I don’t buy object-relational mapping. It’s not because JPA or its implementations aren’t well written, but because the concept itself robs capability in exchange for conveniences we don’t really need. Relational databases have a lot to offer. SQL is a rich language that can perform complex queries, bulk data updates, computations, summaries, and more. It…

When William Shatner’s career was on the skids. By now everyone’s heard about William Shatner’s The Transformed Man — that infamous 60’s recording where he sings Mr. Tambourine Man and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds — but check out this other Shatner LP, an ultra-rare two-record set recorded live in 1978. It’s a recording of an appearance at…