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November 21st, 2009

It’s already that time again... 4 year Blogiversary

Can't believe I've had this blog out here for 4 years...

Lite on the content and posts lately, surely due to the miriad of other ways to communicate in near real-time with all my world-wide dispersed friends and colleagues.  Oh, and of course there is the fact that I'm not posting the daily or near-daily push-up workout recaps any more.

(Streak is at 22 days in a row now by the way...)

I think I have a few contributions in the queue that I just need to take the time to flesh out, so be watching!

January 7th, 2009

Let’s get out the Favorite Lotus Blogger Vote!

Yancy has setup a mechanism on the Planet Lotus site in which anyone registered can vote for their favorite blog or blogger of 2008

The premis is simply, vote for your favorite blog/blogger of 2008. The winner will be announced at BALD in Orlando and tweeted to the world. Prize yet to be determined.

To vote:

1. Register or login to myPL

2. Go to http://planetlotus.org/my/awards/


To learn more: Visit the Blogger of the Year forum post.

I've got my vote set, and it looks right now like 61 others have submitted theirs as well.  Good luck to all! 

Can't wait to see/interact/hang-out with a whole bunch of you in less than two weeks!

December 5th, 2008

iPhone enabled/optimized blog composing

Newly posted ideajam entry on 'iPhone enabled/optimized blog composition mechanism in Blog Template'

December 4th, 2008

Ooh...tags...shiny!

When I upgraded the template behind this blog over last weekend, I put in place a modified/enhanced version of the out of the box 8.0.x blog template that I've tweeked to put in a few things I've been working on a while.  The first noticable item is the tag vs. category paradigm that was moved to in the 8.0.x template and the easy way to show a tag cloud. 

So, there on the right sidebar is now the tag cloud for this blog.  This is brought to you by the DX tag - DXTagCloud.  (You'll need to supply the "<>" and "$" since if I put them here they will try to render!)

Near the bottom of the right sidebar is also a representation of the tag list but in the same format in which the previous category list was shown - by using DXTags rather than DXCategories.

There are some more things coming down the pike, but this is all I've had the time to integrate so far.  Keep watching!

November 30th, 2008

Blog design template upgrade, possible short outage

Putting an enhanced blog engine template in place.  Don't expect things to be down long, if at all, but just in case.

See you on the other side...

November 21st, 2008

Has it really been 3 years?

This blog has reached it's 3 year "blogiversary"!

I think I've had more fun doing it this last year than any other so far.

Planet Lotus has really been a major boon to my visitor/reader-ship thanks for this great tool Yancy!

Hope to be providing a bit more Lotus/Domino development content this coming year (don't I say that every year?)

Thanks to all who have come this way in this blog's lifetime.  I'm so happy to be a part of this community!

 

October 15th, 2008

Please excuse the brief interuption...

Tomorrow blog hoster extraordinaire Chris Miller will be upgrading the hardware and software on the equipment that is hosting this blog and several others in our community. 

He's not sure of the exact time it'll happen, but knowing him, it'll likely be an amazingly brief downtime.

See you on the other side of the upgrade!

September 4th, 2008

Going back

Following Andy's lead, as we both (and perhaps serveral others) have been experiencing very similar problems with our feedburner feeds having a hard time being picked up in a timely manner by our favorite aggregators, I have had Yancy change my PL settings to go after my original blog feed of:

http://philrandolph.com/philrandolph/philrandolph.nsf/blog.rss

Yancy quickly grabbed my request this morning and popped the changes in...so hopefully you'll see this on PL much sooner than you would have if it was going after the FB feed.

Thanks for the great support Yancy!

July 29th, 2008

Restaurant Review Blog

The dear friends that we camped with last weekend told us about the restaurant review blog (ChilliFoodReview) that they author as a part of the Chillicothe Gazette website.

Wanted to get that link posted #1 just to give their site just a little more visibility outside the area, and #2 to make anyone travelling along the US23/US35 routes through the Chillicothe area or doing any consulting around there a bit better informed of dining options.

