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Aug 12 2009

Facebook Test

Posted by Dale @ 8:28 am in Blog Design Print This Post Print This Post

While I was in Iraq, I signed on with Facebook so that I could look at pictures from one of our Australian friends. I forgot all about that account after looking at the pictures until last month when I received 2 friend requests. In the last few days, I received 4 more friend requests. Now I guess I need to do something with my Facebook page.

I have a hard enough time posting to this blog, and I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up with both this blog and Facebook. So I’ve been in search of a plug-in that will take whatever I post here and automatically display it in my Facebook newsfeed. I found one called “Full Circle”. It claims to do exactly what I want.

So this is my test to see if this post gets automatically added to my Facebook news.

May 21 2008

Tags in Posts

Posted by Dale @ 8:43 am in Blog Design Print This Post Print This Post

You may have noticed a new “Tags” section at the bottom of each post. Mugs noticed:

The endless tags are driving me mad.
What is the point of them? Just curious. is powered by WordPress, a blogging platform. I am currently using version 2.5. When version 2.3 came out late last year, WordPress added tags functionality. Tags are basically a list of keywords for a specific post or even for an entire website. They are used to aid in searching and finding content on the web. In my understanding, they are different than the categories I already use. Categories are used to describe the main theme of a particular post.

Anyway, I have added the Tags section as an experiment. For the next few weeks, I’ll watch the traffic on the site to see if adding Tags has any impact on the number of visitors.

Mar 09 2008

Lunch in Amadiyah

Mugs commented on the surprising decor of the house I visited for lunch while in Amadiyah. It was definitely very Brady-esque. For a while now, I’ve been meaning to set up an image gallery on the blog. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get the image gallery running so that you can see some more photos of the house in Amadiyah. If you look closely at the flower rug, you might be able to see some muddy boot prints. Can you guess who tracked mud on the rug?

Let me know if you have any problems with the image gallery.

Oct 18 2007

I’m Popular

Posted by Dale @ 8:10 am in Blog Design,Deployment Print This Post Print This Post

Recently I received a request for an interview from According to the VAJoe blog,

The Blog is the gathering place for the U.S. military community to blog and comment on blogs about the war in Iraq, military news and benefits updates. We will feature interviews with popular military bloggers and guest blogs from well-known and respected bloggers.

You can read the interview by clicking here -> VAJoe Interview.

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Sep 25 2007 Redesign

Posted by Dale @ 8:02 pm in Blog Design Print This Post Print This Post

Over the past week or so, I’ve spent my free time working on a redesign of the blog. Free time for me is basically from 2000 to 2200 each night. The time I spend working on is a means of relaxation. My other outlet is running. I usually go for a run at about 1900, take a shower afterwards, and then watch some TV, read a book, or work on the blog. All of this week has been devoted to the blog redesign.

One of my favorite parts of this design is the cubic globe in the header. To create this, I downloaded some satellite imagery from NASA’s Visible Earth project. I then used GIMP to tile the imagery into 6 tiles. Finally, I used GIMP to create a cube and paste the appropriate image tiles onto the cube faces.

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