Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Busted

Busted
These two stopped and questioned this guy for a few minutes before slapping the cuffs on him. I came past again maybe 5 minutes later and they were still stood there talking to him, his hands still cuffed.

Outside Tesco, Shoreditch High Street, London E2

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Bunch of Great Strategies for Using Memcached and MySQL Better Together

The primero recommendation for speeding up a website is almost always to add cache and more cache. And after that add a little more cache just in case. Memcached is almost always given as the recommended cache to use. What we don't often hear is how to effectively use a cache in our own products. MySQL hosted two excellent webinars (referenced below) on the subject of how to deploy and use memcached. The star of the show, other than MySQL of course, is Farhan Mashraqi of Fotolog…

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sphinx - Free open-source SQL full-text search engine

Adds a searchable external index of specified data, meaning fast searches without db joins/FULLTEXTs etc.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Chrysler

Chrysler
It's a bright, crisp day on the autumn cusp of summer, and I’m in Portland, Maine; wandering, solitary, drinking in the surroundings and stealing snaps away with me.

As I straighten from my crouch, a young woman approaches me, an equally young man in tow. The boy, uncertain, sports a shock of orange hair; the girl wields a Sony DSLR and a resolute expression. We stand face to face, exchanging an expectant stare as though each would read the other’s intention through the eye – and, almost defiantly, she raises the camera and steals in turn a snap from me.

She lowers her device, holds my gaze for a moment, and walks calmly away. The boy follows. Not a word is spoken.

I stand for a moment, let it pass without question, and feel free.
Horsemen

Horsemen
Very accommodating gentlemen and mounts. I couldn't work out where they were until I looked at the big version and saw the website address for the shop they're standing outside, then checked out the locations of its branches. Sigh.

7th Ave, New York, NY, USA

Shall we go get some doughnuts?

Shall we go get some doughnuts?
Somewhere near 5th Avenue, NYC, NY, USA
1769 State Police

1769 State Police
Dropped into a Salem micro-brewery for a (very good) pint and got accosted by a crazy person. Walked back to the hotel, straight past this little beauty.

Lafayette Street, Salem, MA
Stop and chat

Stop and chat
At the time it all seemed rather friendly, as though it was just one of the cops’ brother-in-laws in the car and they’d stopped for a natter. Not so sure now I look back at it, but hey.

Lafayette Street, Salem, MA
Chaperoning

Chaperoning
There was some kind of run going on in Plymouth on the day I showed up, and these guys were waiting at the end of the race to keep everything in order.

Main Street, Plymouth, MA
Oak Bluffs Police

Oak Bluffs Police
Ferry set-down, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA