A Slice of Technology

A Spice of Technology

I’m getting there

Created on Monday, October 16, 2017 by John Pepp

I’m getting there
 

Where you can add to this blog via a mobile device.


Smarty Templating!!!!!!

Created on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by John Pepp

Smarty Templating!!!!!!
 

I'm converting over this website to Smarty and it should help me separate HTML/CSS (Designing) and PHP (Developing). This will hopefully make it easier to Design with for one doesn't have to weed through the PHP code for it's using templates for the HTML/CSS! I still have a ways to go in getting it all converted over.


Updating My Website!

Created on Sunday, September 10, 2017 by John Pepp

Updating My Website!
 

It's been awhile since I done anything on my website, for I've been a little depressed and been doing other things. I hope to fully start back in the swing of things this week. I decided to pick a nice picture of my mom and aunt.


Tigers Win!!!

Created on Saturday, August 12, 2017 by John Pepp

Tigers Win!!!
 

What a come back for the Tigers coming back from a 5 run deficit after being up 5 runs themselves. Final Tigers 12 Twinkies 11 What a crazy game, but it's nice that the Tigers won!!!! Well, I got the desk downstairs cleaned off and hopefully tomorrow I will varnish one of my pictures. I really need to get rolling on this.


Waiting

Created on Monday, August 7, 2017 by John Pepp

Waiting
 

I'm waiting on my canvas stain to be delivered from Amazon, so that I can get back to work on it. I hope it really enhances the calendar-photograph so that people will want to buy it. I spent a good portion of my morning trying to prevent brute force login attack happening to my login page only to find out that there's not much that can be done to prevent it from happening. It's also a low risk, so for now I'm not going to worry about it and might take it back up if there are any improvements on prevention techniques.


The Race is On

Created on Saturday, August 5, 2017 by John Pepp

The Race is On
 

I finally getting my 2018 Wall Calendar the way I want it. Well at least one of them, but it's a start. I just now have to varnish and mount it. I hope to have it done by at least next week, but it make take two weeks. Just depends when the supplies that I order show up from Amazon.


Young Roseate Spoonbill

Created on Friday, August 4, 2017 by John Pepp

Young Roseate Spoonbill
 

If everything goes as I expect it to then by the end of next week I should have created a professional wall calendar that I can feel proud of selling. I didn't want to, but I will have to mount the calendars on a mounting board. It's a little pain in the butt; however, the final results should be a better calendar to sell. I'm thinking about a $15 - 20 dollar price for the calendar, but once I get everything fine tuned I'll know more about the final price. I don't want to make it too expensive but at the same time I don't want to make too cheap. There should be a happy medium in the price.


Summertime!

Created on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by John Pepp

Summertime!
 

I hope it cools down in the next couple of days, for I like it when we have the windows open and the A/C turned off. Well I'm slowly getting my printed calendars straighten out a little bit and I will be adding another page to this website. I hope to start a small online printing business with this website, so that I can make a little money. I don't know why, but in the mornings I really don't have much to say. I should go back to doing this at night.


Carpe Diem!

Created on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by John Pepp

Carpe Diem!
 

"carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero'" - "seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future". That is how I feel today. I didn't get much done yesterday. It seems that I keep talking the big talk, but never accomplishing anything. I'm the tortoise in the race and hopefully the turtle wins in the end like in the fable. Really not much going on today other than it being hot. It's supposed to cool down Wednesday or Thursday....I hope.


F4U-4 Corsair

Created on Sunday, July 30, 2017 by John Pepp

F4U-4 Corsair
 

The picture is that of a WW2 plane F4U-4 Corsair, which was one of best U.S. fighter airplanes of that war. It had a speed of 415 mph. could fly long range and had .50 Browning machine guns. In other words it was a badass. It even saw a little action in the Korean War mostly for close-support.


Just Flapping About!

Created on Saturday, July 29, 2017 by John Pepp

Just Flapping About!
 

How can adding social media icons be so time consuming? It's not like I had to redo the whole HTML/CSS for them? Anyways, it should not be that difficult in fixing it, but it still gets on my nerves. I really have to concentrate on other things today besides my website. I have to clean my print heads of my photo printer and start getting busy with that. Another beautiful day in Southeast Michigan and the temperature is just right for me. It could stay like this all year around and I wouldn't say anything bad about the weather ever again. Though that isn't going to happen, for Mother Nature has to throw her weight around to show who's the boss. Well, I hope everyone has a good day!


Better Navigational Menu

Created on Friday, July 28, 2017 by John Pepp

Better Navigational Menu
 

Well, I switched over to a trusted true navigational menu that works good and the design is better than what I had. My website is fully responsive, but I still have a few tweaks here and there to make it look a little bit better. It wasn't my intention but the color theme for this website turn out out to be red, white and blue. Though there is nothing wrong with it and I'm proud to be a United States citizen! Well, I'm going to be cutting the grass in about 15-30 minutes, so I be an hour or so away from the computer keyboard. Though it's nice getting away from the computer every so often.


