Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: September 2008

Kill the Bill!

September 24, 2008 ·

Posted to both OH Senators this morning in response to the insanity taking place on the Hill today.

Please join Senator Shelby in opposing the Paulson Treasury bailout plan in any form it may take.  In addition to the ill-conceived bailouts which have already been granted to Bear Stearns, Freddie and Fannie, and AIG, taking another $700 billion directly from taxpayers and giving it to private industry can only serve to further weaken our American economy.  Despite all the doom and gloom so often parroted in the press and among politicians, the fact is that our economy has continued to be strong.  Yes, there are definite areas of fragility and some businesses will fail, both large and small, and jobs will be impacted.  But the majority of new job creation comes traditionally from small businesses, and these small business owners are the very people who stand to be most hurt by being asked to support bailouts for huge companies that certainly didn’t share their profits with the small businesses when their insane risks were paying well.

I see the strains on our Ohio economy, the loss of good citizens moving to states to work for companies who locate where the taxes are less punitive, and I see a scenario that I do not want repeated at the Federal level.  I believe history shows that our only (and swiftest) hope out of this mess is to let the market decide the value of ‘bad’ securities; true correction and health cannot come from government bailouts so extremely invasive and huge that they must result in substantial tax increases or crushing inflation.  Please, support our Constitutional limitations and maintain the separation of government from private enterprise.

Tags: politics

Numbers table / Calendar table

September 19, 2008 ·

Sadly, in all my years of DB work and programming, I had never run across this concept of populating lookup tables with sets of numbers and dates, but what an outstanding concept!  Basically, a Numbers table and a Calendar table (or whatever name you want for them) can be used to entirely avoid looping in T-SQL and even in middleware.  Fabulous stuff.

I ran across this on Ray Camden's blog, and in the comments on that post by Daniel D, who listed the following links:

How to create a numbers table
What a number table can do
And here is a similar page for days table



Tags: software development

Why Sarah Palin Rocks

September 15, 2008 ·

I posted this today in response to a NRCC survey.  The question was "Tell us why Sarah Palin was a great pick for Vice President."

Many reasons, but the primary one, the drive behind her appeal to many of us, is that she actually is committed to changing what's is so despairly wrong with our modern American government.  So often we who are not in politics are involved in our communities (I sit on my city Steering Committee, my wife on our school district's unofficial citizen panel), we are involved in our churches, and we talk to our neighbors about what's wrong with laws that cripple our liberties, but we often feel that there is little that can be done to *get the genie back in the bottle* once something horrible gets entrenched in Washington (or Columbus, OH). 

Mrs Palin comes to the ticket with a history of actually changing things that were already in place, like corrupt oil deals, not because of party, even in opposition to party, and simply because those things were *wrong*.  That approach, that attitude, gives hope that maybe we can really begin to reclaim these United States.  This freshness is especially appealing as an offset, a counterpoint, to some of Mr McCain's more egregious contributions to big government, such as the travesty of basic First Amendment rights often called *McCain-Feingold*.

On so many other points, Mrs Palin is almost equally compelling: she is strong, she can take the drivel being thrown at her, she drives the Left nuts, she's correct (in my opinion) in almost every stand she takes, and the *experience* debate is finally opening America's eyes to Obama's horrific lack of character and accomplishment, because her experience is valid and it is real.

Tags: politics

Arehart's Master List of CF Resources

September 04, 2008 ·

Charlie Arehart has just re-arranged his awesome list of CF (and non-CF) links, publishing the entire library at a new URL:  If you're a CF user, use it and tell your friends about it!

Tags: ColdFusion · software development

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