing.

3. Load Apple's Boot Camp on my new Mac Mini. With Boot Camp, you can run both Mac and Windows!

But Boot Camp only runs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 ('SP2'). My copy of XP (from my old Dell Notebook) is older than that.

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New Sony eReader Ad: 'Smarter than a Doofus'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/10/08 (6:44am)
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Advertisement near the escalator at the Clark & Lake El Stop in Chicago:

'Smarter than a doofus who bought one of these things (your doofus may vary).'

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Compile a Top 10 List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/25/07 (12:12am)
  1. Everyone's doing it.
  2. What about 'Top 3' or 'Top 12'? What's with '10' all the time?
  3. I'd feel better about this if it didn't happen in December. Who's got the time? Better in August.
  4. Sorry, I'm not going to bring up the iPhone or the Kindle again under any circumstances.
  5. I'm still waiting for my Avatar to arrive from Second Life.
  6. I'm thinking of doing a 'Top 3,000' over the course of the next 10 years and don't want to commit myself to a measly 'Top 10' this early in the process.
  7. Got no time: My new book, Everything As Conversation, either goes to the publisher this month or my goose is cooked.
  8. In a year where Vladimir Putin and 'woot' are top picks, maybe the less said the better.
  9. It's not my problem if you're the last person on earth to hear about '2.0'.
  10. 2007? Wake me up when it's over.

Ethics in Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/8/07 (2:50pm)

il_seal.gifThe annual online State of Illinois Ethics test is coming round again. All State of Illinois employees have to take it.

This is the test that famously disqualified thousands of participants last year not for getting the answers wrong but for getting them right in too little time.

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New 'CensorFree' Option Now Offered by Telcos

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/07 (12:41pm)

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[Spoof based on the latest attempts at censorship by telco giants AT&T & Verizon]

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All-Time Favorite UIC Announcement

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/27/07 (11:01am)

Aaaaaaaiiiiiieeeee:

Human Cadaver Workshop for Massage Therapists

Don't they have rubber dummies? My student-dentist had three rubber dummies for patients before he got me. What's wrong with that?

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Gored For Women Dot Org?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/12/07 (3:42am)

Gored For Women Dot Com?: Seen on Oak St. in Chicago.

Probably not the intended message but we put spaces in between words for a reason. 'CamelCase' might have helped.

In any case, as seen on the Marquee of the now closed Esquire Theater on Oak St. in Chicago.

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84 Steps to Getting Square Corners in CSS

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/24/07 (1:17pm)

This one was funny. It comes from a spoof site called 'Drivl.com' which accepts user-submitted posts.

Step 4 for Getting Square Corners in CSS:

Squeeze the drippings from an uncooked 12 oz porterhouse steak onto the butcher paper, smear the steak around until a greasy sheen is clearly visible.

Captcha for Humanists

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/21/07 (12:36pm)

Submission for the redesign of 'captcha' according to humanistic principles (patent pending):

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Famous Last Words in IT

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/2/07 (6:10pm)

What do you mean we need a paper record for our Electronic Voting Machine System?

Sure, it only works on Windows. What's the problem?

Let's just use Mr. Sid!

Trashbin to delete files? Typing 'DEL' plus the file name is so much better!

But it breaks the 'back' button!!!

People don't want all that eye-candy on the Web, they just want information.

Welcome to our Scholars' Workstation Gateway Portal Social Network!

Does anyone ever read the manual?

Dear User: Your password is required to be at least eight characters long and contain at least one small letter, one large letter, a number and a punctuation mark. You are required to change your password every six months. (This last is dedicated to the IT people at NYU.)

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