Saturday, September 30, 2006

"You may never know what results come of your action....

.......but if you do nothing there will be no result”

- Mahatma Gandhi


As I engage in another day of waiting, this quote becomes more important and with meaning than I would have ever imagined that it would. I watch the visit stats for this page skyrocket with the IP addresses of local users, not knowing who or why they are here, but that they are here, nonetheless. I have been taking calls people who I am proud to call friends from all over my community, expressing their surprise, shock and horror at the rumors that they are hearing as they go about their daily business.

I am truly humbled and honored to know that the efforts of my heart and the work that I have chosen to do has caused me to have such an extensive network of extraordinary people who care about me. The love and support that has washed over me like a tidal wave has been the balm for my tired soul and renewed my spirit like nothing else can do. In my wildest imagination, I would have never believed that the simple act of interacting with others with sincerity, compassion and true friendship in my heart would bring so much loyalty, love and caring in return.

God Bless you....all of you who are in my corner and care enough to let me know at this very difficult time. I am truly truly blessed and deeply grateful to know that you are standing with me in spirit, as I travel this very difficult journey. I see your footprints in the sand beside me, and when my footprints cease to be visible, I still see yours and know that in the times when I fear that I can go on no longer, you and God are the ones who are carrying me through......

Much love to you all....


PS - In much more exciting and happy news, StrollerGuy has followed through on a very huge personal goal and today participated in a 5k run in Jerseyville, IL. This accomplishment is the culmination of a very siginificant commitment he made to himself, and I am nearly bursting with pride at his courage and tenacity in following this through. I have not spoken with him since this AM before the race, and hope that either he will be here to comment personally, or follow the link at the right to his own blog, where he may share the details with all of us. A humongous "Atta Boy" to StrollerGuy.....I am so very proud to be able to say that I am a friend of yours....

"There is great power in words....

.......if you don't hitch too many of them together."
 - Josh Billings

This cynical bit of humour rings very true at this seems that folks everywhere are having a devil of a time when it comes to the freedom to speak their minds.  In the realm of the internet, there are so many venues for discovery,  discussion, education and opinion.  It seems that the right to have an opinion, speak freely in a public venue has come into question as these little nuggets become permanent residents in the ether of cyberspace. 

Information and education come in many forms.  Considering the feelings and opinions of others is a way to grow, to become educated and informed,  just as reading the newspaper or listening to the "news" that is available for consumption on the broadcast airwaves.  To dismiss information entirely on the manner in which it is delivered is to isolate yourself from an opportunity to be engaged,  gain insight or perhaps benefit from the experience or expertise of the author. 

Blogging is no longer a "phenomenon";  it is a fact of life.  Corporate entities produce them, and encourage their employees to produce them as well,  to inform, educate and maintain contact with their customers and grow new business.  Political entities produce them,  to disseminate their messages to a wider, more tech savvy audience.  The "fad"  of the "blog" has become the BUSINESS of blogging,  for the entertainment industry,  the corporate world, the political appears that it is here to stay.  The practice has become tightly intertwined with the more traditional information resources, to provide a new and interesting way to connect, inform and influence.  Embrace its power.....use it to your advantage, whatever your purpose may be, but with care.  Your writing here, in cyberspace, becomes your legacy.  Assure that it represents you and your intentions honorably.  It will persist long after you are gone.

Friday, September 29, 2006

"Good name in man and woman, my dear Lord...

...Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed."
"Othello" (3.3.180-86)


If you know my name you can find this site,  and as a result find me and my friends as we use this team site as a vehicle for the miscellany that comes from our weird little minds.  To have garnered this kind of prominence in the search results of some of the major search engines is something that most people who use the internet as a vehicle for creativity most certainly are grateful to have.  To have the search return an identifiable result so high on the list with YOUR NAME is a very favorable thing indeed.  For me however,  it is an unhappy circumstance.  It seems that the only people who are looking for me by name on the internet are ones who are trying to damage me, take away from me.  They stalk me as so many electronic sniffer dogs,  trying to find that next little tidbit to offer up that will be the one that will sink the proverbial dagger in my back.  The truly good thing about all this is that I never write anything that is not TRUE. 

My name belongs to me,  good, bad or indifferent.  It represents the person I am.  I assure that everything associated with my name is a thing I can be proud of.  If you have found this site because you have searched using any of the three names associated with this site, and you are amused or mildly interested in what we have to say, that is great. If you have come here so you can have something more that you can complain or deride about,  then you needn't come back.


