Two major events took place in 2001, exactly a month apart. On 11 August 2001, my boyfriend at the time and I decided that I should play hooky from work. He was a student and wanted to go ten-pin bowling. We were due to meet with my best friend for lunch at his house afterwards. … Continue reading In which Randolph is hit by a getaway car a month before 9/11
When I was ten years old I almost died*. It was a Thursday afternoon at 4:50pm. The very last episode of my favourite show in the world, The Littles, was starting at 5pm and my mother had just asked me to go to the corner store and get bread and milk. I suggested that it … Continue reading In which Randolph is hit by a car and nearly dies
Growing up, my parents had friends who themselves had three kids. The eldest (let's call him Robert) and I got on quite well on a computer nerd level, but he was far more physically coordinated than me. This was especially evident in his ability to climb trees when we were much younger. Mostly I was … Continue reading Tree climbing
There's a saying that if something makes you angry you should wait before writing about it. In June 2016, I signed up my company in South Africa with Mailgun, and shortly thereafter connected a subdomain so we could send emails. We didn't need 10,000 emails. Rather, we send between 50 - 100 a month, even … Continue reading Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability
One of the best sites on the Internet is also one of the most toxic. No, I'm not talking about Twitter, but Stack Overflow. In previous posts I've referenced my own issues with the Stack network, and a few years ago I cancelled my account entirely due to the toxicity of some of its members … Continue reading This made my day
[Last edited 5 December 2018.] A few weeks ago I started limiting my time on Twitter significantly, although I reactivated my account a couple of weeks later and it was like I never left. One network I feel more strongly about is Facebook, a company I describe as evil without a hint of irony. I … Continue reading Wither social media?
Since I first heard the word dumbass, I've been a fan. It is delightful way to describe silly human behaviour. However, I retired it in 2006 because some people take offence at it. For one thing, it ends in an ass, which doesn't mean donkey. That has the potential for tripping up web filters and … Continue reading I’m retiring a word (tomcruise) in favour of a better word (obliviot)
John Gruber calls it "Claim Chowder" where someone predicts something in the future that is shown as completely wrong, as the future catches up to those claims. As I'm going through my 900+ blog entries to make sure internal links are working, and having a good chuckle at the expense of myself (after all, what's … Continue reading Hazards of recorded history …
Once upon a time, I referred to obliviots as "tomcruises", because Tom Cruise exemplified the term when he jumped on Oprah's couch, said he would eat the placenta, and then backed out. They might all have been called "dannyglovers" if he had eaten the placenta. Anyway, Danny Glover is almost as ignorant as Pat Robertson. … Continue reading Danny Glover is an obliviot
I read on News24.com that 50% of matriculants last year actually passed, of which only 7% will find jobs. So extrapolating that out, 96.5% of all matriculants will be unemployed.