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Andrew "Paeon" Gaines

Featured experience

Travel to the Frontier of Biology

Received grant for summer research

Latest narrative

Overlooking Frontier

Short taste

Recently, I truly do feel as though I've been standing near the frontier of biology and I can report that the experience is exhilerating. I feel as though I'm directly involved in our most advanced research into Alzheimer's, having been exposed to so...

1 month, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Bug "Bugsy" Buster

Bug Buster's brief

I bust bugs like Miley Cyrus' wrecking ball busts metaphorical interpersonal walls .

I am the test profile created by Andrew to chisel out the nitty gritty details of proper web functionality (mainly between two explorers--or users). I don't have much usefulness on the production server, but get used a fair amount during development.

Experience brief

The endless hours spent paddling up river for the creation of this site will not have passed in vain!

The idea for the website concept came about sometime in 2010. It started just as a willingness to step closer towards doing some things I would like to see myself do. I jotted the 'experiences' down on a piece of paper and thought about possibly putting them online somehow, as an effort to holding myself more accountable. I knew nothing about web development at the time, and so didn't really pursue it's creation seriously for a few months.

After pouring through thousands of pages worth of technical jargon and slowly figuring out the ropes bit by bit, I had a preliminary and fairly archaic site entitled Interpopulus.com. It wasn't much, but I was proud of what it provided. I wrote the experiences into the home page, and soon afterwards set out on breaking the site in by following through on biking across America.

The site provided a powerful supplement to my journey. It allowed me to keep an online journal, to which I could upload images and share my daily toiling with others.

After completing the trek from the Pacific to the Atlantic, I decided to expand the website with a social dimension. I didn't want the utility of the former website to only be accessible to me, but rather to provide the same potential for anyone who wishes to augment an aspect of their own journey.

Latest narrative

Datetime

April 16, 2014

Tracking this narrative for timezone and "time since" information

Narratives

Datetime

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Tracking this narrative for timezone and "time since" information

3 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

APIs: Approaching Power with Python

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At the time of this writing, the experience's name is "Get this Website Up and Running," which I'm thinking won't be an adequately descriptive term for what the experience has transformed into being.

Regardless, I'm interested in the heavier part ...

3 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Hmmm

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I'm currently trying to figure out where I wrote the code to test certain url search queries without case sensitivity. I'm a bit puzzled at the moment.

3 months, 3 weeks ago

By Bug Buster

Feeling Good

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I'm feeling good about how this site is coming along. I've made countless mistakes in implementing the functions I periodically think up for improving this application, but enough time spent throwing myself at the problem almost always leads to an ef...

4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Back on the Ball

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My laptop hard drive has been replaced and my environment is nearly back to normal. I've still got the pesky issue of sorting out the static files (I should merge the two repositories into one...).

Developing will be smooth from hereon out, hopefu...

4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

AJAX Photo Update

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Ooooh, this feels good! I just got a little tinkering (though clunky) work done for updating a photo's information via an AJAX call. Completely behind the scenes, the database is accessed and updated at the whim of the explorer, changed and good to g...

4 months, 4 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

jQuery upgrade

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Phew, learning quite a deal from mistakes. I'd previously been hesitant to use Firefox' Firebug debugger, just not wanting to learn another technology every time I want to scratch my nose (electronicall). Yet took the initial plunge (it's never as sc...

5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Aha! Some AJAX

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I've been fidgeting around with jQuery for a good part of the day, finally got some intuition for how the technology works. It's been a long time coming...and a long way before I get something productive going

5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 21, 2014

Short taste

Gawdammmm, JavaScript is finnicky.... Certainly a lot of frustrated handpalms over the last several minutes. But I've got a function working the way I want it to now.

5 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 18, 2014

Short taste

It feels spectacular to report that this website is feeling a bit intuitive (although perhaps that is only because of my familiarity with the design). I have pushed the changes regarding the password improvements and design layout fidgets to the serv...

