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I've been working on using PostgreSQL for fuzzy matching, and posted a blog entry about my work:

Trigrams and fuzzy searching for PostgreSQL

Conference announcement - Engineering and Metaphysics - June 15-16, 2012. Should be a great conference. I'll post more info later.

Starting up a new project - Newm. Basically, it is Objective-C on rails. Come and participate if you are interested!

Thought some of you might be interested in my tutorial on how to create a reusable iphone widget with Interface Builder.

I have a chapter in the newly released book, Sacred Cows in Science. The book contains chapters by 17 authors and covers a variety of alternative ideas in science from biology to physics to sociology. My chapter is on whether genetic mutations are accidental or regulated (or both). Anyway, check out the book!

I posted my criticism of the green movement here .

Just released a new Javascript/Twitter/Google Maps integration tool. Also has a Rails plugin, which gives you more control, but is perfectly usable with HTML- only. See the Twitter, Google Maps, and Rails goodness here.


I broke down and bought iShowU because of great reviews. However, due to what the author claims is a Quicktime Bug, the application quit after I had spent OVER AN HOUR recording video. The whole point of getting iShowU was to do painless training sessions when I had time (like in the evening) and then distribute them. But instead of saving time, I just wasted MY WHOLE FREAKIN NIGHT!

It's not that the file is gone - I have all 114MB. However, according to the author of the software, it is UNUSABLE. AHH!

I'm about to smack my head against several walls. I had finally gotten to what I thought was a manageable amount of work, and then I get whacked by this application, and now I'm way behind, yet again, and lost my whole evening (I had spent over an hour preparing for the screencast, and had stopped half way through my first take to do it better, too).

That's $20 and a whole evening I will never see again.

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