Category Archives: funky

Schnozzology, a pseudoscientific hoax

From the April 2, 1899 edition of the New York Times, we get an article about “nasology”.

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More about the Weather Service

If you look online at the (United States) National Weather Service’s page http://www.weather.gov/okx/ you will see the New York City region’s webpage. Any one know why the abbreviation that would logically be NYC is OKX? I’ve checked and it is not ROT-13 or any similar transformation.

Too many Firefoxes

Many of us remember the famous Windows XP Service Pack 2, which really marked when Microsoft started to get serious about their client systems’ security. Prior to that there was little to guide the end user that I remember. XPSP2 brought the first version of the Security Center, which made it easy to set up the Windows Firewall and actually told them they they needed an antivirus to be safe. This was still prior to Microsoft’s providing one.

Anyway, Windows Firewall is still around and rarely seen after maybe the first week of an installation of Windows, since it is on by default and by then, all the other programs will have been installed and configured to go through the firewall.

Sometimes, however, things glitch:

Firewall-toomanyffx

Three entries for Firefox in Windows Firewall.

I have no idea what the cause of this is. Is it a problem?

Another lost business

Similar to Gioia, I found this in my grand mother’s attique:

delphianlogo

It is a 10 ream paper box. I have no idea what happened to the company, other than it disappeared in the pre-Internet days, so there is no record of it online… at all.

Any information would be welcome. It is a beautifully designed logo, especially the semicircle dots on the lowercase i’s.

A properly loud Kentucky official

One way to waste some time is to take a look at the webpages and press releases of the various state auditors/comptrollers (and the Feds, who have a WordPress.) and see what they say about their work.

For example, the current Kentucky auditor (Michael Harmon) has some choice comments about parts of his state:

“The former administration [of Prestonsburg] was cutting sweetheart deals for itself, wasting taxpayer dollars and generally running the city for the benefit of a few,” State Auditor said.

A real zinger:

“This city [West Buechel] of roughly 1,300 residents is a mess,” State Auditor said. “I’d say it has been run poorly, but I’m not sure it was being run at all. […] ”

If you feel like trolling the Wayback Machine, you can find similar comments going back to Crit Luallen or maybe earlier. Now if only he would audit KENPAVE