June 2002 archives

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Saturday, June 29, 2002

just like old times

Last night, I went with Ricky and Tammy to the Birmingham Steeldogs game. It was a good enough game, and it actually went into overtime. We lost, but oh well. At least the overtime period somewhat subsidized the $3.25 20-ounce Diet Coke I bought at the game.

Afterward, we all went over to Ricky's parents' house, where I got to see Dave and Cammie Eanes, Ricky's brother and sister-in-law, for the first time since Ricky and Tammy's wedding. I got to see Jacob again (he's over a year old now), and their chocolate Lab, Mocha (I'm so jealous; that's exactly the type of dog that I want one day). We all talked a lot, and played a little impromptu Smush. Good times.

Today, my grandparents returned from a two-week trip west with a couple of friends of theirs. They put about 6500 miles on their friends' car, going all the way out to California, up the coast to Washington, and then back east again. Once again, something that I want to do one day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

let the countdown begin

One month until the big move!

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

favorite villain?

Here's a question for you all...what's your favorite villain character from any medium (movie, TV show, even cartoon if you'd like), and why?

There are some relatively obvious choices here, but I'll go with one that's just a little unconventional: Warden Norton from The Shawshank Redemption. There's just something completely sinister about the way he looks at Andy after Andy's been in "the hole" for a month, and gets that "I hold your life in my hands, and you know it" look in his eyes. "Am I making myself clear? Or am I being obtuse?" Just another reason it's my favorite movie.

Although I'm really tempted to choose (if only for the name) "The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight" from The Tick.

images and colophon update

I've finished changing all of the GIF files over to PNGs on all of the pages. I've also updated the colophon with some additional information about design decisions (such as GIF-to-PNG) and some future goals of the site.

Monday, June 24, 2002

thoughts move, and image switching

The old thoughts section is being mothballed. I've moved most of the old thoughts into the archives section of the blog itself (you'll find all of the former sections in the category listing of the archives). A couple of thoughts haven't been moved over yet, because they encompassed multiple pages when originally written, and that's the way I liked their layout. So I haven't figured out exactly what to do with them yet. For now, they stay where they are.

Another change that no one should really notice is that for the most part, I've switched all of the GIFs on the site to PNG files. I could go into a bunch of rhetoric about how GIFs are copyrighted and so on, but I'll save you all that. Let's just put it this way...their file sizes are smaller. Smaller file size = quicker download time. And bandwidth saving for us, although that's not really a big deal. We'll never come close to our bandwidth limit. :)

Friday, June 21, 2002

national pride

Well, by now if you care (or even if you just frequent ESPN's website), you know by now. I watched it, as I've done all the games for us this time around. I have to say, I'm really proud of this team.

A lot of people don't care a lick about soccer. And I can understand that. After all, it's never been very popular here; we've got other major sports to fill all the days in the calendar year, all much more popular than soccer. A lot of people think it's a boring game (and I'll admit, I was in this camp for a long time before I saw a few games) because there isn't a lot of scoring.

That being said, this is the most important sports event in the world. It blows the Super Bowl out of the water. Don't believe me? Find out just how many people will watch it worldwide. Don't be surprised if the total's close to two billion - roughly one-third of the world's population.

If you just can't see yourself getting into soccer full-time, that's okay. Treat it like the Olympics. After all, how often do we watch track and field or gymnastics (Alabama and Georgia college fans notwithstanding) other than every four years? But we'll cheer the U.S. and its players on like we were foremost experts in whatever the event happens to be.

This team outplayed the three-time champions of the game for most of the game. Even someone like me, who doesn't understand many of the nuances of the game could see that. We like the underdog here, even if we don't get a chance to be it very often as far as sporting events are concerned. After all, this country was founded by some of the biggest underdogs.

My point is, when the tournament comes around again in 2006 (and in a little bit better of a timeslot for us, considering it'll be in Germany this time instead of Asia), at least tune it in for a little while. I bet you'll find yourself cheering the team on. And who knows? You may actually get to like the game.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

now that's good eatin'

Tonight, Ricky, Tammy and I went to Johnny Ray's. I hadn't had barbecue for a few weeks, so I was in a BBQ mood. It was as good as I'd hoped. Johnny Ray's has just about the best onion rings in the world, I'd have to say.

Now, I'm hoping that I can fall asleep quickly enough to let me get a decent amount of sleep before the soccer game at 6 tomorrow morning.

movable type-powered at last!

It took the better part of a night and quite a few mistakes along the way to get there, but I think that I've got Movable Type working pretty well now.

You might notice that there are a couple of new features on the site with this content management system. The first is the addition of topics to the entries. At the end of every entry, you'll see the category I chose to put that particular entry into. Clicking that link will take you to all the entries I've ever done that fit in that topic. (Needless to say, it wasn't very much fun going through all the old entries and classifying them, but we care about our readers here at pressing on. :) ) I still haven't gotten them all exactly where I want them, because I haven't made all the categories that I think I need. But the ones that I have now will work well enough for the time being. Eventually, I'll put the category list on the front page for all to use, but I'm just too tired right now. If you'd like to see the ones that I've got right now, head over to the archives; a listing is located there.

Another feature is the pop-up window that you'll get if you click on the comments link for each entry. This is just a quicker way to see the comments of an entry if you've already read the entry itself. You can also leave comments that way.

So everyone enjoy...

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

the great server switch of 2002

It appears that the DNS are propagating pretty quickly; according to our referrer logs, we're already getting a decent amount of traffic. So things should be just about back to normal within another day or so.

I had to spend a lot of time tonight with greymatter to get all of the pages working (both in design and validity), but I believe that everything's just about back to normal. Of course, if something doesn't appear to be working correctly, please let me know.

