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World’s Youngest Blogger, Neighborhood Watch Edition

Posted on | May 29, 2012 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

Wise Judge Vaughey says to keep a close watch out for bloggers whose names rhyme with Scarin’ Stalker. That’s just what the World’s Youngest blogger sets out to do, in his matchless disguise as a 10 month-old. Who would guess that these seemingly infantile hands can take on a rampaging camel?

And yet, watch Niklas do battle with a camel in this very clip:

This artifact is known as “The 100”. I had been in the basement all day, writing python code in a courier font. Mrs. Other Smitty and her sister had been shopping, and bought a small sign that said “Loo”, i.e. a British lavatory, to hang on the bathroom. Only they hung it on the camel’s neck. I looked at this thing and saw “lOO”, and asked “What’s the 100?” Some stuff you just don’t live down.


  • lonely conservative

    What a little cutie. Every time I see your posts about the WYB I’m reminded of how fast time flies. Enjoy every moment with the little guy.

  • smitty

    Oh, I do! Truly a joy. How do people not cherish children, except they be not fully mature people?

  • lonely conservative

    Isn’t that what’s so wonderful about them? They’re totally innocent and sweet. Except when they aren’t sweet, but that’s why God made them so cute!

  • Adjoran

    Behind the shades, it’s like he’s incognito from an e-Trade commercial!

  • K-Bob

    Amazing what people will code in.  I’ll bet there’s still a ton of ADA coders out there.

  • smitty

    I defy you to gather these famous ADA coders, weigh them, and get near even half a ton.

  • Quartermaster

    Howze abouts COBOL? Many Engineering schools still require FORTRAN, and some STEM Grad programs still prefer FORTRAN.

  • Quartermaster

    Where’s the Glock? No one can be on a neighborhood watch without a Glock.

    A 1911 would be better though. Glocks are a bit on teh girlie side.

  • PaulLemmen

    Too cute for words. To hell with a Glock, he is in need of a Browning M-2 crew served HMG.

  • richard mcenroe

    In the La Madeleine clip… which of the parents talks that much with their hands, or is that his own invention…

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  • Quartermaster

    I’d druther have a 7.62mm Mini-Gun for a neighborhood watch. That way if teh Zombie Apocalypse occurs on my shift I’m ready. A Vulcan (20mm Gatling) might not be overkill in such a situation.  WYB would need some guidance and supervision for such operations.

    It might prove difficult to pry WYB’s supervisor away from the tools so he can stand his watch, however.

  • PaulLemmen

    Heh! A distinct possibility!

  • K-Bob

    I know one guy who would just about do it, if he still does Ada. And if he still takes up a whole elevator.

    Ada had some great concepts, but like with PL1, they tried to put the kitchen sink in there. Mnn. Kitchen sink. Now I’m hungry for real programmer food: Anything from the Orange Food Group.

  • Quartermaster

    I liked Pl1 much better than FORTRAN. I disliked FORTRAN, and PL1 went away on micros, so I switched to BASIC and haven’t looked back. True BASIC is even better.

  • K-Bob

    I do a lot of Visual BASIC behind Excel. It isn’t good, old BASIC, but it’s close enough. Gets the job done. I’m always amazed at how powerful VBA inside Excel really is.

    FORTRAN is still really, really good for math, though. Some installations I worked in have it just for the math library (materials analysis, stress calcs, etc), but use C++ or something similar for the front-end.

  • Dandapani

    When a colleague first described Python to me where the indentation imparted semantic meaning, I was dead set against it.  But when I tried it, out of a specific need, it made a lot of sense and I actually loved coding in Python.