Monday, October 25, 2004

The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters

Via and

"The Program on International Policy Attitudes, affiliated with the University of Maryland, released a poll finding that supporters of President Bush and Democrat John F. Kerry were divided not just by their views but also by the facts"
Some numbers:
Did Iraq have WMD? Bush Supporters: 72%, Kerry Supporters: 26%
Was Iraq directly involved in 9/11 or lend strong support to Al-Qaeida?: B: 75%, K: 30%
World opinion of US having gone to war with Iraq:
- Majority favors: B: 26%, K: 5%
- Evenly divided: B: 42%, K: 20%
- Majority opposes: B: 31%, K: 74%

Scary stuff. I'm with Andy Rooney:

"...if you people watching tonight have some dumb friends, do yourself a favor and encourage them not to get out and vote. "


Saturday, October 23, 2004

More on DataGridTableStyle.MappingName

Since I didn't know what I was looking for yesterday, I missed this: How do I determine the DataGridTableStyle MappingName that should used for a DataGrid to make sure the grid uses my tablestyle?

Friday, October 22, 2004

Windows Forms: DataGridTableStyle.MappingName

Note to self: When binding the neanderthaloid Windows Forms DataGrid control to an array of objects, the DataGridTableStyle.MappingName Property must be classname[] no matter what language you're developing in (i.e. though it looks like a C# array, it is not classname() in VB).

Drove me nuts figuring out what went wrong

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Another template: VBEntity_DataBindHelper

As the name indicates, the VBEntity_DataBindHelper template helps with databinding. It is extremely simple, and the generated code is intended to be edited before being useful, so as usual your mileage may vary.

Get it here

Another VB.NET template: CRUD Methods

Here's another VB.NET template, this one is similar to my CRUD Procs template, but rather than generating stored procs, it generates VB methods that contain the CRUD SQL. These methods then return the final SQL to be executed in another process.

Get it here


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Simple VB.NET Entity Template

For CodeSmith of course. This template simply takes one or more tables as input, and spits out the same number of VB.NET classes, with a private field and public property for each column, as well as a constructor with every column as input parameters. Get it here

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Read Newspapers Online

Sometimes you want to see the actual printed newspaper, not the online version. An ad on sent me off to who lets you do just that: read the actual printed newspaper online.

Here's a sampling: Today's Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Norway's Aftenposten

3rd Debate/Quote of the Day

Ok, once again I din't watch the entire debate, but unlike the first debate, there didn't seem to be any clear winner yesterday. Bush did pretty well, Kerry could have done better. In the end, when I wasn't paying attention to the screen, Tivo switched to record an episode of Couplings instead of letting me finish the debate - I wasn't too upset...

But there was at least one moment that, as soon as Bush said it, I knew it would end up on the Daily Show - when Bush said:

"Gosh, I don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. That's kind of one of those exaggerations."
I know I have heard him say something to that effect: the blatantly pro-Kerry site caught it too: Quote of the Day. They found the statement from 2002 - I could have sworn I heard it later than that - like this spring?


Friday, October 08, 2004

The Mystery Bulge Conspiracy Theory

Salon is running a story about a mysterious bulge between the shoulderblades of President Bush during the first debate, speculating that he was wired. The image from the story is independently verified at the Electoral Vote Predictor, but neither one stops to think that the guy might simply be wearing a bullet-proof vest...

Friday, October 01, 2004

Debate wrap-up

Ok - so I got in late and only managed to stay awake for half the debate (on TiVo), but the media consensus seems to be that Kerry won, marginally, which happens to coincide with my impression. (Though apparently Utahns thought Bush won...) It'll be interesting to see how the state polls are going to reflect this.

To nobody's surprise, the facts got stretched a little during the debate...

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