Thursday, September 28, 2006

"Anyone who has never made a mistake....

...... has never tried anything new."

 - Albert Einstein

As I continue to wait,  I must assume that there are people of power engaged in the discussion of just this question.  Is an employee with intelligence and curiosity a threat or an asset to an organization?  Is a person of character who makes efforts for change and ignored,  who persists and is ridiculed and derided and finally falls silent, without backbone, or with a strong sense of self-preservation?

I wait to hear what the opinions are on this and undoubtedly many other issues.  There must be a great deal of internal struggle now;  the principals were engaged late into the evening yesterday, and the final decisionmaker was in his office well before his normal report time this morning.....I will wait for his decision.

"Nobody EVER listens to the fish..."  We shall see (glub, glub)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Waiting....

Oh baby don't it feel like heaven right now
Don't it feel like somethin from a dream
Yeah I've never known nothing quite like this
Don't it feel like tonight might never be again
We know better than to try and pretend
Baby no one could have ever told me bout this

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Well yeah I might have chased a couple of women around
All it ever got me was down
Then there were those that made me feel good
But never as good as I feel right now
Baby you're the only one that's ever known how
To make me wanna live like I wanna live now

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more ca rd
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
Don't let em kill you baby, don't let em get to you
Ill be your breathin heart, Ill be your cryin fool
Don't let this go to far, don't let it get to you

- Tom Petty

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Heartbroken and numb, I place myself at the mercy of the hearing board...

With your indulgence, I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself to you. My name is ---------, and I am a resident of ------, a parent of a current and a graduated ------ Schools student, and Help Desk Technician --------------------- Schools.

I became a resident of -------- when my husband and I decided to relocated here from the --------. The home we had there was comfortable and paid for, but the reputation of the ------- School district, and our concern for the education and safety of our then third grader, ----, made the decision for us, and we purchased a home in ------. His first years in the district was fraught with challenges, and through them all, the staff of the district was kind, supportive and generous with both their time and their efforts on his behalf. During this time, I became acquainted with many ------- employees, beginning in a professional capacity and then in a more personal one. Each person was a person of character, one that I was pleased to know both as a person who gave service to my child and one who I could consider more than just a nodding acquaintance.

When my younger child became a kindergartner, and I was left at home alone, I soon found much satisfaction in volunteering in my son’s kindergarten classroom. The interaction with the students, and the camaraderie I felt with the teacher and the other parent volunteers further cemented my conviction that ------- Schools was the right place for my sons. During this time, I worked extensively with the now defunct -------- Publishing House, developing templates and interviewing aspiring young writers to facilitate “publication” of some of their very first books. I know that the ones that were created by other parents for my own children are things that I will treasure forever; I was very grateful to have been a part of that project.

As my children advanced through the grades at ------- Elementary, the Department of Computer Services was growing exponentially, under the direction of Mr -------. New Apple computers were deployed in the classroom by his tiny staff, and there was no introduction provided to the teachers about the new equipment being placed with prominence in their rooms. As only children can do, when his teacher asked if there was anyone whose parents would be willing to help out with the computers in the classroom, my young son practically leapt from his chair to exclaim, “MY MOM knows how to work computers; she will come in and help!”. It was from that fateful day forward that I was informally performing my current job of “help”….I set up all the machines in the classrooms in his grade, by invitation of the teachers, for easy accessibility for all the children, I wrote reams of documentation on the programs that were installed to help the children, the teachers and other parent volunteers during their now being scheduled “Computer time” in the classrooms. The teachers in my son’s grade level at ------- were ecstatic that the computers were being used and used well. My son’s teacher, in her zeal to share her excitement made contact with --------to let him know how the computers were being used in her classroom. When ------- called me, he requested a meeting with me, in conjunction with ------- and -------; he proposed that he make me a contracted employee in the district to implement these successful strategies district- wide, so in Jan 1996 I became an “official” employee, rather than simply a very enthusiastic volunteer.

