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04/17/12

  01:13:00 am, by Nimble   , 3195 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science

Creationist on a Thread: Part I

This article in TechnicianOnline stirred up a lot of controversy. You could follow the Facebook responses to that for days and hardly come to the end of it. Where I chose to chime in was where someone had rebuffed that original author, a creationist… more »

03/08/12

  12:02:02 pm, by Nimble   , 217 words  
Categories: Programming

JavaScript Script Tags Violate Normal Tag Rules

You know how you can - for just about every HTML tag - combine the start and end tags, XML-style, into just one node? For example, you need not go <img src="mypig.jpg"></img> - you can simply go <img src="mypig.jpg"/>. It turns out… more »

03/03/12

  04:49:51 pm, by Nimble   , 1832 words  
Categories: Journal, Thoughts, People

Parenthood, Part II

One thing I would recommend in particular for the little one is a bassinet right by the side of your bed, particularly if mom is breastfeeding. The baby is going to be wanting to feed about every two hours for a period of about two months, and during… more »

02/28/12

  08:57:11 pm, by Nimble   , 441 words  
Categories: Common Sense, Spamming

Scammers: The Nerve!

Hey, there are scammers out there! If you got taken by one, then you're obviously someone we want to talk to: more »

12/16/11

  04:06:42 pm, by Nimble   , 236 words  
Categories: Programming

Running Out Of Memory Without Using Much Memory In C#

Few things are more dreadful for an application than a recurring "out of memory" error. You ask for memory graphs for the past hours or days and scan them... and you don't find anything untoward. Now, you're really confused. One thing about the memory… more »

11/29/11

  03:15:39 am, by Nimble   , 815 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Common Sense, Internet, People

Offense-Taking In The Skeptical Community

I've had it - I've just had it. The skeptical community has always had its ups and downs, but of late, many corners of the skeptical community have turned taking offense into an art form. One phrase that is often lauded by skeptics, including me, is… more »

11/21/11

  04:25:47 pm, by Nimble   , 1068 words  
Categories: Internet, Spamming

A Slight Twist on the 419 Scam

You know those lovely scam e-mails promising you some great portion of millions of dollars from some dying or dismissed general or administrator if only you would help get it out of the country... just by providing one more payment for this and that?… more »

09/07/11

  03:04:44 am, by Nimble   , 736 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science

Niles Eldredge Out Of Context

Creationists love "gotcha" quotes. In a world view where scientists are all party to one great conspiracy, these are signs of cracks in the great façade. These quotes bounce all over the internet, mindlessly copy-pasted. There is a catch,… more »

08/27/11

  01:00:58 pm, by Nimble   , 1285 words  
Categories: Journal, Thoughts, People

Parenthood, Part I

I didn't know what it was going to be like; not really. As I write this, I have an almost 4-year-old and a 1-and-a-half-year-old. I'll describe the journey and my present thoughts. more »

06/14/11

  12:13:49 am, by Nimble   , 237 words  
Categories: Internet

"A Device Attached To The System Is Not Working"

When trying to remote in to your machine, there are few things more aggravating than having it lead you through the motions, only to have a giant "A device attached to the system is not functioning" with a giant OK button. You don't get to argue with… more »

03/10/11

  01:41:56 pm, by Nimble   , 102 words  
Categories: Programming

Converting TDateTimes to System.DateTimes and back

It's not straight-up obvious how to convert the Borland and Microsoft formats back and forth in code, but it does end up being pretty easy. TDateTimes are in "OA" format, which is OLE/COM-compatible. The functions that convert back and forth to the OLE… more »
  11:41:25 am, by Nimble   , 185 words  
Categories: Programming

E2328 Linker error while emitting metadata

There are few things more fun than topping off a righteously sweaty code refactoring session with a particularly rare and un-to-underdocumented linker error. I ran into this in CodeGear RAD Studio 2007 on the Delphi for .NET side. It was different than… more »

02/04/11

  02:30:50 pm, by Nimble   , 466 words  
Categories: Distractions, Common Sense, Science

The Burger Of Eternal Fullness

In a wonderful (cough) thread talking about cancer prevention and why-is-there-so-little-focus-on-that which turned into a thread of big paranoid ranters versus skeptical rebutters, there was a comment that caught my eye that just gave me a chuckle:… more »

01/21/11

  12:00:04 pm, by Nimble   , 148 words  
Categories: Distractions, Internet, Spamming

Truth in Spamvertising

I have been very happy about the collective realization of e-mail software that automatically loading images puts you at risk for more spam simply by having tailored image tags expose to the spammer the fact that you read the e-mail. Online web mail… more »

01/03/11

  05:08:37 pm, by Nimble   , 115 words  
Categories: Programming

DCPIL Insanity

If you are using one of the CodeGear Delphis for .NET and are using an assembly made elsewhere, perhaps in C#, and something in that assembly has changed, say the visibility of a method, you may occasionally run into a case where no matter what you do,… more »

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