Friday Feb 27, 2009

What am I thinking?

Thanks, Jay Dear, for pointing out this  bit of wisdom.  Sometimes I wish I could find someone who could tell me what I'm thinking, or, better yet, understand it.

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Friday Dec 05, 2008

Blog Reader Overload

Today's Geek & Poke cartoon describes my blog reading situation perfectly!

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Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Blogging with OpenOffice

I just upgraded to OpenOffice 2.4.1 and installed the Sun Weblog Publisher extension, which I used to post this little message.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Bloggers Send Prayers of Hope

Last week, I posted a brief article about close family friends who are recovering from a serious plan crash. The following news report, produced by a Phoenix television station, explores how bloggers from around the world are sending their hope and prayers to Stephanie and Christian.

Makes you kind of feel good about participating in the blogosphere!

Saturday Sep 06, 2008

Hope Amidst Tragedy - via the Blogosphere

Three weeks ago, the crash of a light plane in eastern Arizona instantly changed the lives of a young couple and their four young children, who until recently lived just down the street from us. Still in critical condition in a Phoenix, AZ, hospital burn unit, Christian and Stephanie Nielson have a long road of recovery ahead of them. During that process of recovery, we are connected in an active virtual network of mutual hope and support with their family and friends - through the blogosphere.

An article in the New York Times today explores how Stephanie's blog, the NieNie Dialogues, had inspired readers around the world before the accident and how cyberspace is uniting many people across the globe in acts of kindness and hope for this young family. Stephanie's sister's blog provides a focal point for updates about the condition of Christian and Stephanie, announces of special benefit events, and invites people to contribute to their recovery fund.

It was via the blogosphere we learned of last week's coordinated effort to launch balloons in a gesture of hope for this young couple.

We invite all of you to join with us in prayers of hope for Stephanie and Christian.

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Saturday Aug 09, 2008

Charlotte's Web Meets the Internet

What do you get when you cross Charlotte's Web with the Internet?

Wry humor, of course:

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Thursday Jan 24, 2008

Welcome Gary Olson!

Please join me in welcoming Gary Olson to the blogsphere. Gary, who was recently name as US Software Practice Sales Director, launched his blog, "One Team ... One Fight" today with an inspiring tribute to one of his colleagues who is retiring from 25 years of service in the US Air Force.

May I share the final paragraph of Gary's post:

So, as you end or start your day, two requests:
  1. Please say a prayer or raise a glass to the thousands of men and women who sit guard today as my friend did for 25 years serving our country, selfless and with great resolve.
  2. As the next sun rises or sets, commit to yourself, to your family, to your team...that today YOU are going to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
ONE Team...ONE Fight!

Thanks, Gary, for your passionate leadership!

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Testing Ecto

EctoScott Fehrman recommended that I check out the Ecto blogging editor.  So ... here is my second blog of the day using something other than the old standby Bloggar client I have used for a couple of years.  So far, things seem to work ok, but inserting images is a bit cumbersome.  I had to edit some HTML to put get placement, borders and spacing correct.

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Testing Scribefire Blog Editor

Quite a while ago, I tested the Performancing blog editor plugin for Firefox.  This plugin is now called ScribeFire.   It seems to work well within the Flock browser.

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Friday Jan 04, 2008

One tiny red dot in Mongolia

I added the Visitor Locations widget from ClustrMaps to this blog on December 8th. It is fun to see the cumulative proliferation of red dots aross the world, particularly when I visit the expanded view. My favorite is the red dot in Mongolia, where my son Eric lived the past two years. We thought at first that he was responsible for the red dot in Mongolia, but he came back to the states in November, berfore I added the widget. I wonder who my elusive Mongolian visitor could be?

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Saturday Dec 08, 2007

Blog Evolution

From time to time, I try to update my blog to make it more useful or accomodating to changes in the landscape of the participation age. Today's changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary. I increased the overall page width to provide two columns of standard information. The left column is dedicated to working with the blog - primarily subscribing or finding information. The right column provides links to my most significant connections into global social networking fabric. I hope this will help people connect to me more effectively.

I have also made the decision to discontinue the automatic posting of my bookmarks. First, it made me kind of lazy - using the bookmark/blog feature rather than write real posts. Second, the posts kind of cluttered the flow of my blog. So, I have provided links directly to my bookmarks, plus an RSS feed for those who wish to subscribe.

The cloudy photo in the upper left corner is a placeholder for now. What I'd really like is to find or develop a script that would randomly select a photo from one of my Flickr photo sets do display there. I came close today by modifying a Flickr badge script, but the photo sizing was wrong. Does anyone have a solution for this?

What is next? I plan two significant elements:

  • Interactive participation in the "Discovering Indentity" wiki hosted at
  • A relaunch of the "Whodentity" list I used to maintain.

So, thanks for stopping by. Suggestions are always welcome. Happy blogging!

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Monday Oct 15, 2007

Do You Blog the Blog?

Thanks to Linda Skrocki for pointing out this bit of blogging humor. But all kidding aside, I think my publishing his blog is the single most postive thing I have done in the three years I have been with Sun. The ability to champion a cause, espouse an idea, expand my sphere of influence and establish both professional and personal credibility through my blog have been extremely gratifying.

The article which featured this cartoon included favorable comments about Sun's blogging policy, such as, "Sun is famous for leveraging the blogosphere for goodness with their open blogging policy ..." and a quote from Jonathan Schwartz, "blogging has played a major role in the revitalization of Sun's reputation. Sun has gone from the 99th to the 6th most popular server company, largely because it has embraced authenticity and transparency in its communication initiatives."

As I can almost hear one of my colleagues say, "Blog on, brother!"

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Friday Sep 21, 2007

From Me to You to You to You ... Cascading Cyberspace Connections

My wife and I share a 24 foot square loft in the upper story of our house as my office and her sewing room. This afternoon, my wife, daughter and I were sitting in the loft, bantering back and forth, sharing random comments about our respective blogs. Claudia said, "Did you see the comment on Angie's blog that came from something called Twitter?"

So, I explained about Twitter and tried to find out what happened. As it turns out, yesterday, I posted a short note on Twitter: "Enjoying the blog of my slightly neurotic daughter: link"

Apparently one of the people who follows me on Twitter shared it with someone else who then visited and commented on Angie's blog: "I am not related and don't know you from Adam ... someone who I follow on twitter put up the link, I followed and am glad I did. Excellent Blog."

I suppose the moral is: "Be careful what you blog! You never know who you might be listening ... or twittering ... or whatever."

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