Pushing Back Departure

For all those interested, I don’t think I’ll be leaving Golden until Sunday morning. It just seems so abrupt to leave tomorrow morning.

Heck, I haven’t even started packing yet.

Pushing back my leave date will allow some more time to clean and pack and have some hangout time with friends before I leave.

But Wait! There’s More!

When we last left our hero, he was recovering from what was purported to be a case of pertussis followed by an ear infection. If you thought story ended here, you would be wrong.

The Health Center wanted me to come back in today or tomorrow so that they could make sure my lungs were clearing up and that my ear infections were on their way to recovery.

We ended up getting out of class a bit early today, so I went over to the Health Center to get checked out. Well, my lungs ended up sounding worse, the nurse practitioner even left me listen to them.

It was time for a chest X-ray.

I was sent over the ImmediaCare Urgent Care Clinic where they listened to me breath some more and then took pictures of my chest. Another doctor (well, he was actually an EMT) came in and also listened to my breathing. There was some chatter in the hallway and then they determined through some sort of scientific means that I had Pneumonia.

They put me on a nebulizer for about twenty minutes and then discharged me with three (!) short-term (i.e. 10 day) prescriptions. So I’ll be enjoying Avelox, Prednisone, and ProAir HFA.

So, with a confirmed diagnosis, I really should be getting better now.

Also, next time I get sick, I’ll be taking bets on what the final diagnosis is.

Image source: MedVarsity: Chest X Ray AP&lateral views showing pneumonic consolidation in Rt Lower lobe. So no, not the actual picture of my lungs.

Copyrighting Your Work

My cousin Nick wants to know:

My question is about copywriting my pictures. To my knowledge every picture I make or take is copywrited just because I did it. I was wondering if putting “all images copyright john doe 2008” on the bottom of every page of my website would cover me, or do I need to do something else?
And should I copyright them to my name or my website? (“copyright john doe 2008” or “copyright ABCompany.com 2008”)

Note: Don’t forget that I am not a lawyer (IANAL). These are merely my understandings and thoughts.

Under current United States laws, anything you make is automatically copyrighted. Additionally, you can submit your work to the United States Copyright Office for a fee, however I have never done this and don’t think it’s worthwhile.

To my knowledge, adding the “All images copyrighted by…” phrase does not offer any additional legal protection. If you were to add the phrase, I would use your name, since that’s the legal entity that owns the copyright.

I’d also like to take a second to mention something called Creative Commons. Almost all 10,000 of my photos and most of my blog is released under a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons allows you to retain the copyright, however it lets others use your work with specific requirements.

For example, most of my work is released under a By-Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-commercial license. This means that anyone is allowed to use my photos as long as it’s for non-commercial work (i.e. they can’t make money off of it), if they modify my work they must share it under a similar license, and they must attribute me.

I’d suggest you take a look at: http://creativecommons.org/

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any more questions.

Cost of Gas

We’re having an interesting discussion about about gas/oil, oil companies, and the price/net profits of the aforementioned interests over at Audrey’s blog.

Start with $4/gallon and Pointing Fingers and then continue reading with Price Breakdown of Gas.

The conversation seems to be pretty fact based so far and hasn’t broken down to a he-said/she-said argument (or flame war, for that matter), yet.

Note: I’ve disabled comments on this post to make sure I don’t steal the conversation. If you have a comment, leave it on Audrey’s blog.

Mount Falcon Hike

I went on a hike/run today with Corinne, Ben, Michael, Kendra, and Kevin. It was about a 10km hike up Mount Falcon on the Turkey Trot, Castle Trail, and Walker’s Dream Trail.

Yellow: Route we went on once
Red: Route we went on twice

It was fun to get out and we left early enough that it wasn’t too hot outside. I was also felt pretty in shape, especially since I haven’t been as active as I’ve wanted to be. Hopefully this will be the first of many hikes this summer.

Kevin took some pictures and I’ll update this post after I get copies.

See also: Mount Falcon Park page at Jefferson County Open Space

Leaving Soon

I’ll be leaving Colorado at the end of the week. Thus, if you’d like to see me or need something from me before I return in August, now would be the time.

This has been a public service announcement. We now return you to your regular programming.

The Fun Continues

I went back into the health center today because I was vomiting again (I basically cough so much/hard that I end up throwing up). They think that I might have had Pertussis, which the aforementioned regimen of Azithromycin would’ve taken care of.

New symptom now though! Clogging of the ears and sometimes a ringing in the left ear. Conclusion? Ear infection! Oh man, how lucky am I?

Another round of antibiotics, Amoxicillin this time. It should also help clear the rest of my lungs out – since they’re still sounding a bit weezy. In any event, I should starting feel significantly better within 48 hours.

Getting Better, Almost

I’ve been sick with a nasty flu/cold/congestion for the last couple weeks or so. I’ve been into the health center four times in the last three weeks now. They decided it was finally time to put me on antibiotics. So I’m on a five day course of Azithromycin. If my lungs don’t clear up my Wednesday, they want me to come back in. And if I’m not feeling significantly better by next Monday, I should also come back in.

Here’s hoping to success.

Force User Field Registration v0.6

So it seems like WordPress 2.5 ended up breaking some things in the previous version. So I did some work over the weekend and brought everything back up to speed. Here’s a list of what’s been updated:

  • Added PHPDoc
  • Updated add_action to use inbuilt filter rather then have users add their own
  • Update admin UI to 2.5 LnF1
  • Updated input tag to make it look like native input tags
  • Updated fergcorp_forceRegistrationField_updateFields to use passed variable instead of DB query
  • Updated error handling in fergcorp_forceRegistrationField_checkFields to use the new WP_Error object (note: this makes WP 2.5 a minimum requirement)

I think the best news is that you don’t need to modify files anymore to get the plugin to work, you can just drop it in and go. WordPress also has implemented a new error handling framework (WP_Error) which is pretty spiffy.

On a side note, I did take a gander at the MU version of the plugin and it appears to be working properly…at least for now.

Read more or download it!

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