Thoughts, Musings, Epiphanies & Rants... If you're into that sort of thing

Video Game Programming

So, I’ve been programming for like 15 years. 12 professionally, and about 5 as a part of a team at private firms. And every 2 years or so I checkout the state of video game development. we all had that same dream as kids, to create our own video game and I think I never outgrew it. However, the space between my skill as a programmer and the state of video game dev tools, coupled with my need to pay rent in the meantime always leaves me feeling like i’ll try again in a few years lol… Anyway, I spent…

How to Add a sidebar to the Product Page

I’ve done this a few times already, but I ran into an issue today because xcart 5.1 and xcart 5.2 handle it differently (somewhat). I’ll give you both ways. First, here’s the code you need to accomplish this: Basically, whats happening here is we are redefining this core function to not include the ‘product’ page in that array. Before I go any further, I want to clarify that in order to apply this or any other change you MUST be working in your own module. Ok, so within your module create a file called Controller in the view folder and…

Xcart Development

So, we upgraded to x-cart 5 at the office this year. I’ve built out maybe 3 stores so far and let me tell you.. It’s a Beast! There are things I love and things I hate, but the things I hate mostly boil down to the learning curve. I’ll try to post stuff here that I discover that may be helpful. I’ll also be developing one or more of my own modules, hopefully to go in the official marketplace. Still waiting to hear back from the xcart team though. I think this will be fun.. X-cart has quickly become my…



 “‘Tis the season!”  …Nope, not for family and togetherness and good tidings and warm beds… But for Shopping!   Every year as we approach Black Friday I have a slight cringe in my spirit and feel the need to distance myself from the human race as they “celebrate” the consumerism that makes this nation what it is.  As advertiser’s whip people into a loosely controlled frenzy to be turned loose on Friday morning (or Thursday night), to scramble to purchase things they don’t need with money that’s often better spent elsewhere, in an attempt to get a “deal.” Don’t get me wrong…

“Proper posture is a way of blending with gravity… Proper attitude is a way of blending with life.”

– :::Blending with life::: –

“Life is not suffering; it’s just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind’s attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens.”  -Way of the Peaceful Warrior

– :::Suffering is Choice::: –

“The thoughtless man, even if he can recite a large portion (of the law), but is not a doer of it, has no share in the priesthood, but is like a cowherd counting the cows of others.”

“The follower of the law, even if he can recite only a small portion (of the law), but, having forsaken passion and hatred and foolishness, possesses true knowledge and serenity of mind, he, caring for nothing in this world or that to come, has indeed a share in the priesthood.”

-Dhammapada [twin verses]

– :::Purpose > Ritual::: –

“Children see the world through a lens of innocence and trust, not marred by personal bias or pervasive mistrust of other people.  Through the unjaded eyes of a child, the world is filled with wonder and strangers are friends not yet met… we ought all strive to be more childish.”

– :::Be More Childish::: –

“Compassion can be roughly defined in terms of a state of mind which is non-violent, non-harming and non-aggressive. It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards the other.” -Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

– :::The Art of Compassion::: –

“Oneself is refuge of oneself,
who else indeed could refuge be?
By good training of oneself
one gains a refuge hard to gain.” -Dhammapada

– Save Yourself –
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