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I really enjoyed this article on parenthood. It's been about a month since I read it, and the parts that stick out are the points where the author really seemed to capture moments of frustration and injustice, but also brought up the real reasons why we're doing this thing.

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The fellow who created PinPoint, the software I use for that cool red arrow pointer in my BuildAModule screencasts, also works on a treadmill desk, but his is mechanical. I always thought that style wouldn't work so well because with the electric version, it requires a reaction not to fall off, whereas if you get lost in thought on a mechanical one, I would think your feet would just stop moving.

Anyway, Renaud says it works pretty well, but with a slight modification. He added a hanger as a waist-bar so he can push himself with his stomach, which I would think could add some additional physical benefits to the process.

Here's some pics:



An unfortunate bit of randomness that my wife was subjected to.

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This guy terrifies me a little. Good show, spidy!

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A couple years ago I put together the Drupal Evernote module so I could use Evernote as a blogging platform. I even set up a rules with the Rules module to post to Twitter if there as a particular tag associated with it. 

There were a few issues with the workflow, and I also started feeling a bit quieter, so I eventually stopped using it. And because I've drunk the Koolaid and realize just how easy it can be to blog, I haven't taken much time to actually compose many posts over the last couple years.

But I got tired of the quiet (it's way more fun to share cool stuff), so I spent the last couple of days updating Evernote, and figured out a workflow that will allow me to post to Twitter and Facebook selectively using a service called Twitterfeed.

Step 1: Set up the Evernote module

The updates I made to the Evernote Drupal module make it much easier to use. Just plug in where you want to pull Evernote from, and where you want to put the notes. Once this is set, cron will pick up any notes and create nodes from them. Here's a quick screenshot of the new Evernote module settings page (there's just one):

Step 2: Create feeds for different social networks  

I created RSS feeds for blog posts that should go to Twitter (all posts that have a 'tweet' tag), posts that go to Facebook (posts with a 'Facebook' tag), and one each for status updates to Facebook or Twitter (i.e. updates that are just text and don't include links back to articles). Here's a screenshot for the Views settings page for the blog:

Step 3: Set up Twitterfeed

Next, I set up Twitterfeed to pull from each of the feeds I created and post to their destination social networks. Here's a screenshot of part of the dashboard:

And here's what the workflow looks like

I use my blog as a central hub. It's public and I can create selective feeds from it. Evernote just becomes by source for creating content. 

So when I want to create a blog post, Facebook post or Twitter status update, if I'm at my laptop I'll fire up a new note with Evernote's global shortcut key (so I can open it no matter what app I'm in), type away, use Mac's keyboard shortcuts for creating screenshots to paste in, and then when I'm ready to post, I might add tags for Facebook and / or Twitter, then I'll set the notebook to the one I'm syncing with the blog. That's it.

At some point, the note will get synced with the central server, cron will run on my blog to pull the content in, then Twitterfeed will run to grab the content from the feed and push out to wherever I want it to go. There is a bit of a delay here, but the workflow is so simple that unless it's urgent, the time savings is so worth it

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Okay, so we came across this machine with a gum ball already in it, so I'm making a couple assumptions about how it works.    


First (1), you put in a quarter, and a gumball drops into the 'pinball' game (pizza guy in between the flippers) and comes to rest at (2). Right where the kid in the front has his left hand is where there's a button you press to launch the gumball, like you do in a pinball machine. When you do this the first time, you'll probably do what I did, which was to give it a solid push, which launches it straight into the "Lose" hole (3), where it will be lost forever.  

What you apparently you're supposed to do is drop another quarter in and spend a little time really getting a feel for the button at (2), and get it to send the gumball to the side, where you can further direct the gumball with the flipper buttons at the two (4)'s, ideally into the "Win" holes to either side of the "Lose" hole. If you get in one of those holes, my guess is the Pizza Hut guys come out from the back and give you a big cake and hugs all around. And maybe you actually get the gumball.  

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This is my son grooving out to some live music at the Boise downtown Grove. The music was awesome but the dancing really got me.



The view into our house at night, as Backyardigans echoes down the hallways.

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