introduction to neal umphred dot com

RA­TI­O­CI­NA­TIONS OUT OF THIN AIR is the title that I wanted for this blog. But it would have been con­fusing as most people don’t know what “ra­ti­o­ci­na­tion” means and few would bother to look it up. So we’re stuck with my name with “dot com” tacked on and this is the in­tro­duc­tion to that blog. [Read more] “introduction to neal umphred dot com”

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“my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex”

EMAIL CLAIMS I HAVE A TROJAN HORSE VIRUS! I re­ceived an email claiming to have breached the se­cu­rity of my com­puter and recorded me while, ahem, in­ter­acting with on­line porn. The sender at­tempted to ex­tort money from me: “I see what you’re doing. If you don’t pay, I’ll send this dirt to all your contacts!” [Read more] ““my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex””

just cat and dog cartoons on facebook

HOME VIDEOS OF CATS AND DOGS at play, at rest, eating, etc., re­main in­cred­ibly pop­ular on the in­ternet. Type “cat videos” into Google and you will get about 8,790,000,000 re­sults. Dog videos are even more pop­ular with about 11,040,000,000 re­sults! Cat and dog panel car­toons are not as promi­nent with about 57,000,000 and 50,000,000 re­sults, respectively. [Read more] “just cat and dog cartoons on facebook”

bleeding heart liberal cartoons on facebook

CAR­TOONS MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND. At least, it seems like they make the po­lit­ical world go around and have been doing so for­ever. The po­lit­ical or ed­i­to­rial car­toon has been a part of Western cul­ture for cen­turies. Some his­to­rians cite Egyptian hi­ero­glyphics as their fore­runner, al­though its prac­tical be­gin­ning is a bit more recent. [Read more] “bleeding heart liberal cartoons on facebook”

who’s trying to replace a familiar word with a foreign accent mark?

MORE BOOLSCHIDT “NEW USAGE” in writing! In sev­eral ar­ti­cles in what ap­pears to be Amer­ican Eng­lish, I found writers had added a tilde (~) be­fore an amount of money. For ex­ample, a sen­tence might read, “The cost of buying orig­inal copies of all six psy­che­delic al­bums by the Straw­berry Watch Pipers in near-mint con­di­tion is ~$4,000.” [Read more] “who’s trying to replace a familiar word with a foreign accent mark?”

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no more bell, no more pop-up notifications

I AM DIS­CON­TIN­UING THE SER­VICE that sends pop-up mes­sages to readers. Sub­scribing to these pop-ups—called push notifications—required you to click on the bell (the large image pic­tured above) in the lower corner of this blog. Due to their neg­a­tive im­pact on the speed and ef­fi­ciency of this blog, these no­ti­fi­ca­tions will cease immediately. [Read more] “no more bell, no more pop-up notifications”

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