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Andrew "Explorer" Gaines

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A New Thought

A new thought just recently occurred to me; experience suggests it is good for me to write about such things while fresh, even though I'm suffering from a splitting headache and a fairly bad head cold... The thought was that perhaps the reason mankin...

A new thought just recently occurred to me; experience suggests it is good for me to write about such things while fresh, even though I'm suffering from a splitting headache and a fairly bad head cold... The thought was that perhaps the reason mankind is often described as being disconnected in this age isn't caused by technology, but rather by the disparity between technology and (the rest of) our selves.

I have enjoyed the experience of feeling connected with others both when physically surrounded as well as when exchanging ideas and thoughts remotely: through the pages of a book (some characters have felt more human than people I've met), a phone call, or from the web pages of a forum (even Facebook). Yet I'm split between these two and feel some dissonance, as I'm often asked to make a choice and therein cut off a source of this connection. The "evil" so many think comes from the urge to check a social network or email account seems to just be a desire to experience the connection often associated with that source and therein conjure it into the present moment. Yet the problem is that doing so brings one out of the moment.

It seems to me that the solution would to reconcile the differences so that experience can once again be seamless. The gift granted by technology--the ability to transcend biological limitations--will continue to cause growing pains until integrated more fully, perhaps in a similar way to which a developing child does not strike the harmonious balance between bone and muscle/tendon length until more fully grown.

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3 weeks, 3 days ago

By Andrew Gaines

Bug "Bugsy" Buster

Bug Buster's brief

I bust bugs like an explorer busts through former human limits.

I am the test profile created for Acressity 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. Yet the power of the list (which included creating a website) brought me back to the development.

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.

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New Logo Design

May 23, 2016

The current logo has been needing an upgrade since I realized the metaphor of ascension/transcending mountains/limits is more apt with the peak at the center rather than the periphery of the logo. Rather than expanding outwards, there is now an emphasis on expanding inwards. This also captures the spiritual aspect of new experiences, wherein you explore aspects of your inner self as you expand rather than only moving into what wasn't formerly there. I'm bringing in some colors (updating site colors simultaneously) and hope it works!

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New Logo Design

The current logo has been needing an upgrade since I realized the metaphor of ascension/transcending mountains/limits is more apt with the peak at the center rather than the periphery of the logo. Rather than expanding outwards, there is now an empha...

The current logo has been needing an upgrade since I realized the metaphor of ascension/transcending mountains/limits is more apt with the peak at the center rather than the periphery of the logo. Rather than expanding outwards, there is now an emphasis on expanding inwards. This also captures the spiritual aspect of new experiences, wherein you explore aspects of your inner self as you expand rather than only moving into what wasn't formerly there. I'm bringing in some colors (updating site colors simultaneously) and hope it works!

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1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Business Cards!

I just purchased some business cards for 1) promoting this website and 2) general professional development. I had a bit of a hard time designing them and didn't consult anyone's opinion (whoops, maybe?), but hope they will serve the purpose.

I just purchased some business cards for 1) promoting this website and 2) general professional development. I had a bit of a hard time designing them and didn't consult anyone's opinion (whoops, maybe?), but hope they will serve the purpose.

1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fulfillment Percentage

Users can now use a sliding bar to represent the percent complete with an experience! I'm thinking this means the value can be used for displaying bars of completion on the experience index page and dash and introduce other visual representations of ...

Users can now use a sliding bar to represent the percent complete with an experience! I'm thinking this means the value can be used for displaying bars of completion on the experience index page and dash and introduce other visual representations of progress.

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Experience Fulfillment Reward

It feels good to implement changes! I got a simple "experience fulfilled" feature working where an experience can be labeled fulfilled and then cause an award icon to show up garnishing the experience! Simple little foray into making the site have mo...

It feels good to implement changes! I got a simple "experience fulfilled" feature working where an experience can be labeled fulfilled and then cause an award icon to show up garnishing the experience! Simple little foray into making the site have more functionality of being a checklist, or an archive of which experiences have been fulfilled. Gotta say that I felt pretty good checking the ones I had experienced off the list when I pushed the code changes to production! Of course, the emphasis is still on the actual experience and I want to stay shy of trying to make this site the experience by gamifying it to hell. At least, that's my view at the moment. Could change perhaps.

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Low Point

I'm feeling pretty down at the moment. I'm unsure about my abilities as a developer, about the future of this website, and about how I will sustain myself financially after graduating this summer (July 1st, 2016). I've just recently had two tech comp...

I'm feeling pretty down at the moment. I'm unsure about my abilities as a developer, about the future of this website, and about how I will sustain myself financially after graduating this summer (July 1st, 2016). I've just recently had two tech companies (Illumina and Stryd) choose another applicant over myself during the interview process when I was feeling reasonably confident about my performance during the interviews. Always a hit to the ego there.

