Archive for July, 2003

Being the perfectionist that I am, this site is always in a state of continual development. There’s always something that I want to change, tweak, add, or remove. Sometimes it’s something big. Sometimes it’s something small. For example, I’ve been working off and on for some time on a minor code update to go from HTML 4.01 to XHTML 1.0, and to take better advantage of style-sheets (CSS 2.0). And someday, I’ll get around to such major projects as putting up the photo gallery, adding auto-emoticon conversion to the comments, and possibly support for mood & music indicators in my blog entries (don’t hold your breath on this one).

Today, however, I’ve made a quick and easy change. I’ve decided that I’m sick of using Times New Roman 12 on my site. In fact, I’m sick of all serif fonts. It’s time to start using sans-serif fonts, not just in the headers, but everywhere (except maybe in the documents archive). Therefore, with one quick change in my style-sheet, I’m now using Arial 12 as my default font. What do you think?

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Today, while studying, I decided to keep my computer occupied by having it update all the UNIXy stuff that I’ve installed through Fink. While glancing at the installer output in the terminal, I noticed the following line.

checking whether build environment is sane... yes

Well, it’s good to know that my computer, or at least my build environment (whatever that is!), is sane. There’s nothing worse than having an insane computer.

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I was just about to write a depressing entry about data loss when I noticed that this entry would be the 100th blog entry. How could I let something like that go unmentioned? Well, now that I’ve mentioned that, let’s talk about data loss. Recently, I’ve been working on this really cool entry about my July 4th weekend (which was eons ago, I know). Unfortunately, the USB flash drive on which I store my in-progress entries decided to let it’s file structure go “pppppt”, causing all my files to turn into a collection of unrecognizable binary bits. While I keep a back-up of the drive around in case of an emergency like this, the last back-up was from about a week ago, which was before I started writing about July 4th weekend. Frustrating, isn’t it?

I’ve heard it said that data loss isn’t a matter of if, but when. Have you ever experienced data loss? If so, share your tale of woe in the comments.

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Prototype

Last night I threw together this prototype for the trading cards that I’m going to make for my Ancient & Medieval Church History final project. I decided against the idea of making a collectable card game because a CCG would take a lot more time and effort than regular trading cards.

Each card will include a relevant image; a short description of the subject; some flavor text, such as a famous quote; and an index number so that the cards can be easily arranged in chronological order. Also, each card will be printed on a blank 4×6 index card, and cut to size.

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June was a very unproductive month for this blog. I posted only two entries the entire month. That’s horrible, and I’m terribly sorry. I can’t believe that I haven’t met an untimely end at the hands of a lynch mob. Maybe I’m not the only one feeling lethargic?

My internship started June 1st, so I have one month under my belt now, and my first paycheck in the bank. It was a good start, I think. I’ve settled into my office, which has become my geekosphere away from my geekosphere. I’ve also made reasonable progress on my primary duty, which has so far involved meeting with ministry team leaders, designing a new form, and putting together a database.

Reformation & Modern Church History, my first class of the summer, which I’m taking by tape, is mostly done. I’ve listened to all the lectures, and I took the midterm a week or two ago. Now I just have to take the final, and write a 15-20 page paper. However…

Ancient & Medieval Church History began yesterday, and will run for 4 weeks. The fun part about this class is making up a timeline of the 100-200 most important events during the period. One of the most creative projects from previous years that the professor shared with us was Ancient & Medieval Church History Monopoly. (It was even endorsed by Athanasius!) Right now I’m leaning towards Ancient & Medieval Church History Trading Cards™.

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