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more site updates - 12.30.2004

I've obviously have had too much time on my hands because I've been updating my website a lot lately. Mostly, I've been wanting to get my hands dirty with a little web development.

Well, I've spiced up a couple of the sections. I've made the software section dynamically updated with php and msyql. I've made it in such a way that anyone can add, or edit items. There's still some things to work out, like people can wipe out an existing item's data... and other things but I guess I shouldn't be giving out all my secrets. I'm trying to set it up as a kind of wiki, and just see where it goes.

Speaking of wikis, I've set up a pmwiki on for collaborative fiction. I haven't had too much time to write in it or finish setting it up because I've been busy with the other sections. I might try a couple of the other wiki's out there to determine which one of the many out there will suit my needs.

I think I might have already mentioned this but the playlist section has has a few upgrades as well. Again, I'm using php and mysql and a win-amp plugin called "now playing". I'm still tweaking the way it all works but it's mostly set up. I'd like to add a "playlist search" page and a "most often played"

Well, I'm heading off to the Bay Area today for New Year's celebrations... I think. I'm not too exited but my roommate wants to go so what the hell. There's worst things in the world than spending New Year's in the Bay Area.

Bullshit Holidays - 12.26.2004

Well, I've been wasting time with the computer shit over the last couple of days. I guess I should have been doing Christmasy type stuff instead of burning my eyes out on the computer but my family and friends are far away and so I have nothing better to do. I did talk on the phone with my family and my brother and so that made my happy. I was especially happy to talk to my Uncle and Aunt in Mexico and hear that they are doing fine. They told me that it snowed in Matamoros for the first time since 1925. I wish I had been there.

I spent Christmas day alone today. First time since I was born, I think. The downstairs neighbor came up earlier and invited me to have dinner with his family. He said they had Turky and Ham but I decided to decline the invitation, partly because I am vegitarian (he didn't know), but also because I wanted to be alone. -- I've been staying to myself alot lately. It's probably not the best thing to do but fuck it. I did appreciate the invitation but I guess I decided to just say screw the holidays completely since I've made it a point to stay away from Christmas songs, gifts, etc. It took a lot of doing. It got to the point where I had to stay away from the grocery store because I was being oppressed by the Christmas music. Well, it will be over soon. I can't wait for next year to start.

site updates -

I've been busy revamping this website over the last couple of days. I've revamped the playlist section. Now logging everything to a mySQL database and dynamically generating the playlist using some simple PHP. I'll be making that section a bit more "full featured" but I'm happy with it now. The infrastructure is in place to make it pretty neat but I'm just not in the mood right now to play around with making it pretty. I've also made some headway into to software section. I've created a database backend and some content management tools for myself with which to make more entries. I've been kind of lazy about updating that section becaues previously, I had to create all the webpages manually and that is just too time consuming. Also, the data gets muddled up with the HTML and so it's hard to troubleshoot.

update - 12.21.2004

I finally got the domain under my control again and I moved the website to my own computers. What happened is that I hadn't paid yahoo hosting for the last couple of months and they stopped serving out my pages. I got it all worked out now, though. I was able to get them to give up the goods without having to pay them any money. Yay.

Well, some of the things on this site are broken right now. I'll be fixing them up soon. Also, now I can run a mysql database and so some things with the site that I've been wanting to do for a long time. Most notably, I'll convert the software listing here to dynamically generated pages and create a little front end for myself so that I can enter the data without having to create all the web pages manually. I need get the playlist working again too.

It's been a while since I've updated this site. Hopefully I'll put some stuff up on here that's worthwhile soon.

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