Thursday, December 27, 2012

Troy ran 7.08 miles at Sam Houston Trail Park

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

#Timberwolves Barea, Kirilenko, Pekovic, Rubio are white, simply because they're not black. Using that logic, check out Spurs roster.

So if the Timberwolves are so white, I'm guessing they are considering players like Barea (PR), Kirilenko (RUS), Pekovic (Montenegro), Rubio (Spain), and Shred (RUS) white, simply because they are not black.

If that's the case, then the Spurs and very white also. They only have 5 black American born players. They have three French players, a Canadian, Virgin Islander, Argentinean  Australian  and a Brazilian.

That's only 5 of 14 players that are black. We have a serious race problem in this league I guess.

Going to try CurvyCorners again. CSS3 and IE just don't play nice.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Staycation Day 4: Slept in a bit (awesome) but missed prime fishing weather as it turned windy, rainy, and cold. Caught 1 and paddled in as the temps dropped.

I ran a few errands and did a few things around the house, so besides fishing, I did accomplish a few things. 

I had a weird thing at rehearsal last night where my tuner and Robbie's tuner were not on the same page. Both our tuners showed our D strings were in tune, but they were clearly not the same not. WTF? I have a Planet Waves tuner pedal that seems to work well. Robbie is using one of those clip-on tuners. I'm not sure what brand. I have no idea who's is correct. I need to bring a pitch pipe next time and compare. I have a tuner on my phone, and another tuners, so maybe we can check on every tuner we have and see what the results are. We played the whole rehearsal out of tune. It was close, but it was  not right. 

Staycation Day 3 came with quite the scare. It ended really good with a kick-ass band rehearsal.

1st rehearsal with new drummer (Chad). Went well. Felt great. Good things to come!

Phase I
The original 49th Vibration band has turned over completely (besides me). It started out a few years back with me, April Samuels on drums, and David Harbour on bass. 

Harbour was the original architect as he was the driving force for getting a band together around my acoustic songs. He knew April and got us all together and it gelled from day one, which was very cool. The songs were instantly transformed and the whole thing felt really natural. We rehearsed for a long time before playing a hand full of gigs, and then things fizzled out.

Phase II
Things started back up when April kicked breast cancer's ass and started doing a lot of fun raisers for breast cancer research, so  she suggested we get together and do a few gigs to support the cause. Harbour was not interested in doing the shows, so I approached Robbie about playing bass, and he was in.

We played a couple of shows and they went well. We continued to rehearse (me, April, and Robbie) and had plans to continue on and play more shows, record, etc. 

Then, April was approached with an opportunity to play drums for the "Metal Shop" franchise. April jumped on board and her time was instantly filled, so there was no time left for 49th V.

Phase III
Now I am moving on with Robbie Wilson and Chad Litersky on drums. I'm not sure if we should keep the 49th Vibration title. It doesn't feel like the same band anymore, and it's not like I have any real brand awareness out there. I guess that's something we'll talk about soon.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 2 of staycation: Got a few things accomplished, but not much. Mountain biking and gun range tomorrow.

No go on open mic, so I played my songs to two ducks at White Rock Lake. They were very polite and attentive.

I put a new set of strings on my Alvarez acoustic and was really digging the sound, so I decided to go to White Rock Coffee to play a few tunes at their open mic night. I've gone there before, but it was a few years ago. It was pretty cool and they have good coffee.

I showed up around 7:45 and they were supposed to start at 7, so I was surprised when no one was playing and I didn't see any P.A. or any other people with instruments. I asked at the counter and they were in fact still going to have an open mic night, so I bought a coffee and wend sit down and played on my phone.

About 20 minutes later a guy set up two small practice amps. He plugged his guitar into one and plugged a mic into the other. He started playing. The guy played and sang OK, but the sound was terrible. What happened to the P.A.? I know they used to have one at their open mic night. 

I decided that I didn't need any help sounding bad, so I left. I went to White Rock Lake and sat on one of the small piers and played a bunch of songs. It was really dark. I guess the rich folks that live along the lake don't allow a bunch of lights along the lake. It made for a really cool evening. Their was a nice breeze and not many people on the train, which was good. I didn't want an audience at this point.


Just got WhiteRockCoffee 4 openMic. Only 1 name on list. Bad r Good?

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Staycation Day 1 went well. Lots of work around the house, errand running, and freelance work. I hope to have more fun today.

I made a to-do list and made it about half way through yesterday. I hope to know most of the rest out today, but also have some fun. It looks like some rain might be on the way, which will mess with my fishing and mountain biking plans.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Troy ran 7 miles at Sam Houston Trail Park - http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/k_8aIPk-qJE

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Troy ran 5.03 miles at Sam Houston Trail Park

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Not many more warm nights left 4 the geckos, but they r out en force right now

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I've done the MakeaWish100 Rally the last 3 years. Thought I'd check when it is this year. 2 weeks away! Yikes! I've trained 0 miles.

Anyone else get pissed when you see Ray Lewis in commercials with a cute kid who's asking him cute little questions, instead of...

Anyone else get pissed when you see Ray Lewis in commercials with a cute kid who's asking him cute little questions, instead of questions like, "Where is the suit you were wearing the night you are your boys killed Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar?". Or "If you   weren't responsible for their murders, why did you settle with the families prior to their civil suits against you?", and "If you weren't guilty, why did you need to plea bargain to get the murder charges dismissed?", and "If you were guilty of lying to the police about the case, what were you lying about, and why? If you were not guilty of anything, you don't have anything to lie about."

