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Definition of steampunk: Gluing glass tubes and random gears to a brass and leather object.

I guess in this case, the gears aren't really so random...
 
Something tells me +Paul Kater  wants one of these things like..yesterday. 
Thinkgeek's $60 Tesla Steampunk Watch has it all: clock-winding key, silvery vacuum tubes (they light with an elaborate switch), brass housing, steam-pressure dial second-hand, and a sturdy leather...
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"The names of global variables should start with '//'."
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I'm seriously considering taking my WebSocket server, currently written in all PHP, and turning it into a compiled PHP extension.

I'm considering using PHP-CPP, as it seems much easier than delving into the internals of the Zend Engine directly, and my WebSocket server is object oriented (OO)... I'd imagine it's much easier to write an OO extension in C++ than in C... but I'm not yet to the point of being committed to any one library, framework, etc., so can still change my mind if given reason to.

So, does anyone have experience writing extensions, supporting them after they're released, etc., that could share some insight or help me avoid some of the more common pitfalls that people delving into PHP extension writing fall into?
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Strongly considering taking my PHP Websockets library, rewriting it in C++, compiling it down to a PHP extension, and releasing it as a proprietary project supporting the still open sourced raw PHP version.
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Oops, hard of hearing, please repeat..... It is also noisey here in hospital. Whimper..at least I am getting an audiologist. Sent with love and laughter,
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Some sobering images... and eloquent words to go with them...

We're so far beyond these events that very very few remember them directly... but these are events that still shape us today.  Artists in Japan still depict the detonations... their wordsmiths still weave the terrors into stories...  Only now are there adults in the US who weren't taught to duck under desks when emergency sirens went off...  

We're well into the atomic age.  It's well worth looking at that age's birth.
 
Two and a half weeks ago, I took this picture, not remembering the anniversary that was coming up. This is bomb loading pit #1 at the north airfield on Tinian – where Little Boy was loaded onto the Enola Gay for her flight to Hiroshima, 70 years ago today.

To visit this site is simultaneously somber, and peaceful, and uplifting. Somber, because you are standing at the physical point of full handoff, where the physics team put the device in the hands of the bombing team that would take it to its final destination. If, like me, you came up as a physicist, living in the complex shadow of the Manhattan Project – where many of the modern ways of doing science took shape, but also where physics first drank full deep from the chalice of human life and death – you might also have dreamed of coming to this place, imagined it and wondered about it all your life.

Peaceful, because it is hard to describe the quiet there. The glass shell you see over the bomb pit – broken, I might add, for several years – is the only concession the entire site makes to preservation or to making a "monument." The north airfield isn't treated with the reverence of a historical site; it's an abandoned airfield, and you can simply drive onto it, and if your suspension is good enough and you have an adequate machete you can explore any parts of it you want. Tinian is a quiet and very beautiful place.

Uplifting, for two reasons. First, because the place itself is so beautiful, as are the people who live there. Tinian is about the size and shape of Manhattan, but with only about 5,000 inhabitants, almost entirely locals, who have a deep attachment to making their island as good a home as they can. And second, because of the strange way in which the memory of war passes, both here and throughout the Northern Mariana Islands. On Saipan (just a short hop north), there are numerous monuments to the tremendously bloody battles and atrocities which happened there during the war; but the gun emplacements which were abandoned in place have long since rusted. 

In Israel, where I come from, there are many places where gun emplacements have been abandoned. There's a good little café called Coffee Annan up on the Syrian border, built atop an old bunker. There, you know that someone has taken a careful survey of all of these sites, and knows to the hour how long it would take to bring them back up to operation. On Saipan, the guns and the bunkers had passed the point of no return more than a generation ago; the war was gradually fading into the past, consumed by the relentless advance of the Boonies.

You can see below a photograph of a Japanese tank on one of Saipan's northern beaches. A papaya tree has started growing in its engine compartment.

So today, on this somber anniversary, I think back to the ways in which things have changed. We somehow survived the rest of the 20th Century without another world war, and without the annihilation of a large percentage of humanity. We've entered a new world beyond the Cold War, now, one with new threats and opportunities. The calamity which threatens us most directly – the one most likely to destroy civilization – is now not a war, but shifting climates, the collapse of water supplies and ecosystems. Old memories are fading (I used the word "Kremlinology" in a work e-mail just a week ago, before realizing that many of my colleagues are too young to remember what it means), even as old threats all too often remain real. (Is our culture of racial violence that different than it was 150 years ago?)

