Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

August 1st, 2016

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Steampunk is a genre of fiction where technology advancements are steam powered, rather than electricity or nuclear powered. The term itself came in 1987 from K. W. Jeter, but the genre of fiction, and even of gadgetry in film had started long before that. I’ve always been drawn to Steampunk. The Victorian age, which much of Steampunk centers around, saw humanity grasping to understand the massive leaps made in the Age of Enlightenment, equal to the repercussions from the advances made in the Renaissance.

Steampunk was before the dirt and grit brought about from the industrial revolution. This was art nouveau meets science fiction. Less than 100 years after Gulliver’s Travels came Frankenstein, and less than 50 years later came Journey to the Center of the Earth by H.G. Wells. Prometheus gave us the fire to stoke our imaginations, push the boundaries, and connect what was in our heads to what was becoming reality. More refined than cyberpunk, more slapstick than spacey.

Babbage machines, electrical tinkeration, crystal-powered laser pistols, ingenious designers, a quick wit, and fabulous garb aren’t all that make up steampunk. One of my favorite parts of fiction genres is that they can take on different meanings for different people. While I may see something as Dieselpunk (you know, like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), others might see it as steampunk. Where I don’t look at post apocalyptic fiction as steampunk, if it’s got gadgets and Victorian-ish accents/attire, others do. So, my goal in this article is to provide some movies you can argue about for hours if you’d like. Or you can just enjoy them!

Let’s start off with the most vanilla of the steam punk movies. These are the ones that it would be hard to argue aren’t steampunk. This is because they appeal to the traditional view of what that means. Just throwing this out there before we get started, I’ve not yet seen a single flick that fully encompasses what Steampunk means to me (although the game Space: 1889 comes pretty darn close). But these get you on the right track…

Missionary Steampunk

Sherlock Holmes (2009): I think I’m putting this first because the two Sherlock Holmes movies best capture the spirit and ingenuity behind what steampunk means to me in a mass accessible fashion. While there are certainly other movies that do a better job of capturing the look and feel, Robert Downey Jr. in his lost brilliance detects, invents, and creates in the way that I’ve come to expect here. And the costumes are pretty fantastic.


Sherlock Holmes, A Game Of Shadows (2011): What I said earlier… But while I’ve got ya’ here, go ahead and check out Annedroids. It’s TV, so doesn’t fit in this series, but if you got an 8 year old, they’re sure to love it.

Hugo (2011): Clocks, trains, Paris in the fabulous 1930s, and then the mystery of a robot automaton. Gorgeous art nouveau, stunning cinematography, and great acting. A beautiful story, great acting, and magic in technology. Did I mention it’s a Scorsese movie?

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003): This was not a great movie. No really. It had potential, but it just missed the mark a little. Sean Connery was amazing, as always. But this movie just felt like it wasn’t 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Like maybe the screenplay missed the point of the comic maybe? The special effects were fun, the gadgetry was gadgetalicious, and the movie is still a better movie than 9 out of 10 things out there. There were velvet vests under topcoats with tails, knife fights, The Invisible Men, and of course, Captain Nemo. Not totally Steampunk, but the spirit is there and it’s worthy of being high up on the list.

The Time Machine (2002): Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, and an adventure that involves of course, going back in time. The iconic H.G. Wells book was a basis of the this movie that was a breaking point in a way for Guy Pearce. The story is of a man who travels in time to find a utopian future. But the future he finds is dark and frightening and not what was promised. The Time Machine was the first in a great genre of time travel books, and led to many a movie. But at the heart of the book was a love story. Regrettably, none of that really came through in this movie. It was nominated for the Golden Schmoes Worst Movie of the Year award and should have beaten out Rollerball. Reason being that Rollerball was supposed to be bad… These guys actually tried… But do check out the original movie. Much better.

Wild Wild West (1999): American Steampunk. It means cowboys, witty banter, and a little Will Smithian adventure. Artemis, trains, steam-powered robots, and a movie that ushered out the video cassette in favor of DVD in the same fashion that electricity replaced steam.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004): You could include Nanny McPhee here as well. Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in “a world built by imagination and ruled by invention.” Oh my Lemony Snicket’s!

City of Ember (2008): An underground Steampunk city, a map, Tim, er, I mean Tom Robbins, gadgets, adventure, and of course teenage bravery. A bit dystopian, but a fair enough Steampunk quotient.

The Golden Compass (2007): Polar bears in art deco armor, an aletheometer, an adventurating uncle, Nicole Kidman, an airship, and all the imagination. The very name Lyra screams Steampunk, but cossacks seal the deal.

Stardust (2007): One word: Airship. Not like Jefferson Starship, but like a blimp with De Niro, narrated by Ian McKellen, heroines including Kate Magian and Sienna Miller, and with Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer to boot. It’s a Neil Gaiman book, so it’s got street cred. But it kinda’ felt like there was just… too… much… going… on… Either way, if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great flick. And by great, I mean an ok movie that shoulda’ been great.

