New Styles

If you notice on the “Main” section of the sidebar on the right there are now different styles that can be viewed for the site. There is just something about the GanGreen one that I don’t like…I need to change one of the colors or something once I figure out what is bothering me. I’m having some problems on the photos page and with saving the styles so that the one you choose is used on the other pages of the site.

Update: Whichever style you now select should be reflected across every single page on the site. 😀 I had attempted to use Alex’s Style Switcher Plugin for WP, but no matter how much I tried to hack the code, it didn’t want to work on the static pages of my site. So I used an old style switcher that is much simpler. I did have to add some PHP code to my gallery to make it work there, but it’s runnin well now…I think.

Update #2: I’ve updated the GanGreen style and I think it’s 100% better than it was.

Update #3: Google Ads now change to match the styles. :mrgreen:

Aplus.Net Web Hosting

Aplus.Net recently upgraded their web hosting plans and they did one hell of a job. The Solo XR plan had previously been rated #1 by CNET and now the plan is even better! I’ve been paying for the Pro plan because I needed PHP and MySQL, which are now both included in the Solo XR. I’ve already made a request to downgrade my plan since Pro is $19.95/month and Solo XR is $9.95.

Here are some of the main features of the Solo XR:

  • Disc storage: 1100 MB
  • Data transfer/mo.: 45 GB
  • 400 e-mail boxes
  • 2 FTP accounts
  • 99.95% uptime per year
  • MySQL database
  • PHP 4 with GD support
  • Statistics

I’ve been using Aplus.Net for over a year and a half now and have experienced great support and performance out of my site. If you are looking to start a web site or change to a new hosting company for your current site I recommend the plan outlined above. Now here’s my plug…if you do sign up, tell them that mtdewvirus.com referred you and I will get one month of free hosting. 😉

The Butt Slices

What did the butt of the bread ever do to you? Sure, it moons you each time you open the bag to take a few slices, but does it really have a choice? Unfortunately with each loaf of bread, two slices always get shafted as the outcasts of the group. Should they be outcasts simply because they are unique? It doesn’t make it any better when everyone who reaches into the bag moves the butt out of the way for a “real” slice of bread. Maybe we should feel a little more sympathetic and choose the butt first! That’s what I did this morning when I opened a fresh bag of bread. Guess what…I just ate my sandwich for lunch with the “butt slice” and it tasted just like any other sandwich. So next time you go for a piece of bread, think of how you might feel if you were picked last all the time.

Disclaimer: One butt slice of bread was harmed consumed while writing this post.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress 1.2 is in final testing and the final release should be available sometime this week. There is a nice new plugin structure to replace the previous hacks functionality. As a result, I’ve ported some of my hacks over to plugins.

Everything has been moved over the to WordPress Plugin Repository. See my list of plugins.

I’d also like to welcome all of the new WP users that have migrated in the past few days due to Moveable Type changing their licensing.

Update: The Tabbed Sidebar instructions have been modified. I found a problem with the cookie code that is now fixed.

So Fresh And So Clean

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new design and layout to the site as promised. A rush of creativity came over me and I whipped it all together today. For the next few days I’ll be tweaking a few things here and there. Let me know what you think of the new look and if you notice anything behaving funny.

Troy

Troy (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)I went to see it last night with my friends Hater and Casey. Awesome movie! All of the previews being played lately do this movie justice. Make plans the next night you are free to go see this movie.

The acting was very well done and Brad Pitt played one of his best roles ever as Achilles, the great greek warrior. I learned some valuable history tidbits from this movie which was pretty cool. It’s amazing how they fought wars throughout history compared to how it is done today.

We watched this movie in a theater with Dolby Digital signs as you walked in, so the battle scenes turned out to be a pretty sweet experience to view and hear. I would definitely recommend seeing this one in a theater for the full experience.

I give it an A.


Water Logged

Golf league was interesting tonight. It was sprinkling at the beginning of the round and wasn’t bad at all for about 4 holes. On the 5th and 6th it really started to come down though! We figured that we were already soaked, so we might as well keep playing, especially since we were scoring well. Three times I had to adjust my swing on the way through because the club would have went flying. My only double bogey was a 3 putt on a green that had puddles all over, otherwise everything was a bogey to go along with 2 pars.

Another interesting part of the round was the fact that 4 of the holes on the back nine were under water, so we had to play holes 1-4 twice and hole 9 once. It turned out to play as par 34 and I shot a 42. Best round of the year and definitely would have been in the 30s if it hadn’t been for the rain.

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai (Widescreen Edition)I remember seeing the movie trailers on TV and thinking, “Tom Cruise as a samurai!” I thought the movie was going to be a joke, but I was wrong. It was a really good movie.

Tom did a great job, but Ken Watanabe may have done even better in his role as the Lord of the Samurai. I learned a lot about their way of life…the dedication, the discipline, and the belief in what they did. It’s a good example to learn from for our own lives. We should battle each day for what we believe in, so that we may achieve our goals.

I don’t want to give away too much about the movie, but it was a joy to watch. I have to give it an A-.