Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Reverse Gum Disease Fast

Little did I realize when I started blogging about my success reversing my gum disease that secret weapon number one would turn out to be my water bottle.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

You Can't Put Snow In a Database Table -- How to Name And Think About Database Tables

I blogged previously about the considerations involved in choosing between singular and plural database table names.  In the course of getting input on the considerations involved, I came across a concession saying that a "news" table would always be plural.  But this post explains why you can't put snow, sunshine, love, mud, furniture, a survey, or news in a database table.

DB Table Name Plural or Singular? How To Choose

A common question for web programmers is whether to give database table names singular or plural names.  Since the intuitive preference for one or the other is largely a religious debate, in this post I help you compare the two across many use cases you might not otherwise consider.  Then I let you decide which works better over the long haul.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sortition: Solving Political Corruption Through Lottery Selection of Legislators

As boring as the subject is, campaign finance corruption is probably the single core obstacle to good governance in the USA.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Near Death Experience and Me

The Near Death Experience changed my life.  I often say now that it is my religion.

Friday, August 22, 2014

No Playing in the Street Allowed On Ferguson's Canfield Drive

Canfield Drive is a dinky, winding, 1/2-mile (800 meter) long residential two-lane (30' or 9 meters wide) street without a traffic signal at its east end.  It's the kind of street where you might play kick the can, street hockey, or red rover.  Every once in a while you have to move over for a car.

Percona mysql 5.6 for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

It looks like Percona has now released mysql 5.6 for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.  I will be verifying and upgrading my Ubuntu to 14.04 if this is correct.  I will report back in this post for confirmation.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Experience With Oil Pulling

I have received many comments suggesting that I try oil pulling or asking my opinion about oil pulling.  My niece Corina has recently been happily using oil pulling.  So I finally gave oil pulling a try and did some reading about it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Natural fiber artistic window screens

Through Couchsurfing.org I met Iuval Clejan last year, who is changing the world by embarking on a Luddite technology career as a weaver.  He is currently in California making natural fiber artistic window screens he is selling at Etsy.  At the moment the fibers appear to be coming from Turkey, but he is looking forward to the day where local farmers grow the flax and local spinners make his yarn.  I think this is a great example of how to change the world by doing small things with great love.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Notes about using the UPS Shipping API with PHP

I am working through integrating the UPS API on a client's system.  For my own benefit and the benefit of others, here are some notes:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to create an AutoCAD dimension subscript, superscript, or stacked dimension

The secret to getting a subscript or superscript in an AutoCAD dimension is to put a stacked fraction in the dimension text override and then set the numerator or denominator blank as required.  The way to get a stacked dimension into a dimension override text is to 1) use the DDEDIT or TEDIT command (Select annotation object:), then select the dimension text, 2) type into the text a sub or superscript with a caret like ^2 or 3^ (the caret is like a hidden fraction line), 3) highlight the caret and character(s), right-click, and choose Stack, 4) highlight the stacked fraction, right-click, and select Stack properties to edit if needed.  Voila!  A subscript or superscript inside a dimension.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Brushing, Waterpiking (Irrigating), and Oil Pulling

I finally found a reference that relates brushing, waterpiking/irrigating, and oil pulling on this article about oil pulling.  At the very end of the article, Tracy Moore quotes Dr. Sandra Moldovan as saying "Basically, brushing for two minutes twice a day and Waterpiking is much, much better than oil pulling. It can get in places the oil can't. But if they want to use [oil pulling] as substitute for mouth rinse, that's totally fine."  I conclude that oil pulling is a good, high-powered form of rinsing for a morning routine.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Best Countries According to Income Equality, Corruption, Homicide Rate, Health, and Annual Work Hours

I wanted an impartial look at which countries on earth are doing best at the factors that matter to me, so I looked up maps and tables for Income Equality, Corruption, Homicide Rate, Healthy Average Life Expectancy, and Annual Work Hours Per Worker, since it seems to me it would be nice to live in a country where I had lots of free time in health and safety without listening to a lot of griping about the government and the rich.  If you can think of important factors I omitted, please leave me a comment. Here are the numbers and the countries we can aspire to.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

LDS Church Growth and Attrition 1977 to 2013

According to this graph I prepared for Wikipedia, LDS official membership growth rate, while the lowest it has been since the 1930's, is currently about double the world population growth rate.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Traditional Pinto Bean Preparation

This is a long-process method that maximizes the nutritional benefit of beans and minimizes energy use, labor, and vigilance.  The finished product is refrigerated beans that keep for well over a week.

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