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Normalized Data ISN’T for Sissies

Today, Jason Kottke, a highly popular blogger, posted an entry titled Normalized data is for sissies. He’s usually very on pointe, but this entry was way off base.
From his article:

Something that’s always confused me is the near-religion of data normalization among programmers and database admins. Every developer I’ve ever worked with has told [...]

mish-mash

You know you’ve programmed too many hours in the last week if — when typing an email, you type "(I think snarkiness can be excused in this instance());"
Blogging things bothering me:

People who use the MTRedirect plugin to fight spam, but fail to also then put the commenter’s email or website URI in the title attribute [...]

Advanced PHP: eval()

I thought I’d share a handy trick I came across recently. Most people know of the handy Javascript eval(), but PHP has one of its own up its sleeve. My situation involved needing to capture the result of a PHP script for inclusion into content I was rendering in a Smarty plugin. [...]

Wordpress 1.2

I finally got Wordpress 1.2 installed as a dev blog. I have imported all previous MT entries. Soon I’ll put in the time and effort to get the templates set up in my stripped-down mode.
But, it probably won’t happen this weekend as it is a holiday weekend, after all.

please think of the children

This could possibly be the most offensive, horrible, and explicit piece of code I have ever seen:

<center>
<blink>
<b><font color=”#ff3333″>
[...]

a simpler time

Any loyal reader knows my thought processes are random and chaotic. Last night (or this morning, rather) I woke up from a disturbing dream. After somewhat processing it, my mind moved on to Troy. A short time later (and mind you, this was at about 4:30 in the morning), I had a [...]

perl tips in case you tend to forget things like I do

So, you want to test string equality in Perl? You just use ‘==’ right? Wrong. In Perl, that will only test number equality which could cause a few problems and inconsistencies.

The Wrong Way:

$mystring = “”;

# wrong way
if ( $mystring == “” )
{
print $mystring; #will never print
}

The [...]

Dreams

To live in a bike friendlier world. To create the greatest collection of fabulous shoes ever assembled. To see a viable third party in US politics. To get local Rio team riders to acknowledge existence on road.

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