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SOAP discussion – “S” used to mean “Simple”

I’m not sure there’s much more to say about this, except that it sums up much of my own observations about how SOAP has evolved over the years.  The “S” really did stand for “Simple” at one point, but AFAICT, since the 1.2 spec, SOAP is not officially an acronym for anything any more.


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New words

There’s a couple words that barely exist in google, and I’m writing this solely to help get these words out there.

oxfamshire – This doesn’t exist at all in google, but would be a great county name for oxfam to set up headquarters in.

utensiltarianism – This exists in google once, but once isn’t enough, and it’s not terribly well fleshed out.  We were discussing potential religions or philosophies, and this one came out by accident.  Someone needs to develop it further, and perhaps that someone will be me some day.


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Funny Onion articles

In no particular order, these were just some classics I’ve recently found.  If you have more, share them here or email me  :)

Congress Awards Itself Congressional Medal of Honor
133 Dead as Delta cancels flight in mid-air

Struggling Blockbuster Eliminates Rental Fees


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K as in knife

My last name starts with a K, so whenever I’ve spelled out my name for people on the phone I’ve said “K, as in ‘knife'”. I’ve done this for years, almost without thinking. I was initially inspired by Inspector Clouseau in the first Pink Panther movie, where he was spelling something with a ‘J’, and he said ‘J, as in ‘jalapeno'”.

Anyway, years ago I started to put together a list of words with confusing/ambiguous first letters. One of the guys at work lent a hand and we nearly completed a list you can use for yourself. He brought in more of the foreign words, and helped in a few tough spots too. I think there’s still a couple with this list that need to be done or improved on, but I figured I’d post it here as my little public service. Feel free to use this next time you’re on the phone with someone needing to spell something!

  • a as in aisle (or aye)
  • b as in bdellium
  • c as in czar
  • d as in djibouti
  • e as in eight
  • f as in fjord
  • g as in gnaw
  • h as in herb
  • i as in isle (ioan was recommended but I’m split on this one)
  • j as in jalepeno
  • k as in knife
  • l as in Lladro (llano was another suggested alternate)
  • m as in mnemonic
  • n as in Nguyen (or ngwee)
  • o as in oestrogen
  • p as in pneumatic
  • q as in queue (or quay – pronounced ‘kay’)
  • r as in ????
  • s as in scene (or sea)
  • t as in tao (pronounced with the ‘t’ as a ‘d’)
  • u as in uakari
  • v as in “Five” (as in the roman numeral five – yes, a bit weak, but still gives the level of confusion suitable for phone conversations)
  • w as in wrench (or ‘why’)
  • x as in xenon
  • y as in yttrium (Yvonne might work better for the phone?)
  • z as in ????????

After I put this together, I did discover this other site which has a similiar list, with multiple options for each letter. The original purpose was slightly different that mine (confusing librarians, I believe) but you may still find this useful too!


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WatchMySpam

I’ve put up a basic new project – http://www.watchmyspam.com – as a way to allow people to see all the good spam I get.  I’m using a ‘test’ account right now, but will be switching to a couple dedicated spam catching addresses soon, once we’re out of ‘beta’.  Future plans – RSS feeds and email lists.

Why am I doing this?  Well, I’d like to make it as easy as possible for people to experience spam.  Pretend you’re on the road, and don’t have access to your home system’s email program.  Where would you get your spam?  With watchmyspam.com, you can just pop in to any internet cafe to get your fix.

I’m also planning to try out some newer javascript development ideas and designs as and when the ideas strike me, without buggering up other ‘real’ projects I’m working on. :)


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Computed CS Papers

http://punitive-surgery.lcs.mit.edu/scicache/923/scimakelatex.51189.Michael+Kimsal.html

This service is hilarious, and a bit frightening at the same time.


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