Posts from February 2003

The “plural apostrophe” (e.g. no dog’s allowed, sofa’s for sale, UGH) is running rampant these days, and it’s not just my imagination. It’s so wrong that I can’t even begin to fathom how anyone could make such a mistake. I hate it when people dismiss it with, “Oh, not everyone’s a grammar freak.”

Grammar? You think it’s an issue of grammar? I hate to break it to you, but if you can’t spell “dogs,” you’re illiterate.
via strange brew

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – Blues Brothers

Rewriting Star Wars History

Rewriting Star Wars History

I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that Greedo shot first. via re-run

Custom Tag Buttons in Edit Entry screen

I use bookmarklets for all my posting and hardly ever enter the MT interface to do anything other than edit old posts. So if you are like me you will need to modify bm_entry.tmpl instead of edit_entry.tmpl, but otherwise this is what you need to do if you were using Scott Andrew’s PowerLinks in your

William Gagne

In which we all get a scare

NEC SuperScript 870

I own an NEC SuperScript 870 laser printer. When I bought it – sometime towards the end of 2000 – I was incredibly thrilled. (I had actually bought one sometime in ’99, I think. Then I moved to California and couldn’t bring the world’s most-economical, feature-rich, best-performing printer with me. So I bought another one

Oescondocindo Soy

Oescondocindo Soy – David Byrne

Happy White Asparagus

There’s something just not right about this image. I can’t put my finger on it … What do you think?

Contextless Content: Episode #20

Contextless Content: A portion of a conversation, usually from an instant messenger platform. GatorDavid says: wait a minute … GatorDavid says: I *do* have the irresistable urge to break into a zoo, jump the fence and try and french-kiss the pissiest looking polar bear … Tober says: you’re screwed dude.

MT 2.61

I finally bit the bullet and upgraded. has gone from a loose collection of random html files to a Blogger-powered site to a Greymatter-powered site to its current MovableType extravaganza-ness. It only took me about a year to make the jump from MT2.1 to MT2.61. That works out to about two decades in internet

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