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A computer science student is studying under a tree and another pulls up on a flashy new bike. The first student asks, “Where’d you get that?” The student on the bike replies, “While I was studying outside, a beautiful girl pulled up on her bike. She took off all her clothes and said, ‘You can have anything you want’.” The first student responds, “Good choice! Her clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you.”

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Sep. 25th, 2008 11:32 pm
Joel Moskowitz on Spear & Jackson's laser guided saw:
I already have a laser-guided pencil, what more does one need? -Ed
A laser guided laser. That way you can make sure your laser is pointed correctly.


Jun. 28th, 2008 03:44 am
From Lawyers, Guns and Money’s entry It’s Racist NOT to Fly the Confederate Flag.., specifically Bruce Baugh’s comment:
Some years back, a friend of mine worked for a company whose owner had unsuspected depths of incompetence. My friend said that at first, they all wondered, “How can he pass up such fantastic opportunities?” (after some great leads got squandered.) Then it was “How is it that we manage to ever get things done, given how he is?” Finally it was, “How does he manage to eat his breakfast day after day without drowning in the milk?”
From The Editing Room's entry Transformers: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room:
Peter Cullen

When your great, great grandfather found evil robot Hugo Weaving in the arctic, he accidentally activated him, which resulted in his location being imprinted on the glasses you tried to sell on eBay. And when I say location, I am referring to the location that Hugo would later be transported to by your government.

Shia LaBeouf

Megan Fox

I can’t believe someone made a movie where the scenes in which gigantic toy robots fight each other are the least ridiculous scenes in it.


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Mar. 17th, 2008 03:55 am
Last week, we busted the myth that electroweak gague symmetry is broken by the Higgs mechanism. We'll also examine the existence of God and whether true love exists.

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Jan. 15th, 2007 10:59 pm
Also, my company's management grew so hateful of the productivity loss associated with meetings that they came quite close to implementing a policy where meetings with more than 3 people could not be held without approval from senior management. You might consider a policy like that...
Common Sense in the comments to Lawyers, Guns and Money: Psychiatric Query

Wow, talk about your good ideas.


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Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:04 am
Today's snark in mathematics reviews comes to you from Eli Rabett discussing Robert Langlands's review of Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace; it begins This is a shallow book on deep matters, about which the author knows next to nothing, but that is not why I wished to post about it.

No, I wished to remark on the single sentence

String theory itself or, better and more broadly, the conceptual apparatus of much of modern theoretical physics, above all of relativity theory, statistical physics and quantum field theory, whether in its original form as quantum electrodynamics, or as the basis of the standard theory of weak and strong interactions, or as string theory, is mathematics, or seems to be, although often not mathematics of a kind with which those with a traditional training are very comfortable.
Finally I have found a man who likes to string sentences together even more than I do. Entertainingly, Dr. Langlands is also Canadian.

But if it's pure snark you're after, this review has it in spades. From

To isolate these five developments [Euclid's plane geometry, Decartes's coordinate system, non-Euclidian geometries, higher-dimensional geometry, general relativity], each a major moment in intellectual history, as the themes of a single essay on mathematics was brilliant; to realize the concept an enormous challenge, beyond me, beyond most readers of the Notices, and certainly far beyond the author, locked in the present, upon which for him all windows open, and dazzled by his own flippancy.
Mlodinow's book is short, and the space is largely taken up with material that is irrelevant or false, and often both.
or even
[Regarding Cartesian analytic geometry] He would of course have first to read Descartes, but there is no sign that Mlodinow regarded that as appropriate preparation.

I just spotted Paco, who is declawed, trying to sharpen his nonexistent front claws on one of the couches. Paco has been declawed for over fifteen years.

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Jul. 12th, 2006 05:28 am
From Wikipedia's entry on the VF-4_Lightning_III from Macross:
The VF-4 Lightning III was named after a proposed name for what would be eventually be deemed the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the next United States Air Force main fighter. The suggested Lightning 2 name in turn was coined from the Lockheed P-38/F-5 Lightning, a World War II American fighter. Lightning II was later adopted as the name of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which does not (to the best of anybody's knowledge) transform into a giant robot.

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Aug. 30th, 2005 12:16 pm
Essentialist language comparisons

English is essentially Pictish that was attacked out of nowhere by Angles cohabiting with Teutons who were done in by a drunk bunch of Vikings masquerading as Frenchmen who insisted they spoke Latin and Greek but lacked the Arabic in which to convey that.
Bill Hammel