thisBoard Hits SourceForge

thisBoard is a project I started at the beginning of the school year as way to better keep track of finances between all the roommates in our house. I always intended to release the code about three weeks ago I decided that I needed to rewrite the original version. So I did and I released 0.1-Alpha just now on SourceForge! It’s barely complete (if you don’t count the lack of a SQL creation file) and has zero documentation. But it’s there and I’m happy about that. I hope to release 0.1.1 in the next few days and have Release Candidate ready within two weeks (I kind of need it for next semesters finances). I also hope to have a demo up and running shortly. thisBoard is programmed in PHP and JS. It also used AJAX and a MySQL DB. thisBoard is released under the GNU GPL.

Download thisBoard!

[tags]thisBoard, php, javascript, ajax, mysql, finances, roommate, sourceforge, college, gpl[/tags]


I’ve released an update to my WordPress Error page, bringing it to version 0.82. I would call this a mandatory upgrade as it fixes some really serious issues (nothing fatal, just nothing good).

On the home front (i.e. my blog), I’ve completely revamped the way blog thumbnails are handled and displayed. You can now also click on the image to be taken to original image on Flickr.

[tags]wordpress, plugin, error page, flickr, thumbnail[/tags]

Note to Self:

I must stop having grandiose ideas…well, at least cut down a little.

Although one might argue that even if you’re shooting for the moon and miss, you’ll fall amongst the stars.

I’m beginning to dislike “the stars.”

What to Do?

But what do, that is my question; An answer would be nice, but it is not so.
I must be patient, that is the only option: Laissez faire must be preserved;
Empirical data does not hold; Yet, something drives me, what is it?

Day by day: I wait; Anticipating;
The only solution: Enduring the time while it pasts slowly by?


In case you didn’t know…

[four things you drink frequently]

  1. gatorade (or other generic sports drink)
  2. dr. pepper
  3. orange juice
  4. water

[four tv shows you liked when you were a kid]

  1. inspector gadget
  2. sesame street
  3. mr. rogers neighborhood
  4. mission: impossible (the original version)

[four places to go in your area]

  1. campus
  2. safeway
  3. woody’s
  4. burger king

Note: The text below was chopped off for some reason in the original post.

[four things to do when you’re bored]

  1. update my web site
  2. read my newsfeeds or a book
  3. watch the news
  4. clean out my Inboxen

[four things that never fail to cheer you up]

  1. talking with people (what are the chances 6.2×109 can’t cheer me up?
  2. reading, either a book or the news
  3. skiing
  4. dunstan, my cat

[four things you can’t live without *in no specific order*]

  1. tablet pc
  2. internet
  3. email
  4. cellphone

[about ten years ago… *list three things*]

  1. began wearing glasses
  2. wore a casio tv remote control watch
  3. i just got on the internet

[about two years ago… *list three things*]

  1. just finished apply to all my colleges
  2. we had a snow day! (perhaps my last one ever?)
  3. i turned 18 and smoked my first cigar


  1. went to bed and woke up at a resonable time for the first time in a week
  2. accepted boeing internship
  3. finished printing out postcards for my mom

[ten things you love]

  1. my family
  2. my friends
  3. god (yes, cliche)
  4. my bible study
  5. skiing
  6. programming
  7. accomplishing projects
  8. flying
  9. shorts (as in not pants)
  10. learning

[ten things you hate]

  1. people who don’t keep their promises (no matter how little/big they are)
  2. being left out
  3. drinking water when I’m not thirsty
  4. misunderstandings
  5. current politics
  6. chores
  7. homework
  8. classes i don’t need, but have to take anway
  9. money
  10. people who talk about things they have no clue about

[four things on your desk]

  1. dvd +/- writer
  2. port replicator
  3. stereo (from ’91!)
  4. lamp

[seven facts about you]

  1. i’ve been skiing for 16 years (…and I’ve never snowboarded)
  2. i’m from seattle, but both my parents are from colorado
  3. i skydived once and i’d do it again
  4. before picking electrical engineering, i wanted to be a computer science major. before that i wanted to be a lawyer.
  5. i have sinus tachycardia, a side effect of taking adderall for ADD
  6. 139 IQ
  7. 1340 SAT

[seven artists/bands that i listen to]

  1. u2
  2. billy joel
  3. the beatles
  4. dmb
  5. queen
  6. led zepplin
  7. frank sinatra

[top nine things you like about the opposite sex]

  1. intelligent
  2. knowledgable
  3. independent
  4. funny
  5. ambitious
  6. caring
  7. sweet
  8. athletic
  9. god-fearing

Thanks to Audrey
for the distraction

Are You Asking the Right Question?

Far too often, people ask the wrong question. Raymond from The Old New Thing has a perfect example of this. Although his post is more about “people sometimes [asking] a question that can’t or shouldn’t
be answered because it is based upon a misunderstanding.”

I’m sitting here on the couch watching “I Am My Own Twin” on TLC (I TiVo’d it last night). The special chronicles the “stories of individuals born with a rare condition in which two embryos fuse together into one fetus.” A woman has given birth to several babies over a period of years and is applying for child support. DSHS has the woman, the man, and the babies get DNA tests to confirm paternity. However, when DSHS gets the tests back, the find that the woman shares no common DNA with the babies. At this point they ask, “You’re not the real mother. There is no way you can be the mother. Where did you get these kids from? Did your sister have these children and you’re taking them?”

This is an example of asking the wrong questions. If a person asks, “Who is your mother?” What data do you use to qualify your answer? What data can you use to qualify your answer?

I could say that Pam is my mother because she A) Physically gave birth to me, B) Shares 50% of DNA, and C) Raised me. I assume that for the purpose of the DSHS investigation, they don’t care who is currently rasing the child. This means that as far as DSHS is concerned, the mother is the person who gives birth to a child that shares ~50% of the DNA. The problem is (as this show goes to point out), that person may not be one and the same. In fact, “who is your mother?” can easily have at least three different answers, all of them correct!