Snake in a crib

From a recent article titled “Python is eating the world“: Python may never have existed at all had the popular programming languages in the late ’80s been better, with one of van Rossum’s motivations for creating Python being the incompatibility of the Perl scripting language with the Amoeba distributed computing system he was working on […]

Semiramis

Following something Vered wrote I googled for mother goddess and ran across Semiramis, a legendary Assyrian queen-ruler who has the misfortune to owe a lot of her google-juice to the tireless efforts of Jack Chick style Christians, promoting a 19th century anti-Catholic propaganda which holds her responsible for inventing goddess-worship (and thus the Catholic cult […]

Doctor Who has a superpower

Doctor Who has an unique superpower – and by “Doctor Who” I mean the show, not the character of the Doctor – yes, it’s a TV show with a superpower: through the gimmick of the Doctor’s regeneration, it can replace the main character with literally anyone it cares. It’d be hard to find another genre […]

Lex Luthor

My former testicle gave me both girls and paternity leave in the form of chemotherapy treatments, which started a week after the birth. After a first week with 5 consecutive days of treatment come two weeks of recovery, and by the end of the second week, most of the symptoms of the first week’s treatment […]