I implore you to not take the patent bar right before the finals of your last semester of law school, because, if you're anything like me, you're going to find that it's next to impossible to actually study for your exams. Studying for the patent bar wiped me out and it's been nothing but an uphill battle trying to prepare for finals. Couple that with the fact that I can't seem to put my Nintendo DS Lite down (more on that soon) and the beautiful weather and, well, yah.
I realize I'm not alone in this last-semester-apathy thing, but I think it's safe to say I'm leading the pack.
Update: This poll has been closed.
So, my first poll. I think everything is in place and should work without issue, but please e-mail me if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Thanks in advance for your input with regard to the poll question. Note that the results will be shown on this page immediately after you vote.
Do you like the current single-column layout?
- Yes, keep it! (54%)
- Yes, but I liked the two-column design more. (31%)
- No, please, for the love of god, anything else! (14%)
As per my request, I've received quite a few recommendations for polling packages and have settled on Democracy AJAX Poll (thanks Hale), which is exactly what I was looking for, not to mention the fact that it's already packaged as a WordPress plugin. It has everything I wanted and was reluctant to mention in the previous post: simple IP-based cookie system for blocking multiples votes from the same person, CSS bar graphs (no images), ability to link to specific polls (because I'd like to run them as regular posts),1 and it's written in PHP. Perfect.
I'm not quite sure what I'm going to be polling about (past the first one that I'll likely put up later today or tomorrow), but I do think they're 'fun' and will try to get them up here somewhat regularly.
As ever, I've thought a lot about the polls' "future-proofness" and when the time comes that the plugin is no longer maintained (and I myself can't find the time to keep it going), I can simply go to each post that contains a poll, copy the generated source, paste it into the post itself, and then note that the poll has been closed. In other words, I'll never lose the results. ↩
If you're aware of any voting software that would allow me to run a simple poll from my site (and have the results updated in real-time), please send me a link. I haven't been able to find much and because of that I'm not going to outline the features I'd like to see (I don't want to put something that I could possibly hack to my liking out of contention right off the bat). If this request turns up no real options, I'll likely just code my own, but I find it hard to believe that what I'm looking for doesn't already exist.
If you don't live in the Bay Area you probably have no idea how bad the weather has been for the past two and a half months. It's been cold, rainy, and all-around nasty 24 hours a day for as long as I can remember. Unbelievable. Not a day went by that someone within earshot of me didn't hear me mumble something about northern California being the new England and how much I missed the Florida sunshine.
That said, the weather looks like it's getting back to the California I know from movies and TV and despite the fact that law school finals are just around the corner, it's a safe bet that if I'm not in my apartment this next week I'm out at the pool.
The reply I hear most often from friends in response to me telling them that they should start a website is, "What would I write about? I have nothing to say." I don't get it -- I've currently got 68(!) posts-to-be in my "scratch" folder. How did this repository ever get to be so big? No matter, either way I've got to ship some of this stuff or slash it. Ugh. Let the pruning begin.