Ben Lobaugh Online


List column names in a MySQL table

This will allow you to quickly and easily select a list of column names from a MySQL table.

  2. SELECT DISTINCT column_name
  3. FROM information_schema.COLUMNS
  4. WHERE table_name='{YOUR TABLE NAME}'

Recursively count all files in a directory from the terminal

If you utilize the terminal on a regular daily basis like I do you are bound to run into times when you need to get a count of how many files exist in a directory structure. Here is some code that will display that count for you.

  1. find . -type f | wc -l

The '.' in the command above refers to the current directory. If the directory you are inspecting exists elsewhere replace '.' with the path to that directory.

VW Bus gets a spring cleaning

Last weekend I pulled my 1965 VW Bus out of storage and cleaned her up to get rolling for some springtime and summer fun!

Dual monitors at Drip City

Finally found the USB extension and I am now able to have dual monitors at coffee shops!

Today I tested this out at Drip City coffee and other that draining my battery faster (duh, powered off USB) it worked out perfect! Not a full replacement for my 6 monitor house setup but great for on the go and working from coffee shops.

The monitor is an AOC. It works fine but I would like to replace it with a couple Lenovos which are much higher quality, smaller form factor, and full HD.


A brother and sister’s journey together


Circa one year ago today my sister, RaeAnn, and I boarded an airplane to fly nearly 20 hours and halfway around the planet to visit a people we did not know and had never met. Little did we know that shortly after touching down at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda that the course of our lives would be changed.

Anyone who followed my blog during that first trip knows that for many years prior to going I felt called to the peoples of Uganda. During the very first trip planning team meeting Joanne Ramos told us about the people we were going to serve and how we would be serving them. By the end of that first meeting I had a passion burning inside of me that felt like a raging bonfire. It could not be stopped and it would not be satisfied until I got to Uganda.

On the way home from that meeting I spoke to my sister. RaeAnn had be traveling to a community in El Salvador often since she was a teenager, in fact she had a trip planned just a couple months after that meeting. In my excitement I said she should come to Uganda with me. Her response was to say that she did not have enough money or vacation time to do both trip. I jokingly responded that if God wants it to happen it will happen. Imagine my surprise when a few days later she told me she signed up! To go on a trip with people she did not know to a foreign land she knew nothing about. I am sure glad she did though :D.

Our time in Uganda was mind blowing and life changing. We were able to blog nearly daily and you can read about it at:
My website
RaeAnn’s website

By the end of the trip RaeAnn and I had fallen hopelessly in love with the Ugandan people. That passion I had during the meeting has not abated, and RaeAnn had caught it.

I wrote a post titled Do not cry little one which was a call to action. A call to join with my sister and me to change lives in Uganda. Both RaeAnn and I have been faithful to that call and today our family currently supports 4 children in Destiny Orphanage and 1 Destiny graduate currently attending university (Hopefully soon to be one more!). You also have been faithful and changed lives and are continuing to change lives.

Today I happily sent my sister off. She is currently on an airplane 1 hour into her 20 hours of travel. Tomorrow she will debark the plane to happy smiling brown faces greeting her with enthusiasm and excitement. Momma Esther will have a party ready and waiting at the house for their arrival. Relationships built and maintained over the years and 4 trips will be rekindled, children's lives will forever be changed for the better, and families will be healed. Though I was not able to join her this time I am proud of my sister and the legacy she carries over there. I am excited to hear stories from and about the people I now know and love and to learn about new people I will soon know and love.

Thank you for going on this journey with me RaeAnn. I am proud of you and inspired by the passion for people around the world burning in your heart. May your trip be blessed and many lives touched.

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