The Bullet and the Foot, Oct 28. 2009
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. Consider the flea!--incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage. Whether you are asleep or awake he will attack you, caring nothing for the fact that in bulk and strength you are to him as are the massed armies of the earth to a sucking child; he lives both day and night and all days and nights in the very lap of peril and the immediate presence of death, and yet is no more afraid than is the man who walks the streets of a city that was threatened by an earthquake ten centuries before. When we speak of Clive, Nelson, and Putnam as men who "didn't know what fear was," we ought always to add the flea--and put him at the head of the procession. -- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar"
Well, after 8 years, the TSA has finally realized that watchlist matching based solely by name doesn't really work. So now they'll cross check your name and your birthdate and gender. Not that terrorists bother with using their real names nor legitimate IDs, but hey, this is progress. I'm guessing that repeatedly stopping a Senator because he had a common Irish first name, and last name like Kennedy probably had something to do with it.
The Washington Post has taken up the case of the Naked Coffee Guy from Springfield. I guess I can shut up about it for a while, then. Though there are some hillarious discussions of it elsewhere on the net.
For your geeky humor pleasure, I also present the canonical Shoot yourself in the foot with various programming languages list.
And not all humor is geeky today. Aaaanold recently gave the California Legislature a piece of his mind in a particularly subtle way. It's a shame the dude can't run for President. (Sure, eye roll, but in this particular case, with everything else going on in CA the Govenator does have a point.)