• Adventures in Calendering

    I spent the past week working on overhauling the TRC Community Calendar.  It was in some need of some updates some TLC.  I updated the submit pages to make them a bit more user-friendly to start out.  I spent two days trying to add a fancy pop-up calendar picker for the date entry, but had to give up in the end. The submit form is too complex to try and shoehorn in some javascript or the CSS to do the pop-up magic.  It has too many levels and built-in checks and madness for me to fully understand.

    I even got some help on updating a ton of events from Susie at the Milo Town Office. I got to overhaul a good portion of the calendar, which has needed to be done for some time. We had a lot of outdated stuff in there.  I’ve got a few events that still need to be checked, but the calendar is looking much better now.

    Lately I’ve been pretty focused on making the site mobile-friendly, and I was concerned about the calendar.  It actually gets pretty messed up on mobile viewing in Portrait mode, but it works perfect if you’re in landscape. This made me pretty happy, as overhauling that calendar would be like having a root canal.  The code is old, and pretty clunky in places, but it works GREAT.  Every time I go in to edit, I make sure I clean it up a bit and improve things.

    Thats all for now.  For my next trick, I’ll be overhauling the TRC Local Directory 🙂

    TRC Community Calendar

  • Seth & the Sleep Study -OR- How Not to Sleep

    Wednesday night I went in for a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea.  I’ve been a pretty loud snorer all my life, and my brother and father have it so it was a pretty good bet. I’d read up on it, and their brochure said you could sleep comfortably in any position.

    Well, it took me many hours to fall asleep.  I was so uncomfortable, couldn’t get into a good position.  It was nearly impossible to sleep on my side like I usually do.  I didn’t fall asleep till after 2am, after being hooked up at 9pm.  It was horrible 🙁

    They eventually woke me up and put a CPAP mask on me to help.  It took quite some time to get used to breathing with. I eventually did sleep, and it did help.  It was still hard to sleep on my side.

    The worst part was all the wires they had attached to my head. It made it really hard to get comfy 🙁  Every time I tried to get into a good position I was pulling on wires.  I had no choice but to sleep on my back, and I don’t normally sleep on my back. I snore loudest there, so I sleep on my side.  With all that crap hooked up to me, I couldn’t sleep like I usually do.  It just sucked…

    But I survived. I should know the results in two weeks.


  • Wind Storm of 2017

    I survived the Wind Storm!  I was without power from Monday morning till Thursday night.  It wasn’t too horrible, but it got pretty cold at night.  Luckily my parents got power back on Tuesday, so I borrowed their generator.

    I have now survived the three worst power outage events in Maine history: Flood of 87, Ice Storm of 98, and Wind Storm of 17.  Yeah, its not that great a claim to fame.

    I did manage to put up some lights for Halloween this year, but naturally had no power on Halloween itself.

    Halloween 2017

  • WayFar Spring Cleaning (in Fall)

    I did a bunch of maintenance on my WayFar hosting account today. It was much needed, and waaaay overdue.  I purged a ton of old, out-dated accounts, backed up and removed over a dozen old databases, and fixed a growing slew of hacking issues.  Damn hackers.

    All in all, things are more organized, cleaned out, and streamlined.  I also enabled a new enhanced security feature on every user that I’m hoping will cut down on the rampant hacking issues.


  • TV Automation Success!

    I had a breakthrough in re-automating my television series downloads today!  A few years back, I was using some random program that would grab torrent files for me and pretty much automated the download process for new TV shows, except for the sorting aspect.

    Yesterday I started looking into a program called Sonarr.  It does exactly what I was looking for, and a lot more!  It integrates with my torrent downloaded, and it even sorts the episode files into the proper directories on the Plex server. It also scans that files I already have and tells me what I’m missing!  I found quite a few random episodes of different shows here and there that I was missing for god knows what reasons.  I love this software!

    Tonight will be its first live test.  There are several shows on tonight that I download, so we’ll see how it works out.  It worked amazing in all my tests, and even helped me get some of the missing episodes.  (I had to go digging manually for some others as they were QUITE old and hard to find.)