Lindsborg House Update

Between work, packing and just sorting all the details related to buying a house in Lindsborg, I just haven’t had much time for posting. The last week has been very interesting, stressful, exciting and ultimately fulfilling. We started with a flood insurance quote of 3000 dollars, and ended the week with a quote of 300 … Read more

Speaking of Moving

Things are progressing well with our Lindsborg house purchase; the closing is still scheduled for the end of August. Various minor issues have arisen after the inspections, and they are being resolved; the bankers always have another doc request, but overall I’m pleased with how things are going. Of course, as this dream comes closer … Read more

Brian’s Fish World

This weekend marked the closing of one chapter of our lives as we continue preparations to move back to Lindsborg. We took down all of our fish tanks, and like they’ve been for the past 10 years, Brian’s Fish World was there for us. We’ve bought tanks, supplies and accessories from them for the entire … Read more

Night Sky Live

Night Sky Live is an interesting website that chronicles the efforts of a group whose goal "is to create a useful continuous record of the night sky". The worldwide system is built around small fisheye lens cameras that are controlled by laptop computers and deployed at major observatories around the world. This image above is … Read more

Yann Arthus Bertrand Photos

The image above is just one of the many displayed at this Korean blogger’s site. The stunning aerial photos were taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and are some of the best I’ve ever seen! Turns out Bertrand has published a couple of books with hundreds of these amazing aerial photos; the aforementioned Korean site, showing a … Read more

Is It or Isn’t It?

Setting up a new installation of Windows 2003 Server I saw a very strange message the first time I ran Internet Explorer. As the image below shows, there is a popup telling that says that the Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled. The popup appears over a webpage that cautions that the Enhanced Security Configuration is … Read more

htmlArea Update

The update to the final release candidate of htmlArea went smoothly. Installation consisted of copying the new files into the existing htmlarea folder; testing consisted of hitting reload on the edit entry screen. That generated an error msg that was easily dealt with. The location of the software must be explicitly set in the htmlarea.js … Read more

htmlArea Works with Movable Type 3.0

htmlArea, a free program from, provides a cross-platform WYSIWYG editing tool that works on both IE and mozilla/firewhatever and on windows, the Mac and linux! This forum thread has more info about the latest version. Check out the live preview. While this tool has a lot of potential applications, my first thought was to … Read more

Coconut Carrot Bread

Having a few extra carrots on hand due to our bountiful harvest, I’ve been looking for creative recipes so I can put them to good use. Here’s a simple bread recipe that I found at Abigail Gordon’s Garden. It turned out well, with good flavor and texture, but I might add a bit of nutmeg … Read more

Successful Upgrade to Movable Type 3.0

Just a housekeeping note to indicate that I’ve successfully updated the site to Movable Type 3.0. I had debated between upgrading to MT3 or switching to WordPress, and in the end decided to stick with MT, for now. The primary reason for making a change at all was to improve the site’s spam handling capabilities. … Read more