Sunrise

Created on Thursday, July 27, 2017 by John Pepp

Sunrise
 

What a lousy night, but that is my own fault. I really have to start watching what I eat and while I hate saying the word I think I better go on a diet of some kind. I'm changing my navigation and header for right now to put it bluntly it sucks. It should only take me a day. but maybe two days. I going to back to a slider type of mobile menu for that doesn't hog the whole screen and is a little bit neater to look at.


Roof Volleyball

Created on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by John Pepp

Roof Volleyball
 

It's nice to start working on my website and doing the fun stuff instead of the mundane things. I still have a ways to go, but at least I'm starting to have a full functional website. I think once I update the blog/calendar sections the website will really take form. Today I might be delayed for I have to help my father wash the windows, but the windows really need to be cleaned. I don't think they have been cleaned since my late mother was healthy and that was at least 2 to 2 1/2 years ago. Anyways, it shouldn't take too long, I just hope we don't start arguing like we normally do. My father and I are so much alike and stubborn that we sometimes butt heads. To make it simple we don't work well together.


Celebration!!!

Created on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by John Pepp

Celebration!!!
 

I am really starting to get there with this webpage and I even fixed a little image distortion that was having with the images that were being uploaded. It was a stupid mistake on my part in CSS, but at least I did not let it hamper me developing this website. Something like that would had me stopping all development to track down what was wrong in the past. It's hard to believe that the 4th of July has come and gone so quickly. It seems just like yesterday that people were celebrating by lighting off fireworks. This is the first time that I was going to write something, but forgot what I was going to write. I'm getting old. Well, I can't think of anything else to say, so I wish everyone a good day. Carpe Diem!!!


Remembering Mom

Created on Sunday, July 23, 2017 by John Pepp

Remembering Mom
 

I think of my mother everyday and I treasure all the moments I had with her when she was alive. A world of advice treasure the moments with your family and friends, for we all don't know what tomorrow might bring. The really sad part is that my mom's last 2 years or maybe a little less was not something anyone should go through. Dementia is a terrible thing to happen to a person for it robs the person of his or her mind. They become a person you don't recognize and it's hard at that given moment to remember that. Well, slowly but surely I getting there with this website and hopefully I will get more done today, plus a few other projects as well. I'm also trying to get my website better ranked and advertise a little bit to get it out there on the web. However, the most important thing is to get more content and functionality on this website. I just going to have to do it instead of always talking about it!


Best Friends

Created on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by John Pepp

Best Friends
 

I wish I could go back to that age knowing what I know now. I wouldn't be so eager to grow up and I think I would had enjoyed my childhood a little bit better. It was nice not having cell phones/smartphones, personal computers and other technology that children take for granted today. Don't get me wrong for I am a techie, but I feel today's children are missing out on a special kind of innocence. A lot of it is not their fault, for the bogeyman is very much real today whereas back then for the most part it was a child's imagination. Parents have to be extra careful in today's world and maybe some go a little too overboard. However, when it comes to the safety of children can one go too far? Well, I'm adding back my calendar and I'm going incorporate it in with my blogging aspect of the website. I'm throwing around some ideas right now, but when it's done I think it's going to be pretty cool! So stay tuned for updates on this website!!! Carpe Diem!


Age of Innocence

Created on Friday, July 21, 2017 by John Pepp

Age of Innocence
 

I'm slowly getting my homepage stylized the way that I want it. I added a javascript slideshow to the home page and it is working pretty good. I'm planning on making the slideshow a little more complicate, for right now it is just a basic slideshow. I am going to be cutting the grass at 7:30 this morning in order to beat the heat. I don't think my next door neighbor is going to like that to well, but oh well. I hope to do more work on my website, but I might be delayed every so often for there are thunderstorms forecasted for this area. I don't leave my computer plug in during a thunderstorm even though it has an UPS.


One Giant Leap

Created on Thursday, July 20, 2017 by John Pepp

One Giant Leap
 

I woke up around 3:30 and when I went back to bed I heard the strangest noise coming from outside. It sounded like people talking though I should say it sounded like space aliens. I know I was probably half asleep, but it was so real like that it made it creepy and scary. Anyways no one was abducted. It's been 48 years since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and maybe my subconcious was trying to tell me something early in the morning? I have some washing to do and I should really cut the grass. I feel like doing neither. I really have to take this website to the next level. I am having a mental block, but I'm just going to march on through that.


Just Laying Around!

Created on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by John Pepp

Just Laying Around!
 