The time I spent in the buildings interacting with teachers and students was enriching and educational. The students were intrigued by the presences of a “computer lady”; the girls were particularly impressed that a “girl” could work on computers. As an offshoot of that, I spent several “Career Day” events at --------- Elementary, talking to the young students about working on computers. As a representative of both the technology field and an employee of ---------Schools I took great care in reinforcing the positive messages to both boys and girls that “education is key”, and “you can be anything that you want to be”. I cherish the letters I received from the first graders from the first year I participated; they illustrate the enthusiasm and creativity that thrives in the minds of our youngsters.

When -------- retired from his position as director of the Department of Computer Services, he met with me personally before he left. He expressed his gratitude to me for my contribution to the department and assured me that he would be my advocate in the change over to a new administrator, demonstrating to whomever it may be my value as an employee. When the new administrator arrived, there was a time of acclimation; the new member was young and had many new ideas for the course of the district, technology-wise. These were to be, without question, times of much activity and many challenges; they also had the potential to be times of great personal and professional growth, with opportunities to enhance my skillset as new challenges were sent my way.

Much of my learning was and is done “on the fly”. Training opportunities presented themselves every day as I worked at my job; often a user problem resulted in a discovery of some consequence that I would not have otherwise been provided. I also became more aware of training opportunities that I could avail myself of sponsored by some of the most prominent and necessary technology companies in the world. These technical “cram sessions” were offered during the regular work day, and to facilitate taking advantage of these opportunities, I scheduled vacation time and personal leave time, so as not to cause the district expense. Other seminars and training sessions were not available to me because of financial concerns; I am a single parent with two sons who I would like very much to go to college. If no training dollars are available through district channels, then training paid for from out of pocket is catch as catch can, after the needs of my sons are met.

About four years ago, as the district staff had grown and the demands for support had climbed to epic proportions, the department implemented the position of “Help Desk”. The position, in union terms, comes under the auspices of “AV Tech”, and as such a certain level of technical expertise is required. I was very honored to be offered the position on its creation, and with some trepidation at my qualifications to execute the position well, I took it on, with the same determination to be valuable and successful as I have with every project I undertake. The first year was stressful and difficult, as there were no protocols or practices in place, another "learn as you go" experience. As I began to understand the real value of the help desk position to the district staff, I relished the opportunity to interact with them in this new way, and made every effort to use the position to empower them to 1) feel comfortable in calling with their problems, and 2) empower them to take on some of the small technical challenges on their own.

With much to explore every day as the users shared their problems and concerns, certain trends emerged. I was intrigued with the phenomenon that they were discussing called “blogging”. Several indicated to me that they were creating their own websites and that part of what these websites could do was offer places for people who visit to comment and share information. Not unlike the messageboards and forums, which have been around for a long time, these “blogs” tended to be more personal in nature, and as such were often used as a soapbox for private citizens to make their opinions known in a public venue. Other people were using them as “digital diaries”; a place for them to share their personal lives and experiences, connect with friends and family at a distance, and meet new people from all over the world. My first attempt at blogging occurred in 2003, during the campaign for the school levy. I documented my efforts to support the school district, volunteering at functions to meet the public and present the district face to the very serious funding issue. After the levy passed the blog no longer had a necessity to exist, so with a grateful thank you to the city of -------, that blog was closed down.

Not long after that, MSN Spaces (Microsoft) came online in a beta release. It was the very fledgling stages of Microsoft’s experimentation that will eventually come to fruition soon in the public release of its newest operating system, Windows Vista. The entire concept, which has grown and changed since its inception in December of 2003 was to provide a totally integrated experience for users between the desktop and the internet. MSN Spaces in conjunction with the Microsoft PassPort account, correctly configured, allows the user full access without logging in to all MS sites and those which honor the PassPort credential system. Seeing a learning experience presented in a very real way, I configured my MS Passport account, set up my credentials to allow me access to the technical side of the Microsoft website (Microsoft Technet) and set about the task of learning what potentially could be challenging my users now and in the future.

In the process of learning the mechanics of the Microsoft structure, I was also confronted with the situation of having a “blog” and not knowing exactly what could be done with it. I have always been a private journalist; there are boxes in my home of spiral binders that go far back into my childhood. The soapbox type of blog did not appeal to me; I am not really a person with much of an agenda. The “digital diary” type blog seemed a natural extension of the written journals, and a good way for me to learn about the process as I connected with friends who where far away, and even perhaps make some new acquaintances in this new realm of “social networking”. With nothing more than that as my materials to work with, I jumped feet first into the land of MSN and blogging.

