Archive for April, 2006

When it’s all over, it’s not who you were. It’s whether you made a difference.

Monday, April 17th, 2006

So the postponed layout upgrade has once again been set back some more. This time it’s for a completely reasonable cause, which would be that my great grand-mother past away this Easter Sunday. Being with family is important right now, and with the wake and funeral, I’m not going to have much time in the next week to work on the website…I gotta do what I gotta do though!

Some things that have been cool recently: Kelley!!!, trips to Conway with Kelley and Ash & James, www.illwillpress.com, and of course Family Guy…lol.

Some things that have not been cool recently: Death, Scary Movie 4, and garlic.

Hope everyone is doing good
Thanks for reading!

Michael Therrien

I can’t believe it…a Free Apple iBook!

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Wow. Everything is going so great right now, it’s almost unbelievable…Life is just great.

First off, the website layout upgrade has been turning out better, faster, and easier than I ever thought would have been possible. I can’t wait for the entire thing to be up, I just need a little bit more time. It should take too much longer, I’d say a week or two, but because of the event that I explain below…it has slowed the upgrade process.

{nerdy stuff}
I’ve taken the entire page code(layout/design) and writing the code to script it completely dynamically (where the PHP comes in – you might have noticed mostly all pages you will encounter will be end in a .php extension). This makes it incredibly easy to add content to the pages and change a LOT of the menus, layouts, etc. quickly, chronologically, and in a really organized fashion.

Also, speaking about organization, I’m coming up with a scheme to organize the entire layout as a whole even better. Not quite sure exactly how yet, but I only thought of this last night, so I’ll figure it out. I got the hierarchy chart done last night, it’s simple, but works fine for me.
{end nerdy stuff}

A lot of what I have to do is to get the images proper size to fit the current layout, which brings me to my next topic of conversation.
Second, a lot of you may know that I got a free Mac Mini last December. That was wonderful, at a value of $599, I was quite happy. Then I found another offer for an Apple iBook. I thought it was a little outrageous, but I figured if I got the Mac Mini, I guess this could be legitimate. Boy was I right.

I waited two months for everything to be verified and confirmed, then called them yesterday morning, but they were closed, so I waited until I was at work to call. The nice lady I spoke with stated she said I could expect it around the 21st. So I continued my day at work, came home, and was talking on the phone with Kelley when my dad asked what I got in a big box. I’m like “What the heck?!” I went out, and there’s a box with a brand new $999 Apple iBook in it.

My New Apple iBook All my free stuff
Here’s the new iBook Here’s all the free suff

I’m sure I’ll be writing again very soon!!!

Mike Therrien

The new look…

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Hey everyone!

I’m writing today to inform you all that I’ve been very busy working on the site recently. There has been a complete transformation of the layout of the site, and I believe that you will probably like it. (A lot of people didn’t like the side menu…which I can understand.) The site has gone from the old look of:

Old Layout
to:
New Layout
I do like the look a LOT better than before. It has only been possible with the help of Dan Leveille. He’s very talented in all of his “web design, digital art, and photography” as well as thorough knowledge of programming. Much thanks is sent to Dan in his effort to make this website look better than it has in the past.
In addition to getting me a basic template for
the site design, he has done a very good job of teaching me the PHP coding language, as well as encouraging me to get into the habits of using CSS once again (which I had given up in the past.) Unfortunately still not appreciating CSS too much, I’ve found that learning PHP has been a rewarding experience for me. It is a really useful language, and I am positive that I will be using it in the future.
I haven’t finalized the layout, but I will be updating it frequently, so check back often for most recent content!
Thanks for reading!!!
Mike Therrien