Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective

Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective is a rather old article on how gay marriage (and other types of marriages) can affect technology, but somehow I missed it for all these years.

It’s interesting from a variety of perspectives – technical, social, and cultural.  It’s also somewhat tongue in cheek, yet insightful and thought-provoking.  Irrelevant of your views on the subject, I recommend this read.  Where else will you find 14 database schema designs trying to solve the same problem.

The legal ramifications of what I’m about to describe are unguessable. I have no idea what rights a civil union like the ones which would be possible below would have, nor do I have any idea what kind of transhuman universe would require so complex a system. This is the marriage database schema to take us up to the thirty-first century, people.

If databases are that difficult to adjust, I can’t even imagine the effort needed for humans…

Hello Beer!

Beer ads are the funniest of all the ads.  Here’s a fresh collection of short Carlton ads that I came across over at

These reminded me of the one I saw years ago:

Which through me into a trip along the memory line and a whole lot of Budweiser Wazzup videos:

Which .. ah, what the heck.  Here is my most favorite beer ad of all times:

Now I need a beer!

Drupal and Playboy

Slashdot has the details for the story, if you haven’t heard it yet.  Inappropriate? Maybe.  But then again, where do you draw the line of what’s inappropriate in the sponsor’s bag?  (Beer and other alcoholic beverages are very welcome, for example.)

I tend to take things on the lighter side, considering it to be somewhat entertaining and mildly funny.

5 Why’s

Here is something new I learned today.  While reading the blog post on “Why You Need a Postmortem Process” over sysadvent (yes, it’s an advent calendar for system administrators, and it just started this year’s run),  I stumbled upon the 5 Whys Wikipedia page:

5 Whys is an iterative interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the question “Why?” Each answer forms the basis of the next question. The “5” in the name derives from an anecdotal observation on the number of iterations needed to resolve the problem.

What do I think of immediately? Louis CK bit on parenting and kids’ ability to ask an infinite number of “Why?” questions:

Well, I guess, kids, much like me until today, don’t know that you only need 5.  Or 6.