Learn to Bootleg, Learn to Code

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Sorry I’ve been distant… Been wedding planning! Less than 2 months to go… =X

On the up and up, I’ll be posting up some PHP code I made for our wedding’s RSVP system. Each invite we sent out has 2 codes. The first, the invite code, is the same for everyone. This allows them to see everything about the wedding. The second code, the RSVP code, is unique to each invite. This code is tied to a SQL database which contains the family name and how many seats are available for the ceremony and reception (we have a strict max number at our ceremony). When said family goes to RSVP, the drop down selection boxes they see will only display up to the max number we’ve given them (basically a for loop: $i=1; $i<=$seats; $i++). So far everything has worked flawlessly! I even created an "admin" page that allows Stef and I to quickly check who has responded without having to dive into the database. I basically learned PHP in a month and built the wedding website in 2 weeks. With God anything is possible!!

If you're interested in the RSVP code and I still haven't posted a separate post about it... leave me a comment, I'm bound to see it and knowing someone is interested will force me to post the code!

Each invite has a unique RSVP code.

The first and last names seen in the welcome message and the maximum number of seats available to that unique code/family is pulled from the database.

The confirmation screen basically echos the information that was submit in a user friendly manner.
RSVP Confirmation

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Sony DLP HDTV Thermal Fuse Replacement

Just fixed a Sony KDF60XBR950 (aka 60″ Sony Grand WEGA)
Blinking lights on your TV? Won’t power on? I have the service manual and the pictures…
for FREE, unlike some stupid websites!
Coming soon…

Update:

Here’s the manual. Please note that if you break your TV or injure or cause injury to any person or property, I will not be held liable. By downloading the PDF and follow any of these instructions, you are doing so at your own risk.

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Concerts: Now vs Then

Picture this: Woodstock ’69. What do you see? Most likely you’re imagining a sea of hippies swaying to the music, or to the music in their heads at least. Now, picture a concert in this day and age and what do you see? Most likely you’re imagining the same thing, but did you catch all the phones, cameras and pocket digital video cameras connected via death grip to hands and arms? Did you imagine outstretched arms in the air, often obstructing the view of the fans behind them? View obstruction isn’t really my point, more or less this pertains to “enjoyment hindrance” or something like that. Well what’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really. This isn’t a rant about how to be annoying at a concert because you can find a plethora of “Top Ten” lists and blogs dedicated to this sole issue. My rant is leaning more to the behavioral aspect of, “Why?”

Double Fisting

I understand these special events might often be once in a lifetime; who knows when your favorite band will be in your town once again, but what happened to going to a concert to live in the moment. What happened to people dancing during live shows? Now we just stand there and record because *GASP* dancing would affect the steadiness of the video! Now we’re all reliving the moment after the fact.

Get this, I recently saw Bruno Mars at Slim’s in San Francisco. The show was awesome. The last time I saw a live performance, it was Black Eyed Peas at Candlestick Park for the Honda Civic Si Test Drive and they are pretty much the best ever live (as long as Fergie doesn’t piss herself). Anyway, at one point Bruno and Phil (his buddy and backup singer, quite the lively guy) asked the audience to snap their fingers to the tune. What happened? At first, nothing. But only because everyone’s hands and fingers were tied up holding their gadgets in the air! After realizing snapping or clapping was demanded, snapping and clapping was heard, but for a good 5 second lag, there was no interaction with the performer. If this were a beatnik party or jazz club, the performer would’ve been doomed! After that happened, I sort of chuckled to myself and here I am ranting.

Hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of it too! I’ve recorded entire concerts with my phone, stopping and resting my tired arms only when the song ended, hitting record fifteen seconds later. Rinse and repeat for 2.5 hours. One female fanatic recording in the front row was “lucky” (to them not me) enough to have Bruno Mars take her camera and sing into it, a faux serenade if you will, you should’ve seen the teenage girls almost THROW their cameras at him after that. I’m not saying everyone didn’t have fun, I’m just saying that in this digital age we often need to remember to unplug. We need to enjoy the music, enjoy life, in the moment. Sure we’re in the age where preservation of memories is fairly easy as opposed to in the good ole days since we can simply snap a picture, record a video to relive the moment over and over again later if we wanted. But how often do we actually play back the video? What happens when your hard drive, phone or camera bites the dust? Will you still be able to recount the night? Will you still remember how much fun you had? Of course you will, granted only if you actually had fun… One of the things my friends and I like to do is talk about moments in the past, funny things that happened, pranks we pulled on each other, stories that start with, “This one time” and what not. Maybe we’re all focused on capturing everything live because we risk someone saying, “Pic or it didn’t happen.” To those forum trolls, I say: “Screw you, I’m here to enjoy myself. I don’t have to prove anything to you!”

Keep on snappin’ people, keep on snappin’ (your fingers, not shutters).

Update: My very stylish and concert apt cousin tweeted me this pic and it pretty much sums up the post. Follow her @kierstenface

Times are a changin'

In a Nutshell

Oh, and before I forget… I know this concept isn’t new. But it just blew my mind recently… the last concert I went to was years ago. Then, I was recording because everyone else was. Now, in taking a step back, it’s like I’ve swallowed the red pill. I just thought I’d share my thoughts haha

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Portfolio Page is UP!

I finally finally finally got around to adding some stuff to the Portfolio page (About > Portfolio). Most of the stuff is work from SFSU, but granted I built them in Flash, I think they’re still relevant to this day and age. I also included a few ‘Shop jobs I’ve done, which aren’t the greatest ever, but they certainly put a smile on peoples’ faces! I’ll continue to update the page with more work I find on my hard drive, and it seems like I’ll eventually need to break down the portfolio into different sections like Graphic Design, Product Design, etc.

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MMmmM Four Cheese Bacon Mac


Four Cheese with Bacon Mac
Makes: 10 cups (12 servings)
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Broil: 3 minutes

Four Cheese with Bacon Mac
Ingredients

* 1 box (1 pound) cavatappi
* 6 slices bacon, diced
* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups 2 percent milk
* 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
* 1 cup shredded colby-Jack cheese (4 ounces)
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
* 8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (6 ounces)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan. Add butter.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-Jack and mozzarella.

4. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 11/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5. In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.
Nutrition Facts

* Servings Per Recipe 10 cups (12 servings)
* Calories404,
* Total Fat (g)21,
* Saturated Fat (g)11,
* Cholesterol (mg)63,
* Sodium (mg)616,
* Carbohydrate (g)33,
* Fiber (g)2,
* Protein (g)20,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

BTW, I ripped this off FamilyCircle.com. They make you sign up (free) for the recipe… which is LAME. So, here you go! I’ll probably post more of these as I find em…

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Total Douchebag

xkcd does it again lol…

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Time to change your passwords

Illustrated.

You just shit a brick, didn't you?

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