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adrienne / gist:984c5ee66c21cba830d9
Created June 10, 2014 13:40
great circles, Babel-17
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“Well,” Rydra took out a metal tracing plate and a stylus. “I’m simplifying it a little, but let me show you.” She marked the plate. “Let’s say the word for circle is: O. This language has a melody system to illustrate comparatives. We’ll represent this by the diacritical marks: ˇ ¯ ˆ , respectively smallest, ordinary, and biggest. So what would Ǒ mean?”

“Smallest possible circle?” said Calli. “That’s a single point.”

Rydra nodded. “Now, when referring to a circle on a sphere, suppose the word for just an ordinary circle is Ō followed by either of two symbols, one of which means not touching anything else, the other of which means crossing — ║ or X. What would ÔX mean?”

“Great circles that intersect,” said Ron.

“And because all great circles intersect, in this language the word for great circle is always ÔX. It carries the information right in the word. Just like busstop or foxhole carry information in English that la gare or le terrier — comparable words in French—lack.”

adrienne / blogpost.html
Created September 16, 2014 11:07
Some markup patterns (including structured data)
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<article itemscope itemtype="">
<a itemprop="url" href="">
<img itemprop="image" src="/images/image.jpg" />
<h1 itemprop="name headline">Post Name</h1>
<div itemprop="articleBody">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc mi orci, malesuada elementum accumsan ut, porttitor at dolor.
adrienne / alt-handy-utilities.php
Created August 19, 2010 00:35
Some handy PHP utilities that I keep using
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/* === quick & dirty PHP pretty-printer for arrays ========================================================== */
function pp($arr){
$retStr = "<dl>\n";
if (is_array($arr)){
foreach ($arr as $key=>$val){
if (is_array($val)){
$retStr .= "<dt>" . $key . " => </dt>\n<dd>" . pp($val) . "</dd>\n";
adrienne / LICENSE.txt
Created June 13, 2011 01:35 — forked from 140bytes/LICENSE.txt -- Click ↑↑ fork ↑↑ to play!
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Version 2, December 2004
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long
as the name is changed.
adrienne / private-dns-masking.markdown
Created December 18, 2011 09:30
Private DNS Masking
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Private DNS Masking

Using Apache Virtual Hosts and mod_proxy for Fun & Profit

So I realized the other day that I was typing the same URLs about a zillion times a day. Even with address bar completion in Firefox and/or Chrome, there is still a lot of wasted effort trying to get to a given site. (URL completion doesn't help much when one of your sites is and another is, for example.)

What I wanted was to be able to type in, say, and have my system just know that that actually meant I wanted to go to my ThingOne development site. I knew of a lot of ways to do part of that, but no way to solve the whole problem.

Then, in a fit of serendipity (and research), I hit upon this technique!

Note that the directions below presuppose a fair level of comfort with your operating system. I've tried to make the directions clear, and gone into a lot of detail about (lik

adrienne / condcomments.txt
Created December 19, 2011 14:36
Conditional Comments (for reference)
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<!--[if IE 7]>
<!--[if gte IE 8]>
IE8 or better
<!--[if !IE]><!-->
You are NOT using Internet Explorer
adrienne / count_entries.ee_snip.sql
Created January 3, 2012 20:30
ExpressionEngine query: count entries
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SUM(entries) AS alltime,
SUM(IF((YEAR(entrydate) = YEAR(CURDATE())),entries,0)) AS thisyear,
SUM(IF((MONTH(entrydate) = MONTH(CURDATE()) && YEAR(entrydate) = YEAR(CURDATE())),entries,0)) AS thismonth,
SUM(IF((WEEKOFYEAR(entrydate) = WEEKOFYEAR(CURDATE()) && YEAR(entrydate) = YEAR(CURDATE())),entries,0)) AS thisweek,
SUM(IF((DAYOFYEAR(entrydate) = DAYOFYEAR(CURDATE()) && YEAR(entrydate) = YEAR(CURDATE())),entries,0)) AS thisday
DATE(FROM_UNIXTIME(entry_date)) AS entrydate,
COUNT(entry_id) AS entries
adrienne /
Created January 5, 2012 21:05
Use cURL to get a remote file into an editor (originally from here:
if [[ ! "$1" || "$1" == "-h" || "$1" == "--help" ]]; then cat <<HELP
Curl a remote file into an editor.
echo "Usage: $(basename "$0") [curloptions...] url"
Curl a remote file into the editor of your choice. The filename will be based
on the URL's filename. If a file extension can't be determined from the URL,
adrienne / blankjquerybookmarklet.js
Created March 8, 2012 21:01
Blank jQuery Bookmarklet
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// the minimum version of jQuery we want
var v = "1.71";
// check prior inclusion and version
if (window.jQuery === undefined || window.jQuery.fn.jquery < v) {
var done = false;
var script = document.createElement("script");
script.src = "" + v + "/jquery.min.js";