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An Excerpt From Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript (Edition 4)

The 4th Edition of my book, Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript is now out, featuring tutorials on CSS, HTML5 and (in this new edition) the mysqli extension and a fully comprehensive introduction to jQuery, of which the following is just … Continue reading

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They Made The 70s: 10cc

The 1970s, was one of the most exciting periods in the history of popular music. Not only did it see the invention of disco and the roots of rap; hip hop, funk, glam & punk rock; smooth jazz, soul, and … Continue reading

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Is there another universe in the opposite direction of time?

What if the big bang also exploded backwards in time, and 26 billion years in the past, there is/was a whole other universe living in the opposite direction? The preceding has been my Twitter tag line for about a year, … Continue reading

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The Future of the UK, Scotland, New Britain, and The European Union

So, the latest poll shows that support for Scottish independence from the UK is rapidly growing, and has now passed the 50% required to win in the upcoming referendum – and increasing by about 5% a week. If this rate … Continue reading

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Has the popularity of PHP (the most-used web server language) now peaked?

After a number of years of consolidation, in which users flocked from Perl to PHP because it was so much faster, easier to use, and could handle more connections at a time (although Perl nowadays is extremely fast and sleek, … Continue reading

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Primes, Pseudo Primes, And Yet More Primes!

It’s possible to tell whether or not a number is prime in a number of ways. You can crunch through all possible factors of a number until you have a definitive result (which can take an exceedingly long time for … Continue reading

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Animals are warm blooded because chocolate

Actually, because fat, to be more precise. As long-time readers will probably know I have so far lost over 50 pounds and reversed pre-diabetes by eating a ketogenic diet, in which carbohydrates are kept to a minimum, replaced with greater … Continue reading

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Dancing With Bits

Following on from my recent mathematical investigations into infinities and prime numbers, I’ve branched out into playing with irrational numbers such as the square root of 2, e, and π – numbers whose fractional part is infinite – attempting to … Continue reading

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Try Prime Spirals for Yourself

I’ve spent the last few days refining my prime spirals software to the point that it can now display all prime numbers, or subsets such as those separated by a distance of 2, 4, or other numbers, or primes that … Continue reading

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A First Hypothesis on My “Nixon” Prime Spirals

Somewhere around 200BC a Greek mathematician called Eratosthenes described a sieve method that could be used to generate prime numbers. For low prime numbers it’s not too hard to tell whether a number is prime by testing it for having … Continue reading

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