September 30, 2003

Library Night

When was the last time you went to your local library? It's library night for us. We take our children to the library every three weeks. Three weeks because that's how long they let us check out books. Library night is a real big deal to our family. We like to read and our children like to read. We read to our children most every night. It's part of the bed time routine. The experts say that children should read or be read to each day and we try to do our part.

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Continued issues

I continue to have connectivity issues with my site while running on goDaddy.com.

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Moveable Type on goDaddy.com

Here's how I got Movable Type to work on goDaddy.com.

Download the full version, with libraries of the Movable Type software. Be sure to download it in .zip so you can unzip it to a directory on your PC. goDaddy doesn't allow ssh or telnet, only FTP. You have to do all your file extractions, editing, etc on another machine and then copy the files to your site. Once you have the Movable Type software downloaded and extracted to a directory you can move on to setting up your site on goDaddy.com.

Connect to your site on goDaddy.com using the ftp software of your choice. You will see a cgi directory. You need to create two new directories to be used by Moveable type. Create one directory called mtdb and another directory called mt-static. Create a directory in the cgi directory called mt.

Using FTP copy all the files and directories, except the images, docs, and styles.css, of the Movable Type system that you extracted to your cgi/mt directory. Copy the images, docs, and styles.css to your mt-static directory that you created. Your directories should look like this:

cgi
->mt

mtdb

mt-static
->images
->docs
->styles.css

You will need to edit your mt.cfg file and upload it to your cgi/mt directory. For godaddy.com you need to have these lines to get your site working.

CGIPath http://www.yourdomainname.com/cgi/mt/
DataSource /html/mtdb/
StaticWebPath /mt-static/

Once you get you Movable Type system up and running here are the settings that you will need to enter in your weblog config settings:

local site path: /html
site URL: http://www.yourdomainname.com/
local archive path: /html/archives
archive URL: http://www.yourdomainname.com/archives/

As you can see I store my archives in a directory called archives. You will need to create a directory called archives using your ftp client. You can name your archive directory what ever you want. I just chose to use the same name.

If you want to run more than one blog on your site you can put them in directories under your main site. Just make sure you have the directories setup and enter the information in to the weblog config section.

This may not be the only way to get Movable Type to work on goDaddy.com. It is however the only way I was able to get it to work. If you know of a way to get Movable Type working with Msql on goDaddy.com leave a comment or send me an email. Good luck with getting your site working on goDaddy.com.

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goDaddy.com

My blog is being hosted on goDaddy.com as I write this entry. Why goDaddy.com? My previous host shut down and I needed to find a new hosting site. Since I had used goDaddy.com in the past for domain name registration, I figured I'd give them a try for my hosting needs. The price seemed right and I already had an account with them. They said they offered the services that I needed to run Movable Type. It seemed like a simple decision.

The process of moving a web site isn't all that complicated. You make sure you back up all your data. Change your name server records at with your domain registrar. Wait for the DNS to propagate. Install your data on your new host. That's all there is to it.

I backed up all my data without any problems. I modified my name server records without any problems. I waited impatiently for the DNS changes to propagate. I uploaded Movable Type to my new host. I edited my mt.cfg file with the appropriate information. I ran the load script and got an error. I sent email to goDaddy.com's tech support. I waited for a reply. I was told that it would have to be sent to the next level. I never got any response back. So, I continued to hack away at my mt.cfg file. I was never able to get Movable Type working on goDaddy.com using Mysql. I was able to get it running using the db files though. I don't get comments emailed to me because goDaddy.com is blocking or doesn't allow the software access to sendmail.

I've noticed since my site has been hosted at goDaddy.com that there have been times that I've not been able to load my site. goDaddy.com claims that there are no issues. The issue can't be duplicated. It's all adding up to a dissatisfied customer. I'm going to look elsewhere for my hosting needs. goDaddy.com isn't for me it seems.

