Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

Joanne and I have a long running and passionately debated argument: will Tom end up a programmer (my profession and choice) or a lawyer (hers and hers)? And, no, he's not allowed to choose anything else.

"Programmer," I'll say. "He's smart."

"Lawyer," she'll say. "He's-- Hey!"

But this morning, Jo and I were sitting on the couch when Tom wandered in, his brow knit in concentration. Joanne instantly recognized the look. "Thomas," she said, "Did you go to the bathroom?"

And Tom shakes his head "no."

Then, with the sort of practice that comes from deposing cagey and recalcitrant witnesses, she follows up with: "Are you going to the bathroom?"

And Tom nods his head "yes."

"OK," I say to Jo, "you win. Lawyer."

Hi there! My name's GREG KNAUSS and I like to make things.

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic and Buzz Clock), Web sites (like the Webby-nominated Metababy and The American People) and stories (for Web sites like Suck and Fray, print magazines like Worth and Macworld, and books like "Things I Learned About My Dad" and "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard").

My e-mail address is I'd love to hear from you!

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