I hereby certify that it is entirely impossible…

I hereby certify that it is entirely impossible to translate a California Birth Certificate. Informant? Attendant? Registrar? Certifier? Birth Recorder? What? It would also help if the people who filled out those forms put the data into the field that the fields are for, and not some other random data. E.g. field name: License number…

Where’s today’s edgy political writing?

just finished Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”, the grand daddy of countless funny movies, but also a brilliant anti-slavery polemic, and anti-many-other-things besides. Has that kind of writing all but disappeared? Or am I just not plugged into the right places? There sure is plenty of wrong in the world that…

watering – Moisture sensors in connection with drip irrigation – Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange

Today’s great idea: open-source seeds aka the anti-Monsanto. By Adam Starrh in http://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/20674/moisture-sensors-in-connection-with-drip-irrigation/21789?noredirect=1#comment25219_21789

For the first time in a long time…

For the first time in a long time, somebody called me “Doctor” today. (He was Chinese, perhaps the Chinese have a similar attitude to titles as the Germans?) I’m afraid there was some awkward silence after that, because I had forgotten how to respond. The common looking-oh-ever-so-slightly-superior kind of thing is not something I know…