Moving From CouchDB To MySQL
You can also use the hstore contrib module in the current PostgreSQL versions, which has a gem (https://github.com/softa/activerecord-postgres-hstore) for ActiveRecord and Heroku support (at least in some database plans).
Seriously, PostgreSQL is the best Not-Quite-So-SQL DBMS out there.
Coming to an Ice Cream Shop Near You: Soft Serve Beer
Nothing tastes good at room temperature when it's above 30 celsius!
And, as previous posters already said, the Crockford site which will give you good insight into good practices and useful patterns: http://www.crockford.com/
How Doctors Die
Speaking in any way is a good start, I'm sometimes impressed on how many people will not talk about death at all!
Exoplanets Spotted Orbiting Dead Star
That is perfectly okay. They will land a job in a newspaper somewhere...and wear their underwear outside their pants!
As a former resident of an exoplanet I must protest. This is an stereotype created by pop culture, not all aliens wear their underwear outside their pants, you insensitive clod!
Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law
Sure, but it's even better when you play those games at the end of the day while drinking and smoking.
Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development
yeah, better than vi, MacVim for instance
Horizontal Scaling of SQL Databases?
Take a look at SQL alternatives. There's an interesting PostgreSQL use case which uses only open source tools to achieve a good horizontal scaling solution. This post tells a little about how they did it: http://highscalability.com/skype-plans-postgresql-scale-1-billion-users
The post also says that there is a very similar approach using MySQL.
Moving Between Countries?
I'm been thinking for some time about moving to Canada. Though, I'm a little afraid of the Brazilian reputation outside Brazil (don't think it's very good). I'm mainly a database architect (work with PostgreSQL), but also a *nix developer. Does someone here has something to say about experiences working with or hiring people from Brazil?