Zero Theorem (2013): I totally missed the theatrical release of this Terry Gilliam insta-classic and caught it on Prime. Some dystopian future, some cyberpunk, some artificial intelligence, but with plenty of strange and fanciful art nouveau scenes. Oh, and Matt Damon playing Management. Might as well just throw Time Bandits in there for fun…

Franklyn (2008): A young Sam Riley steals the show from a pompous Ryan Phillippe. More dystopian than Steampunk, but when there’s a cravat and a tophat, I just can’t help myself… Also a bit darker than I usually like my Steampunk. But that’s why it’s at the bottom of the Missionary section.

Pan (2015): What if Hugh Jackman were a slaver? Or if Hook was a flying ship piloting rapscallion? Peter Pan is no Young Indiana Jones like Hook, but he did never have to grow up (which obviously meant he never became Han Solo either). Instead, we have a fanciful look, full of gadgetry and imagination, of how Peter Pan came to be, well, Peter Pan.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968): Before Trent Reznor, Dick Van Dyke invented industrial music while driving one of the best gadgets from the 60s. Inventors, pesky kids, toys that are people that are toys, and flying cars…

The Last Airbender (2010): Just look at the kite in the show, or the second season and how it turned all kinds of Dieselpunk. The only electricity is thrown by firebenders. The steam-powered bad-guys in their ships and the almost-art-nouveau styles of the waterbenders. While critics didn’t seem to like the movie, I thought M. Night Shyamalan did a fantastic job. And I only wish there had been a follow-up, venturing deep into the other nations to end the war. At least it wasn’t The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Honorable Mention: Going Postal (2010), a TV mini-series about a Moist von Lipwig, a con artist turned postman, forced into the deed by a Lannister who hadn’t been impaled while on the crapper. A classic tale of an accidental hero, with tones of sepia and a fancifultude. Oh, and don’t forget all the Sherlock Holmes ever. More honorable mentions to Hellboy, although a bit too new for my tastes; but it does have Ron Perlman and comes to us from Guillermo del Toro, so there’s that…

Fantasy Steampunk(ish)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012): OK, Abe’s axe and the Washington monument have completely different meanings after you see this flick. Trade out the Victorian for Antebellum. And being from the South, I fully support the decision to do so…

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013): Before Jeremy Renner was Hawkeye without the purple costume, he was in *everything*. One of the interesting things about the Victorian era, is that it stood between belief in witches and when medieval fantasy was giving way to natural sciences. Hansel & Gretel are witch hunters, but with cool toys. There’s a little mysticism in a lot of Steampunk movies. This was a big, expensive movie. And  Famke Janssen showed why she got cast as a Vampire in Hemlock Grove and as a witch of a woman in the Blacklist, stealing the show in a fury of evil (not a fury of Kung).

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016): Honestly, the inspiration for this article. I tried to decide whether this really matched as Steampunk. And what I came up with was kinda’. It’s about 2 decades too early, but offers a wonderful backdrop for a future Sense & Sensibilities & Zombies that is way more Steampunk. The dialog was slightly tweaked from the Jane Austin. But the fine manners are symbolic of the topcoats and cravats, the odd looking weaponry, the infusion of fighting skills from the orient, the beautiful dresses, the waltz, the large estates, and more. There isn’t gadgetry as much as there are zombies. But through it all is a refined and elegant pace that is unmistakably part of this genre.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): I think Tom Waits was made for Steampunk. His vocals on movie soundtrack can be what the accoutrement of gear-laden goggles are to movies. Time on trains and the occasional mechanical backup hand don’t make a movie Steampunk all by themselves. And there is a lot more Keanu than Winona… Anthony Hopkins is like a cheesy Van Helsing. Speaking of Helsing, next…

Van Helsing (2004): Soon to be made into a TV series, Van Helsing is a monster hunter, with some pretty cool methods and weapons. It’s a bit more renaissance than the traditional steampunk, but it gets an honorable mention here. Mostly because of Kate Beckinsale. I think it also had that guy that played Wolverine, but more Beckinsale would have been better. Who, btw, gets to go from playing werewolf hunting vampire to vampire hunting werewolf lover/curer.

Victor Frankenstein (2015): Arguably, Mary Shelley created science fiction as we know it today. After losing her mother as a child, her half-sister, and a baby, Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. A helluva way to deal with death. A number of movies have been made about the first real bring them back to life with science story. This movie is a look at the story from Igor’s perspective. But why it’s on this list is the fantastic Victorian-era wardrobes, the sets, the gadgetry, and the dialog.

Honorable Mentions: I, Frankenstein (2014): Starts out closing in on our target, but way too modern for too much of the movie. Harry Potter (all the movies – from 2001 to 2011): Fantasy, but gadgets. Such gadgets. And such ingenuity. But I don’t like  magic in my Steampunk. So there’s that… Also Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian because they left the period that we see so much in Steampunk, and because… imagination… and all the imagination…

Honorable Mentions Part Deux: Jonah Hex (too American) and Iron Sky (Nazis are basically always Dieselpunk). Oh, and Tai Chi Hero as representation for the one of what I’m guessing are many martial arts inspired Steampunk flicks.

