Library Lookup

The free Library Lookup bookmarklet is a brilliant little bit of code that makes looking up books at your local library painless and virtually instantaneous.

Unfortunatelly, I have not found a way to make this work with the Arlington County Library


Projects I am working on now:


Happy New Year!

What a fabulous idea: to publish the diaries of somebody who lived in 17th century as a weblog:


I wish somebody would do this for the diaries of classical Bulgarian, Russian, etc. writers…


Some Resources on Open-Source Discussion Forums

Sourceforge.net FuseBox-based Open Forum

This page is an example of doing recursive joins for a forum:
with a follow-up here:

Another post about threaded discussion forums database design:
with a follow-up here:

Some good SQL sites to check out:


IT Haiku

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku Poetry has strict construction rules–each poem has only 17 syllables: 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.

Here are 16 “actual” error messages from Japan:

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you’re seeking
Must now be retyped.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

And my favorite:

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.