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Tue Sep 15 9:04 PM
@iotashan @rukumar Shan meet Rupesh. Rupesh meet Shan. You guys should talk CF9 ORM. ;-) Rupesh, Shan works with me & has an ORM issue
Tue Sep 15 8:51 PM
No CF Admin DSN setting for isolation level, but u can add SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL <level> as u're validation query as workaround
Tue Sep 15 5:36 PM
Tue Sep 15 4:13 PM
@berniedolan Yup, and I was on a downhill at 35mph, slowed to 15 then skidded to within inches as he made a blinkerless right turn


Time-lapse video of caterpillar to chrysalis to Monarch butterfly

Captured here is a time-lapse movie of the lifespan of a Monarch butterfly, condensing about two weeks of activity into a short video clip. I kept the caterpillar in a jar supplied with milkweed leaves and ventilation through holes punched in the lid. After days of munching on the leaves, it's interesting to observe the caterpillar 's circling behavior the day before transforming into a chrysalis, although the actual formation of the chryslis occurred at night and is not shown in the video.

When releasing the butterfly into a nearby field, you can see the wings are still damp as it flicks its wings and twitches before resting on leaf to finish drying.

From Monarch Butterfly - USA:
The total time frame for one butterfly's life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 - 6 weeks.

Be sure to also check out my photo gallery of the Butterfly Place in nearby Westford, MA.

[More] now using BlogCFC 4.0

With some effort, I migrated TalkingTree from BlogCFC 3.5.2 to 4.0 beta, complete with new look. Ok, so today Ray released the final 4.0 version, so I missed the boat on that one ;-). I've given up the Aura skin in favor of something lighter on the graphics and easier to maintain.

Migrating blog versions was slightly challenging since the BlogCFC 4.0 kit comes with a migration tool for verion 3.8, and there were some changes to the tables between 3.5 and 3.8 so I had to figure those out. Specifically, I had to alter tblBlogEntries to add a column for allowcomments, add the tblBlogTrackBacks, add the tblBlogSearchStats, add the tblBlogSubscribe table and then adjust it coz it was missing a blog column, plus a few other small tweaks.

I also integrated my webcam view and HTTP referers view into the blog using a stripped-out stats.cfm page as template.

Creating the new skin was the most time consuming part since I was having lots of trouble with MSIE and CSS. In every case Firefox worked like a champ while editing the stylesheet, but MSIE wouldn't display the style as I expected it to. There's still a couple issues when viewing with MSIE, but the two browser views are largely the same.

I also had to reintegrate Google Adsense with a smaller size since I couldn't force the 728x90 leaderboard into a smaller space, and I didn't like the way the 468x60 leaderboard displayed, so I used two 234x60's instead and put them in table to force a little horizontal balance.

The final work to be done on the new blog set up was integrating Site Meter stats and the Technorati claim code.

I like many of the new features of BlogCFC 4.0, including real support for podcasting via RSS 2.0 and enclosures, automated pings, better search stats, unsubscribe comment features, disallow comments, and printing support.

Good stuff.

No Turtle Soup Today!

This snapping turtle was found marching across the street in front of my house, the same street as seen in my webcam. To save her from becoming a road kill special, I carefully snatched her up, put her in the back of my truck, and drove her over to a marsh next to the Sudbury River to let her go.

I suspect that the turtle is a female because this time of year snapping turtles come ashore looking for dry places to lay their eggs. She's better off finding somewhere near the river instead of someone's parking lot.

I think the proper way to handle a snapping turtle is grab the front end of the carapace just behind the head, and with the other hand grab the back end of the carapace above the tail. Nevertheless, I preferred to pick it up by the sides. It's head lunged straight forward with a mouth gaping wide enough to chomp a tennis ball, but it never tried to extend its neck to the side, so I felt safe.

Earlier in the day I was driving along Rt 126 in Wayland and spotted another turtle in the grass about 20 feet from the road. I thought about turning around to move it, but there was a lot of traffic and I suspected that it would know better than to enter the road. When I got home I was greeted with a repitilian reminder that they really have no fear of roads, until the last moment.