I spent most of yesterday attempting to get some initial integration with Facebook in this site working. There already exists a Django app for doing just such a thing, but I encountered a plethora of issues along the way of what should have been a straightforward process (always in theory, right??). There were versioning problems between Django and this app, some outdated documentation, and an inflexibility around this app using the extended user model I've been running for some time now. I got to the point where I was going to have to make a decision between 1) modifying the app's source code to be more flexible 2) change my application to conform to the assumptions of the app or 3) create an abstracted layer between the two. Neither choice seemed good and left me feeling pretty bummed out and deflated. I spent an entire day doing something which resulted in no change of behavior in this application. I was used to feeling this when developing for SocialEngine, but I had the luxury of not minding delays in development as I was simply an intern and still got paid for the work. I also had many hours during the week with which to work on the project and a couple other people (despite the often onerous process of consulting one of them). With Acressity, I have none of this. I have very limited time with which to develop and it is necessarily during leisure hours -- and there's not much leisurely about spending an hour on a single step of a long procedure which should be a simple and mundane process (a quick glimpse at any project's issue tracker or at StackExchange will suggest that swiftness in this stage is the exception).

These steps I'm taking, the vision I have for this potentially beautiful website, is big; it is something which seems more and more to me to require a team as time goes on. Yet it's just little old me typing away at this laptop without the luxury of requesting help from others.

Through the course of typing this, I've come to feel that I need to waylay the Facebook integration for the time being. I do not have the ability to keep up with changes to their infrastructure which these companies will surely make, necessitating fundamental changes to the way in which I've arduously implemented the integrations. Instead, I feel inclined to focus on the quality of the site as it currently stands and implementing features which will extend its functionality while maintaining its standalone state. I would also like to see some user activity to make the project feel bigger than myself :)

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2 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Transferring Narratives Working

Just pushed the changes live recently. Users can now transfer and/or copy narratives from one experience to another (or to a completely new experience).

Just pushed the changes live recently. Users can now transfer and/or copy narratives from one experience to another (or to a completely new experience).

2 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

December 28, 2015

Having been considering the differences myself lately, I spent quite a while reading the differences and disparity between native and web applications after StumbleUpon guided me to an article focused on the topic. I'd become rather stressed thinking...

Having been considering the differences myself lately, I spent quite a while reading the differences and disparity between native and web applications after StumbleUpon guided me to an article focused on the topic. I'd become rather stressed thinking that native apps seem to be almost imperative to the success of any application (Slack going native, seeing just how many native apps are available on the App Store). I'm looking forward to being able to just encode a single layout for a screen which is automatically optimized for all other interfaces. Hope this will exist sometime soon :)

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6 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

PayPal and Django 1.8.3

Whoo, spent nearly the entire day working on migrating this site one of the latest versions of Django and bringing in PayPal support. Much more work than anticipated. Was very frustrated at points, noticing that my workspace was littered with hair lo...

Whoo, spent nearly the entire day working on migrating this site one of the latest versions of Django and bringing in PayPal support. Much more work than anticipated. Was very frustrated at points, noticing that my workspace was littered with hair lost in the battle to the state of being irate. But it's working well and all is in order, beautifully! Going to sleep happy

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8 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Motivation

There is a very awe-inspiring something deep within me which inspires me to build this application. It is a belief: people long for special and intimate experiences which they wish to explore which living their lives on this very strange and magnific...

There is a very awe-inspiring something deep within me which inspires me to build this application. It is a belief: people long for special and intimate experiences which they wish to explore which living their lives on this very strange and magnificent planet--and that having a home for the recording of these experiences assists in their pursuit. People wish to know the universe--themselves and their place within it. This yearning is the sensation causing itchy feet, the pain which wells up when one stagnates in their comfort zone for an inappropriate length of time, the very quest for what man calls God.

I too often lose sight of why I am building this app. I lose the direct connection with what is written above and feel it is just something I "should" do because I once wanted it. The deep belief and desire has not shifted, I only lose sight of it as daily activity blurs it. Yet I keep returning to Acressity--it is a great rock and joy. I am proud of its existence and, like a parent, long to see it create a life of its own. I yearn for the day where it assists in feeding the fire of the spirit of others who have had similar desires to mine; those who wish to experience the world and feel drawn to a home for the persistence of their memories--the digital shadow of their consciousness.

I build this app for mankind; for myself, for the part of myself I recognize in others, for the part of others I recognize in myself, for the human spirit, and for the essence of the experience so it may survive ageless and evolve--itself growing and taking on a life of its own so it may feed both the person of its source and others vicariously.

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9 months, 2 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

Bank Account, $25 per Month

I set aside a savings account just this past month into which I'm transferring $25 per month. I got the idea today that these funds will be set aside to grant to others looking to experience their own peak of existence but who are limited by cash, as...

I set aside a savings account just this past month into which I'm transferring $25 per month. I got the idea today that these funds will be set aside to grant to others looking to experience their own peak of existence but who are limited by cash, as I have been in the past...as I continue to be. $25 per month feels manageable for my finances right now. I hope some great experiences come from this. The money is more symbolic now than actually financially empowering.