Great job so far Amy and Ted!

July 24th, 2008

Momelettes.com - new site by Jess Stratton

Yesterday Jess released her new blog momelettes.com into the wild.

From her announcement:

Momelettes.com will contain tips for moms, ranging from lifehacks to cool websites, to useful tech tips and gadgets that will help them out.

My wife is already plugged in, as she and I were some of Jess' early beta testers.

My hope is that Jess has lots of luck with this site, and will be able to spend the quality time she wants to have with little Zoë.

June 26th, 2008

My Wordle for June

This little Wordle tool looks pretty fun - I've seen it pop-up on several blogs I frequent.

Here's my take on it, throwing in all the posting text from this month so far. 

Had it been May I'm betting the 'Wings' and 'Stanley' and 'Cup' items would have been even larger!

April 17th, 2008

Availablogging - Washington D.C. April 29th

I don't do very much travel in my job right now, so when I get the chance to go somewhere I've not been, I get excited.  This time I'm going to be at a one day conference in Washington D.C. on April 30th, but I will be arriving in the afternoon on the 29th.  I'm scheduled to land at Reagan National around 1:30pm (if the timetable holds up), and I'll be staying at the Embassy Suites on 22nd Street NW.

If there are any Domino bloggers in that neck of the woods that would like to meet up for dinner or just hanging out or whatever, that would be great. Please contact me, I'm sure you know the miriad of ways... I chatted with Kevin Pettitt a while back and he was leaving town for a trip that same day...so no dice there...

It would be great to see any of you in person other than at Lotusphere or the guys/gals at NEOLUG.

March 21st, 2008

Widget - worth it!

Got my first "guest chat" via my little google chat widget from a fellow named Todd Pickornik, who had stumbled across my blog and he asked me if I knew anyone in the lower Michigan area with Domino App Dev skills in need of a job. 

I told him that I don't know of anyone personally at this time, but that he might want to contact Tom or Gregg about a posting on their Lotus Viral Marketing blog.  Looks like he threw a few comments out there shortly thereafter, although they seem to be hanging off of some not-so-recent posts.  Maybe this post will help them get a little more exposure.

Nice to be able to be a conduit in some small way of helping make a connection between a potential employer and a potential employee, especially in our Notes/Domino Application Development space.

I'd love to hear if anything comes of this...anyone involved wanna let me know?

March 4th, 2008

Slow loading today...hmm

Anyone notice my blog taking a long time to load past the "Add this blog to my Technorati Favorites" badge/image?  Are others experiencing similar slow loads on their blogs if you have links out to Technorat ...it's been like that all morning...

Just wondering...hope it just goes away

February 27th, 2008

Addition: Google Chatback

Just last night I added a Google Chatback widget to my blog to enable people without google chat capabilities to IM me.  I'm hoping to help Kath integrate this into her blog as well soon, as I believe it may be a great customer service tool that her customers can take advantage of to contact her and get Creative Memories questions answered in real-time.

Thanks Google!

February 12th, 2008

Gonna hafta face it...I’m addicted to blogs

85%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

February 11th, 2008

Jess’ Birthday

She of  LotusUserGroup.org, MattandJess.net and amazing (and I really mean amazing) singing at Kimono's... Jess Stratton celebrates her birthday today!

Matt and Jess

Happy birthday Jess!

February 6th, 2008

My Album Cover

Many of these have shown up in our neck of the blogosphere woods lately, and I just had to do it...and must I say...I don't get mine...but I guess that's why it's random...anyway..here it is...

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Here's the source of the band name and the title

And here's how to get there and do your own...if you want to, and haven't yet joined in the fun

1 - Go to Wikipedia's Random article page. The first article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to the Random quotations page. The last four words of the last quote is the album title.

3 - Go to Flickr's Interesting photo page. Third picture, no matter what it is, is your album cover.

