And before I forget

Firefox 1.5 has been released…I’m about to go break me some plugins!

Musing about thunderbird…

I wonder if there’s a way for me to format the template thunderbird uses to display email…that would be sweet. If anyone knows of a way or tutorial, I’d be quite obliged if you pointed it out to me.

Is it just me…

or is the internet really quiet?

Seriously, I received significantly less emails today (not complaining – it allowed me to get caught up on some stuff), the lists I subscribe to which usually have a million and one emails every day only had a few, and a lot of the blogs I like to read regularly haven’t been updated…eerie.

It’s A Free For All

It’s the last Friday in the month and that means one thing: Free For All Friday!

You should know the routine, but in case you don’t –
Rules & Terms:
1) Please do not promote any hate related or other negative type sites while you’re pimping stuff on my blog.
2) I reserve the right to moderate, edit or delete any entries which violate rule #1 at my sole discretion.

**This post will remain at the top until FFAF is over**

Click on finish reading for the instructions -> finish reading »

Oh God! My Eyes…

This is the face behind Google? I don’t care how drunk he claims to be (and I sure hope he claims he was drunk), it’s just wrong…

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again…time to eat, be merry, express all that you’re thankful for – then shop ’til you drop. This year, all my shopping will be done online and my family will all know what they’re getting because they told me what they want beforehand.

My family and I have an understanding — I’m too old and jaded for that ‘just surprise me‘ crap and they all know it (read: I’ll surprise their happy asses with nothing). Well, that’s not entirely true – I’ll surprise my nephew because he’s still young and believes in Santa.

So anyway, to all of you out there, I wish you a happy, wonderful, merry, joyous Thanksgiving if you celebrate it.

Getting Out…

When my sister and I went to get our other sister from the airport yesterday, it made me realize just how much of my life I’m not living. For the first time in a long time, I realized that I’m allowed to live my life and I shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for doing so.

When I first started out in web development, I loved it. I looked forward to the next new project and the next cool person I’d get to work with, but not any more.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to help people. Knowing that I am able to bring a smile to someone brightens my entire day, but I’ve discovered that you deal with two kinds of people when you work in a service based industry:

  • Those people who have a debilitating ‘me’ complex. They believe they are the only person in the world who you should be devoting your attention to, period. No family, no friends, no, not even yourself. And when you do manage to complete something for them, or take massive chunks of time out of your life for their benefit – they are ungrateful.
  • Then there are the wonderful kind people who understand that you’re a person too. They understand that you’re not a superhero, they understand you have a family, that shit happens, that you are doing everything within your power to help them, that you can only do so much, and they still appreciate you for it.

I love dealing with the latter. I’ve actually been blessed in that regard. I can safely say that at least 80% of the people I’ve worked with are in the latter category and those people have actually become people I consider friends. But somehow, the 20% manage to suck out more of me than the 80% can put back. So, with that, I’m getting out of the web development business – sort of.

This time of year gets me thinking about my life, the direction it’s heading, and whether or not I’m truly happy deep down inside.

A typical day for me looks like (and my family can vouch for this):
7:00am – Wake up, excercise, eat breakfast, shower
9:30am – Hop on the computer, load up Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and StyleMaster – open current projects
10:00am - Read and answer emails (I also continue to do so throughout the day)
1:00pm – Begin current client projects
4:00pm – Sit down to lunch…at the computer
5:00pm – Field another onslaught of emails (this is just about the time I try to figure out how Darren keeps from going crazy because I know he must get a million more than me…)
6:00pm – Continue working on client projects

Sometimes I force myself to stop around 8:00pm, but some nights I don’t find myself finishing until well after 10:00pm. And instead of going to sleep, I work on my own projects (truth be told, I’m writing this blog entry and it’s 11:30pm). Most nights I don’t find myself in bed until roughly 2-3:00am.

I dread Mondays and look forward to Sundays because Sunday is when my body refuses to function…period. It’s also the only day I truly get any rest. The stress is also the reason I gained 20 pounds over the last year — my body is just out of whack.

So, like the fabled Santa Clause, I’ve made a list. It’s a list of the clients and friends I will continue to accept projects from, but as of Monday January 9, 2005, I will no longer be accepting any clients outside of that list – that is…unless they can give me a pretty damn good reason to.

My goal is to deal only with those people in the latter group described earlier and get some semblance of my life back. Wish me luck.

First Beta and Now VHS?

Apparently by this time next year, movie companies will stop releasing new movies on VHS…DVD all the way. Seriously…what is the world coming to?

And on a completely random tangent…it appears our local paper has a weblog…er, weblogs, plural…powered by MovableType of all things…with comments enabled (don’t they know about comment spam?)… the cane’s blog seems pretty popular. The commenters are revolting on the movie blog…because, foolishly, they believe a movie blog should be a blog about movies.

If you were paying close attention, you may notice the lack of linky love for the Florida Panthers…that’s because the Panthers just aren’t important enough to have a real blog – they get the test blog.

Looking For Alternatives To w.bloggar

It’s no secret that I really like w.bloggar because it makes my blogging life easier. But it’s also no secret that’s it’s not perfect.

In my search for the perfect desktop blogging application – I’m looking for suggestions.

So far, I know about (and have already tried):
BlogJet
Qumana
Elicit
Ecto
RocketPost
WB Editor

Please feel free to throw your thoughts my way. The blog client should support WordPress and handle multiple blogs well. It doesn’t have to be free, but a free trial would be helpful.

When Did My Blog Get So Popular?

I’ve been renting my blog out on Blog Explosion for the past couple of weeks. The usual going rate? 40 credits. I figure it’s a fair price for a nice little spot over there in my sidebar.

When my last campaign ended and I decided to list my blog again, I figured I’d get one offer when I woke up. Well, I’d be wrong. I had four. When exactly did this blog get so popular? This is the first time I actually had to choose who’d be appearing in my sidebar…and it was tough.

The bidding blogs were all great in some way, but I finally went with Fuggetaboutit because it made me laugh out loud and, frankly, I needed a good laugh. So if you have a moment and need a good laugh, visit Tony at Fuggetaboutit.

Since I didn’t get a chance to, I’d like to offer a little linky love to the very first renter of my blog: ONEMANBANDWIDTH – great blog and worth a read.