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May 2010

column-oriented databases

I briefly wrote about these a few weeks ago in this blog post.  I believe Michael Stonebraker is credited with "inventing" this technology, although it's really been around since the 1970's.  I was tasked at evaluating column-oriented databases after management read about these in a trade journal and thought it might be applicable for our fast-growing analytics system.  He's possibly right. Fast data access is the cornerstone.  

What are these things?

Weekend Baseball

Natalie and Jackson were the all-stars this weekend on their Little League teams.  Natalie had a great catch and is hitting (and throwing) very well.  


Jackson managed to get the hit that tied the game for his team.  



I just found this.  I firmly believe there is no such thing as a stupid question, but I do believe some people are sometimes just too lazy to research something on their own, finding it easier instead to come and bug you.  This website should be enough to send the wayward soul back on the straight and narrow.


Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass

Saw this a couple of months ago and had cause today to send it in an email, thought I'd share.



The free market can clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil mess...with almost no expense...

...not to mention we could actually pay farmers to grow more grasses instead of using agricultural subsidies to pay farmers to *not* grow their crops.  

Watch this...