Too Much Puzzle For One Man (Or Woman)?

Just an extra puzzle piece, or some greater meaning? You decide… Continue reading

WordPress and XML-RPC With Visual BASIC .NET

My wife’s website is filled with photos she’s taken locally, and making sure they get up there handily is my job. Previously, she used a VB program I cobbled together to move photos from her various cameras onto the computer, then upload them to the site (lightbox style display on the Windows computer, FTP to upload the pics, etc). Unfortunately the final step, embedding the images in a post, was a quick hack (copy a link to the clipboard and … Continue reading

‘Think Python’ Excercise 12-6 – Optimized Solution?

I’m busy working my way through Think Python and doing the excercises when I found an especially interesting one: Exercise 12-6: Another ‘Car Talk Puzzler': What is the longest English word, that remains a valid English word, as you remove its letters one at a time? Now, letters can be removed from either end, or the middle, but you can’t rearrange any of the letters. Every time you drop a letter, you wind up with another English word. If you … Continue reading

A Word That Has Been ‘Literally’ Meaningless Since 1769

I like words – precisely placed, carefully sounded words than mean what they should, no more and no less. Obviously then the current fascination with the misuse of ‘literally’ is something I am very much aware of. Yes, I’m one of those folk – the kind that grit their teeth when ‘who’ and ‘whom’ are used interchangeably, get irritated when “it’s” is used as a possessive instead of a contraction, and remember that ‘like’ is a word meaning similar, or … Continue reading

Easy Schedule For Your Bible Reading (Or Part of It)

As I plan the new year’s activities, one I wanted to focus on was my Bible reading; in particular reading the whole New World Translation in a year. There are many Bible reading schedulers out there, but I decided to write yet another one for several reasons: To allow partial reading (say, just the Christian Greek Scriptures in a month), flexible start date and end (for example, starting on Dec 4 for 28 days), and accurate – since my version … Continue reading