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Pumpkin Patch 2014

Spent some time in Lebanon, OH visiting a small group of farms upholding my mother-in-law’s family traditions. We also took our daughter here for her very first time.

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Embedded Twitter Feed

Embedded Twitter Feed for Umbraco

Basic embedded twitter feed macro for usage on your Umbraco website. There is a 7.x version and a 4.11.x version available.

Takes parameters to embed a twitter timeline including the ability to:

  • Change height and width
  • Link Color
  • Data-Chrome settings (header, footer, scrollbar)
  • Number of Tweets to show

Embedded Twitter Feed CSHTML

@* Embedded Twitter Feed
 * ---------------------
 * Create a widget from Twitter.com FIRST - https://twitter.com/settings/widgets
 * Embedded Timeline API - https://dev.twitter.com/docs/embedded-timelines
 * All of these settings are for the local end. User & Search information
 * Should be setup on the actually widget creation page.
 *
 *
*@

@{
    string widgetID = Parameter.widgetID;
    string width = Parameter.width;
    string height = Parameter.height;
    string linkColor = Parameter.linkColor;
    string numTweets = (Parameter.numTweets != "") ? Parameter.numTweets : "";
    var chrome = "";

@* Boolean values store as string 1 and 0 *@
    if ( Parameter.header == "1" ) {
        chrome += "noheader ";
    } if ( Parameter.footer == "1" ) {
        chrome += "nofooter ";
    } if ( Parameter.scrollbar == "1" ) {
        chrome += "noscrollbar ";
    }
}

<div>
<a class="twitter-timeline" 
    data-widget-id="@widgetID" 
    data-link-color="@linkColor" 
    width="@width" 
    height="@height" 
    data-chrome="@chrome"
    data-tweet-limit="@numTweets">
    </a>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script>
</div>

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Umbraco Package: Form Wrangler

Form Wrangler is a package for Umbraco that assembles a list of files, with links, from a selected media library folder ID. This package was initially designed for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Website and released to the Our Umbraco community on 22 November 2013.

Form Wrangler Parameters:

  • Name: Media Folder
  • Alias: mediaFolder
  • Type: mediaCurrent

Form Wrangler CSHTML

@inherits umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicNodeContext
@{
    if ( String.IsNullOrEmpty(@Parameter.mediaFolder) ) {
        &ltp>A folder has not been selected</p>
    }  
    
    var folder = Parameter.mediaFolder; 
    var media = Model.MediaById(folder); 
}

    @helper traverse(dynamic node) { 
        var cc = node.Children; 
        if ( cc.Count()>0 && node.NodeTypeAlias == "Folder" ) {
            <ul>@foreach (var c in cc) {
        <li@structure(c) @traverse(c)</li>
            </ul>
            } 
       } 
    }

    @helper structure( dynamic node ){ 
        if ( node.NodeTypeAlias == "Folder" ) { 
            <span id="@node.Name.ToLower().Replace(" ", "_")" class="folder">@node.Name</span> 
        } else { 
            <a href="@node.Url" target="_blank">@node.Name</a> 
        } 
    }
    <div class="formWrangler">@traverse(media)</div>

Form Wrangler in Action

Form Wrangler
Disclaimer: Form Wrangler was designed “as-is”. Greg McMullen does not provide any warranty of the item whatsoever, whether express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free.

Coach Greg McMullen

A Farewell Letter

As many of you know, my time at Rose-Hulman was always limited. Sarah and I knew that match day would come and we would inevitably be told where we were going to live, not by our hearts, but by a computer system.

On Friday, March 21 we opened a letter, read the words and to saw we will be starting a new life in Northern Kentucky.

When I started coaching, I never envisioned leaving a program would be as hard as it is today. I’ve had the opportunity to coach a variety of swimmers ranging from 6-22. From people just happy to learn the strokes, to (now) NCAA All-Americans. Believe me when I say it’s just as hard to leave this team as it was a 6-year-old that held on to my leg at a swim meet.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding in year one as I was trying to find my voice and for your attention as we all “adjusted” in year two.

I wish you all nothing but the best and hope to see as many as I can before I leave. Currently, there is no timeline when I will leave.

If anyone wants to stay in contact you can always find me on twitter.

Thank you and best of luck in everything you do.

Edit: As of May 30, 2014 I will no longer be working for Rose-Hulman.

Reaching Your Full Potential

People look towards family and close friends for support. How often do these requests get laughed at? Ignored? Supported? Or encouraged? No matter the outcome, these situations strengthen connections and can often help when reaching your full potential.

Find what you love.

I’ve come up with some fairly off-the-wall ideas from paintball, laser tag to a web design/development firm. All of them have come crashing down with love and support of our families. They knew we wouldn’t succeed, because we were capable of so much more and our hearts weren’t in it.

I recently talked with a Gen X’er about how Millennial’s (such as myself) often job hop. My question, why is this a bad thing? Sometimes you need to job hop! It’s the easiest way to stop doing something you do not enjoy.

Want to reach your full potential? Know what you do not want to do and what you are not capable of doing. In Jay Baer’s terms, “stop doing what you are not uniquely qualified to do.”

Succeed, no matter what!

Success is hard to come by, expect and embrace failure. Reaching your full potential is lined with success, but it will also be entangled by failure. Success is not determined by failure, but your reaction.

Failure is not intertwined with “I give up.” Instead, you should react with “okay, this method does not work. How can I improve it?” Your drive and determination contribute to your success.

Reaching your full potential.

In an earlier post, Reaffirming a Coaching Career, a former swimmer of mine shared why my belief in him proved beneficial. Find someone who inspires you to do great things.

Having someone believe and share in your success, is a great inspirational tool.

How have you helped someone reach their full potential? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.