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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Disney World Advice

OK, I know, I get it--my haunting disney obsession is lame. But if I'm going to be an Imagineer one day, I've got to keep the 3-4 people who still read my blog abreast of Disney happenings. First, you've got to checkout the Unofficial Guide to Disney World's website. Specifically, you should check out their disney websites page. If you're extremely badass, you've gotta peep the Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan -- it's a guide to visiting all 43 attractions at the Magic Kingdom in one day. Also, if you're planning a trip, you should check out their Crowd Calendar. More later.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Two very nice additions in Edge Rails

Though we still haven't upgraded to Rails 2.1 on our main project (CrunchBase) -- yes, I know, it's lame -- two nice additions have come along in Edge Rails that will make my life easier.

The first is from the fine blog of Ryan (I wish it was updated more often): Collection Partial Variable naming. Ryan says that this is from the "little-but-useful department" -- I think it's totally sweet. I'll actually use the @collection trick more often now.

Second is a trick for ActiveRecord -- you can now easily stay ruby-fied when you execute a join. Scroll down. It's pretty sweet.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


OK so this took me more than a minute to figure out, so I wanted to bump this answer for future google searches:

If you're using MAMP and want to check out any databases created via applications run in MAMP, do this:

Host: localhost
User: root
Password: root
Database: [blank] (unless you know the db name)
Socket: /Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock
Port: 8889

Getting the socket right was the tricky thing for me. Hope this helps.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Flickr Video Embed

Taken in MGM Studios in December, 2007.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hacking Bagel Buys at CBR

Inspired by a how to get coffee in MK post and the saving time podcast over at WDW Today, I wanted to address the sincere and growing concern of Caribbean Beach Resort denizens over queue length at the OPR bagel shop.

This is the small cafeteria section of Old Port Royale, the shining hallmark of Disney's resort food joints. It's got bagels, beer, fruit cups, but only one cash register. What the yay, yo? The line is near bursting when I get in the morning.

But I have a hack for this. See, there are other cash registers at OPR. There are many other cash registers at OPR. Here they are:

Nefariously or not, I abandon the line attached to the former small bodega and join this checkout line corral for the other small quick-service counters. There is always a CM named Jane, Jorge, or Jess that's happy to charge you $14 for a bagel and OJ. This honestly saved me more than 10 minutes each morning.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BBC: Mexico gang had 'James Bond' car

Actual photo captain from Mexico gang had 'James Bond' car:

Most Jeep Cherokees do not boast police-defying smoke machines

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Howcast -- How to throw a frisbee

Howcast is a web service TechCrunch covered recently. It's got some pretty cool tech, with a lot of structure built around professionally-made instructional videos. Sadly, I stumbled upon its 'How to throw a frisbee' entry, and I dispute its merit. No self-respecting frisbee player uses sub-Whammo sized disc straight out of a Honey Nut Cheerios box.