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my Right Weight plugin

I’ve recently learned to program my first WordPress plugin. (View it with firefox, internet explore does not display corectly if at all) However… wow I duno… I’m gona share some real data about myself and my Dunlops disease. I’ve been trying to loose some weight off and on for awhile. I wrote a php program to learn some code and to manage and display the data. I started that about two years ago. I’ve fairly consistently kept twenty pounds off – only about eighty five more to go. I’m not calling it a new years resolution in case I fail but I have been getting serious about loosing some more weight since this new year began. This original php program used a jpgraph php addon to display the line graph: Recently I’ve been working with jQuery quite a bit. I converted the original graph to a jQuery plugin called flot. Quite a bit of refactoring and cleanup of the db schema too. This will be the third system I’ve installed it on – after my development environment, then my production pre staging test and finally here at the big show – www.rodaw.com (review or discard at will). Its uses a shortcode to call my plugin and display the data: [myrightweight] I really enjoyed learning to write this plugin. I used php to json encode the data from a server at my house, and jQuery json decode to gather the data here at rodaw. As time permits I’m working on making the application multiuser. I’m more than half way through January now and still sticking to it. Note the flat line segments apr  – aug and sep – jan are periods when I was not recording my weight. c ya… –...

Wee Small Hours

October 12, 2010 0408 In the wee small hours I might perceive moments of clarity that fade as I look for pen or keyboard. Perhaps after several, of these perceived moments of clarity in the wee small hours these perceived perceptions of clarity may gather long enough for me to coral a few with paper or computer program to remember or dismember or to distribute to other members and visitors of the wee small hours.   Time invested in learning living these days and years since awakening from the self induced coma offer skills to asses where I am in time, in space, in mind. I ask myself: “am I in line?” Or merely queuing, queerly quarrying queries? Shall I continue to pine? Or to mine to find and walk a thin line this time towards lengthening these moments of perceived clarity and find myself living in these moments, not previously, not ahead – yet not just of this moment but all the moments with NOW right here at the epicenter. Once again I am reminded: “Be here now” that I have so often spoken, often in jest as: “Be there then” and also remembering something I think wise: “It’s the journey, not the destination”. Perhaps to keep them both in mind I might combine: “Be the journey” Thank you Obi-Wan Kenobi of my mind. In this wee small hour I found the time to take a snapshot, to record a glimpse of these thoughts to share. and in so doing this writing and too the sharing perhaps give caring. Ahh the wee small hours fading now as dawn wakens the day. Thank you time, thank you coma, thank you awakening, thank you wee small hours. It’s nice to have kept these glimmerings of perception in the foreground of my mind long enough for these moments of living here now as I compose this snapshot, recording this glimmering I perceive as clarity. In this way I look forward to many more sleepless nights, as I look to find and record the words of thoughts I may want to keep to think again in that foreground of my mind. Banging my head against a wall...

In Lieu of a Disclaimer

Score! I’ve been looking for this. Back the first time I ever read my poetry at a poetry slam. It’s dated 11/2009 I had written a poem to read there I’m Glad I’m Sad and with fear and trepidation I was thinking of what I might mumble for my poor excuse of words when it hit me – why not a poem for the mumbling. Hence the following which is one of two I read that first night. I actually believe that this Google search was the impetus for my start at poetry. Been turning the house upside down for weeks maybe months. Awakening from a self induced coma I thought to exercise my mind both left and right – previously wrong In ceramics throwing I thought to Google “Spokane Pottery” but English being what it is and my fingers often dyslexic Instead I found a broken mike I mistook for amateur night.   OK well there ya go. c ya… –...

Pigsty; Week 6

This is the second blog post on my project to turn my house that is an utter Pigsty into a home. There are a few of my own comments documenting the first couple weeks progress on my Original first Pigsty post. Couldn’t find my camera so used my cell phone…   I have kept to my commitment to do at least fifteen minutes upstairs and fifteen minutes downstairs. However the last couple weeks have been pretty much just that. Sometimes when I look at the mountains of disorganizations it feels overwhelming! On the other hand I have accomplished some other goals. I turned in my Comcast cable boxes and discontinued all television services. I still have Netflix but will let that lapse when my soon to be credit card on file expires. That has given me more freedom to kick my television watching addiction in favor of increasing my knowledge of some certain computer programming skills by way of silverlight ria services, asp.net MVC, WCF / OData and WPF. I submitted some of my ceramics for possible inclusion in an upcoming show. Planted still more grass in the minefield in my back yard, check out http://www.rodaw.com/jeffa/lawn-dog-hole-grass-yike/ posted a year ago. Back to the Pigsty. I discovered a huge closet I had forgotten about. (Inside view) In it I found some more outdated technology to get rid of. Check out these 3/4” top loading VCRs with and A/B edit controller too! A couple small touch ups and this closet will be my first triumph. I consider it the deepest part of my house. Hence the first place to get right!I’ve already started to move things I will keep back in to this closet while the rest of the house suffers even more from my Pigsty to home project. This is the upstairs recreational / music / rumpus room. It’s now filled mostly with things I’ve decided to get rid of by either selling on craigslist, recycling hopefully for a couple dollars and a more ecological disposal or as a last resort hauling to the dump that in this town is an incinerator. Check out this old portable 3/4” ENG tape deck and an audio cart...

Twoosh

(I originally sent this to my staff, a captive office, then thought it might make a good blog post for my two or three visitors per day to www.rodaw.com,) It’s often the simple things in life that can make my day.   I’ve been following this guy Scott Hanselman http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ He works at Microsoft and has had some incredible blog posts about most anything computer and not. Check out his video about his life with diabetes http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TeamHanselmanAndDiabetesWalk2010.aspx I stuck his banner up at rodaw.com and donated $25.00 The video of his insulin pump is interesting tech and his human element is very real. I started following him for asp.net MVC stuff. But have probably learned more about computers and other topics than the MVC… in watching some of his video presentations at Mix0x and such I learned about important sites like http://sadtrombone.com/ and http://instantrimshot.com/ This is a great post for must have utility software. http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottHanselmans2009UltimateDeveloperAndPowerUsersToolListForWindows.aspx So anyway I happened to read a blog post of his about twitter and learned what a twoosh is. Twoosh A twoosh is a tweet that is exactly 140 characters, no more no less. You’ve maximized the size of your tweet. Some folks believe this is a sign of skill. You’ll tweet and learn that it’s usually luck. :-) Some folks believe this is a sign of skill. :-) Furthermore Scott has been complaining about a neck ache http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheProgrammersBody.aspx That’s a lot of background for this. I sent a tweet: jhalbrecht: @shanselman Honestly, Hanselman has huge healing html helping hands hourly  however his head hurts  him .  Hopefully his head heals  twoosh! Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/jhalbrecht/statuses/22308132754 And I got a nod: shanselman: @jhalbrecht well played sir! Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/shanselman/statuses/22340364550 That’s it. This mornings simple thing. Made me dance around my home office a couple moments :-) C ya…. –...