admin Fri, 07/29/2011 - 19:45
OK, its the end of the First Half of the year (the year is flying by...). At the start of the year I set a number of goals, lets see how I am doing on meeting those goals.... Red means still have work to do, Green means I am on track to meeting the goal.
admin Fri, 07/22/2011 - 13:28
About 2 posts ago, I mentioned that I would be working on getting the Blog Archive back to the way it was before I did the Drupal 7 upgrade. Before the upgrade I had the Archive setup so that you could go to www.itowler.com/Archive and you would see a listing of Years that have blog postings. The display is looks similar to this: 2011(16), indicating that that there are 16 posts in 2011. By clicking on the year, it brings you to the a Listing of the blog postings by month, and looked similar to this: June (4) etc.
admin Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:20
I was just checking in on Facebook this morning and saw that A friend has posted a link to a Huffington Post Article that Puts Miami 3rd in their list of the preppiest Schools in the Country. The article states:
Once upon a time, the prep was a variation of a traditionalist, East Coast-born, equestrian-riding, upper class WASP that attended a northeastern private university and boarding school before that. But the elusive noun is ever-changing, and nowadays members of this subculture are more defined by their attitudes than their creeds: If they play lacrosse, wear boat shoes, and bring a date to a football game, they're preppy. The attachment to traditional "old school" beliefs and attitudes isn't necessarily there, just an outfit that makes 'em look like their parents own several yachts and a place on the Vineyard. We're ringing in an age of the "New Prep."
Despite this distinction (One that I am not necessarily proud of) Miami University was and continues to be a great University. The Article did enlighten me about the fact that Miami is the 10th oldest Public school in the United States, and the 2nd Oldest in Ohio.
While Miami University may be labeled as one of the preppiest schools in the country, at least its not being labeled as one of the best schools to party at.
admin Tue, 07/12/2011 - 00:58
One of the reasons I keep Itowler.com is so that I can play / work with / Experiment with the web technologies. By maintaining the website, it gives me the chance to learn. In the process of learning it is inevitable that you will fail, and hence the title of this blog post, If It isn't broken, you are not trying hard enough!
Over the last month or so I have been working on the itowler.com site, and in the process I have broken a few things. These include:
- The Main Menu at the top of the screen
- The Blog post Archive (which used to be able to be access by year/month/etc...)
- I also seem to have random errors showing up every now and then
- I have even had the site not work at all for about 2 hours....
All of these things are happening as I am trying to learn more about drupal, make small changes to the theme (think look and feel of the site) and improve the site. It seems that some of these issues were a result of the upgrade of Itowler.com from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 at an early stage of Drupal 7 (as opposed to waiting until it was a bit more "mature").
admin Sun, 07/10/2011 - 23:13
I have not posted in a bit, partly because life is keeping me busy, and partly because I was on vacation. The family and I just got back from a 10 day Vacation abroad, and it was simply amazing. As I sit writing this, I am thinking about why the trip was so great, and one of them has to be the fact that for 10 days I was completely "unplugged". I am a pretty heavy tech user, and it is uncommon to find me without my phone, or an internet connection of some kind.
On this Vacation we were out of the country, and often in the middle of the Mediterranean Ocean, and as such I had not Cell Phone service, and no internet Connection (Granted, I could have purchased Internet time, but it was not an inexpensive proposition). Because of that lack of connection, I did not worry about very much other than having fun, and spending time with my Family.
This was the first time in many years (I think like 8 or so) that I have gone longer than 3 days without checking my email, or using my cell phone, and it was a great experience. This will definitely be model for vacation from here forward for me, as it makes the vacation much easier to enjoy. The long and short of it is that spending time with the family is more important than anything else I have going on (and I am just not that important of a guy..).
admin Thu, 06/30/2011 - 23:45
So I have to admit, I knew this was coming, but today, Ancestry.com made it official. NSSAR applications and lineage documents have been digitized by Ancestry.com and are now included as part of Ancestry.com's extensive collection. For a short period of time (Until July 4th), there will be "Free" access to the records. What is not really advertised is that this is not all of the applications, but rather all of the applications up to about 1970 or so. I am not sure on the exact date, but you get the idea.
