October 29, 2006
Awesome Pumpkin Carvings
This year I carved two pumpkins for Halloween. Like the last two years, I used the great stencils from Zombie Pumpkins.
I chose to carve "Jolly Roger" and "Tongue Lashing". I really enjoy carving pumpkins with these stencils and get very excited waiting to see how they turn out. I was quite impressed this year and have received compliments from everyone who's seen them. Take a look and enjoy them yourself:
February 8, 2006
Wow, Zillo is amazing! Use it to instantly see how much your house is worth, compare property values, or see what houses in your neighborhood have sold for.
Simply enter an address to search for and see a map showing property values for every house in the area. Click on a house to see a detailed listing including property data, last sale price, and a graph tracking the value of the property over time.
January 4, 2006
My web site is back up!
My site is back online again after being inaccessible for a day and a half due to a hosting issue. Please let me know if you find anything that isn’t working properly.
(Note to web hosts: please inform your users before you decide to transfer accounts from one server to another…)
Posted at 2:22 PM
October 17, 2005
Pumpkin Carving Stencils
Halloween is fast approaching. For the last couple of years, I've turned to the internet to help me with my pumpkin carvings. There are many free stencils or patterns available for download that make it relatively easy to create a memorable Jack-O-Lantern that will impress your neighbors and friends.
This year my searching unearthed a pumpkin carver's goldmine: Zombie Pumpkins. This beautifully designed site contains over 100 high quality stencils grouped in several categories available for download. While they are not free, a small fee ($2 to $20–you decide) gives you access to the complete set. So if you're looking to carve a unique pumpkin this year, you won't want to miss this site. UPDATE: Last night I carved my pumpkin for Halloween. I chose the "Dragon Flight" stencil and it took me about three or four hours to clean out the pumpkin and complete the carving. But as you can see, it turned out quite excellent, don't you agree?
March 24, 2005
New category-based RSS feeds
Posted at 2:31 PM
February 19, 2005
Subscribe to this site
Did you know that you can subscribe to this weblog? That’s right—by subscribing you’ll automatically be notified whenever I post new entries.
This weblog takes advantage of a new technology called “RSS” that allows you to subscribe or syndicate the site.
Many new programs today support RSS. If you use the Mozilla Firefox browser just click on the little satellite dish icon on the right of the status bar to add a “dynamic” bookmark that automatically contains recent entries from this site.
Alternately, if you use Thunderbird (Mozilla’s e-mail client), you can set up an “RSS Feeds” account and add my site to that account. Then you’ll receive “e-mail” messages in this account whenever I post a new entry.
There are also other dedicated programs called feed readers that can subscribe to these RSS feeds. I’ve used a free one called RSS Reader that works pretty good.
Let me know if you have any questions of need help getting your subscription set up.
Posted at 7:12 PM
The redesign is complete!
I finally finished redesigning this web site! I’ve finished adding content to the other pages and all areas of the site should now be using the new design (except for the Media Gallery, but more on that later). Hopefully, everything should be working now.
Well, actually they say that a site is never finished and that will always be true of this site. I will continue to make minor adjustments and improvements as time goes by, but that should come as no surprise.
I will probably take a short break from working on this site as Sanni is starting to get tired of me always being on the computer trying to get my web site finished.
But there are still a couple of things that I have on the “to do” list for this site:
- As I alluded to earlier, the Media Gallery doesn’t currently use the same design as the rest of the site. Some day when I get around to it I may try and see if I can modify the program I’m using to manage the gallery and see if I can incorporate the design into it too.
- Part of the idea behind this redesign was to make use of new web standards that separate content from presentation. In other words, the design of this site is not tied to the content. I plan on creating several additional design themes (or alternate stylesheets) in the future when I can get around to it.
Posted at 7:09 PM
February 2, 2005
Welcome to my new web site!
I’m glad you found your way my web site. If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice that the site has gone through a major redesign. I’m now using a weblog program called MovableType that will allow me to easily post news and updates about me and my family (on a hopefully somewhat regular basis).
The upgrade is only about 90% complete at the moment, but I’m working on smoothing out the “rough edges” and hope to have all the links working soon and have all sections using the new visual theme.
Posted at 3:53 PM