On April 16th of this year– I deleted all of the records in the Celebrity Birthdays database by mistake. The last backup I had for Hosting-q.com, where the database is maintained– was from February 16th, 2011.
I installed the Celebrity Birthday Interface on June 06 2010 and had been collecting birthdays since that date. As of June 6th of this year– I had a full year [minus Feb 17 through April 16] of birthdays.
The schema has one table which has three fields– the mmdd birthday, the celebrity name, and the biography.com link.
Because I am thinking of enhancing the Celebrity Birthday Interface– I have been manually inserting the missing days. So, yesterday I spent an hour or two updating a local copy of the database I maintain on my Macbook:
Note the number of records: 3206
Hosting-q.com’s online version only has about 2988 records. This is a time consuming process because I am reviewing each birthday and inserting manually. The first year– I had the program automatically insert the current date’s birthdays to the database.
This is what I did for an hour or so. This is a task I would love to have an assistant do– however I cannot afford one.
The night before– I noticed the MacIE browser on my desktop Mac– was not rendering the new CareerJournal interface correctly– so I had to update the master disks with the fix I found. Why would I waste so much time on an old browser that no one uses? Because my sites should work with most browsers [old and new] and I spend a lot of time checking. So this took several minutes- since I found the fix the night before.
After I got bored with doing the celebrity birthdays, I spent the next several hours coming up with ideas to represent “video” for the new look of the CareerJournal interface.
CareerJournal Mac Web Folder
When I test locally– I can setup the environment to use local resources [png files] to see how they look with my application. The above illustration shows the three png files I tested with the interface.
The film.png file was created using Webdings on my Macbook. The other two files— started as clipart that I manipulated with ImageComposer to get the results you see. This took a lot of time.
Why? Recently, I was playing around with the HR Database I created for Rockwell. On the program– I used a lot of clipart which looked rather dated and silly to me today.
So I was thinking– Newcomb said– “and take all of her clipart away from her”.
So I was concerned that my “cute clipart” would detract from WiredPages however I am also trying to show what I can do with technology. One of the main reasons for WiredPages is to showcase my skills with a useful site. I also wanted visitors to know the links on the interface are video links.
I am not a graphic artist so sometimes I have to work at things.
Then I had some updates I wanted to make to the new History Calendar interface.
A big problem I noticed late yesterday? The new Global Fashion interface on the Style and Events page was not rendering correctly on my Netbook within the IE browser. I also did not like the column spacing for all the browsers so I had to figure a way to get consistency within the html. This checking and tweaking took a lot of time.
I created several new copies of the master disks during the day– where I keep copies of all my sites’ pages and work.
The coding is basically straight forward and takes the least amount of time. Manually reading biography.com pages is time consuming.. ensuring that copies of disks I make have all of the files– is time consuming.. testing graphics and coming up with graphic ideas– is time consuming.
Getting pissed off and writing this type of post– because some arrogant government worker thinks I am a joke? the psychiatrist I cannot afford thinks my blog is a good thing– so not a waste of my time.. took about 20 minutes to get the screen grabs and yell at my blog– via this post. I don’t even care if it is not read by anyone but me..
It also gives me a log file.. what did I do yesterday? this.
What have I done so far today– put up the correct jar file for the Career Journal interface and 3 blog posts.