Post-Apocalyptic, But Hey, It’s Got Cool Gear And Costumes

The City Of Lost Children (1995): Ron Perlman was excellent (as usual) in this post-apocalyptic look at stealing the dreams of a child to reverse the effects of aging. Low on dialog, high on creeptitude. But too much electricity and not enough steam to go into the missionary category.

Mad Max (1979-2015): More post-apocalyptic diesel-punk (and when I say diesel, I mean very black, oily diesel) than anything else, but there are serious moments in Fury Road and everything Tina Turner, that show some serious Steampunk->Dieselpunk costumery. A bit less, um, dialog than you’d expect. But again, not exactly in the missionary category, due to all that.

John Carter (2012): OK, so John Carter is a Civil War vet. And he’s on Mars. And the movie tanked. But watch it with your 3d steampunked goggles on and it’s actually pretty darn Steampunk. Except the muscles. And the aliens. But Disney lost so much money on this thing that I’m pretty sure every genre can claim a little bit of it. Even romantic comedy!

Firefly and Serenity (2005): OK, so cowboys kinda’ work. But in the future, and in space. So clearly nerd-genre-bending… So good that there’s a monthly rumor that Netflix or Amazon are going to redo it. But after Dollhouse, there’s seemingly really nothing left of Joss Whedon to give to this show. It put him on the map. It was a special show in a special time. But now that  Nathan Fillion looks more like Donald Trump than Mal, I don’t see the show coming back… If it was more Victorian than cowboy, it would be one of the best steampunk anythings, but it’s not. And I doubt the ship is powered on steam…

Frankenstein’s Army (2013): Nazis are always Dieselpunk. Nazis recreating Frankenstein experiments should just make for good Dieselpunk movies. This one felt like it was supposed to be somewhat Dieselpunk but just came across as Hellraiser with Nazis. If you do like it (unlikely unless you’re using it as a drinking game), also check out Army of Frankenstein (also 2013) and then seriously question your tastes in movies – and likely your choices in life… Note, Army of Frankenstein also features… Time Travel!

The Mutant Chronicles (2008): This genre-bending movie features Ron Perlman and the Highlander, so it must be not-awesome, right?!?! Dystopian future, spaceships, WWI-style fighting, but with a boy and his imagination at the center.

Honorable Mention: All the Dune, just ’cause.

Old, Weird Steampunk-ish Movies

A Trip to the Moon (1902): Georges Méliès could easily have been the greatgreatgrandfather of steampunk having made a Steampunk movie at the turn of the century – and not this century, last century… There’s no electricity in this flick, there are smokestacks in the background, there aerospace ships flying into the moon, ’cause we hadn’t really imagined much beyond blimp air ships to get us to the moon before this rocket shot into the eye of the moon…

The Time Machine (1960): Plot and all, as discussed earlier – but with moar George Pal!

The Time Machine (1978): Made for tv (and it shows) version of The Time Machine. Awful. During the advent of the PC, so the best part of this one is that you get the clackety of an old keyboard.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988): Terry Gilliam at it again. Even Brazil and Time Bandits had bits of the alternate science that is important to Steampunk. But an airship, a band of misfits, and the costumes in this one nailed the genre best.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959): Remade with Encino Man, the 1959 classic has much more of the original Jules Verne intent. There was so much left to be explored in those days, and so much imagination to be applied. Before we could make an MRI of rock, we had Drizzt roaming caves with other Drow. Subterranean fiction still finds its way into the hearts and minds of moviegoers (think Mole Man from Spiderman), but none did it with balloons and mastodons and the geological panache that Verne brought to the table. And James Mason and Pat Boone in this movie (and others like it) inspired a generation of scientists.

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969): There’s no better Nemo than Robert Ryan. No better ship than the Nautilus. The costumes alone are fantastic, but the sets, the pace, the dialog, and of course Chuck Connors make this a slow, yet fantastic rendition of the Verne classic.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954): Currently in pre-production by Bryan Singer, Kirk Douglas as Ned and James Mason as Nemo kicked the crap out of the original Fantastic Voyage. Eat your heart out Buck Rogers and Star Trek, exploration never looked so good. This sparked a remake every 10-20 years. A trend only likely to continue given the wonder of the story.

Around the World In 80 Days (2004): Jackie Chan pairs well with Jules Verne to be oh so Steampunk. More Shanghai Knights than Around The World In Eighty Days, the remake had better effects than the 1956 classic. Although the classic did sport Pith helmets, which can be combined with a number of gadgets to protect from plasmid nullifiers…

Master of the World (1961): Everything Jules Verne kinda’ works. Especially when the irony of a blimpy airship driven by a pacifist blowing up earthly military targets. Vincent Price is fantastic. And Bronson doesn’t bring a big gun, which is probably for the best.

The Island Of Dr Moreau (1977): While it lacks the trinketry, it comes with a mad scientist making were(ish)-things. The remake had way too much computery whatnot to be Steampunkish, but it did sport Brando… So there’s that… I’ll go ahead and throw in the Island Of Lost Souls (1932) here, ’cause they feel right together. #pantherwomanftw

Arsène Lupin (1932): While this movie was remade eventually, it never got Steampunky enough to be on the main list. It’s refined though, with burning stagecoaches. It’s cerebral enough, just without the requisite fantasy and gadgetry. But a good flick. Gentleman thief, master of disguise, and although he’s French, a real ladies man. He’s the opposite of Sherlock Holmes and a remake with mondo gadgetry would be just wonderful in my book. Like Robin Hood, but French. Like Jaque Clouseau, but cooler.