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1 year, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

As a Business

In regards to developing this website, I must consider it in the perspective as a service--one with business needs. With that in mind, I'm a little overwhelmed when considering all the particulars: "customer" experience, product design, promotion, ma...

In regards to developing this website, I must consider it in the perspective as a service--one with business needs. With that in mind, I'm a little overwhelmed when considering all the particulars: "customer" experience, product design, promotion, marketing, customer care, consulting, product development, income, expenses, market environment, competition, etc. I know that this is something which develops incrementally and bit-by-bit, but I can't help feeling overwhelmed by what I feel to be so foreign to me. I question my capacity and worry about whether the energy I place into this development is a worthy point of growth. I have endless interests, yet few have remained as close to my center of attention for such a long period of time as this application has. Truth be told, I feel I've always been dreaming about somehow helping others pursue their dreams since being a child. This application feels "right," and I often get a spurt of feel-goodery when reflecting upon its existence. It has been immmmmmensely(!) beneficial for myself, I only hope to breathe into it the potential for assisting others in exploring this world and moving their dreams into action.

With all this in mind, I'm considering how this service can be of service. It seems that a major inhibition in people's lives is the financial constraint. The number of times I've heard the phrase "I'd do that, but I don't have the money"...bleghhhh. I don't fully buy into the idea, as taking steps towards achieving goals (taking that leap!!!) attracts the ability to do so--money seems to become a non-issue in the sense that one finds a formerly hidden reserve of will which pushes them towards attaining the funds or others who spy the energy and passion from a distance decide to become a patron of the experience (the world steps aside for those who know where they're going). This is where I hope this application will one day be able to assist--I wish for it to be capable of being a patron of exploration and experience. I would like this application to one day have the ability to invest in the explorers--with as little intrusion as possible. I'm considering a program where 1) explorers vote on an allocation of funds to one particular experience (crowdsourcing in a way), 2) an application process where a review of a desired experience is undertaken and granted if deemed "good", 3) an explorer could appeal directly to the others, who could contribute as they see fit. Each of these seems to have their perks and their shortcomings (as is always the case, no?), yet I like the ideas and feel there is much potential in any of them.

One of the problems at the moment is the fact that the service doesn't seem to be of value, nor is it growing on its own (foolish to think that it simply would with so many others competing for attention). It needs a much more focused design and obvious intention. Right now, I'm guessing that the site is ambiguous in its aim. There's most likely a huge disparity between what it appears to be and what others may think of it upon initial viewing. It must be designed in such a way where there is absolutely minimal distance between seeking and finding an answer and should be more seamless in its execution. I have some ideas at to how this could go about occurring, but it'll take some work. My brother suggested a wonderful design for the landing page I'm implementing at the moment. Another obvious issue is that of acquiring the funds necessary. Possibilities include advertizing, acquisition of a loan, a kickstarter campaign (for a kickstarter of sorts!), and designation of my own funds (a hilarious prospect at the moment...). There is opportunity for further promotion through those following through on an experience, be they funded or not. The idea has occurred to me that people following through on experiences normally attract a great amount of attraction. Choosing to make Acressity the canvas upon which they paint their expression of this experience would attract others. I'm considering providing business cards with simple information including the name of the explorer, their experience, personal flair, and a link to their page on this site. What I mean to be implying is that I feel this site has tremendous potential. It is designed for the facilitation of the explorer's experience and that is absolutely the primary goal! Yet I must take into consideration the practical implications of providing this service. It is a service designed to serve mankind in its exploration into new experiences--in elevating man to a more transcendent state, but its own requirements as an entity must be taken into consideration. I'm optimistic, but unsure of how to proceed. I'll talk to some people--something I'm hesitant of doing, being such a personal project and so close to my heart.

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1 year, 7 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

October 17, 2014

I've felt stalled for several weeks now. When attempting to develop this site, I do not have the same drive and direction I once had, when I was constantly building functions which were required for it to work. I feel as though it's in a "fairly good...

I've felt stalled for several weeks now. When attempting to develop this site, I do not have the same drive and direction I once had, when I was constantly building functions which were required for it to work. I feel as though it's in a "fairly good" stage, but it isn't nearly what I wish for it to be. Mainly, I would like to have the site be utilized and tested by those wishing to tap into its potential. Several people have signed up as of late, but there has been no exploration beyond profile and experience creation. I wish for this site to be a service for others, but must ensure that it is first a service which is needed and useful. Perhaps it is not on this level at the moment, yet I do not know where to proceed.

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1 year, 8 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Big Step

I've decided that I need to take some bigger steps in the development of this website. The infrastructure (memory allocated on my server, bandwidth, code, design) is adequate for its purposes at the moment (there will always be more things to do). Wh...

I've decided that I need to take some bigger steps in the development of this website. The infrastructure (memory allocated on my server, bandwidth, code, design) is adequate for its purposes at the moment (there will always be more things to do). What I need to do to make progress at the moment is present it as the service it is designed to be. I want to begin speaking about it for 1) attracting people who may benefit from it as a service, 2) receive feedback for the continued development, and 3) recruit additional support in the form of reviewers, publicists, and coders.

The step I feel ready to take at the moment is to present this website in a venue such as an entrepreneur's club or other forum. I have heard of such a setting hosted here on campus and so will attend a meeting and gather what it would take to present effectively. Start taking some steps...

1 minute later: confirmed ticket for attending Boulder's New Venture Challenge this coming Monday.

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1 year, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

September 14, 2014

Much of today has been spent focusing on making the design (particularly in regard to what is facing a new user) much more intuitive. I have a bad habit of writing too much and being fluffy with my wording, so have tried keeping things to a minimum. ...

Much of today has been spent focusing on making the design (particularly in regard to what is facing a new user) much more intuitive. I have a bad habit of writing too much and being fluffy with my wording, so have tried keeping things to a minimum. I've done away with the intermediary "welcome" page standing between the user and their main journey page following registration. I'd like for the user to feel as comfortable as possible upon first contact with this alien application. It's supposed to help people, not confuse and frustrate them!

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1 year, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

September 02, 2014

Welp, got my first 1040 error today (Operational Error, too many connections).
Some feedback coming from a pal over in the InternetIsBeautiful sub-reddit stated that this site has the "worst interface ever" so I suppose there's plenty and plenty of ...

Welp, got my first 1040 error today (Operational Error, too many connections).
Some feedback coming from a pal over in the InternetIsBeautiful sub-reddit stated that this site has the "worst interface ever" so I suppose there's plenty and plenty of work do be done! Should be learning a lot about how this app can be improved from some of the folk who have recently signed up.

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1 year, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

September 01, 2014

I recently renovated the landing page for this site and have to say that I'm proud with how it currently looks. Information, at least in my opinion, is laid out in an organized fashion and presented simply. Yet I hope there is enough information to i...

I recently renovated the landing page for this site and have to say that I'm proud with how it currently looks. Information, at least in my opinion, is laid out in an organized fashion and presented simply. Yet I hope there is enough information to interest someone and provide answers to any questions which may crop up initially. Like Tolstoy writing of an artist in Anna Karenina who does not see things with untrained eyes after having invested such a long period of time on one piece of art, I too feel as though there are many things I'm not seeing. Perhaps the layout, assumed to be intuitive to my "blind" vision, is in fact extremely difficult to understand (as was suggested by my mom when she couldn't find the listing of my experience of biking to Yellowstone). I'd like to get some fresh eyes taking a look at this. Admittedly, I'm afraid of the rejection of this site as being useless. It has been extremely powerful for me, but perhaps that draws from having created it myself (minus all the code which was written to abstract some of what I would've otherwise spent hours and hours developing--thanks Django developers!). There have been a couple new explorers added to the pages of this site today after I promoted it a little in a niched environment.

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1 year, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Datetime

Tracking this narrative for timezone and "time since" information

Tracking this narrative for timezone and "time since" information

2 years, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

APIs: Approaching Power with Python

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 ...

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 of programming at the moment--really getting Python (and whatever other languages I choose to use for the running of this application) to display its power. At the moment I feel as though my code is asking simple/trivial requests of the language. I want to tap into some processing power! I'm not quite sure how to go about doing this, as there isn't a large set of data housed in the database at the moment which would be requiring analysis--network analysis, relational/similarity computation, etc.

With that being said, I'm interested in connecting my application with others via APIs (Application Programming Interface) to utilize the functions and services available from other applications. Specific examples of this would be tapping into services which allow the explorer to chart/map the location of narrative/photos on a map based on geographic data (would've been enormously cool to chart my progress along highways during my bike trek, places where I camped, etc), functionality which would allow a narrative to be constructed via email, and automatic updating of Facebook/Twitter information along with various explorer submissions (although I want to keep a safe distance from junking up this application).

At the moment, I must confess that I don't have a strong grasp of APIs. From what I currently understand, it is an interface which lets a person make a specific request of a polished application and receive the information in a package which can be processed by the requester. Example:

"Hey Facebook, give me all wall posts since Feb. 2008 to or from person ____"
Facebook: "Sure bro, here you go: {'date': 2009-03-29, 'post': 'hey dude, are you swaggin' this weekend?'...}"
That information (in this case JSON (I think)), is now available for me to use as I see fit.

With that initial understanding, I'm going to set about trying to make something useful of this. I imagine (even with various standards guiding the construction of APIs) I'll have to do a frustrating amount of headbanging before figuring out how to successfully "court" another application into a nice relationship. Thinking out loud, what is it that I want to see this application capable of doing? At the moment, it is a fairly passive tool for the logging of experiences via text and photos. I adore that capability, but I want it to be more than just that; I like the social aspect (one experience, many explorers), but what can the internet provide? What can this site become that will truly soar? Normally when asking these questions I look at what others have done, but I do not think that to be so relevant here since this is something I consider to be a little pioneering. What is the essence of experience? How does one express that experience/save it/draw significance from it? I like the idea of having easy access to uploading videos (YouTube API?). The experience page should be the home for the various methods of expression of the experience: narratives should not be the only thing featured on the page: should have more of a scrapbook quality where things are compiled in the same place chronologically. More of a timeline element where narratives, uploaded photos, other events are displayed sequentially.