I don't have any clear lessons to offer today, 70 years after the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. The changes in the world between then and now are too complex for any short answer.

But I think about the tank, and the papaya tree, and I have some hope.
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A wild math problem appears.

Pikachu uses geometry. It's super effective!
 

And here we see a math problem in the wild #maths  
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That does make the upgrade a little creepy.

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Your compassion is showing, your thorough explanation made my soul grow happier ! Your wisdom inspires my love of learning, your sharing makes me realize my sharing has value, and I must add that your love dripped through all those words, allowing me to be truthFULL when I say I LOVE YOU
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The tickets I wouldn't mind seeing come out of the primaries this election season:

Sauron / Sarumon
Palpatine / Skywalker
Cthulhu / Balrog (they're connected now, through Pluto)
The Master / Davros
Arthas / Emperor Mengsk
Voldemort / Slitherin

I mean, why settle for a lesser evil?
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I was reading a book which included the phrase "in these days of political correctness..." talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the color of their skin.

And I thought, "That's not actually anything to do with political correctness.  That's just treating other people with respect."

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase "politically correct" wherever we could with "treating other people with respect" and it made me smile.

You should try it.  It's peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you're thinking now.  You're thinking "Oh my god, that's treating other people with respect gone mad!"

-- Neil Gaiman​
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"High fructose corn syrup is more addictive than cocaine!"

Water is more addictive than HFCS... Go ahead and try to quit drinking water and see what the withdrawal will do to you...  ;-)
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Anyone who has been following me for any length of time has noticed that I occasionally (okay, constantly) rant about websites that put modal Sign Up for our Spam Mailing List forms up.

Well, today I am humbled. I have seen the worst of the worst.

It's bad enough that, by the time I've barely read two sentences, they're asking me to send them private information.  It's sad that they expect me to like their crappy logo (because that's the only thing I've had time enough to process) enough to beg them to harass me daily, and invite them to share my contact information with their advertising "partners."

But no, +Fusion has sunk to a new low.

They are wasting the 3 seconds from when their modal div comes into view to when I close the tab their site is open in to ask me to like their Facebook page.

Congratulations, Fusion.  Your domain has been permanently added to my computer's list of blocked domains.  When anyone links to your site, all I'll ever see is a reminder that I really want absolutely nothing to be done with you.

(Why do I post these rants and not just block the site quietly, you may ask?  To let others who share my disgust for such behavior know that they're not alone, to let other developers know what not to do, and to give smart developers an example of how modal "please spam me" forms are received by actual site visitors, so that they can share them with their managers and marketing advisors thus preventing another site from alienating their visitors... And finally, because people who squander their advertising resources must be publicly shamed.)
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If any business asks me to 'like them on Facebook' I do not do business with then ever again.
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Software Engineer at Newtek
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OOP programming, especially PHP. Relational databases. WebSockets and other HTTP related technologies.
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  • Newtek
    Software developer, 2015 - present
  • SelectShops.com
    Software Engineer, 2014 - 2015
    Launching new version of Bedding.com
  • McMurry/TMG
    Software Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    Create and maintain sites for major hospitals and educational institutions using Drupal, Symfony2 and other content management systems
  • ICUC Moderation
    Software Developer, 2009 - 2013
    Design, create and maintain tools to allow moderators and content managers to more quickly, completely and accurately respond to social media content using various APIs, and simplify engagement report creation for the clients of ICUC Moderation.
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Tripled a company's productivity with 3000 lines of PHP code. Put up with $11/hour wages for 2 years afterwards.
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    Computer Science, 2004 - 2007
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They have gotten my drive-through orders wrong 6 times in a row. Today, they couldn't get "4 bacon egg and cheese McGriddles" right, and instead gave me 4 bacon egg and cheese biscuits. Last time, I asked for no ketchup on a burger and got extra ketchup. I don't expect much, since it's fast food... but it's not too much to ask for the guy taking my order to hit the right buttons on his screen, and confirm that the right options pop up, especially when it happens at different times of day with different people taking the order.
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