This clip of a TV sports presenter during coverage of the Athens Olympics in 2004 explaining the difference between badminton as it's played in the Olympics and badminton as it's played by your kids in your back yard is simply wonderful:
Tim Bray shares the cautionary tale of Susan and her SQL Problem:
As usual, it all started out innocently enough. Susan [ed: names have been changed to protect privacy] had no way to meet the deadlines her bosses had set for her. Bob had recently and abruptly left the company, and Melissa was on an extended medical absence, leaving Susan to do the work of three people. That is, three people each trying to reconcile a few dozen 40,000+ row Excel spreadsheets representing the general ledger of the Fortune 1000 company they consulted for. She was about to brush off ever-chatty and annoying Michael from Compliance when, for once, he recognized the stress she was under and said something useful.
Useful and dangerous, that is.
"Hey, let me give you something that'll help. A friend introduced it to me, and it's made my life amazingly easy ever since," he said. He handed her a USB stick. […]
Since hearing about Ars Paradoxica via MeFi Fanfare at the weekend I've devoured eight episodes of the 14 released so far.
At the dawn of the Cold War, the accidental inventor of time-travel finds herself press-ganged into service by a secretive branch of the US government.
Our main character, Dr Sally Grissom, is taking the sudden change in her situation remarkably calmly, all things considered. By this point the story is developing nicely, with all sorts of complications emerging that could go in any number of directions.
As they aim to publish a new episode once a month, I'm now torn between slowing up a bit so I can get to episode 14 shortly before episode 15 is due, or just blasting through the next six episodes and going cold turkey until the release schedule resumes.
I've already been sufficiently entertained that I've thrown a few quid an episode their way via Patreon. Fingers crossed this one runs and runs.
When Stanley Franks is told he has 1500 words left to live, he faces a battle to keep both his marriage and himself alive using the fewest words possible.
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