August 16, 2002

TGIF 🙂 Today was a very long day. I started the day by getting my butt out of bed incredibly early and driving from Annapolis, MD to Crystal City, VA in order to get John from Reagen National Airport. Then we drove to DC and worked for a while before driving back out to Annapolis. From Annapolis, I headed for Ithaca. Four hours of driving in the morning. Then six back to Ithaca. As soon as I arrived in Ithaca, I ran downstairs to see the new projector for a second – it is AWESOME! And then I grabbed Dominica and Dexter and headed for my parents’ house where Min and I will be dog sitting this weekend. Two more hours of driving out to Perry. That is twelve hours total driving today. Pretty crazy for not really getting anywhere.

To add to my wonderful day, I accidentally placed three laserdiscs on the top of my car as I went to head out to my parents’ house and forgot about them and they blew away at some point down the road. I lost Anne of Green Gables that was going to my parents and LA Confidential and Army of Darkness that were going to Josh. What a day.

On the way to my parents’ house (but after the LDs flew away) Min and I stopped at Taco Bell in Ithaca to grab a quick dinner before it got too late. Min tripped as she got out of the car and twisted her ankle pretty bad. So we had to ice it all the way to my folks’ house.

August 15, 2002

The Ides of August. Well, the favicon that I tried out worked well on my Mozilla browser and ok on Internet Explorer. I have not totally learned how to implement them, I guess, so I will have to look into it a little bit more thoroughly. Yesterday’s update alone was 8KB! That is huge. But, I am guessing that anyone who read it noticed how long it was. What can I say, it was an interesting day.

AOL today has a Hip Hop name generator that takes your real name and translates it into a ebonic musical name. I did it for a couple of people that I know. Here are the results… I am “The Diggity Young’n” unless you add my middle name then you get “The Flossin’ Dawg”. Dominica is “The Tricky Ice”, Loopy is “The Young Scratch”, Nate is “The Diggity MC”, Bob is “The Def Scratch”, Zach is “The Baby Dawg”, Eric is “The Freaky MC”, Francesca (whom I know will read the site) is “The Blingin’ Ice”, Natalie is “The Undefined Mack” and lastly, Josh is (after using his full name) “The Stanky Daddy.” I managed to save the best for last and I didn’t even try. Maybe The Stanky Daddy will read the site while he and Montana Bob are teaching band camp (yup, really) and give me a call.

Not much to report today. Slight change of plans and I have to be to the airport in Crystal City, Virginia at 8:30 in the morning to get John from the airport. That is really early considering that I will have to drive eighty miles or so in heavy rush hour through all of Maryland and DC and some of Virginia to get to Reagan National. It is going to be a long drive in the morning. And Crystal City isn’t the easiest place to get around in either.

I heard a really cool rendition of Bryan Adams’ Heaven on the radio today and I spent an hour at Borders in Bowie tracking it down. I also managed to find two computer books for $1 each which is pretty amazing. Both books retail at $40.

I did more work on Ithaca Portal today and for those of you who use it regularly should notice that it looks a little bit different and the font sizes now match on Opera, IE and Mozilla. Mozilla was really small before. We have really been trying to get Ithaca Portal up to speed before next week when all of the students return to Ithaca.

I will be driving to Ithaca tomorrow (Friday) night and will be going to Geneseo to a friend of Min’s’ wedding on Saturday. Min and I will be spending Saturday and Sunday at my parents’ house dog sitting Dominica’s parents’ dog Dexter. Isn’t that complicated? I will then be home in Ithaca Monday through Wednesday (this is all very tentative) and then returning to Annapolis on Thursday morning to complete the office move. It would be much better for me if I could come down to DC on Monday and do the move then because TEKsystems wants me to be a team lead on a project in Endicott over the weekend and it will overlap times if I can’t move the move. Oh boy, what a day. Oh yeah, a rock hit John’s windshield and cracked it too!

I have been doing a ton of work everyday and am not even close to getting caught up. We now have another web site being hosted on our server, that I have to get set up tomorrow as well. Eric has been working on something for the new site but he is on vacation until Monday so he won’t be of any help. This week is just too busy. And on top of it all, someone has to be at the house to let Mickey in and out on a regular basis because he is still unable to use the cat door without someone holding it open for him. He won’t even push on it. I can’t figure out if he is just so weak that he can’t use it or if he is just too dumb to use it. He is the weakest and the dumbest cat I have ever known so it is hard to say for sure. Nila thinks he is a wimp.

August 14, 2002

Wednesday. John is driving to South Carolina today to give a presentation so I have the house and the cats to myself until Friday afternoon. Now I can work online all day and get a ton of work done. I have upgraded to HTML-Kit Beta 4. HKit just keeps getting better and better. I definitely suggest that any aspiring web designers out there try it out. It is free now with a commercial version coming in the future.

