Monthly Archives: December 2008

At Least I Have My Webcam…

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I’m spending New Year’s Eve by myself.

Lame.

This was by choice, though, because I have to read and study my butt off for these classes here at DTS… and although I’m super digging my class it didn’t soften the blow of being the loneliest guy on the planet.

But I got to say goodnight to my daughter… and that’s all that counts.

Oh yeah, and my wife.

Hugs.

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Year of the Wife – For Men Only – Women Have Computer Brains

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Please oh please… someone of the female persuasion… tell me this is TRUE!

Chapter 3 of the For Men Only book says that many women consider their “thought lives” like “busy computers”…

Is this true?  Because if it is, then this may be the greatest source of information that I could have possibly learned about my wife (and women in general).

Why?  Because this speaks to me in my language. Quote:

Their thought lives are almost like busy computers with multiple windows open and running all at once… … This female multitasking of thoughts and feelings impacts how your wife or girlfriend relates to you every single day…!

Really? I mean, REALLY?!? The book goes on to postulate from their surveys:

  1. Most women juggle multiple thoughts and feelings at the same time.
  2. About half of all women have stored thoughts or feelings from the past that regularly pop up into active mode whether they want them to or not.
  3. Women seem consistently unable to close these windows as easily as men can.

There’s even more goodness as the chapter progresses, but this chapter #3 is illuminating because I think in terms of computers and computer programs all the time.  To think that my wife has difficulty “shutting and closing down” the applications running on her desktop (mind) is easy to understand.

In fact, I sympathize.  In fact, I empathize.  In fact, I understand that frustration.  That sucks. Attempting the battle for a clean desktop is something I do daily in my tech life, but not something I do in my wife’s thought life.

*SMACK*

This chapter seriously rocks.

Out with the Old, In with the New

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We’re sporting the new look… and as you can see it’s drastically slimmed down.  Some things of note for this new 2009 rev:

  • Big content areas.  The main content area is 710 pixels wide.
  • A focus on simplicity.  I want this year to be more about content and less about the “cool” gadgets, widgets, and gizmos that lump up the page.
  • Typography.  Period.  Make it pretty. Check.
  • 1 sidebar. I now have a rigorous checklist for items that are going to make it on that puppy…
  • Advertising. I no longer swing the big Fortune 50 executive gig.  My servers cost a butt load.  My fault, I know.  I’m not going more than a 125×125 piece.  And the unobtrusive nature of the sidebar will make those 125’s stand out but not get in the way.
  • Plugins have decreased by 50%.  I had nearly 20 of them running.  I now have less than 10.
  • Page size has decreased, page load has quickened, and caching has been double checked.  I bet @lightvox could make it even faster.  Jerk.
  • Pagination.  If you have more than 50 posts, you should highly consider pagination of your posts.  The “next post” / “previous post” is ghetto and ineffective.  When was the last time you actually browsed that way?
  • A deep review of content focus and areas of blogging.  This has a lot to do with where I’m headed in the blogosphere and what I want to do with my life.

Deepest thanks and support for everyone who’s graced this blog… you guys are my rock and encourage me to to simply be “better”.

Nuture Social Icons Set – Fuzzy

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Smashing Magazine had a great new social icon set that they’ve just released to the general public.  I’m not a designer but I do appreciate the creativity.

You can download it directly here.

One thing that I’ve done on this new redesign of my blog, though, has reduced the number of “social network” submissions from about 1,000,000 to 3… so far.

I’m going to take a look statistically at who has been submitting stuff and add the appropriate additional social networks at a time.

For now, you can rock Digg, Delicious, and StumbleUpon.

Have fun!

Year of the Wife – For Men Only – Journey Begins

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One of my “goals” or “resolutions” for the coming year is to spend more time with my family and invest heavily in my wife, like I’ve never done before.

That’s why I’m calling 2009 “The Year of the Wife”.

Teehee.

Part of doing that is beginning to read all those books that have collected dust on my shelf that were given to me for the purpose of encouraging, counseling, and helping me with my marriage.

So will you join me in this journey as I try to be a better husband and father?

Ok?  Sweet!

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A Good Start in Dallas – Twitter Hooked Me Up

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Today, I had the opportunity to hang out with Rhett (@rhetter) and Drew (@surferdrew) today after I touched down into Dallas.

What’s so great about all of this is that Rhett has become a great friend of mine over the last couple months… and this was the first time we have been able to meet up in the real world.

You see, our relationship started on Twitter.  Read more and see more pics after the jump.

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