Apologies to my e-mailers

I just discovered a ton of legitimate e-mail messages caught in the spam filters for my two domains, brainshavings.com and cga94.com, which I’ve now dialed back to a less draconian setting. I’ve also added a bunch of people to the e-mail whitelists. I’ll do my best to get caught up soon, but if you’ve been wondering if I’ve been ignoring you, I haven’t.
Sorry, everyone.

Need help exporting data from mySQL to Access 2007

I’m trying to figure out how to get data from a mySQL database located on a web server into an MS Access 2007 database on a desktop computer.
I am the furthest thing from a web developer or a database guru. I understand HTML very well, I have some decent experience with MS Access, and I’m starting to understand a little tiny bit about SQL. PHP is Greek to me. My current idea is for the data to move like this:

[mySQL on server] → [XML on server] → [MS Access 2007 on desktop PC]

Am I going in the right direction? If so, how do I do step one?

Needed: good, brief tutorial on Miva Merchant

I haven’t succeeded in figuring the darn thing out just by popping the hood and poking around. My most urgent task is to understand how to edit HTML on a site that runs entirely on Miva Merchant 4. And I do mean the whole site, not just the online store.

Balky computer returns to functioning (sorta)

My laptop’s been crashing repeatedly over the last several days. Rather than fight it, I’ll publish my Twitter timeline in a sticky post dated 11:59 PM tomorrow. I’ll be very busy as an observer at the polls, so the updates may be infrequent if turnout is heavy, but I’ll do my best.

NYU psychological study on voting behavior

A research team from the Psychology Department at New York University, headed by Professor Yaacov Trope and supported by the National Science Foundation, is investigating the cognitive causes of voting behavior, political preferences, and candidate evaluations throughout the course of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. This stage of the study focuses on the information people use to inform evaluations during the last few weeks before the election. They seek respondents of all political leanings from all over the country (and from the rest of the world) to complete a 15-minute questionnaire, the responses to which will be completely anonymous.
If you’re interested, participate here.

Joining the Blogging World

Greetings online community. I am going to be blogging with my fellow co-horts here at Brainshavings as a more reasoned voice (I’m not a right-wing nut like the Pirate) for the online community. In fact, both the Pirate and the Spider Slayer like to refer to me as their “left-wing moonbat friend.” I’ll take that as a compliment. I’ll bring a more centrist personal perspective, or as the Pirate likes to say “I’ll stick my finger in the air and figure out which way the wind is blowing before I give my position.” I’ve actually registered as both a Democrat and a Republican in the past based upon the issues, though recently I’ve been an Independent due to my disgust with both national parties. Let the debate begin!

New to the boat

Lest the Puddle Pirate be allowed to run amok and call people members of a  “far right lunatic fringe”  I should have a forum to offer my perspective.  Albeit, my mind is far right, it is still more moonbat-ish than my just-right-of-atilla-the-hun friend the Puddle Pirate.  Who is the Puddle Pirate to accuse one of being a lunatic hailing from the far right….sounds more like the far left to me! This is just the beginning of my brain shavings!!!!! Let the party begin

Site upgrade in progress

I’m upgrading the back end of Brain Shavings to the newest version of Movable Type today. I apologize for the inevitable glitches that will turn up during the process.
2:15 PM Update: Looks OK so far. Testing the installation …
3:38 PM Update: … and everything looks good behind the scenes. Interesting. The user interface for Movable Type 4.0 is radically different (dare I say improved?), and the upgrade was surprisingly easy. Maybe I won’t have to switch to WordPress after all. Time will tell.

Technical difficulties

My computer’s dead, and access to any other is very limited where I am. When replacement parts arrive, I’ll be back online ASAP.
I apologize for the inconvenience.
11/25 update: Everything seems to be working now. Time to get caught up! Man, it feels like it’s been a month. The online news cycle sure does move quickly.

Cutover to MT 3.3

I just installed Movable Type 3.3, and I’m going to try a hot cutover today. If things go really screwy, you’ll know why.
Update: The home page seems to be working fine. Now for the individual archives …
Update: OK, they look passable. That’s enough for today. Let me know if you run into problems.

Site hosting problems

I apologize for the spotty presence today. The host for my blog is apparently having technical problems, so my blog either appears as a blank white screen or as a fourteen-month-old outdated version of itself. I also can’t seem to find any individual posts. Hopefully things will be restored soon.
UPDATE (4/29): I think everything’s back to normal. I hope.