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A New Year of Challenges to Overcome Breeds Opportunities

Melba, Idaho, 2023 by Steven Reid

With any new year comes a unique set of challenges. For 2023, that includes a number of external pressures that will shape the year to come. From managing inflation, a burgeoning recession, and controlling what you can, the year is looking to be one filled with both struggle and opportunity. Facing that head on, I signed up for a 50K that I ran last week. A picture from that run now sets the tone of my site.

Beach Fun for 2022

Beach, Steven Reid, 2021

January has rolled around and it felt fitting to update my blog’s title screen image for the New Year. I was fortunate enough to get away to warmer areas and was able to capture this picture. It is my mood of late, looking out towards the horizon. My goal is to make this blog relaxing and open, a refreshing place to come and enjoy life for a bit. Perhaps a lot of what I share is looking back with my retro work. But there is that mystical quality to it all. If anything, I can relax with a drink each time I visit my site. Hope you can as well.

My Blog Image For 2019 Is A Playful Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle, Steven Reid, 2019

Although I enjoyed that moon picture on my blog, it’s been there far too long. In looking for something new in 2019, I decided to use a picture of a playful sea turtle. The photo, taken while I was in Mexico in January, shows the backend of the turtle as it swims away. I thought that fitting for my blog where I hope you take a bit of each article with you when you leave.

How to Break Your Site In One Easy Step

Coding and Web Design

The Mistake We all make mistakes. My mistake was not understanding the code behind the categories sections that my site uses. What I wanted to do was create a new category called “Writing” that I could log my NaNoWriMo entries to. It seemed simple enough. I went into the category administration section and created a new one. My mistake was wanting to reuse the news picture. It was late at night and I was in a hurry to get to bed. In my hast I forgot that the program links the picture and category name together. Worse, I didn’t even realize I’d done something wrong.

Migrated Site to WebAPP NE

Coding and Web Design

Well, after spending a few months adding back in my slide show and calendar, I’ve converted my site to WebAPP NE. Please let me know if anything doesn’t work quite right. My main reason to convert to WebAPP was to not have to start from scratch in writing my own comments system.

Happy New Year - 2007!

Mind the Gap

Well, 2006 is winding down. It has been a very interesting year. I remember looking forward to 2006, but in the end I’m not sure there were enough happy moments to cancel out the sad ones. As we close the book on 2006, one can only look forward and be optomistic that 2007 will only be better. Happ

More BlogCal Fun

Coding and Web Design

JackDeth recommended a two calendar blog, and it was a note worthy challenge. I still need to package it up, but there are now two calendars at your disposal. If nothing else, I was able to clean the code up a bit and make it a bit more modular. So, anything else?

Blog Cal Working!

Coding and Web Design

Well, I have my Blog Calendar Mod working. You can now click the date and it will displays articles on that day. Took me a bit to figure out all the different routines that WebAPP uses to do things, but once I found the right code, it doesn’t look too bad. Now, I just need to package it up and g

Blog Calendar Mod

Coding and Web Design

Working on re-creating my Blog Calendar as a Mod for WebAPP NE. I think I have the MOD fleshed out, but I may have a slight problem. It doesn't appear that WebAPP can display articles based on date. 🙁 Maybe I should be creating a Blog module. 😃

WebAPP Back-end

Coding and Web Design

I’ve changed out my back-end Perl scripts using WebAPP — Web Automated Perl Portal System. The task of writing my own scripts to allow comments, article management, and all the security around them seemed more effort then I had time.

Fun With Images

Fun With Images

I finally got around to updating the top of the site with a nice picture. It is one of a number of pictures I took during my business trip to Singapore last year. I liked the colors in the harbor along with the interesting skyline.

RSS Update

Coding and Web Design

Okay, you probably won’t see any differences, but my blog is now a valid RSS feed. Okay, may not seem by much, but I was actually trying to get it to work in IE7. If you have IE7, or other reader that recognizes the <categories> tag, you should see my categories as well.

XBOX 360 Can Blog

Mind the Gap

This is hilarious. You can now have your XBOX 360 blog. So funny! Picked this up from Major Nelson. My Xbox 360 isn’t too chatty now, but I’m sure as I spend more time playing Oblivion, the more it will speak out. Looking at others, it does get a bit repetitive.

A Blogging We Will Go

Mind the Gap

So, I decided to try to play in the wild new world of blogs. In true “do it yourself” fashion, I created my own little method of creating blog files. Sure, it doesn’t look any different, but it should make it easier for me to add stuff. Okay, so I have the story files working.

That Calander Does Something

Coding and Web Design

Oh, that little calendar I said was worthless now actually does something! It now links back to the story files for a particular date. Also, I updated the design a bit to make the side bar floating and not merge with the footer.

What, another change!

Coding and Web Design

Well, yes. Another change! Okay, one that is for the better. I updated the slide show to use JavaScript to rotate the images. It is less annoying and doesn’t mess with your history. The other change is the addition of a calendar. Yes, a completely useless update. Sort of.