I was depositing some checks at the ATM yesterday, and I was in a bit of a rush.  I was trying to keep Devin under control as I swiped my card and punched in my numbers.  I stuffed the checks into an envelope and whisked the flap across my tongue.  The stinging sensation of the paper cut I got gave me an immediate flashback to the week before, when at a banquet I was licking the envelope for a thank you card to a preceptor.  The intern accross the table from me said “Aren’t you afraid you’ll cut your tongue?”  I shot her a puzzled look like: “Why should I be afraid of something like that?”

So I have created a new word from greek word roots: Glossectophobia – fear of cutting your tongue!


Touro Lecture Hall

It was kind of surreal being back in the classroom again.  I really had a hard time being there at first.  You see, none of the testing or anything we did counts toward a grade.  I felt really unmotivated, but then I remembered how stressed out Western students always are over their shelf exams, and I felt a little better.  

OMM Lab Tables

Of course, we also got to see where all our tuition was going.  300k went into upgrades in the OMM lab.  It’s really impressive.  They have HD video with three cameras and about twenty monitors.


Tonight we got to play a little euchre with Collin and Brian.  I caught them both “in the barn”.

Euchre BarnEuchre

Making Thumbdrives [almost] Obsolete

For the past few years I’ve had a file management script that I’ve been using. At first, it was just a convenience for sharing files with classmates, but lately I’ve been using it more and more. A lot of the computers at our hospital don’t do thumbdrives well, and while others have been attaching files to e-mails and using their webmail to access them, I just login to my file manager. With the webhost I use now, I have unlimited storage – and any computer with internet has access to it! It’s also really nice for transferring files that are too large for e-mail. The only downside is that really large files are difficult to upload with php, so I do still use the thumbdrive for some things.

I use filethingie on my site. It’s a single php flatfile (only 100k) that does everything without a database. The only issue with most hosts is php upload limits. Just add something like this to your php.ini file:

file_uploads = On
upload_max_filesize = 24M
post_max_size = 24M
memory_limit = 48M

Obviously the #1 concern with anything of this nature is security, so you might want to use .htaccess to restrict access to wherever your passwords reside.

That’s it!

File Thingie

For those of you that don’t have your own website and hosting, there are other ways to store files online. One of the more popular ways is by using a Gmail account for online storage. There are also many popular file storage sites like Xdrive.

Webhost Review

If you visited my site within the last few weeks you may have noticed it was down. I recently switched hosts. I took advantage of several hosts’ money-back guarantees to take them for a test-drive. I assumed that most of them would be good, and better than my old host. What’s interesting is that I ran into a lot of problems – even with the big-name hosts.

I took a few days to run some performance tests, and I uploaded all my content so that I could thoroughly evaluate all of them. I decided to publish my results because I had a hard time finding quality webhost reviews out there that compared hosts head-to-head.

I ended up being a little wordy (for the sake of complete disclosure). So if you just want to skip to the end – there’s some great performance graphs and comparison charts down there.

WordPress 2.5

Once again, another post about video in WordPress.  “Why so much attention on the subject, BigBri?”, you ask

I’ll tell you… I’ve spent hours upon hours testing and migrating between different plugins for embedding video.  I guess I’m a hard customer, because I want flash videos, quicktime, and WMV to work flawlessly across all browsers.  

I was excited to see that WordPress includes some hot new ways for handling and embedding your media.  Unfortunately, my excitement turned to dismay as soon as I tried to actually use it.  

First, let me say that I had a blog that I hand coded in HTML before I ever started using WordPress.  Back then, I used a folder on the server called /media that housed all my images and such.  When I migrated over, I just continued the tradition of FTPing my files up to the media folder and hard coding the links.  Eventually, I grew fond of the idea of doing everything with WordPress, so I let it handle all my junk in the wp-content/uploads/ folders.  This is awesome for images when you want a thumbnail, or if you want to just put an image straight into your post.   Continue reading “WordPress 2.5”

Christmas Redux

The big news this year is the puppy.  We picked her up the day before christmas eve, and if you ask Devin who brought the puppy he says “Santa!”  Christmas eve the Santa Ana winds were really howling, so we named her Windy Holiday – “Holly” for short.  I had forgotten what it’s like to have a puppy.  She chews, shits, and piddles on everything.  She has dug up all Lara’s flowers in the planters out back – so that she can chew on the roots.  It’s kind of like having two kids that we’re potty training.

Devin and Puppy

The holiday didn’t include a whole lot of relaxation.  We flew to Denver, where we spent time with friends and family.  As soon as we got back, we did a birthday party – then drove to SLO.  When we got back, we did four more christmas celebrations at home.  When all was said and done, Devin had Christmas seven times! 

Cousins in SLO