Category Archives: Humour

Words of wisdom from Slashdot

And that’s a rare enough concept, but this made me laugh

The suggestion in the discussion was that the best people to run a University email service was the CS dept:

Don’t. The CS department is interested in education and research. They may come up with an innovative solution and write a few papers about it – then abandon it, leaving it with poor documentation, a bad interface, hundreds of bugs, and idiosyncratic and non-standard elements.

IT is not CS. IT is a service.CS is a discipline. Asking the CS department to run the academic IT systems is like asking the English department to run the library. It’s a non-starter.

Product naming fail – why dictionaries are good

I was quite delighted last night to be made aware of a wonderful product during an advert break.  I had to do a double check, and still this morning I can’t quite believe it.

Ever heard of “Murine” products as in “Murine Dry and Tired Eyes“?

Maybe I’ve been living in the dark, since I don’t wear contact lenses – but this does strike me as being a particularly bad name for a product.  Fine, so I spent years at the bench, a genuine ‘lab rat’ but I can’t imagine that I am the only person who thinks that murine means:

of or relating to a murid genus (Mus) or its subfamily (Murinae) which includes the common household rats and mice; also : of, relating to, or involving these rodents and especially the house mouse

I would love to know what rationale there was for not looking up the word ‘murine’ in a dictionary before naming your product.  Is it just another attempt by the cosmetics industry to make their products sound more…. scientific?

I also smirked at this entry in their Product FAQ, filed under “What ingredients are in Murine dry&tired:”

pH adjusted for comfort with sodium hydroxide or hyrdrochloric acid.

That just sounds so good.  We won’t even go into the spelling.

Eats, shoots and leaves

With grammar test applications currently exploding all over Facebook, their only purpose to be harvesting all your juicy personal data whilst you prove to your friends that aged 34 you really can tell the difference between “their, there and they’re”, it’s nice to come across a simple blog that holds up some of the greatest abuses of quotation marks ever seen (and doesn’t need to be sent to 10 of your friends in order to view it).

Enjoy them at The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotations.