30 November 2006

Victor’s Voyage

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2323

After a very long delay, I finally have put Victor’s tale of his adventure aboard the Ukrainian schooner Bat’kivshchyna on the family tree site. It’s an fascinating story (with photos) told by Victor as only he could tell it.

Sorry this took so long. Victor sent me the pieces this story on 3 December 2005. It’s unbelievable that it took me almost a year to get it online. Sadly, right around the time he sent it to me, the Billy Gatti problem arose and the band of adventurous Ukranians took a backseat to several mean-spirited Italians! Then life just got too busy to get to it, but better late than never!

Check it out here.

27 November 2006

A new leaf on the Gatti tree

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2252

I just added the latest addition to the Gatti section of the family tree site. Michael Toon married Amanda Abbott. Congrats!

One more advantage

Category: Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 1815

Now that I’ve moved my site off of VizaWeb, there’s one more advantage that I haven’t metioned yet. You can now view my site from many places that were blocking VizaWeb and their servers. This means that I’ll no longer have to be embarassed when my co-workers can’t find my website when I send them to my Spyware Guide.

25 November 2006

Know your eggnog

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1409

Just in time for the start of the holiday season, here’s an article about the history of one of my favorite drinks eggnog.

As usual, I saw this one on the place for random food facts, Emerils.com.

24 November 2006

Is your site up?

Category: Technology — Posted by Michael at 2224

OK, so if I updated this blog constantly I might know whether my website is working or not. But since I don’t I have to trust that my website is online. After my experience hosting the site with VizaWeb, I don’t trust webhosts’ uptime guarantee anymore. So I’ve enlisted the services of SiteUpTime.com.

They monitor your site and e-mail you if it goes down. They have packages ranging from free to $10/month.

Check them out now and worry less about your site’s status.

23 November 2006

Done with VizaWeb

Category: Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 1424

For the past few years I’ve hosted my website with VizaWeb. During this time my site has been offline at various times, but usually came back within a few hours. While this is totally unacceptable from a hosting company, I never bothered to change just because I didn’t have time to worry about it.

A few months ago they had a major outage that lasted a little longer. I still stuck with them. Then over Veteran’s Day weekend they had a total outage. Besides disappearing off the web, they were also unreachable via phone and e-mail.

I could care less about my data. I have full backups of it locally because I trust no one but myself with my data. However, what really scared me was the fact that they were also the registrar for my domain name. If I could not get a hold of them to release my domain name, I might never be able to transfer it to another registrar. Let me tell you, it was a VERY tense couple of days!

Luckily they did eventually come back online and amazingly did respond to my e-mails. I immediately transferred my domain name to another registrar (Dotster) and have now also moved my site to another host (Host Monster).

While VizaWeb seemed good at first, they received a lot of business because of being recommended by radio personality, Leo Laporte. That’s why I switched. Of course, Leo did pull his sites off of them a long time ago and recently also pulled his sites out of the same datacenter (The Planet) that VizaWeb uses.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to put this behind me now and move on with my new host. I’m out some money, but at least I’m finally rid of VizaWeb forever!

Stop those turkeys!

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 1110

Escaping Turkeys

This is the funniest picture I’ve seen all day. These turkeys were spotted at a train station in Ramsey, NJ. They appeared to be waiting for a train to get out of town for Thanksgiving. I’m sure glad I got my turkey from Acme already!

22 November 2006

Which side of the foil?

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2005

As we all get ready to create massive amounts of leftover turkey this week, most of us will be wrapping it in aluminum foil. Ever wonder which side of aluminum foil is the inside and which is the outside. Well, the truth is, it doesn’t matter. They’re both the same. Just another nugget of wisdom from the Emeril blog.

Read the details at Chow.com.

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18 November 2006

Colonel Sanders gets BIG

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1801

As Google Maps makes satellite imagery ubiquitous companies are apparently realizing that the have an opportunity for some free viral marketing campaigns. KFC has cashed on this by creating a huge Colonel Sanders logo in the Nevada desert.

Head over to AmberMac.com and take a look.

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15 November 2006

You mean people really like Christmas?

Category: Life,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2359

This time last year the news was full of stories about retail stores that were boycotting the word Christmas in their advertising. They were saying “Happy Holidays”, “Season’s Greetings” or some other rubbish. Now this year after listening to their customers those same stores are announcing that they are going to stop pretending the holiday is not called Christmas.

While they say that they are doing it because of the complaints of the religious folks, I think that the reason reason to do this is that Christmas is NOT just a religious holiday! No where in the Christian mythology does Santa come sliding down a chimney!

There are two versions of Christmas. There is the one that the religious folks celebrate by going to a church and then there is the sectarian holiday that we all celebrate with Santa, reindeer, christmas trees etc.The ability of people to find new ways to be offended is truly amazing to me. There are many injustices in this world. Taking the time to create imaginary ones is such a waste of time.

I should note that there is one obviously exception to this new found realization that people like Christmas. Best Buy has decided to continue to attempt to be politically correct by making themselves look ridiculous and banning the word Christmas. Well, I never did like the store all that much anyway. I’ve been a loyal Circuit City customer for years now.

Read more on MSNBC.

07 November 2006

Laptop safety warning

Category: Technology — Posted by Michael at 1923

The Joy of Tech is a very funny online comic about technology. I just recently started reading it, but noticed this in their archive. Sadly, I think this won’t just be a joke someday!

Check it out here…

02 November 2006

Cranberries in Manhattan

Category: Cooking/Food,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 1748

The beginning of the holiday season at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC conjures up images of the Christmas tree lighting, skaters at the rink and, of course, cranberry bogs. Wait, maybe not cranberry bogs. But this year there is a cranberry bog at Rockefeller center. Ocean Spray built an artificial cranberry bog for Chef Ming Tsai at 30 Rock.

Check it out in NY Magazine.

I heard about this in the Emeril blog.

01 November 2006

Making Marrakesh leather

Category: Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2219

Wow, I had no idea that making leather was such a crazy process! Thank god there are people willing to do this for a living to we can have quality leather goods!

Check out this BBC pictorial for a look at how it’s done in Marrakesh.

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