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Archive for March, 2005

Bison Hill

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

I spent four years of my life in Shawnee, Oklahoma at Oklahoma Baptist Univeristy. I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot. In many ways, it has made me who I am. Though I’m not particularly religious anymore, I still really like OBU and think it is a good school.

Well, I thought that until not long ago, when a friend of mine was fired from OBU.

I worked in the PR office at OBU my senior year under Zack Zinkaid, who was the PR director. Last week, he wrote a letter to the local paper in Shawnee criticizing the decision of a local church to move out of a poor neighborhood and build a $10M expanded church complex.

The article had nothing to do with OBU, yet Zack got fired for harming OBU’s image.

I can’t say how bad a move this has been for OBU, so many people are upset about it:

Then there’s the Google-bombers:

Happy Birthday

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

..to me.

I just got a call from Aaron wishing me a happy birthday. That’s right its my birthday (not on the west coast yet, but Aaron’s in Oklahoma, so its already my birthday there).

Anyway, if anyone would like to join in some celebration, I think there will be some of us going out on Haight St here in San Francisco. We’ll probably start at Aub Zam Zam around 8 PM and move on to wherever we like. Give me an email (ryan at this domain) and I’ll give you my cell phone number, in case you want to join in later.

Python never had a chance against PHP

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

From Python never had a chance against PHP:

Also people continue to confuse simplicity with deficiency.

Well said and a good article about why web development with PHP is comfortable for many people.

PHP Hackery

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

I just found this article called Five Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with PHP. An interesting read for any PHP hackers out there.

The only one I didn’t know about was #1- apparently this is legal:

< ?php
switch (TRUE) {
        case ($age < 16):
                echo 'You cannot drive.';
                break;
        case ($age < 18):
                echo 'You cannot vote.';
                break;
        case ($age < 21):
                echo 'You cannot drink.';
                break;
        case ($age > 65):
                echo 'You should be retired.';
                break;
        default:
                echo 'Work, work, work...';
                break;
?}
?>

Saves a bit of space/typing versus if/elseif/else, but other than that I’m not sure how useful it is.

del.icio.us going pro

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Joshua Schacter has just announced that he’s quit his day job to work on del.icio.us fulltime. He’s also taken on some outside funding.

I wish him the best and am fairly confident that del.icio.us will only get better.