Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

So Joanne and I are at the circus and standing in line for popcorn and off to the side is this woman with a monkey hand-puppet.

The monkey waves at me.

"Hi, there!" I say. "Ha ha!"

"Hi, there!" lip-syncs the monkey, the woman speaking through pursed lips. "Ha ha."

I raise an eyebrow at Joanne.

"Hi, there!" says the monkey again, this time it's voice deeper. "Ha ha!" The monkey looks at the woman holding it and they nod at each other.

I smile nervously and say, "Heh heh hee heh."

The monkey says, "Heh heh hee heh."

It's at this point that I notice that the woman doesn't work for the circus.

I would have asked her now many people she'd killed, but I was afraid the monkey would know.

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

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic), 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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