Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


If you’re looking for something to do for the holidays

Filed under: — adam @ 7:23 pm

“On Sunday December 26, 2004, a re-vote of the run-off for the Presidential Election in Ukraine is planned. Anyone who is over the age of 18 and a citizen of another country (i.e. other than Ukraine) can become an international observer. (Ukrainian citizens can be local observers) The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), in cooperation with the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), has organized international election observers for the first two rounds and are now seeking observers for round three. You do not need to be Canadian to register through the UCC, you may be a citizen of any country except
Ukraine. You can make a contribution to democracy in Ukraine and spend the most interesting Christmas ever by coming to Ukraine to observe the elections.”

New browser popup vulnerability

Filed under: — adam @ 7:22 pm

Basically, a window in the background can hijack a popup from a window in the foreground, and you won’t know about it.

HOWEVER – the Firefox extension Spoofstick sees right through this, and is present on popups as well as regular windows. Spoofstick helps. Get it.

Choose the Blue

Filed under: — adam @ 12:06 pm

Choose the Blue is a search engine for finding which corporations gave how much to Democrats or Republicans.

I find it interesting that Shell is the only major gas company that gave more to the Democrats. Interesting that there’s even one…

Some ways to speed up your firefox

Filed under: — adam @ 11:51 am

Add sparklines to your php pages

Filed under: — adam @ 11:45 am

Sparklines are helpful, small (text-sized) mini-graphs invented by Tufte to enhance the information transfer rate in text pages. This is an open source PHP library to generate them.

Stem cell research without all the “babykilling”

Filed under: — adam @ 11:33 am

Chef ruins $$$$ truffle

Filed under: — adam @ 1:02 am


‘The arrival of the 850g fungus at Zafferano, the Italian restaurant in London’s Knightsbridge favoured by gourmand glitterati from Madonna to Bill Clinton, drew salivating admirers from Paris and Madrid.

Queues formed in search of the taste described by Cassini as “earthy, sexy and an aphrodisiac”, available at a cost of R6 600 per micro-sliced sprinkling.

But then head chef Andy Needham left the mushroom in a refrigerated safe for four days, taking the keys with him on holiday.’

Sleeping less may make you fat

Filed under: — adam @ 1:01 am

“People who habitually slept for 5 hours were found to have 15% more ghrelin than those who slept for 8 hours. They were also found to have 15% less leptin. These hormonal changes may cause increased feelings of hunger, leading to a foraging in the fridge for food.”

Programmer claims he created a vote-rigging prototype

Filed under: — adam @ 1:00 am

Homeless Iraq vets are starting to show up at homeless shelters

Filed under: — adam @ 12:23 am

Yeah, this is going great.

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