July 14th, 2004

Angry Brain

And Now A Word From Our Grumpy Sandpanther

What is with IT people who have no clue on how to report problems? I think I should get some kind of award for not eviscerating the people in my own department who report "so-and-so got some kind of error message. Oh, no, I didn't think to write it down, I just cleared it." Thanks, genius.

I can deal with it from the users. They aren't always expected to know any better, so they can't really help themselves. But from the people who as part of their daily bread and butter write the error messages? The ones who do support themselves in other areas? I have to wonder what kind of terminal stupidity they are afflicted with that they can't even figure out how to provide their own coworkers with the information that they damn well better know the coworker needs to help them fixt the problem.

If y'all will excuse me, I must go and fail to bitch-slap Fluffy.
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I'm Okay

Ah, I Must Redeem My Rubbery Honor By Puncturing Myself

Clearly the stress in my life has effected my brain:

Newly introduced tyre restrictions could mean that drivers start the final stages of the Rally of Argentina on worn tyres that have already punctured.

After reading this sentence I thought to myself, "Should that be 'have already been punctured.'?" I pondered puncturing. Puncturing, it seems, it frequently a passive action: "My thumb was punctured by the can". And yet, you can have an active puncturing: "I punctured my thumb on the can." Or, "Using his saber, he punctured his foe."

And yet, in both active examples, it seems that the subject is the one doing the puncturing. Does that not mean, then, that "have already punctured" means that the tyre is doing the puncturing itself?

All of a sudden I had visions of suicidal tyres plunging a dagger into their carcass, samurai-style, in order to redeem their honor from some strange, tyre-y stain.


Good morning, world. My brain isn't functioning properly. How are you?
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