Archives for: May 2007

May 22, 2007 : Scents

The smell of Meijer lemon sandwich cookies reminds me of my road trip out west. They, PB&J, and canned food sustained me for quite a while.

May 17, 2007 : New homepage content for my website

My homepage now sports an overview of what I've written lately, listened to lately, bookmarked lately, and coded lately. (It used to just redirect to my main blog page). There is also a link to browse all the "feeds" I read (over 200 now). I plan to add latest photos to it eventually (have to do some work on my gallery first), and sometime I will give a whole new theme to the site.

For the technically inclined, I wrote a simple PHP script that uses the SimplePie feed parser to pull & display the various feeds. There are feed icons next to each section if you want to subscribe. For the feed browser ("what I read"), I'm pointing the grazr widget at my OPML file -- which actually is dynamic and pulls the OPML file from my feedreader service (currently newsgator.com) so that I can have an elegant permanent URL for it and also so I can remove one private feed that I wish to keep hidden.

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May 07, 2007 : to be an old man

I've wanted to be an old man for a while. Perhaps it started with the "Michigan State Grandpa" tshirt that I bought (my friend Brian got one too) while visiting a friend at MSU several years ago. Or perhaps when Cherith starting saying to me: "You've got rice in your beard, old man!" The advantages of being an old man are great: you can be weird and looney, or just plain grouchy and people write it off: "he's just an old man". You also get to have a big gray beard. And years of "wisdom" to yell at little'uns by. Now today the internet was out at my apartment for a while so I went for a jog. I haven't done that in a while and now my legs are sore. And weak, especially when trying to stand up from sitting. So I feel like an old man since I have trouble even standing myself up. Also today, I got the results from my MRI on my elbow (I fell on it before winter and it hurts when pushed straight in certain ways) and it turns out nothing is wrong really. Everything is normal; I just have to live with it (which isn't too bad). I forget how it came up when I was talking about it at work, but Drew concluded it makes me like an old man.

Step by step I'm working towards my goal. Pretty soon I'll age past you all!

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