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I am software developer focusing on PHP/MySQL and related languages and technologies, but dabbling in other languages, such as Python, and a variety of C-like languages. Having worked with computers since early youth, development seemed like a natural career choice. Now, with eighteen years of experience, and sixteen in the automotive industry, I head development at BetterCarPeople, which helps about 2000 automotive dealership sales and service departments succeed online.
To balance a career in the virtual (in the cloud), I have choosen a hobby in the tangible (in the earth). I work with ceramics as a way to relax, and to produce things I can see, touch, and use. I keep pictures of my Pottery on here to show friends, though many of them have a piece or two in their home.
I occasionally post something I will want to refer back to, or think others may care to see on my WeBlog; not to be confused with my WebLog, in which I've sporatically log things of interest I find on the web. I am also found on various social and professional networks:
Last month, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) declared HTML5 is officially "feature complete." I decided it was finally time to make the switch from HTML4.01. While reading about all the new tags, I was excited about some tags and confused about the usefulness of others (like repurposing the previously deprecated
<u> for "misspelt words"). I quickly dove in to compatibility charts and performed some of my own testing. One of my greater disappointments was the lack of browser support for the
I set out to find a work around that would enable proper functioning of
summary, that is, to enable it's open/close interactivity. What I found was an effective solution in jquery-details by Mathias Bynens. Unfortunately, this solution depends on another library: jQuery. jQuery is an excellent library which I use in some of my projects, but not all. Since some of my projects do not use jQuery, it seemed unnecessary to include a library as comprehensive as jQuery for the benefit of one simple work-around. So I wrote my own.
To counter the tone of my recent postings about hardship, I would like to rant and ramble lightheartedly to ridiculously about how we express time.
This past weekend the USA ended it's annual observance of Daylight Saving Time, apparently one week after most of the observant northern hemisphere. Many rumors run rampant in our intellectual garden about why we ever started this time of shifting daylight. The one that I hear the most is about farmers, as though they were somehow so disconnected from nature (like us city folk spreading the rumor) that they needed a clock to tell them when there was enough light to work the fields. Wikipedia, on the other hand, credits Daylight Saving Time to George Vernon Hudson, who apparently just wanted more daylight after his shift job to collect insects. The further explanation of its implementation in the United Statesis a bit more practical:more...
I am going through some troubling situations right now. There are two situations involving a friend of a friend who is a contractor who has done work on my house. In both situations I am being taken advantage of. A very troubling aspect of these is that I am being taken advantage of, that is, it is still happening; in both. I was not planning to write about these, but a friend of mine advised they might serve as a warning to others. I will try to include some lessons learned, besides the jade. The details, though, will add fervency to the lessons.more...
Early in her pregnancy, Amy was given a standard glucose tolerance test which she failed by one point. Amy's blood sugar has always been a little off, at least since she started taking Loestrin oral birth control early in our marriage. Nonetheless, she failed the test, and the book says that made her gestational diabetic; by one point. In our litigious American society, many doctors are extra careful not to get sued; so they play by the book. The book says it, they act on it. We learned this. (Which book is that? Not literally one book, but a collection of standards and policies.) We learned a few other things, let's get the ranting out of the way:
The doctors could not agree on Amy's due date. It didn't matter anyway, I thought, since they usually guess early (70% of babies are born after their 'due date'). Eventually they settled on the earliest date in the pool, May 3; a mere thirty eight week term. Apparently, doctors count ten months like: "a month is about four weeks, so, ten times four weeks; forty weeks." According to my reading (googling), midwives (who have been doing this a lot longer) count ten months as ten lunar months, which comes to forty-two weeks. This difference might explain why 70% of babies are born 'early'.more...