I was amazed at how agile she was. She was pretty darn near jumping out the back of the truck bed. Upon release, I plopped her in the mud near the marsh's edge, she took a moment to get oriented, then made deep dive into the marsh and was gone in just a couple seconds.

Online ColdFusion Meetup Group

This blog entry serves as a central link to upcoming and archived events for the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group, including those events which are in cooperation with other ColdFusion User Groups. This blog entry will be updated regularly with meeting information, as will the official group website. Here is the alias with shorter URL for this blog.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Thursdays at 12:30 PM EDT to 1:00 PM
    ColdFusion Live! A series of short preview talks from the speakers of the CFUNITED conference.
    Check the Meetup site for the currently scheduled event in this series: ColdFusion Meetup Events

  • Thursday, May 12 6:00 PM ET
    To be determined... Check back soon


Boston Coldfusion Meetup Group, ... Virtually

In lieu of an active Boston CFUG, I've taken the bull by the horns by organizing the Boston Coldfusion Meetup Group. This group can augment the Boston CFUG proper, but isn't intended to replace it.

Initially, the meetings will conducted virtually using Macromedia Breeze Live and a conference call line. Optionally, if a venue is found we could consider a physical location for hands-on sessions at a later time.


A Glimpse of Life at My Cube

A Glimpse of Life at My Cube

Take a look at an aerial phonecam view of life in my cube. This has been my 5th cube in the last 4 years as I recall, but fear not as I've laid down roots. Don't be fooled by the austere haze of the flickering flourescent lights... I'm surrounded by bountiful ammenities and sheer opulence.

To douse my excitement I sometimes have a look out my window at home through my webcam. No sir, no Segue scooters or plasma screens here. The longest walk is to the coffee machine, and I prefer to have Ananova or Ramona read my email to me.

Principal communications devcie and blog reader; Anachronistic lexigraphic devices and toenail clipper, Propeller driven cooling machine; sadist volumizer; Fedora Core 2 Rescue disk; Netgear router for cube subnet, keeps coffee warm; heavy-duty keester support; Bio-IT World magazine... what I'd rather be doing; Greasily thumbed linux magazines; Tear-stained CFDJs, Allaire DevCon2000 Lunchbox.

Recent Web Pages Refering to

I've added a referer analyzer to view a sorted list of refering web pages that linked to This analyzer also uses the GetGoogleKeywords() custom function from to parse out the search terms from Google searches results linking to A simple modification to the custom function expands the usefulness of GetGoogleKeywords() so that it also works on referers from,,, and I've noticed that some search referers from AOL have the search arguments encrypted. For example, this referer uses the url parameter encquery= (encrypted query?) instead of query=, and the encrypted search argument 2440E0D60AB5421DE7A6E4387799509A when unencrypted on the AOL website is for webcam and ma.


Blizzard in Concord MA , Dec 6th and 7th 2003

Record Snow in Concord

While it lasts, catch the blizzard from my webcam overlooking part of Concord, Massachusetts. I'll be slogging through the snow drifts and empty streets down to Arena Farms today to pick out our Christmas tree. This would be a good day to throw some logs in the fire as well.

If you're catching this long after the blizzard is over, I'll put a small movie together of the timelapse sequences taken by the webcam and then post it here.


First Snowfall for Fall 2003

First snow in Concord 2003

Well, snow fans, the day has finally arrived. Today is the first snowfall in Massachusetts this season, and the webcam has captured it all. If a few snapshots just don't do it for you, then you can always relish this short video from where ever you are...

Seems an appropriate time to quote from my favorite Nothern Exposure character, Chris Stevens, played by John Corbett. Chris read this poem over KBHR radio during the December 1993 episode.

Oh the snow the beautiful snow
filling the sky and earth below.
Over the house tops and over the streets,
over the heads of people you meet.
Dancing flirting skimming along.
Oh the snow the beautiful snow
how the flakes gather and laugh as they go.
Whirling about in their maddening fun
it plays in its glee with everyone.
Chasing laughing hurrying by
it lights on the face and sparkles the eye.
And even the dogs with a bark and a bound
snap at the crystals that eddy around.
The town is alive and its heart in a glow
to welcome the coming of beautiful snow.

Later I found the souce here...

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