Monthly Archives: July, 2006

Drowning in Code

Argh. I have never had this much trouble getting things to work the way I want them to. Then again, I’ve been using Blogger for almost four years, so I’m pretty well entrenched. WordPress is such a powerful system that it takes a lot more work to get it to do what I want. On the other hand, there’s some things that have worked out perfectly (like my new rotating fanlistings codes–that’s my favorite customization).

To help calm myself down, I’ll do some Friday Fives. At least I already know how to do that.

July 14
1. What about you makes you unique? That’s a weird question. There are a lot of things that make me unusual, but you’d have to combine them to get “unique”. Oh, wait: I run the Good Ship Guidebook. Absolutely no one else does that (not since Lav, the original owner, dropped off the face of the Internet).
2. What aspect of your physical appearance do you think makes you stick out from the crowd? I have very long hair for a black girl (one without extensions, anyway).
3. What do you always have with you while out in public? (for example, earrings, purse, wallet, watch, etc.) I never go out without my watch and my holy medals. I might be in such a rush I’m not wearing real shoes, I may have forgotten my earrings, I might not have my purse, but I’m always wearing those two things. The holy medals are recent, but they are here to stay. (I do take both things off at night, though.)
4. Is there anything about your body that you think isn’t normal? I know I have really long legs. There’s a special “tall” or “long” label inside to remind me.
5. What are you complimented on (looks, smarts, anything) the most? Why do you think that’s the case? Ryan went for a sports physical today. His doctor, making small talk, asked if he had any siblings. He said, yes, two sisters. The doctor said, “Tell me something about them.” He said, “Well, the nineteen-year-old, she’s the nicest person I know.” I love that kid. I choose not to comment on the fact that my mom, as she told me that story, thought his observation was ridiculous. He might be only ten, but he’s not delusional.

July 21
1. What talent(s) do you have that could make you famous? There’s that trivia habit of mine. I’ve been thinking about joining MAQT next year to work more toward that Jeopardy! goal of mine.
2. If you could be famous for one day, what would you do? You know, I think I’d purposely do nothing special. I’d want to see how that whole “celebrities are real people” thing works out in real life.
3. If you were so famous that money was no object, where would you live? I don’t know. It’s late and I’m tired.
4. If you could meet any famous person, who would it be? Does Jesus count? No? Dead: JPII. Alive: J.K. Rowling.
5. What would be your famous catch phrase/quote/motto/last words? “You’re not retarded, just _________ (forgetful, clumsy, having a bad day).”

When the clock passed midnight just now, Semagic popped up to tell me that Dan’s birthday is tomorrow (that’s the 23rd, not the Lindsay Version of Tomorrow, the 22nd). I’ve never seen that happen before, but it sure is handy.

Transition Time

Those of you who I’ve talked to on AIM already know that I’m back from hiatus. However, that also means I’m learning how to use WordPress to move in to my new site. As such, it’ll be a while before I have everything up and running. I’m posting at the new site, but I’m also making huge changes that, unfortunately, I don’t know how to test locally. I’ll let you know when I’m all moved in.

In the meantime, read the posts I put up in my LJ from camp last week.

Blog-Hopping

[Note: I’m new to the whole concept of categories, but this seems like a good one to help organize the links I pull in. My inspiration is Happy Catholic‘s “Blogging Around.”]

I’ve never seen The Colbert Report before; nor have I seen The Daily Show. I know what they’re about, though. So when Julie posted a YouTube video of a Colbert Report “special report” on her blog, I had to watch it. Oh, man. That is the best video I have seen in a long time. I laughed until I cried. (A commenter points out that Colbert is actually and empirically Catholic, which makes it even funnier. Who says papists don’t have a sense of humor?)

Regina Doman is an author of several Catholic-themed novels. She also wrote the beautiful Angel in the Waters, a story about “where babies come from.” Just recently, her four-year-old son was accidentally struck by a car in the church parking lot and died. Terrible, no? It gets worse: His parents were driving the car. I can only imagine how distraught they must be, but reading her eulogy helps me see how much she loved him. If you are so inclined, pray for them all.

