Yeah, right. Sorry for the light posting today, everyone. I’ve had a complicated and crappy go of it, I’m afraid. The dog got spayed last week, and we’re dealing with some physical (apparently minor) and emotional (hard to say — friggin border collies are too smart for their own good) complications.

Anyway, it turns out that on this day in 1982, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon named Scott Fahlman invented emoticons, viz. the classic colon followed by a hyphen and parenthesis, :-). And thus a million blog comments were ruined. What’s weird is the guy apparently admits his sin and yet hasn’t entered the witness protection program. It takes all kinds, I guess.

Seriously, it seems Fahlman knew not what he wrought, that he now finds himself in a kind of Frankenstein scenario, having unwittingly unleashed a monster he can’t control. That’s forgivable, I suppose. So let’s put down the torches and pitchforks. But if somebody can tell me who coined “lol”, it’s on.