I’m not as well versed in the English language as I would have liked to have been by my age (I’m 31 at the moment). I try to improve my understanding of grammar and my vocabulary on a sort of ad-hoc basis as I go through life, as I suppose many people do.
I’ve decided that from now on when I look up a word to confirm or learn its definition I will put a short article about it up here on my blog.
So to start, today I learned about the word apropos, which as an adverb means “on an unrelated note”, and as an adjective means essentially “appropriate” or “suitable”. At least, I hope that’s what it means. :)
Hopefully I’ll get many more new and interesting words up here in the future.
Got linked to this article today, NoSQL Data Modelling Techniques. I don’t think I’m going to have the time to read it, but I skimmed it, and maybe someone else will be interested. It talks about various data modelling strategies and their implications.
Doing some research on Peter Norvig (I’m fascinated by the guy and want to know what he thinks) and I found a talk of his: Peter Norvig: What to demand from a Scientific Computing Language. In the talk Peter explains what he wants out of a programming language and why he feels that Python fits the bill.
I watched the whole thing but I think I’ll put it on my TODO list to watch this again one day.
Found myself looking up the CodeIgniter URL Helper documentation the other day.
Found The dark legacy of Carlos Castaneda while doing some quick research on Carlos Castaneda. Haven’t read the article… only skimmed it. Figured I’d make a note so I could come back to it when (if) I have more time.
Today I was looking up the syntax to create a MySQL database from the command-line and found instructions on Snipplr. I haven’t seen snipplr before. I guess I’ll have to spend some time one day browsing the popular snippets.
Just trying to get my head around the ‘Direct’, ‘Referral’ and ‘Organic’ traffic classifications in Google Analytics. Basically ‘Direct’ is where there is no referrer header, e.g. user typed URL into address bar, clicked on link in email, etc. ‘Referral’ means some website referred the traffic, e.g. a link in an article on another website. ‘Organic’ means that one of a predefined set of search engines referred the traffic in response to a search.
Not sure how Google AdWords traffic is classified… I expect that would be ‘Referral’ as it’s not ‘Direct’ and not really ‘Organic’ either.
I was doing some research into online advertising and found… nothing… swear!
Also I used alexa.com for the first time to get some reports on my domains, for example jsphp.co which is ranked 5,148,442 in the world.
I’d like to know what the average number of monthly visitors to all websites is (so I could know if my sites were more or less popular than the average website), but my search didn’t turn up any answers.
I bumped into this MLM scam guy too. He did mention one useful thing though: authorize.net, an online payment system.