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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


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: July 3, 2014 09:46:03 PM

Advancing My First Zend App, Part 3: Flipping the Layout

Before I continued on some more, I realized I needed to "fix" my MovieShelves module to make it's routes more uniquely named, otherwise it will conflict with other modules. :-P  I also updated my app to bring the DataTables code to 1.10 standards and to do a few visual tweaks.  ...

Posted: June 20, 2014 06:26:20 PM

Replacing CFGrid with DataTables, Part 3: Editable Grids

Bet you thought I forgot about this series, eh? :-) Got caught up dealing with the SOAP stuff - that was simple to build with Zend but ended up not working with the legacy system we were working with so had to redo it to break out of Zend all together to get it working.  Was two weeks of headache ...

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


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 ...

Posted: October 17, 2014 01:40:17 PM


So apparently my body hates me.  Got to sleep early (for me), fell asleep pretty quick, woke up at 4 am but managed to go back to sleep pretty quick. Then woke up at 5 after, of all things, having a dream (nightmare?) about having a situation in our region for NaNo.  My brain woke up ridiculously ...

Posted: October 6, 2014 11:18:06 PM

Goal Check: September Progress

Not a single goal accomplished and little to no progress.  Sucks :-( CAR Remove tint on car windows FITNESS/HEALTH Consistently swim at least 4 3 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July end of October Consistently swim at least 4 days a week, 60+ minutes a time by end of year Take bike to work ...

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