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a year in review – 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?

Visited Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, received a security deposit back from an apartment, added cinnamon while brewing a pot of coffee, ate at Cheddar's and Zaxby's, saw a film 4 times in the theatre (3 at non-dollar shows), saw a film at the theatre while I had the DVD of it at home, walked laps on a rubber(?)-coated track, attended an outdoor wedding, changed the flapper on a toilet, and fed kittens who lost their momma. :(

Health firsts: was diagnosed with mild Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, took a fake ("PE") sudafed, got an EKG, had an IV, took Tums, then took Tums regularly, and had a strange "aura" headache in which my right eye was filled with light for about 15 minutes.

Food firsts: made - from scratch! - vegetable soup, chicken salad, chicken broth, and salmon loaf.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

For 2012, I planned to work at not being so sensitive and to try to stay positive while looking for a new job. I'd say that overall, I succeeded at both.

For 2013, I want to make more nutritious food choices and walk more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

No - thankfully!

5. Where did you travel?

I took an overnight trip to the east side of Mississippi.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

My biggest dream is still to own a home. If I can get closer to that in 2013, that would be awesome. (It seems like I write that every year, and the lack of progress on it is starting to get depressing...)

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 21st, because of all the hype and hysteria

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I started early moving things out of my apartment, which gave me ample time to work them in to the stuff already at mom's, in a reasonably organized way.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Twice I did nothing when I should've done something, and I will regret both for a very long time.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Both! The mystery ailment that started last year continued, though it finally showed signs of improving. Plus, in March I had the worst broken nail I've ever had; no details, but it was bad.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I found one shirt that I really like, and it was on clearance. Woo hoo!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

The people who hired me and my sister!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The so-called medical professionals who repeatedly failed to diagnose both me and my mother

14. Where did most of your money go?

A new roof, with medical bills second

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Avengers movie

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Maybe Train's "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" because one of my first real-person crushes in a long time ended badly.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happier or sadder? Content

Older or wiser? Wiser

Thinner or fatter? Thinner. I changed my diet because of my "mystery ailment," and I'm down to the smallest weight of my adult life.

Richer or poorer? Poorer, because I was unemployed for half of the year

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Avoid fatty food and sweets, because my "mystery ailment" seems to calm down when I do

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Been affected by others' rampant negativity

20. Did your heart break?

Nearly every time I watched the news :(

21. How did you spend Christmas?

First, Mom and I watched our 2010 Christmas videotape while I recorded it to DVD. Then I set up our two video cameras - one old, one new, both really cheap - to capture the opening of the presents. Alas, the new cameras batteries died after 10 minutes, and the old camera was being temperamental, doing that thing it does where it records video with no sound. Anyway, we had a delicious lunch that included Yum Yum Muffins made with a banana supreme cake mix. I computered a bit and visited some blogs that I hadn't been to in a long while. In the evening, we watched the cheesy classic Babes in Toyland, the 1986 version.

22. How will you spend New Year's Eve?

I have to work, but it'll be pretty slow because nearly everyone else is taking vacation. Later at home, the fam and I will probably watch some DVDs, and then ring the new year in as we typically do: sleeping.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Thanks to hulu and DVDs, I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Gilligan's Island, Hunter, Designing Women, My Two Dads and The Greatest American Hero.

24. What were your greatest food discoveries?

Vegetable tacos from a local Mexican restaurant. Fish tacos at Ruby Tuesday. Aloo Mutter from the Indian restaurant. Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust from a certain grocery store.

25. What was the best book you read?

"Be Anxious For Nothing" by Joyce Meyer. I can't say enough good things about that book!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The first time I heard "Drive By" by Train, I was pretty much obsessed with it. I couldn't get enough of it. I'd replay the vid over and over at YouTube. My "fever" finally calmed down... but I still like it. A lot.

27. What did you want and get?

Jobs for me and my sister!

28. What did you want and not get?

For my sister's job to be as fantastic a fit as mine is for me

29. What was your favorite film of the year?

Films Seen This Year and Really, Really Liked: The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,

Films Seen This Year and Liked: The Dark Knight Rises, Men in Black 3

Films Seen This Year That Weren't Quite What I Expected: Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3

30. What did you do on your birthday?

I got up very early and headed off to work in the rain. For lunch, I went to Cracker Barrel and treated myself to two helpings of their yummy macaroni and cheese. I ate supper with the fam. Since I knew work would take up most of the day, I opted to skip my usual b-day shopping trip. Instead, I started shopping weeks earlier, casually looking for things. As I found them, I tucked them away in my closet and then "opened" them after supper, to show the fam.

