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Just a little cleaning up

I just did an update on my WordPress install, and I was lamenting the fact that I have a crappy Drupal Install and looking just a bit into how I can convert it, when I noticed a couple of things just out of whack on this blog.

1. My blogroll – It’s pretty outdated. So I changed it a bit.

I see that my long ago blogging buddy Phil Stolle hasn’t done much with Thought Sparks in awhile, so I’m going to move that link to the bottom. I’m sure he’s just in the same boat I’m in, not enough time or motivation to blog away his days and nights 🙂

Looks like Phil gave up on Tech Fires, so I removed that one all together.

Scott Blitzen is still going strong. Go Scott Go! Well, if not going strong, at least he’s beating me out by a long shot. Scott, I just went to Red Rocks again a few weeks ago to see Cake, and I thought about when I took that picture there as a salute to you. Happy days!

My other primarily ignored and abandoned blog is Geeks on Tech, which although it changed from Two Guys Tech years and years ago, I still hadn’t updated the link in the blog roll. So I did that.

Since two blogs wasn’t enough to ignore, a good while ago I started yet another, called Good Homebrew, so I added that link. Yes, it’s being appropriately ignored as well.

Kudos to the following bloggers who are still going strong. Pearl over at Interesting Observations, Steve Wilson Marketing, Simple Help, Teckh, and Kelly at Kellementology (What happened to Sass and Veracity?).

I hope I’m not too hasty in my decision (feel free to appeal it if I am) but I also relegated Ghosts in the Machine to the bottom of the list.

2. Brewing Links – The tab at the top that says “Brewing” leads to a page, that has 3 links that lead you to pages that say, this page has moved. Who’s great idea was that? Oh, yea, I did it. Anyway, I changed those to go to a page that has the correct info on it.

3. Comments – About a week ago I noticed that I was getting quite a large number of spammy link farming comments. I quickly grew tired of spamming them, so I made a bit of a change to comments on the site. Now, once a post is 120 days old, comments are disabled. It’s sad to say that I effectivly disabled comments on the site since my last post was over a year old. Of course, now that I’ve posted this, you can comment to your hearts content.

So, does all of this activity mean I’m going to start posting again? Probably not. I still get creative spurts, but life is as busy as ever. Let’s just leave it at, we’ll see what happens.

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Good Boy!

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This last Monday, October 19th, 2009, our family lost it’s best friend.

For 14 years, you were our child, our companion, protector, and friend. Always happy to do whatever it is that we wanted, or go where ever we were going, enthusiasm wasn’t in short supply with you.

I can’t put into words what those years meant to us, or what they meant to me.

We will never forget you.

Good Boy Fantus!

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Day 4: Garlic and Balsamic Marinated Steaks with Rosemary

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The purpose of Command of the Grill week is to promote the book “Command of the Grill”, whose proceeds benefit charities that support Marines. I’m not making any money off of this. You can read more here, or follow this link to purchase your own copy. This is a really easy way to support our troops. Semper Fi!

One of my new favorite cooking ingredients is Balsamic Vinegar, and I have these steaks to thank for it. Sure, I’ve used it before, but what a terrific flavor it has!

This recipe is Bum Phillip’s. These steaks are marinated in the previously mentioned Balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, minced rosemary, and some other ingredients.

The steaks smell absolutely heavenly when you’re cooking them, and the flavors stick with the steak after it comes off of the grill.

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8 links for the 4th of July

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Happy Fourth of July Everyone! I want to send out a big thanks to all of the men and women who served in our armed forces, both past and present.

Today being Friday, which is my designated link post day, I decided that I would round up some good links from the U.S. Government. I know, sounds pretty boring, but it’s good stuff, trust me.

The Declaration of Independence – Dear England, You’re not the boss of me!” Here’s the document that started it all. Stating that all men are created equal, and that we should all be guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This was our declaration that we’ll be governing ourselves from now on thank you very much.

The U.S. Constitution – This sets the standard for what the government can do, and what is right and wrong. Sure, we get laws passed that have really cool names, but seem to take away from our freedom, but eventually they come to the supreme court, and then it’s decided if they are really legal.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government – Aimed at Kids, this is a friendly guide to the branches of the government.

The GPO Access Website – This is a service provided by the Government Printing Office, which gives free electronic access to a huge amount of Government information. Want to look up a Congressional Bill? This is the place to do it, and much more.

The Library of Congress – This is one of those sites that you could look around forever, and never see it all. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. They even have a photo stream on flickr.

Today in American History – One of the many services of the Library of Congress, it goes back in time, pointing out important things that happened on this day.

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Changes to Steam – New Community Features and player ratings

imageIt looks like Steam has some new community features, which were actually made live on August 6th, but these were new to me.

Each steam account gets their own web page, just like any other social networking site, and it shows your rating for the entire world to see.

The picture that you see at the beginning of the was my rating before I started played much last night. From what I have been reading, the rating is based on how many hours you have played steam games, not how many frags you have, or anything like that.

Back when I was playing Team Fortress for Quake, there was a server in Utah that kept stats, you gained more points by fragging higher ranked players than you did for lower ranked players. You also lost more points for being fragged by lower ranked players than you did for higher ranked players.

You can see my stats, and all that good stuff, on the Port 16 Steam ID Page.

I love Fortress Forever. Great job guys!

More later.

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