Sagittarius A* – 1st Jan 3303 (Day 22)

Today I appear to have developed a minor fault in my canopy’s augmented reality display:

While this quickly resolved itself, I’m hoping that my ship is not also suffering the effects of space madness…

I’ve also added four new places to visit on my way back, which extends my trip by three waypoints too. The places I’ve added to visit are:

  • Eyes of Riker (Whambeia PO-Q e5-2321)
  • Gleeson’s Gem (Froarks GM-D d12-355)
  • Gibb’s Bridge (Syralia JT-V b7-0)
  • Blacklight (Schaikaei XJ-H d10-1)

However, I may or may not be able to reach Blacklight, as it does appear to be rather far above the galactic plane. The search for jumponium begins!

I’ve also passed Waypoint 13, so I’m getting pretty close to the Great Annihilator!

Sagittarius A* – 30th Dec 3302 (Day 20)

Last night I stopped one jump short of Six Rings, at Myriesly RY-S e3-5414, to savour the sights of this system for a new day.

On arrival, I was presented with a very pretty class B blue-white star, which takes the total number of stars in this system up to 7, albeit the other six being T Tauri protostars.

e3-5414 9

e3-5414 11

e3-5414 13

e3-5414 14

e3-5414 15, with 14 in the background

e3-5414 16

After that, I continued past Waypoint 11 and onwards to Sagittarius A*.

Sagittarius A* – 27th Dec 3302 (Day 17)

Two galaxies in the distance?

Note to self: don’t start moving towards a star before starting opening the system map – it’s not then possible to slow down or stop before… colliding… with said star until the system map has opened.

With Waypoint 7 reached and Waypoint 8 plotted, I spotted a nearby system worth a detour to – a system reporting itself as containing a Wolf-Rayet C star.

On arrival, I found that not only was this system holding a beautifully-purple WR-C, but it was also hiding a Class O star!

Ranty thoughts about MySQL, with added Oracle

I regularly use MySQL for many of my personal projects (except for that one that uses SQLite). As such, I have a well-used MySQL server on my main cluster in London, and another well-used MySQL server on my local cluster in my flat, not counting the numerous development MySQL servers sat on pretty much every device I own (including my phone…).

At work, we’re developing and maintaining an application which is backed by an Oracle database, and much of our application logic is contained within this database. As such, I get a lot of exposure to Oracle as well, and have even gone as far as setting up an Oracle XE instance at home, just to play with.

I’m not a cranky person, I don’t often complain about things, but recently as I’ve been getting more and more exposure to Oracle, and building more and more complex applications in my personal time on top of MySQL, I’ll try and do something that I know will work perfectly in Oracle, but for some unknown reason it doesn’t work – normally it is a very old bug or design decision I disagree with in MySQL.

To be fair, I have a fair share of grievances with Oracle too, which I’ll try and mention at the bottom, but mostly it’s MySQL’s issues that drive me up the wall.

Most of these stem from the differences between the two systems, and the intended audience of each. Oracle is much more enterprise-focused, but some of the things I mention below would not only be useful to MySQL users, they would allow developers to better leverage the database’s power, rather than being forced to do lots of data manipulation within the application layer.

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Elite: Dangerous stats on WordPress blog posts

One of the things that you may have noticed recently on the Elite: Dangerous posts on this site is the little statistics panels at the bottom of posts – this post is about those:

They are generated by a custom extension to the WordPress theme that I’m currently using, backed by a MySQL database. The database schema I’m using can be found here for those interested.
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