In the span of the year that the first blog was online, I learned a great deal. I enhanced my skillset in the understanding of HTML, I learned the meaning of a great deal of terminology that has enhanced my ability to support my users at the help desk. When asked about an issue regarding things like “tags”, “RSS” and the like, I was able, with the exposure I gained on the MSN site building, to provide guidance and support, based on my own experiences. As more questions came across the desk pertaining to “blogging” specifically and the whys and wherefores of it, I was able to speak to those questions with a level of confidence that I hazard to guess no one else in our department had at that time. I would also say that because of my participation in blogging some of the staff in my department has had much more exposure to the phenomenon than they might have otherwise had.

In the summer of 2005, having progressed along for nearly seven months that year, I had produced a site that I was proud to have my friends visit. An unfortunate set of events started a snowball of recriminations and finally discipline action against me for statements made on this blog, and as a result, the work of all that time was gone in the click of a button, and all the learning done, trivialized as so much waste and foolishness. I was devastated at the developments that had occurred as an offshoot of this action; I was less respected, less trusted, and most of all felt that my credibility was significantly undermined with the people who I would still have to provide service to and work with. Thankfully that was not the case, as the staff members were never aware of the issues that had caused my loss of personal confidence. The cooperation between users and the help desk system continued to grow, and the success of the Help Desk position seemed destined to continue.

After much soul-searching and a time of mourning, I began again to work in MSN Spaces, to create a new, less accessible space to continue my growth with the Microsoft product set. At this time, there were advances in leaps and bounds toward the fully integrated features of the MS suite of online products; there were beta versions of their Messenger client that worked hand in glove with Spaces, which worked in conjunction with their “Expo” marketing site, and then Live Office, which facilitated the fully accessible development of a truly business focused website, and the ownership of one domain name as a beta participant. I claimed my most prized domain name, created my site, and began again to create a new weblog site to be proud of, less personally focused, but available to friends and speaking of my life in slightly less exact terms.

Progress was slow but steady and spurred on by the burgeoning popularity of the blogging phenomenon. I had very little traffic to my site; there was noone to be interested except a very few friends that I had given the information to. I did however over time become acquainted with several individuals of character and talent who happened upon my site and left comments. These people have become fast friends, in more than just an “internet” sense; I would not have their friendship today, had it not been for my presence on the internet, through blogging.

Throughout the time I fleshed out this new site, my entire goal was to share my life with friends. Basically, my life consists of my children and their activities and work. Work is an integral, crucial part of my every day existence; my waking time is spent either at work, facilitating special projects for folks at work from home, or thinking about the things that need to be done. Nearly all of my time is spent in some capacity in the realm of some ------- Schools activity, either work related, or related to the activities that my son participates in as a student at --------- High School. The progression of the website eventually presented me with the opportunity to share the things that I see, as well as what I experience, in photographs. It was with pride that I described the sites that I saw in my community, at school functions, and in my work life. As the site became more professional in appearance and I also began to create other projects for friends of professional quality, I became confident that my work was of merit and offered it to scrutiny of whoever was interested in investigating it. That offer was met with another reprimand, and another demand to AGAIN delete my efforts.

In my anguish it was made clear to me that I was to blame, that there were rules in place that I had violated. In all the recent difficulties I have had, I have had much to ponder. I reflect on the documents that I see daily circulate through the district mail system, regarding people’s businesses, lottery pools, baby showers and jokes galore. If the rules are followed, then these folks should also be called to task. I have been told “You should know better”…perhaps I should. I was under the supposition that almost a decade of loyal and dedicated service to the district both in a voluntary and paid capacity carried some small degree of respect.

My intentions as far as this district are concerned have been and always will be, for the best interests of the public’s trust, and the student and staff’s welfare. My goals for myself have always been to be the most valuable asset that I can be to this district, given the tools that I have to work with. It is with these goals in mind that I approach everything that I do, on the grounds of the district properties, in the supermarkets and stores of the town that we live in and at every event and function that I attend, and proudly declare my affiliation. Perhaps there are areas where I can improve my attentions and conform in a more strict fashion to the mandates of the district bylaws. It is in forums such as this that those things are discussed and decided. Fundamentally, I feel that these corrections being made, my continued contribution to the district can be a valuable one. It is up to the individuals assembled here to decide that.

