Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Didn't Know They Were Actually Practical

From "How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night?"

Café doors were actually practical for many reasons. They allowed ventilation in a small enclosure that was filled with folks smoking cigars and home-rolled cigarettes. The bidirectional hinges were handy for cowboys who both entered and exited carrying heavy saddlebags (unlike automobiles, horses don't come equipped with locking storage containers in the rear, and there was always the danger of some low-down sidewinder stealing from you while you were inside getting your drink on). And those abbreviated doors shielded the church-going "proper" passersby from having to view the liquor, gambling, and spitting (spittoons were as common then as ashtrays would be later) going on inside.
I used to have a set in my basement, installed by the previous owners. None of the above conditions applied, and I removed them with extreme prejudice because they were completely pointless.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Can't Stop Clicking

As time-wasters go, it's not as good as the program it's spoiling the ending of, but it's still amusing up to a point.

via Mental Floss:
Visit Click and Win! and do just that: click any point on the screen and "win" — a.k.a. simulate the falling card ending of the classic Solitaire game.

Saturday, April 2, 2016