Nerd Droppings

Just a Tumblr of vaguely nerdy things. I'm a computer programmer on the IBM i. I'm also a writer of tech articles, essays, and short fiction.
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A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974) Quoted by Alva Johnston in The Great Goldwynbut was misreported
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt (1759-1806) Speech in the House of CommonsNovember 18, 1783

Moonlit Beauties (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)
oil on canvas, date unknown 

Wow, given the poses and hair color, this looks like it could have been painted in the 21st century instead of the 19th.

Moonlit Beauties (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)

oil on canvas, date unknown 

Wow, given the poses and hair color, this looks like it could have been painted in the 21st century instead of the 19th.

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newyorker:

A cartoon by Paul Noth. Look through a slide show of more Roman-themed cartoons from our archive.

prokopetz:

I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.

High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:

… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):

… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:

In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.

Fabulous!

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship—never.
Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) Aphorism #83Lacon, Volume 2

It turns out the ‪#‎Palins‬ are a bunch of vile rednecks in a stretch hummer.‪ #‎WhoKnew‬ ? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/us/politics/sarah-palin-family-alaska-brawl.html

Patchy eats dinner at grand ma’s house.

Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971) "You and Me and P.B. Shelley," Good Intentions

Private investigator, Harry Angel, and his client, Louis Cyphre meet in a New York City restaurant.

Education, like neurosis, begins at home.

mayrawks:

my-teen-quote:

just-relatable:

9/11 - Never Forget.

Reblog to show respect to all those who died.

if you don’t have this on your blog today… what is wrong with you?

calm down^ 

My god…

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
There is a southern proverb—fine words butter no parsnips.
The nice guys are all over there, in seventh place.
Leo Durocher (1906-1991) Remark about the New York GiantsQuoted by Frank Graham in, The New York Journal-AmericanJuly 7, 1946