Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TinyMCE

.: I've created a lot of web applications... People always ask me, "Dan, why don't you just use (fill in the blank).. That problem has been solved 100 times already.. Why reinvent the wheel.." In response to these people all I have to say is... I've spent more time digging through other people's code, trying to figure how to make it work for me outside of the pretty example they always have on their website.... I can write my own system faster then I can dig though other's "maricle" code..

.: My current rant is about TinyMCE... A good text editor for the web... a bit feature rich for me.. but it's nice.. However, trying to make it do something other then text editing is impossible.. the documentation refers to random objects and the error messages are lame... I could have wrote my own file browser in the time I've spent working with it...

TinyMCE--;


or in tinymce code it would be....

tinymce.setCurrentKewlnessLevel(tinymce.getCurrentKewlnessLevel( { currentInit : tinymce.getCurrentInstance(), userAccess : tinymce.getCurrentUserFromUnknownFile() }, 'execSubtractPoint', 'runInline', 'reportToUser');

.: Die TinyMCE Die......

Update:
This is a conversation I had with Reggie....

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[9:43:31 AM] gobobgo says: I want to work as little as possible with TinyMCE...
[9:44:48 AM] gobobgo is scared of it
[9:45:07 AM] Dandridge Trino agrees
[9:45:20 AM] gobobgo says: it does things... to your mind..... not sure... but I see it in the real world... it taps on my door at night
[9:45:31 AM] gobobgo says: ..... wants me to feed it cookies...
[9:46:08 AM] gobobgo says: and all I can tell it is that $_COOKIE['ymmuy'] only is available if it goes back into my computer
[9:46:11 AM] gobobgo says: but it doesn't leave

I Am Calamity

.: Since my bike accidents.. I've been nothing but a walking calamity.. I've tripped over everything.. I forget this that or the other thing... I can't stand or sit correctly.. I feel like the world has a sick sense of humor and right now, I'm the punch line... grrrr...

Bam.....

.: Yesterday I wanted to go on a short 20 mile bike ride... Nice and easy.. So I packed up my pike bag grabbed my helmet and set off.. I was gonna do the B40 loop backwards... I have never regretted a decision more (well.. right now I guess)...

.: I was about a mile pass my normal cut off and I wasn't paying attention to where I was going.. I was really waving to another bike rider who I thought was Ben Potterfield, an old co-worker.. All of a sudden I wasn't moving forward.. A car had turned into a business in front of me.. and I had rebounded off it's back quarter panel.. Ok.. haha.. joke is on me.. I wasn't going fast at all.. my head did rebound off the pavement.. but besides an injured pride, I was ok...

.: So whatever.. I got back on my bike.. shook it off.. stop to make sure all my parts of my bike were ok.. And I set off again...

.: I got to the great intersection of Soquel and Hwy 1 (interchange).. I stop and the lights.. Lights turn green and I take off.. All of a sudden my clear bike path turned white.. A frickin 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup truck had decided that it wanted to get some gas and didn't check its blind spot... Cuz guess who was in it.. ME... I was doing about 18mph or so (down hill sprint start).. I wrapped around itz back quarter too... this time a little more then just my pride was injured... My glasses flew.. water bottles ejected from their cages.. and my arm was bleeding... I went ballistic.. Yelling at the driver.. cursing at the chances of getting hit twice in a mile... I'm dizzy and pissed.. sitting down.. standing up.. walking around..

.: The aftermath was I dinged up his back quarter panel.. Scared him pretty bad... My bike needs some minor fixes.. The front rim isn't true anymore (pisses me off).. and I'm cut and sore... But.. I'm alive... Nothing broken..

.: I learned 3 things yesterday..

1) Wear your helmet.. I was happy I had mine on.. itz got a minor dent in it now..
2) Screw City Streets.. Take the backroads..
3) Make sure you have health insurance...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Moving Time?

