New Site Released!

So I’ve finally released my new website! As I said before, I have made it database-driven, made use of object-oriented PHP, and changed the content and design a lot. I’m still fiddling with minor design issues to try to make it look nicer, but the content is all done and essentially finished. In general, I’ve tried to make it more like a portfolio/resume than just a random personal website that serves no purpose besides showing blogging and posting pictures (which is what I use wordpress and shutterfly for anyways). Also, some of you may have noticed that the url of this blog changed a little bit. now points to a splash page that links to this blog.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. If you think something looks bad or doesn’t fit very well, let me know. I’m always looking for an excuse to avoid my reading :p

Oh, and Happy Chinese New Year!

All right, I should start my homework now.

Upgraded…Oh Yeah and Happy New Year!

Probably can’t tell, but WordPress has been upgraded. I must say the UI is much improved, as is functionality. Very cool.

Anyways, so what’ve I been up to during the break? Well as hinted at before I’ve been trying to revamp my website. One of the goals was to make it database driven. Another was to use object oriented PHP when possible. So far I think I’ve made good progress with those targets. I’ve developed a basic web-based database administration tool for me to maintain my database stuff without using phpmyadmin, which should hopefully prove useful if I want to quickly update something on the site. I’ve also written a few classes to make the “architecture” of my website object oriented. There’s a database interface object that handles all the MySQL querying and whatnot and spits out information in PHP arrays, as well as a form object to do various things like spit out HTML for certain form elements and displaying content that comes out of the database object.

That’s all fine and dandy. Here’s the next step: I need a front end and I don’t really have any ideas at the moment. So hopefully in this last week of break I can put something together that looks nice and neat. Knowing me I’ll probably try to come up with something unnecessarily elaborate when I only really need something simple and plain. We’ll see. At this point, I’ve written some “administrative” tools but have no viewable website to administrate. Yeah…kind of important.

I came back from College Youth Convocation (CYC) a few days ago. As always, it’s good to spend more time praying and hearing the Words of God. Always. I’ll probably give more reflections in other posts and future entries.

I’ve also finally gotten around to watching Wall-e and Iron Man. Pretty good stuff. Tony Stark is sort of a cocky jerk but his suit is definitely cool, as is his house.

I can’t believe theres only about one more week of break left :(. As always, Calvin and Hobbes express my sentiments best: “there’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want to do.”

Offense is the Best Defense

Jos 11:7-8 NKJV

(7)  So Joshua and all the people of war with him came against them suddenly by the waters of Merom, and they attacked them.

(8)  And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who defeated them and chased them to Greater Sidon, to the Brook Misrephoth, and to the Valley of Mizpah eastward; they attacked them until they left none of them remaining.

This verse is indicative of how Joshua and the Israelites were active fighters, rather than passive. They made haste to go to the enemy rather than waited for the enemy to come to them. The Israelites camped at Gilgal but never fought a battle there – Joshua always set out towards the enemy to drive them out of their land.

We have a tendency to settle in complacency, to be satisfied with our current level of spirituality. We don’t like fighting or struggle. We’d rather come to a stage where everything seems nice and stay there. This tendency is exhibited by the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh in Numbers 32 – they had received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan and requested that they not cross over the Jordan with their brethren.

This kind of mentality, however, is very passive and not mission oriented. It’s not enough to just know that God can give us victory – we need to take action and conquer our sins and evil habits by obeying God. We don’t just passively wait for temptation to come and then put up a defensive wall, leaving everything to our own self control – we actively seek out our sinful habits and uproot them, knowing that if we fight, God will deliver them into our hands. Is there some bad habit we know entangles us? Don’t just sit there and hope we can control it next time – do something about it!

And if we take measures and still fail? Re-examine, repent, re-inquire of God, and take action again (Joshua 7-8).