Posts from October 2006

Top 50 Davids

Awesome! I am the 46th most important “David” in the world. That’s according to Google, at least. Today I read a post over at Tempus Fugit about being a top ten Mark and figured I’d take a look and see where I rank among the Davids of the world. Forty-six! I honestly didn’t think I’d

Press 1 to Delete

We have a Norstar phone system in my office. Sometimes people leave me voicemails on this system. When I look at my phone, it shows “Messages” in the little digital display so I know I must check my messages. To do this I press the “Check VM” button and enter my super secret password. Here’s

Flower Urinals

Some notes on bathroom design

Cursive == Dodo

“When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams for the class of 2006, just 15 percent of the almost 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive. The rest? They printed. Block letters. … Scholars who study original documents say the demise of handwriting will diminish the power and accuracy of future historical research.”


I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading the headline “John Lennon’s killer denied parole again“. With luck I will continue to see it posted somewhere regularly every two years or so. I figure he’s got about the same chance of getting paroled as Sirhan Sirhan does. It’s nice to see that the hearing only

Aloysius Snuffleupagus

“Mr. Snuffleupagus is a full-bodied Muppet character who lives with his family in a cave, just off of Sesame Street. He is a snuffleupagus. — from the Muppet wiki Obviously I knew that. Though I didn’t know he had a first name. I just always referred to him as Snuffleupagus. I loved Sesame Street when

Timeline WordPress Plugin

Timeline WordPress Plugin

In which I attempt to write a plugin

BlogRolling Ping

If you’re wondering why never seems to show your site as recently-updated, it’s likely because you’re not pinging it. I’ve been using the BlogRolling sidebar for years and just yesterday I noticed that my own site never seems to appear near the top of the list. MovableType was apparently pinging the BlogRolling servers, but

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.