Westerns

If you’re a movie or television fan, you’ve probably noticed a degradation in the quality of entertainment being released by Hollywood. In addition, you may also notice the thrashing of canon for beloved franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars. I’ve been here a little longer, so I’ve seen this degradation over a longer period of time than most. Even with cable, Amazon Prime and Netflix, I’m still starved for real quality content.

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California Wood Dust

I just received a small piece of wooden furniture, and on the back of the instruction sheet that came with it, there’s a sticker with the following quote: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including wood dust, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. Seriously? So sawdust causes cancer according to the State of California. Personally, I think the government and doctors of California have been sampling a bit too much of that medical marijuana they love so much.

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Hobo Beards

Back in the 60s, long hair and beards became a thing. There were men who sported beards before that time, but not many. And long hair was a new phenomenon in the 1960s. I never had long hair. At the time, it was associated with active druggies or people who had been druggies. From what I can see, that association still holds. In 1976 I grew a mustache I’ve never shaved since.

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Moving Code

Here’s how I develop: I have an installation of a package or application in a subdirectory, ~/public_html/<package-name>, where I’m actually coding and testing. The app is in this place because PHP has an internal web server whose pages must reside here. I can code and test here using the PHP server, and easily see errors and server responses without involving the main Apache server. Plus, I can test here without affecting the main live instance of the package, which resides at /var/www/html/<package-name>.

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Stored Procedures Are Bad

Stored procedures are bits of code embedded in a SQL RDBMS. They operate solely on the data in the database, hopefully doing something worthwhile. For example, if you wanted to serialize the invoice numbers on invoices, you could set up a stored procedure to fetch a number from a numbers table, increment it, and use that as the next invoice number. Stored procedures were introduced into the SQL standard in 1999, and were not part of the original specification.

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