FYI, I made a slide show to commemorate the day; the first picture (in a series of nine) is here:


31. What would have made your year more satisfying?

If our mini-garden had produced more vegetables. After months of watering, weeding, mulching, etc. I don't think we got ten tomatoes - and we only had one green pepper the whole year.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

For the first time since way back when I was a student-trainee person, I'm able to wear jeans regularly at work. So I get to be comfortable while wearing what I think is most flattering on me. Yay!

33. What kept you sane?

"Be Anxious For Nothing" by Joyce Meyer was SUCH a help!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

A movie character: Loki, from The Avengers

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election... reminded me why I diligently avoid talking/thinking/caring about political matters.

36. Who did you miss?

Caren, from my old job

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Having started a new job, I met a lot of people, and really, they're all a great bunch of guys. (I'm very diplomatically avoiding picking any one as the best, in case they ever read this. ;)

38. What changed the most in your life this year?

My job, and so far it's change for the better. I can't recall a job before that's been such a great fit with both what I can do and what I like to do.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Whatever problems you're facing, a negative, fast-forwarding-to-the-bitter-end attitude only makes it worse. Try to find some perspective.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

"It takes a little time, sometimes, to get your feet back on the ground. It takes a little time, sometimes, to turn the Titanic around." ~ Takes a Little Time, Amy Grant

recommendations thread

Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:36 pm   
Post subject: recommendations

I've intended to add a "recommendations" section to one of my sites, but maybe people will feel more welcome to contribute if I start it here.

I'll start with my opinions on free email providers:

Likes: Not too much. I only signed up for this to use the Messenger.
Dislikes: All of the good names are taken. I don't like the redesign of their site; since I don't use it regularly, it always takes me several minutes to figure out how to get to my inbox. If users don't log in often enough, all of their stored messages will be promptly wiped out.
Verdict: Not recommended.

Lycos Mail
Likes: displays forty messages at a time, helpful if you receive a lot of spam and wish to delete it.
Dislikes: Service can be unreliable: test messages I send myself sometimes arrive days later, or not at all. Plus, even though other free email providers have started offering more storage, Lycos currently stops at 5Mb.
Verdict: There are better providers.

Mail dot com
Likes: easy to remember name (at mail dot com)
Dislikes: They have the most annoying ads of any email service I have ever used. When I log in, three or four advertisement windows will pop up. When you try to check your mail, more often than not, it will first go to a screen with an ad, where you have to click "No Thanks" to continue to your inbox.
Verdict: Avoid this one at all cost! This is the *worst* free email service that I've used.

Yahoo Mail
Likes: now with more space, filters to help sort mail to various folders, pretty reliable
Dislikes: Most of the good names are gone. And they have ads - but Yahoo has the least offensive of any free mail service that I use
Verdict: Recommended.


Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:12 pm   
Post subject: free webhosts  

My opinions of free webhosts:

Likes: It's free! They allow F T P, which makes updating and backing up the site easy. They offer things like free website templates. Plus, service seems mostly reliable.
Dislikes: They are quick to shut sites down temporarily for "excessive bandwidth consumption." Not only do they pop-up two or three windows, they paste a flashy/tacky ad at the top (and sometimes the bottom!) of each page too.
Verdict: Okay for people new to having a website.

Yahoo Geocities
Likes: It's free! Their service is pretty reliable. They offer (limited) site statistics for every page of the site, and other add-ons like polls.
Dislikes: They only allowing paying users to use F T P. Also they are quick to shut sites down temporarily if they feel the site uses more than its share of bandwidth. Recently they have started shutting sites down for not being updated recently, but in their defense, they do send advance notice before they do it. Plus, lately whenever I use their "on-line HTML editor" I can only update one file that way before my list of files disappears; the files are still there, but apparently I can only edit one per login! Very annoying.
Verdict: Okay for those just starting out with websites. If you have a little more experience, I highly recommended getting your own domain - and NOT through Yahoo.

General notes about free webhosts:

* There are many more free webhosts available: try searching on Google, or looking in their directory.