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2 years, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Hmmm

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.

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.

2 years, 2 months ago

By Bug Buster

Feeling Good

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...

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 effective implementation or a decision to find a workaround. I recently fixed a problem with the default title of a new narrative, but haven't yet pushed the changes to the server. Will do so in just a minute.

I've been a little confounded with some errors I get when trying to upload an image from my phone. Will discover the problem and fix it soon enough. Sure would be nice having someone else working on this project with me.

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2 years, 2 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Back on the Ball

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...

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, hopefully, with my ability to address issues as they come and not have to seek out a janky Mac terminal for the unrefined editing of the files in error.

Also, I'm considering checking out other Linux distros other than Ubuntu.

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2 years, 3 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

AJAX Photo Update

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...

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 go!

The final coding will need to be refined a little bit before I feel comfortable pushing it to production, but I'm excited about what's been done and what can still be done. This is an exciting new paradigm to explore.

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2 years, 3 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

jQuery upgrade

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...

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 scary as one makes it up to be...), and I figured that my version of jQuery was out of date, but quite a bit.

Make the upgrade, and things are again working like a little ole' charm.

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2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Aha! Some AJAX

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

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

2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 21, 2014

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.

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.

2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 18, 2014

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...

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 server, and this project feels even better than before.

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2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

February 18, 2014

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...

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 biking across the country than usual, and found out that I have been featured on bikeacrossamerica.org. Sure enough, requesting the page presented me with a big picture of myself beside the Golden Gate bridge at the start of the trek, along with a link directly to the trek home page. Wishing others to have the potential to use this site for their own experiences, I linked to acressity from interpopulus along with a little introduction as to what this site is about.

I have also spent considerable time thinking and coding an implementation for more effective and streamlined functions regarding private experiences and narratives. There's still a bit more I want to do before pushing the changes to my server, but I like what I have so far.

I've added a little code snippet which gives my profile a notification when a new explorer signs themselves up on Acressity. So far no new explorers, but I look forward to potentially facilitating another's journey with this coded tool.

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2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Requesting Assistance

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...

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 understanding of the landscape, and so have sent out a few emails to CU advisors requesting assistance in networking with those who may be interested or able to provide further assistance.

Perhaps inducing of much anxiety, I have also submitted a form requesting permission to present to the Boulder New Tech group. I've been to one meeting previously just to experience what it was all about. Seems quite professional and slightly intimidating to present/pitch an idea to the group. Some of those in the audience seem quite capable of tearing ideas apart...though I guess that could be a good thing.........if I actually decide to go through with the presentation if I'm offered a slot.

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2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

January 30, 2014

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

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

2 years, 4 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

CS at CU

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...

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 this site and the improvement of its design and interface, but my main focus at CU is the development of specific programming practices and understanding of systems. I really don't know much about how the computer interprets the high-level input I provide into its black box.

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notifications Maturing

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...

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 maybe I should change his name...

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Mobile Web Application Development

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...

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 telling people about my site, they often ask about the presence of a mobile app
2) The application is meant to be accessible from areas where experiences are occurring, or must be able to save information for later storage to site databases when data connection is present

Udacity has an interesting course called Mobile Web Development that I just began looking at. Seems like something potentially benefitial, as was their Web Development course I took at my leisure.

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Note Notifications and Signals

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, ...

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, creating new notifications to authors of experiences and narratives when certain corresponding notes are left by others. The bulletin board is a useful feature, aggregating the latest information regarding the journey, and is starting to feel alive -- at least it has the potential to feel alive.

Next steps include removing the aggregated comments on the board in favor of the notifications representing them, and working in greater code reuse for the notification templates. There is currently way too much variable checking, and I'm pretty sure there's a better form I can use to represent all of the various notifications without too much specificity.

I feel slightly competent with Django Signals, having previously been scared away from trying to understand the things. They seem pretty powerful, so I'm interested to see if they turn up useful for many other applications.

I did significant coding on the signal listening function before testing it, and was amazed to find that it wasn't completely broken (only required minor patching) when I threw a full-fledged request at it. Score!

I would also like to work AJAX into handling the notification read/unread toggling. Currently sending an entirely new request to handle the function.

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notification on Notifications

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...

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 seem much more intuitive. Just a single table for all of the stuff!

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Notifications

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...

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. So many opportunities for these notifications to be effective:
-Explorer following an experience of yours
-Various requests
-Fellow explorer wrote new narrative
-Pictures added
-Explorer added something to an experience you are following

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2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Couple Improvements

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.

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.

2 years, 5 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

December 20, 2013

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 ...

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 was a little busy, and I've moved it to a dropdown div displayed when the former div is hovered upon.

It feels great having this application available. I increasingly find myself using it as a journal (protected private experiences) and draw inspiration from it on a near-daily basis.

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2 years, 6 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

AJAX attempts

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...

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...

