Export data from Mint.com

Question: Do you use Mint.com?
Question: Do you wish you had more detailed reports?
Question: Are you handy with a spreadsheet?

I go through this every year when my tax adviser asks for a list of expenses for the previous year.

Follow these instructions:

Get the data out of Mint

  1. Log into Mint, go to Transactions
  2. Limit by whatever criteria you want, or choose “All Accounts”
  3. Scroll to bottom of page, choose “Export all xxx transactions”
  4. Save csv file to desktop

CSV stands for “Comma Separated Values”

Import the data into your spreadsheet:

  1. Open your spreadsheet program (LibreOffice Calc, MS Excel, Google Sheets)
  2. Choose to import data, which should open a wizard to help you with the import
  3. This is very import – make sure your import wizard formats your dates as actual Dates. If you skip this step it might import your dates as text, and sorting will not work well.

I usually have to export every single transaction from Mint. After I import I delete the rows I don’t want to get the date range I’m looking for.

Games You Can’t Lose

Recently I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with other people’s code.

I’ve been forking games on Github to learn a little about how they work. I then change them so that they are impossible to lose. They turn out to be very short and completely useless beyond a couple laughs. Messing around with the code is almost more fun than the end result.

This started when a coworker was telling me that he had never won a video game. A few of us started coming up with ideas for games where it was impossible to lose. They seemed pretty funny, so I decided to play around with the idea a little bit.

I’ve only done a couple games so far. I’ve had some challenges along the way:

  • Most of these projects are stale and need a little work to get them working again. I spent a lot of time importing Eclipse projects into Android studio and working out the details
  • I had to pull apart a lot of conveniences: game options, number of lives, difficulty settings

I’m impressed how entertaining they are to put them together when I have no regards for playing it safe. Every hack is on the table as a possibility. I only have to worry about one thing – never lose.

“Tetris Can’t Lose”

I named this game after the old tv show “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”

This was my first attempt at changing a game. It had a couple of surprises:

  • Tetris isn’t designed to win! You keep playing until you lose. So I had to come up with a way to win the game, and add it as an option in the game play.
  • I decided to add a funny “TaDa!” sound, so I had to add MediaPlayer and SoundPool. This change has become my exclamation point, and has made it into the other games as well.
  • I had to clean up some code, create a new launch icon, etc

One thing I regret is that I didn’t fork the repo correctly. I ended up losing some history that I wanted to show in Github. It’s not a big deal, but I wanted to make sure whoever ran into the project knew that I based it off someone else’s work. I ended up adding a note to the project’s readme.

You can view the code here: https://github.com/jjerome00/tetris-cant-lose

“Can’t lose Breakout”

I ran across this breakout game on Github. It had all the parts that I was looking for, and as a bonus it included lots of documentation. It was a sample game that explained a lot about how to write a game for Android.

  • It was rather stale, so it took a bit to import it into Android Studio and get it to work
  • It had a lot of game options I had to remove or change for my needs
  • I had to play around with the settings to get the most humor out of it

This one was different in that you don’t win immediately like in the Tetris game. You can move the paddle around and try to make the process faster, but it doesn’t matter.

Keeping the game play intact was a good idea – it makes the game a little more fun. The ball can’t fit past the paddle, but it looks like it could. It’s amazing to see people’s first reaction when they play. They have an initial sense of urgency to save the ball even though it’s impossible for it to fit past the paddle.

You can view the code here: https://github.com/jjerome00/cant-lose-breakout

Hugo CMS


The following is my summary about how I setup Hugo for a website. If you are looking for basic information, please refer to the official documentation. Sometimes it helps to view the same content in someone else’s words.

This page represents a quick summary of my notes. I am not an expert in Hugo, nor do I know all its features. If you are here looking for help doing something, you should read this and other sources to gain a good understanding of what you want to do.

Quick Summary

Setup a new hugo site:

  hugo new site mywebsite
  • Don’t forget to download a theme from their website
  • The site’s main configuration file: config.toml (you set the theme here)

Create a page:

  hugo new posts/my-first-post.md
  • Notice you include the location of where to create the file

Run a test server:

  hugo server -D`   
  • -D means to show all pages marked as draft
  • Leave the -D off if you want to only see published content (i.e. pages not marked as draft)

Build the final site:

  1. Remove anything in the /public folder
  2. Run command hugo
  3. Copy everything in /public folder to your web host


Browse and download a theme from Hugo’s website.
I choose a theme called Minimal

  • A good theme has a good README on their github page explaining how best to customize it
  • Themes want you to git clone their project. This hasn’t been the greatest experience for me. Instead I download the theme myself and place it in the theme folder

Customize your theme

With Hugo you can override any file in the theme by making a corresponding file under the /layouts folder.

For example, to change the theme’s footer file:

  1. Find the file in the theme: /themes/minimal/layouts/partials/footer.html
  2. Copy it to your layouts folder: /layouts/partials/footer.html
  3. Edit the copy in the layouts folder
  4. You’re done!


Each page in Hugo defaults as a list type.

  • If you create one file in a folder, then it’s the only one and acts like the index.html file.
  • As soon as you create 2 files, the index of that folder changes and it lists all files in the folder in blog-like fashion

All pages have a small section at the top for settings and variables called “Front Matter”

  • All new pages have a draft: true. The page will not show on your published site until you change it to false.


An About page with no date

I created an About page. I noticed that a single page in Hugo (with theme Minimal) still shows the date. I thought that looked rather silly so I made some modifications. This might not be the best way to achieve what I wanted.

  1. Hugo as a section called “archetypes”, which are default settings for the type of pages you can build. I modified my /archetypes/default.md to include a new variable: showthedate: true. Every new page I make has this variable in it.
  2. I found the file in the theme that was displaying the date. In my case it was a file called /themes/minimal/layouts/partials/list-item.html. I copied the file into my layouts folder: /layouts/partials/list-item.html
  3. I made this change in the file itself:
  {{ if .Params.showthedate }}
  {{ .Date.Format (.Site.Params.dateFormat | default "January 2, 2006") | $.Scratch.Set "subtitle" }}
  {{ end }}
  • All this does is hide the date if my page has my showthedate variable set to false
  1. In my about.md page, I set the variable:
  title: "About"
  date: 2017-10-20T21:56:50-07:00
  draft: false
  showthedate: false

  I have been making...

Open Header icons in new tab

(instead of in the same page)

I wanted all icons in my header, such as Twitter, Stacked Overflow, etc, to open in a new tab (or window). This is another example of finding the file in the theme, and overriding it by placing a modified copy in the /layouts folder

  1. I found the spot where the theme generates the icon links: /themes/minimal/layouts/partials/header.html
  2. I copied it to my local layouts folder: /layouts/partials/header.html
  3. I added a target="_blank" parameter to the link tag (super simple MVP-like stuff)
  <li class="navbar-icon"><a target="_blank" href="{{ .URL }}"><i class="fa fa-{{ .Name }}"></i></a></li>

Create a static landing page

By default the theme shows your blog posts on the main landing page (i.e. http://www.jjerome.com/). I wanted my main landing page to just show a welcome message. Again, fairly easy to do by overriding the theme.

  1. I found the spot in the theme: /themes/minimal/layouts/index.html
  2. I copied it to my layouts folder: /layouts/index.html

This page is a little weird, because it’s not a markdown file like the rest of the site. I didn’t dwell on that fact for too long. I just made my changes and moved on.

You can see all my code in my github repo