Thank you for your attention.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Follow through
Make your dreams come true
Don't give up the fight
You will be alright
'Cause there's no one like you in the universe

Don't be afraid
What your mind conceives
You should make a stand
Stand up for what you believe
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible

During the struggle
They will pull us down
But please, please
Let's use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible

Do it on your own
It makes no difference to me
What you leave behind
What you choose to be
And whatever they say
Your souls unbreakable

During the struggle
They will pull us down
But please, please
Let's use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible
Together we're invincible

During the struggle
They will pull us down
Please, please
Let's use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible
Together we're invincible

- Muse, from the album Black Holes and Revelations

AP Article - Government wants ISP User Data...

Yep,  there ya go....for all the folks who still think that because you are using your own computer at home to surf for whatever, on your own time, here is another reminder to are never anonymous.  You may be able to anonymize your hits to websites by using redirectors,  but even that can be tracked. 

The Attorney General is now making inroads with Internet Service Providers (ISP) to require them to retain all their server records for up to two years,  in an effort to assure "trackability" of users internet and email habits,  under the auspices of making the internet safe, from porn and other threats to kids.  Currently, providers have no specific requirements for server log retention, and practices range from several days to a year.  In concept, these records are just supposed to be retained by the providers,  to be available if needed, and acquired only through the normal legal means of subpoena or search warrant. In practice,  who knows how or when they will be used;  you may not know until they show up at your house with a search warrant, to look for your pirated music from Limewire or your porn.  There are financial implications for providers as well;  the storage needs will cause their expenses to increase.  That could result in higher costs for consumers for access to the internet; an unintended ( I would hope) backlash.

Folks,  bottom line is, don't assume that anything you do on the internet is your private business....think of it more as beating off in front of a hidden camera......maybe someone will watch the tape,  maybe noone will.....



May the Format Be with You

by StrollerGuy and Tim the SaneLunatic

Three cheers for George Lucas! His finances finally dropped low enough to succumb to the repeated demands of his fans. Or should I say former fans? Most of us have had more than our share of his self-serving indifference to all that made him great.

But that is another subject entirely.

Several recent discussions, including the late-night coffee slurping sessions that Tim and I enjoy, have made what should be obvious…well…obvious.

What a “cash cow” the DVD format has turned out to be!

Immediately evident are the “populist” qualities: ease of use, portability and storage, durability, compatibility, and versatility. All of these characteristics have conspired to quickly and permanently bury the VHS-loving society of yesterday.

And we did not see the downside…not right away, anyhow.

I have been bitching about this for a while, mainly since “Clerks X” was released; but I am sure those without their heads up their asses noticed it long ago. The much-hyped rollout of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, complete with the “previously unavailable on DVD” early theatrical versions put the questionable concept “front and center.” No longer can it be ignored.

How many Star Wars editions do you already own?

There is: VHS, VHS Special Edition, DVD Box Edition, “Second Trilogy” Individuals, and now “First Trilogy” Original Theatrical Edition Individuals. You can bet your bottom dollar that there will also be a Complete Deluxe Boxed Set (featuring ALL SIX movies), and a 30th Anniversary Edition of “Episode IV” next year. In fact, Mr. Lucas is counting on it – your bottom dollar, that is.

And he is not the only one, either. Already, the shelves are filled to bursting with Collector’s Editions, Deluxe Editions, Bonus Editions, Special Expanded Editions, Anniversary Editions, and (of course) the rabidly sought-after Special Deluxe Collector’s Bonus Special Expanded Anniversary Editions – 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th, respectively.

Basically, Hollywood has found the ultimate ATM: selling you the same movie over and over and over and over. And over again.

You already knew this – on some level, at least. Now, get ready for the bad news. Since you have finally converted your massive video library from VHS to DVD (several times over with each successive reissue, no doubt) – guess what?

There is a brand-new DVD format awaiting mass production just over the horizon. THIS time, you’ll need a new player as well.

If that is not reason enough to go on a killing rampage, chew on this – after you convert EVERYTHING over, including the new, expensive Digital HDTV (also needed by 2009), most of it will be useless and unnecessary.

By then, Bill Gates will have completed the ownership transfer of All Creation, and the entire spectrum of entertainment will be accessible only via computer…

…running Windows Special Deluxe Anniversary Edition.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

That's why I use a laptop....

