Happy Halloween!!

My brother and I already bought loads of candy for about 3 lucky kids out there who'll get one Reese's Piece each, and the rest are for us. KitKat, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (my favorite), f#@%ing Reese's Sticks, other Reese's peanut butter and chocolate mixtures (best invention EVER), Snickers, Twix, etc, etc, etc. Loads of candy bars who are getting free advertising.

Also, I put up a comic in honor of this special day, over at Addicted Comics. Don't forget to fall in love with that site and send me secret love letters every day. If you can't read the words, just right click and view the image by itself. They're usually in the form of..


where # is the episode number. I think the second one is lowercase "jpg" instead of uppercase. I can only keep things consistent for so long.

Sometimes I get crazy bot comments

Like for online casinos. But no more.

However, "people" will still be able to add comments with no problem. It's sort of a "CAPTCHA" (search google for "Turing Test") design, but without the images. My site's not big enough to make actual "people"'s lives a pain, so this will just get rid of the most low tech comment bots.

I've been playing with the idea, as simple as it is, for a while now, trying to figure out if there's a better way to determine if the "thing" posting a comment on my site is actually a "person", and not a bot. I'm sure this method will be hacked, and I'm sure I'll have to write some more complex solution, but for right now, it'll get rid of them. Unless they already have that work around. We'll see. Great thing about them being "bots" is that I could even post the code and they'd have no idea :P

And the ultra-super-best thing about it is it doesn't reveal itself as an error. There won't be any error message, it'll just say "OMG GREAT COMMENTZ!!"! and go to the home page, so if the bot doesn't verify that the comment has actually been posted, the author of the bot will have no idea, and be like "w00t, more free advertising of my uber awesome casino site... man, that jasontconnell is such a sucker."

New Site

I started a new site and I'm going to link it here, even though I said I wouldn't tell anyone about it. I'm just too impatient. It's not for young audiences, which is why I didn't plan on linking it here in the first place, since this isite is so f#$@ing clean. Anyway, it's an online comic with characters that have no names or history for that matter... pretty much whenever you read one you won't be lost. You can view the latest at www.addictedcomics.com. It'll be fun, and cover just about everything under the sun.

I make a lot of posts after midnight

And I mean, RIGHT after midnight.

Here's what the last few items of news look like if I select just NewsDate from mysql...

| 2006-08-29 00:00:19 |
| 2006-08-30 00:00:11 |
| 2006-09-05 00:00:41 |
| 2006-09-07 00:00:43 |
| 2006-09-08 00:00:13 |
| 2006-09-08 00:00:46 |
| 2006-09-10 00:00:03 |
| 2006-09-23 00:00:22 |
| 2006-10-05 00:00:53 |
| 2006-10-07 00:00:07 |
| 2006-10-10 00:00:40 |
| 2006-10-11 00:00:29 |
| 2006-10-16 00:00:19 |
| 2006-10-16 00:00:19 |
| 2006-10-17 00:00:22 |
| 2006-10-17 00:00:27 |
| 2006-10-19 00:00:11 |
| 2006-10-20 00:00:33 |

Don't ask me, I just write the sh@#%.

Actually, I know exactly why. Time didn't matter before I had the feed, but now all my items are showing up as "12 AM" and I hadn't the foggiest. Well, I had an idea, but it needs to be fixed, that's all. Time is of the essense.

Atom feed up

Just plug in http://www.jasontconnell.com/atom.xml into your feed reader. I'm not sure what version it is (versioning apparently got out of control since the 0.3 version of last year), but it should be "1.0". Maybe. If your feed reader doesn't read Atom, then throw it away and get a new one, because it's w3 baby.

Happy Birthday Kira!

Kira, my neice, turned 7 today! I headed over to my parents house today after work because we had a little party for her, and they were all going to see the Monsters Inc on Ice at 7pm. We colored, drew Halloween stuff, and ate cupcakes and brownies after dinner. Then I came home and napped while watching game 7 of the NLCS, which is still on and in the 7th inning.

New Word

Multifantaskular -
adj. Describes someone who gets many things done in a short amount of time.
Use: That dude can program, write up specs, design a database and provide UML at the same time, he's multifantaskular.

© 2006 Jason Connell

So I'm finally writing a feed

I plan on using just "Atom" as it is the W3 standard. As you can see here:

public class AtomSource {
private AtomCategory category;
private AtomPerson contributor;
private AtomGenerator generator;
private AtomUri icon;
private AtomUri id;
private AtomLink link;
private AtomUri logo;
private AtomDefaultText rights;
private AtomDefaultText subtitle;
private AtomDefaultText title;
private AtomDate updated;

Implementation to follow, and I'll have a link up of the feed and some readers, although I highly suggest Google Reader. I'm just implementing the bare minimum to be valid and readable by Atom readers because I have more important crap to do.


I know how to save the world

World world = WorldFactory.getWorld("Earth");

I have the world... now all I need to do is save it. Is the world capable of saving itself? Can it be as simple as



I don't think so. I need a World Saver.

WorldSaver savior = new WorldSaver();

Now I have the world saver. We just need to save our world.


Phew!! Just in time too, the s@#$ was about to hit the fan.