What is this page all about?

There are certain questions that I often find myself asking, but someow never remember the answers. The problem I’ve always had whenever I rediscover those answers is… where can I make a note of this so that I’ll know where to come the next time I forget? This page attempts to solve that problem.

What’s that birdsong that I hear every springtime - alternating notes in a minor third?

It’s a great tit.

What’s that bird I took a video of in our front garden?

  • It’s called a goldcrest
  • It makes a call that sounds like a little baby chick - just a tiny little “peep!”
  • More info here
  • My video here

What’s that funny article about javascript frameworks and libraries?

It’s this one by @jjperezaguinaga.

What’s that band from Dublin called?

Fontaines DC

Where is our cyberdojo?

Cyber-Dojo Clare Sal pairing Python Fizzbuzz: UDR21P, See Dropbox\Events\ClareSalPairing Cyberdojo coderdojo

Exploit of a mom / SQL Mom / Little Bobby Tables / Drop Table (xkcd comic)

SQL Mom / Little Bobby Tables

From here

Is it worth the time? (xkcd comic)

xkcd comic talking about the value of automating vs the time it takes

Is it worth the time?

From here

The lucky 10,000 (xkcd comic)

You’re one of today’s lucky ten thousand! The diet coke and mentos thing.

lucky ten thousand

From here

What do dock leaves look like?

They sometimes have green/brown flowers that grow straight up vertically on stalks

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What’s that term that gets used in relation to TDD and which people often remark on the lack of, when interviewing candidates and pairing with them?

Answer: Sliming (verb: to slime).

What’s the name of the US city famous for Mardi Gras, that was tragically affected by Hurricane Katrina?

It’s New Orleans. This won’t make much sense to anyone else, but because it has a three-letter prefix to its name, I routinely get it confused with Los Angeles and Las Vegas, even though they have very little else in common.

What does taxonomy mean?

Classification.

Who’s that woman that has that website with that funny thing about appearing smart in meetings?

Sarah Cooper: 10 tricks for appearing smart during meetings.

Cypress.

When was Maisie born?

24/12/20

What’s that thing that isn’t endoscopy or colonoscopy?

Sigmoidoscopy (like a colonoscopy but camera only looks at only the lower part of the colon.

Where’s that lost thing I can’t find?

Try inhere, or finding-things.md in clare-tech

What’s the name of that Japanese plastic instrument that works a little like a theramin?

Otamatone.

Brilliant otamatone version of Africa.

Great otamatone version of September.

Pumped up Kicks!

Oh dear, I’d better stop or I’ll be here all day.

What was that giant slide called?

It was a very big, straight, undulating slide with several parallel lanes (so not a helmet smelter).

It was at Prestatyn in the 1970s. I always think it was called the Ummagumma, which seems to be some kind of childhood confusion related to Pink Floyd’s album (which my dad owned) and the word “Undulator” (although that’s not what the slide was called - but it did undulate).

Anyway, it was called the Astroglide.

It’s mentioned here in Coasterpedia. Here’s a picture of an equivalent slide at Margate:

astroglide-at-margate

What are those really creepy American dolls called?

  • The ones that stand in the corner and have no faces.
  • It seems they’re sometimes called time out dolls and sometimes called corner dolls. More here.s=21