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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.

— Epicurus

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

— Walter Lippmann

This is Water

The other day a person that I follow on Twitter posted this video. It is actually a pretty good watch. We have the power to choose how we see and deal with things, and it is a refreshing reminder of that.

– Drew

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.


K-Mart Ad

I might be a kid, but I think this is pretty funny.


Updated ISPConfig 3 Theme

Yesterday, I took the time to update my ISPConfig 3 Theme. I call this theme ISPConfig Clean. It just seemed like a good idea at the time, and you can’t really go back on that. It is a cleaner version of the default theme that ships with ISPConfig 3. I use or used the styling that is on the ISPConfig website as a base, and I am still working on it. I will be converting it over to SASS and Compass pretty soon. I just have to clean up a lot of things that are still in there. I will be constantly pushing updates to the Github Repo as I have time. This version will only work with 3.0.5. The older version for 3.0.4 is still available, but I will no longer be maintaining it.

Here are some pics of it.







The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.


My Site – Now on Version Control

It seems to me that everyone is starting to do this, and I thought that I should jump on the bandwagon as well. I don’t really know why I did it, but I am now running this bad boy with Git, BitBucket, and a shell script that runs to automatically pull the repository on my server. It seems to work pretty well so far, but I have only been using for a few hours.

The reason that I set this up is because I have made a lot of changes to theme of my website, and I got tired of having to use FTP/SFTP to put the files there. It does not seem like the efficient thing to do, and I didn’t want to do that anymore. After searching on the Internet for an hour or so I found a solution using a script called deploy.php, but I did not like that anyone could get access to it.

There had to be a better way, and I think that I found it using the Linux cronjob and bash script to run some commands for me. It might put some minimal extra load on my VPS, but I don’t think that it will be noticeable. I would like to set up something like WP Stack, but it seems like it is a pain to set up. I might look into it more later, but I think that I will stick with this for a few days or weeks. It is way better than what I have.

The only bad thing about doing this is having to update my plugins in development first. I am not super thrilled about that. I guess that I could exclude that directory, but I have a custom plugin for this site that I do some work on at times. It handles my Custom Post Types, and I try to tweak it to make it slightly better now and then. I am also not sure how to handle the database changes that the plugin might need to make. I guess I will have to find some way to dump the database and then import it to the production server. I do not want to get into the habit of taking a dump and uploading it constantly. That is not fun!


That’s what all we are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.


Changes Complete to Backend

For the past few days, I have been working on cleaning up my custom post type for the beers section. I was using Custom Meta Data in WordPress to get it all working before, but it was not quite how I wanted it. I needed something that was better. I have that now.

I have converted all of the Custom Meta Data into taxonomies for my Custom Post Type. I used a plugin from Scribu called Custom Field Taxonomies. It allowed me to convert all of the data that I currently had stored into taxonomies that I could use. It worked great! Now, I can link things better, and it will allow for easier navigation of that part of the site.

If you want to see all of the beers that I have had from Germany, you can do that! If you want to see all of the beers I have had from the Spoetzl Brewery, you can do that. It is a pretty cool addition in my mind. I know not many people visit this site, but the ones that do will be able to do it better. I think that is what it is really all about!

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.