* However, when selecting a host, choose carefully! Even if the offer seems good, a company could suddenly decide to shut down, and your site (and your files) could disappear.

* Remember that a free company could suddenly decide to terminate their free services. This happened to me, and all of the time I'd spent giving out that site's link was wasted, since the link no longer worked.

* Back up your files!

* To avoid using "excessive bandwidth" try to keep the size of any one HTML page below 50 kb, and remember that any graphics used on the page will count toward that.

Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:24 pm   
Post subject: paid webhosts

My thoughts about paid webhosts:

cost: $7.95 per month
Likes: lots of space and bandwidth, hotlink protection, "cpanel" control panel which has tons of features, lots of stats information, and plenty of options for add-ons. The company itself is very responsive; they even have a message board for clients - and potential clients - to post questions and share info.
Dislikes: Nothing so far.
Verdict: highly recommended

cost: $5.00 per month
Likes: Provides a reasonable amount of space and bandwidth for five dollars a month. They have an easy-to-use control panel for email accounts, and I'm very pleased with the way the company informs users of changes or potential problems. They, too, have a message board for questions and info sharing.
Dislikes: Nothing so far.
Verdict: highly recommended - I have two of my domains hosted here

Note: I can't recommend any of the technical services (PERL, CGI-BIN, or whatever) for either of my hosts because I don't use any of them at the moment.

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:21 pm   
Post subject: restaurants

An off-line recommendation: Quizno's Subs

I first went to Quizno's because I had a coupon for a free sandwich. The sandwich was so good that I later went back and paid full price for one! I'm a vegetarian, and most "veggie" subs do not appeal to me. They're small, cold and too expensive for what you get. However, Quizno's toasts their subs so that the cheese melts and the bread is warm. Plus they add guacamole, so the sandwich doesn't taste like what you find everywhere else.

Hence their slogan: "Mmmm ... toasty!" Very Happy

For the past several months, I've had $2 off coupons: I like to get the Regular size sandwich (which is their medium size) and two dollars off makes the sandwich slightly over three bucks. For a delicious, filling sandwich that is a very good deal. thumbs-up

You can sign up to receive offers by email at http://www.quiznos.com - but so far I haven't tried to use a coupon that I've printed from my computer.

Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:13 pm   
Post subject: Yahoo messenger

I just installed Yahoo messenger - since I was apparently the only person left who hasn't done so. After the installation, it locked up my computer. But after restarting, everything seems to be working fine. I like that you can use messenger to listen to internet radio. I haven't used YM to chat yet, but when I do, I'll report on how it works. (I thought MSN messenger worked fine, the few times I used it, so I'll be seeing if YM has some similar features.)

The installation included the Yahoo toolbar which (YAY!) blocks pop-ups! YES!!! This makes IE one step closer to being as good as Firefox. Very Happy However, Firefox is still better because it doesn't repeatedly ask if I want to install things...

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:44 pm    
Post subject: random recs  

FYI, I'd like to UNrecommend Quiznos, where I haven't been in over a year after learning that they did away with the vegetable sub that I liked so much. Mad

-Free Webhost-

110Mb Hosting
Recently, I learned of this new free webhost. It offers a decent amount of space with no ads. I don't really need any other webhosts, so (unless curiosity over takes me) I won't be signing up, so I can't recommend them personally. Still, if you need a free webhost, they are worth considering.

-Free Blog-

Wordpress wrote blogging software that is *very* widely used. I've been using their free blog services for well over a year now, and I've been extremely pleased.
Likes: Posting is easy. The sidebar items are easy to personalize. Blog posts can be tagged and sorted many ways. Blogs can be set to start on a static main page.
Dislikes: It's not a big deal, but it would be nice if the look of the layouts/"themes" were able to be more personalized. (They reserve that luxury for paying subscribers.)
Verdict: Highly recommended.

Last month, I started a blog here for a separate project I'm working on. After the initial bit of effort to get it set up and looking like I wanted, it's working well.
Likes: Easy to change text color, add smilies, etc. in posts. Also, layout can be personalized. They also have a forum where I've found helpful answers to all of the questions I've had so far.
Dislikes: Limited options of themes. Adding some features - such as links to pages of previous posts - requires a little work. Some options, such as reversing order of the posts, are not currently available.
Verdict: Recommended.