Time After Time (1979): H.G. Wells, Jack The Ripper, yada yada yada.

Honorable mention: The Wizard of Oz (1939): OK, there’s a tin man, a wizard behind a curtain who turns out to be a gadgetierre, about as much symbolism as you can handle, and a balloon. But, it’s the 1930s, it’s the Great Depression, and it just misses the mark to be Steampunk. Now, go forward a few years and Oz the Great and Powerful makes much more sense. But of course, The Wizard of Oz was a great movie so it goes first. Also, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), because while they have electricity, they have gadgets and of course Oompa Loompas… And there’s a fable. Fables are important… While we’re on the subject of Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean has a pretty high Steampunk quotient… While we’re on the subject of oceans, Waterworld was awful. While we’re on the subject of nothing, don’t forget The Illusionist.

Animated Movies

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001): It’s Disney and it’s cheesy. But the kids will enjoy it and you might not hate it as much as you hate a few of the other movies you watch…

Steam Boy (2004): Classic story of whether the good or bad steampunkers get the next big advance. Kinda’ like Finding Dory. But with jetpacks instead of ocean and moar Akira instead of cute fishies.

9 (2009): Post-apacolyptic sock puppets strewn with gadgetry turned out to be a little too creepy for my kiddo, but yours might enjoy it… I liked it, in all its sepia-loud-monstrous-momentuseses-plus-svords.

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005): According to Neal Stephenson, Isaac Newton was an alchemist trying to transmute lead to gold. Which would explain why he was put in charge of the London Mint. Edward Elric (not to be confused by Moorcock’s Elric) is an alchemist in a very science vs. alchemy kind of way. Moments of Steampunk, but by and large a bit too fantasy for all that. I mention the cartoon movie here, but more it’s all about the cartoon series, and the other one, and then the other one… FYI, in case you missed this, pre-production has begun yet again for a Full Metal Alchemist movie. For about the fifth time.

Disney’s Treasure Planet (2002): Pirate air ships, robot buddies, rocket surfboards, cyborg shipmates, and of course, Disney. My daughter enjoyed this one more than I did.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): Plenty of options in the cartoonverse for Steampunk. There’s too much magic here but a flying castle is hard to overlook…

April and the Extraordinary World (2015): With a classic anime look and feel, here we find a world stuck in the age of steam. There’s a talking cat, multiple Eiffel Towers, flying ships, gas masks, and the invention of electricity to free mankind from stifled mothers of invention.

Honorable Mention: Castle In The Sky (1986), the proof is in the title and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.


The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005): While only 26 minutes, this short gets right to it. For starters, there’s a steam powered computer. Iron dirigibles. Man as antagonist. A bit more frightening than slapstickish, but a good watch.

1884 Yesterdays Future: Terry Gilliam… Airships delivering streetcars. Flying machines with smokestacks. Even a coal-powered movie projector. What more could you ask for…

Airlords of Airia (2013): Not sure if you’d call what they’re doing acting as much as LARPing on camera, but pretty scenic compared to other shorts of the genre…

Rosa (2011): Do androids dream of dystopian futures?


And honorable mention to all the Dr. Who ever.

So, in summary, there are some good flicks here. But there’s nothing good about this…

Now, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the LARPing type who are content to rub-n-buff Nerf guns into gear-driven oscillators, it’s that there’s never a shortage of argumenting. So, if you feel the need to point out the more daft of my references, or how glaringly (and surely purposefully) omitted your favorite cinematic treasure, then please, feel free to comment on my doltish oblivion.

July 5th, 2016

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Had the idea for this one during a yoga class the other day. It starts out like this:

This may sound a little surprising, but yoga and business have a lot in common. Yoga teaches us about depth and focus. But as I’ve learned, yoga can also provide valuable lessons about how to successfully run a business. And not just in regards to emotional IQ. Here are some of the top lessons that I’ve brought to how I do business from my yoga practice.

Read on here…

Anything I missed?

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June 26th, 2016

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June 25th, 2016

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“Body Massage Machine Go” Seriously, though… Be safe out there. “Pork Chop Sandwiches”

May 31st, 2016

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So you don’t like that one post I wrote 9 years ago? Or the one from two days ago? Or a whole series of articles I wrote because they aren’t pertinent to you? Or because you disagree with my opinion (I don’t put a ton of opinions on here btw)?


Keep in mind, this is a blog. I’ll write about what interests me, or what’s on my mind. That might be Rainbow Dash fan fiction. Or how much I identified with a character in a movie or video game recently. Or how to do IFS-style loops and arrays in Powershell when translating some logic from Bash to Powershell. Or how to repair a volume in OS X. You can read it, or not… I enjoy writing and I’ll bet most people will encounter something useful here, but not everything will appeal to everyone. And that’s fine. For both of us.

