This was a fun little one day project. Basically I have a Transformer (Superion Revenge of the Fallen w/ Snowman add-on kit.) the add-on kit adds hands that can open and close nicely, however I wanted them to be able to do a bit more. Additionally I made a new sword that is much large than the first one I made. (He has a hard time holding it!)
Anyways check it out...
So its been a good minute and I have posted anything in along while but figured I'd start.
After about a good number of sites after the last year+ I have finally gotten tot he bottom of the list... Leaving a little spare time (knock on wood!)
I have started back into what got me into computers... 3D Modeling.
I have bounced around checking out some new and some old but updated programs. Boy has 3D changed! Being able to model something right in a browser without Flash or some crazy plugin!
Right now my favorite happens to be tinkercad.
Its basic, but allows for some great complex shapes if you can wrap your head around what it consists of... (VERY Much like my old days of "Adobe Atmosphere..." R.I.P...)
Anyways my passions being numerous at this point... Dance, Computers, Transformers, and now 3D (again)... What makes it so interesting is the ability to even "print" this so I can then see it in person. My work right now is adding on to Transformers... Later I would like to take on the task of potentially making my own Transformer.
Anyways check out some of my work...
Something fun and neat to see what emblem you would have in Kryptonian. This is abit outdatted as the movie came out months and months ago... But better late than never!
Every so often I need a break... Not a typical step away break, but rather small challenge. So recently I was playing on my iPhone and I ran into "Minesweeper." I thought to myself real quick... Hmm I can make that pretty easy...
It happens... You get busy, articles and writing and everything in between gets left in the dust. Projects are left unfinished and seemingly you can never get the dust off them.
So here it goes I am slowly going to try and clean off the dust off some of the many projects I once started and left semi-unfinished to nearly unfinished.
I roughly have about 15 projects in general. 2-3 which are never ending and the others could be "finishable." All of which that can be "completed" it would be sweet to finish them this year. Though even that may not be easily done.
I have been developing my own CMS for roughly 2 years now. And only now starting to see the benefits of it. I haven't spoken much on what it is capable of but figured it was time to talk about one of the neat features it has!
Multi-Site handling. Sure WordPress recently has this functionality in it it. But my CMS has the ability to work on multiple pieces of content (articles, dancesteps, movies, and more.) All in one page. In a lot of ways you could consider it the GMail of CMS's.
Summers seem to always be the busiest far as running around. I have stepped away from doing any writing for the Summer. Now that summer is starting to heat up and come to a close I have a few articles that I am going to write about this month.
- Optimizing your WebApp for large applications.
- PHP CPU/Memory usages and how to optimize your app based on these.
There are probably hundreds of articles on how to shoot the moon... So I decided to write my own article and add to the mix also. Long as I can remember I have always wanted to be able to take a decent photograph of the moon. And finally I have done it!
I decided not to photoshop the heck out of it, and let it be straight out of the camera other than some slight cropping.
So far I have been enjoying Plex on my Roku. Its been a house hold helper as my son has a set of movies he watches almost religiously!
Because of that Plex has made not having to switch out movies every time. I would definitely say this is the future of owning a movie collection. Discs are obviously going out of style fast. Statistically speaking people are watching stuff digitally / streaming more than ever. Hard Drives are even recently coming down in price to the point were owning 2 and 3 Terabyte drives is affordable.
We all know how much mobile is growing in the last year. Already the USA is at 6% with mobile web viewing. While my sites are way less than this and in most cases less than 2%. At this rate we could more than likely expect it to be more than 50% in 5 years. Because of this I am beginning to make the jump from thinking "Web First" to "Mobile First." This site now looks a lot better in mobile than it did previously. It still is somewhat quirky and is not fully optimized for mobile.
It has been long awaited that someone would make an app that would connect up to your local machine and stream local videos, music, and photos to your Roku.
I was getting ready to actually buy an AppleTV and then I saw this and about flipped! I haven't given it a go yet, but it looks super promising. It also comes with a neat way to "queue" various videos on the net with a boomarklet. This bookmarklet can tag items into your queue similar to Netflix and basically create a "instant queue" for you to watch later on your Roku.
Recently I needed to create a patch for a project and we have references in our database for wizards. These wizards exist in each folder, but cannot have more than one at a time in each folder. Currently the table does not have a unique key so I could not use:
Because of this I resorted to the following:
INSERT INTO tblName (reportName, folderId) SELECT 'Wizard', 1 FROM tblName2 WHERE NOT EXISTS (SELECT 1 FROM tblName2 WHERE reportName='Wizard' AND folderId = 1) LIMIT 1;
Hope it helps someone...
Invisable Children is an organization about raising awareness of child abuctions. Currently their Kony 2012 campaign is their largest campaign. Their goal is to have Kony captured for his crimes. Kony is near the top on the most wanted list internationally.
