Jun 042009
 

I’m a bit late, but we made the first posting to Deep Sand on May 24th, 2004. So here we are five years and 1,370 posts later.

It will surprise no one who knows me that I had that much to say. It has been fun though. I think I’ve had the most fun tinkering with the underlying technology and learning PHP and MySQL.

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 »

May 242008
 

It’s hard to believe, but Deep Sand debuted on May 24, 2004. I can’t believe I’ve maintained this blog for that long. Lot’s of blogs out there have been abandoned over the past four years.

We’ve gone through a couple of site redesigns, and we’ve tried to keep up-t0-date with the software versions and enhancements. I’ve learned a lot about PHP and the open source world through all this and we’ve written about a lot things over those four years.   Continue reading »

Pretty Much Done

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Mar 142006
 

You might have noticed that posting appears to be lite lately. Actually, I’ve been adding some posts related to my movie collection, and I’ve been doing lots of updates to the blog. In fact, I think I pretty much have it complete in terms of functionality. This included an upgrade to the most recent version of the WordPress software to Version 2.0.2.

I’ve enjoyed learning more about PHP and CSS as I’ve tweaked the files that drive this blog. I’ve done some fairly extensive customization, but mostly it’s some very small things. As an example, if you select a category and get the category archive page, there’s a tag that displays the description of the category. When you display an archive page, it will show only an excerpt from each article.

I have also placed all my photos on the Flickr website service in albums, and have configured a plugin in WordPress that will display those photos here on the blog. As I mentioned above, I also got all the movies from my movie collection posted here. One friend asked me why I’d do that. Mostly, I was making use of a very cool structured blogging plugin that connects to the?Internet Movie Database (IMDB). I also did some extensive customization to control how that category is displayed.

This final run at getting the “back end” of the site the way I wanted including writing a page about the technology that runs the site. I got that completed last night, with some finally design tweaks finished up this evening.

So, I have to admit the blog is mainly for me as a place to express ideas and thoughts, but I hope that, sometimes, you enjoy what goes on here, and I remind you that I leave comments open on all the articles so that you can express your own ideas about a particular topic. I wish more of you would take advantage of that aspect of the blog.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week.

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=