.: I heart Santa Cruz.. But I think itz finally time for me to move on... Bigger city.. different people.. try it out when I'm young.. cuz I can always go back.. Itz the not knowing that kills me.. so I have my new "living criteria..." and I'm searching based on that... I've narrowed it down to two cities.. San Francisco.. and Seattle... Not sure which I'm headed to... San Fran would be nice cuz I know more peeps there.. Seattle cuz I've always had a love affair with it.. It really comes down to money though.. Itz hard to find a place in San Fran thatz under 1500 bones... not fair... good city.. but they are seriously off their rockers if they think I'm gonna give them $3 a square foot for living space... a 500 sq ft apt is going for 1200 to 1500... no.. I don't think so.. I'm not living in a closet for have my paycheck... no f'ing way... haters...




Thank Goodness Itz Friday

.: Today I was reminded of a great quote from the movie "Thank you for smoking"... "The rest of you, slam your head against your desks till something useful comes out."... Jamie and I were working on this messed up MVCP issue today.. For those who are not familiar, thatz a cross between MVP and MVC.. And a longer translation is Model-View-Presentation and Model-View-Controller... Itz a "Design Pattern"... It basically is a theory about how a program might work.. well. to make a long story short... itz killin us.. annoying as heck.. good theory.. but hard to put into practice... Here's hoping.. Here's to it being friday...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wisc Trip

.: Well, I went back to wisc for about two weeks.. Got into some trouble, made some money, had a blast with my friends... I'll go over some of the highlights..

1) Night One: When out with Louie and Reggie.. Had some laughs.. Got my ace kicked in Foosball.. Almost got hit by a car twice.. ended up hitting it with a traffic cone.. they kicked in Reggie's car... I suck up the bill... booo... I've never been so mad at myself.. I'm over it..

2) Rockin out with the WOCCU IT Team... Man that is fun.. If anyone ever has a chance to work with those kids... Do it.. Work is great.. and we had plenty of "team building" time which revolved around food and random movies... good times...


3) Hangin with my Sibs... I miss my sis' and bro'... They are great peeps... Love them to death... We all got together the first weekend I was there.. Had some laughs.. and generally chilled out.. so so so nice... My sister and her hubby's new place.. killer.. literally... Itz a national landmark.. Wisc had the death penalty when it first was created... but the only person be sentenced with hanging lived when my sister does now.. They abolished capital punishment after they killed him.. but the house is so cute...



4) Living solo in Madison.. Louie left for a week and I stayed by myself in his place.. it was killer... He has a great apt..


5) Hangin with friends.. Sara and Ann to be specific.. We chilled at Electric Earth for ever.. and it was good.. Caught up on old times..

6) Partying with the bosses... Party with Jack and Nicki.. goood times..


.: There are more highlights.. but I'll leave them for peeps to ask me.. :)

Friday, August 3, 2007

300...

.: I just got done watching... film... All I really have to say is... What?!?!... Ok, so attempting to look beyond the annoying narrator, the horrible video effects, the crappy dialog, and the choice of one of the lamest stories you could choose from ancient greek times, letz cut to the heart of my issue with the movie... Where was the "US Army" patch that I KNOW they wanted to just stick in there... I mean seriously... Greeks weren't "free".. they didn't fight for "freedom"... Yes, they developed democracy and republics and all that fun stuff, the birth of "western logic"... great.. but they still had slaves.. they still believed in a willful SET of gods.. I know this wasn't a historical movie.. but seriously... I don't know which is worse, Warner Brothers creating this piece.. or me watching the whole movie... Though, in my defense, I was laughing at most of it...

.: Going back to the point about the US Army.. I really believe that this was an attempted recruiting movie for the Armed Forces... The ideals that they kept confessing (even though they contradict themselves every 5 minutes in the movie) are those of the Marines and Army... Be an army of one yet support freedom fighting in a war that the governing body didn't approve... humm... Wait... did I say that.. A leader with no exit strategy.. That doesn't sound familar at all.. At least Leonidas has the balls to go himself and not send a bunch of other people's kids... Maybe Bush should start taking notes... Or maybe he did already.. Is he just out to be "Remembered"... I mean thatz all Leonidas was after... "Remember me"... what a frickin lame legacy... Yeah.. we remember you for being stupid... You knew that you could retreat and re-establish a new front (they did have a second line).. but instead they sat there and died... ehhhh whatever...