Beachy Keen

Within about 36 hours, you will be able to see the latest round of Gray pictures. I am just waiting for the domain name to resolve to my new server. I went ahead an remade the whole site again in addition to posting pictures from the last 2 months, including our beach trip last weekend.

In other news, I was happy to see the Bookmark Synchronizer has finally been updated to work in Firefox 1.0PR, which means I can now maintain a shared set of bookmarks between home, work, and now my USB drive with Portable Firefox.

Firefox keeps getting better and better. Now if they would only develop a version for Windows Mobile 2003 so I could run it on my X3i…(hint hint)

Linkitude

I found a lot of good stuff around the Internet today.

My daily check of molly.com revealed CSS guru Eric Meyer is near completion of a cool slideshow tool called S5. I had just started piecing together a Powerpoint presentation at work, and now I think I will ditch it for Eric’s semantic, valid method. It will make me the envy no one at work, but at least I will feel cool on the inside.

Along the same lines, I stumbled upon a nifty tool called Web Album Generator which makes quick work of cranking out standards-compliant photo galleries. I would like to have seen it abandon tables completely, but it’s not a bad tool for a quick and easy gallery for those times your parents in Kentucky are dying to see the latest picture of your kid 😉

Speaking of Kentucky, I was recently solicited by one Thommy Browne to help fill in some history at the new LouisvilleHardcore.com wiki. Having a memory like an elephant, I hope to find time to write down everything I can.

The only news to report from here is that we had a great 4 day weekend at the beach. Gray was thrilled beyond belief at the marvels of sand, surf, and seagulls. Pictures coming soon.

Pressure Chief Again

As I wrote earlier, I pre-ordered the new Cake CD entitled “Pressure Chief”. Well, it arrived in my mailbox 3 days ago, and I thought I’d pass along my thoughts.

Since the last Cake album quickly made it into my all-time Top 10 list of albums, I was worried that this one might not live up to it. Honestly, I haven’t had time to listen to it more than 3 times, so I can’t say for sure whether or not it is equal, but I can say it is infectious, and that is what matters.

The 3 times I have heard it have been enough to get at least 3 tunes stuck in my head, and I find myself eager to listen to it more. This is a promising sign.

Occupied

I have been spending a lot of time doing these things lately (in no particular order):

  • Working. We are setting up four Dell 6650 servers for our new J2EE-compliant web application platform at the AFCCC. This is exciting stuff. We installed RedHat Enterprise 3 AS on two of them today, and will finish up the others tomorrow. We have also spent a lot of time in meetings to plan the new web site
  • Playing Magic: The Gathering. Yes, I am a geek and proud of it. Magic is the game to end all games.
  • Being with the family. Since the new job started, I get home shortly after 4 every day, which has allowed me to spend much more time with Gray and Alicia.
  • Side Work. Still helping out with Puckett web stuff and Ingles web stuff. Also working on some web design for other clients, and just finished setting up my new dedicated web server for hosting them.
  • Planning the addition. The contractors started on our house addition yesterday, and things are moving along quickly. I can’t wait to have a bigger kitchen, a bathroom downstairs, and a new study with a bay window. If all goes well, it will be done by Thanksgiving.

One Week

It has been one week since I started my new job as a contracted web developer working with the Air Force. So far I like it a lot, and I don’t forsee that changing any time soon. I went in a little intimidated by the military aspect of it, not having spent any time in that environment before, but I quickly realized that it’s nothing to worry about, and that the people there are very nice.

Working downtown is great, being surrounded by all the good restaurants, and being about 1.5 miles from home. The money I am saving on gas will be amazing. I was putting over 30 miles a day on my car; now it’s barely 3. I looked at used bikes the other day, but I think I will save that adventure until spring rolls around.

Nothing too exciting to report otherwise. I’ll post some more interesting stuff here soon.