So Where Have I Been Lately

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Dec 292008
 

CollectingIf you’re a regular visitor (or you receive the digest email) I suppose you have noticed a decided lack of activity here lately. I have to tell you, I’ve just been tired. I think that’s the best way to describe what’s been going on in my life lately. It’s not that feeling of “being sick and tired of being sick and tired,” but more a general malaise that came over me during the last months.

I’ve certainly tinkered with this site, and I’ve kept up with work, but things around the house have been left undone, and I have not written much on this blog nor in my journal. I didn’t send out Christmas cards this year, and didn’t even decorate the house. I came into the season with a good deal of the shopping done, and combined with some upcoming time off, I was actually looking forward to the holiday, but somewhere along the way, I just sort of lost that holiday spirit.

I did travel home to Kings Mountain, and the whole family crammed into Mom’s house for Christmas dinner,It was great fun. I now have a step-grand-nephew. He and I became fast friends, and he’s a real cutie.  Jackson has grown a lot in height and temperament, and we had fun over the holidays with Lay’s nephews. We punked them on their gifts by wrapping a goofy dollar store toy and presenting that to them first. It was a good test, and they passed by being (though somewhat reluctantly) grateful.

We went to only one holiday party this year, and I have felt very out of touch with my circle of friends. Both those here in Tampa, and those who live away. I truly value friends, and this is an area that will get special attention from me this year.

I suppose a psychologist reading this from afar might get a sense that I’m experiencing a bout of depression. He/She could be correct, but it is certainly not a debilatating depression, and I wouldn’t classify it that way. I don’t feel sad, just spiritually and emotionally tired. It’s not a sense of panic or impending doom. I think I do have anxiety attacks sometimes, but that’s not what’s going on here. I’m guessing work is reasonably steady for the next six months at least. We’re having some financial pressures here at home, but nothing exceedingly great at this point, and much less than many people.  Continue reading »

A Rambling Blog

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Jun 142008
 

I don’t get a ton of traffic on this site, and have always been disappointed with the lack of comments. I get a few, but I know I have opinionated friends, and would expect a little more from them. I suspect one of the reasons is that this blog is so far ranging in the topics I write about.

I’ve read some good articles lately on blogging, and most say to narrow the focus of your blog. The people writing these articles do have very widely read blogs, so one must give them their props. I can’t say I disagree with them, but one of the things I notice is that most of them maintain multiple blogs, and each blog is for a different topic. So, like me, they write on a wide range of topics, but do so on a multitude of blogs.     Continue reading »

A Big Day at Deep Sand

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Mar 282008
 

We’ve been busy here at Deep Sand over the past several evenings, and you will probably notice one  of the biggest changes right away, as we have implemented this new look to the site. We really loved the older theme, “I Feel Dirty,” and it’s still there for us, but this Zeke 1.0 theme offered a great look, along with some newer features. We also worked on what goes on behind the scenes as well, and while things are pretty much back to normal as far as you’re concerned, we still have a bit of work to do.

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Blogging Essay Contest Entry

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Jan 132007
 

The folks at Weblog Tools Collection are hosting an essay contest about blogging, and I have submitted an entry. It’s about an experience I had as a result of creating a blog for my church.

You can rate the stories, so I’d appreciate it if you would visit the site, read the story, and leave an honest (and annonymous) rating. I’m very interested in the feedback.

Thanks, I promise to post more this weekend. I have lots of catching up to do.

New Site Design

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Nov 022006
 

The web is a dynamic place. Things change a lot here. If you are a repeat customer, you’ll notice the overall look and feel of Deep Sand has changed. I just felt like it needed a refresh.

As I’ve noted before, WordPress has an amazing user community of smart people. One of the things many people do is create site “themes” for the software. WordPress has a “theme” system to make it fairly simple to change the overall look and feel. However, I have done a good deal of customization, so it’s a long days worth of work to port in a new theme.

Of course I can always switch back to the previous site design, but I’d like for you to take the survey in the side bar and let me know what you think of this new design.

I think all the same functions are here, but I hope you appreciate the presentation more.

Update on August 3rd, 2006

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Aug 032006
 

Once again, work has kept me busy. I was in Washington, DC Monday through Wednesday this week on a project. Boy was it hot in D.C. While 90 in Tampa right now, the heat and humidity?in D.C. was stiffling. I rode the metro to National Airport, and was?wringing wet when we got there. Because so much of National is glass, I guess, it wasn’t all that nice?inside the airport.?The flight home was packed and I was stuck in a middle seat.

Perhaps the biggest potential news was Tropical Storm (scheduled to be Hurricane) Chris. Chris should have been a hurricane by today, but wind shear got all wrapped in it, pushed all the cloud tops to the south of cyclone convection, and is now probably not even a tropical storm anymore. We probably won’t even get rain from it.

Last year for his birthday, I bought Lay a Zen Micro and paid for an annual subscription to the Yahoo!Music system. It provides unlimited downloads. He didn’t want to mess with it, so I’ve used and downloaded about 600 titles. Unfortunately, it drives me crazy. If you don’t add music at least once per month to your device, the “license” doesn’t renew so the music won’t play. It seems this happens every time I go on the road. I get on the plane, put on the noise cancelling headphones (which are great), turn on the player, and can’t listen to any of the music.

To avoid this on this most recent trip, I had deleted a song, and reloaded it to the device, which is supposed to “re-up” the license for all the music. Well it didn’t, so once again I was screwed. I’ve tried to be respectful of the licensing requirements of these music stores, but I’ve paid for this music, and am entitled to listen to it, but never seem to get to. I’m working on a permanent solution to this problem.

I’m working on setting up some blogs for friends, and writing a brief “how-to” guide for them, and I’m considering a new “theme” for my blog, but haven’t found anything I really like yet.

May 242004
 

Welcome to my little corner of the world of web publishing. From here, I’ll pontificate about most anything that comes to mind, and the people that know me, know I always have an opinion. I’ll try to write about fun stuff, controversial stuff, and anything else about my life, the world, and the people in my world. I hope you’ll find something here to be passionate about, and will reply and comment on my posts. Believe me, I can certainly pontificate, but am not afraid of having someone disagree, and I can have my mind changed. So, visit often, and let me know what you think.

=John=

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