Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I’m reading

Regular readers will know that this blog is fond of Friesians. My attention was caught by this headline:
Forest Service Considers Blowing Up Frozen Cows That Died Inside Of A Colo[rado] Mountain Cabin
US English is different, isn’t it, with its “inside of” and all. The story begins:
It may take explosives to dislodge a group of cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn’t get out.
The carcasses were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snow-shoed up to the cabin in late March. Rangers believe the animals sought shelter during a snowstorm and got stuck and weren’t smart enough to find their way out.  
IQist! Later:
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said Tuesday they need to decide quickly how to get rid of the carcasses.
“Obviously, time is of the essence because we don’t want them defrosting,” Segin said.

A.N. Wilson on the letters of P.G. Wodehouse in the TLS:
This is a sane man, writing in a lunatic world.

Chris Bourke on Jimmy Webb on songwriting:
My definition of a great song is something others want to sing, in the bath, at football, in the playground; one that nags you all day; one that continues to intrigue through an odd chord change, a crystal-clear image, a catchphrase that enters the language – or a cliché that finally gains substance when put to a melody: “your guess as good as mine”, “you always take the weather with you” …

And now for something completely different: we have all heard about crowd-sourcing and cloud-computing but, via Tim Blair, here comes crab-computing.
Finally, this story via Paul Litterick about the NSW police in strife again. Apparently it is “the fifth largest police force in the world” which I find hard to believe but the ABC should know. Money quote:
“When someone pirates your software you think who am I going to call, the police?” Mr Craig said.
“In this case, they’re the pirates.”

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