5 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 18, 2014

Short taste

Few interesting updates over the past few days. First of all, I'm excited to report that my old site (interpopulus.com) is doing quite well and is mingling well with others on the internet. I have been getting more requests for advice pertaining to b...

5 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Requesting Assistance

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So far this application has almost entirely been an individual pursuit (of course not counting the people involved in the development of Django, Python, the internet, those assisting in forum questions, etc). I'm looking to expand my sphere of unders...

5 months, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

January 30, 2014

Short taste

Worked a bit on some pagination of longer lists (whoo! scaling!--though not really), and CSS properties for a better overall interface.

6 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

CS at CU

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Following a difficult decision, I switched out of CU's Human Centered Computing Foundations course into Computer Systems. I was thinking that the softer and more relevant-seeming Human-Centered class would've been more pertinant to the development of...

6 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notifications Maturing

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I just finished writing notification events for all of the views from the various apps I have installed. They should be working like a charm, and the submission of this narrative should trigger a successful notification to good ole' Testy. Though may...

6 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Mobile Web Application Development

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Up to this point, I have completely ignored any distinction between user experiences (mobile, browser differences, disability, etc). I'm interested in delving into development specific to mobile devices at the moment for a couple reasons:
1) When te...

6 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Note Notifications and Signals

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I'm feeling pretty good right now! I've been coding (intermittently) for the last 7 or so hours (Game of Thrones being me intermittent reward), and have made quite a bit of headway! I have signal listeners coded into my support app's models.py file, ...

6 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notification on Notifications

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Notifications are getting there! I've foregone the django-notification app in favor of the improved (in my opinion) django-notifications-hq app. The greater amount of information saved for each notification and the easier utility functions make it se...

6 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notifications

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Whoohoo! I'm working on integrating a notification application (this one being a third party original) into Acressity. I've currently got a little basic stuff working on my localhost with edited experiences notifying the explorers of an experience. S...

6 months, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Couple Improvements

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Just worked out a couple kinks in the design of a couple pages. I switched the previous/next locations for narrative and gallery photo scrolling and fixed the div overflow for the photo thirds_item divs on the gallery detail page.

6 months, 4 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

December 20, 2013

Short taste

Recent changes include the move from blue as the standard color to orange at the bequest of Ian (he encouraged a color more conducive to action). I'm liking the change.

I've modified the CSS of the top_bar div to be more tidy. The login/out stuff ...

7 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

AJAX attempts

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Good god, why does nothing come easy with this shit sometimes?????

Trying to get AJAX working with Django, and getting pretty pissed with all of the bull-nitty-gritty-shit. Wish it would just work...

9 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Greater Explorer Freedom

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The more I develop this site, the more I realize that former restriction I had placed in object relationships within the db are insufficient and that needs of the explorer will require a greater degree of freedom. For instance, I had originally thoug...

9 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Logo

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New logo design (possibly) final product!

10 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Embedding, Linking, Native App Thoughts

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Ah, the function for implementing links and youtube embedding within narratives has seen a fairly dramatic improvement just today. I am currently inserting the links or embedding code directly into the narrative text when requested on its index page,...

10 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

No Growth

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I'd like to enter this site, check the # of experiences, and notice that they are at least 1 higher than the amount I left them at. I can't say how happy I would be to see others using this site and exploring their personal limits...perhaps because I...

10 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Logo Design

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I'm currently having a bit of fun designing an improved logo for the site. Having come to a (tentative) decision for the design sketch, I'm attempting to put some golden ratios into the thing as to encourage a nice look. Also considering implementing...

10 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Spreading Info

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Weeeeell, I suppose I have officially begun initial attempts at getting information regarding the website out. I have submitted a couple narratives to places of relevance to the experience (Biology, etc) with backlinks, submitted the site to webdevel...

10 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Having Started Classes

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Phew! It's been a lil' bit since I've last updated this experience, but that's no indication of lack of energy being placed in the pursuit. I started classes just last Monday, and have not as of yet felt overwhelmed in the pursuit. 17 credit hours is...