What I do care about: Mistakes. Even if it’s an old article, I’d like to indicate when the tech has changed. But keeping up with 4,000+ articles is hard, and I can’t know when each needs to either be forked into a second article that’s current or when I need to indicate a version number. Or if I’m just wrong. It happens… Or even grammatical issues with articles. I care about all of that.

In fact, I might even be willing to make others editors here, and am always willing to accept guest content and recommendations for articles (I get about one a week and write about 80% of what people ask me to write). Use the comments as you wish. But please nice when letting me know there are mistakes or outdated content. I make nothing off this site and with the high load of traffic, it does cost a pretty sum to maintain, after all.



May 15th, 2016

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May 14th, 2016

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It all began with: “There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.” It’s awful. But these days, there are soooooo, sooooooo many awful computery jokes to choose from. Such jokes. All the laugh. I’ve been collecting silly nerdy jokes about computers in a sticky for years. Now, you can read some of them! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Enjoy!

What did the computer have at lunchtime?
A byte

What do computers snack on?

There are no shortcuts in life, unless you right click and find one…

Why was there a bug in the computer?
Because it was looking for a byte to eat

Program, noun: A magic spell cast upon a computer to enable it to turn input into error messages.

Don’t anthropomorphize computers. They hate that!

One day, a prince goes to a lair to kill the dragon. The prince cuts off his head but two new heads appear. The prince cuts off the two heads and four appear, after cutting those off 16 appear. Then 32, 64, 128, and finally after the prince cuts off 256 heads the dragon dies. Why?
It was an 8 bit dragon

What’s a programmer’s favorite place to hang out?
Foo bar

Computers let you make more mistakes than any other invention in history. With the possible exception of handguns and tequila.

What do you get when you cross a computer and a life guard?
A screensaver

The closest I’ve been to a diet this year is erasing food searches from my browser history.

I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

Getting a SCSI chain working is perfectly simple if you remember that there must be exactly three terminations: one at each end of the cable, and one for the goat, terminated over the SCSI chain with a silver-handled knife burning black candles.

If it weren’t for C, we’d all be programming in BASI and OBOL.

Why did the computer keep sneezing?
It had a virus

What is a computer virus?
A terminal illness

Is the aT symbol lower or uppercase?

Why did the concurrent chicken cross the road?
The side other To to get

Why did Microsoft name their new search engine BING?
Because It’s NOT Google!

Optimist : The glass is half full.
Pessimist : The glass is half empty.
Coder: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

“The cool part about naming you kid is you don’t have to add six numbers to make sure the name is available.”
-Bill Murray

“I’m not interrupting you, I’m putting our conversation in full-duplex mode.”
– Antone Roundy

C++ and C walk into a bar. C++ tells C it has no class.


Three developers go into a bar and sit down at a table. The first holds up two fingers and says “Three beers”.

3 developers walk into a NoSQL bar. They left because they couldn’t find a table.

Why did the devops developer quit his job?
He didn’t get arrays

The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what they’re doing until it’s too late

How did the computer get out of prison?
Used the escape key

What did the spider make on the computer?
A website

A developer had a problem and decided to use Java. They now have a ProblemFactory.

Once upon a time, a computer programmer drowned at sea. Many were on the beach and heard him cry out, F1! F1!, but no one understood.

What does a proud computer call his little son?
A microchip off the old block.

Algorithm: A word used by programmers when they don’t want to actually explain what it is that they did.

A man shouts “Can you hear me?” to his son. The son says “What happened, did you run out of toilet paper?” The dad then yells back “No, restart the router, please!”

Enumerator? I barely knew her…

How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
None. It’s a hardware problem.

How many UX developers does it take to change a light bulb?
None, they just make darkness a standard and tell everyone “this behavior is by design”

When does a Boolean evaluated expression change a light bulb?
After a while

How many programmers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. Lightbulb is a class with method screw() so it can screw itself.

How many technical writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None, the customer will figure it out

How many developers does it take to change a light bulb?
You’re still thinking procedurally. A properly designed light bulb object would inherit a change method from a generic light bulb class, so all you would have to do is call the light-bulb-change method.

How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
None. The light bulb works just fine on the machine at my desk…

How many IT Support people does it take to change a lightbulb?
Have you tried turning it Off and On again?

Child: When I grow up I want to be a Ruby programmer.
Parent: You’ll have to make you’re mind up. You won’t be able to do both.

What’s the object-oriented way to get rich?

The shortest joke about programming:
I’m nearly done!

What are the 2 kinds of SQL developers?
Those who know how COUNT() treats NULLs, those who don’t, and those who don’t care

When your hammer is bash, everything looks like a thumb.

The sign of a compulsive programmer is somebody who can count up to 1023 on their fingers (OMG terrible binary joke)

What do you mean, it needs comments!? If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand–why do you think we call it code?

if (sad() == true) {sad.stop.();beAwesome();}

Why do they call it hyper text?
Too much Java

Chuck Norris writes code that debugs itself.

A Java architect, a .NET developer, and a COBOL graybeard walk into a bar. The barkeeper does a double-take and says… what is this, some kind of joke?

Why don’t programmers pray?
They don’t like throwing null pointer exceptions!

Save the mallocs, free them all!


