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Green, Google, US Patent & Trademark Office, Tracking and Managing Group Expenditures, here.

A group including plurality of users is established. A transaction record is maintained for the group that includes a plurality of payment transactions. Each of the plurality of payment transactions involves at least one user of the group. Additionally, a balance is maintained that indicates an amount owed by a first user of the group to a second user of the group based on one or more of the plurality of payment transactions. When a settling event occurs, the balance is settled by initiating a transfer of funds between the first user and the second user.

Maloney & Porcelli’s, Expense-A-Steak Headquarters, here.  Expense Receipt Generator. Prior art for the Google patent on splitting the tab.

Thoreau, Unqualified Offerings, All in all i”m just another brick in the wall, here. Posting and complaining about shitty code since 2001.

Here’s where I tell kids that if they don’t eat their meat they can’t have any pudding.

There’s a certain genre of article on “Why Higher Ed Needs To Be Transformed” that features somebody, usually from an affluent background, explaining that college was too constraining, and they’d rather spend those 4 years on a mixture of travel, internships, one or two night classes, and supplemental learning from TED talks and whatnot.  Usually this person had the intellect, advantages, and social capital to get into an elite college, and then dropped out because their fancy liberal arts college was insufficiently conducive to their self-discovery and goals.  Some of them are probably flakes, but some are apparently genuine go-getters who should be out there starting their careers.  So, what do I think they should do?

Tim Flannery, NYR, They’re Taking Over, here. Jelly horror stories.

It’s now known that the brush of a single tentacle is enough to induce “Irukandji syndrome.” It sets in twenty to thirty minutes after a sting so minor it leaves no mark, and is often not even felt. Pain is initially focused in the lower back. Soon the entire lumbar region is gripped by debilitating cramps and pounding pain—as if someone is taking a baseball bat to your kidneys. Then comes the nausea and vomiting, which continues every minute or so for around twelve hours. Shooting spasms grip the arms and legs, blood pressure escalates, breathing becomes difficult, and the skin begins to creep, as if worms are burrowing through it. Victims are often gripped with a sense of “impending doom” and in their despair beg their doctors to put them out of their misery.

On July 27, 2006, the USS Ronald Reagan, then the most modern aircraft carrier in existence, was docked in the port of Brisbane, Australia. New Zealand had earlier banned the entry of nuclear-powered ships, and many Australians felt it might be prudent to follow their lead. So when the commander of US Naval Air Forces announced that an “acute case of fouling” had afflicted the giant vessel, people took notice. Thousands of jellyfish had been sucked into the cooling system of the ship’s nuclear power plant, forcing the closure of full onboard capabilities. Newspapers ran the headline “Jellyfish Take on US Warship.” Local fire crews were placed on standby, and the citizens of Brisbane held their collective breaths as the battle between the navy and the jellyfish raged. In the end, they proved too formidable, and the ship was forced out of port.


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