I've had a LiveJournal since 2004, but I recently started to use it again (to back up items from this forum and make them searchable). It looks like they changed their set-up to try to compete with other blog hosts.
Likes: They've been around a while and don't seem to be going anywhere. They have a wide variety of premade themes available to be used. It's easy to include an icon with your post, or find people with similar interests. Posts are tag-able and hence easy to sort. It's also easy to see what your "friends" have written, and to make your journal not accessible to the public.
Dislikes: I couldn't find how to personalize the look of a layout.
Verdict: Recommended.


to do thread

Posted: 16 Dec 2004 03:48 pm    Post subject: things to do    
In case anyone's interested ... and in case I forget what I had pld to do. :blush:

This weekend:
* add new layout to the Jack Bristow fanlisting
* update Angel's Secrets
* add pictures to my photolog
* write back to people who have emailed me

Disclaimer: these plans are tentative and subject to change depending on the demands of Real Life and my mood ...

 Posted: 22 Dec 2004 03:32 pm    Post subject: to do's    

During this long weekend:
* add new layout to Angelesque
* finish my Alias fanfic and update alias.fannesite
* update Laugh Lines, Love Lines

* add new layout to the Jack Bristow fanlisting
* update Angel's Secrets
* add pictures to my photolog (but I didn't update the main page)
* write back to people who have emailed me


 Posted: 30 Dec 2004 12:46 pm    Post subject: to do    

This weekend:
* update Laugh Lines, Love Lines
* finish my Alias fanfic and update alias.fannesite
* finish buying e-pal's gifts and mail them
* organize stuff to be ready for the new year
* re-word main page at Christmas site
* take some pictures

* add new layout to Angelesque


 Posted: 11 Feb 2005 12:16 pm    Post subject: this weekend ...    

I have a long and growing list of semi-ambitious website plans - it seems they all need attention! - but I'm trying to break that list into manageable chunks:

This weekend:
* update the alias site and add ep info tomorrow
* add episode for one MacGyver ep to L&L (two if I have time)
* work on new layout for a site that shall remain nameless at this time 

* complete layout for the mystery site
* move the MacGyver photo galleries to a non-crappy host
* finish adding MacGyver episode information for season one
* add a new batch of Angel/BtVS quotes on the 25th
* update the photolog

 Posted: 28 May 2005 03:12 pm    Post subject: to do    

I (still) have an ambitious list of website plans, but now that it's summer - and I'll have no current shows to keep up with - maybe I can complete a few other tasks!

to do this summer
* new layout for the Angel site
* update MacGyver episode guide for seasons one and two
* move the Mac gallery to a new host
* add season four info to Alias site (summaries, quotes, etc.)
* apply for new fanlisting ...?
* write fanfiction

* update the to do list :blush:
* complete the episode guide at the Alias site
* complete May update for Angel site

 Posted: 04 Sep 2005 03:23 pm    Post subject: to do    

Summer's almost over and I am happy to report that my "ambitious website plans" have largely been accomplished!

* new layout for the Angel site
* update MacGyver episode guide for seasons one and two
* add season four info to Alias site (summaries, quotes, etc.)

But there is still much I can do, of course. Since my life is a bit more complicated now - and most of these plans are very time-consuming - I'll have to work on them whenever time permits. So, don't expect them to be accomplished any time soon . . . but know that I am planning to work on them.

* update photolog - soon (maybe redesign?)
* keep up with Alias episode guide once the new season starts
* add Moonlighting quotes and trivia
* move the Mac gallery to a new host
* write fanfiction
* new layouts for several sites

 Posted: 03 Feb 2006 07:10 pm    Post subject: working on it!    

Although I haven't been posting here, I have been working on things, and I have plenty more that I want to accomplish. But instead of making a general list, I've been trying to break the goals down into specific steps, and I've been listing them in a notebook by my computer.

Website work has slowed down a bit for the past few weeks because I've been working quite a bit at my job. (57.3 hours, one week. :rollseyes: ) Also, I've been spending time on a real-life project.

However, on my "do this soon" list is a new layout for the MacGyver site, and I'll finish adding the episode info for Mac season four.

 Posted: 28 Apr 2006 05:19 pm    Post subject: working on it    
My hand-written to do list just keeps growing, but in the interest of having something new here, I decided to post my general website project list.