Kleeneliness is next to Gödeliness

A programmer puts two glasses on his bedside table before going to sleep. A full one, in case he gets thirsty, and an empty one, in case he doesn’t.

Why did the fly never land on the computer?
He was afriad of the world wide web.

How long does it take to copy a file in Vista?
I don’t know either; I’m still waiting to find out.

Why shouldn’t Facebook have paid $1 billion dollars for Instagram?
They could’ve downloaded it for free!

What do you call a Swedish software developer?

Why did the computer act crazy?
It had a screw loose

RFC 2324:

When Shakespeare asked “To be, or not to be?”, he did not provide the answer. But 2B |~ 2B is FF

Hardware: The part of a computer that you can kick.

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.

ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI

There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

Why was the JavaScript developer sad?
She didn’t Node how to Express herself

KDE is like eating bugs. It’s all right once you get used to it…

What sits on your shoulder and goes “Pieces of 7! Pieces of 7!”?
A Parroty Error!

XML is like violence. If it doesn’t solve your problem, you’re not using enough of it.

A couple that does SEO work had twins. For the first time they were happy with duplicate content.

What computer sings the best?
A Dell

If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0!

In C we had to code our own bugs. In C++ we can inherit them.

What is the difference between a programmer and someone that doesn’t write code?
A non-programmer thinks a kilobyte is 1000 bytes while a programmer is convinced that a kilometer is 1024 meters

What do airports and computers have in common?

Two threads walk into a bar. The barkeeper looks up and yells, “hey, I want don’t any conditions race like time last!”

0 is false and 1 is true, right?

It’s been said that if you play a Windows DVD backwards, you’ll hear Satanic chanting…worse still if you play it forwards, it installs Windows.

A Turing machine walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “what will you have?” After waiting a while for an answer, the bartender becomes impatient. “Cmon, what’s taking you so long?” The Turing machine replies, “I can’t decide.”

How can you tell the difference between an introverted software engineer and an extroverted software engineer?
The extrovert looks at your shoes when talking to you

I’m nervous about programming in an untyped language—my penmanship is awful!

There’s no place like

There’s no place like ::1

I’m not bald, I just have “margin-top: 200px;”

How many consultants does it take to kill a cockroach?
Two: One to hold it still, the other to install Windows on it

What does a baby computer call its father?

There’s a band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet.

The word “algorithm” was coined to recognise Al Gore’s contribution to computer science.

Cross platform apps are like unisex underwear.

How do you keep a programmer in the shower all day?
Give them a bottle of shampoo that says “lather, rinse, repeat”

.NET is called .NET so that it wouldn’t show up in a Unix directory listing.

Computers are high-speed idiots, managed and developed by by low-speed idiots.

My password is “incorrect” because if I type it in wrong my computer will remind me, “Your password is incorrect.”

Why did the Windows machine lose its trust relationship with the domain?
Because it was corrupted in active directory and needed to be removed and added again!

Old Dvorak had a farm, . c . c r

All programs are poems; not all programmers are poets

Yo momma is so fat, when she sat on an iPod, she made the iPad!

Unix IS user-friendly, it just chooses its friends very carefully

If you put a million monkeys on a million keyboards, one of them will eventually write a python script. The rest of them will write bash scripts.

Why can’t computers play tennis?
They just surf the net.

A programmer goes to the store and asks “Do you have brown eggs?”
The clerk says “Yes”
The programmer then says “Then give me 10 sausages, please.”

Waiter: Do u have any questions about the menu?
What kind of font is this?

“Knock, knock. Who’s there?”
very long pause…

What’s Forrest Gump’s password?

Why are Assembly programmers always soaking wet?
They work below C-level.

A SQL statement walks into a bar and sees two tables. It approaches, and asks “may I join you?”

Why is it that programmers always confuse Halloween with Christmas?
Because 31 OCT = 25 DEC

A developer is sent to the grocery store with instructions to “buy butter and see whether they have eggs, if they do, then buy 10.” Returning with 10 butters, the developer says, “they had eggs.”

What happened when the web developers met?
Love at first site!

Why was the computer cold?
It left it’s Windows open

What does a computer scientist wear on Halloween?
A bit-mask

Why do developers go broke?
They use up all their cache

If Java is the answer, it must have been a really verbose question.

Two bytes meet. The first byte asks, “Are you ill?”
The second byte replies, “No, just feeling a bit off.”

If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.

Nothing seems hard to the people who don’t know what they’re talking about.

Why was the computer late to work?
He had a hard-drive.

What do you get when you cross a computer with an elephant?
Lots of memory

What do you call 8 hobbits?
A hobbit

I would tell you a UDP joke, but you might not get it.

An SEO expert walks into a bar, bars, pub, tavern, public house, Irish pub, drinks, beer, alcohol

Computers are like air conditioners, they stop working when you open too many Windows

Who is this Mailer Daemon? And why is he sending my emails back to me?!?!

The man who invented autocorrect has died. His funfair is next Monkey.

I’m sorry for my terrible English, but my native language is Perl.

What is an alien’s favorite place on a computer?
The space bar!

If I wanted a warm fuzzy feeling, I’d antialias my graphics!