4 - Put it all together to make your album. Either crop it to CD cover size, or just use the raw image itself ... the only rule is you're only allowed to add the album title and artist title.

February 4th, 2008

Blatnick’s B-day

My Photo

Interface guru, and all-around great guy Chris Blatnick celebrates his birthday today!

Happy Birthday Chris!

 

January 31st, 2008

Five Digit Territory

Wow, I just looked at my Statcounter widget and noticed that it's now past the five digit threshold, 10,000+ visits!  Woohoo!

Guess it's the time of year (Lotusphere) for a few more frequent hits to make their way here, and of course PlanetLotus.org is contributing greatly to the cause as well!  Oh, by the way, nice to meet the man behind PlanetLotus for a couple of chats on the showcase floor!  Good on ya Yancy!

January 31st, 2008

The Power of Social Networking

I can't believe you guys!  You guys rock!

We all had a great time last week at Lotusphere 2008, and it was really great to be able to hang out with you all, but it's nice to have our nice social networking tools to be able to keep up with you all throughout the year.

What I'm amazed with, is that a bunch of you banded together to help a little girl (my daughter Katie), get her 100 days of school project done. FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD!

Kath had a nice writeup about the project that she called to tell me about the last night of Lotusphere while the group of us was at ESPN for dinner. (and which I may add was a $136 less for me than last year's Thursday night dinner! w00t!) 

Here's some stats that she and the kids compiled that show the true power of social networking and how even a small kindergartener's project can pull a whole bunch of people together.

Quickest Email - Mrs Fields
From the Closest Location - Zachy My brother, downstairs
From the Farthest Location - Mr. Dan, Antarctica 10000 miles away
From the Coldest Location - Mr. Dan, Antarctica
From the Hottest Location - Miss. Whitlock, Anguilla
From a Doggie (and his Daddy too!) - Jessie and Mr. Carl (Tyler)
From the most people in one Family - Hamilton Family 5 emails
Favorite Email - Miss Kaitie Worlds' Best Babysitter
Multiple Locations - Coach Jim PA/NJ
Best Hockey Fans - It's a tie between all the Strongsville Mustang Fans and the Red Wing Fans

Mrs. Citro helped gather the most emails with all of her connections in New York

Mr. Eldred helped get the email from the farthest and coldest location

Locations, # of emails, Distance (based on our jr globe distance function)
States
Ohio 48
Alabama 1 530 miles
Colorado 1 1200 miles
Florida 3 880 miles
Illinois 1 360 miles
Indiana 1 180 miles
Iowa 3 550 miles
Kansas 1 840 miles
Michigan 3 290 miles
Nebraska 1 840 miles
New Hampshire 1 560 miles
New Jersey 1 460 miles
New York 16 480 miles
North Carolina 2 420 miles
Oregon 1 2100 miles
Pennsylvania 1 220 miles
South Carolina 1 400 miles
Tennessee 1 350 miles
Utah 1 1500 miles

Countries
Anguilla 1 2200 miles
Antarctica 1 10000 miles
Canada 2 390 miles
England 1 3900 miles
Indonesia 1 9800 miles
Mexico 1 1500 miles
New Zealand 1 8400 miles
Portugal 1 3700 miles
Scotland 2 3500 miles
Spain 1 3800 miles

Thanks again to all of you for making this really fun for our whole family!

January 17th, 2008

The Whis’ Birthday

I believe Lotus911's own Chris Whisonant is celebrating the big 30 today.  That's of course assuming my math is correct...

Happy birthday buddy!  See you in just a few days!

January 11th, 2008

Francie’s and Jake’s Birthday

The old chick Francie Whitlock and Jake Howlett both celebrate birthdays today.

Happy birthday to both of you!

January 3rd, 2008

Who will it be?

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My vote is in, is yours?

January 2nd, 2008

Ray Bilyk’s birthday yesterday...oops

Looks like I haven't been checking my social networks close enough lately.  It seems Ray celebrated his birthday yesterday on New Year's Day.

Happy Birthday Big Guy!

Update - Sorry for that old link above...gotta keep a better handle on my blogroll links, just too much consumption via rss anymore.... Here's the right link to Ray's Blog

January 2nd, 2008

Feedburner feeds built

Well, to kick off the new year yesterday, I decided while I had a few free moments to get my RSS feeds put into feedburner.  It'll be nice to take advantage of the statistics I'll be able to glean from them, and see how many (or how few perhaps) of you are coming my way via the feeds instead of the blog page directly. The links on the left are now pointing to the new feeds. 

Posts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/philrandolphposts

Comments: http://feeds.feedburner.com/philrandolphcomments

Please switch your readers over to these new feeds so that my stats are as correct as possible...thanks!

December 28th, 2007

various and sundry...

I've got quite a list of possible blog post ideas sitting in front of me...and an urge to send them all your way at once, although I don't think any of them warrant an entry all of their own...so...here they come, in no particular order:
 
Nicklas Lidstrom is now wrapped up for the Wings through the 2010 season, this is gone over, here, here, here, and here.
 
Planet Lotus is an amazing Lotus blog aggregation website (151 site as of right now), as mentioned lots of places lately...and I'm even on the list...a couple of times even..yay!
 
If you follow my twitter tweets, you'll know that our family has a Wii coming in the near future (estimated between Jan 1 and Jan 25).  We're newbies with this, so I would be happy to hear any recommendations/reviews of games that any of you like or have played to help us out after we've exhausted ourselves with the ones that come with the system.
 
There's a Wiki up for Lotusphere 2008 called Certified Unofficial Lotusphere Text that is starting to get some pages added and updated.
 
Chris Blatnick has setup a new blog using tumblr called Lotus Note-ables where he quick fires some Lotus related items, not necessarily related to user interface:
Here you can expect tidbits of formula language or neat LotusScript tweaks, interesting quotes from the Notes blogosphere, exciting news from Lotusphere, or any other bits and pieces I run across.  In addition, I may explore other things completely unrelated?we?ll see how it goes.
 
Chris Miller helped me get my domain fixed so that philrandolph.com doesn't resolve to the raw connectria server name it has been for 2 YEARS...ah...much better now... You might even want to re-direct your readers if you read me via rss...
   But wait...I'm thinking of maybe exploring using Feedburner here, so I can take advantage of their feed stats which I am lacking bigtime...so let me check into that and get back to you...why change things twice right?
 
Chris also pointed me in the right direction for sending tweets to Twitter via my GoogleChat inside my Gmail, so that's very convenient now...if you want help too, let me know!
 
Update, uh Noonish -
Just listened to a voice mail from Kath and apparently the Wii has already arrived and I can pick it up tonight...which of course is the plan!  Nice service GameStop!  I will have to frequent them for my future game purchases...they really came through for us!

December 27th, 2007

Whew...I’m back

Sorry for the brief (alright not really very brief) radio silence...

You know how holidays go...

Anyway, expect to be getting back into the blogging swing here especially as Lotusphere 2008 quickly approaches!

You may or may not see some wierdness here over the next brief period of time as Chris works with me to get my domain working optimally, since it apparently hasn't been for some time...admin stuff...I don't comprehend ; - O

Alright...bye!

December 12th, 2007

Twitter widget added

As you can see over on the right below the recent comments block, I've added a twitter "what am I doing..." widget.

This is a convenient way to scroll through my latest 'tweets' and also a quick link to my twitter account so you can 'follow' me.  I've got my Facebook profile using twittersync to send my tweets to my facebook status updates.

I know I'm a bit behind a few of you on this, but catching up! 

December 11th, 2007

Ben’s Birthday - Who knew?

Ben Langhinrichs celebrates his birthday today!

Happy Birthday Ben!

December 6th, 2007

Idea Jam Widget installed

Last night I was able to take the time to get the nifty neato code Bruce gave us Tuesday installed on my blog.

The widget now figures prominently over there in the left side bar.

Great job as always gents!

November 30th, 2007

Idea Jam...embedded...finally!

Bruce and the team have given us a great tool to pop Idea Jam into our own spaces: Just grab the js code under "Blog or Embed this Idea" and you're good to go...Awesome!

This was intended to be posted back a week ago, but I mainly live in the web editor of my IBM Blog based blog. Putting the javascript in the editor there or in the normal rich text field for the content, it would not render the embedded Idea Jam widget.  I had to put the code in the Text/HTML field for it to be interpretted correctly.

Anyone have an easier way for this to work, who is doing this similar to me?  I want to be able to use the Idea Jam widget, but would rather not jump through the hoops!  

Thanks!

November 21st, 2007

2 year Blogiversary

Hey, I made it blogging for 2 years! 

Knew it was coming, as my GoDaddy.com domain renewal came up recently.

Up to 347 posts over that entire span, about 30 less than last year, but our lives have gotten busier and time has slipped away more often.

Hope I've been able to bring you some tidbit you can use or inform or entertain you in some way with the eclectic posts I tend to put up here. Looking forward to even more fun and hilarity (and maybe some more notes/domino content - note to self...) next year.

November 20th, 2007

Lotus Blogger Awards

Go vote... I did!

From LotusUserGroup.org:
ANNOUNCING THE LOTUS BLOGGER AWARDS

The LotusUserGroup.org Blogger Awards recognize the importance of blogging to the Lotus world and celebrates the contribution of bloggers to the Lotus community.

The Lotus community has an astonishing number of folks who dedicate their time, effort, and wit to keep the rest of us informed about Lotus technology, events, news, and everything else that's going with Lotus (and sometimes technology in general). It's true that all bloggers provide a valuable contribution and an important service to the community, but the LotusUserGroup.org Best Blogger Award will go to the blogger who our members think has provided exceptional information, education and community support through his or her blog in an entertaining (or engrossing) format and style.

Beginning on November 19, 2007 members of LotusUserGroup.org can log on to our site and nominate their favorite blogger, who they feel best meets our qualifications, from among the hundreds of bloggers in our community. Nominations will be open from November 19 - December 17, 2007, log in and vote for your favorite blogger!

November 19th, 2007

Steve’s Birthday

Noticed on facebook when I popped in for a few quick minutes yesterday, that today is Steve Castledine's birthday.

Happy birthday Steve!

 

November 9th, 2007

Warren’s Birthday

So that I make sure I get this out before it's no longer his birthday...

Birthday greetings go out to Warren Elsmore!

November 6th, 2007

More birthday coincidences

1/2 of the Taking Notes Podcast team - Julian Robichaux and Genelle Hung of ZL Technologies share today, November 6th as their birthday.

Happy birthday you two!  See you at the 'Sphere, it's coming soon!

October 22nd, 2007

Happy Birthday John

My calendar tells me it's Greyhawk68's birthday today.

Happy birthday Mr. Roling!

October 18th, 2007

Happy Birthday Carl

Unless he's playing his facebook tricks again...Carl Tyler's birthday is today.

Happy birthday Carl!

October 17th, 2007

Happy Birthday Joe and Chris

Joe Litton and Chris Toohey both celebrate birthdays today!

Happy birthday guys! 

October 2nd, 2007

Giving it another shot

I'm turning the code back on in the right sidebar and the comment form related to coComment.  We'll see how it goes.  Please let me know if you have problems with the page loading or any other strange happenings now that that integration is back in play here.  

Thanks!

October 1st, 2007

Happy B-Day Chris

If I'm not mistaken...my beloved blog hoster - Chris Miller's birthday is today, at least that's what my Google Calendar and Facebook tell me.

If I'm correct, happy birthday Chris!

August 21st, 2007

On account of rain

Well, last night's get-together with Ed didn't go as planned, as Ed never left Washington.  But we (the contingent from NEOLUG) made the most of the time and enjoyed Berbee's hospitality and Shula's good eats. 

As Gregg and Chris mentioned the Cleveland bloggers were congregated on one end of the table for the most part, with Ben Lanhinrichs coming down as things were close to wrapping up.  Also met Ed's co-worker Sara Koeth who was trying to keep us up to date on what was happening with Ed's travel woes.

It was a nice time of fun and strange (at times) conversation.  I think I'll leave it to Chris and Gregg to expound a bit more...and no, I won't be submitting the abstract for that session idea.

Sounds like Ed will try to get something else together here soon.  Now, I'll have to see if my wife lets me out again! ; - )

August 16th, 2007

Sean’s Day

Right on the heals of Declan's birthday yesterday, according to Facebook and what I had down on my google calendar; today is Sean "Phigment" Burgess' birthday. 

Happy birthday to you Sean!

August 15th, 2007

Dec’s Day

Everybody please join me in wishing Declan a happy birthday!

August 9th, 2007

Facebookin’

As several of you already know, I was inspired by the mention of Facebook and it's apparent usage by many in our Notes Blogging Community on Episode #64 of the Taking Notes Podcast.  So I decided to dive in head first last night when I had a few minutes. 

This site is really cool, and I'm sure I've only seen the very beginnings of what I can do with it and how I can interact with all of you guys on it! 

Then I look at Volker's post this morning, and low-and-behold, whose name do I see in his screenshot of Facebook?  Guess I got my facebook account setup at the right time! 

Woo-hoo, I'm vowe-dotted!

August 6th, 2007

Brill’s Birthday

Wanted to get this up earlier, but time just got away.  As many of you know, Ed's birthday is today.  Happy birthday Ed!

Looking forward to seeing you in Cleveland in two weeks Ed!

August 3rd, 2007

Doht!

Looks like in my haste to leave to get up to Michigan this afternoon after work, my quick attempt to comment out the coComment code in the right sidebar succeeded in hosing up the navigation, and dumped part of it under the main content on the left side.  My bad.  That'll teach me to code while I'm in a hurry.  At least the content is still ok, and it looks like I was successful in clearing the coComment integration in the comments.  I'll re-enable after it looks more stable.  I'm monitoring the coComment blog and the comments left on it to see what people are saying.

Don't worry, the end is in sight for these posts about this design change stuff.  Just gotta get back in front of my client again.  I'm just glad to be able to hitch a ride on my parents' neighbors wireless for a little while. 

August 3rd, 2007

Done...for now

After a marathon session, I think I've got it looking fairly decent.

Not sure if it'll stay this way exactly, but I'm satisfied right now.

Ugh, look at the time.  What was I thinking?

Anyway, let me know what you think of the new look.

August 2nd, 2007

Overhaul commencing

Things WILL be wonky here (design-wise) for a little while, and if I don't get everything finished up and to my liking tonight, I'll put things back as they are.  I hope!

Here goes nothing!

August 1st, 2007

coComment Integrated

Just before doing the design upgrade I threw in the code in the comment form to integrate with coComment.  I've been wanting to do this for a while, just had never gotten to it.  It actually was very easy, and I used the code Phigment had given us in last year's Lotusphere presentation.

Just a few minutes ago I added a coComment sidebar item showing my most recent coComment entries.  I gotta start remembering to do this more...it's nice to be able to follow the threads from a central place without having to go to each blog.  Not that I don't like going to them, it's just that I kinda live in my rss reader.


Gosh, I sound like an advertisement, but bear with me...


coComment apprears to be doing an upgrade to a new version tomorrow.  We'll have to see what that's all about and what effect the changes will have on what we do now...


Alright, I'm out...

August 1st, 2007

Upgrade to modified 7.0.2 template

Sorry about the downtime last night and this morning, or any issues you may be having getting to my blog for the next few days.  I'm getting everything resituated after upgrading the design to a modified 7.0.2 template.  I'll tell you much more about it later.

July 28th, 2007

Upgrade in progress

Please excuse the mess which may result over the next few days while I upgrade the design to a modified 7.0.2 blog template, and as I attempt to give this place a facelift.

Like I said several posts ago, any feedback on what I'm doing with the redesign are welcomed and encouraged.

July 27th, 2007

76% Nerd

Not at all surprising here:

I am nerdier than 76% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

What's your score?

July 26th, 2007

My Accent - results

Not really any big suprise, as I grew up outside of Detroit, and now live in Cleveland...  

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

Northern

You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.

Personality Test Results

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July 18th, 2007

My Top 5 Side 1 Track 1

The Whis tagged me about this Top 5 thing.

To be honest...this is gonna be hard for me, as I have very eclectic and all over the board music tastes...some of you probably would never come up with the stuff I'll put here...

Another problem I have, is my collection has a distinct LACK of original albums, and an overabundance of greatest hits type compliations and such, not to mention soundtracks from movies and musicals and things of that nature..

So, here goes...

 

People Are People - Depeche Mode People Are People (1982-84)

The Best Is Yet To Come - James Darren This One's From The Heart (1999)

Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C&C Music Factory Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)

Out Of The Blue - Debbie Gibson Out Of The Blue (1987)

Should've Known Better - Richard Marx Richard Marx (1987)

Go ahead, whale away...I told you...

Now, who to tag??? Ugh...I'll think about it more in the morning...too tired right now.

Update 7/19 - Ok, morning now...much better

Let's tag:

July 9th, 2007

We’re Back

We got back from our Cleveland-Detroit-Des Moines-Chicago-Detroit-Cleveland trip yesterday afternoon.  I'm swamped with work - playing catch-up from last week.  

Recap of the trip and some pics to be posted soon.

June 28th, 2007

Redesign planned - hold me to it

I've been doing so much work on blog designs at work lately, that I am now motivated to give my site a rather big facelift.  I don't know quite what it's going to be yet, but I feel like I have a much better handle on how things work with the blogging template.  Perhaps our trip this week will give me time to come up with a plan.

I'd like you all to hold me to getting something up by the end of July, 'cause I know if I put it off, I'll just find excuses for not doing it.

Any feedback on glitches or just 'dumb' design choices during the process will be welcomed and appreciated!

June 25th, 2007

Francie’s Hillarious

I'm not quite sure when I started reading Francie's Blog - Udder Chaos...I think right around the end of ILUG or ADMIN07, where she was a speaker, but I've been nearly on the floor laughing at some of the stuff she writes. 

I can't remember when I met her, either at Lotusphere '06, or '05...they of course start to run together.  But I never knew any of this stuff about her.  What an interesting life!  If you aren't reading her stuff, you're missing something!

Update 6/26 @ 8:20am - Amazing Timing!  Francie was mentioned on the Taking Notes Podcast, Episode #62, which I finally listened to this morning.  Apparently some kind of house swap going on soon between her and Lance Spellman.  You caught me Bruce!  Plugging your show on my GoogleTalk, when I haven't even listened to it myself yet. 

May 25th, 2007

What’s this I hear?

News reported by Greyhawk from across the big 'ole pond at ILUG indicate that Bruce Elgort is 'retiring' from OpenNTF.org

Inquiring minds who could not make it to Ireland  want to know more!  Don't keep us waiting too long Bruce!

May 17th, 2007

Big News for the Whisonants

Can't tell you how happy I am to hear the news from Chris on both his and Nathan's blog that he will be starting work as a Lotus Consultant at Lotus911!

Also, Chris's wife has started a blog during this time of transition for their family...Nice to see several of our wives start to join in on the blogging experience.

March 14th, 2007

5000+

Looked at my visitor counter earlier this week and noticed I had passed 5000 on this blog.

YAY!

Thanks to everyone who stops by and/or reads me via RSS.  I'm endeavoring to do better...hang in there...

February 1st, 2007

How many of Me are there?

Apparently the name that most people know me as - Phil Randolph, is not repeated much throughout the US, unlike Richard.


