Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ean gets a tricycle

Ean pushing his new tricycle

Yep, dad though the ol son needed to get behind the wheel. A friend of ours gave us a really small bike but Ean just couldn't figure it out. So, I thought maybe something a little closer to the ground would help.

He actually was able to steer and make himself go a little the night we got it. I haven't had a chance to work with him since.

He's at that age where you either want to put him in his room for a little disciple or shake your head in amazement at how much he is learning.

Dad is starting to wonder he can start teaching him some phonics. The world will only open up the day he starts to read. I sure wish I started reading a lot earlier in life.

Oh well... just one life to live before heaven.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Upgraded Joomla and Removed Community Builder

I upgraded Joomla tonight. Other than following the instructions I think everything is working okay.

I also uninstalled Community Builder. It just isn't a feature I'm going to be utilzing at all for a while. Instead, I just need to focus on getting some content that anyone can see up and running.

I've had a lot of fun working with Flickr, so I might see if I can get to automatically show the photo feed from our Flickr account.

This site really is a learning experience for me. I don't anticipate anyone looking at it very often. There is hardly anything here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

See our photos on

This weekend we started using Flickr to make our photos available online for our friends and family. Yes, it may be a pain for some because they have to set-up their own account to view the photos. However, long-term, Flickr will be a lot easier for us to manage. In addition, they'll store all my photos forever at a pretty reasonable price. Most online back-up services cost a whole lot more than Flickr.

This weekend we started using Flickr to make our photos available online for our friends and family. Yes, it may be a pain for some because they have to set-up their own account to view the photos. However, long-term, Flickr will be a lot easier for us to manage. In addition, they'll store all my photos forever at a pretty reasonable price. Most online back-up services cost a whole lot more than Flickr.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A day of rest | Re-reading a book

I had a great day resting. I avoided anything remotely connected with work... it has been nice.

I began re-reading "Conquistador" by SM Stirling again. There is something about that alternative history and relationship to current times that interests me. In addition, this particular book has some interesting insights into privacy issues I think are going to be true sooner than anyone thinks.

The family went swimming this morning... my mom sold most of the items we gave her for the garage sale she had today. Getting rid of the stuff that doesn't fit in our home feels kindda good. The garage now has more room for the cars!

I got a busy day at work tomorrow.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Checking out the xanga thing...

A friend of mine has a Xanga account, so I thought I'd sign up and check it out myself.

In the last month I've been looking into a lot of the social networking sites to decide where I should hang my hat. Not a whole lot of people I know are into the social network thing at this point in their lives.

Someday I'll land myself into one zone... if you check-out my website you'll find the links to the current spots you can find me.

At this point in my life I'm just trying to hook up and stay in touch with old friends. Technology has made this a whole more feasible since snail mail.

Monday, June 12, 2006

A day with the family

Today I spent the entire day with the family. Actually, I did sleep in a while...

We took my oldest son to "Cars" today. It was his first experience in a movie theatre. He did pretty good. It was occassionally too loud for him and a couple times he had to be held by his mom or dad. In time I think he'll come to like the movie a lot more than me.

We also went to a park tonight. It is kindda weird having a kid doing things I remember doing growing up. How time flies.

Tomorrow night we are going to the Glen Beck show at the Civic Center. I have no idea what the show will be like. His radio show is funny so I anticipate him giving a few laughs. We shall see.

At work I'm going to try and tackle a few projects I've been waiting to do for several months. At this point I think the project will end up being hard to start than to finish.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

One Busy Day at Work

After a twelve hour day I'm sitting here wondering where the day went. Wednesdays are typically busy; however, today was kindda weird. I was able to spend a few minutes with the family. They stopped by for a Summer Family Fun night we had at church tonight. Even though the boys are a bit too young to enjoy outdoor games, they had fun being outside.

I worked on expanding the church drawing in the CAD today. We needed to create a map for an upcoming activity that is happening outside. So, I took the ol blueprints and started to add sidewalks, parking lots, and streets to the drawing we've been updating over the years. The nice thing about drawing in a CAD program is the flexibility in keeping it up-to-date and drawing it life sized.

This weekend I'll be providing some media support for a home school conference. The work will keep me busy, but it won't be overly difficult. I'm mainly there in case something happens to keep things running smoothly.

In the coming week I've also got get some proposals put together to implement some new software modules we use. I'm not used to journaling much anymore, so I better quit before I fall alseep.

Monday, June 5, 2006

Checking out the LiveJournal

I was updating my LibraryThing tonight with a new book and ran across a link to this site. I'm kindda into the journaling thing; however, I haven't done much of it intentionall for quite a while.

The one thing I like so far about this site is the ability to enter both private and public entries.

I explored setting up my own blog on my personal website; however, I wasn't that crazy about installing the software, learning how to use it, and keeping it updated and working all the time. It would also be limited to just me.

If LiveJournal is anything like the LibraryThing I will like it. Using tags is pretty neat for organizing things...
Anyway, I'm not sure if I know anyone else whose using LiveJournal. If it turns out I like using this service I'll recommend it to some of my friends. It isn't quite like a MySpace account... or another kind of blogging site.
We'll have to see how it goes.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

My Gallery

For several months I've thought about adding a gallery to On several different occasions I looked at the extensions on Joomla for integrating a gallery into my Joomla CMS.

I tried installing a couple different galleries; however, I ended up choosing Gallery2. There is a bridge that integrates Gallery2 with Joomla which simiplifies some of the administration of the site. Installing Gallery2 wasn't extremely easy; however, I've been learning a lot in the process of working on which helped.

Right now the gallery is up and running but I've made it available only to those with a valid user name and password. I still have a lot of things to learn about incorporating a gallery into my CMS website. I also need to do some work on learning how to modify CMS templates.

Friday, June 2, 2006

See John on MySpace

This week John signed up for a MySpace account. Quite a few million people have got a spot of MySpace, so John thought he'd join the crowd. He already has a few friends and wouldn't mind finding a few more.

Check his page out at 

Thursday, June 1, 2006

ACS Technologies Conference in Orlando, Florida

I've been in Orlando Florida this week at a conference. I've been attending about six, hour and a half, classes each day. I'm learning a lot, but I'm getting really tired! [so why in the world am I up so late writing in this blog?!!]

ACS is the software my church uses to manage information about our congregation and bookkeeping stuff. They also have other products I've been learning about this week that might be a benefit for us to start using in the future. The system has a lot of different modules and features to help churches manage information. The biggest challange most users of the software face is integrating the whole system as a church.

While in town, I've had dinner with Derrick a couple times. He has been living in Florida now for 5 years after moving from Des Moines. It has been great having the chance to hang out with him. [He's also saved me a bunch of money by picking me up from the airport and driving me around town.]

Oh yea, I forgot. I stayed my first two nights in Orlando at the Disney Dolphin Resort. Dolphin was entirely booked for my last night in Orlando so right now I'm at another Disney resort (Port Orleans Riverside). Yeah, I took the boat ride to downtown Disney today/yesterday. It was busy. I'm not much into buying stuff but if you are... downtown Disney is the place for you to visit with a huge pocket of money.

I saw Mickey Mouse on Tuesday morning at the Dolphin resort. I was sitting at my table in the convention room and Mickey walked by and patted me on the shoulders. He wasn't very talkative, but I know he was very glad to meet me. :) I didn't have a camera with me so I don't have any photos to remember the occasion.

Well, I've got a class to attend in about 5 hours so I better go. I got a long day ahead of me. Hopefully, I don't miss my flight back to Des Moines tonight and get back safely. It would be terrible to be stuck in Florida for another day or two.