28.April.2008 » Day 3 with no coffee. This is where I usually cave. And to be honest, if it weren't so freaking hot today, I probably would've.
Day 3 No Coffee
But drinking coffee (espresso) isn't very appealing when it's so dang hot. (Heat wave here.) Thank God for global warming.
I was working earlier on the new Guide to Virtual Private Servers, yawning, with the intellectual drive of a mad cow.
The coffee demon was jumping up-n-down on my shoulder .. reminding me how blissful I would feel after downing a triple-shot, and how much mental energy it would give me. (It would.)
But the temperate angel was perched on the other side, reminding me I'd have to tell everybody (here) what a big, fat failure I was. (Again.)
Quitting Coffee (Revisited)
It's not so much the flavor I like, as the buzz. The amperage. The drive.
I have no qualms with drinking coffee per se. Rather it's the 'addicted' part that bothers me. Drinking coffee cuz we want to is fine. But drinking it because we have to is .. uh, hard to justify.
Actually, I drink espresso (less volume in my stomach). Usually a triple. This time will be different. (Yeah, I know I've said that before, too.) But I really have a good feeling about it.
"Why should this time be any different?" you ask. Cuz now I have a secret weapon. =)
Normally these detox endeavors begin with a 30-day goal, which is quickly revised down to "a week," and end up lasting a few days. (If that.)
Some advise a gradual weaning .. to help minimize headaches. "Weaning is for wimps," I tell them (usually squinting thru a blinding headache).
23.April.2008 » Have a special treat for you today. Took my digital camera along for a stroll thru Castaways Park (here in Newport Beach), where I snapped a few photos.
Castaways Park + Newport Beach Harbor
I go there often .. to help clear my head. Photos taken Sunday (20th), shortly before sunset.
Given the stratospheric cost of real estate in Newport Beach, if you tried to value this 25-acre plot, you'd no-doubt arrive at an a$tronomic figure.
Today's entry has been blog-i-fied for easy linkage .. see here » Castaways Park + Newport Beach Harbor
RewriteRule ^index.rad index2.html
Thus far, this technique has only been applied to the home page (starting with a baby-step). But in the future, I'd like to expand its use .. to 'radify' other key pages.
20.April.2008 » It has been a week since the home page was redesigned .. with a new table-less layout. Have you gotten used to it yet? Like it? (I'm diggin' it.) Been making slight tweaks here and there...
.. such as adding left-padding to the graphics in this center section, to keep text from butting up against images. (See the De Cecco pasta-lady below.)
This padding also adds a slight indent (6 pixels) to the yellow tri-blade radiation symbols which begin each post.
Speaking of design .. I got a call from somebody saying they wanted to hire me to redesign their web site. (Cool.) My nuclear training instilled in me the notion that I need to know everything about everything before doing anything professionally.
Which might be true in the nuclear world, but friends say that ain't how the real world works, and that I already know more than enough to do web design professionally.
19.April.2008 » Have a special treat for you today .. my world-famous Puttanesca recipe. Puttanesca is a dirty word, so you must be 18 to read.
Nuclear Grade Puttanesca
I've sent this recipe countless times via email. Finally decided to copy-n-paste it into a webpage .. to share with the world. See here » Rad's Nuclear Grade Puttanesca (I'm eating a bowl right now.)
.. out of the blue, he turns around, looks me in the eye and says (with a big smile and a sparkle in his eyes), "I *like* you, dada.
Totally unexpected. Caught me completely off-guard. I felt disabled for 5 or 6 seconds .. like a fish flopping on the deck. Couldn't even talk.
The inflection in his voice conveyed a genuine enthusiasm. His words went deep, penetrating.
16.April.2008 » We exceeded the memory limit on our new VPS today (for the first time). Our current memory limit is 384-MB (256-regular + 128-upgrade).
Memory Limit Exceeded on Our New VPS
11.April.2008 » Notice anything different? The old/previous design was based on pre-XHTML standards mark-up .. which I had *converted* to XHTML-valid (using Dreamweaver). But the guts still contained a table-based layout (kludge).
Been meaning to start over from scratch and layout this page based on CSS .. ever since I started upgrading my web design skills. Now that the site is busy enough to require a VPS, I figure we probably oughta have a homepage laid-out with CSS. (Modern.)
