January 2006 Archives

Blogging with Ajax


Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) is a very cool technology for placing dynamic content on static websites.

The basics of the technology is that you use javascript to fetch XML data from your server and then display that data on the page. It allows you to query your server and update a page without requiring users to reload the page.

I’ve written two Ajax plugins for movable type tonight. The first one was a simple plugin which checks to see if the user can login to the movable type interface. If the check it successful, it shows additional content, like links to junk and edit comments. This plugin will only be apparant to myself, since I am the only person who can login. The second plugin is available to regular readers. It provides a way to automatically reply to comments. Simply click the “(q)” link beside a comment and your browser will query my server for the text of the comment and then place that text in the comment box, wrapping it inside a quote box.

Try it out.

Science Fiction

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With science fiction writers Orson Scott Card and David Brin now taking pot shots at evolution, I am reminded of the judge’s opinion of Behe’s testimony in Kitzmiller:

In addition, Professor Behe agreed that for the design of human artifacts, we know the designer and its attributes and we have a baseline for human design that does not exist for design of biological systems. Professor Behe’s only response to these seemingly insurmountable points of disanalogy was that the inference still works in science fiction movies.

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Take this day to reflect on non-violent political activism.

I don’t know what the lawyer for the ACLU was thinking, but he really screwed up during the appeal.

Marietta sole practitioner Michael Eric Manely, who represented the sticker challengers at trial but was dismissed shortly after the school board filed its appeal, took issue with Bramlett’s performance.

He said that when the judges raised the petition question, Bramlett should have “knocked that one out of the park,” pointing out that newspapers reported on the original petition before the stickers ever were created.

Manely, who attended the arguments, said Bramlett should have rebutted Carnes’ assertion that the sticker was “factually accurate.”

“We spent half of our case proving that evolution is a scientific fact,” said Manely.

“Why did the appellate counsel jettison that argument?” he asked.

Bramlett said he had no intention of arguing with the judges’ assertions that the stickers were accurate.

“Getting into a swearing contest with a judge is not going to advance the case very far,” he said with a laugh. “If that’s what Judge Carnes thinks, I’m sure he’ll deal with it in his opinion.”

Break Roundup

Tiffany gives a good overview of our adventures this break, including a picture of a striped giant reed.

Go Visit.


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