Who here knows the song "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne? What about the gender-swapped parody "Stacy's Dad" by annapantsu?

I find it amusingly fitting that, when a woman got her hands on it, she added a touch more class to the lyrics by making her character 23 and swapping out things like "I know it might be wrong" for "It's actually pretty sad", giving a sense that the character is more self-aware, instead of just acknowlegding that *others* won't approve.

I just added an entry to the "Recommended 'Politics in Harry Potter' fics" list on my blog.

blog.ssokolow.com/archives/201

PSA:

If you're trying to write a utility using Open Watcom C/C++ that works both on DOS and on the Linux machine you normally cross-compile from, and you're getting mysterious misbehaviours on one platform, check your INCLUDE path.

Having INCLUDE=$WATCOM/lh when cross-building for DOS or having INCLUDE=$WATCOM/h when building natively for Linux can result in successfull builds with confusing runtime misbehaviours.

My fanfiction review TODO list is now fully transcribed from private to public, having been cleaned up quite a bit along the way.

blog.ssokolow.com/fanfiction-r

Given that the publicly visible list has doubled in size, anyone who's interested should look again.

How about another excellent song that seems to be known in too narrow a niche and drifts in and out of my memory?

The Charm of the Seer by Ayreon

For anyone following my blog for fanfiction reviews, please be aware that I added about 40 stories to the my Fanfiction Reviews TODO page last night and I'm about to add a bunch more.

(For those who missed the announcement, I've been tidying up and transcribing my private notes on what I want to review as, even without full reviews, they're still valuable as a list of interesting things to consider reading.)

blog.ssokolow.com/fanfiction-r

Another great song that I was reminded of:

Imago by Pain of Salvation

The metaphor in the lyrics reminds me of Mado Kara Mieru from Christopher Tin's Calling All Dawns.

I just discovered the Nightwish song "The Islander"... another case of "every metal band must have at least one soft song".

A beautiful celtic folk-ish song that I recommend everyone check out, even if they don't like Nightwish otherwise:

(And the music video is beautiful too)

Today, I got nerd-sniped into writing a quick little tool for looking at binary data as pixels to identify patterns that might not show up in a hex dump.

github.com/ssokolow/pixmap_pro

...of course, I also read Alternate Universe fanfiction, so I suppose it's just stuff that's not clearly declaring itself to be AU where I feel an aversion to changing the characters before copyright runs out.

Random realization:

I have no problem with reinterpreting the look of characters like Dracula, but I have to squash and question an impulse to dislike things like Zendaya being cast for MJ in the more recent Spider-man movies.

I thought about it and I realized that, intuitively, it's all down to copyright. If the original work is still under copyright, I see it as too soon to break from the original creator's conception of the character.

...and another that I almost failed to re-identify.

Golden Brown by The Stranglers from 1981

Just posting a nostalgic song from the 90s (Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins) so that maybe next time I'll remember that I did something unique with it.

For whatever reason, it loves to pop up in my memory just hazy enough that I can't search up the lyrics to remember its name.

...and I found the Anonymous article I was thinking of.

WIRED, November 2011: "Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz"

wired.com/2011/11/anonymous-10

Definitely an interesting read when an article not only gives an overview of 4chan's /b/ at the time, but draws a thread back to things like Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (published in parts from 1759 through 1767).

Another fun pull from years ago that I was just reminded of in conversation.

An article on the development of "because" as a preposition:

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

Now to see if I can track down that article on Anonymous that I remember.

I just came up with an amusing way to express my perspective on the individual responsibility to evolve English toward greater consistency when coining new speech:

"languages gonna language, but please think before you word"

...and another important blog from 2006 that I somehow missed the link to the first time I read "Why xkcd-style graphs are important":

(If for no other reason, so it'll be here if I forget what I bookmarked it under.)

I just wrote a blog post about H.P. Lovecraft's writings.

blog.ssokolow.com/archives/202

Here's my favourite turn of phrase:

"Out of the Aeons is good, but, like The Call of Cthulhu, the threat is too distant. All physical evidence of the problem lurked under the ocean for eons before surfacing, and then returned to the ocean. It's too easy to feel that it'll probably stay under the ocean for eons more before coming up for another ultimately ineffective burp of momentary crisis."

...also, something that's six years old, but still makes a good point that I intend to make use of in my blog:

chrisstucchio.com/blog/2014/wh

xkcd-style sketchy rendering of computer-generated graphs is an important visual cue to drive home to humans (who "don't read") not to assume too much precision or accuracy out of a graph intended more to visualize patterns.