Author Archive: Paul Epps

Cross to Bear

9 Nov 2017 /
Cross

We are nailed to ourselves. Each of us is our own cross to bear.

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Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis

4 Nov 2017 /

Politico tells us that more than 10,000 female “cryptoanalysts” were enlisted by the U.S. Army and Navy to help crack Nazi codes and ensure the Allies’ victory in World War II , but until now they have been mostly overlooked by history. (Politico: The Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis)

OK, but male code breakers have been overlooked by history too, haven’t they?

Name a few famous male code breakers. Name one. Don’t say Alan Turing, he was British.

Code breaker, female


The Pearl

4 Nov 2017 /
Pearl

A raindrop, dripping from a cloud,
Was ashamed when it saw the sea.
‘Who am I when there is a sea?’ it said.
When it saw itself with the eye of humility,
A shell nurtured it in its embrace.

— Saadi of Shiraz
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Do I understand your question, man? Is it hopeless and forlorn?

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Destiny eats prayers like a toad eats flies . . .

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World Series Game 7: Houston 5, LA 1

1 Nov 2017 /

Yu Darvish gives up 5 runs in an inning and two-thirds.

Unless I’m forgetting someone, there really aren’t any clutch Asians in professional sports.

Sorry Dodgers . . . see you again in 30 years.

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A Keyword Search = Advanced Machine Learning?

1 Nov 2017 /

A team of researchers at UC San Diego has used “advanced machine learning” to develop technology that mines Twitter to identify entities illegally selling prescription opioids online.

Apologies to everyone involved if I’m misunderstanding the media release, but the advanced machine learning seems to consist of looking for tweets that contain any of the keywords codeine, Percocet, fentanyl, Vicodin, Oxycontin, oxycodone or hydrocodone and include a hyperlink.


Umbrage

31 Oct 2017 /

Willy and Ethel


Overheard

31 Oct 2017 /

That is a great fright wig! . . . it’s not a fright wig?

Witch


Russian Propaganda on Facebook

31 Oct 2017 /

Facebook says that as many as 126 million people may have been exposed to 80,000 posts from a Russian propaganda group known as the Internet Research Agency over a two-year period.

Who cares? People believe what they want to believe.

Have you ever heard anyone say “I completely changed my mind on this issue after reading a Facebook post by nobody I know”?

Or “I was going to vote for Candidate A and now I’m going to vote for Candidate B”?

Neither have I . . .


The Miser and the Angel of Death

28 Oct 2017 /

A miser had accumulated, by effort, trade, and lending, three hundred thousand dinars. He had lands and buildings, and all kinds of wealth.

Death and the miser

He then decided that he would spend a year in enjoyment, living comfortably, and then decide as to what his future should be.

But, almost as soon as he had stopped amassing money, the Angel of Death appeared before him, to take his life away.

The miser tried, by every argument which he could muster, to dissuade the Angel, who seemed, however, adamant. Then the man said:

“Grant me but three more days, and I will give you one-third of my possessions.”

The Angel refused, and pulled again at the miser’s life, tugging to take it away.

Then the man said:

“If you will only allow me two more days on earth, I will give you two hundred thousand dinars from my store.”

But the Angel would not listen to him. And the Angel even refused to give the man a solitary extra day for all his three hundred thousand pieces.

Then the miser said:

“Please, then, give me just time enough to write one little thing down.”

This time the Angel allowed him this single concession, and the man wrote, with his own blood:

“Man, make use of your life. I could buy not one hour for three hundred thousand dinars. Make sure you realize the value of your time.”

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Round Up the Usual Suspects

27 Oct 2017 /

Nose-Picking Masturbator Terrorizes NYC Subway RidersNBC New York

That description doesn’t narrow it down very much. Unless he was doing both at the same time. That would be unusual.


Stuff With No Knowledge

27 Oct 2017 /
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (left) and n...

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir, on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. In the background: Upper and lower Yosemite Falls.

John Muir walked away into the mountains
in his old overcoat a crust of bread in his pocket
we have no knowledge and so we have stuff and
stuff with no knowledge is never enough to get you there
it just won’t get you there

— Greg Brown, “Two Little Feet”

See You in Hell, Breakfast Lovers

26 Oct 2017 /

Satan

[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]

Breakfast in Hell:

Breakfast in Hell

GAZE UPON MY CROISSAN’WICH AND TREMBLE!

See you in Hell . . .


The Family Nut Tree

26 Oct 2017 /
Nut tree

A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested in Los Angeles on child pornography charges.

Their father was a bank robber once on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

The nuts didn’t fall far from the nut tree in the Paddock family . . .


Fats Domino, 1928-2017

25 Oct 2017 /

Ain’t that a shame . . .


Good News, Bad News

23 Oct 2017 /

Bad News: Americans are retiring later, dying sooner and are sicker in-between.

Good News: I found this video of a rescued raccoon who thinks she’s a dog:


Wild Wild Life

23 Oct 2017 /

Sleeping on the interstate oh oh oh
Getting wild, wild life
Checkin’ in, checkin’ out! Uh, huh!
I got a wild, wild life
Spending all of my money and time oh oh oh
Done too much wild, wild
We want to go, where we go, where we go oh oh oh
I doing wild, wild life


What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?

22 Oct 2017 /

As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?


A Hotbed of Asininity

22 Oct 2017 /

I’ve never heard of this woman but she has a verified account and claims to be a Harvard woman:

OK . . . but where do you think government gets the money to pay for things?

Sometimes I think America should change its marketing from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave to A Hotbed of Asininity.


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