1) keep up with the Alias site, adding episode info. Update the other features with current information, so that by the time the series ends (preferably before) the site is a fairly-good source of show info.

2) work on adding the MacGyver episode information whenever I'm caught up with the Alias info for the week

3) work on a new layout for rusted-crush, whenever I'm caught up with the first two projects

4) work on rebuilding the on-line journal to post. This is probably the biggest project, so - thanks to lack of time - I have to settle for working on it whenever I have a minute. I've decided that's fine, since there's no way I'd finish it in one sitting anyway. However, I don't anticipate having it done any month soon. If work at my so-called part-time job would slow down -as I hope it does in the summer - that would help.

 Posted: 25 Jun 2006 06:35 pm    Post subject: mission partly accomplished    
I accomplished two - well, one and a half - of the things on my previous to do list:

1) The Alias episode guide is updated with info through the end of season five. In the next few months, I plan to collect the other show info and add it to the site. (So much for finishing before the series ends.:rollseyes: )

2) The new layout for rusted-crush is done and posted. I also added some new content, and there's one more feature that I plan to finish (eventually) and add.



 Posted: 03 Aug 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: updates    

After months of work, I am almost finished with the journal rebuild/redesign of my personal site! :D I am *planning* to finish that and have it posted by this coming Sunday.


After that, website work will slow down a bit, since I'll be getting settled in at my new job. ( :veryveryexcited: )

Once I get into a routine, website work will resume. (I'm not saying it'll occur often, but it will resume...)

 Posted: 27 Sep 2006 06:20 pm    Post subject: back to work    

Website work has resumed!

Yesterday, I completed the bi-monthly Angel's Secrets update in which I change the quotes in the poll.

For the past two weeks, I've added episode information to the MacGyver episode guide. My plan is to continue, with the goal of posting one episode per week. (But not this week, sigh.)

I'm also working on redesigning Quotations 101. That just might be my oldest site, but it also just might be my most neglected. (For a long time, I've spent my rare computer time working on my more visited sites.) I'm not sure how long this redesign will take, but I'm well on my way to having a basic layout ready. Updating all the pages and applying it will take considerably longer, since I plan to update the content as well. Hopefully I'll be done with it this year. :rollseyes:


 Posted: 21 Oct 2006 03:35 pm    Post subject: work in progress    
Wouldn't you know it? No sooner do I get back into the swing of website work than the boss decides to send me on a business trip to Nebraska for two weeks. :rollseyes:

I plan to get back into the swing of things - yet again, sigh - starting with posting the next Alias quotes poll tomorrow.

 Posted: 22 Dec 2006 08:47 am    Post subject: form not working    
I noticed that I haven't received any new picture captions or emails from people wanting to join the fanlistings. I decided to try some test messages, and apparently the form isn't working. *sigh*

Since I'm at work and don't have any more time to work on it at the moment, I made it so that people trying to use the form receive an error message. At least this way they know it's not working. I'll try to fix it tomorrow - or maybe after the holiday ...


 Posted: 01 Jan 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: goals for this year    

Since I listed "finish website projects" as one of my goals for this year, I'll be a bit more specific here:

* finish the Q101 redesign AND shrink the links site, making it part of Q101

* continue to add the MacGyver episode information to the site. (At about one episode a week, I don't think I'll finish that this year, but I'll do what I can.)

* be a better blogger :blush:

* continue to update Alias site with info up through the end of the season

 Posted: 06 Feb 2007 07:51 pm    Post subject: Q101 work    

After starting on the layout WAY back in September, I've finally started applying the new layout to Quotations 101. Normally I wait until I've applied the design to all the pages to post, but in this case that will take a while since I'm adding new content as I go. Still, I'm glad I've started it. Hopefully it won't take too long to finish, since I've put other site work on hold to focus on this.


Posted: 15 Mar 2007 07:27 pm    Post subject: q101    

I'm still working on adding the new design to Quotations 101. As of today, I've updated all of the "main" pages, all of the celebrities and singers pages, one of the TV pages, and two of the movie pages. I am planning to finish the movie pages and then finish the rest of the TV pages, since they'll probably take the most work.

