by Jay Johansen | Apr 23, 2003
They say the military isn't spying on us. So how come I keep getting this message that General Failure is reading my hard drive?
I wonder where people used to get floppy disks? I mean, before America On-Line started sending everybody a new one in the mail each week.
Why did Intel name their CPU's "286", "386", "486", then suddenly "Pentium"? I hear that they originally planned to keep up the pattern of adding 100 to the number each time, but when they added 100 to 486 it came to 585.9987231879, and that was too long to print on a chip.
Why do they put that little sticker that says "Intel Inside" on Pentium computers? That's the warning label.
How can you accelerate Windows 95? Preferably at 32 feet per second per second.
Actual quote from a computer magazine: "The Macintosh operating system is very Windows 95-like."
My new computer is so fast, it can do an infinite loop in 97 seconds.
What is the difference between Object Oriented Programming and a project
funded by the National Endowment for the Arts?
An NEA project is the art of the state.
How many atheists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
I don't know, but even after they do, they're still in the dark.
How many humanists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
They don't bother. Electric lights are just a crutch for people who can't see on their own.
If Jesus was Jewish, how come he had a Puerto Rican name?
"Anything in the mail today?" Methuseleh asked his wife.
"Nah," she replied, "Just another delivery from your Book of the Century Club."
How many people did Heisenberg need to help him change a light bulb?
I don't know how many, but they were moving very fast.
Actual highway sign near my home town:
ALL METRIC SIGNS NEXT 50 MILES
If you watch TV news these days, you'd have to conclude that the greatest threats to American society are immigrants, religious zealots, and gun owners. This is kind of odd, as American society was founded by a group of immigrant religious zealots with guns.
The state department of motor vehicles recently announced that the service charge for processing automobile registrations and driver's licenses will be increased by 20%. However, citizens will get value for this extra money: In the future, the processing for all automobile registrations and driver's licenses will last 20% longer.
The liberal looks at the rich man's big house and fancy car, and says, "No one has the right to live like this." The conservative looks at these same things as says, "Everyone should live like this."
Aren't rhetorical questions a waste of time?
Why is "abbreviation" such a long word?
A recent survey found that 65% of high school students do not know how to use a thesaurus. Douglass Miller, a spokesman for the publisher of Roger's Thesaurus, said he found this survey, "Disappointing, unsatisfactory, discouraging, and distressing".
The funny thing about Shakespeare is that all the English teachers, professors of literature, and self-appointed guardians of culture are always saying how great his writing is. But if you actually sit down and read his work, it really is good.
How many semanticists does it take to change a light bulb?
Well now, one would not actually "change" the light bulb into anything. Rather, one would remove the current light bulb and install a new one in it's place ...
dyxlesia (noun): self-diagnosis of a dyslectic
>From a computer advertisement in England:
Big print: We'll give you a Pentium desktop computer with 32 meg RAM and an 800 meg hard drive absolutely free!
Small print: If you give us 4300 pounds.
I think everyone should meet death quietly in their sleep, with dignity, like my grandfather did; and not getting hysterical and screaming like his passengers.
His music is the kind of music that you can come home from a long day at work, put it on your tape or CD player at, say, six o'clock, sit back and listen to it all night, and then you look at your watch and it's six fifteen.
Actual newspaper headline: "IRS charges topless dancer with concealing her assets".
Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
The catch to having an open mind is that people are always dumping their garbage in it.
© 2003 by Jay Johansen
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