Ben Brink

December 12, 2006

This blog is closing

All new posts will be made at

I will be moving all the posts in this blog there in the near future


July 8, 2006

I connected my PHP site to a mySQL database today

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June 22, 2006

Navigation categories based on life categories

Filed under: All Ben Brink — benbrink @ 5:51 pm

Our computer file system, our blogs, our bookmark lists, our email clients group information into categories. But do you have a consistent category list?Many self improvement gurus provide lists of things that should be in balance to have a fulfilling life. Why not choose one of these lists as a category list in your navigation. You would then have a constant reminder of what’s important in your daily life when you use your computer.Here are some examples. (I’ll complete the table later, but you get the idea)

Name Categories Proposed by Motivation/Advantages
Archetypes Four:·         King, ·         Warrior, ·         Magician, ·         Lover Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette I read the book ( and I spent a good couple of weeks reframing every activity I did into one of these categories. 10 years later I still do every once and a while and it normally makes everything seem a little more colorful and meaningful even if it in reality is just a boring activity like filling out tax returns. Apparently these archetypes are for men only, women can choose to ignore this or find some equivalent archetypes for women
Ohm Two:·         Presence ·         Identity Me Whatever we do we are either practicing acceptance and bringing ourselves closer to the universe or we a distancing our self from the universe. Both may be fine, but it would be great to be reminded that one has this choice when we start navigating for anything. Maybe you will find that we don’t have to be suckered into choosing identity and instead spend a moment reuniting with the universe. This list could work well together with other category lists. This could be the top level “gate keeper” choice, and after you have chosen identity you could get presented with another list.
Covery Habits 7 (+1):·         Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Vision·         Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Leadership·         Put First Things First: Principles of Personal Management·         Think Win/Win: Principles of Interpersonal Leadership·         Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood·         Synergize Principles of Creative Communication·         Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal Steven Covery I’m unclear how I would use this to file anything, I think that they are habits that are meant to be applied to any issue.
Categories of Improvement Five to 20. You must choose them, but Tony does suggest that you split them up into 2 super categories: ·         Personal Life·         Professional Life Tony Robbins I don’t like the split between Professional Life and Personal Life and the actual categories could be any chosen from any of the other category lists. I suggest that you do the exercises Tony suggests. Tony also introduces an idea for sub navigations in terms of projects, outcomes, purposes, activities…  
Radiuses of existence Seven:·         Emotions·         Body & Health·         Family & Friends·         Home & Leisure ·         Work & Career·         Community ·         Universe & Mind(Yes I had to choose 7 categories) Me I feel this list works quite well for me, but there is of course an insane amount of overlap
7 Intelligences 7:·         Linguistic ·         Logical-Mathematical ·         Bodily-Kinesthetic ·         Spatial ·         Musical ·         Interpersonal ·         Intrapersonal Howard Gardner Good for reminding us to diversify from using a single approach to our daily challenges. Probably not great as a navigation as most of us primarily use only a few of these, but use many   
32 Strengths I’m not going to list them here, and the authors are particularly stingy about sharing them Marcus Buckingham and Donald O.Cifton According to the authors the idea isn’t to balance your usage, but to focus on the strengths that you have.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs ·         Physiological (Biological needs)·         Safety·         Love/Belonging·         Status (Esteem)·         Actualization Abraham Maslow Great to remind you that once you have covered the more basic needs you are not going to achieve more satisfaction by repeating the same actions that got you there: when you’ve got enough food eating more will just make you fat. When you’ve got enough money, making more will just make you miserable
Dungeon and Dragon attributes I remember these as:·         Strength·         Dexterity·         Charisma·         Intelligence·         Wisdom I didn’t find these categories satisfying when playing D&D as a kid, and I doubt they would add much now

June 21, 2006

Users are losers

Filed under: All Ben Brink, Community & Activism — benbrink @ 1:29 pm

I wish somebody would write a work of fiction about the sensational scientific discovery of huge quantities of a previously unknown drug found in the fumes of petrol, the air conditioning of cars and the fabrics used in their interior upholstery. The effects of the drug could then be described painstakingly with the full range of symptoms seen for existing drugs (Everything from coke, crack, tranquilizers, glue, alcohol you name it.) The clinch is that all of the symptoms are those already visible in the behavior of car drivers; e.g. the complete apathy to the polluting of the planet, the disregard for other peoples safety, the neurotic image consciousness that guides car purchase choices, the financial ruin, the insanely aggressive behavior, the deteriorating health mainly due to physical inactivity, the road rage, the low self-esteem. The story could digress into a description of the industry's (and their bought politician's) rationalization that the use of the drug, while potentially lethal in large quantities should not be legislated against as consumers are perfectly capable of making their own decisions.  

March 8, 2006

McDonalds game

Filed under: All Ben Brink — benbrink @ 3:12 pm

The McDonalds game. Very well made. I hope that it gets out to the people who need to know

February 23, 2006

Filed under: Relationships — benbrink @ 2:03 pm

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain c/o Rodney Morgen

February 22, 2006

Sher’s Dittohead Devil’s Dictionary Project

Filed under: Community & Activism — benbrink @ 3:44 pm

the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists

Filed under: All Ben Brink, Community & Activism — benbrink @ 3:20 pm

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the houses of its children. This is not a way of life…Under the cloud of war, it is humanity hanging itself on a cross of iron

Dwight D Eisenhower

CSS for compact tree lists

Filed under: Meta Knowledge — benbrink @ 2:03 pm

Put this style tags in head section:

ul{line-height: 10px;}
li{line-height: 10px;}
li{font size= 10}
li{list-style-type: square; }

February 21, 2006

Wendell Berry

Filed under: Community & Activism, Good life, Soul & Emotions — benbrink @ 2:17 pm,GGLG:2005-28,GGLG:en&q=Wendell+Berry


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