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September 29, 2003

Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we'll be heading out to the pumkin patch. I need to load up the camera bag, dust off my lenses, filters and select some film for the outing. Hopefully we'll have some blue skies, puffy white clouds, and some morning dew on the pumpkins. All these things coupled with a polarizer and a wide angle lens will make for some nice Autumn photos. I'd like to shoot some Portra UC film this weekend. I'm sure some Fuji Reala would be very nice as well. Looks like I need to make a run for some film. Sure, I've got a bag full of free film. It's that 200 speed Walgreens film. I could over expose it a stop and get some good color. I'm not opposed to doing that but it just isn't the same as Fuji Reala or the Portra UC. I want to get some over the top eye popping color. I could go so far as shooting some Velvia but I don't think I can make the kids stand still long enough for Velvia.

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September 26, 2003

Reach for the stars

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Photo taken with a Nikon N80, Fuji Reala film.

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September 25, 2003

Blue Sky

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Photo taken with a Nikon N80, Fuji Reala film.

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Refdesk

Have you seen this site RefDesk.com? I think it's got it all. I'm amazed at all the stuff that they have listed on one page. It's almost like goolge all crammed in to a single page. Check it out.

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September 24, 2003

New Style

To welcome in Autumn I thought I'd change my colors around a little. This is the 'rusty' style from Movabletype.org. Ah. That's a lot better. How do you like the new fall colors? Perhaps I need to get a pumpkin picture on here somewhere.

* I want to read the book, "Enders Game - by Orson Scott Card." It's on my list. I almost bought it this past weekend at one of those Half-Price book stores.

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Colts vs. Saints

This Sunday is the match up between the two NFL teams that I root for the most. Our home town Indianapolis Colts head down to do battle with our home away from home New Orleans Saints. I sure wish that Erin and I could be watching the game from the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter this Sunday. We would be eating some Po-Boys and drinking some Abita Amber. No matter who wins this weekend I'm sure we're going to enjoy the game.

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September 23, 2003

New cell phone

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we got new cell phones. Erin and I made the switch to Verizon Wireless. We each got a new Motorola T720 phone. The combination has been great. The calls are clear. The phones are nice. The coverage is what we were wanting. Everything seems to be what working out great. It's just that I've been getting calls for some guy named Troy. I'm not Troy. This is not Troy's phone number. Stop calling. I've told the same person repeatedly that they have dialed the wrong number. It's starting to get under my skin. For those of you that don't know me, I'll put it in to perspective. I think I've gotten four or five wrong number calls. That's enough to get under my skin. They weren't even on the same day. It won't be too many more until I request a new number.

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September 22, 2003

Filters for B&W Photography

This weekend I had the chance to visit one of the local Cord Camera stores. It's probably the largest of the local Cord stores. They have a decent selection of photography materials. They let you look around without standing over you like a shoplifter. I picked up a 25A Red filter for my Nikon 28-105 lens. I use the lens so much that I figured that I should buy filters that fit this lens. I have a 25A Red Filter for my Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens. I just don't seem to have it mounted on the camera as much as I should. It's a great lens. But, so is the 28-105 in my opinion. Anyway, I got my first filter to use with Black and White photography. I still want to get an Orange, Yellow and Green filter.

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September 19, 2003

Ford

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Photo taken with a Nikon N80, Kodak Max 400 speed film.

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September 18, 2003

Thermos

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Photo taken with a Nikon N80, Kodak Max 400 speed film.

I finally pulled out some packs of my old photos to see if I have anything that I might want to scan. I found this from one of the first rolls of film that I ran through my Nikon N80. It's a picture of the logo on a gas grill that I had at the time. The grill is long gone. It served its purpose. Erin and I cooked up a lot of good steaks on that thing. I like this picture. It's simple. I think it's like a logo shot. Who knows what it is about it that I like. Maybe it's just the simplicity of it all. This is the full image from the negative. No cropping.

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September 17, 2003

Cafe Du Monde

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Photo Taken with a Nikon N80, 28-105, Ilford XP2 Super.