 Posted: 10 Apr 2007 07:49 pm    Post subject: working on it    

For Q101, I have finished adding the new layout to the movies section. :throws confetti:

I'm taking a little break this week to organize a few things at my "personal" site, including backing up the on-line journal entries. Yes, that does give me three copies of the posts. I've mentioned before that since one OLJ crashed, I am positively paranoid about backing things up.

Anyway, I really think I can finish that this week.

Next week is the scheduled update for the quotes poll at alias.fannesite. When that's done, work on Q101 will resume, maybe aiming for one page updated per week. I also plan to resume work on the MacGyver site's episode guide soon.

 Posted: 01 May 2007 06:37 pm    Post subject: updates    

This week I plan to post the information for the first episode of the sixth season to the MacGyver episode guide.

I also plan to post the new layout - and some new information - on the Caroline in the City page at Quotations 101. Working on that makes me remember how much I liked that show, particularly the chemistry between Caroline and Richard.  :hearts:

 Posted: 05 Jun 2007 06:52 pm    Post subject: updates    

I continue to work on adding the MacGyver episode information. This week I plan to add the info for episode three of season six.

My domain - www.fannesite.com - is in the process of being transferred to a new registrar, so if you find it down over the next day or so, I wouldn't be surprised. If it's down much after that, please let me know.

I really need a new layout for that site. (Just what I need: something else to do. :rollseyes: ) It's had the same one since I re-registered it four years ago. To hopefully keep things simple, I plan to make the new fannesite layout match the new q101 layout. And, getting really ambitious, I plan to make the layout at the links site match both of those.

Speaking of q101, next week I plan to post the layout (and new info) at the Frasier page, and man, am I having a great time working on that.

 Posted: 29 Jun 2007 03:37 pm    Post subject: Quotations 101    

Yesterday, I posted the new layout at the remaining Quotations 101 pages, so that the look of the pages is consistent. However, I still plan to add more info to the My So-Called Life, Quantum Leap, and Young Riders pages. I plan to accomplish that within the new few weeks.

I'm pretty sure this is the longest I've spent in adding a new layout to a site.

Also, note to self: do something new with the Q101 photo gallery before September when the old gallery host terminates its photo services.


 Posted: 14 Aug 2007 06:03 pm    Post subject: oops    

Correction: in the previous post, "the new few weeks" should be "the next few weeks".

Update-wise, things are progressing slowly. I think this summer heat is draining my creative juices because I'm experiencing extended phases where I don't feel like doing any sort of website work. Still, I'm trying to soldier on as best I can with my ongoing projects. We'll have to wait and see how successful the effort is.


 Posted: 05 Sep 2007 07:36 pm    Post subject: one thing done    

This week, I accomplished a task that was imposed on me (well, by myself) after I learned that my old photo host is shutting down its services. I moved the Quotations 101 gallery to my own domain:


As of yesterday, the add-new-pictures feature isn't working, but most of the ones I was going to post are already there. I'll check on how to add new ones . . . at some point.

This week I also plan to finish up and post the information for the next episode at the MacGyver site.

 Posted: 02 Oct 2007 07:02 pm    Post subject: hiatus?    
I seem to be suffering from a bit of burnout as far as website work is concerned. Lately it's tough for me to even start a project if there's any thinking to it at all (even though I know it wouldn't be *that* bad if I'd just do it). I think a big factor is that I spend so much time at work, and beyond that, most of the time I go somewhere literally every day of the week. It seems there's always somewhere to go or something that I need to do. Even when I'm at the computer lately, I find myself wanting to watch videos or read blogs: anything that doesn't require too much effort on my part.

To give myself a break, I announced at the Angel site last week that I'd be taking the next few months off, returning to updating in January. I plan to do the same at the Alias site: updating later this month then skip updating until February.

I'm trying to decide if I want to put a hold on updating the MacGyver site with the episode information. :thinks about it: Oh, I can't decide. I'm trying to finish up the info for the most recent episode that I watched, and that is not going quickly at all. Maybe I'll finish that and see how it goes.

It's probably more accurate to say that I'll be on hiatus from the sites with features that I've been updating regularly, because those are the ones that it's starting to feel like, "Time for another update? Didn't I *just* do that?!" I still have a few other projects that I'll be working on. Hopefully without other things demanding attention, I can finish up those extras, albeit in a leisurely, non-stress-inducing way.


