about catalytic converters

I was reading about palladium.

Me: “Palladium is a rare metal used mostly in catalytic converters.”

Vanessa: “What’s a catalytic converter for anyway?”

Me:  “I’m not exactly sure.”

Vanessa: “Great…so when I go to the mechanic and they say they need to replace the catalytic converter, I can say, ‘I don’t know what that is, but did you know that catalytic converters use a rare metal called palladium?'”

California or wake up

I had gotten a job at Microsoft in California.  I moved out there and was surprised to learn that I was moving next door to Scott Hanselman (a famous programmer at Microsoft).  As I headed up in the elevator with Scott for the first day of work (’cause he’s apparently friendly like that), I began to think, “but how could I afford California real estate?”  “And isn’t Microsoft headquarters in Washington?  As the logic of it all began to unravel, I woke up.

Hipster dummy text

I just noticed that Twitter Bootstrap’s dummy text in their examples is pretty funny:

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From what I understand, they might be using Hipster Ipsum which generates random hipster text for you…if you need that sort of thing.