Tag Archives: web

CockburnProject Update

Even with the limited amount of time I have here, I did manage to update the Cockburn Project last week. Bruce is on a solo tour promoting his latest cd, Speechless which is an instrumental.

I missed the one show I could have maybe gotten too, last weekend in San Fransisco. It’s just so damn far down there and Russel had no time and ….. well any way I am truly bummed as the reports from both the Humans list and BC-Live have been wonderful.
I hope he comes this way again in the summer, like maybe he will do the Kate Wolf Festival this year??

What else is new? Not much. Same old same old. I am starting to take things from the town/office house to the land on each trip.. small steps. My computer is acting a bit ‘different’ lately and so I hope to take the CPU into the guys who built it for a tune-up before I haul it all out to the house. So that won’t happen for a month of so any way.

Russel finally installed a real gate (we had had a very heavy chain gate) on the bottom of the driveway. This will be so much easier coming and going now, not having to deal with heavy, wet, muddy, rusty chain… yipee!!

Still having pressure pump/switch/bladder tank problems. Now R thinks that we need to replace the bladder tank as it isn’t working as it should. We’ll see.

We are getting a bit of rain, not nearly as much as we should this time of year, and it is also warmer than usual. I sure hope the rains come here.

And at least, for those in California who may read this… Arnold was defeated!!!


Busy Busy Busy ..

Very little time at the town house with my computer and often that time is very tired time. I am starting to miss my more tech-self, I am yearning to learn new software programs like maybe redo my CreationsDreams.net site in www.drupal.org? I need to redo this blog as well and am debating with myself just which way to go.

Many of my web-friends are using pmachinePro, now that it is free, many have also gone to EE, www.expressionengine.com, which is not free. WP, www.wordpress.org, is very popular, but some how I don’t think I will go that way. [many years later and I did!]
Gallery 2 is now out, I started using Gallery 1 on my little EyeSee gallery, but never took it where I wanted it to go. I think I may turn this blog in to more of a photo gallery with commentary, don’t really know yet. Feels like I want to redo all my sites though, just need to start the process.

It would be good to feel passionate about this web stuff again, after the last years lull and focus on homesteading and home development, there’s less heaving lifting with web development 🙂

I just uninstalled an old Norton AntiVirus from the old W98 machine. I installed AVG Anti-virus and right now I am downloading the large virus definitions file. Then when my newer XP machine comes to the land with me, we will still be able to use the W98 for internet here in town. We haven’t connected with that machine for close to 2 years cuz of no protection.

I have had right hand thumb problems ever since I wood filled the plywood sub floor before we painted. It’s as if the extendor ligament is stretched to the limit (at night laying down trying to sleep, and really bad in the morning), I have to use my other hand to get it moving and then it is a bit stiff all day and sort of ‘popping’ out of its track, or so it seems. I started going to a chiropractor, knowing full well that I needed a full adjustment as it has been years since the last one, So she did all that and most felt better, but the thumb thing isn’t getting better, and its my typing / mouse thumb … yikes!

So Monday I go see a PT who every one raves about, and hopefully he will be able to tell me if this is fixable, or arthritis starting (oh I hope not!) This has been the other reason I haven’t spent the time I should at the computer this summer.

Once the moving of machines start, I will probably be ‘offline’ for a while. I pray our phone lines at the land aren’t as slow as many folks say. Just doesn’t seem like we can take on satellite internet just yet. I have been looking for an alternative to DirecWay, found Wild Blue, but they have no installers locally at all, and price seems to be the same. So what surfing I do will even be slower than here in town on dial up (44kbps). Guess I will add to the list of wants, needs, desires!! (along with Tivo, a pda, home theater surround sound, ipod or other mp3 player, good stereo speakers ……).

Oh, and yes, the house isn’t even near ‘done’ and there is no landscaping, outbuildings need to be created, water system needs major work.. and on and on it goes.

For my birthday though, this year, we bought a cd player for my new (10 year old) 4 Runner… a very nice Alpine which plays mp3s and wma files, and is set up to receive ipod or satellite radio. So it can grow with me. I was really getting tired of listening to old cassettes, although I found some keepers that I want to burn to cd, just need to find a cassette player and get the cords so I can transfer to this machine and clean up and burn.

