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MySQL Arbitrary Ordering

Posted on Jul 1, 2004 | Last Updated Jan 22, 2008

Order your results in any way you choose using the CASE clause

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MySQL, CASE clause, IN clause, Arbitrary Order

Reviewing the Slate

Posted on Feb 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Review of Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate and the common notion that we are all born without predispositions.

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blank slate, human nature, steven pinker, cultural relativism, feminism, brain, psychology

Water Scorpion Photos

Posted on Aug 20, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011
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Photos of the Water Scorpions (Water Stick Insect), which are large predatory bugs.

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water scorpion, stick insect, Ranatra linearis, predatory insect, scoprion

Nature and Education

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

Shawn Olson calls for more inclusion of nature in education.

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nature education, natural curiosity

JPEG Cleaner - Program to reduce JPEG file sizes

Posted on Sep 10, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Digital cameras append JPEG files with data that increases the file size of images.

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jpeg cleaner, image optimization, web photos, digital cameras

Manipulating Element Styles Based on CSS Classes Using Prototype

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 | Last Updated Dec 21, 2012

Example javascript function to change element display properties based on their classes using the Prototype JavaScript Framework.

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javascript, prototype, css, class, className, classNames, style

The Big Insurance Scam

Posted on Oct 19, 2004 | Last Updated Aug 10, 2014

A scathing reaction to the realities of the insurance industry and the insurance scam that makes the entire American public a victim.

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insurance, scams, scam, lasering, fraud

Mabi Ponce de Leon, Artist and Teacher

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

Bexley High School art teacher Mabi Ponce de Leon report was Olson's last article for the Columbus Messenger Newspapers.

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mabi ponce de leon, art, teacher, paint, bexley high school

A Yahoo Speaks Out

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An unpublished editorial where Shawn Olson responds to a crankpot reader.

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yahooism, censorship, prudish critics

Forum Etiquette in the 21st Century

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A short discussion on using online forums. Why I concluded that participation in forums should be limited.

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forums, online forums, social media, necroposting, flame wars, noobs, fanboy
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