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Archive for April, 2005

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

From Craiglist (via Kottke’s remaindered links), Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…:

And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.

You hear that girls?

Bosworth’s Web of Data

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Daniel H. Steinberg covers Adam Bosworth’s MySQL user’s confernces talked entitled:Bosworth’s Web of Data.

He calls on the people present to “do for information what HTTP did for user interface.” He says:

As a result of a simple, sloppy, standards-based, scalable platform, we have information at our fingertips from Google, Amazon, eBay, and Salesforce. Bosworth’s own company, Google, gets hundreds of millions of hard queries a day. He said they see it as putting Ph.Ds in tanks to drive through walls rather than around them.

I, for one, am in favor of sloppiness. I was having a discussion with one of my professors this evening about Semantic web vs. emergent semantics/microformats. We both agreed that technologies which enable mass production of data which can be consumed/scraped aggregated are preferable over systems which produce small amounts of tightly controlled data. You see, given any large data set, someone will figure out ways to mine it for the relevant information.

As a sidenote, Bosworth states:

In addition to the advantages in software, there have been great gains in hardware. Bosworth said that one million dollars buys you five hundred machines with 2TB of in-memory data, a PetaByte of on-disk data, and a reasonable throughput of fifty thousand requests per second. This amounts to one billion requests per day.

Anyone have an extra million they want to give me?

PEAR 1.4 takes a REST

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Greg Beaver has decided to try moving from XML-RPC to REST for the pear installer:

I suspect the only reason nobody thought to do this for the first incarnation of the PEAR installer is that REST just isn’t as sexy in appearance. I mean, how cool is it that you can call a function on a remote server as if it were in the same script? REST requires clunkier thinking in terms of resources. It is more like accessing information in an xml file via XPath versus grabbing it through an abstraction that does some of the magic processing for you.

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Wizards lose to Earthquakes

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I went to see my Kansas City Wizards play against the San Jose Earthquakes. The game was pretty exciting and we had a pretty good view of it from the fourth row.

We (KC) started out strong, scoring in the 5th minute and dominating possession for the first 20 or so minutes. However, the Wizards couldn’t continue to dominiate as the Earthquakes attack successfully to go up 2-1. The Wizards scored again before half to make the halftime score 2-2.

The Earthquakes scored again in the second half, putting the result at 3-2. The Wizards only hope in the second half was a penalty kick taken by Josh Wolff which was blocked by Pat Onstead.

I think the Wizards weakness is lack of a good attacking central midfielder. Our two central midfielders, Diego Gutierrez and Kerry Zavagnin are both more defensive and possession minded, leaving the attack to our strickers and wingers. Tonight we had some great play up top from Wolff, Sealey and Arnaud and on the wings from Klein, Victorine, Jewsbury and Zotinca, but they are lacking support from an attacking midfielder who could tie them all together. Many times, the ball was played from our backs up to Wolff, who was able to hold the ball with his back to goal but was not given an options to play the ball off to attacking midfielders.

I guess we’re missing Preki.

Matt McAlister on del.icio.us

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Matt McAlister talks about using del.icio.us to discard stodgy taxonomies and enable the semantic web:

One thing that I really like is that taxonomies so often become outdated the day you create them, not to mention a giant resource drain with all the meetings and revisions and implementation costs.

Ah yes.