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Process Fornication
Entered on: July 11, 2003 7:39 AM by Ross
Well fellas, I really screwed the pooch this time. In my haste to make a small cosmetic change to Swerb's latest news message (to replace the largish URL with something more legible), I ended up replacing the contents of ALL news messages instead of just that one.

Now normally this wouldn't be as big a deal as it is because I usually take backups of the site every few days. But lately I've been slipping and the latest backup I have is a month old.

So what this means is that for the latest 15 or so news messages, they have no bodies. I have been able to retain the subject lines and who the authors were (and of course all comments are safe) but if you guys have any spare time, it would be great if you could go to the link "Web Log Archive", find news items that you entered that have been replaced, and hit "Edit" to at least get the gist of what used to be there?

I'm really sorry about this and I vow to never fuck up this badly again.

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From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 11, 2003 8:53 AM
Dude! I caught the fornication last night and it almost blew my mind! It reminded me of the scene in Being John Malkavitch when Malky himself stepped into his own portal and everywhere he looked was Malkys. Except everywhere I looked was the same message. And I didn't get dumped over the New Jersey Turnpike afterwards. But otherwise, very much the same.  

From: Ross Entered on: July 11, 2003 9:10 AM
Yeah, it's highly embarassing, but painfully easy to do when editing a database by hand. All you have to do is forget the "WHERE" clause and it assumes you want the update for all items.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 11, 2003 9:16 AM
Don't forget "QUERY". What a silly word. Query. Sounds more like an insult than a database command, doesn't it? Fuckin' query! Get a haircut!
From: Ross Entered on: July 11, 2003 9:44 AM
Query is a very computer-science oriented term and I don't even think twice about it. But actually there is no "query" keyword in SQL (Standard Query Language). Instead we use "SELECT". But in this case I was doing an "UPDATE" command.  
A little nerdification never hurt anyone...
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 11, 2003 9:54 AM
No "query" keyword in SQL is like not having a title song on a music album. You gotta have a title track!  
There are definately some words that have benefitted with the advent of computers. "Query" of course. What about "delete"? Was anyone using "delete" in every day language before? Me thinks not, Dilbert.
From: Ross Entered on: July 11, 2003 10:01 AM
Iterate is another one I use in everyday language but really wouldn't be in anyone's vernacular without computers.  
And believe it or not, before anyone talked about gigabytes, there was no accepted pronunciation for the prefix "giga". Giga has been around for decades but so few units required them that scientists and engineers were pretty evenly divided between saying "jiga" and "giga". Hence Doc Brown in Back to the Future using the term "1.21 Jigawatts", which is technically not incorrect to say.
From: Ross Entered on: July 17, 2003 3:38 PM
Good news: I managed to mostly undo my process fornication, thanks to Google. Google cached all but one or two of the news messages and I just cut-and-pasted a bunch of them back onto the site.  
I didn't get them all (it was taking me a while and I need to get back to work) but if you are interested in replacing one I didn't get, click here:
The top link it comes back with is the one you want, but don't click on the link itself, instead click on the line below that says "Cached". This will display Google's version. From there you can copy the old text and then return to the real Jackassery to replace the fornicated text.

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