Sue For Mayor

I'm voting for Sue Fuchtman for mayor of Norfolk. I know her personally, and she's the sort of intelligent, decent, detail-oriented person we should have making city decisions. The other candidates might be alright, but I'd rather see someone elected that I'm genuinely excited to have in office.Vote for Sue. I will....

Yet another Python map()

In another article, I described a replacement for Python's built-in map() function that could take advantage of multi-processing systems. That one was based on the standard Unix fork(). Since then, I've written another based on Parallel Python that is much simpler and lets other, better-tested code do all the hard work. It could also be easily extended to run on a cluster instead of just the local system, but I haven't been inclined to tinker with that too much yet.Note one possibly important difference from the builtin map() function: this version returns a generator that yields values...

Detoxify your feet?

I just saw a commercial for "Kinoki" foot pads that supposedly suck poisons out of your body through the soles of your feet. This is the dumbest, most scientifically impossible thing I've heard in a long time - and that's saying a lot. I mean, honestly. Asbestos from your feet?In short, these are an outright hoax. I normally try to phrase things like that pretty carefully, but there's no need here. To repeat: Kinoki foot pads are a hoax. If you really want to remove the toxins from your body, use the bathroom....