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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.


17 Responses to “World’s Youngest Blogger, Neighborhood Watch Edition”

  1. lonely conservative
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    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.

  2. smitty
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

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

  3. lonely conservative
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    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!

  4. Adjoran
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:14 am

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

  5. K-Bob
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:06 am

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

  6. smitty
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:54 am

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

  7. Quartermaster
    May 30th, 2012 @ 7:44 am

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

  8. Quartermaster
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    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.

  9. PaulLemmen
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:52 am

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

  10. richard mcenroe
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:07 am

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

  11. Growing Up : The Other McCain
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    […] that an electrical outlet, while perhaps fascinating, is not an object of play?Neither the World’s Youngest Blogger nor the Greeks seem to have much of a mature grasp of the whole “work more/spend less” […]

  12. Quartermaster
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    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.

  13. PaulLemmen
    May 30th, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Heh! A distinct possibility!

  14. K-Bob
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    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.

  15. Quartermaster
    May 31st, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    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.

  16. K-Bob
    May 31st, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    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.

  17. Dandapani
    June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    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.