Irrational Exuberance!

Visualizing Keyterms with BOSS and Processing

February 4, 2009 This is an example of using Processing to visualize the keyterms returned for Yahoo! BOSS Search results. Unfortunately requires network connection and had trouble getting it to sign properly, so you'll need to download it to actually see it in action.

Cull Lingering Erlang Heart Processes

February 4, 2009 This article introduces a short Perl script that culls errant Erlang heart processes, which have the awkward tendency of accumulating over time with crash-heavy processes.

Hard and Soft, Fluffy and Brittle

February 3, 2009 Going through my first design phase in a large team of engineers has been an enlightening experience for me, exposing me to an ancient software dichotomy: hard versus soft.

Simple Unittesting in PHP

February 1, 2009 I had a few spare moments while traveling this past week, and decided to throw together a simple unittesting framework in PHP. Although hardly advanced, I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable my solution looked.

Stripping Illegal Characters from XML in Python

January 25, 2009 This is a simple Python script for stripping illegal entities from XML, which doesn't require any external libraries. It can be run from the command-line, or imported and called within Python code.