Checking out Codeanyhwhere Chrome ext. Could be security issues, but works great. Quick and painless.

Using Chrome more and more. I Like.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Went from meeting w Silverpop to meeting w ExactTarget. Issues! Both have pros, but cons are pretty big. What ESP do you use/like?

. I've used Silverpop for about 5+ years and used ExactTarget for a couple of years now. They both have pros and cons. From my perspective, which is mostly front end development, I think they both do some things really great, but neither do the same things really great and they both have their trouble spots.

I don't do anything with reports, APIs, etc. and not much with setting up automation, although I have done some. So others can speak on how well both platforms perform for those functions, but from and ease of setting up emails, lists, test, landing pages, etc. I have used both quite extensively.

The thing that is usually the biggest learning curve is now they handle dynamic content. Silverpop has a UI for creating conditional blocks of content. This makes it easy once you get your head around how it works, but isn't real intuitive in my opinion. But it doesn't make it much easier for a non programmer to create dynamic content, but that doesn't mean it's easy for a non-technical person. It can be, but by it's nature, it's a logic based syste I've seen many others (client service) people have a hard time understanding how it works.

ExactTarget, on the other hand, has a proprietary scripting language (AmpScript) that makes for a whole new world of possibilities. The language makes sense to programmers, but I've found it pretty painful to find script examples of some pretty basic things. But, once I found out how to do a few things, it made the next challenge that much easier, so I'm getting the hand of it.

One big stumbling block with Silverpop is the ability to nest dynamic content within dynamic content. We have successfully made it work, but they don't officially support it, and the UI does not make it easy to do it. I  have not tried it in AmpScript, but it seems like it would work. And with AmpScript, I can see the code and see what's actually going on. With SP the UI is writing code that we never see, so you're never quite sure what's going on behind the scenes.

Those are the only two I've used. I did a little freelance work in Constant Contact, but can't really compare it with enterprise ESPs like SP and ET. I also worked in Neolane very briefly, but can't really commit much on that. It was not browser based, so I didn't like that, but I shouldn't judge it by that. It might be really great.

Both Silverpop and ExactTarget have pretty good tech support, but we've had some very specific issues and it was hard to nail down the right person to get the right answers. We're still in the middle of a couple of those issues, so stay tuned.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New "Louisiana Rub" flavor at Wingstop - two thumbs down. I do like their other wings though..

"Copyright Act, we have removed 5 result(s) from this page" - Is this not why Google was against SOPA/PIPA? Now they are voluntarily doing it anyway?

Lack of tackling, bad coverage, dropped balls, penalties, etc. Does coaching play this big of a role? #whodat

There are so many plays where receivers are wide open. Is that coaching? Are they not prepared? WTH? Brees looks pretty sharp, but the receivers are not getting open.

Saints are doing their Cowboys impersonation with the false starts. #whodat

Game updates to come. If you don't like/care about Saints football, this will be brutal. #whodat

You can't defend better, but Graham imposes his will on DBs. #whodat

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Let's do this Saints. Good luck to RG3, just not today.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Troy ran 3.01 miles in 28:56 min at Golds Gym - http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/user/219791

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Troy ran 3.01 miles at Sam Houston Trail Park

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Pantera?

Pantera

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Yahoo email account has been hacked.

Please do not click on any links in emails your receive from my Yahoo address ( troy92850@yahoo.com ).

My account was hacked. I have since changed my password and removed all of you from my contacts list.

You can contact me at this address (ttthib@gmail.com).

Friday, August 17, 2012

Saw a kick-ass Water Moccasin on the trail this afternoon. At least I think it was a Water Moccasin.

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Updating Google Sitelinks causing some head scratching.-.htaccess redirects, etc.

I implemented a new site that replaced an existing site. The old site had pretty good Google placement and in the search results Google rendered 6 sitelinks. Unfortunatly, none of these pages still exist in the locations that these links point to. I could not find a way to update them in Google Webmaster tools. You can remove them (demote), but I did not see how you can edit them.

My knowledge on the subject is intermediate at best, but I know that the links being broken is terrible, but using simple PHP or META redirects--although better than broken--are bad Google practice. I believe Google will penalize for this. I knew I needed to redirect then links at the server level.

But first I used page-level redirects as a stop-gap since not matter what, I could not have the links broken.

Bring on .htacess.

My first try was to use a 301 redirect. This worked, except that I was redirecting from a directory to a file ( /contact/ >> http://blahblahblah.com/contact.php). The problem with this was that it did redirect, but it thought the new location was a directory and added a trailing slash, but broke all the URL paths in the page. The CSS didn't work, the images, didn't show up, etc. I tried to figure out a way to remove the trailing slash in the htaccess file, but I could never get it to work.

What did work was using RedirectMatch:

RedirectMatch 301 ^/contact/ http://blahblahblah.com/contact.php

The only catch was that one of the old links was in a sub, sub directory. That redirect didn't work correctly, as it redirected from the parent directory.

RedirectMatch 301 ^/contact/ http://blahblahblah.com/contact.php
RedirectMatch 301 ^/contact/sales/ http://blahblahblah.com/sales.php

The second redirect resolved to http://blahblahblah.com/contact.php.

My only thought is that when the htacess file sees the slash after contact it stops looking at that line and the first line handles the redirect.

I'm still working on that issue.

Dentist visit went well, but they always want to pull a tooth. Is it a profit deal?

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Troy ran 2.15 miles at John F. Burke Nature Preserve. http://tinyurl.com/8gs3d6v

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