So I finally just put my head down and went for it. Spur-of-the-moment decision. More involved than I expected. A million little details required attention .. in order to massage current content (you see here now) into the new layout. And once I start a project like this, I don't like to stop until it's done. (Worked 'til 1AM.)
This CSS-based layout will let me tweak the design more easily as my CSS skills (continue to) develop.
I chose that bluish-green color (sidebars) cuz I was searching for a link-color that doesn't distract from reading this normal gray text (which you're reading now).
The old light-blue links I was using before were so bright they jumped out .. which I found distracting, since I tend to use copious linkage. (Design should complement content .. not overpower it, right?) But sometimes we don't notice things, until we're looking for them. My design-aim was/is to present a content-focused website.
Today's entry continues in Ye Olde Rad Blog .. see here » New Table-less Layout for Rad Homepage (Based on CSS Mojo)
08.April.2008 » Finally have a couple of pages to show you .. regarding the new » Guide to Virtual Private Servers. Been a long time since I cranked out a new Rad guide. Feels good. Tho tired now.
New Rad Guide to Virtual Private Servers
It's still a work-in-progress (WIP), but I have a good start on it. The research has already been done (which is the time-consuming part). And the site has already been moved/upgraded, so I have first-hand experience (which we prize) to accompany the research. All that remains » documentation.
I like the idea of this guide. Has a certain coolness, no? Much easier for me to put my head down and plow thru a guide when it has cool-factor.
VPS is all about speed, power & control. (Nearly synonymous with Porsche.) Oozes cool .. (in a geeky-kinda way). Guessing I can have it done in 10 pages. But I keep thinking of more things I should include. So maybe 10 won't be enough?
Planning to include everything *I* would've liked to know .. back when I began my research. It will be a cool guide. Ultra-practical. (Radified.)
Speaking of cool .. if you use Firefox (and who doesn't these days?), and you like things dark .. check out this theme, called » NASA Night Launch. Browsing the forums with a NASA-theme'd Firefox is .. heaven (at night). =)
If you don't hear from me for a few days, I'll be working on the VPS guide. (Update - Just added a 3rd page.)
Today's entry has been blog-i-fied for easy linkage .. see here » Began New Rad Guide to Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
06.April.2008 » Updated the "About" page (complete rewrite), which is a synopsis of the site's origins, and how we got where we are. That page, to a degree, tells the Rad story and therefore defines the site. So I'd like to get it right.
Updated the 'About' Page
Also started working on a new Rad Guide .. to Virtual Private Servers (Upgrading from Shared Web Hosting) .. since this is something I happen to know a bit about, and it's impossible to find every thing I learned in a single document. Anybody who find themselves in a similar situation would embrace such a guide as both helpful and insightful.
I want to start writing while the info is still fresh in mind. Created a new subdomain » vps.radified.com, since I find subdomains an elegant way to organize. (Nothing posted yet, but I started on it today.)
01.April.2008 » Logged into my Paypal account today, planning to move fund$ (from my checking account) .. in preparation for paying this month's web hosting fee (with our new provider) .. when I noticed...
.. there was already plenty of cash in the account. (Woohoo!) How did it get in there?
You might've noticed the small Make a Donation button .. found in the left side-bar (have to scroll down). As you know, I don't solicit donations. But if readers feel inspired, there it is.
Several generous readers donated amounts ranging from $50 to $100 (less a small percentage Paypal keeps for their trouble). Boy, was I stoked!
Funny how donations always seem to arrive when they're needed most.
As a side note, I find it interesting that most donations (by far) come from » Texans. Why is that? Are they more generous than most? .. or drawn more strongly to the site? I have lived in many states, but Texas isn't one of them. So I can't say for sure.
Priorities & Sacrifice
Speaking of money .. all my life, cash was never a problem. I mean (not to brag), I was earning close to $100K fifteen years ago .. (back when 100K was still 100K). I paid ca$h for a Porsche (the Rad-mobile) .. back in the '80's. Even at age 11, I was delivering newspapers 7 days a week. So I've always had plenty of spending-cash .. for long as I can recall.
But ever since I started going to court a few years ago .. well, that wiped me out. And you can't work nuclear just any ol' place. Reactors aren't found on every street corner, or in every town. (Or even in every state.)
Today's entry continues in Ye Olde Rad Blog .. see here » Generous Paypal Donations + Rad Finances & Learning Frugality