Health Fair & Minecraft Server

Hey Guys and Gals!

This will be my last post this week, since I will be traveling early tomorrow to attend a wedding. I’ll try to make this a good one. Who am I kidding, They are all good!

My employer does this thing to determine how much they help with health insurance. We recently switched from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to UPMC. There was a three step list that we had to follow to obtain the maximum in company support. The first was that we had to register on the UPMC website and fill out a heath questionnaire.  This was easy for me, but for others was above and beyond their technical spectrum. I was able to assist our HR department in helping fellow co-workers fill out their survey if they needed or wanted help. It is estimated that this form takes over 30 minutes to complete. With my help some were able to get in done in under 10 minutes. I had helped so many people that I practically memorized the questions. At the end of the process it would compare your results to others in your age range. The second step was to obtain at least 200 wellness points. This is a point based system set up by UPMC. By the way this is all offered to spouses as well. Getting an annual preventative exam was 200 points. So if you went and got a physical you were covered. Lastly, is that you have to attend this health fair thing. UPMC is coming and rolling up with a health trailer. They will have us set up in a time slot and we will go over. They will check our blood pressure, cholesterol, height, weight, blood sugars, and A1C. It is pretty in depth. They will print out a more accurate reading of our health. This all needs to be done so that our company will cover the maximum allowed, pertaining to our insurance rate.

As for the Minecraft server update, we are still up and running. I haven’t seen much traffic on the server, other than myself, but that is ok for now. I’ll be looking to publish the IP in the Minecraft forums soon. I would like to know how to use the white list feature better . I would only want certain people in the server. Ya know, people who would obey the rules and have a good time. If you want to check it now the addess is: . Being the only one in the server most of the time has been nice though, since I have been able to build pretty col things. I also tried out a few resource packs. I am currently using “Equanimity”:


The last thing that I built was an automatic cactus farm. I have a picture for you as well:


It is really simple. You make a 9×9 square, one layer deep. Next you pour a bucket of water in each corner. This will leave the middle block empty. Dig that middle spot two deep. Place a chest at the bottom and a hopper on top of it. (Hold Shift ad place the item on top) Next go one block above the water and place a block of your choice in every other spot, all the way around and in the middle. ( I built mine two high, you don’t have to do that) Next place a block of sand on the blocks you just placed. Following that place the cactus on the sand.  Lastly in the middle of the four sets of four, place a block with signs on all sides. This will make sure that when the cactus grows it will pop off and fall in the water. Since you placed the water in the corners it will all float to the middle. From there it will fall in the hopper and then go into the chest. All that it left to do is go outside your farm and dig down four blocks and in to the middle until out find your chest. I made a quick over head view for you in paint haha.


Here is your 9×9 over head view. If you look straight down this is what you will see. The blue is clearly water. The green is the cactus, on the block of choice. The light brown is the block in the middle of all the cactus, this is the square with signs on all sides. Lastly the grey in the middle is the hopper at water level and has a chest under it.

That’s all I have for you today, thank you for stopping by. I will see you all again Monday. I’ll be sure to fill you in on the wedding, and anything else that happened. Until then have a great day and a great weekend. 😀 😀


2 thoughts on “Health Fair & Minecraft Server”

  1. Hope you enjoyed the wedding! I’m impressed with your offer to help your coworkers with the new insurance plan – they do get more and more complicated, esp. when they add all the points and such – and thanks for the follow!


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