off to florida

so i’ve been to some crazy places in my short life, but never to florida. which you, dear reader, must be thinking i should remedy. well, alright, i’ll go. actually i’ll be in ft. lauderdale, a place which i seem…

back from florida

i’m back. since around midnight. in a sample of about 2400 real names, half of the letters in the alphabet (13) account for the first letters of slightly more than 78% of last names. the top half from most to…

i’ve got to sketch out the saturday i just had

rolled out of bed at 10am after melanie’s party the night before that raged until after 3. played and lost two games of kickball with my fellow SILSters. sat out in the sun at weaver street market for several hours…

home hunting

there’s a cute little condo complex on McCauley street with a unit for sale: costs $299,000. Hmmm. That number is so big, compared to my $800 car, I can’t even comprehend that much money. Or ever buying anything for that…

my head is foggy

the conference on human computer interaction (CHI 2003) left me with a real distaste for usability. reminds me of my loss of faith in poetry. linguistics did not sit on the fence, it strove to be a science and it…

user-interface problem

i am trying to design an interface to browse a list of trainings. each training belongs to a program, and a program has a hosting organization (like university of costa rica), a program type (like master’s degree or workshop) and…

user-interface solution?

the previous post describes what can be restated as a problem of how best to create a human-browsable index? a useful index is one that: -is organized/sorted to facilitate quick lookups -has short index terms [keys] -has non-ambigious index terms…

contributing to the creative commons

Finally got around to dedicating my digital photos online to the public domain! What does this mean? Well, it means: The Dedicator [that’s me] recognizes that, once placed in the public domain, the Work [the photos in my online gallery]…

Women Want More Sex with You.

just wanted to take a break from studying for my cognitive science final exam to discuss how i am studying for my final exam. our midterm essentially consisted of identifications and definitions, so i kind of know what i’m up…

letter to Senator Santorum

Dear Senator Santorum, I am disgusted with your deplorable attitude towards homosexuality. You do a great disservice to the United States Senate and the citizens you represent by spouting archaic and fearful attitudes about lifestyles different than your own. Justin…

growing the creative commons

the other day i “offically” released the images from my online photo gallery into the public domain. this was something i wanted to do way back, but finally felt compelled to do so after getting an email from someone in…

random stuff i bought today

music: interpol cd: turn on the bright lights clothes: fruit of the loom: 2 boxer briefs and 3 boxers houseware: bounty: paper towels toy: yomega: all-star yo-yo tool: radio shack: keychain watch + compass + thermometer shoes: airwalk: vert (navy)…

Essential Database Naming Conventions (and Style)

style use lowercase characters eliminates question of proper case as well as errors related to case-sensitivity speeds typing rate and accuracy differentiates table and column names from uppercase SQL keywords separate words and prefixes with underlines, never use spaces promotes…

self-promotion

i remember once my mom bought a wreath to hang on the living room wall, and this required the whole room be repainted and rearranged to coordinate. well, the other day i wrote up a little document outlining the naming…