2 years, 8 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Greater Explorer Freedom

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...

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 thought that there would be one explorer per experience, at least one experience per explorer, and one experience per narrative (this last example is still implement--for the time being).

I'm currently in the process of performing some damage control regarding the > 0 experiences per explorer. I think it may be prudent to allow a user to create a new journey without the need for an initialized experience. I just think that's not how people work--at least not the majority.

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2 years, 8 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Logo

New logo design (possibly) final product!

New logo design (possibly) final product!

2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Embedding, Linking, Native App Thoughts

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,...

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, and I'm fairly happy with how it's working. It also feels good to just do some semi-intensive programming with good ole' Python. I'm going to try to improve the regular expression pattern code, as it's not catching www.google.com and is struggling with addresses with a trailing character (i.e. www.google.com. with that buggy trailing period...). But oh well! It's a step in the right direction in my mind, and it feels good.

I've been thinking a lot more about developing a better presence for the mobile experience. Right now there is no distinction between media devices. I think the page looks lovely on a laptop/desktop monitor, but it's fairly poor on my mobile phone.

I'm also interested in more than just altered presentation. Currently in the process of checking out the capabilities of running it as a native app accessed via internet--no need for constant connection, yet web based nonetheless (no idea how this would look/how to implement).

I'm continuing to contact those who may increase the publicity of this site. All I really want is to see some sort of utility of this site. It's a gift I've built, and I'd like to see someone enjoy it as much as I have.

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2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

No Growth

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...

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 can't even imagine the emotions that would be involved.

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2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Logo Design

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...

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 concentric circles with the distance between the outer edge decreasing by a factor of 2 towards the perimeter of the image edge (a square). This will symbolize the perimeter of the square being the personal limit and the journey towards it.

I'm debating using a 30-60-90 stacked triangle for the arrow heads, an equilateral triangle, or one with the golden ratio relating the two legs. Time to calculate a little more!

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2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Spreading Info

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...

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 webdeveloper.com for review and critique, and am in the process of checking out business card options. Not quite officially publicizing the thing yet, but building some energy for it online.

Perhaps sometime I'll see if any acquaintances via Facebook or other social groups may be interested. I'll be attending a couple networking meetups (Boulder New Tech and other entrepreneur groups) to see what's up.

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2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Having Started Classes

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...

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 a nice amount to leave me with time to work a significant amount of hours, as well as have time for my needed personal pursuits.

Updates as of late include narratives now being capable of being private (while still accessible to the explorers of the experience--transparency is kind of a must within the experience's explorers)--though I don't think that I've pushed those latest changes to my server and updated the database tables yet.

Exciting implementations include tying some organized methods to the models (specifically experience and narrative) to automate many of the functionality I'm currently juggling in the views. Need to centralize! I suppose that should've been more of an emphasis from the get-go with the object oriented nature of models that Django enforces. My coding style is quite sloppy at the moment, but I see immense improvements over the last few months (hey! I do have more of a centralized--though not completely independent--JS function for toggling <div> elements...).

I've spent most of the day today geeking out on thenewboston's YouTube tutorials for C++. I'll be using C++ and Java for a programming class this semester, and was slightly anxious about the possibility of needing to play major catch-up. I'm feeling slightly competent in the language at the moment. Bucky is quite a good teacher--would recommend him highly (having also watched many of his PHP tutorials back in the day).

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2 years, 9 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Streamlining and Future Goals

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...

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 html template snippets to have more of a universal presentation of information.

There were a couple fixes, one of which was the privitization of private experience photos.

Future work includes adding ability to create individually private narratives (a little unrealistic to have only the experience private), and adding email comrade requests functionality.

Met a neat dude while working in Cafe Sole just a couple hours ago. Was checking out Django for a possible project and we got to talking about frameworks, careers, and such stuff. Neat little networking.

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2 years, 10 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

New committed changes

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.
...

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.

Some improvements include:
-More centralized include templates for the note form (could probably still use considerable attention--get the javascript and id naming involved in the include)
-Separate views for the handling of invitation request accept/decline (was just jumbled in the bulletin_board view previously...)
-Minor CSS work

Happy with the changes at the moment! Time for a bike ride

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2 years, 10 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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...

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 circumstances. By no means have I lost interest in the pursuit, but energy has been demanded elsewhere.

The same in true regarding this experience. I haven't been able to spend 4-8 hours consistently typing away on the creation of new functions and code as I have been able to over most of the last 8-12 months. With my academic career's reinitiation approaching, energy has been required elsewhere. I have been excited about some implementations I have built, and have some lined up and ready for the commit-push to my server.

Publicizing is something I'm thinking a little more about in recent weeks, but I still don't feel this application has the necessary utility for facilitating an experience. I don't believe it to be intuitive enough at the moment. I personally find much utility in it, but the adoption by others is something I don't feel it ready for. Soon though...I believe.

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2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

YouTube Video Embedding Test

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...

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 code). Still fairly primitive implementation, but safe to say that it works! Time to enjoy the rewards of the production by watching the first embedded video: a review of X chromosome inactivation via epigenetic methods.

