The apartment was quiet and spotlessly clean. Lots of delicious food was on the counter, along with a bottle of good champagne. I stood by the front door, shifting from foot to foot and sweating, dressed in a nice dark green button down shirt and a good pair of dark jeans. After an interminable wait, there was finally the rattling of the key in the lock. I opened the door, surprising Laurel. She came in and I gave her a hug and kiss. Then I dropped to one knee, and said “Will you marry me?”. With tears in her eyes, she said yes and we celebrated with a glass of the best champagne we’d ever had.

Using the Same Variable in Recursive Function in PHP

I am still trying to figure out how to have a recursive function work on the same variable in PHP. What I am going to try next is to create an object outside of the recursive function and have that be operated on in the function.

Google Recaptcha

I use Google Recaptcha for several web applications, but it appears that they did a change that broke backwards compatibility today. Mike is debugging it now to get it fixed.

New Article on Intuit and HR Block Lobbying against easier taxes

Be Careful Buying From Amazon – Lots of Counterfeits


Vistage First Meeting

I am about to go to my first meeting with my new Vistage group today. Vistage is a CEO peer & advising group that is supposed to help CEO’s grow in their abilities to lead their companies.

I will apparently be doing an introduction of myself and then will be able to bring questions / issues to the group for assistance. I intend to ask them what they think of my new site and if as a customer, would they hire Coalition based on what they see. I will also ask about what they look for in SEO / web dev agencies.

Bit Manipulation

My programming skills have greatly improved over the last few years, but one area I never have really used much is Bit Manipulation. One of my goals over the coming week or two is to learn more about this to help round out my basic programming abilities.

Video Games / Real Work

Jeremy sent an article this morning on video games that I found to be interesting. I feel like video games can be a blessing and a curse. They are a blessing when you can control the amount you play them, and they help to develop your brain in positive ways. Video games are a curse when you become addicted to the extent that you neglect your real life.

I’ve always intensely loved video games. As a six year old, one of my most vivid memories was going to a friends house who had the first NES system and being absolutely amazed by it.

My parents did not buy me my first platform until I did extraordinarily well on a child version of the SAT (I scored several college levels as a third grader). It was the Sega Genesis, and my parents at first restricted the time I was allowed to play to a half hour or so a day. After a year or two, they let me move it to my bedroom and I was able to play a lot more. I have many great memories of Jordan and I playing Combat Cars, Sonic games, Road Rash and others.

At the end of the 7th grade, my parents let me get the first MMORPG – Ultima Online. My friends and I were all instantly hooked and it is all we talked about at school. Playing in a big open world without rules or protections, where you could earn your own money (or have it stolen), and build up powerful characters, was an entrancing experience. It was also highly addicting since the in game experiences were far better than my real life at the time. It was my connection to the outside world during a period where we lived in an isolated community and my parents were getting divorced and my mom was going insane and doing meth. When my parents got back together and my mom moved back in, she tried to ban me from playing Ultima any longer. I reacted with enormous anger and fought my parents until they kicked me out of the house.

I then moved in with my grandparents and did not get any new computer games or video games while I lived with them. My grandparents helped me deal with my anger and focus on channeling my energy into more positive areas. I started a landscaping business at 17, then worked a series of jobs through college at the University of Washington, then got a full time job at an SEO agency. Finally, 7.5 years ago, I started my own agency – I found the experience of founding and running my agency to be a lot like playing World of Warcraft or Ultima – except it was real life! I have loved it.

About six months or a year ago, I bought a Xbox One and have played a few games on it. I still love video games… I went through Rocket League, Silent, and now am playing Overwatch & Witcher 3. I have been playing too much though, so I have stopped playing the last few days.

Video games are awesome as entertainment to replace a movie or television watching, but dangerous if they replace productive areas of your life.

Surgeons View of Death

I really liked this surgeon’s view on death.

I think that our society’s rush to keep every person alive no matter what the cost is actually a terrible decision. When you have individual cell’s in your body that do anything they can to survive, that’s called “Cancer”.

Think about it this way: a ten year old who breaks his leg is something absolutely worth treating and helping to recover – he will be valuable to society for 70 more years and fixing a broken leg costs under $5,000. A 85 year old who gets heart disease should NOT receive a heart transplant… at best the heart might extend his life another year or two and this could cost over $1,000,000.

As a society, we need to get much smarter about how we view death. Allowing someone to waste enormous resources staying alive is ridiculous.

Here are a couple of my favorite comments from this article:

John E Murray Salem, MA

I am starting to look askance at my cardiologist when he suggests that ” . . . you will need a aeortic valve replacement in a couple of years.” I am 83 in relatively good health. Will I still be alive in a couple of years? How traumatic will the replacement surgery be? How many more years will it afford me? How much will it cost my insurers? What life experiences will a few more years of life yield to me that I haven’t already experienced? Isn’t it time to simply “let go”? When he suggests that it is time to schedule the replacement surgery will I have the courage to say “Thanks, but no thanks”? This article is helping me to decide.”
Betty North Port, FL

All I know is that I hope I’ll have the wherewithal to pop my supply of Seconal when I am no longer a positive contributor to society. My biggest fear is outliving my welcome, drooling in a nursing home warehouse, where nobody knows my name, including me. “Give me liberty or give me death”, has a new meaning as we age.”


Blender Drinks

I have been drinking blender drinks for about 6 or 7 years now on a daily basis. I feel like they help keep me much healthier than I otherwise could be. Generally, they just consist of:

  • Either broccoli or spinach
  • Berries (blue or rasp or straw)
  • Raw walnuts – handful

They are easy to drink while I work and keep me full while also allowing my brain to be fresh and aware.

I have only been drinking one a day lately at work whereas I used to drink 2-3 a day. I also have been having some richer meals at home and have put on a bit of weight from 200 to 210 because of it. I will need to probably go back to more blender drinks in the future.