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Archive for June 2013

Virtual Apache

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I feel foolish.

I spent far too long setting up a virtual host on a new Apache server.  I’ve maintained such a system before, so it shouldn’t be a problem, right?  But my new site file simply wasn’t working:

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Written by eswald

25 Jun 2013 at 7:41 pm

Posted in Technology

Obviously Controllable

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Think about your shower head.  Is it adjustable?  If so, is it obviously so?  Most shower heads need adjustment only when moving in, so designers frequently prioritize aesthetics, minimizing or hiding the ability to do so.  However, a few are destined for hotel rooms or other places where they could be used by a wide variety of people, but only a few times each; for those cases, having an oversized knob makes the whole thing much friendlier to use, even if it doesn’t look quite as fancy.

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Written by eswald

18 Jun 2013 at 10:42 pm

Posted in Technology

Hyper-correction

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I’ve been listening to my children make the same “me and my friend” mistake shared by every English-speaking child.  One of them even corrected “my friend and me” to “me and my friend” mid-sentence.  I’m starting to wonder whether there’s some underlying rule built into our brains that we each work to override for some distant social reason.

Sadly, for some, the “my friend and I” pattern gets drilled a bit too hard, unaccompanied by an understanding of the pronoun declension rules.  Fortunately, the cases where “my friend and me” would be more proper are few and far between, so this style of hyper-correction barely registers as an annoyance while I read.  It’s certainly nowhere near as prevalent as confusing possessive pronouns with their homophones.

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Written by eswald

11 Jun 2013 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Lifestyle

Multi-Destination Pathfinding

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There are games that involve creatures running around on a three-dimensional tiled grid.  Some of them involve an artificial intelligence of sorts that chooses a destination, and finds a way to get there.  One such game has been annoying me by selecting sub-optimal destinations.  When two or more destinations are equally desirable, it tries to choose the closest; unfortunately, it selects the closest in absolute coordinates, even if it means walking right past (or even through) another one to get there.

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Written by eswald

4 Jun 2013 at 7:05 pm