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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

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Saturday, October 6th, 2007

🦋 New features

OK so it's a little corny... I spent last night and some of this morning writing code to administer and display at random different images and quotes at the top of the blog. This is fun, but I think I am doing it mainly for the sake of getting better at writing SQL queries and PHP scripts. The administrative pages are set up pretty nice and clean, I think.

...And guess what I have now!!! -- The ability to delete posts, something I have never been able to do before; and an automated backup script for the whole site, databases and scripts and all. Currently all my data zips up to ¾M.

Ok, so instead of putting up new posts every time I add a feature, I am just going to update this post for a while. (Hopefully I will get out of programmer head sometime and be able to think about anything besides updating the site...*) Just now I wrote a really cool addition to the database which handles categorization of posts with SQL joins instead of dumb text searching. This will eventually, I am thinking, allow me to include lots of interesting (?) information in the sidebar about what category of post is being displayed, which will involve some pretty sophisticated programming.

*This morning I was trying to read Other Colors and I couldn't stop thinking about database tables! How annoying.

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Friday, October 5th, 2007

🦋 Linkrot

So here's what I did, see: There are thousands of links all over the internets pointing to my blog, with the address Well I wanted to write the site in PHP; but what to do about all those old links? As it turns out I just kept the same url and told my http server to send .asp files to php:

AddHandler php5-script asp

I'm pretty sure the new script is able to handle all the parameters the old script was, and to give back quite similar results for nearly any set of parameters. So hopefully all those old links are going to continue to work.

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🦋 And, we're live!

Hi everybody, this is my new blog. I realize it looks largely the same as my old blog, if not indistinguishable. But it's quite different under the interface, and I have got lotsa plans for ways to enhance it and improve your user experience. (Hopefully they will come to fruition sooner than the plans expressed in the last paragraph here.)

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007

🦋 First post using the New Software

PHP is the coolest.

Update: But its lack of required declaration of variables is, well, kind of a pain.

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