Oh, I got hot sause all over my bazito!

You know what this is? It's a brain sucker. You know what it's doing? Filing its tax return

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent apple pie

The Adventures of Little Ed Brave

Tell airport security your name is McCannister because you can hide anything in a cannister.

You know what? Nobody notices when this changes anyway.

There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and STFU

What happens in a black hole stays in a black hole

The black hole draws you inexorably inward. Time slows. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

I'd diddle little umdidlie... if she weren't my half-sister.

Abortion prevents pedophilia. In more ways than one!
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I wrote a haiku

which I was about to share,

but then I thought, "screw it."
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Notice to all users of the Holodeck:

There are safety protocols in place that cannot be deactivated without the approval of two commanding officers or the captain to protect users of the Holodeck from potential harm. However, every time the Holodeck is ever used in a nontrivial manner, no matter what the safety protocols say, the Holodeck turns into a deathtrap.

Unless you believe yourself to be adept at constructing a forcefield from your communicator and 19th century Earth tools, or you're at the very least not wearing a red shirt, you are strongly advised not to attempt to use the Holodeck until a designer comes up with a safety protocol that doesn't kill you whenever somebody looks at it funny. Even when you're not on the holodeck. Or in the same quadrant. Or time period.

In fact, if you are wearing a red shirt, Starfleet may not be the job for you


Category: Programming

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Visual Studio

Permalink 05/31/07 at 03:25:17 pm, by Ed, 131 words   English (US)
Categories: Programming

If I were to ask a graphic designer what they thought "Visual Studio" was, they would probably say it's something like the Adobe Production Suite, where you can edit images, video, etc. all together.

If I were to ask a painter, they would probably describe something like a room for inspiration while you paint.

If I were to ask a movie director, he would say it's a new-fangled production company that focuses on visual effects for movies.

And if I were to ask a computer programmer? Well, of course, we all know that Visual Studio has nothing to do with any of that, but is instead an integrated environment for coding and testing programs. Lots of text, and {curly brackets}. Not much art. Funny choice for a name, don't you think?

Permalink 05/18/07 at 06:17:19 pm, by Ed, 337 words   English (US)
Categories: General, Programming

We've moved over to a new server. You should notice no difference, except the website address no longer redirects to beardedchild.com. We've got separate web space just for this site now. Yay. We moved to Dreamhost, which is a really great host, whose 487th sale since 500,000 will be in 3 days. Seriously.

Actually, I just read this blog post on their website touting how to be a famous blogger. Not that I really blog about anything terribly interesting. But one tip was to make lots of crazy, controversial predictions. That one up there was my first. You know what's next? I'll give you a hint. It involves Jesus, unwed mothers, and a donkey, and not in the way you're thinking.


I also tracked down why no categories were showing and "fixed" it. Now you can choose to view posts by category (which is not useful yet).


I also wrote this handy batch file for those of use not so well versed in the intricacies of MySQL database copying. Don't need access to the binary files or anything. Here's a windows batch file that will copy all databases (that a certain user can see) from one server to another, if the destination user has necessary permissions:

(Currently set up to copy from mysql.mhost.com to the current machine, which is what I do to get copies of the databases onto my machine for testing purposes with actual data.)

SET SOURCE_HOST=mysql.myhost.com
@echo off
SET DEST_HOST=localhost
SET DEST_PASS=root_pass
echo Mirroring databases. Please stand by . . .
mysqldump -u %SOURCE_USER% -h %SOURCE_HOST% -p%SOURCE_PASS% --all-databases | mysql -u %DEST_USER% -h %DEST_HOST% -p%DEST_PASS%

Why, back in my day, I was a batch fiend! Who needs compilers? You could write your own operating system in batch files and VBScripts if they didn't both require huge amounts of overhead and an operating system to run.

Permalink 04/12/07 at 12:31:51 pm, by Ed, 95 words   English (US)
Categories: Movies, Programming

Deux is a word, right?

Well, anyway, I've added a function to save your own AJAX drawings and they'll automatically be added to the saved images list. I've also added an image of Link. What can I say? I'm a fan of retro.


I've also changed the Movies page to a Google document. Now, if I like you, I might let you edit my list online automatically thanks to magic. Just ask me!

I've also added a review for The Aristocrats. I will eventually get around to writing reviews for all of them. Eventually.

Why don't humans have such fatal errors?

Permalink 01/25/07 at 08:16:49 pm, by Ed, 386 words   English (US)
Categories: Programming

When I boot my computer, shut down my video card capper, and run a certain program, Windows Blue-Screens, and I have to reinstall my mouse and keyboard drivers (Bluetooth). Whenever I run Adobe Photoshop CS, and I click on the splash screen at startup, the program has a fatal error and "must be stopped". When I hook up my old keyboard (to reinstall my new keyboard's drivers) and press the left Windows key, the My Computer icon on my desktop gets renamed 52=-, my current window closes, and Windows Help takes its place. When I try to install Ubuntu Linux 6.10 with my hardware configuration, I can't even boot into the installer unless I take out my graphics card, and when I do try to install it, it stops at 95% every time, thus requiring me to boot into Administrative mode on Windows to fix the Master Boot Record so it doesn't try to boot into a corrupted installation of Linux every time I turn the computer on. If I want to burn a CD, I'd better be sure my RAM is fast enough, otherwise I'll be going through a lot of wasted CDs.

When I stub my toe, you know what happens? It hurts. When I am about to be late for class, you know what happens? I run faster. I adapt. And do you know what happens when I get sick? (My keyboard just crashed) I lay in bed, and I take medicine, and I feel better in the morning. There are no popups, I never have to shut down after reinstalling new software or drivers, and I don't need to take Norton to get rid of that nasty flu. I never bluescreen at all. If I'm writing a paper and my hand is moving too fast and my head can't keep up, I don't have to throw the paper away and start over. My body takes care of itself. Whenever anything bad happens, it adapts to the situation and keeps going. My computer? Not so much. I wish computers would fail gracefully much more often, like this game I was recently playing.

And I would never, ever have to rewrite my entire blog post just because I my hand was pointed at the wrong thing at the wrong time, causing my internet browser to crash.

Comparing apples and oranges

Permalink 12/01/06 at 09:02:34 am, by Ed, 16 words   English (US)
Categories: Programming
namespace Fruits {
interface Apple
public bool Equals(Orange oIn);
interface Orange
public bool Equals(Apple aIn);

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