Yay! It's A Blog! 2006-2010 - August 2008 Archives

Gladiators, socializing and my back

August 5, 2008

  • My coworker's daughter Ally won American Gladiators last night! I saw her dad in the audience cheering like crazy. They shot the show back in May, so he had to keep the results a secret all this time.
  • I was supposed to go to a happy hour/dinner thing tonight, but I wasn't feeling good. The truth is, I never feel like going to things like that after work. I just want to come home and relax and have some time to myself. I feel bad, though, because I told the lady who invited me that I'd come. I wasn't true to my word.
  • My back has been bothering me. It hurts sometimes, but mostly it just feels like something is out of place right above my right hip. It's sore when I stretch it, and sometimes something pops in or out of place. Tonight, the muscles around that hip are tight, and I can't relax them. I ordered some Yoga for back DVDs. I hope that helps.

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LBJ's 100th Birthday

August 27, 2008

Today would be LBJ's 100th Birthday. I'm going to celebrate by:

  • getting my car inspected

  • going out for lunch

  • decluttering my desk

  • backing up my hard drive

  • defragging my hard drive

  • upgrading to Windows SP3

I'm feeling down about work. New supervisor transition. I was the supervisor, but that kind of work made me want to claw my eyes out, so I stepped down. I like my new supervisor fine, but our culture is changing dramatically to one where we have to do mandatory team-building activities like building catapults out of tinker toys... while the huge stack of work on my desk gets bigger. Some people like that stuff, so it will be good for them. It brings me down so much that I'm still depressed about it a day later. A day off to clear my head and focus on the work that needs to be done at home is probably a really good thing.

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Domain Name Crap

August 27, 2008

The system for domain names is confusing and frustrating. When I first got my own web hosting, the hosting company purchased my domain name for me. I thought it belonged to me, but when I decided to change hosting companies, they held it hostage. That's why I have strangesandwich.com and ssmrocks.com. I purchased ssmrocks while the strangesandwich was being held hostage. Eventually, the hosting company transferred strangesandwich to me. Now both domains point to my Web site.

strangesandwich.com is about to expire. I got an email from my domain service provider, netnameone.com, to renew it. I clicked through, and it said they were partnering with GoDaddy. I paid for 3 years and set up an account through their new interface. They sent me an e-mail with instructions and secret codes to initiate a transfer. The last step was to enter an authorization code. It said I had to get it from my old service provider. I don't have an old service provider. I've always been with netnameone.com and netnameone.com is who I'm renewing with.

So I sent an e-mail to support. They told me my domain is with Tucows, and I need to contact them to renew. So I go to their site, and it says they don't deal directly with individual domains, and that I need to contact my service provider, netnameone.com.

So netnameone.com tells me I have to contact Tucows. Tucows tells me I have to contact netnameone.com.

I'm screwed.

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I own my domain and administer it, myself, but I think I did something worse than you. The hosting service I was with a few years ago seemed like a really good, user-friendly company. I didn't need their domain registration services but I talked an old friend and my sister to just let them handle everything. The company went belly-up and would not transfer any domains under their control. I felt horrible about that.

Hope your situation resolves better.

Save the Accessibility Institute

August 29, 2008

The University of Texas closed its accessibility institute today. There's a petition to save it.

I heard about it yesterday in a listserv e-mail that had a series of bullets. One bullet was about Target settling a lawsuit over the accessibility its Web site and agreeing to pay $6 million. Another bullet said UT was closing their accessibility institute sending the message that accessibility isn't a priority. They should talk to Target and see what Target has to say about that.

On the subject of accessibility:

Coders and programmers can hack together html code in a way that makes it hard for disabled people to use the Web. Or they can use elegant code that makes it easy for disabled people to use the Web. To me, it's a no brainer. I produce elegant code that makes the Web page usable by everyone. But the coders and programmers who hack together ugly, non-standard code don't want to change. That's all this is about... they don't want to change.

I'll paraphrase something Sharron Rush of Knowbility said:

The Internet makes many things easier for those of us who aren't disabled. The Internet makes many things POSSIBLE for those who are.

It's too bad so many hack coder/programmers would rather build roadblocks than passageways.

It would mean a lot to me if you would sign the petition.

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Signature #394.

I sure do appreciate it, Rob. smile

Me, too! MamaKitty
Kim - keep us posted as to the status of the accessibility institute. Thanks, MK

dwlt! Good to see you! And thanks!

MamaKitty, too! Thanks, and I sure will update you when I know more. smile

Just some stuff

August 31, 2008

  • My friend Rob is going to ride out Hurricane Gustav at Crabapple Lane. He's about 50 miles north of New Orleans. Sending good luck wishes and prayers.
  • I've been watching my Deluxe Edition Black Hawk Down DVD. I saw the movie once before, but couldn't tie it all together. This time, I watched it twice. Once without commentary, and once with commentary from some guys who were there. Then I watched History Channel and PBS documentaries about the mission in Somalia. Those guys were brave. It's one thing to go in, not know what to expect and get out. But to go back in again? I know I couldn't do it.
  • It's a three day weekend, and I should be feeling on top of the world. Instead, I'm just sleeping, eating and crying mostly. I guess I'm okay as long as I still want to eat since that's my favorite thing to do in the world. The problem is trying to adjust to changes at work with a bit of PMS thrown in. At least, I hope there's some PMS thrown in. I hate to think what I'll feel like when that kicks in if it's not here already. Not sure if I'm going to be able to adjust to the changes at work. I need to internalize the fact that I'm not the boss of me anymore. That's a tough adjustment to make.
  • On a positive note, I got my domain name problems worked out. I transferred the one that's expiring to Domain Direct. I hope they're good people. I'm not impressed with NetNameOne's or Tucows' customer service. They treat everyone like they're domain name process experts. I'm not. If I was, I wouldn't need help. Still waiting to see if the refund NetNameOne said they credited to my credit card shows up.
  • I think I'll head out for some lunch. Then I should probably mow and trim the lawn this afternoon. Maybe food and hard work will snap me out of this low.

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Thanks, Kim. ALL good vibes welcome here.