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Improvements

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Note to Self

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

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

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Relationship Status Change

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...

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 it, so no better time!

Updated the gallery detail html template to center images as well.

Now considering implementing automatically created narratives at experience milestones with explorer permission:
-When status of experience changed, request whether or not the explorer would like a generic (and short) narrative added to the experience. Editable and able to be expanded upon, of course.
-Similar narrative automatically added (if explorer approves) when the name of the experience is changed
-When new explorer added, welcoming narrative (again....with explorer go-ahead)

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Improvements

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Private Galleries

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 ...

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 security flaw. I will do my best to make your time worthwhile.

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Improvements

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Sorted Experiences

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 ...

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 be decided by the explorer), but I'm pretty happy with it!

The featured experience is always returned first. This experience is currently the second one in the line up. Had it been any lower in my list of experiences, it would jump up to second place following the submission of this narrative. But alas! The proof on the server will soon be documented when I update the experience pertaining to printing "Hello World!" biologically. I'm about to find the DNA sequence for the Green Fluorescent Protein and print it as a new narrative.

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Improvements

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Introduction to Acressity Improvements

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 ...

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 the ideolofy/philosophy of the site intact by confining it to a section of its own.

I feel pretty satisfied with the changes and feel more inclined to publicize the site sooner. I'm standing back and appreciating the gleaming shine of the newly applied polish. Hands on my hips, sweat upon by brow, smile upon my face.

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Improvements

2 years, 11 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Better, Baby

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

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

2 years, 12 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

Experience Tracking Implemented

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...

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 experiences into a single page for ease of following.

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Password Reset Implemented

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.

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.

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Improvements

3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Improvements All Around

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...

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 continued and rewarding effect it has on the individual?

I rode from Boulder to Longmont, CO (about 15 miles), and settled into Ziggi's Coffee shop to hammer out some more code for the site. I began developing the ability to make private experiences accessible to nobody other than those associated explorers. Much smoother than I was expecting, the entire schema change took just a coupe hours. I managed to improve the look and flow of a couple application processes, and the entire thing just worked! My confidence in my developing ability, my grasp of the various technologies I'm using, and my love for the Django framework all took significant increases today.

One of my favorite aspects of today was that I got to combine two of my favorite activities: cycling and developing. I feel as though the two activities complement each other as Ithink quite clearly following a ride. I would like to hold onto the feeling I'm experiencing at the moment, and overwhelming joy with the progress of the website and the feelings of wonder following a terrific ride integrate themselves in a harmonious blend.

I'm lounging beside the highway at the moment, only about 5 miles out from Boulder. Lying in the tall grass, munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and writing this narrative on my phone, I am peacefully content.

This application is one with usefulness for me. It is something I am immensely proud of, and something I know will provide lasting enjoyment as I set off on new experiences while being able to reflect upon the former ones. I would have loved to have this application available during my cross country bike trip.

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Improvements

3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Up and Running

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...

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 Math (more intensively).

Progress being made, baby!

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Achieved

3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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...

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 shell script to automate the process. Guess I need a cool name for the script...move_to_cloud? acressity_update? Lame, but so be it until further notice.

Everything that is currently implemented seems to be working smooth as silk at the moment. I just need a little more functionality before attention moves to publicizing, SEO, and maybe even seeking secondary help. There is a Meetup group here in Boulder, CO that I've been ignoring for far too long.

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Asking for Photo Permission

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 ...

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 gazing off into the distance in wonder while standing upon a frozen lake), so I contacted the photographer and am in the process of attempting to gain permission to use the photo.

I had been using the image privately on the site root while it was in production (only on my local machine), but don't feel it legal/prudent to keep using it in production (the site's finally live! It feels pretty nice thinking back on that from time to time) without permission.

I hope to hear back soon. I'd strongly recommend checking out his Flickr profile. Pretty outstanding.

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Feeling Pleased

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...

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 momentarily satisfied. I just figured it was significant to note that.

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Crazy for a Bit...

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...

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 frustratingly unhelpful.

I finally figured out what the issue was, and now feel like I'm in cloud 8. (9 would've come from figuring the problem out much sooner).

Well, I'm looking forward to new improvements and implementations rather than spending so much time on error handling and additional configuration.

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Current Status

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...

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 between what was working on my localhost and my live server.

I'm considering incorporating OpenID as a supplement/replacement for my current authorization system. Will require a bit of research, and working in a more work-conducive environment (currently writing this while goofing off with several others).

Failed logins are also currently triggering a server error instead of greeting the explorer with my custom message.

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Issues

3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Mobile Narrative Upload

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!

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!

3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Repository Synched!

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...

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, clean, and should only require a single line of code to synch.

I'm excited, and feel good about my basic knowledge of this new technology. Learning can be pretty cool

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Always Learning, Always Proceeding

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,...

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, not really thinking about publicizing much at all at the moment (beyond just a few friends).

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fully Functional, baby

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...

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 to many more! Now it's time to reward myself by watching an episode of Louie.

