You will remember that I recently described Amazon.com’s refusal to sell me MP3 files as the stupidest thing in the world. Because of that refusal, and because there was an album of medieval music that my wife really, really wanted, I used some of my store credit to buy a physical CD and have it shipped across the Atlantic.
And so Amazon.com sent me this message in response:
If only the XKCD guy had published this comic five and half months earlier, I could have used it to illustrate my functional-vs.-imperative-programming article.
C’est la vie.
Am I the only person in the whole world who finds this joke funny? “A man walked into a pub. He said ‘Ouch!’. It was an iron pub.” It makes me laugh even to type it here, but so far not one single person I’ve told it to has laughed.
Also: “1st man: My wife’s gone to Jakarta. // 2nd man: Of her own accord?”
Thanks for sticking with it. You will recall that the third stupidest thing in the world is DVD region encoding, and the second place is held by the wildly differing submission formats of academic journals. But the stupidest of all is:
Amazon.com will not sell MP3s to me in England.
If DVD region locking is the third stupidest thing in the world, then the second stupidest thing is …
The wildly differing submission formats of academic journals.