By 15 votes to 6.. in Dixville, New Hampshire, the first place to declare a result.. 😉
Still it’s promising if you’re an Obama supporter..
And the count is a real shocker, as just read on CNN: Obama 15 votes, McCain six votes — in a place that has only voted Democratic once in the 50 years they’ve been doing this tradition.
For any CoC fans out there, Ars Technica has The Call of Cthubuntu that was published for Halloween.
His howl transformed into maniacal laughter and then became a rhythmic chant. He recited the entire manual page for the UNIX sed command and then slumped to the floor, completely exhausted by the ordeal.
Courtesy of a friend of work, the latest in cyber cleaning. 😉
For those who’ve heard about the crazy news about the patent trolls that are invoicing people based on their claims to have invented image linking in 2000 (and patented it in 2002) there is a site that is gathering information about the patent itself (Republic of Singapore Patent No. 95940) and the Australian company behind it.
The site is at http://suevuestar.biz/ and includes the handy information that the Australian patent actually lapsed because they failed to pay the renewal fees!
Erm, I don’t know quite what got into this person!
The purpose of this invention is to provide an improved method of proposing marriage to an individual. The method of proposing to an individual generally comprising the steps of meeting the individual; exchanging names with the individual; dating the individual (not necessary); drafting a government document having a proposal to marry the individual incorporated therein; and showing the government document to the individual. The government document may be a patent application. The patent application may claim the method by which the proposor will make a marriage proposal to the individual. The proposor could then use the method claimed in the patent application to propose to the individual. The patent application could be the actual marriage proposal.
Thankfully it’s rather restrictive on whom it applies to..
 In the drawings, the method for a proposor to propose to an individual is generally referred to by the reference numeral 10. Method 10 generally comprises the steps of meeting an individual; exchanging names with the individual; drafting a government document having a proposal to marry the individual incorporated therein; and showing the government document to the individual. Preferably, the government document is a patent application. The patent application may claim the method by which the proposor will make a marriage proposal to the individual. The proposor could then use the method claimed in the patent application to propose to the individual. Furthermore, the individual is preferably named Ellen Renee Colyer (hereinafter “Ellie”) and the proposor is preferably named Ryan Thomas Grace (hereinafter “Ryan”). Ryan is more fully described as set forth hereinbelow. Ellie generally comprises a kind, loving individual who has not only been a large support for Ryan during many pressing times, but has also been a large influence on how Ryan approaches life (more so than Ellie will ever let herself realize).
…and the exact method is something that few people will (hopefully) try…
 After drafting the government document, the government document is shown to the individual as generally defined by the showing step. The showing step may comprise placing the government document in a limousine where the individual can find the government document. The proposor could then arrange to have the limousine meet the proposor at a predetermined location where the proposor presents a diamond ring to the individual.
As geeky as the proposal may seem it appears to have worked!
 In the ideal situation where Ellie accepts the diamond ring, Ryan should sign the patent application and deposit the patent application with the United States Postal Service. Preferably, the United States Patent and Trademark Office receives the patent application and, upon examination, issues a patent on the same.
The wedding reception will be a scream..
A nice find by Andy.. 🙂
From a bottle of Carlton Draught (hat tip to Kevin for asking).
A wonderful poster by Alec Muffett..
I can’t wait till I get back to Australia and can print a colour A3 version of this for my office door.. 🙂
Someone had a sense of humour..
strfry: Function for flash-cooking a string.