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Of Code And Poetry, La Da DA!

Code is poetry. That's what an html geek will tell you anyway. As for me, when it comes to web design, I say - if it works, it works. I care most about how a page looks and how functional it is. Don't get me wrong - there's part of me that wants to *BE* that html geek... that go-to person for all things interweb. But alas, I'm an elegant hack.

I make do.

As I learn, I fix, and things improve - code wise - even if nothing really changes on the surface. That's precisely what happened around here this week. Lots of changes 'under the hood'. The only change you'll probably notice is that if you go to Jalpuna.com you get bounced to jalpuna.com/blog rather than jalpuna.com/jalpuna. You might have noticed the silly question on the redirect page, with questions like: "What should everyone have roared at J-Lo's third wedding when the minister said "if there's any reason why these two people shouldn't be joined in holy matrimony..." ???" - "JALPUNA!" That's just me being goofy.

...anyway...

This site is as much about learning and creating as it is about writing, so this week's structural redesign has been a good thing. I learned a lot in the process.

Before yesterday, Jalpuna.com was actually a fake address that redirected to a folder in my robsdemo.com webspace - webspace I was paying a fortune for. Now that my annual contract with that webhost was expiring, I figured it was time to move on.

Long story short: I moved robsdemo.com and jalpuna.com to a new webhost: Dreamhost. If you could care less about geek details, scroll past this next paragraph or two :)

I had been paying $25 a month for 3 gigs of webspace and 20 gigs of uploads/downloads for everything on one domain name (robsdemo) plus that extra fake domain redirect for the second domain (Jalpuna). I got relatively decent service, but nothing to write home about - and the webhost's control panel was garbage.

With dreamhost, I get 7.5 gigs of webspace plus 192 gigs of transfer. Their control panel makes everything a snap to set up - be it a new MySQL database or adding full hosting for a new domain. Dreamhost's "knowledge-base" is far superior to my previous host's info, and their message boards are really helpful too. My previous host allowed me one hosted domain. With Dreamhost, I get FIFTEEN - fully hosted. In fact, Dreamhost offers a ton of extras free that my previous host charged for. Total cost to me? $15.95 a month, with no setup fee.

If you want any Dreamhost info, just ask. Thus far, I'm thrilled with it. And if you sign up for a plan, Hook a brother up whydoncha? :)

While sitting here earlier this evening, tinkering with the site, I heard a song that made me stop what I was doing and stare at the radio... I love it when that happens, and today, thanks to a new song by the Decemberists, it did.

On March 22nd, we get a new CD from one of Portland's finest, and it will include the song "16 Military Wives":

16 military wives 32 softly focused brightly colored eyes Staring at the natural tan, of 32 gently Clenching wrinkled little hands 17 company men Out of which only 12 will make it back again Sargeant sent a letter to 5 military wives His tears drip down to 10 little eye

Cheer them on to their rivals
Cause America can
And America can't say no
And America does
If America says it's so
It's so

And the anchor person on tv
Goes la da da da da

15 celebrity mimes
Leaving their 15 sorted wretched checkered lives
Will they find the solution time
Using their 15 pristine moderate liberal minds?

17 academy chairs
Out of which only 7 really even care
Doling out a garment to 5
Celebrity mimes, they're humbly taken by surprise

Cheer them on to their rivals
Cause america can
And America can't say no
And America does
If America says it's so
It's so

And the anchor person on tv
Goes la da da da da da da da da da da
La da da da da da da da da da da

15 cannibal kings
Wondering blindly what the dinner bell will bring
15 celebrity mimes
Served on a leafy bed
This 16 military wives
Cheer them on their rivals
Cause America can
And America can't say no
And America does
If America says it's so
It's so

And the anchor person on tv
Goes la da da da da da da da da da da
La da da da da da da da da da da
La da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da da da da da

March 22nd can't come soon enough.

::::: | Thursday, Feb 17 2005 at 12:01 AM
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Comments:


rats! said:

you need to share your radio station preferences. sadly, no local pdx station that i know of plays the decemberists...sadly...

::::: | February 20, 2005 1:42 PM


Rob said:

Actually, I heard the new Decemberists song on 94.7... the station that used to call itself NRK (they're doing a lot of rebuilding over there)

::::: | February 22, 2005 9:34 AM




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