Courier is dead.  Long live Courier.

Courier is dead. Long live Courier.

Boing Boing, a blog that cannot be accessed here in the souless office park due to our internet security filter, is reporting that as of today, “courier new 12” is obsolete and unacceptable at the US State Department. The new standard font is Times New Roman 14. Exceptions to the new rule include: telegrams treaty […]

Mail Bombs

Mail Bombs

An Arkansas lawyer and his son are going to jail for mailing a poisonous snake: Bob Sam Castleman, an attorney and former city judge in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and his son, Jerrod, were charged with mailing a cardboard box containing a venomous copperhead snake to a neighbor with whom they had feuded. The two pleaded guilty […]

Boss-across-the-hall update

Boss-across-the-hall update

Very happy news–Mrs. Boss-across-the-hall delivered a healthy baby boy over the weekend (their first child). Best wishes to all! And remember, boss-across-the-hall, that you are entitled to three months of leave.

John Allen Paulos: Who's Counting?

John Allen Paulos: Who’s Counting?

A reader noticed that Once Upon a Number: The Hidden Mathematical Logic of Stories is currently in the pile of to-be-read-books and kindly sent the link to John Allen Paulos’ Who’s Counting column at abcnews.com. Thanks, Dan! There’s lots of good stuff in the archives. For example, concerning hidden codes in text: If, to use […]

That Ain't Fare

That Ain’t Fare

I got into a cab on Saturday night and was greeted by really loud Middle Eastern-style music. It sounded not quite right, and after a few minutes I figured out why. The music wasn’t coming from the cab’s stereo–it was coming from the two-way radio. Once the music ended, the airwaves filled with disgruntled chatter […]

The Yes Men

The Yes Men

Yesterday’s Marketplace had an interview with Andy and Mike, a couple of activists who fight “evil doers”: In 1999, just before the big protests in Seattle, Mike and Andy set up a parody of the WTO website at the domain GATT.org. Some people mistook it for the real thing and wrote in with questions about […]