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Eww, You Stepped In a Dupe

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Slashdot posted yet another dupe today. That's at least 5 this year. That has me thinking that a site that looks like Slashdot but only contains the dupes could be fun to create. It may also tie into an idea of mine using Bayesian (sp?) filtering. My idea was to use it to filter RSS feeds, but for dupes each post would require a seperate token table. It may work to detect dupes. I know today's dupe would score big on SMS and morse. Shoot, if that doesn't work then filtering the comments for "dupe" would definitely work.

I'll have to start archiving RSS feeds to test my initial idea with, unless someone has a ready archive for me. For the dupe detector I just need to get a filter and RSS parser.

Mother Fucker!

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Yes, that title is what I uttered when I encountered some browser stupidity. I had just hit the post button to submit a comment on Justin Kirby's blog when I neglected a field in the form and was forced to back track. Then Firefox's stupidity hit me. It did NOT store my comment!! Resulting in "mother fucker!" getting uttered.

So whose fault is this? The parties involved were me, the blog, and the browser.

Part of the blame is on me since I failed to fill out the email field, but the blog should have told me that it was required. It could also have reshown the form populated with my post telling me that I needed to fill it out.

But there's the browser too. I'm sure a number of sites and people back track while filling out forms. Could it be that hard to remember what I punched into one?

So I'm placing the blame on this on the browser for not remembering the page's state when I went back to it. WordPress could have helped which would have been 10 times nicer, but I'm blaming the browser for not doing what I expected.

The Society

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In another effort to increase the ranks of pages I know and whoring out my blog, I also announce The Society. The Society is a band my two older brothers have formed with two of their friends. They currently have some songs they recorded the night this picture was taken:

The picture also contains their two vocalists. One is right above my upper arm, and the other is peeking up behind my bottle.

The Society also has a few shows lined up. They're listed at TheSociety.us along with some songs and some info.

BDay Present Update

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I may yet receive my possible birthday present from God. Further calculations show there's a risk that it can possibly strike during a latter year. Here are some [possibly] new stories about 2004 MN4:

I Passed

I just took a random Internet quiz, and I think I passed as a Randian. Go figure. Here are my results:

You scored as Strong Egoism. Your life is very much guided by the concept of Egoism: You work primarily to promote your own interests.

“I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
“I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.”
--Ayn Rand

More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...

Hedonism

90%

Strong Egoism

90%

Existentialism

80%

Kantianism

75%

Justice (Fairness)

65%

Nihilism

55%

Divine Command

55%

Utilitarianism

25%

Apathy

20%

What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)
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Update Your Bookmarks

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I'm in the process of switching hosts. Part of that is moving my blog to a new address. The new address is http://nolan.eakins.net/. So update your bookmarks. The old address should still work thanks to mod_rewrite. It should forward to the new address along with everything after it.

If anything turns up broken tell me.

I would also like to know if there is any pre-existing script that'll log into my account, go through my roster, and reapprove and re-request presence subscriptions? That'll keep me from having to go through 40 contacts by hand.

Genetic Algorithms

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This is mainly a note for myself, but may be useful to some passer by. I never understood how a genetic algorithm could successfully be used, until now. One would come in handy for setting up a neural network by evolving the weights used to connect the "neurons". It would be more ideal than just tweaking the weights somewhat randomly to achieve the results you want.

There are more uses for genetic alogrithms, and I'll leave a further elucidation to either Google or someone who uses them in his work/studies.

A Lesson

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And this is why you should not drink.

Web Standards

The past couple of days I've been doing some web work in CSS. With it being 2005 and all I figured things should be pretty easy. Things are fine in Firefox where everything gets layed out perfectly, as I expect them. Things get whacko when I try the same style sheet in Internet Explorer. I almost have a feeling I'm gonna have to go back to the design techniques I used in high school just to reach 90% (that's probably 80% +/- 10% now). I did check the copyright date in IE, and it's 2001, the year I graduated. So maybe I need to upgrade IE and hope Microsoft updated it, or Microsoft is loosing horribly to Firefox.

My Head

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