Well, you don’t really have to say anything. That might be kind of awkward to talk to your computer, especially if there’s anyone around.
Here are the highlights of the new design:
- New header image, incorporating pictures of some of the baseball stadiums we’ve been to.
- Our Twitter feeds show up on the main page.
- It’s about 15% wider
- Some different colors
- Some slightly different content and organization on the sidebar
Please let us know if anything doesn’t work or if something’s missing that you used to be able to see or do. Otherwise, we hope you like it! Leave us a comment if you do.
After months of putting it off, and days of working on it, we’re finally very very close to moving to a design for the blog. Here’s a glimpse of what will be showing up soon…
A lot of crazy stuff happening at work lately. We had a major SAN (storage area network) failure the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. At first, I didn’t mind so much, I ended up with a fairly uneventful afternoon as I couldn’t do hardly any work with all server resources offline. However, that changed when Banner was the last thing left to be restored by 5pm. I went up to north Seattle for my regular Tuesday night of singing and gaming, only to have my night cut short around 8:15pm. Now that I’ve learned some things from my 2 weeks of Oracle DBA Training in November, I actually knew things that were going to come in handy as it looked like we needed to restore the database from backup.
On the one hand, Tuesday felt like it came back around very quickly. On the other hand, I started to get the feeling that I should have posted something a couple days ago to cover everything I might want to say.
This weekend was the Mu Kappa fall retreat. As usual, we went to Lewis & Clark State Park. As usual, we played games and had lots and lots of food. Somehow I forget how much food we have on retreat, and how hard it is to resist eating that umpteenth cookie/chip/brownie/etc. But that’s kind of what happens when you shop to have plenty of snacks for 15 people, and up with even more when divided among 12 people. Twister was a big hit (not to mention very awkward at times), as was Sardines, Mafia, Dilbert-Corporate Shuffle, and other games were played as well. We even had a break from the rain in the afternoon so some people could go for a walk, and others of us made use of the horseshoe pit for some 2-on-2 soccer.
Other things to happen this week: I got a new monitor! I finally justified to myself that I could get an LCD monitor to replace my 17″ CRT. The primary motivator is that I’m getting back into doing some more website and web application work, and I just didn’t more real estate to work with on my screen. I had expected to only get a 19″, but then I saw this 22″ widescreen on Newegg for $165 (Acer X223Wbd). It’s probably not the best 22″ monitor, and certainly lacks some features, but it’s got everything I need, and was by far the most cost effective monitor in that price range.
Final thought: In a few minutes I’ll be heading over to the church to meet up with Bill, Tim and Jason to record a few songs we’ve been working up for the past few months. Having missed church and last week’s choir practice, I’m hoping voice isn’t too out of shape.
My parents are pretty awesome. My mom loves the Lord of the Rings movies, and my dad is really into sports, so, you know, they’re cool. But I don’t think they’ve ever understood why I enjoy playing video games. It definitely wasn’t something they were ever excited about (except air hockey – my dad rules at air hockey – but that’s not actually a video game, is it?). Anyway, I never thought my folks would be into video games, until last weekend, when we got them to try our Wii.