Of course, the best thing about getting a scanner:
Now I can go mano a mano with xkcd. WATCH YOUR BACK HYPER-INTELLIGENT STICK-FIGURE-DRAWING GEEK MAN!
Further cementing my reputation as a “tardy-adopter,” today I bought a scanner, only a single decade after they became mandatory for any self-respecting geek.
First picture scanned:
My father and I, October, 1971.
Not only is Pa Baldwin an all-around great guy, but he’s also a regular reader of this site. Hi dad!
Update: “Don’t you have a similar picture of you and the Squiggle? I think a side-by-side comparison would be nice here.”
Extrapolations: every generation of Baldwin will have shorter hair, a higher BMI, and more ridiculous headgear.
The vending machine at my work contains Hershey’s Ultimate Soft-Baked Cookies.
From a marketing standpoint, I guess the name “Soft-Baked Cookies” is catchier than “Undercooked Pastries.” Though not as clever as “Salmo-Nilla Wafers.”
Cradle of Love Rocker
Country Boy (thank god!)
Mr. Tally Man
Boy of Summer
Right To Party Advocate
Kung Fu Fighter
Guy who wrote the jingle for the “Kit-Kat” commericals
Port Commissioner of Funkytown
Eggman / Walrus
Squiggle and I are strolling through a park, and I am singing Daisy Bell to him. As I near the end of the song, we approach a middle-aged woman, who is walking briskly in the opposite direction. She suddenly stops dead in her tracks and stares, dumbfounded, as I belt out the last few words.
Woman: Were … were you just singing “Bicycle Built For Two?”
Woman: Oh my God. My name is Daisy. My great-grandmother used to sing that song to me when I was a little girl, and I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else sing it in, like, forty years! How do you know the words? Did someone sing it to you when you were a child?
Me: Ahhhh, no. It’s the song HAL 9000 sings as he dies.
My friend The Other Matthew also talked to me for a class project. That interview can be found here. I did not actually verify that the perl code would compile before I sent it; if you discover that it does not, I don’t want to hear about it.