Well, I implemented a simple dynamic slideshow for my home page using php and vanilla javascript. I eventually want to have a more complex slideshow on the page, but this will do for now. It was kind of scary how easy it was to develop this slideshow. If only developing websites was this easy all of the time! Well, the Tigers traded J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3 minor leaguers. I don't mind the Tigers trading J.D., but I would had thought they would had gotten better prospects. Oh well, I'm just a fan like everyone else is and all us fans can do is sit back to what happens next.


Where's the Beef?

Created on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by John Pepp

Where's the Beef?
 

I almost had a panic attack when my website didn't come and I thought I lost all my data including my uploaded images. Thankfully it was a small glitch on my ISP site (knocking on wood) and reinforced that I need to back it up on my local server. That would had suck if I had to do every over again and I would be bummed for I would had to do this blog over from scratch. I hope to spruce this website up and do a few other things around the house today. It's supposed to be hot the next 3 or 4 days around here. I don't like like hot weather, but I can tolerate it better than the really cold weather. At least you can't freeze your fingers off in hot weather, but I suppose you can suffer heatstroke. Either one of them would be bad. Anyways here to another day and hopefully a good day!


Circle of Life

Created on Monday, July 17, 2017 by John Pepp

Circle of Life
 

Life is interesting for the circle of life keeps revolving around us all the time. A person is born, spends his/her early years learning about the world around us, as a grownup learns about love (or doesn't) and most of the time ends up getting married. Starts a family to keep the circle spinning and finally if lucky reaches old age. If the person doesn't reach old age then most likely some unfortunate event took place that prevented that person from reaching old age. Life is a wildflower growing in a middle of a manicure lawn that doesn't get mowed very regularly. The odds are that the flower will grow to bloom and eventually wither away. Though there's always that chance the flower will get mowed down before getting a chance to do so. Well, it's Monday and I didn't get much done over the weekend. Hopefully, I will be more of a busy bee and get things done! That is all I'm going to write until tomorrow. Have a great day!!!


Dabbling About

Created on Sunday, July 16, 2017 by John Pepp

Dabbling About
 

The Tigers turned the table to beat the Blue Jay 11-1, but both teams are playing pretty bad baseball.That is nothing to brag about, but I still think the Tigers are going to trade a few players. Though it might not be the players that are predicted to be traded. I will always root for the Tigers no matter how they pay. I will watch them through thick and thin. Go Tigers!!!! Well I did not get much done on my website on Saturday, for I basically relaxed after not sleeping the night before. Hopefully, I will get some work done on it today, so I can move onto other things. I really have to put things into high gear, but I sometimes wonder about the time I had had a job interviewed. At the time the owner of the company had me take a crazy test and the test results came back saying that I didn't like working for too long of a period time and that I don't like "finishing" projects. I still disagree with that assessment, but it's times like this that I doubt myself. I didn't get the job obviously and I am more determined now to prove him wrong by making this website a success!


Are you looking at me?

Created on Saturday, July 15, 2017 by John Pepp

Are you looking at me?
 

My favorite baseball team the Detroit Tigers is falling apart! I guess it wasn't meant for this team to win the World Series. Miguel Cabrera is getting old and slowing down. Victor Martinez has to be the slowest baserunner in the Majors. Justin Verlander doesn't seem to have his heart pitching for the Tigers and I think he wants to be out in Los Angeles. Even Ian Kinsler is slowing down and is a former shell of a pretty good 2nd baseman. Oh well, it looks like 3 to 4 years of the Tigers not being so good. I didn't sleep very well last night, so I don't know how much I'll get done on my website and what have you. Hopefully I can shake the cobwebs out of my head by at least noon today. I am on the edge of what I hope to be a great website and I have other additions down the road that I want to add to it.


OMG! It's 4:00 am!!!

Created on Friday, July 14, 2017 by John Pepp

OMG! It's 4:00 am!!!
 

I went to sleep on the chair in the family room last night and didn't wake up until 3 am. I will probably edit this sometime today when I'm more awake. I have to fix my navigation menu today, for it's just a little bit off and looks a little quirky in my opinion. I tried yesterday, but I kind of botched it up and had to fall back on what worked. Oh well, I guess I will try to get some more sleep.


Is There Room for ME?

Created on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by John Pepp

Is There Room for ME?
 

Spruced up my website a little bit, for it needed it. I put the name of the website and move my navigational menu down to the bottom of the header. I finally have clean urls working properly and I hope it means that I will have an easier time getting my website ranked with Google and other search engines. I stopped asking for website reviews for I'm always getting some idiot who says "This is so 1990s" when they probably weren't even born in the 90s. I wouldn't might asking for a review, but a lot of them are just so negative. I also think I have gotten all my bad development and designing out of the way that I don't really need a website critique. At least I hope so,


Frustration is My Stress!

