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v7.0, February 26, 2015

Welcome to my recently remodeled Eclectic World!  This site serves as my central "hub" for all my various homes on the internet, as well as being home to my book, movie, and video game collections. 

Recent Blog Posts

Posted: September 7, 2015 09:49:07 PM

MySQL Tricks: Splitting Strings

I needed to run a query to find out how many people in our user table had an email address on a domain within a set list from another table.  Normally, I might have written a PHP script for this, pulling users that matched a loose LIKE statement of email_address LIKE '%tamu.edu' or the ...

Posted: June 2, 2015 03:44:02 PM

Finding a Key in An Array

The current application I'm working on has multiple "wizards", i.e. multi page forms that store data between the pages, allow moving back and forth, and so on.  These wizards have some things in common, so I have a base controller their individual controllers all extend to access ...

Posted: May 29, 2015 03:58:29 PM

Coming Name Revealed, Next Steps

The new site name is registered and the domain pointing here, for now.  Going back to my web "roots", the site will be renamed to Eclectic Thoughts with the URL eclectic-thoughts.com (the URL without the dash was taken).  I already mentioned in the last post how my first site is ...

Posted: April 12, 2015 06:59:12 AM

Of Past, Present, and Future

Howdy ho!  Me again with another random “yes, I’m still alive” check in.  Sorry for the continued long stretches without posts.  I have a crap ton of stuff I keep meaning to post about, but I’m also significantly behind on a major project at work so it’s ...

Posted: January 16, 2015 04:21:16 PM

Developer's Tool Bag: Generating Code

With our Mach-II apps, I had a series of RegEx Search/Replaces in Dreamweaver that let me quickly turn a list of variables into the various basic components of a bean, gateway, function arguments, etc.  For example, this one does all the properties in a bean. So if I had a variable list ...

Posted: October 3, 2015 03:57:03 PM

Goal Check: September Progress

Holy crap, I lost more weight...way more weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There are not enough exclamation points for this!!!! :-)  I backslide a little this week, but only by 2-3 lbs.  I've lost 79% of my 10 week goal (10 lbs from my peak of 189) and I've lost 2.75 inches over all.  ...

Posted: September 3, 2015 01:11:03 AM

Goal Check: August Progress

For the first time in awhile, actually seeing some weight loss and without having to starve myself or deprive myself of yummy foods!!  Yay!!!  And slowly getting back into the exercise groove!  The overtime is done, so hopefully my poor house can get some love as we move into hopefully ...

Posted: August 5, 2015 03:31:05 AM

Goal Check: July Progress

Another big financial goal done!!!!  I probably should set some new ones.  Mortgage down to only 5 digits, yay!  Also, yet again, need to do better on the exercise.  I'm hoping this new program helps some. Financials Student loan balance below $20,000 Mortgage balance below $100,000 ...

Posted: July 6, 2015 11:14:06 PM

Goal Check: June Progress

Two big financial goals done!!!  Also finally admitted the failures regarding my exercise needs and redid my fitness goals accordingly.  Financials Student loan balance below $25,000 - DONE!  Down to $24,800!! Student loan balance below $20,000 Mortgage balance below $100,000 ...

Posted: June 21, 2015 05:30:21 PM

The Dish is Gone

Finally called to cancel the Dish Network, since I pretty much stopped watching TV 2-3 years ago.  For the last year I've just paid $15/mth plus taxes because of a special retention bill and I think I watched it one day while I was home sick.  Have to give the woman props for trying.  ...

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July 31st - Peruvian Lilies

July 31st - Peruvian Lilies

June 17th - Peruvian Lilies

June 17th - Peruvian Lilies

June 17th - Peruvian Lilies