America, religion, marriage for all and why those who disagree are not American

The next time anyone mentions anything to do with America and refusing to accept gay marriage, straight marriage or any marriage between two people – particularly those people in government jobs, please just point them to the first amendment page on Wikipedia and quote: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof Or in modern English: The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one … Continue reading

Google Maps – now with Timeline

In what I can cool but many will call scary, Google has released Timeline which basically allows you to stalk yourself, quoting from the announcement on the Google blog: Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been — whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. Most of us will know Google has had location history on its devices for a long time now and you’ve been able to view where you’ve been, Timeline just … Continue reading

Back to the … Theatres

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J.Fox (Universal) Yup, Back to the Future is coming back to cinemas (hopefully across the country) on October 21st 2015 alongside the launch of several box sets including the movies, the animated series, extra content, a light up flux capacitor, behind the scenes footage and more. October 21st is the date Marty goes to when he travels to the future to deal with his kids and will probably be a very eventful day around the world for all fans of Back to the Future. Universal knows this and are definitely on the hype train to help … Continue reading

Cloudant (IBM) Query – Indexing arrays directly using Erlang

Really short post this one on indexing using Cloudant Query to index arrays in your document, e.g. documents that have a field like this: { “ids”: [ “alpha”, “bravo”, “charlie” ] } I was reading the documentation and just could not get it to index these items using anything but the default _all_docs indexer (don’t use this for large databases!) but then I came across the source code for Mango and hidden in the tests and the implementation was the answer I needed. To create an index, as the documentation states, you just need to POST to /dbname/_index with something like: … Continue reading