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Amusing Javascript Snippet

3 December 2008


I saw this posted on Jacqui Maher’s blog today and was so amused I had to reblog it. if (!(typeof worldHasEnded == "undefined")) { document.write("YUP."); } else { document.write("NOPE."); } From Aside from the very obvious “you don’t need to negate that test condition, just reverse your simple if and else clauses” issue, it’s […]

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A rare post on politics

6 September 2008


I don’t like to write about politics. However, I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks of Bob the Builder every time I hear Barak Obama say, “Yes we can!”.

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New VoteFu Feature: karma counting

22 August 2008


I have just introduced the “has_karma” mixin to VoteFu. It aims to assign a karma score to the owners of voteable objects. This is designed to allow you to see which users are submitting the most highly voted content. Currently, karma is only “positive”. That is, +1 votes add to karma, but -1 votes do […]

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You are invited to my open alpha of

21 July 2008


Quotes. I love quoting people. I have a ton of quotes saved in text files, on my blog, in my various mood messages on IM platforms, and who-know-where-else. I decided to build an application to manage, organize, and syndicate quotes. You can read more about it on my project page for MyQuotable. If you read […]

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Health Care, Wal-Mart, HSAs, CDH plans, and the future of benefits in this nation.

6 November 2005


I read blogs from time to time. One of my favorites is A VC. I first started reading this blog when I was doing research on Radio’s Changing Business Model. Today, there’s an interesting discussion going on over there about whether Wal-Mart might be doing us a favor by offering crappy Health Insurance benefits. I […]

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Vacation Reading

22 August 2005

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During my summer vacation, I read two interesting books. The first book was the national bestseller Freakanomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The second book was The Language Police by Diane Ravitch. Today, I’ll talk about Freakanomics. In my next posting I’ll discuss The Language Police. Freakanomics has been heralded as a groundbreaking examination […]

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Identity Theft… Or “You broke it, and I have to pay for it?”

13 July 2005


Today, I received an email from my bank promoting their new Identity Guard service designed to help “protect” me from identity theft. For $12.99 a month, my bank proposes to monitor my credit reports and react quickly to any indication that my personally identifiable information has been stolen and used without my permission. This is […]

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More on Eminent Domain

6 July 2005


It’s been a little over a week since I published my first story on Eminent Domain. I spent some time and energy deconstructing the philosophy of eminent domain, property rights, and capitalism. I concluded that the Supreme Court made a royal mistake when they allowed the New London Development Corporation to claim an acre of […]

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Eminently Wrong.

27 June 2005


em·i·nent (m-nnt) adj. Towering or standing out above others; prominent: an eminent peak. do·main (d-mn) n. A territory over which rule or control is exercised. “The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.” –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. The only […]

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The cognitive science behind racial bias.

16 June 2005


I read three interesting articles today. One is an old article, but I thought it was spot-on in pointing out that often we have a conscious attitude of racial tolerance, while harboring an unconscious racial bias without even knowing it. The second article is a more recent publication that reinforces the findings of the first: […]

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