It's getting close to that time of year again. That time of year when Erin and I like to head down to the Big Easy. That time of the year when the heat and humidity break and New Orleans doesn't seem like that bad of a place to be. Oh, to sip some Cafe Au Lait, eat some Beignets at Cafe Du Monde and watch the world go bye. It's a great way to welcome the coming of Autumn and shed the troubles of the past year. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Flower

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Photo Taken with a Nikon N80, 28-105, Walgreens 200 Speed Film.

It's been a while since I've posted any images so I searched the hard drive and cut this image out. It's not much but I think the colors are nice.

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New Host

Well, most of the stuff is back up and running. I'd like to hear how it is from the viewers end. How responsive is this new server to where you're located. Leave a comment or send an email.

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September 16, 2003

Slowwwww.

Well, we're back up and running however slow it may seem. I think I'm going to have to look elsewhere for Blog Hosting. This is being hosted at godaddy.com. It's cheap but the support seems to be about quick as the bandwitdth.

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September 15, 2003

We're moving

We're in the process of moving hosting sites. Hopefully things will go smoothly. Stay tuned.

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September 12, 2003

Can you hear me now?

I have been a Sprint PCS customer for several years. I have dealt with Sprint changing their plans, their pricing, their unwillingness to keep customers, their lack of service, their dropping of calls, until now. I recently bought a couple of new Motorola T720 phones for Erin and myself. These new phones are on the Verizon Wireless network. I'm very happy with my new phone and I think Erin is just as happy with her new phone. I called Sprint and told them that I wanted to cancel. They asked very few questions. They didn't even try to get me to stay. So long and good riddance was the feeling I got from Sprints customer service. Sure they said they were sorry that I was leaving but it felt like it was part of the script their required to read. Kind of like the legal mumbo jumbo in radio commercials for automobiles.
Anyway, Erin called Sprint to cancel her phone that she has with them. She told me they gave her the run around. Asked her a lot of questions. Why was she canceling. She told them that there isn't any coverage at our home. The customer service representative wanted her zip code so she could look it up on the computer so she could tell Erin how she should be able to use her phone. It's fine that the computer shows there's coverage in our area. The fact is that when you're in our house we are unable to maintain calls. The signal drops. Sure you drop calls on cell phones while driving your car. But, to drop calls while sitting still in you own home seems like a problem to us. The customer service representative when on to ask Erin if she had upgraded her phone because that might fix the problem. Erin's reply, and the reason for my blog entry, "Yes. I upgraded to a Verizon phone!" So long Sprint. Can you hear me now?

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New Icon

Thanks to the help of Christine some users will now see a little camera icon up on the URL bar of their browsers. Thanks for your help Christine.

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September 5, 2003

Friday 5

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most? Dishes
2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing? Vacuming
3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed? Clean as needed.
4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules? I don't know.
5. What was the last thing you cleaned? Vacumed the carpet.


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September 4, 2003

Another Tree Image

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Photo taken with a Nikon N80, 28-108, Kodak B&W+.

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More Film

After lunch we stopped at Staples so one of the guys could buy some blank cd-roms. I roamed around the store looking to see if there was anything I had to buy. As it turned out, I found a box (4 rolls) of Kodak 100 speed film marked down to $3.00. That's a deal. I checked the date on the film and it's still good. Even film beyond its stamped date is usable. I've got a bag a film at home in the closet and I don't seem to have anything to shoot. Hopefully this latest box of film will get the photo bug back in me.

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Are you ready for some Football?

Tonight is the first regular season football game. It's at 9pm EST. The New York Jets vs. the Washington Redskins. In the past I've not been an avid football fan. I've been more of a football season fan. I enjoy the time of year that comes with the opening of football season. Autumn. Halloween. Apple Cider. Pumpkin Pie. Blue Jeans. Jackets. Sweat Shirts. Trips to the pumpkin patch. Thanks Giving. These are some of the things that I associate with football season. Tonight will be the first game and it will be another step closer to all these enjoyable things to come.

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