Why do Java developers wear glasses? Because they can’t C#

C++, where your friends can touch your private parts.

If brute force doesn’t solve your problems, then you aren’t using enough.

What do you get when you cross a computer with an elephant?
A 1000 lb know-it-all.

Why doesn’t the elephant use the computer?
Because it is afraid of the mouse!

Why did the computer squeak?
Because someone stepped on it’s mouse

Why did the cat sit on the computer?
To keep an eye on the mouse

Why couldn’t the dinosaur play games on the computer?
Because he ate the mouse

Where do all the cool mice live?

Why can’t cats use computers?
Because they only want to chase the mouse

How does a tree get on the computer?
It logs on!

What did the computer say to the cookie?
Can I have your chocolate chip?

A girl asked her mother, a software developer, why the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. Her response?
It works, don’t touch!

Programmers are tools for converting caffeine into code

Yes, I’m sure I used the right password, I saw Bob next to me enter it on his computer.

And then of course, “In order to understand recursion you must first understand recursion.” Now, what are your favorites?!?! And feel free to pop in an image of your favorite shirt as well, like “I failed the Turing Test” or “Go Away Or I Will Replace You With A Very, Very Small Shell Script!”

May 13th, 2016

Posted In: personal, Programming

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Things to Do In Austin In May

Diverse, fun and infused with culture, Austin is the capital of Texas and home to a prosperous community and a wide variety of culture, from the world class cuisine in the many fine restaurants, the growing population of infamous tech companies, the summer festivals and creative atmosphere, to the magnificent country music in what is also referred to as the Live music capital of the world (although Nashville, Athens, and other cities might have some arguing of that point).

Here are some great things to do when you visit Austin: 

  1. Austin City Limits

I grew up seeing acts including Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, REM, and everyone who was anyone play at Austin City Limits. The same is true today. It’s like playing at the Grand Ole Opry, but open to acts that today include the Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver, and this year Robert Plant even played. I put this as number on on my Austin list. If you never come back, you have to do this. Even if you’re a vegetarian (‘cause yup, #2 is eat BBQ).

You should also check out the Paramount theatre. But not until you’ve seen a show at Austin City Limits.

  1. Enjoy some of the best BBQ food in the world

Smokey Denmark’s, Valentinas Tex Mex, Lamberts and Rollin Smoke  BBQ; Austin is overflowing with amazing restaurants serving the most succulent meats, steaks, ribs and barbecue delights. While the town may be synonymous with live music, this is certainly the case when it comes to food and in particular, barbecued food. You would be hard pushed to find a better selection of barbecue restaurants anywhere in the US, or the world for that matter.

Freedman’s, Blacks and Kerlin all have an incredible menu on offer although they can also be a little expensive depending on your budget. However, if you make it to Ruby’s BBQ in the early evening, you can join the many students taking advantage of special promotions.

  1. Vegetarian

If you’re a vegetarian, go to Veggie Heaven instead

  1. Sample the infamous Austin nightlife

Often referred to as the “Live music capital of the world”, a night out on 6th Street in Austin is simply unforgettable and little wonder given how there are more than 150 live music venues offering a sublime mix of blues, jazz, rock, hip-hop and more. Some of the most famous of these venues are Club DeVille and The Mowhawk, while the Continental Club is renowned for being the birthplace of the music venue scene. And then there are the traditional dance halls where visitors can learn Texas Two Step, the Broken Spoke is arguably the most popular dance hall in Texas. Regardless of your interest, when you visit Texas in May, there will be no end of amazing experiences to sample after dark.

  1. Have food and nightlife

And for a fusion food/nightlife moment, check out the calendar for Stubbs and see if there’s a show you’d like gorge yourself by:

  1. Explore the attractions in Zilker Park

Across the river in Austin, an enormous park is waiting to be explored, where you can hike, swim, climb of follow on of the many trails through stunning scenery. Zilker Park offers a quick escape from the bustling city and it is not only a leafy or scenic place to enjoy, but also home to several attractions including the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, the Botanical Gardens and a Nature and Science Center which gives you the opportunity to unearth some dinosaur fossils.

  1. Take a cultural tour of the State Capitol

Restored in the 1980’s, the State Capitol is a prime example of the many cultural buildings still standing in Austin today. Originally opened to the public in 1888, the unusual pink color gives the architecture a unique identity and the exterior makes for an awe inspiring sight.

Visitors can take a fascinating tour of the interior of the building which includes the original hall chamber and the governor’s receiving room, while a self guided brochure will explain the background of each monument or room, and most of the grounds are also open for the public to explore.

  1. Get your hike on at Lady Bird Lake

Bike, hike, or just take a picnic to a beautiful spot, that is sure to delight. How much more Texas do you get when Longhorn Dam makes Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin? Apparently, the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson was integral to the creation of this lake, and so it was later named after her. It’s like many lakes throughout downtown areas of major cities, with the addition that teams from the University of Texas can be seen here pretty much year round. I’ve seen people fishing here and while there are obviously polluted lakes around cities, this isn’t one of them. I might swim in it, but I certainly wouldn’t eat fish out of it. And if you happen to be there wen there are fireworks, it’s seriously amaze amaze amazing.

