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I understand this person. I was once like this person.
books  stories  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
An employee whose job was to be sacked | The Vision of the Pension Playpen
His job was to pretend to be fired so they could put on a show before complaining customers.
stories  hiring 
march 2018 by mcherm
Story: No Lying
A really good story by Luna Lovegood.
stories  onlinebooks  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Two stories of the pistol -
Stories. In the military, the gate guard outranks ANYONE in the performance of his duty.
via:HackerNews  stories  military 
june 2015 by mcherm
[Officer] The Stupidest Call I've Ever Taken. : TalesFromTheSquadCar
Officer went to find two men playing east and west going zax. For 30 minutes.
stories  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire -
Tales of working retail at RadioShack. Sounds pretty bad the way he tells it.
november 2014 by mcherm
Bill Watterson (recluse) does guest strips
Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes) did some guest strips on Pearls Before Swine.
stories  comics  via:reddit 
june 2014 by mcherm
The greatest bug I never fixed - The blog of makandra
Brilliant bug in a P2P world-of-warcraft plugin. Being drunk alters your words so it messed up the person-to-person communication.
bug  stories  via:HackerNews  programming 
may 2014 by mcherm
A Great Old-Timey Game-Programming Hack - Tom Moertel’s Blog
An example of what programming was like when machines were too slow instead of too big. Today we deal with excessive complexity; then they dealt with squeezing every last byte of performance out of the machine.
programming  via:HackerNews  stories 
december 2013 by mcherm
Dropbox, my grandfather, and existentialism. — Better Humans — Medium
He put his grandfather's memoirs on dropbox. Now they're backed up (even if the computer dies). Better yet, he can see them and say "I saw you wrote 2 more pages today". This makes grandpa feel like the effort isn't wasted.
stories  dropbox 
july 2013 by mcherm
The Infinitely Profitable Program | peetm
A 0-byte program, and why it was useful enough to sell for 5 pounds.
programming  stories  history  via:HackerNews 
june 2013 by mcherm
Well, He's Not Going to Get Very Far - Rand's Blog
A great story about a misunderstanding and how difficult it can be to maintain a company culture.
management  culture  stories  startup  via:HackerNews 
may 2013 by mcherm
Christmas to Me: an essay by Harper Lee
How Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird": her friend (and successful author) Truman Capote GIFTED her a year's salary and said "go write a book, we know you can".
stories  writing  history  via:reddit  HarperLee 
february 2013 by mcherm
It passes the Turing test because it really thought itself that it was human.
philosophy  via:HackerNews  stories  ai 
february 2012 by mcherm
The Jumplomancer - are you serious? > d20 Character Optimization > The Wizards Community
One of the most extraordinary tales of rules abuse that I have ever heard of.
D&D  gamedesign  stories  via:reddit 
may 2011 by mcherm
This is your captain screaming - World -
Another exciting story of disaster in an airplane averted. In this one, the pilot was SUCKED OUT OF THE AIRPLANE!
flight  stories  via:boingboing 
april 2011 by mcherm
The C Programming Language: 4.10
Co-written by Brian W Kernighan, Dennis M Ritchie, and the venerable HP Lovecraft.
stories  funny  programming  via:TheLeftFold 
january 2010 by mcherm
Boldt Castle Stories
Several interesting stories about Boldt Castle.
november 2009 by mcherm
The Machine SID Duplication Myth: Mark's Blog
Interesting story: for years, everyone has carefully worked to change the SID (some internal ID thingy) on Windows when installing a mirror to multiple machines. Suddenly, someone realized that it had never been necessary.
via:slashdot  security  windows  stories 
november 2009 by mcherm
The Jet-Propelled Couch: true story of a physicist who thought he was a science fiction hero on another planet - Boing Boing
A wonderful story about someone who thought he was "John Carter of Mars" or something similar. Several people believe he later became a science fiction writer.
psychology  scifi  stories  via:boingboing 
september 2009 by mcherm
The story of the Gömböc
Wonderful math story. For years, they weren't sure whether a 3D object could exist with just one balance point. Finally found it's close but can barely exist. Then built one. Then discovered that some turtles had the same thing in their shell shape.
math  stories  design  geometry  animals  biology  via:reddit 
september 2009 by mcherm
Damn Interesting • The Gimli Glider
Another telling of the Gimli Glider story.
flight  stories 
september 2009 by mcherm
The case of the 500-mile email
This is a classic: the story of an email server that wouldn't send mail over 500 miles. It's a fantastic bug.
funny  internet  history  email  stories  bug 
november 2008 by mcherm
This New Vulnerability: Dowd’s Inhuman Flash Exploit » Matasano Chargen
An entertaining account of just how far someone had to go to take advantage of a vulnerability in Flash. It's really an astonishing hack.
security  programming  hacking  flash  stories  funny  via:LarryOsterman 
april 2008 by mcherm
» What happened to me and the new girl (or: “The girl who cried Webmaster”) » The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century : Joey deVilla’s Personal Blog
This is an incredible story. Blogging about his new girlfriend led to astonishing revelations. Web programming and Columbo are involved -- you really just have to read it.
blogging  stories  funny  relationships 
february 2008 by mcherm
The Interoperation
In the future, architecture (and all other jobs) have given way to software interoperation.
scifi  stories  fiction  onlinebooks  via:boingboing  personal_net 
november 2007 by mcherm
NPR : Pip and the Judge: An Unlikely Friendship
A story about a judge and a criminal who came before him. It reminded me of my grandfather.
stories  law  funny 
october 2007 by mcherm
BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | 'How I picked up a suicide bomber'
Person realizes the hitchhiker he picked up is a suicide bomber.
personal_net  stories 
february 2007 by mcherm
The Gimli Glider Incident
Amazing story of landing an out-of-fuel airplane.
personal_net  flight  stories 
january 2007 by mcherm
The Story of the PING Program
Author of ping, also a review of the children's book.
unix  stories  personal_net 
february 2005 by mcherm

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