 Posted: 27 Nov 2007 09:20 pm    Post subject: MacGyver work    

Apparently, I'm not "on hiatus" from working on the MacGyver site because I just finished *two* of my To Do's for that site. I added the information from an old MacGyver site (I was given permission to do so months ago, but haven't had the time), and to commemorate that, I changed the br and the background colors.

This also means that, for the first time since I've started applying that style of layout to my sites, I've finally been able to take advantage of the somewhat generic style and easily change the br and background colors. In my haste to post that layout back in January of last year, I posted a br where I wasn't quite satisfied with the colors. In any event, I'm much more pleased now, although it's tough to know how the colors *really* look since every monitor seems to show them differently.

 Posted: 02 Dec 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: 1280?!    

This weekend, I discovered - after checking my website statistics on a whim - that the most popular monitor resolutions are no longer 800x600 and 1024x768. The latter was still the most popular (among the three sites I checked) but only by about 30%. 800x600 was WAY down to about 10% of users. The top 2 and 3 positions were occupied by 1280 x something.

Are you kiddin' me? 1280?! WHEN did this happen?!

Starting a year or two ago, I had the small amount of foresight to design my typical website layout to expand, but after the 1024 width, the brs start to repeat in a less-than-flattering fashion. This is bugging me quite a bit since I just last week redid the MacGyver br. D'oh.

So, I now have a bunch of brs that need redesign hanging over my head. Plus! My Alias site layout is non-expandable, so it's probably looking pretty darn small in 1280 width. I guess I have a project to work on during Christmas break. :sigh:


 Posted: 26 Dec 2007 06:56 pm    Post subject: mission not accomplished    
Well, Christmas break turned into a wash for website work. Instead, I spent most of my vacation time with my family. (I know: how dare I abandon my website duties for that? :rollseyes:  )

But I have not forgotten about these plans. I will work on them as I get a chance, focusing first on redoing - read "downsizing" - the links site, and on making a br for the Angel site in time for the January update. Hopefully, I'll accomplish that and have the Alias site redesign ready for the February update.

Note that these plans may be a bit ambitious, but if I don't accomplish them on time, they'll still be on my list of things to do, and I'll get to them when I can!

 Posted: 31 Jan 2008 07:48 pm    Post subject: done    

As of now, I've accomplished two of my "ambitious" plans from the previous post.

I downsized and reorganized the links site:

That project included adding a links section to this forum (I renamed the old DVD info section, which was even less used than the rest of this board) where visitor can post non-spam links.

I also resumed updates to Angel's Secrets, which this year celebrates its 10-year anniversary! I marked the occasion with a new br, which will have to be changed toward the year's end, since it has "2008" on it.
 Posted: 10 Mar 2008 06:49 pm    Post subject: backed up    

I've backed up this thread to this point at Archive 47:


"A valuable lesson I've learned from making music is to never let anyone intimidate me. Every student, celebrity, CEO, and math teacher in the world has experienced love, loneliness, fear and embarrassment at some point. To understand this is to level an often very lopsided playing field."
~ Anna Nalick, singer-songwriter
"When you love someone, you do not love them all the time in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet, this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of time and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible in life, as in love, is in growth, in fluidity in freedom. The only real security is not owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now. For relationships, too, must be like islands. One must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits islands surrounded and interrupted by the sea, continuously visited and abandoned by the tides. Once must accept the serenity of the winged life, ebb and flow, of intermittency."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful."
~ John Constable, 'Lecture'

"Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim. (Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.)"
~  Ovid 


look who's back!

Why, yes, I *have* been sort of a stranger to livejournal! Okay, this may just be my second post - in almost four years - but I have stopped by to read other people's journals… 

Anyway, as noted in my previous post, I still have plenty of places to ramble. However, lately it occurs to me that I could use somewhere to back up the entries at my forum, and so I've decided to use this journal as a catch-all blog. (Although this site will have one up on the forums in that the content here will be searchable by tags.) 

I've been toying with this idea for a while, and I had the chance today to try to get everything set up. I plan to start next week backing up a few posts. I guess we'll see how it goes! 


so it begins

Yes, I'm now the proud(?) owner of a livejournal. (This is what happens when I'm bored at work.) I'm not quite sure what I'll do with it, since I have plenty of sites and places to ramble.

We'll see.