it's been inquired if the title of this blog is meant to signify an ass in ascii. no.
it's a statement about confined expression. i like the aesthetics of an exclamation in parens just to begin with... it's also is a mild allusion to a Piet Hein grook:
AN ODE TO MODESTY
Talking of successful rackets
modesty deserves a mention.
Exclamation marks in brackets
never fail to draw attention.
I seem to have a bad habit of creating titles requiring explanation -- the hallmark of a bad writer, but now you know.