Friday, December 22, 2006

This Week In Miscellany I

Happy 8th night of Channukah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays!

I've decided to start grouping together the random miscellany I come across during the week (including quotes and Overheards) and post it in one massive post on Fridays. The change in format is for two reasons. First, I dislike the often-daily postings of miscellaneous, non-timely things. Second, it should free up space for daily (or every-other-day) posts. And I really would rather provide additional "quality" posts (where "quality" means non-miscellany).

By the way, in looking up "bi-" (as in bimonthly or biweekly), I came across this helpful AskOxford FAQ. The other Q&As in the section look rather interesting, for example:
Apart from 'angry' and 'hungry', what other common English word ends in '-gry'?

Are there words that contain the letter 'q' without a 'u' following it?

Is there a word for a baby hedgehog?
And so on. Go check it out for some amusing and informative Q&As.

Apparently, there is a 1% CT state sales tax on electronically delivered software (e.g., downloaded music). I was not aware of this until the helpful Apple Customer Assister Person Jobber pointed it out.

Web changing art world (CNN). Should check out STUART (standing for student art) as available via a link at this gallery.

Dale Norvell's Deviant Art page, as linked to by Scott Kurtz.

Diesel Sweeties: May Contain Up To 20% Angry Robots By Volume (i heart pixels)

MMO Blogosphere Pervasion Rating (linked to from Tobold).

Evan linked to's The 40 Best Albums of 2006 and BTQ's Best Books 2006.

Scott Adams discusses failing a gender test and proposes a 7-question gender test of his own.

PoxNora – an online game I want to look at.

Today's PennyArcade News discusses the CTS (or Cardboard Tube Samurai, for the uninitiated), whom this holiday's bonus story arc will feature. I like this CTS comic. (The News features the colored version of it, incidentally.) Would be pretty cool as a poster or some such. The News also has desktop backgrounds for this Winter's CTS special. The News also linked to this 2004 PA Winter special comic line. Looks awesome.

"Your sarcasm bounces of my marshmallowy shell." – Ctl+Alt+Del (12/22/06)

Paul Southworth (of Ugly Hill notoriety) knows The Truth About Christmas.

Should law firm bonuses give credit for blogging? (Yes.)