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Veterans Day 2018 (US)

Posted by eric Nov 11, 2018

Innovative Veterans Day to all you soldiers in the Community and to your loved ones who served.

I did not serve, but I am grateful to those who have, and I'm sorry to say I don't even know which if any of you have.


Seems like a suitable day (November 11, observed 12), to commemorate with FileMaker projects (current and throughout history) that have served veterans in return. Below are a few I found.


Operation Comfort Case Study - Soliant Consulting

Operation Comfort site

CUS02 - FileMaker in Action: Non Profit Case Studies Presented by makah @8m42s


National Association of Atomic Veterans Medical Survey

In 1992 the National Commander and NAAV Board Chairman collected medical survey forms in FileMaker II and then FileMaker Pro.


San José State University's Office of Military and Veteran Student Services tracks their veteran students with FileMaker. (Nothing fancy, though)

Looks like University of Idaho does the same: FMP 12

And CSU Bakersfield: Job Post Print


Interesting (neutral) mentions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:


If you know of other veteran or military innovation projects in FileMaker, please add them below in response.

Welcome, soldiers, to the First Annual FileMaker Community Meme War for the Holidays.


declare-a-meme-war-memagonerator-net-XVufu.jpgWhereas FMI has called for a unilateral ceasefire on the IWH front till January, 2019, and yet Hype forces continue their attacks on Innovative Development.

Whereas meme warfare has proven to be a fair and effective tactic against Hype, if not more so than conventional advertising.

Whereas the 2018 holiday season is beginning this November of 2018. Therefore be it

Resolved by the People’s Militia of The FileMaker Community,

That the state of war against our mercenary and citizen developers with the Imperial forces of Hype which has thus been thrust upon developers and workplaces alike is hereby formally declared; and the People’s Militia of the FileMaker Community are hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire image and animated forces of the Internet and the resources of the Community to carry on war against the Imperial Forces of Hype, until such time as FMI resumes strategic operations on the IWH front after the holiday season.


images.jpegI will initiate the first volley in the hope that others better armed will follow suit. Please feel free to vote for your favorites with Like or with Helpful if you would actually share the meme to make a point. By the way, if you add a little descriptive text to your meme post, it makes it searchable and thus more readily reusable.


In addition to standard civilian meme resources, I think images and short clips from the “Innovation Without the Hype” series could make some useful memes on any topic related to FileMaker, workplace innovation, custom app development, databases, and other related topics. If you liked FileMaker’s “Innovation Without the Hype” video series, here’s your chance to do homage. If you didn’t like the video series, here’s your chance to do better.


Let’s see whether this community meme mobilization turns out to be a mere skirmish or total war.

Keep it clean and, please, no purposeful friendly fire.

Some of you are familiar with my previous peculiar preoccupation in points and levels in the FileMaker Community. And some even tried to warn me how pointless it was to dwell on them. But I didn't listen. So when I achieved what I thought was the final hurdle of a several-years-long pilgrimage, progressing through fourteen levels and 10000 points to the peak of personal promotion, to what did I lift up my head and see?

Nothing. Nothing but a vast void spanning 15000 more points stretching all the way to 25000 before I would ever see another new level again.


What the heck? Curse you, Chart Champions!

I hung my head in despair—dreary, depressed, despondent. What was the point of being nice to all those people? So they would Like me? Why was I answering all those questions and trying to compose meaningful content? Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath I of all my labour which I taketh under the screen?


And then suddenly it dawned on me.

It's not about the points.

It's not about the levels.

It all about the ranking!

That's right. Nothing means more in life than comparing myself to everyone else to see how they all measure up against me.


So as you can see in the screenshot below, the FileMaker Community system, after several years, has finally computed the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything: It's 42.

Meaning of Life blur.png

Now that I know my place in the universe, I am at peace with myself. No need for anyone to Like me. No need to answer all those meaningless questions. No need to produce meaningful content. I've got all the meaning I need right here.

You know you've been working with FileMaker Server too long

when you see a marquee lit up with "GHOST"

and your first thought is,

"What's a G-Host?"