Archive for August, 2004

I’m nearing completion of the the new design for the site, I just wanted to give you a sneak peak :-)

Being the web dork that I am I’ve quickly learned to be very weary of online offers from various businesses.

However, after hearing about FreeiPods.com and researching it a bit, I found out that it’s a legitimate offer – so says this Wired article as well as other various web sites and individuals. And so I’m gonna do it, too. Because I think an iPod mini would be cool to have. Note: you can get a regular iPod if you so desire.

The long and the short of it goes like this: You get five people to complete one of the various trial offers for stuff and then you get your choice of a 4Gb iPod mini, a 20Gb iPod, or a $250 gift cirtificate to iTunes. My choice: the iPod mini. It seems pretty simple to me, you just have to make sure you cancel whatever offer you choose. Myself, I’m doing the 30 day AOL trial, as it seemed easiest.

So, help me out, and get started yourself for a free iPod!

Edit: I updated this to use my new referrer link.

As a Manhattan native for 20+ years, I obviously am not afraid of storms. I think it just goes with the territory of living here. If you live here and the sirens go off, you do one of two things. 1) Ignore them. 2) Go outside and look at the storm. One thing you don’t do is take cover. That’s for quitters.

It’s been said that Manhattan has a unique location relative to the local landscape and as such is immune to tornados in the normal sense. This, of course, is completely unfounded, but seems to hold water because the city itself hasn’t been struck by any type of major damage in a very long time, before my time at least. I can count the number of times there have been serious storms in and around Manhattan on my two hands. Only two times that I can recall has there even been a tornado (read tornadic winds, i.e. rotating wind) within city limits. And even when they were within city limits there wasn’t any significant damage. Once there was some roof damage to the old Wal-Mart, but that was it. I guess there was another tornado that went just south of town, just south of the Holiday Inn and it did some damage to a farm, but still.

Last night Ben, Kara, Becky, and myself were at the rec when the tornado sirens in Manhattan went off. As usual my, and Ben, who is likewise a Manhattan native, response was “Meh.” However, that was not the response of the rec workers. They, on the other hand, felt the need to tell everyone to go downstairs into the basement. Regulations, phssh. So we sat and sat and sat some more. I refused to go downstairs with all the other drones. When glass starts breaking and the walls come a’ tumblin’ down, then I might go down, but until then, no, I’m sitting in this cushioned chair, damn it. I stole Kara’s portable radio and listened to K-Rock, attempting to figure out when I could go back to lifting, as our so-called Tornado Warning was to last for about 20-25 minutes. As per usual, it wasn’t near Manhattan at all. It was miles south, near I-70, moving east. Manhattan is north of I-70, bastards. Anywho, I felt like venting about how it was all pointless. Not only that, but they closed the rec after the warning was up. Waste of my damn time.

Hi kids, today’s message regards the board. For the most part I think that it’s pretty much finalized. I decided to make it a pretty much registered user only type of board. By that I mean I’m allowing the viewing of forum topics to be done by people not registered, but everything else you need to be registered. The point of this is twofold. One, I hate it when there is anonymous postings, it just irks me. And then the other one is really for ya’ll. Say, for example, Mark Someone says something about crying and masturbating inappropriate, then strangers can’t read it. So I’m lookin’ out for you kids. That’s it for today. Bye bye now.

I’m still trying to get most of this stuff worked out, so you’ll all have to bear with me.

The site, as it looks right now, will be gone, soon. I don’t like the default Word Press design. Considering I think of myself as a web designer, albeit a semi-noob one, I should change the CSS for the site. So, yeah, that’s, I dunno, 50% done, or so.

Let’s see, what else? Oh yeah. The board is up. Go play.

Other stuff I’m working on… This is more for me than ya’ll. Getting certain plugins for wordpress to start working in this alpha version. I need to figure out some of the other intricacies of the board but, for the most part, it seems pretty slick.

Speaking of the board… Have you guys actually taken a look around in it? Knowing the usual readers I have, and I use the term readers lightly here, you haven’t. Well go look at it, damn it. It’s got a messaging system built in. It’s got a “who’s online” sort of deal, so you can tell when, what else, someone else is online. I believe it has a profile system as well. (I just checked, it does). So there you have it folks, you know what that it is called? It’s called functionality, stuff works, so go use it.