Painted ‘Teresa’s Tan’ subfloor:

painted sub floor

Many rounds of wood:


Some of the cords:


Faun, from the pregnant doe, Doey, who lives close by:


And you run .. Time

….and you run to catch up with the sun buts it’s sinking….
Remember that Pink Floyd song? Time. Oh so true it is.

Any way, I have my gallery almost ready from prime time. I need to upload more shots and make the galleries, and I don’t know when I will have the TIME to do that.

A few posts back (here) I was talking about one of my favorite hang outs that was crumbling away [that was CyberCrew]… well it’s impossible to keep a good forum down, so what has happened is a new great forum has had the opportunity to Rise Up! Check out the Digital Asylum. [this one is gone now too] I am very happy about this, I had missed the old ‘other to be nameless’ forum and this one is much better.

We are working at lot out at the house, lots of movement this year. Got 3 scrappy old oaks down that helps with the light and firewood, I am painting the kitchen area of the house now. A light yellow/green on the lid, a pale green on one wall and a bright yellow on the other, with an accent wall I hope to be deep hibscus red, we’ll see if I can find the paint.

Going to Eureka all day tomorrow, mostly for errands, maybe we will see a movie. We have to put a new engine in the truck, this is gonna make us really tighten our belts so to speak for awhile.

Ok, for those who managed to read through most of that drivel,
here’s a treat, Agave.

I am waiting for it to be in full flower, wasn’t there yet today.
The site this gallery is sitting in needs a major overhaul, and that is next on my tech list of things I want to do for myself.

Time (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour) 7:06

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I’d something more to say.

~ from http://www.allfloyd.com/lyrics/DSOTM.html


Up to my Eye balls in Gallery!

I finally installed Gallery.
Of course right from the start there were issues, I was using my Fantastico to install on my CPanel which my hosts had set up, it was throwing errors and rather than ask my wonderful Hosting Matters hosts, I asked at the Gallery forums, and of course they said to download latest version and upload.

Well the upload took over 2 hours! And I didn’t include all the skins.
I should of asked HM, they would of saved me time, any way, it’s up and running and I have sooo many questions that just don’t seem to be asked or answered at the forums.

I will post them tomorrow and see where to go from here. I know I will customize it’s looks, but I really don’t think that will be a problem. It’s more questions like,
“Can I run the reconfiguration wizard as many times as I need?”

“Can I use one install of Gallery in my root space for add-on-domains which are in the same web space?”

and on and on…
Like I said..up to my eyeballs…

Also need an outline of a good work flow for the photos, do all the sizing myself? Let Gallery do it? Fastest way to upload, remember 56k running at 44k here.

[I never got very far with that Gallery install.. just started it and moved on. It is here. I plan on a whole new Gallery – WP – photos development, once this site is live again ~bobbi / 22march2010.]


Growing & Changing

I just made a whole long post with pictures and all… and lost it 🙁

This will be the quick and dirty style: – still learning the new system,printer,scanner tons of software, learning new work flows, ps7, and so much more:

computer set up

On another note, Frank Doran Sensei, Russel’s Aikido teacher from the bay area was here for an Aikido retreat.

Frank Doran and Russel Wisby

The potluck was held at a truly beautiful home, this is a shot of the stairway leading to the house:

Dazey's Bridge

And in case you were wondering, the Agave , is starting to open up:

Agave opening
Agave opening close up

I need to take some pictures again soon, more is happening. I noticed today when we drove by after coming down from Eureka. We saw “The Day Before Tomorrow”. Great special effects, ok story, not as sappy as it could of been and not as good as it should of been. The premise being greenhouse gases/ the Green house effect/ global warming / melting of polar ice caps/ super storms/ …all caused by ….. yep burning of fossil fuels, which they didn’t mention. Too bad. I read a book a few years ago about these storms, it doesn’t seem that unlikely to me. The way the weather has changed in just my 50 years is astonishing.

I also spent over a week at the land house without coming into town at all.
Testing the waters, seeing what I would need to make it really livable, if there was no town tiny house rental.

