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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Sagittarius A* – 18th Dec 3302 (Day 14)

After a minor incident where I decided to fly into a planet, today hasn’t been particularly exciting.

The only news of note to report is that I appear to have overtaken CMDR Braxton Doyle, as at the current time, the CMDR hasn’t plotted Waypoint 7 yet, so I’ve taken the initiative and plotted that now too. Whether or not he’ll follow me to my first via, I don’t know.

Sagittarius A* – 14th Dec 3302 (Day 12)

Again, not as exciting a day as yesterday, albeit a really long session given the amount of exploration data I’m collecting on this trip. :(

So much so, I forgot that I needed to scoop fuel…. yeah, I know, I’m an idiot. Luckily I had a choice of stars to scoop from, and managed to scoop from the primary star, a class A.

My first “true” binary system for quite a while also showed up.

Alas, I’ve reached Waypoint 5, and also added the Great Annihilator system to my list of places to visit while I’m in the vicinity of Sagittarius A* – I might as well take a look while I’m there!

Sagittarius A* – 13th Dec 3302 (Day 11)

Not a hugely exciting day, after the excitement of the interesting discoveries of yesterday.

I did find this stunning Earth-like world though:

… and this complex system…

and this beautiful star…

My ship appears to have been plagued with technical issues as well, ranging from multiple connection loss incidents between my cockpit and Curiosity’s computer network, causing flight to be challenging. I’m going to have to take the ship in for a service with an engineer when I get back to the bubble I think.

I heard what I assume are Thargoids again this evening… I must be going insane…

Anyway, I’ve heard about the Six Rings system at Myriesly RY-S e3-5414, so I’m going to add that to my list of places to check out along the way. I’ve no idea where I’m going to need to fit it in amongst my planned waypoints though…