Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
"“Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.” – Hart Pomerantz"
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
"disposition := 'Content-Disposition' ':' disposition-type *(';' disposition-parm)
disposition-type := 'inline' / 'attachment' / extension-token ;
disposition-parm := filename-parm / creation-date-parm / modification-date-parm / read-date-parm / size-parm / parameter"
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Jerz. Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will Crowther's Original "Adventure" in Code and in Kentucky
"Accordingly, this paper analyzes previously unpublished files recovered from a backup of Woods's student account at Stanford, and documents an excursion to the real Colossal Cave in Kentucky in 2005. In addition, new interviews with Crowther, Woods, and their associates (particularly members of Crowther's family) provide new insights on the precise nature of Woods's significant contributions. Real locations in the cave and several artifacts (such as an iron rod and an axe head) correspond to their representation in Crowther's version; however, by May of 1977, Woods had expanded the game to include numerous locations that he invented, along with significant technical innovations (such as scorekeeping and a player inventory). Sources that incorrectly date Crowther's original to 1972 or 1974, or that identify it as a cartographic data file with no game or fantasy elements, are sourced thinly if at all. The new evidence establishes that Crowther wrote the game during the 1975-76 academic year and probably abandoned it in early 1976. The original game employed magic, humor, simple combat, and basic puzzles, all of which Woods greatly expanded. While Crowther remained largely faithful to the geography of the real cave, his original did introduce subtle changes to the environment in order to improve the gameplay."
"Special considerations for response handlers
Handlers for most phases do their work by simply setting a few fields in the request_rec structure (or, in the case of access checkers, simply by returning the correct error code). However, response handlers have to actually send a request back to the client.
They should begin by sending an HTTP response header, using the function send_http_header. (You don't have to do anything special to skip sending the header for HTTP/0.9 requests; the function figures out on its own that it shouldn't do anything). If the request is marked header_only, that's all they should do; they should return after that, without attempting any further output.
Otherwise, they should produce a request body which responds to the client as appropriate. The primitives for this are rputc and rprintf, for internally generated output, and send_fd, to copy the contents of some FILE * straight to the client."
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
"So before rejecting okra, try it in it's best light. Here, then is the numinous fried okra.
1/2 lb okra
1 c cornmeal
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 c buttermilk
Choose okra that is an even green color and 2' - 4' long. Trim stem ends from okra and cut into 3/4' lengths. Soak in buttermilk for 15 minutes.
Mix cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a plastic bag. Add okra and toss to coat.
Heat 1/2' oil in a 10' skillet (cast iron is traditional) over medium high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, sift excess cornmeal mixture from okra and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown. (Stir gently to avoid losing coating.) Drain on paper towels and salt again if needed."
Sunday, August 05, 2007
"If he did, he might realize that although God may not be mentioned, messages consistent with Christianity and even a sprinkling of Christian symbolism abound (especially in the seventh book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows').
In fact, Christians should actually see J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series as fantasy tales in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Rowling's series reinforces a core Christian belief that good and evil are not just socially constructed."
"When I left the theatre, I knew two things: first, that I had been an ignorant blow-hard. This wasn’t Wiccan propaganda: it was standard-issue fairy tale magic like Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz. Second, that Joanne Rowling had spent a great deal of time immersed in The Greats – the long line of literary masterpieces that range from The Lord of the Rings and Narnia back through Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare, the Arthurian Legends, the Church Fathers, the Scriptures themselves, and into the best of the pre-Christian Greek classics. In other words, Rowling was one of us."
'J.K. Rowling gets the last laugh on the dwindling number of conservative Christians who have attacked her Harry Potter saga over the past decade: The most important plot point of the seventh and final book is unambiguously Christian.
Rowling cleverly scattered so many red herrings among the loaves and fishes in the previous books that she made it difficult to see the trail clearly except in retrospect. The Potter story is not a linear Christian allegory. And Harry's World is insistently devoid of explicit religion, right through the final chapter.
But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finally reveals plainly what the author had said for many years: that her Christian faith undergirds her fictional creation.'
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Serving Thumbnails* Surprisingly difficult to do efficiently.
* There are a like 4 thumbnails for each video so there are a lot more thumbnails than videos.
* Thumbnails are hosted on just a few machines.
* Saw problems associated with serving a lot of small objects: