What Can Siri Do For Me?

If you are like me – you have an Apple iPhone and the thought of using Siri sounds awesome but after a few smart comments trying to get her to say something funny back (because you are not sure what all you can really say/get out of Siri) – you forget about her and move on.

Apple recently updated the Siri page so now you can easily find out what you can ask her to make her as useful as you wanted her to be all this time. Enjoy!

http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

My new favorite things to do with Siri

  • “Flip a coin”
  • “Yes or no?”
  • “Take a picture”
  • “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
  • “How humid is it in Chicago right now?”
  • “Pick a card”
  • “Call me champ” (or whatever you want to be called)

Custom Date Sort with jQuery Tablesorter and Bootstrap Table Plugin

In the past week I have dealt with two different needs to sort a table date column (using a custom date format) using a JS plugin jQuery Tablesorter 2.0 and Bootstrap Table. If you use custom date formats – the default sort will not always work. In my case – it was sorting the dates by month name alphabetically and not by date order. Here is how you can use both plugins to sort by date order:

Example date format: Jan 28-Jan 31 (date for this example was a span of dates – in which I wanted to sort by the starting date)

Custom date sort solution in two steps for jQuery Tablesorter and Bootstrap Table:

jQuery Tablesorter

  1. Add data to the table header:
    <th data-sorter="shortDate" data-date-format="yyyymmdd">Date</th>
  2. Add a hidden span before your actual date in the data that then matches the format specificed above:
    <span style="display:none"><?php echo date( "Ymd", strtotime($date) ));?></span> Jan 28-Jan 31

Very similar to the jQuery Tablesorter solution:

Bootstrap Table

  1. Add data to the table header:
    <th data-field="created" data-sortable="true">Created</th>
  2. Add a hidden span before your actual date in the data that then matches the format specificed above:
    <span style="display:none"><?php echo date( "Ymd", strtotime($date) ));?></span> Jan 28-Jan 31

Now you can easily sort any date format using these two plugins so you can format the date however you want and still be able to sort by date on that column.

Music Pick 2 for Mid March 2015

Kryder & The Wulf – Good Vibes (Original Mix) just made it to my spring running mix.

Grab your copy on Beatport HERE: http://btprt.dj/1au0fge

#1 Rule for Being Productive

Focus on what is really important.

It is that simple. I was reminded this morning that a lot of people are not very productive and overwhelmed because they fail to focus on what is really important. Instead they waste a lot of time and effort on what is not important.

If you find yourself putting a lot of time and energy into something – ask yourself (sometimes multiple times) – “Is this what is really important?”

Example: people will get stuck in the “you said/I said” cycle and spend hours on that all while complaining that they have no time to do the actual task – they just get stuck talking about it. Know when to stop talking about something and actually do something about it.

The action is what is really important – not over talking about the action. Yes – this means you sometimes need to leave your ego at the door because at the end of the day your ego is never more important than what you actually do/accomplish.

Words of Wisdom for Today

“We will move forward. We all can’t be perfect – and in our imperfections, we find ways to be better” – Jennifer Zelazny (me)

Small Changes = Big Results

Looking to make some changes in your life? Try doing the same – small – assessable changes. Small steps allow for big changes. Every month or so – I try and re-assess where I am at both personally and professionally and then create new goals. (Think mini New Years resolutions that actually happen.)

Examples:

  • Personal: take 2 hours to do nothing except relax on a weekend day (without feeling guilty)
  • Personal: do 100 push-ups for 100 days
  • Personal: substitute nuts for chips for snacks
  • Personal: call old friends who I have not spoken to in the last 2-3 months
  • Professional: increase transparency by making sure each client logs in and understands our project management system
  • Professional: find a way to give back (donation, time) to a cause
  • Professional: talk about the benefit of unit testing for clients who could benefit from it

Make sure you write your goals down so once you have achieved them, you can cross them out. This sounds simple/not-important but crossing something off is surprisingly rewarding. This also helps you re-assess your priorities and goals for the next month.

Planning/re-assessing every few months works well for me because it makes me focus on things that are obtainable, assessable, and allow for tweaks/changes along the way (vs. big plans/big failures). I know not everything will go perfectly or as planned – but keeping on track and allowing myself flexibility ultimately allows me more success than failure.

Quote for the Day

This is a perfect quote that relates to just about everything and anything. After a bad day – I always come back to this.

“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.” -Joe Paterno