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The Wrecking Bawl Destructuring query language, one keyword at a time. March 2007 Entries
quote of the week

"Would it help if I got out and pushed?!"

- Princess Leia


Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:47 PM

the future
Nearly since the dawn of time, humanity has believed it faced struggles of greater difficulty and complexity than the world had ever experienced. While this is undoubtedly true, a side effect of science and technology and all that they bear, societal struggles have always been variations on a single theme: the Haves versus the Have Nots. And whether the Have Nots want money, food, freedom, or even just respect, there's one thing the Haves always have that they hate to give up, and that is power. ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 4:30 AM

environmental information of the week
Apparently Canada joined the list a while back of countries in which U.S. corporations are using $$ to take advantage of the people and their habitat, not to mention the wildlife (check out the links below). Who knew? Since I read about it in two forms of media (newspaper and web page), it must be true. ;) Should I mention that I bought the newspaper from a homeless transvestite? ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 11:21 PM

small company, relaxed atmosphere, all the Chinese food you can eat...
My company is hiring for three different ASP.Net-related positions in Downtown Seattle (the International District to be precise). Drop me a line if you might be interested. Software Test Engineeer Software Engineer Configuration Management Engineer ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:46 PM

top five best cereals of all time*
  1. Cap'n Crunch
  2. Golden Grahams
  3. Quisp
  4. Cheerios
  5. Maple Pecan Crisp (Peace)

honorable mention:  Cookie Crisp, even though it's barely a cereal, or maybe because it's barely a cereal

* this list changes somewhat often


Posted On Monday, March 19, 2007 10:50 PM

quote of the week

" My roommate says, "I'm going to take a shower and shave, does anyone need to use the bathroom?" It's like some weird quiz where he reveals the answer first. "

- Mitch Hedberg

Posted On Monday, March 19, 2007 9:28 PM

environmental information of the week
The world is caught in a catch-22, the consequences of which could be disastrous to life on Earth. Despite all the seemingly wonderful things we've gained since the advent of capitalism and the Industrial Revolution, we've been stuck in a loop of waste and destruction for quite some time now, and as long as the law of supply and demand continues to be very lightly regulated, the loop will continue. This is primarily because energy prices have been low enough that consumption continues to climb, reducing ......

Posted On Friday, March 16, 2007 8:31 PM

getting web app assembly from composite control
If you have a composite control you've created for use in ASP.Net, and you want to use that control to display the name and version of the web application's assembly, there's something you need to know: As far as I can tell, there's no way to get the correct assembly if you're only embedding the control in the HTML code. In this case, GetCallingAssembly() returns System.Web rather than the app name. But if you add the control from the codebehind, or if you add a method to the control that gets called ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 7:45 PM

quote of the week

"And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."

-George W. Bush

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 11:15 PM

plural of index

Posted On Friday, March 9, 2007 8:02 PM

environmental information of the week
Plastic comes in many forms. The common plastic bottle resins, as listed in the resin identification code (that small triangle you find on most bottles), are: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Polypropylene (PP) Polystyrene (PS) Other As of the end of 2005, PET and HDPE comprised over 95% of the plastic bottle market and 99.6% of the recycled pounds. Of the five remaining resins, polypropylene had the largest ......

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 11:21 PM

beware ths SQL null
It's amazing that to this day I still forget sometimes that any comparison with NULL is "unknown." Case in point, I have 105 tables in my database, but when I run the query below I only get 84 rows (assume for now that I only have one key per table), which briefly baffled me. The reason for this is that t2.table_name is NULL in 21 cases, and when SQL Server attempts to compare 'dtproperties' to NULL, it doesn't get TRUE or FALSE, it gets UNKNOWN. Thanks to Michael Coles for reminding me of this, ......

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 7:46 PM

e pluribus what?

Maybe God has finally taken it upon Himself to separate church from state.  If so, the whole omnipotency theory just crumbled.


Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:49 PM

quote of the week

There is probably no more obnoxious class of citizen, taken end for end, than the returning vacationist.

- Robet Benchley

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 11:46 PM

important questions

How come nobody asks the important questions anymore, like:

What are the limits of Mystique's powers?  Can she transform into a being of any size?  Can she transform into an inanimate object?  Couldn't she transform all her senses (e.g. by changing the genetics of her eyeballs) so that she can touch, feel, see, and hear better than anybody?  (I purposely skipped taste because "better taste" seems subjective.)

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 5:30 PM

environmental information of the week
A lot of people are looking to "clean coal" as the fuel of the future (especially the coal mining industry), at least to supply the United States with electricity. Here are some facts about coal: the oldest coal mine in the UK is at Wearmouth, Tyne and Wear, and dates to circa 1822 coal is found on every continent from the Arctic to the Antarctic, yet it was formed in temperate and subtropical conditions most estimates say the U.S. currently has around 250 years of coal remaining in the ground (at ......

Posted On Saturday, March 3, 2007 10:14 PM

"reality show" idea of the week
A camera follows around several different homeless people, watching them as they ask strangers for money and go off on schizophrenic rants.  In between rants, an interviewer looks each of them square in the tooth and asks why they're too lazy to get a job.  This might be a good show for the Fox News channel.

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2007 9:44 PM

battle of the week

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 7:15 PM

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