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My Blog Was Down

My blog was down last night. All I’d get was an error message about my SQL database and a config file. I haven’t heard from my web host yet, so I don’t know their explanation, but from reading the WordPress support forum, it appears that SQL servers can go down once in a while.

Sorry to my faithful readers, all three of you. :-)

Update: There is no update. Even though I submitted a help ticket to my web hosting service, I haven’t heard back. In their defense, I wonder if they received it. (Maybe the SQL server stores them…)

Sticks and Stones…

How popular is your name? How about 50 years ago? Did you name your children with a faddish name? Now you can know. Visit the Baby Name Wizard’s NameVoyager.

The picture above charts the popularity of names starting with the letter B, but you can choose any combination of letters and the chart dynamically changes accordingly. Plan on wasting some time. You won’t be able to leave quickly.

Hat tip: Photo Matt.

Homeschooling Adventures

My wife and I are homeschooling our 7-year-old son, Jamison. Okay, my wife is homeschooling him. I get to come along on field trips to OMSI and the zoo. Jamison loves math and computers, but isn’t too fond of writing. He’ll do his math in his head to avoid having to write the answers down.

Today he learned a new trick. He scanned his workbook page into the computer, loaded Microsoft Publisher, and typed in the answers on the scanned image. It looks perfect, but sure didn’t do anything to help his handwriting. Maybe one of these days, writing will be a lost art.

While I typed this, Jamison put a deflated balloon into a pop bottle, blew some air in it, and is now attempting to yank the semi-inflated balloon out of the bottle. What will he think of next?!

Iraq’s Election Map

We’ve all seen the red state/blue state maps of the 2004 US presidential election. Last month, I linked to a version that attempts to compensate for population density.

Patrick Ruffini has created the Iraqi election result map. Visit his site to see a larger version and some political analysis.

Hat tip: Instapudit.com.

Rice for President

Bush can’t run again and Cheney won’t. Matthew May wants Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the Republican nominee in 2008. He created the Citizens for Condi blog to promote the idea. Hillary vs. Condi — we can dream, can’t we?

He starts his blog with Dream Woman, an article he originally published on The American Thinker, November 9, 2004.

Update (2/15): The American Thinker posted Beware the Condi bandwagon, by Steven M. Warshawsky. Taking a contrary view, Warshawsky summarizes:

Republicans should stop fantasizing about Rice and start thinking seriously about the next Republican President.

Go read the rest.

Privatize Marriage

According to at least one of the legends, Saint Valentine was martyred for marrying soldiers in defiance of Emperor Claudius II. Now, religious leaders laud President Bush for stating support for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

John Coleman asks in Reason Online where St. Valentine would stand on the issue.

It is time to privatize marriage. If the institution is really so sacred, it should lie beyond the withering hands of politicians and policy makers in Washington D.C. There should be no federal or state license that grants validity to love. There should be no state-run office that peers into our bedrooms and honeymoon suites. If the church thinks divorce and homosexuality are problematic, it should initiate the real dialogue to address these problems in-house rather than relying on state-sponsored coercion to affirm doctrinal beliefs. And if tax-codes and guardianships need some classification for couples, let’s revise civil union standards to reflect those needs.

Hat tip: The Evangelical Outpost.