Created on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by John Pepp

Frustration is My Stress!
 

I don't understand why coding can be so difficult at times? I'm trying to implement clean urls so a user doesn't see edit.php?id=36 at the end of the URL. Everything works fine on my local server, but when I trying to implement it on my remote server it goes kaput. I'll probably take a break from troubleshooting this and concentrate on something else in the next couple of days. I hope, for I have a tendency to let things small things like this get under my skin. Update!!! I got it to work and it didn't take me the whole day to figure it out!!!! I'm keeping an online blog of my thoughts and my plans in hopes that it will keep me going in a straight line.


Racing Against Time

Created on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by John Pepp

Racing Against Time
 

I have to say for a Monday it wasn't to bad of a day, but it could've been better. To think of it most days lately could had been better, but one must always look on the brightside. I wish there were either more hours in a day or I wasn't so tired that I lay around the house more than I work on my website. Though I really should start walking and watching what I eat. I going to have to kick myself out the door tomorrow and go for a walk. Even if I just around the block a couple of times. I'm getting so sick and tired of watching the national news and hearing that the Russians meddled in the 2016 Presidential election. While I wish we had better candidates to choose from in the last election, I know for sure Russia it had nothing to do in how I casted my vote. As far as I'm concerned nothing is going to get done in the next 8 or 12 years in Washington D.C. and the sad thing the only ones going to be hurt by this are the hard working people though affecting mostly the poor. Maybe it's time for a second revolution? Maybe we can find another George Washington/Abraham Lincoln wrapped into one to lead us the way! Well, enough of politics and I'm pretty much wrapping this up, for I'm starting to get a little tired. Good Night and let to tomorrow be a better day!


A Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Created on Monday, July 10, 2017 by John Pepp

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird
 

Well, I didn't get done what I wanted to, but it wasn't a total loss. I did redesign my blog page a little and hopefully tomorrow I will finish it. I also used my printer and I have to say I am going to have to use it more often. I think the printheads need a good cleaning. I really hope that will do the trick, otherwise I'm going to have to get it service. It is my fault for not using at least once a week. I think I'm going to take going outside once a day to take a picture with my dslr camer. I need to get back into photography, for that is really a hobby I really enjoy. I also need to get back to walking for I really have let myself go. I know the reason for this weight gain and that is depression, but I know my mom wouldn't want me to be constantly sad.


133 Days

Created on Sunday, July 9, 2017 by John Pepp

133 Days
 

It's been 133 days (19 weeks) since my mother passed away and I have thought of her everyday. I decided to post a pictures of a couple of dolls that I gave her as birthday presents (might had been Christmas gifts) that she loved to look at every so often. It will also hopefully make me not-so-sad today when I go about my day. Saturday was a beautiful day and not to hot for the month of July. Today is supposed to be a carbon copy of Saturday, I hope the weather guys are right about that. My website is coming along pretty nice and I really need to concentrate on it this week. Especially the business aspect of it, so I can some money off of it. I'm pretty positive that I have coded the login/registration correctly and that's is another thing I need to do. By that I mean that I have to thoroughly test it out on my remoter server (website). I also need to get back with my printing aspect of my business. I wish there were more days in a week. Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful day and enjoy the outside if only for an hour or two.


Celebrating Thanksgiving Day!

Created on Saturday, July 8, 2017 by John Pepp

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day!
 

I must had been 3 or 4 years-old when this picture was taken of me. Something of a rarity in today's world having both sets of Grandparents over for the holidays. I wonder what they were thinking back then? My sister is looking at me as if I was about to do something, but I have to admit back then I had little bit of the devil in me. I remember one time chasing my sister around the house with a toy rifle trying to hit her over the head with it. An my mom scampering after me taking the rifle away from me. Sorry Sis! I was lucky growing up having both parents who stayed together, for in today's world it's a rarity. Though I have to say the friends of mine that doesn't seem the case either, for all their marriages are surviving. I guess I know how to choose my friends. I wish I would had stayed in touch with them better. I will make a New Year's resolution in July to make it a point to reconnect with them.


Remembering Good Times!

Created on Friday, July 7, 2017 by John Pepp

Remembering Good Times!
 

This is a picture of myself, my mom and my sister sitting on the coach that was located in the living room of the house. I think of my mother everyday since she passed away February 26, 2017 after suffering 2 long years with dementia. If if wasn't for my mother instilling me to do good and to respect other people I might not had turn out the way that I have. I live everyday trying to do good and not let her down. I have made great strides with this website and hopefully once it's all done with I can make a living wage off it. I wished I would had started developing and designing websites in earnest 20 years ago. However, I'm finally getting very familiar with php and hope after learning some more techniques that I can label myself as an advance coder in php.


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