Playoff Win

We won the first playoff game tonight for basketball league by three points. It was a great game that went back and forth for both halves. I think the biggest lead of the game was six or eight points. At one point during the game, someone on their team yelled out, “We’re losing to a bunch of white boys.” That fired us up a little bit.

We were up by one with about a minute to go and managed to waste 40 more seconds by spreading the court. They had to foul us a few times to put us in the bonus. They ended up fouling me for the bonus and I hit both free throws. Clutch! They came down the court and got a good shot off, but I snagged the rebound. GAME OVER! Everyone on our team really played a great game.

On to the next round…

The Friday 5

What are your top 5 movies of all time (in order)?

  1. The Matrix
  2. Rounders
  3. The Lord of the Rings (all 3)
  4. Good Will Hunting
  5. Fight Club

fridayfive.org took the week off, so I made up my own.

Site Changes

Over the past few days you may have noticed a few changes to the site. I removed the Shout Outs from the sidebar. I was the only one ever shouting so I figured it wouldn’t be missed. With them gone, the pages should load a little (fraction of a second) quicker. The other change is that I added a little hack next to the date/time of a post. It displays how long ago the post was made, which is useful for any visitors that are in a different time zone. Instead of figuring their offsets from EST to see how long ago a post was made, they can simple read in between the parenthesis.

I’m really happy with the way the site has come together over the past few months. My goal from the start was to keep it simple, but with a lot of functionality. I think I’ve succeeded so far and from the consistent increase in the number of visitors, so must others.

If you have any suggestions or criticisms that might help the site…I’m all ears.

GMT vs. UTC

Recent updates to the way dates and times are stored in the MySQL database by WordPress are causing quite a stir at the Support Forums. When I ran a few upgrades the other day, the new code had a lot of bugs, so my site hit the shitter for a bit. Everything is running smooth again though after a few more updates.

WordPress had been storing dates and times according to the server time that your site ran on and now they’ve switched over to using GMT for everything. Both ways need an offset unless of course you live in the same time zone as your server or your time zone is GMT.

By using the server time, you first had to figure out where your server was located, which could be a real bitch since a lot of people have their sites setup through some sort of hosting company. After you found that out, you had to compute your offset from that time. If you ever moved your site to another server, you’d need to do that process again.

With GMT, all you need to do is figure your offset from GMT, no matter where your server is located. If you move your site to another server, find your offset from GMT again and change the setting.

I like GMT better!

Terrific Tuesday

It was a good day today. I don’t feel like typing much, so I’m going to keep this short.

I had a 30 minute phone interview for a programmer/analyst position in Kalamazoo. I think it went pretty well. My new Norelco came in and I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning. I called M that I met at the bar the other night. We had a nice little chat and are planning to go out. I’m pretty excited since I never go on dates! We lost our basketball game again in the last few minutes. Not sure when playoffs start.

I’m done for the night…

Backup!

Never underestimate the importance of a backup! I ran some upgrades to WordPress and all of my dates and times got screwed. I didn’t panic, but I restored a backup of my database, upgraded again, and then re-added all of the missing posts and comments since the last backup.

If I would have backed up right before the upgrade (like I normally do) I would have saved a lot of time. Lesson learned…

This And That

Went out to an 80’s bar last night with a few friends and ended up staying until closing time. As a result I’m feeling a little “under the weather” today. The bar is pretty cool…they have a big screen TV that they play videos on while the song is playing, so you get the feeling that you’re back in the day, listening to some of the music we grew up on. They played some pretty good songs last night, but they also played a lot of garbage I had never heard of. The highlight of the night was when I asked a cutie for her number and got it. To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’ve ever asked for digits before. I also had another first last night…I’ve never tried to tie a cherry stem in a knot with my mouth, but did it on my first try.

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