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."
- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer

Monday, September 18, 2006

This may be one of the coolest photos I have ever taken....

This photo, taken at the Defiance Marching Band Spectacular, is of the Ohio University Marching 110 as the passed the stands in review to start the evening's festivities.  Well known (apparently) for their showmanship,  this picture graphically depicts how energetic they are off the field,  as the entire band, excluding percussion of course is seen to float above the ground, during a jump in the cadence routine.

If you have time, also check out this .avi file of the Block OHIO on the field during their show on Saturday.  Be patient,  this file is very large and will want to run in Windows Media Player.  Feel free to download it if you like.

That's it for now....back later....


Sunday, September 17, 2006

"We all had our ski masks....

............And sawed off shotguns
But how do you plan for
A bank full of nuns
But I guess we panicked
We all have taboos
And they were like zebras
They had us confused.....

......And I don't need attitude
'Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
There's no need to phone..."

-BNL , "Bank Job"

The group of choice on the long drive on the infamous Route 24 between Maumee and Defiance to the "Marching Band Spectacular" at Defiance High School.  Thankfully no getting lost last night (the band director Mapquest-ed and sent a map home with the members for clueless parents)  The drive down was nice, cuz it was still daylight, but the hour and a half drive home on the twisty, unlit and in some parts un-"LifeLight"-ed road, was stressful,  until a large SUV ended up in front of me, blazing the trail with high beams blinding the approaching traffic.  To get an idea of the kind of road this is, you can Google Maumee, and Route 24 and you will come up with stories about how dangerous this stretch of road is because of all the semi traffic and accidents that have resulted in fatalities.

The event was cool, and worth the trip.  Our band was the largest there by far, and the only band that was cooler than ours (IMHO) was the Ohio University "Marching 110".  They are bigtime showmen (and women)  and dance and stuff like crazy both in cadence and on the field.  I have a bunch of movies that I will put on the server and post links to,  but time is short now so just a photo to give you an idea of the stuff from last night.....

The young one already at the "Race for the Cure" even, having to drag himself out of bed after not getting to sleep till probably 1:30....tonight is community band,  but I may be the only one going; he may opt to sleep instead....

In any case,  back with more later....


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Gotta get in the habit of posting again...

it is tough to get back into making a daily....being interrupted from my daily routine about a month ago has kinda put another in place; one which makes posting something I have to REMEMBER to do again instead of something that is automatic and easy.  The rambling muses still go on inside my head every day,  but I am out of the habit of making sure I remember them or jot a note or two to share later;  I hate it that they have been able to do that to me...

in any case, it is a busy day today, with lots of stuff to do for the young one,  and then travel today to see him perform.  Tomorrow night is the one I have been looking forward to since LAST band at the university and another two hours or staggering drunkenly through a ton of sight reading and loving every second of doing it.  Even if I totally screw up,  it is the feel of being in a group again,  and all that goes along with being a musician of any sort...producing something transient but perfect in that moment and treasuring both the process of creating and the moment in which it lives.

But I wax poetic....must be off to get ready to travel to Defiance...back late I'm sure...but it will be fun....later...


Thursday, September 14, 2006

This is freakin' awesome....

I have just been able to configure my MS Writer app to manage this blog as well as Upon the Catherine Wheel and Once Burned, Twice more logging in everywhere to post;  just have to launch one app on my PC and I can switch between blogs,  posting to each one of them without ever having to connect to any of them through a browser (or that awful MSN Spaces dragginess)  This ROCKS!  On top of the coolness factor, this app also has a built in spell checker (which is aware of CAPITALIZATION) which you can set to automatically spell check you post before you upload more excuses for lower case "I"....:-)

Seems that in the context of blogging and internet applications and tools,  I have been exploring and learning a lot of cool stuff lately....this particular blog although indexed and identified with "Blogger"  is hosted on our own web server that we pay for,  as is,  so the actual templates,  tools and entries all reside on my server spaces and I manage them rather than being on the Blogger servers where you cannot get to your own stuff.  I also have been able to create syndication for this website via RSS...the feed address is In The Country of the Blind...  you can right click and save the link to use in your RSS aggregator programs, like Newsgator.

Seems as though I am adding value to my technology experience "package".....this is a cool way to do it, and I look forward to seeing what else I can figure out......

More later....



This new site will be an experiment in minimalism...lets see how it flies....