The documents are not what I would consider "primary sources" but they can offer some great clues. To become a member you must be able to trace your family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. You then will need to "Prove" each generation with a document (Census record, Family Bible etc.) and list those "Proofs". This information is included on the applications, so they are a great source of information and could potentially identify a new source for you.
admin Mon, 06/13/2011 - 12:03
Ok, So this will be a quick post. For those who know me, I have been a Mellow Yellow addict for nearly 15 years. If you have never had Mellow Yellow before, it is a coke product, and has a taste that is similar to Mountain Dew (which is a Pepsi Product). In the 1990's it was pretty easy to find, but then Coke decided to launch a new Citrus Flavored product called Vault, which was awful (and I am not the only one who thought so). Coke seemed to have put their marketing might behind Vault and Mellow Yellow disappeared from the scene except in a few markets (For me it seemed like Kentucky was about the only place you could find it).
Recently in the last few years Mellow Yellow has seen much wider distribution. This was great, as I really like Mellow Yellow, but at 170 calories per can (12oz) it does not help with trying to loose weight. When Coke started launching their "Zero" products, I was hoping that they would launch a Mellow Yellow Zero. Coke had made Zero versions of Coke, Cherry Coke, Fanta Orange, so I thought that it would have been a natural fit to launch a Mellow Yellow Zero, but that did not seem to be in the cards. In an effort to help loose some weight I tried each of the above mentioned products, and none of them ever seemed to be a good replacement. I was sad that they were not launching a "Zero" version of Mellow Yellow, but that has come to an end. I was shopping in the grocery store the other day and found 2 cases of Mellow Yellow Zero sitting on the shelf, needless to say I grabbed both.
admin Tue, 06/07/2011 - 22:16
So I have been working on the family tree site a bit lately, and I have made a few changes. Some of the changes are minor and some are not. To start with, I have changed the theme to one that suits my liking a little better.
I have also worked on the "landing page" or Homepage of the site by adding a few new items. The first thing that I added was a "Welcome and Hello" block. I am not sure why it never occurred to me before, but I have never had one of these up until now. The Welcome and Hello block appears on the top left hand side of the screen, and features a Towler / Toler crest. It explains a bit about the site and what is going on. One of the features I like about the block is that I have it setup to show you the most recent "numbers" for the family tree, I.e. how many families, Individuals etc. These are dynamically (automatically when there is a change) updated which is cool.
admin Fri, 05/27/2011 - 16:28
ubuntu_logo.jpgIt has been a really long time since I have used windows on my main desktop. Starting in 1998, I was playing around with linux, and from 1999 forward, linux has been the Main / Only OS on my desktop. So, I have been a long time linux user on my desktop at home. In the beginning I used Mandrake, and Fedora Core, and they worked fine, but a few years ago, I switched to a new distrobution named Ubuntu.. Well....thats changed, and I can add another distro to the list. I
have had been using Ubuntu Linux for a long time, over 5 years now. I started using Ubuntu at the first version (4.10, Warty Warthog) and have used them ever since. The latest release of Ubuntu came out in April, and I upgraded to the new version, and did not like it at all. With this update / new version, Ubuntu switched from the Gnome to Unity as the desktop, and many people incIuding me, did not like the switch. I really, really did not like it. As such, I went looking for something new, and I found Linux Mint (which is not actually new, but it is new to me).
admin Tue, 05/17/2011 - 01:00
It has been about 2 months since Keira was discharged from the Hospital, and she is doing well. If we see the inside of another pediatricians office it will be to soon. She does not have anything poking out of her, no pic lines, no wound vac, everything has been removed, and she is back to being a normal 2 year old. At this point her wound is now closed. At this point, I think that most of the bills have been received so far.