enjoying salad since 1978.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Arrested Development Fans, rejoice.

Bob Loblaw's law blog: Decision of the Day. What a mouthful.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot

I grew up in Rural Oregon. When I tell people that, I suspect they think it's like this.

And it kinda was.

Mr. & Mrs. Mann

Merlin moves something special from his @Someday to his @NextActions list. Hooray!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

morning musume vs. lizard - Google Video

A few things to note:
  1. There is raw meat on their head
  2. If they put their head down the hole they lose
  3. There is that one girl who is made of steel

GvR joins Google

From comp.lang.python: Guido van Rossum joins Google. I saw him the other week with his Noogler hat on. Neat!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Petty little princes

I am tired of the Java-Python-Ruby battles. I'm tired of hearing about the trivial differences between two Smalltalk children and one Modula 3 child. I'm tired of the "Java sux0rz! Ruby r0x0rz!" attitude that the Ruby fanboys are piling on with. I'm tired of Pythonistas falling for the trap and assuming they must build a Rails killer to "win". And Java fans take the bait, too, battling over accessors and iterators while sitting on a language with great IO and multilingual facilities. It's not like any of them are that great but they are all certainly servicable for now.

And as usual the guys with the biggest mouths seem the least qualified to speak.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Colt - Welcome

Colt - Welcome: "Colt provides a set of Open Source Libraries for High Performance Scientific and Technical Computing in Java."

MG4J: Managing Gigabytes for Java

MG4J: Managing Gigabytes for Java™: "MG4J (Managing Gigabytes for Java) is a free full-text indexing system for large document collections written in Java. As a by-product, it offers several general-purpose optimised classes, including fast & compact mutable strings, bit-level I/O, fast unsychronised buffered streams, (possibly signed) minimal perfect hashing for very large strings collections, etc."

For those that don't know, "Managing Gigabytes" is a great book.


Aries: "ARIES: A Transaction Recovery Method Supporting Fine-Granularity Locking and Partial Rollbacks Using Write-Ahead Logging"

The gold standard for recovery. If you can implement it correctly.

Friday, December 16, 2005

XML Matters: SVG and the scriptless script: "Declarative animation for junior rocket scientists"

Need a collaborative editor?

"Real-time Collaborative Editing Applications" includes several cross-platform ones.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Bush's Hot Chocolate.

The first hit for "hot chocolate recipe" is the White House recipe and it is quite a cup. More like a molten chocolate bar than the powered stuff we all drank growing up. I "drank" a third of a mug and had to put it away.

But I placed a popsicle stick in it and expect to eat it as a snack in the morning.

I don't know if this is a recommendation. It's worth trying. Maybe cut it with some more milk.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Om Malik lays it down: Even in Web 2.0 Scale & Size Matter.

Don't expect Yahoo to come bail you out and don't expect a random piece of engineering (*cough*memcached*cough*) to solve all your problems.

Half of the corners you want to cut today will come back to haunt you. Engineering is the art of determining which half to cut.

Monday, December 05, 2005

reddit redone in Python

Reddit has been rewritten from Common Lisp to Python. Sadly, Common Lisp is stuck in 1994 unless you are willing to tie yourself to one specific implementation and bet the farm on it. And the probability that the tools you need will work on that specific implementation? It's a random walk, unfortunately.

reddit: what's new online: "Visiting reddit today, you may notice that things seem a little different. It's not just your imagination -- as our series of header icons hinted at, the site has been entirely rewritten in Python during some marathon coding sessions over the past couple weeks."

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Patrick Logan on Dabble.

Dabble DB: "I've not dabbled yet, but looking at the videos I agree with the consensus... the Smallthought team has put together a nice, simple system in a short amount of time via Smalltalk and Seaside.

This blows Ruby on Rails a bit out of the water. Maybe it will inspire RoR and other systems to become even more radically simple."