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Victory!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 31-03-2009

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On with the quo­ta­tions obses­sion project. I swear, it’ll be use­ful for some­thing oth­er than keep­ing me busy. Some­day!

Any­body know php/​MySQL well enough to help me do that?

Any­way, one rea­son that I keep going is lit­tle suc­cess­es like the one I just expe­ri­enced.

I love research, and I’m attempt­ing to find infor­ma­tion on every sin­gle author (8,353 at this very moment) and some kind cita­tion, prefer­ably orig­i­nal, for every quo­ta­tion (34,444 of them). Yes, that will keep me busy for awhile. The fact that many peo­ple cut-and-paste bits of text from all man­ner of sources, then lump them all togeth­er with lit­tle or no attri­bu­tion, makes me crazy — espe­cial­ly since it seems that vast num­bers of peo­ple con­flate Oliv­er Wen­dell Holmes Junior and Senior, or Alexan­dre Dumas père et fils.

Any­way, there’s one quo­ta­tion cred­it­ed to “Mil­ton Acor­da” all over the inter­net and in many books: “With­out free­dom, no one real­ly has a name.”

Oth­er than the one sen­tence, the man doesn’t exist. I’ve looked for him sev­er­al times, to no avail.

I don’t know if the book I found in Google Books wasn’t there before or what, but tonight I hap­pened to search on the quo­ta­tion itself again, and voilà! It’s the last line of a poem, “Pro­posed Ded­i­ca­tion for a Mon­u­ment to Lount and Matthews,” pub­lished in the book More Poems for Peo­ple by Mil­ton Acorn.

No, my work isn’t going to end world hunger or any­thing like that, but I find it sat­is­fy­ing. And every lit­tle win helps my over­all atti­tude, which isn’t real­ly pos­i­tive most of the time late­ly. Now if only some­one would pay me to do this sort of thing!

Comments (2)

What kind of help do you need with PHP/​MySQL?

I start­ed this thing think­ing I’d stick the quo­ta­tions into a Word­Press plu­g­in, some­thing like Quotes Col­lec­tion (which does almost every­thing I’d want in such a plu­g­in, and I may still use it for that pur­pose). It’s gone way beyond that now, and I’d like some help to put it online. The only oth­er per­son with whom I’ve com­mu­ni­cat­ed who did some­thing sim­i­lar put every quo­ta­tion into a sep­a­rate blog post, and that’s not what I want to do.

I know Word­Press and HTML and *some* CSS. I’ve mod­i­fied a few php scripts, and I can pull stuff out of an SQL data­base and oth­er­wise mon­key around with it, but I don’t know how to design a DB well, or how to put all these things togeth­er.

I took a required data­base course at Devry, and a web devel­op­ment course at SPSU, but nei­ther were actu­al­ly use­ful in the real world.