The safety net is no longer

Inquirer: What about the safety net? ‘A lot of people are falling through.’ As unemployment is failing, Welfare rolls grow for first time since the 90s. Horrible case in point, reported in the LATimes, is the story of the Himmel family – now living in a SUV – their daughter, Destiny, 16, was diagnosed with […]

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Student loans can be dangerous

I need to quickly secure a student loan, and it looks far more complicated and dangerous than it should be. LATimes: Student loans turn into crushing burden for unwary borrowers: …Hickey knew she would need loans to complete her degree, so she went to the campus financial aid office as a freshman. After she filled […]

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Rest in peace: Bettie Page and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) LATimes: Bidding Bettie Page farewell: “I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer,” Page explained in an interview years later. “I wasn’t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn’t think of myself as liberated, and I […]

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NYTimes on using GeoDjango

Nice work NYTimes. Open: Represent: We built Represent with Django, the Python web framework. Although we do most of our work with Ruby on Rails, we chose Django for this project so we could use GeoDjango, an add-on that supports geometry fields and extends the ORM to allow spatial queries. We started with maps from […]

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Vacation reading, it’s all Groovy

Groovy: Embedding Groovy Groovy: Groovy Beans Groovy: Groovy and JMX Groovy: Using Spring Factories with Groovy Groovy: Dynamic language beans in Spring JavaWorld: Creating DSLs in Java, Part 1: What is a domain-specific language? JavaWorld: Creating DSLs in Java, Part 2: Fluency and context JavaWorld: Creating DSLs in Java, Part 3: Internal and external DSLs […]

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