Archive - Aug 2006

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August 10th

Giving up TV

8 Changes I Experienced After Giving Up TV. I’ve done this too, and life’s much better.

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porter stemmer

The Porter Stemmer page has been revised.

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August 9th

sodium peroxide

(a phone call I just attended at work)

My new flatmate, works in the Mech Department: “Dude, first thing i saw after waking up, why is there a bottle of Sodium Peroxide in the Fridge?!!!”

Arnab: “No, that’s the bottle of milk from the work fridge — I label it like that so that coworkers don’t drink it. Anyway, I owe you a cup of milk, so feel free and have some.”

I guess this is a little alarming to people for whom peroxide in the fridge is actually a feasible scenario.

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August 7th

misreading

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indian population

I had a little fun with PBS’s surname ranking service, and came up with these interesting numbers:

patel is surname number 386 in the USA.
shah is surname number 1751 in the USA.
singh is surname number 630 in the USA.
kumar is surname number 4039 in the USA.

To provide context, there’s the other surnames:

lee is surname number 23 in the USA.
lopez is surname number 39 in the USA.
smith is surname number 1 in the USA.
bush is surname number 311 in the USA.
clinton is surname number 1703 in the USA.

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usb drive

Cheap USB Drive : well, atleast they got the USB part right.

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bookmobile

Brewster Kahle’s Bookmobile Project: A van that allows you to print from one of thousands of public-domain books, and serves it up in bound form, all for under a dollar.

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August 6th

the waiterrant bistro

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August 4th

chewing gum flavor song

Chanced upon this gem of a song in my collection. It’s called Does your chewing gum lose it’s flavor, by Lonnie Donegan:

Oh-me, oh-my, oh-you
Whatever shall I do
Hallelujah, the question is peculiar
I’d give a lot of dough
If only I could know
The answer to my question
Is it yes or is it no

Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight
If your mother says don’t chew it
Do you swallow it in spite
Can you catch it on your tonsils
Can you heave it left and right
Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight

Now the nation rise as one
To send their honoured son
To the White House
The nation’s only White House
To voice their discontent
Unto the Pres-I-dent
To ask this burning question
That has swept this continent

Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight
If you pull it out like rubber
Will it snap right back and bite
If you paste on the left side
Will you find it on the right?
Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight

Here comes a blushing bride
The groom is by her side
Up to the altar
As steady as Gibraltar
The groom has got the ring
It’s such a pretty thing
As he slips it on her finger
The choir begins to sing

Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight
Would you use it on your collar
When your button’s not in sight?
Put your hand beneath your seat
And you will find it there all right!
Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight

August 3rd

postgres and drupal

I strongly urge all Drupal developers to read through this paper on Postgres. This is a 15 year old design document from PostgreSQL’s predecessor, but there are many gems in this which apply directly to where (I think) Drupal is headed. I intended to write this up properly as an informal presentation, but it came up on #drupal today, so thought I might as well share it with everyone.

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