if you drive north on nc-86…

…aka airport road in chapel hill, you’ll drive through historic hillsborough (orange county’s county seat) and a place called yanceyville, before you cross the state line and intersect with us-29 in danville, virginia. us-29 is a beautiful stretch of road.…

He’s Not Here Happy Hour

usually happy hour is at “the library” but when school ends, they don’t open till later, so we started heading to “he’s not” to enjoy the weather. haven’t done much picture taking this semester, (who knows maybe this was the…

Melt-in-the-Mouth cookies

Also known as “Melt-in-your-Mouth” cookies, these are my favorite cookies and a cherished family recipe passed down from my Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Barnette (aka Grandmommy) to my mother to me. Update: After some research it appears that Grandmommy originally got…

roasted garlic hummus

i’ve made hummus a handful of times now, for parties and at parties, so i feel confident to lay down my recipe. the roasted garlic gives the hummus a subtler flavor than raw garlic, and i think removing the shells…

shift reloading to salvation

it started with a few changes to take advantage of blogger’s new features, like previous post listings and conditional tags. then i decided to take the larger plunge and absorb my homepage into my blog which meant turning certain homepage…

the etiquette of returning tupperware

if someone lends you some tupperware, usually so you can take some of their food home, you should return the tupperware cleaned and containing something new, preferably baked goods. anyway, this is what jennifer told us her mother does–and though…

youch! bad ulnar nerve!

last weekend i rode my bike out on nc-54 all the way to alamance county. on the way back i noticed that my pinky and ring fingers felt like they had fallen asleep. it bothered me most of the way,…

i just realized i’m not a graduate student anymore

perhaps i never exactly was. perhaps i will be again. i mean i just went to a framing shop to get my undergraduate *and* graduate diplomas framed. to hang in my office! and i’ve been reading phd comics for the…

implementing transactions in microsoft access (for the first time)

here’s the simplified scenario: i’ve got a publication table and a publication_status table. when creating a new publication, a record needs to be inserted into both tables. when updating the status of an existing publication, a record only needs to…

blog as backup memory

i was thinking today that i wish i could remember how long i’ve been hitting the trails off of estes. then just now i happened to be adding titles to some of my old posts and stumbled upon a dated…

hacking BlogThis!

update: BetterBlogThis version 2 is now available. blogger has this great feature called BlogThis!. i use it constantly to update the neatlinks sidebar on my blog. it’s a hunk of javascript that lives inside a link. in order to “install”…

hillsborough hog day

6 years living in a place as a self-proclaimed bbq lover, and i just happen to hear about hillsborough’s yearly bbq festival recently. we browsed hot sauces, custom motorcycles, fire engines, marshmallow shooters, cheese grater lamps, puppets, soda can mobiles,…

how to count unique records with sql

question let’s say i have a table with one column containing the following 6 records: 3 3 4 5 5 6 is there a way with a single standard SQL query to count the unique records in that column? (the…

the movie

it rained on and off today, which put the kibosh on our outdoor movie designs. i thought it might be fun to go see fahrenheit 911 on opening night. a few people mentioned it–jane said the varsity had sold out.…

my memory of september 11th

in the fall of 2001, i was just beginning my fourth year at unc, living in a single room in spencer dorm. on september 11, i was sleeping in. the alarm wasn’t playing music when it went off. people on…

a politcal coming of age

apparently osama bin laden, al qaida, and the taliban were responsible. and people wanted revenge. i felt that way too. but within a few days i started thinking about the endgame. we could punch back. but then what? if you…

can be used to form topiary

so i have this window in my new office, gets lots of afternoon sun, i thought: time for an office plant. stopped by lowe’s the other day, had no idea what i was doing. i was starting to convince myself…