Playing with Wolfram|Alpha

My life expectancy (based on gender, nationallity, and current age) is 76.42 years…  that gives me until until Monday, June 18, 2063, which is 74 days after the Vulcans make first contact.

While it does a lot of neat things with one piece of information: a name, a date, some math, it doesn’t seem to be able to deal with the sets it’s using to produce the information.  So, while I now know that Isaac is the 41st most common name for (male?) births in the US, I can’t get to what the 40th or 42nd names or, what the 41st most common name for girls is right now.

For that, Google gives me good results for “names US births rankings” in no time, and I also learn that the Social Security Administration’s website doesn’t like Chrome.

Thanks to Lifehacker for the idea I’ve shamelessly stolen.

Where did this thing come from?

Upgrading to the latest WordPress has introduced the ‘Â’ character into a number of posts. As I have no idea why this happened and my phpMyAdmin-fu is weak, this fix will have to wait for a while.

EDIT: Just fixed it today after a rather simple find-and-replace on the wp_posts table.  (Export -> Do Notepad++ On It ->Drop Table -> Import Editted File.)  It was simple but oh so scary.   Let’s hope I didn’t break anything.

New Toys!

Just added a couple of new plugins to the site: Twitter Tools and WordPress Mobile Edition.

Twitter Tools is pretty slick.  Right now I have it set-up to post a daily digest of my Tweets (see default version here) and also allow me to update Twitter when I make a new blog post.   I’m not so sure how I feel on that feature, I have it enabled (but off by default) now.   I mean, it makes sense to answer “What are you doing?” with “Writing a blog post, here it is!”  Especially considering how intermittent these posts are and all.

WordPress Mobile Edition… I need to test out and my BlackJack just isn’t cooperating at the moment.  There’s another plugin that apparently does something similar, but this is the newer one so I went with this one first.