The next step in all of this will be a switching of content management systems. Greymatter's served me well, but I think that I'm about to make the leap to Movable Type because it's got some features that I like that Greymatter doesn't, such as categories for entries. We'll play with that eventually. For now, I'm just glad that the site seems to be up and working properly...

Monday, June 17, 2002

Yep, it's 4:20

What on earth am I doing up at this time of day? Scoring one for foolish optimism. We're in the final eight in the World Cup now...does that officially make us a soccer nation?

I saw Scott and Kelley Shirley yesterday at church, and went over to their house for lunch. Kudos to Scott on his great grilled chicken.

Work on my "masterpiece" (snicker) continues; I'm in the midst of chapter eight right now. Most of my work has been spent fleshing out characters and locations. I've gotten the feeling that this is going to take a little longer to complete than I thought it would. Writing is not easy. I know that I'll go back through this first draft, once I eventually get it down, and tear it apart. But it's fun, a way to pass time, and it's a new experience. I haven't really attempted a story of this length before.

Sunday, June 9, 2002

what might have been

In response to Ginny's June 9th question, I definitely have. And I believe that things would be very different had I not gone to Alabama.

First, the decision I made to come to Alabama as an undergraduate had not only an effect on me, but I believe my sister as well. I could be wrong, but I believe that Brianna decided to attend Alabama in part because I had decided to go there. Among other life-changing events, she met her future husband there. Had I not gone, she might never have. Of course, that's all speculation.

It's possible that I wouldn't have become a Baptist if I had not gone to Alabama, simply because if I had never gone to Alabama, I would have never met the people who asked me one cold January night in a Baptist church that I was attending for the first time if I was interested in coming to the Baptist Campus Ministries. Based upon that, I might never have started attending Ozark Baptist Church back home.

I certainly wouldn't have met many of the friends that I came to know through the BCM, including, of course, my best friend. I wouldn't have had my heart broken in some relationships, because those relationships would never have existed. One would expect that to happen no matter what college I had attended. Specifics are the key here. The lessons learned are slightly different as a result of the situation that I was in.

As a graduate student going to Alabama, I had the pleasure of making more BCM and MBA-related friends and strengthening the bonds with those I already had for a couple more years. I met people that I looked up to while looking down at them. (Cryptic enough for you? It's really not, if you think about it.)

How would things be different if I had gone somewhere else? There's no good way to know, of course. I'd surely have a completely different set of friends, but I'd like to believe that I'd be as loyal to them as I believe that I am to the ones that I have now. I might be married right now, and working somewhere instead of preparing for one more round of grad school.

And on that line of thought, one could extrapolate this question easily. If I had made the choice to say, go to Texas A&M or Oklahoma instead of Florida, what would be different? There's no way to know, for I don't know yet what's going to happen to me in my four years in Gainesville. I certainly hope to make friends there. I may meet my future wife. I may decide that Gainesville's the best thing that ever happened to me, and stay down there. Everything I type is accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders.

I will say this much: I believe that if God meets you where you are, that means that if you're willing, he can use you no matter where you've gone. I enjoyed my six years at Alabama. The memories aren't all good, but anyone saying otherwise about their experiences is either fooling or not challenging themselves.

I believe that I will do the best I can to do the same at Florida, and wherever I go afterward. And if I trust in God and follow Him, I believe that He will meet me where I am.

Friday, June 7, 2002


Yesterday I did one of the dumber things I've done in quite a while. Unwittingly, I deleted my entire bookmarks file, including links to articles that I have no earthly idea of the actual address of. So for a couple of hours yesterday, I was engrossed in reconstructing my entire set of bookmarks.

That's right, kids...I'll be teaching computer science one day!

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

news and notes

I stayed up until about 6:30 this morning. Some of you may understand why, but for those who don't, here's a clue: we shocked the world last night. It was one of the most amazing things I'd seen in all of sports. When we went up 3-0, I almost gave my brother-in-law a call down in Florida, just to have one of those special sports-related conversations that go something like this:

"Are you believing this?"
"Me neither. Okay, bye."

I knew he'd be up anyway.

Now, if only my Red Wings had won last night, it would have turned out perfect...

Mozilla 1.0 is out. I haven't downloaded it yet, but I will very shortly. Probably after I finish writing this up. I've been looking forward to the finished product for over two years now...for Netscape users, that means that version 7 should be coming out very soon...

Monday, June 3, 2002

weekend update

Saturday, I went over to Ricky and Tammy's place. Bobby had come up from Orlando, so I got to see him too. We ended up grilling out, and it turned out great, save the mosquitoes, and the "bug repellent" that Tammy gave me to put on. I got to grill for the first time in at least a couple of years, and the burgers I did turned out pretty good. So did the sausages Ricky did. He intended to cook eight pieces, but nearly had nine after a mishap with the knife.

Afterward, the four of us ended up going to O. Henry's, a coffee house in Homewood. Some friends of the other three were there. I had met a couple of them before at Ricky and Tammy's wedding. We worked on a crossword puzzle, and if my memory serves correctly, got everything except a couple of letters. I also earned a nickname from people I may never see again - "slewed" - from the crossword clue "turned on a pivot". It fit in with all the other clues that we had, and hey, at least it was right...

Yesterday, I didn't feel very good. It might have had something to do with the fact that it was 80 degrees inside the house, and the air conditioner never wanted to come on. I spent the majority of the day with two fans blowing on me.

I finally got over my writer's block, and have the first three or so chapters of my "great American novel" (yeah, right) completed. Well, the first incarnation of it, anyway, as I think that they need to be fleshed out some more. I'm not crazy about unecessary exposition, but at the same time I don't want to leave any part of the story untold. It's more of a fine line than I had thought it would be. I do like the way that the story's progressing thus far, and the research that I've done for it has proven interesting, to say the least. More to come.