This week’s Catholic Carnival is at A Song Not Scored for Breathing (interesting title, but way to long for a subdomain). “God will not listen to you” at A Penitent Blogger is short and sweet, but good. I’ll admit that I was thrown by that at first, but then it made sense. It’s about practicing what you preach, not being a scribe or Pharisee, and being honest to God. If your prayer is just for show, He knows. He’s God; He knows everything you have done and will do before you ever do it.

Pope B16 celebrated Mass in Spain a few Sundays ago. He was there for the World Meeting for Families. Moneybags posted a bunch of great photos and B16’s homily and address. Now, Spain has a ton of issues for a country of over 90% Catholics. What I think is so super cool is that he used the Holy Grail in his celebration of the Mass. The Holy Grail. I didn’t even know it was in Spain. Why do I miss everything?

From The Onion, via The Confessionator: an editorial showing scrupulosity at its worst. I know we’re not worthy of anything God has offered us, but despairing of His love is bad, too.

Moving in!

I’m really excited about getting hosted and using WordPress. I’m going to leave my Blog*Spot intact, though I may change the design to reflect my moving. In the future, I hope to export everything so I can import it into WordPress and have a local copy for myself. I’ve attempted personal archives before, but I always get bogged down in the sheer number of entries I have (nearly 500). Here’s a screenshot of the latest version (click to view full):

local journal viewer

Anyway, I was looking through the WordPress Codex (like a wiki help area), and in the list of features, it says, “Multi paged posts: If your post is too long, cut it up into pages, so your readers don’t have to scroll to the end of the world.” Thanks for sticking with me anyway, guys. And it says I can even use Semagic with it! I hope that doesn’t turn out like Semagic + Blogger did. That wasn’t fun.

Hiatus, and St. Maria Goretti

I am going on an official hiatus as of today. I’m having my computer fixed tonight, and then I won’t have Internet access in the dorms on campus while I’m doing the summer program next week (Sunday through Friday), so it seems like the best thing to do. I anticipate getting a lot of pleasure reading accomplished.

I need to mention a few things before I go, though.

Today is the feast day of St. Maria Goretti. She is the patroness of the UMD court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. I’ve posted about her before, explaining her exemplary martyrdom. If you’re interested in saying a few special prayers for this day, check out her official site. (Gotta love the effect of recent canonizations.)

This week’s Catholic Carnival is up at CowPi. And even though it’s not a Carnival entry, this post on driving rules at CowPi is worth a look.

I found a host! I’ll be moving in after I get back from the program. The transition will take some time and study on my part, but I’m really excited. I’m going to be using WordPress as my blog’s content management system, so I have to learn about PHP. I’ve gotten good enough at (X)HTML and CSS that I feel like I can take on this challenge. My hostess is not someone I already knew, which could be good or bad. I’m going to give it a shot, though. I’ll never know if I don’t try, right?

I have started using del.icio.us. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like a cross between a social network and remote bookmarks. Anyway, if you’re interested, my del.icio.us is finally organized the way I want it. (Come on, you knew organization was going to be a factor.) Feel free to send me links and put me in your network and all that. You might have to identify yourself, though, if I don’t recognize your username.

That’s all for now. If you’re so inclined, please pray for me, my co-coordinator Chaz, all the participants of the program, the professors, and everyone else working with us. We’re trying something new here, and we could use all the help we can get.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

Publicity, Squee

I have several things to blog about. Chief among them is the fact that Blogger is not cutting it for me anymore, so I’m thinking about switching to WordPress and have made inquiries for a host. I’m not ready for my own domain, and I’m not sure I could afford it, anyway. Someone on Blog*Spot already has Contrariwise, my title as of this year. So that leaves hosting.

I might wait a bit to move, though, because I was mentioned in a national newspaper. I realize that anyone who wanders through here after reading that article will see this post and think I’m a huge dork. But I am, so that’s fine. Totus Pius posted the article from the National Catholic Register, since they were mentioned as well. Oh, my gosh. This is so exciting, and I am definitely encouraged. Thanks, Eric, for including me in your article (even if you did get my title wrong; I guess it’s not as obvious as I thought), and to Julie for mentioning the Totus Pius post so I would know it existed.

And of course, thanks to the Holy Spirit, for filling my life with so many things to share and the gift to express it here.

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