The lack of furniture in the house is getting to be a bit of a drag, though. Without a chair or desk to sit in, I am forced to work while lying on the floor which isn’t the most ergonomic situation imaginable. I am working on adding a favicon to the site and I have the code in place already. What I am looking for now is an artist out there who is interested in coming up with a small icon to add to the site. Email me if you are interested. I am looking for a small llama head to have in the icon. Nothing fancy. And it is really tiny so there isn’t much that you can do anyway. The details are 16x16x16, that is the image is a 16×16 pixel square in 16 colours. It may be so small that we aren’t able to do a Llama head and will have to resort to something else creative. Until we come up with something unique to our site, I managed to find a free patriotic ribbon to use. I figured it was pretty appropriate since we have our flags for our foreign constituents. So if the icon doesn’t work in your browser, let me know. Today is the first day with it.

Dominica finally has her homepage up now. Take a wuick trip over to and see what she is doing over there. Min is doing a “Thought of the Day” thing similar to the format that I have here.

It is 1:30 and John is still sleeping. I just discovered that the cat pissed in my bed as well (I am writing this on the 13th after yesterday’s posting) so now I have even more laundry to do. Ok Dominica, I do not want a cat anymore. Actually, I still want Nila, she would never do that. Min says that I should have told Mickey, “NO! Not for you to poop on!!”

Since I lack decent Internet access today, I am doing extensive work on I am updating it to take Style Sheets which will make working on it so much easier. I hope to be able to really push IP in the fall when the student start returning to college. I am going to try to get some brochures and business cards with the address on them to help get the word out about our awesome site. I managed to update almost everything with IP today from the look to download time and compatability to new links. I did discover a new link that I was really excited about, which offers free classifieds for Ithaca locals. What a great idea. There wasn’t much on there (they have spots for classifieds and job listings as well as personals) but as they said on their site, if I tell five people and the five people that I tell tell five people and so forth, it will be pretty popular pretty quickly. Kind of like IP itself. So, the Ithacan is now linked from here and from IP. I figure that I told more than five people that way.

Even later in the day, John discovered that Mickey took a crap on the brand new (as in 5 days or so) upstairs carpet. It had to have happened last night because I have had Mickey locked outside all day. Technically he could come in but he won’t even come close to the cat door. He is spending his nine lives very quickly and frivolously.

I am writing this final part of the daily as I wait for my last load of laundry to dry so that I can make my bed and get some sleep. I don’t have anything pressing in the morning so I am pretty flexible. I have taken a dryer sheet and attached it to the back side of my room fan (that I am very thankful that Min and I went shopping for) to suck air through it to remove the cat poop smell that has perpeated the room.

To even more to an already incredibly good day, John’s car got hit and now has a dent in the driver’s side door.

Loopy’s new projector did, in fact, arrive today and he and Bob have been spending the afternoon getting it up and running. They have determined that it is most likely only going to work really well in the basement so they are going to try to get it set up down there and then relocate the new surround sound theatre system down to the basement as well. Bob and Loopy said that the new projector is really amazing and that the new system is going to be really cool.

Nila and I are just hanging out and chillin’ waiting for the laundry to finish. I think that Mickey is wearing thin his welcome with Nila as well. She has to put up with him a lot of the time when we aren’t home and I am sure he isn’t much fun for her either. The fountain that Min and I made a few days ago is still bubbling away on the counter. I like the sound that it adds to the room. It is very relaxing.

Dominica’s Birthday is one week from today. I was actually smart enough to onto Ithaca Portal and make reservations for Banfi’s at the Statler Hotel today so that I don’t have to worry about it in a week when I will be busy. It is so nice that Banfi’s uses OpenTable for online reservations. It makes it so much more convenient. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I made Ithaca Portal, it really does make my life easier.

We bug bombed the house here in Annapolis about two weeks ago and already there are ants and everything else all over the house again. It is really annoying because I am really getting bitten just all of the time. There are lots of crickets and katydids and grasshoppers too. And spiders. The spiders are everywhere. Somehow they manage to make the longest webs you have ever seen. They make them between the cars, the fence and the cars, the house and the pool, the house and the deck. Sometimes there just seems to be spider webs hanging in midair with no explanation whatsoever. The humidity doesn’t help any either, even with the windows and doors all shut and the AC running non-stop, the bed still feels damp when you go to climb into it.

I noticed a bit of a hickup in the system this evening when I went to do the update. I think that we were down for a couple of minutes. At least I lost access from here for a minute of two. Hard to determine whose network is having a problem that quickly.