Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here

That's what they tell you when it's closing time at the bar (and, probably, public libraries in the seedier part of town) but there's one kind of establishment where it's not quite that simple:
Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair says 44-year-old Martin Batieni Kombate was arrested in Flagstaff last week for trespassing and was scheduled for release Monday on his own recognizance on the charge.

But when detention officers from the sheriff's office showed up to escort him out, Kombate allegedly said he wasn't leaving and was staying because he couldn't find his wallet.
So they called the police (there weren't any cops there?) who then arrested him and charged him with trespassing again. Blair said that Kombate "remains in jail," but there's no word on whether or not they simply left him where he was or took him to another, less pleasant jail. Maybe one with a rodent problem or a really unpleasant odor. I mean, that's what I would do.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's in a network name?

If movies and teevee shows have taught us anything, it's that a computer network is going to become sentient in the not too distant future and decide to wipe humanity off the face of the earth. And when the robot historians of the future write the chronicles of that dark time, they probably won't trace it all back to something with a cool name like SkyNet:
A Chicago area blogger has made it her mission to expose the unusual and humorous names people in the region give their WiFi networks.

Alexandra Janelli, the blogger behind WTFWiFi, said she began her quest when she lived in New York and found networks with names including "I eat babies for breakfast," "tequila rabbi" and "I've seen you naked," the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

Janelli said she has since moved to Evanston, Ill., and discovered networks there and in Chicago with bizarre names including "Michael Jackson Day Care Service," "Andrews Don't Snitch," "Baby Loves Glue" and "Stop looking in my windows."
I recently set up a new router, and while most of the networks in my neighborhood just have the default name of their devices, I learned that there are a couple with charming names like "Salty Sweaty Balls" and "eye see u pee." I'm pretty sure neither of those is the network for the elementary school behind my house.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This kicks ass

I heard this song ("The Dream" by Thee Oh Sees) on the Claremont Colleges radio station on the way home tonight, and it rocks pretty goddamn hard.

The band's AllMusic page is here.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

It runs in the family

Okay, this may just be a coincidence, but it's still pretty weird:
Jan. 4 birthdays have been running in one Ohio family for four generations.

Richard Stiff of the Toledo area turned 65 on Wednesday. The day is also the 34th birthday of his daughter, Julia Gonyer, and it's the first birthday of Gonyer's daughter, Kourtney.

The string began with Stiff's late father, Marshall Stiff, who was born on Jan. 4, 1924.
The article doesn't note the date of Marshall's death, but if Richard ends up passing away on the same day, Julia and little Kourtney might have something to worry about.

In related news, because I have the sense of humor of a twelve-year-old boy, "Richard Stiff" is my new favorite name.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

I can't speak for anybody else, but I'm sure heading into this one happier and healthier. Let's all put 2011 behind us and make the most of 2012.