November 12th, 2004


If the fnord is in binary, is it still invisible?

I've spent the week reading and learning Python. I polished off the latest three books in David Weber's Honor Harrington universe, and got a third of the way through A Handmaid's Tale before I had to put it down (and do plan to finish it, although, so far, all I've seen is the dystopia, and nothing to make me think it's likely to actually happen).

The other book on the new book stack that I haven't read yet is Wil Wheaton's Just a Geek. No, it's not about Star Trek, although that's where Barnes & Noble insists on shelving it. It's about Wil's life after Star Trek and how he finally came to terms with himself.

I looked at the jacket blurbs, and was greatly amused by this:

Wil Wheaton is a husband (Anne), a stepfather (Nolan and Ryan), a gamer (d20, GURPS, and Hold 'Em), a writer (Dancing Barefoot), a blogger (WIL WHEATON dot NET), a sportsfan (Cubbies! Lakers! Kings! Dodgers!), and a geek (01000110 01001110 01001111 01010010 01000100). He lives in Los Angeles, California.

The binary numbers, if interpreted as ASCII characters, spell FNORD.
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Silly lawyerbane

Above the nutritional information panel on the side of the Silk Nog (soy-based "eggnog", sort of):


Good grief. Who'd use egg nog as infant formula in the first place?! The lawyers strike again.
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