In the last 10 years Kony has abducted over 30,000 chidlren. Murdering countless others and forcing these children to fight for him and or become a sex slave.
While most of his work is no longer just happening in Uganda the LRA his group of forces are causing chaos in the surrounding regions and inside of Uganda.
Its a no brainer, but some what disappointing. Recently NASA had one of its GRAIL space ships witness "The Dark Side of the Moon." Unfortunately there was no space bridge or lost space ship.
This to some of us Scifi junkies means there will not be a robot Apocalypse any time soon...
It does however mean there is some science research, and some short video...
I have always been a bit of a space nut. Growing up I had my room decked out in NASA stuff. Between having a live size Astronaut poster on my wall (Up until it started scaring me...) Blow up plants hanging from my ceiling... etc...
Needless to say when NASA releases pictures from space especially like this I get a little excited.
Denial of Service Attacks or (DoS Attacks) or (DDoS Attacks) are a common battle in the web world. They involve a repeated ping or call on a server. The goal is to make the server/website unavailable.
I do my best to keep up to date on the latest hacks and not to mention old hacks resurfacing. One of these issues seems to be coming up again. And that has to do with PHP's $_GET, $_REQUEST, and $_POST variables.
These are excellent ways of creating heavy loads on a server if the maxium allowed variables is to high. Not to mention if each one of those variables is not limited it could potentially unleash a lethal Denial of Service attack on a victim hosing and destroying there CPU's.
A friend and collague of mine spent the better part of a week. Or for good ole time's sake a "Get Married Two Week's." On this article. I am still working on my article that will show all the main revisions of getmarried.com, but until then please enjoy his article.
He really does do a good job, without making to many punches, but in truth being honest. There was so much more drama that happened in between each event, but he does a really good job summarizing the reasons why Get Married Media, Inc closed.
It sadden's me to find out a company I recently just left will be closing down most of its major operations today. The rest will follow on December 16th of this month. I had worked for them for over 3 years starting as a base level web developer and grew into a Lead Senior Web Developer. Over the years they definitely had there bumps in the road. It is unfortunate that they could not make it past what was always told to us. "We are not going anywhere." Taylor Corporation assured us that we were a center product and that we were a necessity.
Unfortunately GM is coming to a close and the work I had done over the last three years will now be gone forever.
I am trying to keep this going with new things that I do every so often. Along with helpful tidbits that I run into.
So here is a list of upcoming articles.
- Alternative Hosting Solutions / Website Hosting Solutions.
- Alternative HTTP Servers (Other than Apache and Tomcat.)
- GDFonts... Converting text to an image. (I use this on the side bar of the site.)
- Social Network Plugins
- Voting Systems (The good the bad and the ugly...) "This one will probably be December before I get to it."
- And so much more than I can recall at the moment also!
Along with this I am working on a small side project that will create sitemaps and even give detailed reports on your site. I have built the crawler portion, but thinking I am going to minimize the sitemaping element so I can make it for free. While I will make the reporting parts a paid element.
Lately I have had "caching" on the brain and have been working on a decent way of caching.
So far I have found that caching is obviously faster and in XML format makes it really easy to iterate through in Object format.
My methods so far are
- Checking a database table for current cached item information.
- If it has an expiration date or does not exist the feed needs to be cached.
- If needs to be cached - Caching will grab the feed via curl, fopen, or file_get_contents()
- Feed will then be stored in a file in a specific directory on the server.
- Database will either be updated or inserted with feed information.
Few updates to the site -
- Added social media to the site such as facebook, twitter, linkedin, and google plus.
- Added drop down menu for my personal information.
- Fixed an issue when I would input a code example any time I would have to edit the post I would have to almost rewrite the example.
Much more to come...
- Manage Multiple Sites in one.
- Member Registration
- Page Control / SEO
- And so much more...
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise by Hasbro, Ince https://t.co/25I6K4UvyD by shauncs 849 days ago via iOS
- Its been a long time sense I have "tinkered" in 3D. This brings back memories of working in Adobe Atmosphere. https://t.co/JxPuNSgsK1 by shauncs 1106 days ago via Twitter Web Client
- SO ya my 2 year old and 4 year old sharing there scores on my twitter... I guess they thought I wasn't active enough... by shauncs 1157 days ago via Twitter Web Client
- I got 4736 points while escaping from a Giant Demon Monkey. Beat that! http://t.co/rNGWoAQorL http://t.co/9JLQi5ZpaF by shauncs 1175 days ago via Temple Run 2 on iOS
- I just flew 168m in a brilliant game of #JetpackJoyride on iPad. http://t.co/uUZBoW8vcD http://t.co/iwtRX95hPt by shauncs 1187 days ago via Jetpack Joyride on iOS
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