Job Hunting In New Mexico

Duke City Fix has a article on where to find jobs in New Mexico. I’m not currently looking for a job, but it’s handy to read, you never know…


Site Layout

It has cost millions of dollars, hundreds have died, but the site layout is pretty close to where I want it. I thought the old layout had too much grey in it, so I took some cues from to put some color in the side bars.

The brushed metal is totally me, so it stays. But I felt the title bar could be more compact so I pushed the flickr badge to the top. I think the look is good and should fit well at 1024 width. For those with lower resolutions, well I suspect it won’t display right anyways.

There’s some more tweaking to do and if I don’t wipe out the CSS again, it shouldn’t be much work. If your using a browser other than Safari, let me know how it loosk.

Welcome To FTHOI 2.0

Welcome to For The H*ll Of It 2.0, now powered by Blosxom. I’m not here to bash iBlog, my previous blogging app, it’s been a good system and I paid the full shareware fee for it. But I’ve been disappointed with the slow pace of development and lack of fixes for even the smallest bugs. After studying different system, weighing the pros and cons, I decided to abandon iBlog for a more customizable solution. Blosxom also gives me some features that I really like.

Blosxom has no database to keep track of entries. The file system is the database, so to speak. Entries get filed as text files and saved in folders. Blosxom then generates the site categories based on the folder structures, this means subcategories are easy to make. It’s easy to manage this way and there’s no secret to where your entries are. It’s also very easy to move to another computer if necessary.

Running Blosxom on my local computer is easy. Once I have the single perl script installed in my webserver directory on my local computer (and have personal web serving turned on) I simply access it via this URL: http://localhost/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi. .mac doesn’t allow the use of cgi scripts, this is where the killer feature of Blosxom comes in; it can generate static web pages. By using a proper command in the terminal, I can tell Blosxom to make a static version of the site where ever I want, in this case I have it generate the site on my iDisk.

I will be importing my iBlog entries over and writing more about this and how I did it in the coming weeks. Until then they are still in their old directory structure. (you can fine the old home page here)

Update 05/17/05 8:05PM: Still playing around with Blosxom/MarsEdit and how it saves entries. This one may move around as I figure out how date/time stamps work.

Base Closures

If you live in an area where there is a military base, then you’ve no doubt heard that the Pentagon wants to close several bases. They have officially released the list, thankfully Albuquerque was spared since it’s estimated that Kirtland air force base brings in about 4 billion dollars annually. You can’t miss the base, if you ever fly into Albuquerque the base and Albuquerque International Airport are hard to tell apart. Being the small town that we are, you often see (or more likely hear) fighter jets overhead.

However the state of New Mexico was not spared, Clovis Air Force Base (Google search)is on the list to be closed. I suspect that this will wipe out Clovis, there’s not much else there. But I find statements by our elected representative funny:

Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., whose district includes Cannon, called the announcement “wrong-headed.”
“It would be an understatement to say that we are all surprised by the Pentagon’s decision,” Udall said.

Dude, they said they were going to close bases. Why would you be surprised that your base was picked over anyone else’s? I’m not saying they shouldn’t be upset or fight the closing, but its the supid the way such congress persons make statements of amazement and shock. 

New Orleans Saints: In New Mexico?

Albuquerque and a NFL team in the same sentence, this doesn’t happen much.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson told a newspaper that Benson is interested in moving the football team out of Louisiana and possibly to San Antonio, Albuquerque, N.M., or Los Angeles.

It would do a lot for this town to have a major team of any type. I don’t think it will happen, it’s most likely a negotiation tactic. Even if they did consider coming here there’s the whole issue of buying them a stadium.  

Incredible Pet Tricks

First off this dog is weird just because it’s hairless. A friend of mine picked it up from the animal clinic a few days ago, the owner was going to have it put to sleep, so they rescued it. This one had skin issues probably because it wasn’t allowed in the sun, it’s skin didn’t develop any natural resistance.

It has a very strange habit of turning its head over and upside down resting it on it’s back. It seems pretty comfortable doing while doing it even started to doze off. I took this photo with my cell phone so it’s pretty crappy, I’ll try to get a better one next time I’m over there.