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Upgrading PostgreSQL

Time marches on and one day you find that the shiny new Postgres you originally installed is nearing its end of life. Time to upgrade. Since I always forget how to do this, I'm going to save the two pages of instructions needed here. Add the…

It's Time to Start Paying For Things Again

Today I'm launching my latest endeavor: No Nonsense Recipes. With nearly 19,000 recipes uploaded so far, the site is live and open for business. Perhaps a recipe website isn't the most exciting or original idea, but within this mundane space I'm…

How to Show a Range of Page Numbers using Django's Pagination

Posting this here in case anyone else has this problem and is searching for it. Django provides a very helpful way to break up long lists into separate pages. It's built into the generic ListView. Simply by including a parameter in your view class…

The Great British Baking Show

Just what is it about The Great British Baking Show? (or The Great British Bake-Off as it's called in its homeland.) In case you haven't heard of this program, it's exactly what it sounds like. It's a baking competition. The contestants are British…

Brave New Blog

Whew. It's been a while since I blogged. Astute readers (if there are any readers) might notice that the site looks a little bit different. While the cosmetic changes are pretty minor, behind the scenes I've completely rewritten the software the…

How Necessary Are Those Expenses?

One of the key elements of personal finance is separating "needs" from "wants". Every guide to controlling your budget usually starts with this. However, there's not a lot of guidance in deciding between one and the other. A lot of the reason there's…

The Four Character Group Archetype

I've noticed that when a work of fiction focuses on a group of four characters, the roles those characters play within the group fall into a pattern. It seems to be more or less the same regardless of the gender of the group, although these are…

The One Question Every Prospective College Student Should Be Asking

Apologies for the clickbaity headline. That sort of thing isn't usually my style. I'll cut right to the chase. The question is "What percentage of classes are taught by full-time faculty?". If you're already on board with why this is important and…

Internet Outrage Fatigue Syndrome (IOFS)

The 1980s were a scary time to be a kid. At least that is if you watched the evening news. Every night at 6 and 11 you'd be apprised of a new mortal danger, lurking just around the corner. Sometimes it would even be within your own home. You'll hear…

Never Buy Retail

In light of a particularly aggressive savings plan this year, I've been thinking hard about every purchase I make. In doing so I think I've come up with a good way to tell how likely a particular purchase is to be a waste. For everything you buy…

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