Tournament of Lepers 2, Week 4

Week 4 Pairings
White Black
Chessaholic Tom
The Bye Blunderprone
Polly Scuirus
The Bye Wang
Ivan Takchess
Donnie Wahrheit

Dr. Gene Ray Division Standings
CA BP Pol Tom Sci Total
CA 1.0 1.0 2.0
BP 0.5 0.5 1.0 2.0
Pol 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5
Tom 0.5 0.0 0.5
Sci 0.0 0.0 0.0

Alex Chiu Division Standings
LEP Wng Ivn Whr Tak Total
LEP 1.0 1.0 2.0
Wng 0.0 1.0 1.0
Ivn 0.0 1.0 1.0
Whr 0.0 0.0
Tak 0.0 0.0

Already more than halfway through! I’m missing a handful of scores, so let me know and I’ll update (OR, I missed some that were already revealed.)

Rushing; some of your comments need responding to. Like explaining why the Wilson Gambit is relevant.


Dear Europe,

Your decision to incorporate airlines in your emissions trading scheme (ETS) is vaguely unrealistic. Please note oil is over $140/barrel. We at the airlines are currently trying every trick possible to use less fuel. We really, really want to cut emissions because it will help us not go bankrupt.

Now, if the goal of ETS is simply forcing airlines to either cut even more flights or go out of business…well, that would certainly reduce emissions, and I can’t fault its efficiency.

Source: EU in talks with Obama and McCain over aviation cap-and-trade deal

God arrested for selling cocaine

For those of you who consider Liquid Egg Product a primary source for world news, I apologize for being a little lax recently. However, rest assured that I continue to keep an eye out for relevant, engaging topics.

Recently, Tampa police arrested God, accusing him of selling cocaine–near a church of all places. Of course, there’s a bit more to the story than that sentence indicates, but it makes an almost unbeatable headline.

As long as reality continues to remain more interesting than fiction, I plan to stick around as long as possible.

Source: God accused of selling cocaine

Unbridled Rivalry

Desktop Tower Defense

The strangely addicting Desktop Tower Defense has provided us with several hours of distraction, strategy pondering, and joy. The egg and I have been fiercely battling for the highest score. While I was the first to beat normal difficulty, the Mascot’s edged me out in score…but he hasn’t had the GUTS to try Hard!

If you want to boast of your ability, submit your score and enter “Liquid Egg” (without quotes) for the group name when it asks.

Tournament of Lepers 2, Week 3

Week 3 Pairings
White Black
Polly Chessaholic
Sciurus Drunknknite
Blunderprone Tom
Takchess Wang
Wahrheit Ivan
Donnie The Bye

Once I get the rest of the results, I’ll do the crosstable. Has drunknknite become “The Bye” of the Alex Chiu division? He hasn’t updated his blog in a while and I hadn’t heard that he played either of the first two games.

The incompetence of management is staggering

Dear Readers:

If you tried to visit late Saturday and most of Sunday, you saw some placeholder page that said the domain had expired. As it turns out, Management had entered an incorrect address for the credit card when trying to renew the domain name.

Fortunately, someone else in the Company noticed, re-submitted billing information, and renewed the domain for 5 years.

Next time, I hope someone competent and responsible will be placed in charge of such matters.


The Mascot

Construction Bob Escapes from Hell

I was showing the Mascot this video and we agreed that it would be awesome to make a game as good as this.

Thanks to one of my good college friends (who occasionally uses the moniker “Construction Bob”) for introducing me to this fine game.

“Remember kids, don’t try this at home even if you have a bottomless pit in your backyard”!

Inheriting a database

database.SetQuery("select *\n from " + TABLE);

\n in the middle of a simple select * query? That’s just weird, man.

(Besides that it’s not particularly good form to use select * in the first place. Although it’s not good form on my part for not responding to most of your comments–will do tonight.)


> now, what did you say was holding you up from declaring a
> proper datetime datatype?

I have inherited the database. Unfortunately because the date field is
of type varchar, there exist some incorrect dates, so I need to clean up
the data….You will feel a slight shift in the Force when I have rectified the
datatype error.

I’m in this situation! Except I don’t have time to make all the necessary changes to the code. It would be much appreciated to withhold any snide comments such as, “The real WTF is that you’re using MySQL.”

(Quote from [thelist] MySQL Convert String To Date)

What I do during work

DB Fan Club

A couple years ago, we were making fun of T.O.’s fan club at work. All of a sudden, the above page popped up on our department’s wiki.

Yes, I got paid for doing that. Mysteriously, no one ever signed up, even though it cost only half of T.O’s club.

But don’t ask if you can join the DB Fan Club. Its demise was generally attributed to the failure to emphasize that the prunes were already pitted.

Discovering Uribe’s capabilities

First, if you are eating or have recently eaten, and have a vivid imagination, it may be best for you to discontinue reading this post. And you are free to kill Allen afterwards, who alerted me to the story.

Our friend Manuel Uribe, who once weighed 1200 lbs or so, is now down to 700. With no sarcasm intended, good for him.

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still look like this:

It’s already established that he has a girlfriend. And he wants to marry her when he’s actually capable of walking her down the aisle. But what wasn’t clear earlier was how well or poorly they do with all that physical stuff. Now we know:

“We are a couple,” Uribe said. “We have sex, and in the eyes of God we are already married.”

I’ve spent no time figuring out how those mechanics could possibly work. You may want to follow my lead.

Source: 700-pound man’s birthday wish? Marriage