Ear of the beholder: Haunting music

Have you ever listened to music that is spooky or haunting? Perhaps it made you feel uneasy. Maybe it evoked an eerie feeling.

Just shy of one year ago, I posted a list of songs I found haunting, so it seems fitting that I should have at least one such post during this Halloween season. Instead of including a slew of videos, though, I want to focus on one band in particular that has consistently produced songs that I feel fit in the genre of haunting music.



‘Tis the season for masks. Of course, you might say we all wear masks of sorts all the time, but I’m talking about actual, physical masks.

There’s something powerful and a little creepy about masks. From the outside, we see a frozen, possibly distorted persona. Even a very human-looking mask is a bit disconcerting.

Yesterday’s word-of-the-day: Dysthymia

I’m bummed that no one told me yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Wow you guys. Way to keep me in the loop.

Oh well, being a procrastinator, I may still have put off writing this post until today anyway.

I first heard the word “dysthymia” about ten years ago. Actually, the form of the word I heard was “dysthymic” when someone said to me, “I think you may be dysthymic.”

I was jazzed. You mean there’s a word for people like me? Aw, shucks!

CAPTCHA rant, WTF version

CAPTCHA rant, WTF version

Chances are you’ve come across this fine, smart and user-friendly system when trying to log into a site, or while trying to leave a comment on someone’s blog.

According to captcha.net:

A CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t:

CROW, FATP and other CRAP

Ah, mnemonics. Useful tools, and also great for baffling the uninitiated.

I worked as a software engineer in a past life and mnemonics were a way of life. They were useful for the work we did, but they served another purpose. When talking about work with non-engineers, the hodgepodge of letters provided a shortcut to getting the listener’s eyes to glaze over. What more could an introverted geek want?

Help! Trivia is eating my brain

Help! Trivia is eating my brain

My brain is nearly full, and a lot of the space in there is taken with the oddest, most useless things.

Some of the trivia that is wasting memory space are random quotes and song lyrics. I’m not talking about quotes from Shakespeare or lyrics from…well, from whatever might qualify as worthwhile in the realm of song lyrics. No, I’m talking about quotes from TV shows or movies, and lyrics from old sitcoms.