This is The Song That Never Ends

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There’s a hole,
There’s a hole,
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea!

There’s a well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some mud in the break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some junk in the mud in the break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

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A Programmer at Work

As I was starting to write my latest iPhone app, I decided to make a video of myself creating the new software from scratch over a one-week period, and compressed it down to just under two minutes via the magic of time-lapse photography. I hope the video provides some useful insight into the creative process of software development.

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That About Sums It All Up


I’ve written about our beloved f—uck word before. Fuck is a great word, so I try to reserve it for times when it really matters. Of course, there have been many times in history where truly, The Word was the single most appropriate. Satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson has compiled 67 of them into his new book: Fuck: The Human Odyssey. There is an online gallery of the book you can visit. Below are some of my favorites.

Dinosaurs Rule the Earth

The Extinction of the Dinosaurs

The Ten Commandments

Monasticism Keeps Learning Alive Through the Dark Ages

Luther Launches the Reformation

Newton Discovers the Law of Gravity

The Titanic

The Great Depression

9/11

Man Harnesses the Power of Genetics

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The Joy of Patter

All my life I’ve loved and collected songs that have quick, intelligent, and tongue-twisty lyrics. Back in 2005 I even started a thread on Ask Metafilter requesting recommendations for such songs. But I only recently learned that this style of lyricism has a name: the patter song. Here is a selection of patter songs old and new on YouTube. All are safe for work and fun for kids.

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General — Pirates of Penzance

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Rock Island — The Music Man

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Hardware Store — Weird Al Yankovic

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Pinch Me — Barenaked Ladies

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The Name Game — Shirley Ellis
Mad Dogs and Englishmen — Noel Coward
One Week — Barenaked Ladies
The Elements — Tom Lehrer
Yakko’s World — Animaniacs
The Presidents — Animaniacs
State Capitols — Animaniacs
Be Careful What You Eat — Animaniacs
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — Mary Poppins
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M.
• We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel [official vid] [slide show]
Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) — Reunion

More? Here is Wikipedia’s list of patter songs.

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