My Redheaded Stepblog

Apr 30

It’s recently come to my attention that I completely missed the day that marks my 2nd year as a blogger. After missing last years special day, I vowed I wouldn’t forget this year. Ofcourse I did.
To further my shame, I have inadvertantly deleted this post twice in the past 5 minutes. The first time I was attempting to credit Nicole for the term “blogaversary” and the second time I was opening the html file containing my very first blog entry of all time. Both times the page loaded in the same browser window I was blogging in. Two years later and I still haven’t learned a thing.
Anyway, let’s just skip the hoohaw and cut to the chase. Almost all of my blog entries from the past 2 years are now available on the latest version of 27things. But way back when, before my time with blogger, I manually updated using notepad. What follows is my very first blog entry. Monumental? Yes. Interesting? Not really.
Read for yourself.

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Fingerprints

Apr 28

I keep forgetting to mention that Thursday I received an invitation to join my local INS office for a good old fashioned finger printing.
For those of you US citizens that may be feeling like your rights and privacy are being threatened lately, take note. As an immigrant I am obligated to provide finger prints (and practically everything else) to the US government, even though I was able to prove that I have no previous criminal record in my native country. I am also prohibited from leaving the US without prior approval from the feds unless I plan on abandoning my petition for residency. And if I don’t like it, I just have to lump it because I can’t vote until/unless I become a citizen.

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The Cult of RSS

Apr 28

One of the new features I’ve added to the site since my move to MT is an RSS feed. The RSS0.91 is a full feed, RSS1.0 is excerpts and the post+com is a full feed including comments.
On one hand, I was quite reluctant to jump onto the RSS feed bandwagon, mainly because I’m not one of those people who just writes in their weblog. I also designed and coded this website, so it’s important to me that people actually see it. I guess on some level, I fear that RSS readers will lead to less actual visits.
On the other hand, I downloaded a nice OSX RSS/XML reader at the office, which has led to less surfing and more reading. Unfortunately, I’ve haven’t had as much luck with readers at home on my PC. So I thought I’d throw out the question: what RSS/XML reader are you using?
One more final thought… please update your RSS/XML templates. Excerpts suck.

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Things I Think About While I Should Be Working

Apr 28

Looking for a domain name for your blog or latest online obsession? How about www.procrastinationstation.net? It’s available. Register it now.

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27 Weekend Things

Apr 27

1. we went to the beach at San Luis Pass again.
2. while waiting in the whataburger drivethru I noticed Mag’s had a nasty tick on the inside of her ear.
3. john assured me that ticks are pretty common in these parts.
4. he then asked me to “point that thing” away from him, comparing the tick to the mole in Austin Powers.
5. we ate our whataburger in the parking lot. john threw food at the gulls while I snapped pictures. the damn things were practically flying right into the cab of our truck.
6. on the way to the beach we hit the air show.
7. we wandered around trying to find an unobstructed view (damn power lines) and managed to happen upon the Snowbirds, lined up on the tarmac.
8. the beach was sweet.
9. upon arriving back home, we tag-teamed the lone star tick in mag’s ear.
10. after it was all over, she jumped around like we’d just pull a two-by-four out from between her toes.
11. i added the 15 most recent photos (from my newly created photoblog) to the right side of the page.

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Just When I Thought I’d Heard It All

Apr 24

As I may have mentioned, drivers in Houston are, well, just a little aggressive. This morning on the radio I heard an ad for a news special airing on TV tonight about Htown drivers and the number of police issued traffic violations. There were a few audioclips about police and the number of redlight-runners and then a clip of a woman asking, “Is the problem really aggressive drivers or is it the lights?”
Yeah, lady, that’s it… it’s the lights. I have the same problem. For some reason, when I hit an intersection, the light doesn’t always stay green long enough for me to make it to the other side. Damn those traffic lights; they’re a problem alright.

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Resolved at Long Last

Apr 24

Looks like the 27things domain is finally pointing at the new host and everything is almost back to normal. It occured to me on my way to work that I haven’t uploaded all my back ups for the old server yet, so the archives may be showing some missing images until later tonight. D’oh.

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Public Service Announcement

Apr 22

Don’t update your bookmarks just yet! 27things will be back on her regular domain just as soon as the medication takes effect.

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The May Day Project

Apr 22

I meant to post a link to this last night after reading about it on The Working Mom. Unfortunately I got sidetracked while trying to watch Futurama and my customer support ticket at the same time. In the end I forgot all about it.
The May Day Project
over one day in may, people all over the world will be taking a photograph an hour to illustrate a day in their life.
I probably would have skipped over this meme, but now that I finally have a decent digital camera, I’m always looking for an excuse to take pictures.

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Almost All Done

Apr 20

Woot! The transition from my old host to the new host is 90% done. I still have to go thru most of the archives and update some image links and maybe start the process of categorizing old entries. Other than that, it’s just a matter of waiting for the DNS to resolve.
I’ve already had some fun organizing my archives, and I can hardly wait to jump head first into Movable Type… Good times here I come.

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