Complete Redesign Of Tiny House Design User Interface

It’s midnight and I think I’m done reworking the UI of tiny house design. My main concern wasn’t the look & feel but the navigation. One of the biggest problems with a blog, by nature, is it’s ability to hide away old content. But the beauty of the WordPress CMS (and I think it deserves to be called that) is it’s flexibility. Anyway take a look.
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Busy Night Blogging Last Night

I finally got around to doing some posts on Tiny House Design again. I’ve been slacking. I posted three different short posts on stories I’ve been aware of for a week or more. I’m glad I finally got back to it.

I also had an idea about a blog customization, maybe a wordpress plug-in opportunity, and that’s to put a microblog right inside a larget blog. Maybe control is using a category or something. For all I know it exists already, I’ll go check.

Basically the end result would be the main blog and a sidebar with very short posts, almost like twitter posts, but with thumbnail images to get more looks. This would allow a blogger to write a longer quality post and short blurbs without cluttering up the main page. Just a thought, not sure if that would really help keep the blog active or just lead visitors away faster with more exit links. Might be worth exploring.

Reality Check – But Not Like Nero

My wonderful wife pointed out to me that I need to… stay focused… be positive… be proactive. You know she’s right. No matter how messed up the world is around us and no matter how likely looming troubles might be impacting us soon… that if we stay focused and moving forward the happier we’ll be and the more likely we will be to avoid trouble. It’s not a suggestion to be like Nero, and fiddle while Rome burns, it’s a suggestion to control what you can and not succumb to stress and fear. I Love You So Much Julia!

President Obama’s First Full Day

obama-signs-executive-orderThis is just a little strange, an article listing exactly what President Obama did on his first day, hour by hour. I was surprised that the entire morning was pretty much spent at church, but then again, he’s going to need all the help he can get.

I was also impressed with the two executive orders. I’m no lawyer but they sure sound like the groundwork for holding former presidents accountable and another putting an end to special treatment for special interests, like taking gifts from lobbyists. Nice way to start a presidency.Oh he also retook that fudged oath too… even better way to start a presidency.

The only question left in my brain was… I wonder what was on the not left him by George W. Bush? I’m sure it was nothing G.W. wouldn’t want entered into evidence.

It is the farewell kiss, you dog

The nightmare is over and yet his legacy will be will haunt us forever. The worst part of course is that so many Americans still don’t get it. I won’t blab on about George W. Bush’s long list of ‘accomplishments‘ here in a vain attempt to change your mind; I’m just happy he’s headed home to Texas to work on his tan.

Anyway… there was one important lesson Bush reminded me of… and that’s you can’t count on the people in authority to protect you or your freedom. At any time, even in a democracy these people can pop up, gain support, get into office, act without repercussions, and get away with it all.

The only way you can really control your own situation is to make better choices and eliminate your reliance on outside entities. Independence and freedom are not guaranteed. The more you rely on others the more risk you accept. Rely on yourself and improve your chances of staying free.

P.S. “It is the farewell kiss, you dog.” is what the shoe throwing Iraqi journalist said as he chucked his shoes at GW Bush.

Nice Going Congress – Now They Want To Hold America Accountable

I’m sure these words have been uttered before but now they might actually have the gonads to back their words up. Nice going congress… way to stick a big fat bulls eye on the back of the American flag.

“The crisis in Gaza and the genocide of defenseless Palestinians is being carried out with the approval and assistance of world powers.” – Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki (read article here)

This of course comes on heals of the UN Security Council passing a resolution Thursday calling for an “immediate and durable” ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the region. (see article) A vote mind you that the US abstained from voting on. Oh yeah and don’t forget that the US Congress passed a resolution the other day, 390 to 5, that said:

“Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;”

oh yeah there’s more…

OK maybe Hamas is a terrorist organization… and maybe Iranian government is filled with extremists… but that’s not exactly the point. A peace process only works if you push for peace. Killing large numbers of people only creates martyrs and make their battle cry louder. Why in the world would anyone in our congress vote for backing more war? Haven’t we had enough of that? Don’t they remember what a few guys with automatic weapons and backpacks full of ammo can do in a public place? Who are these people we elected!!!???

P.S. I searched high and low for more in the media on the story in the Iranian news network and could find almost nothing. I found it as a top story in Google World News. At first I wondered if this story was true and then it occurred to me that it didn’t matter if terrorism is our concern. The people Iran wants to hear this message are the terrorists they are trying to rally. Yikes. No wonder the main stream media isn’t mentioning it. Is that paranoid? :-)

Would You Eat This Meat?

I had to run to the grocery store tonight to get a few items and saw this while waiting at the check stand. Would you eat this meat? I was extremely surprised to see that someone was actually trying to market beef jerky under the brand name “Crazy Cow.” I mean come on… doesn’t this branding just scream, “Mad Cow Diseased Beef Jerky!” I’m sure it’s not diseased and that they probably meant it to be a play on words and sickly funny… but if you want to sell something you might try NOT to advertising it could kill you. Call it “Wild Cow” or something.

Gas Flow To Resume – Now Putin Pays

I’m relieved that the natural gas conflit is being resolved. But now that Europe and the markets have had a taste of the danger so much reliance on Russian gas brings… it looks like the Russians are going to be the ones paying. The market value of gas recently dropped and Europe is looking for alternative energy sources. It’s an interesting lesson… if you hold a trump card… sometimes it’s wiser to hold it and not play it… at least if you want to win the game… and not just one hand. Here’s the article that triggered that comment.

Why Is Conress Inviting More Trouble!?

OK… I really don’t understand this… why does congress need to ‘pass a resolution‘ on the whole mess in Gaza? I assume that’s how they officially take a position on an issue. Ok fine I get it. I also wasn’t surprised that they voted to support Israel, our long time friend and ally, but why in the world did they have to say it like this!?

Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;

Whereas Hamas has refused to comply with the Quartet’s (the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations) requirements that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians;

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I’m no foreign affairs expert by it sounds like the US Congress just voted 390 to 5 to support Israel stomping out Hamas by any force necessary… OK OK maybe it doesn’t say that exactly but I’ll bet you anything the people getting stomped out are now even more pissed off and now they are pissed at you and me too.

So… couldn’t they have said something more like they wanted to see and end to fighting and return to diplomatic talks? Peace man peace! Come on from the point of view from most Palestinians the treatment they’ve been getting for the last many decades has not been ideal. Showing soem compassion for both sides would still show support for Israel and really promote “the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” This resolution sounds like approval for all out war against Hamas and probably anyone who sides with the Palestinians.

Does congress want to invite trouble on US soil? To me it sure sounds like Congress just put a giant bulls-eye on the back of the American flag. Thanks again you $#@&ing boneheads! Remind me to vote for someone new next time. Oh wait… no reminding needed. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on me again, fool me three times, call me a $#@&ing bonehead too.