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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: December 15, 2014 07:40:15 PM

WordPress Themes - Watch Those Spaces!

As I mentioned previously, I've been learning WordPress stuff over the last few weeks for a client.  Recently we discovered her RSS feed wasn't working in some checkers, so I checked it and found that the resulting XML had indention before the first few lines.  Now, personally I think ...

Posted: December 10, 2014 07:42:10 PM

Basic Refresher on Signed vs Unsigned Integers

You may have heard recently that Psy's "Gangum Style" video "broke" YouTube due to the database using an signed integer that was 32 bits, never expecting a single video to ger more than 2.147 trillon views.  So they upped it to a 64 bit integer.  interestingly enough, ...

Posted: November 17, 2014 09:50:17 PM

More Random Updates: Of Life, Work, and WordPress

Of course it is November, so I'm immersed in National Novel Writing Month and the bulk of my writing is focused on that.  Thus far, I am behind, alas, but I'm still hanging in there.  I've been this behind before and its' highly likely I will win, mostly just need to sit ...

Posted: August 28, 2014 05:09:28 PM

Discovering MySQL GROUP_CONCAT

A relatively quick post this week, but I discovered something new in MySQL (as in new to me). A common query one might need to run is to get a list of rows from one table and it's related rows in a connected table.  For example, given these tables: Let's say I want to get a ...

Posted: August 22, 2014 01:43:22 PM

Overdue Update

Wow, it's been nearly two months since my last post!  Whoops! I'm still around, it's been a strange mix of quiet and hectic lately.  Quiet in that we wrapped up our first PHP Zend project and got it out the door.  Thus far it's worked pretty well other than the occasional completely ...

Posted: December 6, 2014 11:15:06 PM

Goal Check: November Progress

Dropped a bunch that seemed unlikely to happen now.  And now it's NaNo time...still, I added two... CAR Remove tint on car windows Get car in for recall service FITNESS/HEALTH Take bike to work on the rack on all good weather, no errand days and ride between office and garage & rec Currently ...

Posted: November 29, 2014 07:37:29 PM

Pet Funds

Another nice slow day!  Loving the relaxing this weekend....it is really helping my stress levels go down so much!   Yes, even while going over my 2015 budget and making updates to the numbers.  Tweaking a bit here and there from changes over the year in a few areas. In particular, ...

Posted: November 12, 2014 01:20:12 AM

LJ BTW

Apparently Friends pages will now only show you the last 2 weeks worth of content on your friends page (which sucks ass).  Support tried to claim nothing changed, but as it wasn't doing it until a week or two ago, that seems like a lie to me, but they had no desire to address it either. Anyway, ...

Posted: November 7, 2014 02:37:07 AM

Goal Check: October Progress

Dropped a bunch that seemed unlikely to happen now.  And now it's NaNo time...still, I added two... CAR Remove tint on car windows Get car in for recall service - New! FITNESS/HEALTH Consistently swim at least 4 3 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July end of year - dropped, not happening ...

Posted: October 19, 2014 09:53:19 PM

A Moment of Recognizing Progress

While cleaning up and organizing some of my files (archiving old stuff and the like), I found my "budget" spreadsheet from 2011.  In the midst of my on-going anxiety issues, it was a nice reminder of how much better things are versus how they used to be. I started January 2011 with nearly $43,000 ...

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