Conclusion to the Ballpit
Jeffkillian.com initially started as a Geocities website when I was in 6th grade. Over the years, it has slowly evolved into a place where I can practice and become familiar with web development as it progresses. I started out coding with Microsoft Frontpage, then moved to Dreamweaver. Initially, there was very little coding, and it was all WYSIWYG. However, as I learned more, I could make it more interactive.


I incorporate drawings and blog posts to keep those that are interested updated. Through the evolution of the website, I was forced to learn HTML, PHP, CSS, XML, jQuery, javascript, and the handling of MySQL Databases. I've put online some code samples.
Conclusion to the Ballpit

If you didn't know, a while back I created a ballpit with my two roommates. It was exactly as we'd hoped it to be, and we had a bunch of fun playing in it and making various puns. After two years of ownership, I was moving into an apartment, and no longer had the space for it. As sad as it was, I knew I had to let it go.

I decided to post an ad on craigslist to see if anybody was interested. I was going to leave it at that, but driving to work the next day I had an idea. What if I could get the fact that a ballpit was being sold on air? Now I'd gone my whole life without ever paying for radio advertisements, and I'll be damned if I was about to break that streak. So I called in during a commercial break, and had a little chat with the hosts. I figured if I called in, maybe they'd mention it for a bit on their show. Fortunately for the ballpit, and unfortunately for me and my radio-awkwardness, they were recording the call. Once the commercials were over, they eventually played our conversation in full. Lucky me.

As it turns out, I received over 20 responses. Some just wanted more information, some just wanted to say the post was funny. I was able to sell it for $375, which gives the world the concrete fact that ballpits depreciate at a rate of $25 every two years. After it was sold, I still got emails inquiring. Many were wondering, now that it was gone, how do build their own. To make things easier so I didn't have to copy and paste the same thing to each inquiry, I made a page which helps you plan out making your ballpit. Making that page was also a good refresher in php and javascript, so it was a win for me as well.

Fast forward 9 months or so, and I see a thread on reddit for another ballpit being sold in Madison. The ad is similar enough that you can tell they based their ballpit off of mine (structure is the same, sippy cups, same dimensions, ball numbers, etc). However, I could tell it was not my baby because the ball colors were way off.

Overall, it was a great journey, and I would advise anyone who is thinking of building a ballpit to just get some balls and do it.


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