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Redesign

Redesign? Maybe this time I really will follow through… See, back around the start of 2002 I worked on re-working this site to not use tables for layout purposes, going to strictly CSS based control for layout, and I did pretty much rebuild things as needed, but I never completed the job. I think now I’ll do that. It seems like a good time… I’ll be over at Blue Robot’s Layout Reservoir or glish.com’s CSS Layout Techniques if you need me…

Oh, with the redesign we’ll probably add the ability to have descriptions in the RSS feed, and link to individual items… depending on how ambitious I actually get…

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Tricker Treat

This weekend was the trick ‘r treating weekend. Emma was a cowgirl and Maddy was a fairy princess, or medeebal (aka ‘medieval’) princess depending on who you asked. We hit the downtown businesses Saturday afternoon until they got tired of walking (about an hour) and then that night did the neighborhood, again for about an hour until they were pooped out. We got lots of candy of course, and we all ate too much, except Mom who is much smarter than Dad or the kids…

Sunday we went out to the relative’s house and did some more. Maddy got tired quicker this time, even though she had a stroller at her disposal, and we went back before everyone else. Still, lots of candy once again. All in all a successful trick ‘r treating experience… Favorite costumes: Home-made SpongeBob costume that someone made out of a big cardboard box, with great attention to detail… also the ‘fancy’ lads, a group of young boys dressed up as girls, quite hilarious…

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Back 2 SQL

I started getting back into learning more MySQL this weekend. I didn’t mention this, but I got a SQL book a while back (for 50 cents) titled Teach Yourself SQL in 14 Days. It’s about 7 years old, but the basics of SQL haven’t changed much in that time. In my other life SQL has been learned from trial, error, and lots of hacking. I do a lot of perl related things with SQL, so when I can’t write the SQL to do what is needed, I just do it on the perl side. Learning what I’m learning now should speed things up a bit. Of course I’ve had it more that 14 days, and I’m only 1/2 way through it.

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RSS pingy

I hacked at Aaron’s weblogUpdates for a few minutes today, and it now supports Weblogs.com RSS PingsDIY baby… (Note: I think Aaron updated things recently, so I should really check on what he updated…)

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Note: Greymatter still no good

Well, I did end up looking at Greymatter again and after a few minutes remembered how poorly written the code was, and remembered why I never used it. Still, it might work for you if security and reliability aren’t high on your list…