11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Streamlining and Future Goals

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General improvements committed and pushed to the production server just a minute ago. I'm feeling as though I'm touching on a more streamlined presentation, especially with the look and feel of the forms. This latest version includes more usage of ht...

11 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

New committed changes

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Created, committed, and pushed some improvements to the server today. Feels good to be able to get back into development after having to spend so much time studying for the Biology placement exam, working, and preparing for the coming academic year.
...

11 months, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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I just wrote and submitted a narrative to the Learning Math More Intensively experience regarding the lack of progress I have been making. This seems to be the way people work. Pursuits and the energy allotted to them fluctuate under most circumstanc...

12 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

YouTube Video Embedding Test

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Testing to see if the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHak9EZjySs&list=PLD0444BD542B4D7D9 will properly embed the desired youtube video.

Edit: YES! The live testing worked, even with an added variable (`list` query in the youtube embedding co...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Note to Self

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Note to self: implement a text parsing function for links and youtube video embedding

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Relationship Status Change

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Photos and galleries no longer have a m2m relationship. Photos now are unique to one gallery. Several reasons for doing this, but didn't really feel the need to do it previously. Working with private experiences and galleries basically necessitated i...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Private Galleries

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I now have the gallery associated with each experience toggling it's public status along with the public status change of the experience. To anyone able to hack into a private experience or private gallery: please let me know about the nature of the ...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Sorted Experiences

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The Explorer model method now returns experiences based on a key function which returns the date of the last narrative created if it exists, otherwise the date the experience was created. Still not as freeing as I'd like (the order should ultimately ...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Introduction to Acressity Improvements

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I believe myself to have greatly improved the overall introduction to the site. I performed a major overhaul to the about section and slightly improved the registration process. Removed some fluff in the wording, and managed to keep the core part of ...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year ago

By Andrew Gaines

Better, Baby

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Moved the request model from the explorer app to the support app.
Centralized the comment HTML snippet to be more universal.
Made the site better, baby

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Experience Tracking Implemented

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Just now got the experience tracking functionality up and running. Should be able to add any experience not in one's experience list (and not already being tracked by them) to their tracking experiences list for easy access. Way of collecting experie...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Password Reset Implemented

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I have a password reset function working (what I believe to be) fairly well. Now the forgetful among us need not worry about the necessity of remembering such a folly thing.

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Improvements All Around

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Even though this experience is no longer being featured, I'm still going to maintain updates regarding progress and improvements. After all, isn't the reason for experiencing something not just the achievement of some abstract concept but more the co...

Narrative category

Improvements

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Up and Running

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This experience is no longer my featured experience. Despite lacking useful functions (which will always be in need of new implementations) I consider this website to be "Up and Running." I've gone ahead and featured a new venture of mine: Learning M...

Narrative category

Achieved

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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Added password change functionality. Still need reset capabilities.
Changed the formatting of some of the HTML input divs to look a bit nicer.
Have the entire production update process reduced to four commands. Will probably consolidate them into a...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Asking for Photo Permission

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I stumbled upon a wonderful picture by Ola Harström (check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/harstrom/) which I had been using as the introductory image for my site's root. It seems to capture the essence of my site wonderfully (the image is of a man ...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Feeling Pleased

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Just spent a little time browsing around this site, and I'd have to say that I'm pleased with how things are at the moment. I realize that there are plenty of things that I want to implement (for instance an improved registration), but I feel momenta...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Crazy for a Bit...

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I was going crazy for about 2.5 hours, but the relief that comes from fixing the multiple errors I was facing is pretty exhileratingly calming. The errors being cast at me (coming about from failed logins and attempted comments) were vague and frustr...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Current Status

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Website is uploaded and working fairly well, but there are still several issues that are fairly pressing. Comments aren't working at the moment, and I currently have no idea how I would go about fixing them...possibly an issue with discrepancies betw...

