Sending Email From PHP On GoDaddy (And Possibly Other Hosts)

Recently, while working on the temporary site for Moonfar, I wanted to send the user an email as confirmation that they had signed up for email notifications. Essentially, you define the recipient, the subject line, the body, a few headers, and then call the mail() function while passing those parameters to it. PHP's mail() function does the rest, provided that your host has PHP configured properly.

WebVisions 2008 Conference Debriefing

I recently attended the WebVisions 2008 conference in Portland, OR. It was my first conference, so I can't speak to the quality with much experience. However, my general opinion was that there was some good, some bad, and some ugly, as one might expect. That said, the good was well worth the experience. Plus, I won the grand prize raffle: Adobe CS3 Premier. Although, as of the date of this post, I have not yet received it.

You can find the podcasts of the presentations and the associated presentation slides with these links:

Tips And Tricks

This is intended to be a living document, so check back often for new tips and tricks to help your guitar playing. These appear in no particular order.

Use a metronome when you practice. This helps establish consistent timing, accuracy, and synchronization between your left and right hands. Your playing will improve much faster by using a metronome. You can also build up speed by slowly increasing the tempo in small increments such as 8bpm at a time.

Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 3

Illustrated in A Major

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Scale Fingerings

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Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 2

Illustrated in C Major

The Shape 2 Major Scale is a moveable root-5 (meaning that the 5th string contains the root of the scale) major scale. This example is illustrated in C major and should be practiced in all available positions. [[{"type":"media", "view_mode":"media_large", "fid":"15", "attributes":{"class":"media-image", "typeof":"foaf:Image", "style":""}}]]

Scale Fingerings

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Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 1

Illustrated in G Major

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Scale Fingerings

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Add A Digg Badge To WordPress Posts/Pages

I know there are a lot of widgets and plugins for WordPress out there for adding a Digg badge to posts (I know, because I tried half a dozen or so of them) but I didn't find any that worked consistently and provided the functionality I wanted. After researching the Digg Tools API and a few other examples online, I've composed this block of code for generating Digg badges.

Warm Up Exercises Part 1

I'm calling this post "Warm Up Exercises Part 1" because I suspect that I will come up with other warm up exercises later, so this will be the first installment. I'd like to share these because, while these are not difficult, challenging, or groundbreaking, had I known how to use them years ago, I would be a much better guitarist today.

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