Read my lips

Kill the process

Heh. Genius web designer Matt Round has created a web page that presents you with various head shots of alternately scruffy and clean-shaven dudes. Then it challenges you to pick which ones are computer scientists who invented a programming language — and which ones are serial killers.

Normally, I’d pinheadedly object to the “bathing libel” — i.e. the familiar cultural assumption that programmers are unkempt freaks. But in this case, the quiz is so funny and entertaining that I’ll shut up.

(Thanks to Tribblescape for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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