  1. Hike Some more

Mount Bonnell has a great view and a bit more expansive. Earlier in the summer is way prettier, before the dust makes everything a bit tan/reddish. It’s like Camelback in Phoenix.

  1. Check Out LBJ’s Presidential Library

From Monticello to the Carter Presidential Library, most former presidents have some kind of tribute to their time in office. And these offer a candid snapshot not only to the person who served that role, but also to the world they were in, and how that shaped their candidacy and presidency. LBJ was one of the more interesting presidents, serving in the House of Representatives from 1937-1949, as a US Senator from 1949 to 1961, as Vice President under Kennedy from 1961-1963 and then as President from 1963 to 1969. He served as president during Vietnam, civil rights turmoil, Medicare, immigration reform, reforms to social security, and so much more. But perhaps the most important thing about LBJ that I learned from visiting his library was just how much of a political machine he built, and how he could have run for another term, but had basically lost control of the party by the race in 1968. I love going to these kinds of places!

  1. Breakfast Tacos

Get your Torchy’s breakfast tacos. Seriously, almost as good as the breakfast burritos on that spot on Main Street in Santa Monica that I don’t think has a name. Crazy noms. Speaking of breakfast tacos, Polvos has the best guac in town in my opinion. I realize that might be fighting words for some. But rather than fight about it, I’d prefer to be proven wrong. J

  1. Keep getting your museums on

OK, so the Bullock Texas State History Museum, dozens of museums around the campus at the University of Texas, etc. Like mot capital cities, this one has no shortage of publicly funded places to see political, art (The Blanton Museum of Art), and other museums. Most importantly though, all things Texas. The Harry Ransom Center, and the list goes on and on.

  1. Circuit of the Americas

F1 racing. No need to say more! I think one of only 3 F1 tracks I’ve been to. Fun times and very different from other kinds of racing! And when you’re done, head over to K1 Speed of Austin for some racing of your own!

  1. Festivals in Austin, Texas

As with much of the summer months, Austin is a hive of activity in the month of May (e.g. if you’re there for with a large number of festivals taking place. For anyone interested in film, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival covers a variety of films from the Americas, the Caribbean and even the Iberia Peninsula. Most of these movies are of Latin origin, although some are based on other natives in the regions. The Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival is an enormous art festival which is most ideal for families and then the West Austin Studio Tour is a festival of a more general nature, showcasing the creative talent in the are through art galleries and exhibitions. Regardless of which one you choose, the festivals in Texas make for a great time to visit. Of course, there’s as well, although I think Aces will be a little more fun. 😉

  1. Karaoke

All college towns (and yes, Austin, I’m lookin’ at you as a college town) have decent to fair karaoke. Never great, never awful. Sing your heart out at Karaoke Underground. I did Public Image Limited. I was sober. OK, no, I did Sex Pistols and wasn’t…

  1. Learn to Two Step

Hit the Broken Stpoke or another bar to see people dancing the night away, the same way they’ve done since the 30s. Cowboy hats, boots, belt buckles, and a disposition that’s the only thing sweeter than the tea in these parts.

  1. Have great coffee

I like Dominican Joe. But like all the coffee shops in all the college towns in all the universes, I really don’t think you can go wrong… For example, Spiderhouse doesn’t have great anything, except peoplewatching.

  1. Foooooootball

I love me some sportsball. Especially football. And few places sport better fans than the University of Texas at Austin. People here bleed Burnt Orange. Not all, but most. This article is more for visiting in the spring (e.g. for Aces), but you know, even if you can’t see a game that time of the year, you can still ask a local “What do you think of Coach Strong?” Even if you don’t know anything about foosball (yes, that’s another pop culture reference), it’s still the right thing to do.

  1. Check out a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse

It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” kinda’ places. It’s an amazing theatre, where you can enjoy cult classic movies with a beer. Similar to the State Theater in Athens, Georgia. Big, cheep, usually crappy beer pairs very, very well with movie marathons.

  1. Buy weird stuffs

So much awesome. Such happy. Stop by the City Wide Garage Sale, Uncommon Objects, Charm School, and Monkies Vintage. And then head to the Cathedral of Junk so you don’t buy too much of it!

The sun rising over the Wells Fargo building in Austin, TX in February 2013

April 24th, 2016

Posted In: personal, public speaking

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MacDevOps 2016: f you’re interested in the scripting side of the Apple world and can make it from June 20th to 21st, this might just be the conference for you. At MacDevOps, you’ll see “Speakers from across North America and Europe will be presenting on a number of topics related to Mac administration and deployment.” This would be things like contributing to open source projects, packaging Django web apps to look like native Mac apps, osquery, Munki security, imagr, autopkg, ansible, git, and jenkins. Basically, automating the things: DevOps. And for Macs. Or Appley things. For now.

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And… Lots of fun people will be there. including the convergence of friends from other industries who don’t know that each other know me (nor would they likely care – other than to trade stories about how I made them drink something-or-other), which is kinda’ cool.  Anyway, Mathieu’s awesome. You should check this out.

April 3rd, 2016

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