Dec 212015

Thank you all for visiting my little corner of the Internet.  I know you have a nearly infinite set of options when it comes to on-line reading material, and I really appreciate any time you spend here.  As we approach another Christmas holiday, I want to wish you true joy and peace that can only come from knowing the King of Kings, who was born in a humble stable.  The image below is a little drawing I created in the SketchBook Pro app on my iPad – I hope you enjoy it!

 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. ” ~ Luke 2:15-16


Feb 142015

I have wasted many hours trying to get online at the Smugglers’ Notch resort, and I hope this blog will help save you some aggravation.  Smugglers’ Notch provides such great amenities and family friendly accommodations that it’s pretty natural to bring our “big-city” technology along to take photos and videos to share with family and friends on-line.  This is precisely where Smugglers’ Notch falls down.  They have been trying desperately in recent years to catch up with the demand for access to modern communications, but they continue to be hampered by their rural location and service providers.  This year felt worse than ever, and by mid-week I was disappointed enough to start a public conversation about it on Twitter.

Smugglers Notch is a ski / snowboarding resort in Vermont.

Smugglers Notch is a ski / snowboarding resort in Vermont.

In case you’re just investigating Smugglers’ Notch and have never been there, here’s a little background.  Smugglers Notch is primarily a ski and snowboarding resort in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont, though they offer vacations and activities all year.  They often receive awards for their family friendly atmosphere, not to mention great terrain.  The resort is a few miles south of the nearest accessible town, Jeffersonville, and it sits just north of rival resort town, Stowe.  Smugglers’ Notch recently became part of the Wyndham organization.  We’ve enjoyed taking winter vacations there for many years, and (full disclosure) my in-laws are fractional owners of a condo there.  The atmosphere is great, the staff is friendly, and the ski instructors are top notch (pun?).

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Jun 062011

In case you’ve been to this site before, you may notice that the web address is different. I have moved the WordPress installation to the root of my web hosting space at HostGator. I haven’t had time to develop the Joomla installation as a portfolio site, and WordPress appears to have become flexible enough to allow me to keep everything in one application. The only downside is that the move broke some links to image files in my blog posts, and I have to fix them manually. On the upside, I’ll have a whole new category of material to add to the blog as I post some of projects from Drexel. By the way, if you ever need to move your own WordPress site, the Codex has a handy guide for you here.

Aug 032010

I finally got around to upgrading my blog site to WordPress 3.0 tonight. It was actually a very easy upgrade. The most labor-intensive part of the process was backing up the database and files for the site prior to the actual upgrade. Thankfully, HostGator provides a nice hosting control panel that includes automated procedures for creating backup files for download. I didn’t even have to go into phpMyAdmin to download the database. This is not like the old days when I would spend a whole night ftp’ing files back and forth to update a website and then hacking the database to fix things that didn’t work with the new files. I did get a little adventurous with the theme update: WP warns you that your customizations will be lost if you use the automatic update, but I did it anyway. I did lose the customizations at first, but Sayontan, the theme designer, included some nice upgrade scripts that recovered the customizations. I’m still missing the ads, but I was planning to figure out another way to embed them anyway – now I have an excuse.