Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Snot Just About the Eggs

I should probably get one of these but I know I'd likely only use it when guests are watching...

via Mental Floss

Friday, January 15, 2016

Buffalo Bills Helmet Change Idea

I have always thought the old Sabres logo would make a perfect helmet logo for the Buffalo Bills. I'm not graphical artist but it would look something like this...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dillon in Dhaka Land

Dillon has been living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the last part of this year. I think it has given him an interesting perspective on the world. For the most part I am glad to see him out there traveling. Here's a sampling of his writing...

The Streets of Dhaka

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hosting the Blog

I dink with this page too much. It's never quite where I want it to be... what I want it to be. Tonight I was looking at other hosting options. I want something simple and straightforward but flexible. Odds are fair that this will change again in the future... perhaps the near future... we'll see.

I looked at a couple of web hosting/blog hosting sites yesterday: and and dinked around with them. Wix looks like a clever platform except that I don't get the feeling it is very flexible once you've set your design. Not much room to dink with it once you've published. I'm sure you could make some minor clean-ups but the system is intricate enough that slapping a whole new layout on it doesn't look to be doable.

Weebly looked promising and I like the look-and-feel of it. The only thing keeping me from moving there is that I can't import my past baggage into it. And I don't want to start over. And I don't want two of these pages...

So I came back to this Blogger page to look once more at the layout. The options haven't changed much in the past few years. I had a third-party template but that becomes an exercise in hackability that never seems to get where I want to go. I switched back to one of the default Blogger templates and began dinking with the layout. Blogger, in their Google-ness, forced me over to Google+ to update my profile. I bounced over there and began poking around and became a little intrigued.

For a moment I wondered if Google+ should be the platform for this "stuff." But as I poked around and tried to reconfigure the look of that page I realized it wasn't going to work. Google is so intent on building their Google+ brand that they've made the page unusable for me. There's too much of Google on the page and not enough me. A third of the page is devoted to suggestions of people for me to link up with... that I can't get rid of. At what point will that go away? ...I'm not sure it ever will. A blog like this is just a collection of thots and likes and Google+ has the potential to be that but it's not there yet. I'm not sure it will ever be.

In my mind, Google+ should become Blogger 2.0 (or whatever version is next in line). Maybe that's where they are going but I don't see it yet. The layout is more visual and more 21st century. Either that or they should move some of that Google+ design over to Blogger. But the merging of the two seems like the right way to go to me.

So, for now, I'm staying here at Blogger and it works. I have some tools in place that help make it easy. Maybe I'll just leave the dinking alone for a while and focus on writing, which there hasn't been much of lately... we'll see...