Yep, this is a long entry.
On a more personal note here, over the last month or so, I have seen bloggers disappears.. for some reason it tweaks me.

Then Movable Type did it’s new pay-for model and the forums over there really changed. A lot of long-time power users bailed. Some seem to have just gone away.

As I mentioned in this post,Tech Tv is gone. Call For Help is gone. Screensavers has become a gamers only show it seems. I learned a lot from these shows and miss them, especially Leo Laporte.

Now my favorite forum is blowing up it seems. This really bums me out. Some of my most favorite people are leaving. Even though I know these are just online ‘acquaintances’ – I have become attached.
So I guess the lesson here is letting go, growing with change, moving on.

But who will be there to help me on this road of web?
I would never be where I am today without this forum.

Yea! to the one that came back, she knows who she is!!


MT 3 – Movable Type

Well in my too busy to keep up world, I put off upgrading my MT 2.64 installation to the MT 2.66 version. Now it seems, I am really too late, as it will cost me at least $65 according to the new MT3 licenses.

There has been quite a backlash at MT around these licenses:
MetaFilter and Dive in to Mark.
MT has updated some of the licenses and added a FAQ that helps clarify things.

I never did with this blog what my original intent was. I always planned on adding a second or third blog to my installation, and without upgrading, I can still do that. No errors with MT2.64 will be addressed, and as I see it no way to get to 2.66 without paying, and that won’t be updated either.

So at least for awhile this site will remain MT.
There is a possibility that I will go with WordPress at some point.
[Well that took, lets see — 6 years!] Only time will tell.

I had hoped to turn my main domain, into a blog operated site, and had planned on using MT, but now I probably won’t do that, or at least not use MT.

Still need to put together a photo gallery, which I also had planned to use MT for with the Gallery script. Now I don’t know just how I will do that.

Changes are ahead, what ever way I go. And lack of time to implement them is a constant.



Fall is always a busy time of year for us. This one is no different. I am pleased to have web work lining up! Russel is feeling a bit better, and is at least back to work teaching Aikido to kids at the schools.

On the blogging front, yet another of my favorite reads (Between the Lines) has quit the blogging world. I wish her well in all she does, but will really miss her. I hope she keeps her Slices of Life photolog up, as it too inspires me. I haven’t taken any photos lately, no time.[these were Gaile’s blogs – you can now find her here.

The changing in the weather brings about a certain feeling of ‘hurry up’ & ‘get it done’ attitude. The air has cleared of the smoke from the fires and we are waiting for rain. Heard that our area of the northwest will have a lighter rain season and warmer winter than normal..not really good news.

I am hoping ‘they’ are wrong, and we get a lot of rain. Makes for great ‘working at the computer’ & ‘learning new things’ time. I need it.


Patti Linked To Me & Bees

First the rave part.. reading Patti’s blog is what blogging ‘for me’ is all about. (This was thegardencafe and then thepurpleprch .. but she has left the blogging world. I wish I had copied some of her stories.)
I love the way she writes, the stories she tells, she can make me laugh out loud and cry, she was an inspiration for me to find my own words.
Now maybe this linking is just some auto script on her site, as i haven’t listed anyone else but her on my ‘blog feed’ yet, after all, I am not even officially live.
Well, I guess I am now!
But really …. this is very cool, I hope any one who comes here now will come back later when i have had time to blog a bit and get the rest of the site going.
I do have things to say.. rants and raves..music to share and lots of stories of living in the hills…

Like how about this: We have a colony huge colony of bees living in the ground right between our house and our garden. Now we haven’t id’d them yet, there seems to be yellowjackets for sure, maybe a digger kind of bee, and a giant hornet type.. and maybe a hundred visible mounds. They look a little like ant hills until you get close and see that on some of them the holes on the top are 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide!!! This is really scary stuff ya know, hornets multiply quick and they can eat ya alive!!

We put out some sticky traps today to try and get an idea of who is living there, will hate to use poison, but may have no choice.
I hope to get pictures this week and will post any up that turn out…them bees fly fast ya know?!