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April Fool’s…?

In a world where Donald Trump has a semi-realistic chance at the Presidency... I figure that he, and his supporters, are all the fools we need. Happy April, folks.

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A New Maven Archetype for Starter Project

I've recently put together a new Maven archetype, based on something I saw in Freenode's ##java channel a few weeks ago. Basically, someone had built their own archetype for "standard projects," with a few sensible dependencies and defaults, and while I thought it was a worthwhile effort, it didn't fit what I found myself typically [...]

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Right now, it looks like Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. This will have the effect of punting the Presidency straight into the Democratic Party, even if they nominate Hillary Clinton - who is, for better or for worse, one of the less likable candidates they've [...]

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A Simple Grappa Tutorial

Grappa is a parser library for Java. It's a fork of Parboiled, which focuses more on Scala as a development environment; Grappa tries to feel more Java-like than Parboiled does. Grappa's similar in focus to other libraries like ANTLR and JavaCC; the main advantage to using something like Grappa instead of ANTLR is in the [...]

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Teams

One of the things I've been carrying around with me for years is the concept I call "teams" -- like, how I more or less rank my peers. It's sort of an evaluation tool. I don't tell people where they are in my rankings, because some people might feel that they should be ranked higher [...]

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MySQL Log Sequence Error: solved, sort of

Back in November, I noticed that I was getting a lot of MySQL crashes, with MySQL's logs saying that it had a log sequence error. It was actually MariaDB, the community-managed version of MySQL (as opposed to Oracle's "MySQL proper"), but for all intents and purposes, it was MySQL. I tried everything I could think [...]

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Playing with Meteor: Account Management is awesome

I started playing with Meteor - a Node.js and MongoDB framework - last week as a toy app to help some friends, and it is actually really nice. I don't know yet how serious it is - I've only got maybe five hours playing with it - but one thing it has over almost every [...]

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Interruptions

I hate interruptions. The funny thing is, though, that I interrupt people, too, so it's a behavior that I despise while needing to work on it myself. An interruption is a break in flow: while something is being done or said, hey, a squirrel! It's usually done by one person to another, though. (I interrupt [...]

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Flint

The Flint water problem makes me think a big government would be so awesome - government loves us and takes care of us, right? It's them, they're the parents... or the enemy, if something goes wrong. Government forever! More government, please! Yes, let's make the government stronger and bigger! Let's TRUST the government! Or not. [...]

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I still prefer Java.

I still prefer Java over other languages. I'm a fairly regular contributor to javabot, an IRC bot written for the Freenode ##java channel. I don't know that I'd be considered a major contributor (I'm not listed in the credits, for example, so maybe I do know - and I'm not a major contributor) but I [...]

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