Thursday, September 11, 2008

Webcams of CERN

I love me some webcams!


/rant on

I hate politics. And I especially hate the landscape of the current campaigns. There is no discussion among the candidates about real issues that affect my daily life, rather they snipe at each other or tell each other to stop sniping. Enough!

I want to know:
  • Who is going to raise my taxes less? I think both of them will end up taxing me more, but I want to know who is going to affect my wallet less.
  • Who is going to at least make an attempt at controlling illegal immigration? It’s out of control and there needs to be some type of planning that deals fairly with everyone involved, but ignoring the problem is not a solution.
That’s it. Those are the issues I’m concerned about, and there’s probably been some answers on those topics from the candidates, but I would have to go searching through all the mountains of crap that they, and their legions of followers, are spewing.

Another thing: I don’t understand why people are so polarized behind either candidate. Neither one of them seems to be a very good choice. I’m frustrated that election after election, we’re given mediocre options for president when I know that this country is full of bright, talented and dedicated individuals. The party system is broken that allows our current options to rise to the top because they’ve made whatever promises to big wigs in either party. That system will never allow anyone to become a candidate that has a shred of integrity.

/rant off

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Reaching Geek Limits

Today has just been a fantastic day for all things geek. We’ve got coding, smashing particles and a trip down gaming memory lane.

First off, I've been coding away at some logging bugs that my current project has experienced. The great thing about java is you’re really not constricted by much as there’s certain to be a library written by someone more competent than myself that I can exploit at will. Of course, the bad thing about java is that you’re really not constricted and can get yourself into the deep end of the pool, just a few minutes after eating, wearing a lead jacket and forgetting how to swim. So, let’s just say that I made some educated guesses which weren’t very educated, and now I’m backing my way out of them, slowly, so no one gets hurt.

It seems to me that there really hasn’t been a great scientific pursuit on a large scale since the space race ended. That seems to have changed today; The Frogs have been busy smashing particles together and assuring everyone that we won’t go the way of Arthur Dent.

I have to imagine that if my house was near this thing, I’d be pretty jumpy today. There’s a very good article over at How Stuff Works that describes things in more detail and actually answers the “why in the hell should we do this?” type questions.

And most importantly, I learned of a fantastic site that sells PDF versions of all the old Dungeons & Dragons manuals. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Refreshing an imported table in Microsoft Access

Another fun problem I ran into recently and couldn't find an answer to using Google: You have a table that you've imported, and you want to refresh the contents of that table. The main problem is that if you simply delete the table and then re-import, you will lose all of the information about that table in your queries. If it's a complex query, then that could be problematic. Here's the solution.

1. Import the table with the new data into your Access database.

2. Once you've imported the table, rename the table to the same name of the table that you want to replace.

3. Access will now prompt you whether you want to replace the existing table. Answer yes, and voila, table refreshed!

Yes, it's a simple solution but it wasn't very obvious, at least for me.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Formatting a Date in Microsoft Access

More for my future reference, than your edification:

For some unknown reason, I had a reasonably difficult time formatting a date within Microsoft Access. The format of the date was to be in YYYY-MM-DD format, and while searching for assistance, I stumbled upon this solution:

Format([DATE], 'yyyy-mm-dd')

This worked when querying against a table, but if you wanted to use this in a query of a query, then I started receiving this message:

Syntax error (comma) in query expression

In typical Microsoft fashion, this really meant nothing to me. After hacking around, I finally found that I had to write the formula like this to work:

Format([TABLENAME.DATE], 'yyyy-mm-dd')

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

We're hitched!

I’ve been really busy with work and getting to and from work, so just a quick post to announce that Petrea and I married on March 26 in Negril, Jamaica. It was a wonderful trip and I’m the luckiest man alive!

Back to work…