Three items. The first came in my e-mail, and stood out because the “from” address was “email hidden; JavaScript is required.” That’s right, zom. Do these phishers know how unbearably funny they are?

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Second is a link posted by on a journalist message board. The conversation in the thread was wandering back and forth from Gilbert & Sullivan to “filks” – that is, some of the humorous poems written by science fiction fans. This one is a true Golden Oldie written by Steven Levine, which starts with

I’ve built a better model than the one at Data General
For data bases vegetable, animal, and mineral

My OS handles CPUs with multiplexed duality;

My PL/1 compiler shows impressive functionality.

My storage system’s better than magnetic core polarity,

You never have to bother checking out a bit for parity;

There isn’t any reason to install non-static floor matting;

My disk drive has capacity for variable formatting.

You can find it on many places on the Internet, including this reasonably well-formatted rendition.

The third is this commentary on one of baseball’s greatest teams. While it was written in July, think about tonight’s division-series starter between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Z Trek Copyright (c) Alan Zeichick