Next steps are learning the ropes of Git repositories for proper version control and realigning my now-modified directory structure and settings with my local development environment. Actually kinda excited about this further development...

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3 years ago

By Andrew Gaines

Battleship Operational

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...

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 available to the entire world...

I wasn't expecting the rush of emotion in the least. Usually when developing, I feel so caught up in the details that I don't look much at the view I see as I gaze out over where I've been. Truly feeling like I'm near a peak of existence at the moment. I love it!

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Further Steps

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

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

3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Arduous Recovery

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...

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 better part of two days figuring out what exactly was wrong, only to come up dry...

Deciding to delete the database and start anew with South's creations of the tables from scratch, I dumped the latest version of my db and set to work. Hair pulling, frustration, and many epiphanies later, it's back! I had to scrape the old data from the dump and insert it back into the database using the Django IPython shell. Wasn't easy working with all the dependent data and figuring out what I needed first, but it feels great having sharpened by programming chops a little in the process. We're back up and running on the localhost!

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Leap Forward!

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!

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!

3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Beam me up!

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.

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.

3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Calming from Frustration

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) ...

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) the day before from Boulder, and everything seemed so smooth as I started up my development server and began wittling away on a problem facing me in regards to this application.

30 minutes later, my database was corrupted due to a failed migration (cut off partway through), and errors were piling up without much indication as to what was wrong. Hair pulling (I think I look a bit like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands at the moment) and heavy sighing later, I decided to switch back to my old database which I had luckily backup up just 4 days ago. I think the problem may have been associated with trying to rename the site and everything else from Alegrity to Alegrity (probably still won't be the final name).

Having now reverted back to the old database and lost minimal data, I'm ready to keep wittling on the original problem. Hopefully not too much frustration...

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Progress Update

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...

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 packages installed including SublimeLinter, Package Control, and a few Django syntax/snippet packages.

Next steps include adding functionality to the bulletin board, making it a sort of inbox/notification access zone for each successive login (new comments, experience invite requests, etc), and updating much of the information regarding the forms (showing error messages alongsite the proper input field).

I'm feeling fairly optimistic at the moment, just a little concerned about money with which to purchase the domain name (contacted the current owner of the domain I'm interested in--www.alegrity.com), and rent server space.

Well, I've got more coding to do!

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Test

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

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

3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fiddling Around

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...

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 requested these pages via said laptop's installed Django-provided server.

Since I have been using my new laptop for about a week, the files have quite a few changes I've implemented. Wanting the two computers to have an identical copy, I fiddled around with using a remote access application in conjunction with a shared folder (the remote VNC application only allowed single file transfers). Got it working, and this test marks the first instance of this web application submitting to the database via a request to an external server.

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

New news

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 ...

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 good deal of additional work, needing a way to filter out the notes that have been viewed, while still being able to see them as an archive.

I've been experimenting with icons for various functional links. The first icons that I chose were a bit gimmicky, but I was more satisfied with the second wave of icons. Not sure that I'll stick with them, but I'll do a bit of experimentation.

Considering the testing of this application, I'm considering publicizing the ip address from which it can be accessed on our building's LAN. Needing to get some mileage out of this as part of the next step.

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Fresh Progress

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...

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 functions, and am liking them at the moment.

I've centralized the registration process, now solely using a separate view for the actual experience logging/tour/registration process. User interface has been improved significantly. Some messages have been added to hopefully alleviate some confusion.

Some things to be worked on in the near future:
-Settle any gallery issues
-Implement a hurrah feature
-Increase usefulness of bulletin board
-Make the site more user friendly
-Get some user feedback....scary...

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Progress with Invitations

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...

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 needs debugging, but what else is new??

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Update

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...

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, but still requires a bit of work.

Regarding the live version, I'm currently in the process of attempting to obtain the rights to www.alegrity.com. Currently owned by someone else, and I only have about $75 to spare...

Steps after this include initial alpha feedback (long process), owning server space (dedicated server is not realistic at the moment), deploying the project, and getting initial beta feedback.

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Low Point...

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...

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 attempting to resolve an issue with the database schema at the time, and made the mistake of attaching my profile to an experience. Then while attempting to test the deletion of the experience, I realized to my dismay that my entire journey was deleted in a cascading action at the same time. Photos I had uploaded, experiences I had developed and written about, narratives I composed, and various other types of data were instantaneously lost.

I had tried creating a copy of my database just a few days prior, but was unable to restore the data. As if that isn't enough, my computer is also spiraling towards obsolescence. The keyboard periodically skips the registration of keystrokes, requiring a love affair with the backspace key to return to an error in typing. I have no battery power left, now only able to run the computer when directly plugged in. From time to time, the faulty adapter will drop its support and cause the entire system to crash instantly.

But oh well! Although I was frustrated at the outset of writing this narrative, I have regained my sense of enthusiasm. Writing about the issues seems to help. Plus, I believe I have learned a valuable lesson from this problem. Back to the drawing board.

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3 years, 1 month ago

By Andrew Gaines

Acressity

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