lardbucket: 2007 : september



Filed under: General — aschmitz @ 3:13 pm

So, over the last weekend, I participated in the 2007 Rails Rumble competition. I had a great time writing my new application, GradeSeed. It’s an online gradebook application that can be used by teachers and students to keep track of their grades. It’s got a ton of features, and a pretty slick user interface. That, and it was all developed by just me, in only 48 hours. (I didn’t even work on it for all 48 of those hours, either.) Unlike several previous Rails competitions, this competition is being judged by you, people on the Internet. I’d most totally appreciate your vote. Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. In the top frame, click on “Register” (you might have to scroll down to find it).
  3. Fill out the form, use a valid email address. They promise not to spam you.
  4. Check your email for a message from Rails Rumble, and click the link inside.
  5. Head back to, and vote for my application. 5 stars in every category (there are 4 categories) would be much appreciated.

Your vote will be automatically saved. If you think there needs to be a good solution to online grading, or that other online gradebook systems are nearly unusable (like MyGradeBook), please check out GradeSeed, and then vote for it.

If you would like to take a look at the interface for either Teachers or Students, just log in as a teacher or student with the Username (Email Address or Classname) of “demo” and the Password (or Student Code) of “demo”.

Andy Schmitz

P.S. I’m looking for comments on what you think can be improved on GradeSeed, and what you think is already pretty good. Please leave any comments, suggestions, etc. in the comments. Thanks!


Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Filed under: General — aschmitz @ 9:12 pm

“Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling-block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.”

– Pericles recalling the advantages of Athens over other Greek city-states.

I just thought that was important enough to call attention to. Discussion is valuable, regardless of how others may view it as something to be avoided.



Wisdom Teeth

Filed under: General — aschmitz @ 7:17 pm

Well, it’s not exactly fun. I had my wisdom teeth removed at like 9:30 on Friday. Apparently, most of them came out cleanly, and only my lower-left tooth had to be drilled out. So far, it’s gone like so:


  • 11:30 AM – Ride home. Teeth hurt a bit, but I’m still kinda numb. I think I got local anesthesia + general anesthesia, but I’m not sure about the first part. That would explain why my jaw was numb though.
  • 12:30 PM – Ow. Now things start hurting. I lie down with some ice and drift in and out of sleep. No new painkillers yet.
  • 1:30 PM – Mom gets back with my prescription. Take 2 Vicodin equivalents (5mg hydrocodone, 500mg acetaminophen), 1 penicillin, part of a chocolate pudding cup, and a bit of water. Stop eating the pudding when my teeth hurt too much. Lie back down without ice.
  • 5:00 PM – Wake back up. Take 2 painkillers (and 1 penicillin?), eat 1.5 cups of chocolate pudding. My teeth don’t hurt much at all any more. Stay awake, read email, sit around dazed. Alternate half-hours with and without ice.
  • 10:00 PM – Take 2 more painkillers and another penicillin, have some pudding, solve USAMTS 5/1/19, go to sleep.


  • 6:30 AM – Wake up, teeth don’t hurt too much if I don’t move around. Don’t hurt too much anyway.
  • 7:45 AM – Eat some vanilla yogurt, take 1 Tylenol equivalent (500mg acetaminophen).
  • 1:30 PM – Not sure on the timing of this, but: Eat some banana yogurt, two cups of chocolate pudding. Consider and take another Tylenol, consider ice.
  • 2:30 PM – Decide left cheek is swollen enough to warrant ice. Put some on for an hour or so, alternating every half-hour.
  • 6:00 PM – Get hungry, have a half-bowl of applesauce, dice and then microwave a slice of pizza, eating it slowly. Almost want another Tylenol, decide against it.
  • 7:15 PM – Decide to take another Tylenol

If I feel like it, I’ll update later. Not sure there’ll be much more noteworthy though.

Andy Schmitz

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