Narrative category

Issues

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Mobile Narrative Upload

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This is the first narrative uploaded via mobile phone. The page styling hasn't been optimized for various media, but that's probably soon to come.

I love this!

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Repository Synched!

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This is brilliant! Back from a weekend at Vail with a few friends, and I now got my local server and online server to align with my master repository. Working with the directory discrepancies was a bit abstractly difficult, but they're lined up, clea...

1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Always Learning, Always Proceeding

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Alright, this is starting to be pretty cool. I'm working with git at the moment, synching up my project across my various machines. It's a neat technology I kinda wish I had been using earlier.

Still brewing new ideas for improvements to the site,...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fully Functional, baby

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This is the absolute first narrative that I've written from my FULLY functional site! I just got the static files being served properly (style sheets, javascript, images), and it's looking just as good as it was while running on my machine.

Here's...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Battleship Operational

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Ah, well lookie here! This experience has been achieved as of 5 minutes ago.

I'm in a coffee shop at the moment, listening to some live music, having stared at this screen for a good 5 hours, and it feels amazing! My project has life, and it's ava...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Further Steps

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Domain registered, web host plan secured, new website will be up and running hopefully by........tomorrow!

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Arduous Recovery

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Holy hell, I just wrapped up a fairly stressful part of the development of the application. Django database migrations (using South) were failing after I tried renaming all instances of 'A/alegrity' to 'A/acressity.' I tried fruitlessly for the bette...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Leap Forward!

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Just bought the rights to the domain www.acressity.com! Big leap forward.

Now after saving a little more money I'll be buying some server space depending on exactly what I need. Whoo!

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Beam me up!

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This is a test to see if the sorted_experiences() method is working properly. Writing this new narrative should being this experience to the top of the list.

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Calming from Frustration

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Alright, it's been about an hour since my last bout with a considerable amount of frustration. I was feeling pretty wonderful, having just made it back into Lyons, CO after spending the night outside Estes Park. I rode about 35 miles (mostly uphill) ...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Progress Update

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New laptop! Typing is now a relative breeze, and the upgraded speed is wonderfully motivating.

I have all my Python code nearly PEP validated, still a few tweaks that could optimize the code.
My coding environment is Sublime Text 2 with a few pac...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Test

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Test to see the progress of modifying the gallery relationships with object models.

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fiddling Around

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I've been tinkering around with different technologies and have to admit that I'm a bit lost regarding even some archaic applications and methods of getting computers to communicate. I set up my old--and fairly defunct--laptop as a server, and have r...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

New news

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Regarding the state of this application, I have made a couple improvements in the last couple days. I have divided the notes into various categories, some accessible only to the explorer for which they were meant. The bulletin board still requires a ...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fresh Progress

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Ah! Some fresh progress! I've added some major improvements to the look of the website over the past couple days. Page layout, color usage, and the overall feel of the website has been improved. I'm currently using icons to represent various function...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Progress with Invitations

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I got a more intuitive system for filtering out explorers for the invitation process working. Took way too long to figure out exactly how I should exclude those who already had an outstanding invitation, but it feels good to have it working. Probably...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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Alright, I've gotten a few new things working. Now multiple explorers can be a part of a single experience, each allotted certain privileges within the experience's domain. Invitations for this process and acceptance/declining has been implemented, b...

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Low Point...

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I'm suffering from a low point at the moment. Just about 2 hours ago, I unwittingly deleted all the information pertaining to my journey on this site. I had content I was excited about, and lost dozens of hours worth of information.

I was attempti...

Narrative category

Issues

1 year, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

2 Notes

It's live, and the comments are working like a charm

Andrew Gaines

Regarding Get this Website Up and Running

1 year, 1 month ago

Woohoo! Comments should be working like a charm now after reducing an integrity error (foreign constraint) and a dependency issue to pulverized dust (which took muuuuch too long...)

Andrew Gaines

Regarding Get this Website Up and Running

1 year, 1 month ago

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