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
6
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


Now, of course if you hand this little service my full name (or what I parents still call me) - Philip Randolph, then you get...


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
53
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

January 5th, 2007

My five...on with the meme

So, Chris has now tagged me and Ray...thanks for bringing us to the party!

Hmm...
  1. During high school, I was co-captain of our tennis team for my junior and senior year...not too bad at it either...I actually had 'calves' back then...
  2. My favorite singer of all time is Al Jolson...don't know why, can't quite expain it, but I was introduced to the two biography-ish movies about him 'The Jolson Story' and 'Jolson Sings Again', and I was hooked. My bet is that I have one the largest collection of Jolson cds of anyone in the world under 50 years old.
  3. I found out about the position I'm currently at now (and have been for 6 1/2 years) because a head hunter called the phone number of the person who had previously been in the office I had just moved to at my old company.
  4. I travelled to Europe twice before I turned 18
  5. I once dated a Khazahkstanian princess

Let's see, who can I tag now... Jamie, Dwight, Bob, Kevin, and Rocky

November 21st, 2006

Has it really been a year?

So, I've made it to my first blogiversary!

This year I've put up 187 posts in 10 different categories.  I've tried to deftly straddle between the Notes/Domino blogging world and the Hockey/Red Wings blogging world.

I've got 25 reported subscribers on Bloglines, and who knows how many others come to the actual site to read, or use other feedreaders.

I've had highs of 83 page loads (back on 12/1/05) and 44 unique visitors (on 1/25/06 - during LS06, gee...what a coincidence)

Averaging 10 unique visitors per day, not too shabby for a guy who only posts once every two days or so.

I'm happy with how this first year has turned out, it's been a fun year, and I've made many new friends along the way, both virtually and in-person down at the 'sphere. 

I hope I've added maybe at least a little bit to your daily information influx.

Boy, I hope I actually registered this domain for 2 years and not just one... 

Coming through the headphones... Inside the Game Podcast #3 
Reading currently... "Dark Lord - The Rise Of Darth Vader" - by James Luceno

November 7th, 2006

Belated...hopefully appreciated

Happy birthday (yesterday) to Julian!

How old are you, how old are you, how ooooo--old are yooooou, how old are you?

Nice picture you dug up there Bruce!

Phil's Listening To - Puck Podcast 10.14.06 - hosted by Doug Stolhand & Eddie Garcia
Phil's Reading - "Norby's Other Secret" - by Janet and Isaac Asimov

November 3rd, 2006

Blog fonts - unshackled

This entry by Steve regarding the disablement of font stripping in Dominoblog-based blogs was really a welcome sight.  I had never understood or figured out what settings would allow me to have all my text formatting show up in my entries.  I know it sometimes looks better if everything is uniform and nice and neat, but I'm gonna give this a shot for a while.  I may hate it love it, who knows, but I'm gonna try it.

September 29th, 2006

Experimenting with new design

Please excuse the wackiness and disarray you may see with this site over the next few hours as I attempt to monkey with the design of this blog

Update - ok...that didn't quite go as planned, but I did get one thing thrown in, I just don't have the patience to troubleshoot this tonight...maybe sometime during the week...at least it's a start.

September 29th, 2006

Another visitor milestone

Sometime either late last night or early this morning, this blog had it's 3000th visitor.

Gee...how much bigger could that number have been if only I'd posted more often?  Oh yeah, and about interesting stuff....and a wider variety of stuff (for all those googlers....)

Depending on how the weekend goes (with Kathy out of town tonight and tomorrow at a MomTime Getaway conference), I'm hoping to make some changes to the design of this blog (mostly to layout, but perhaps some new content too).

Phil's Listening To - Firefly: Old Wounds - Episode #3
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek Enterprise - Last Full Measure" - by Michael A Martin and Andy Mangels

September 27th, 2006

Could I be a bit more lazy with this blog?

Man, looking over there on the left at the monthly archive numbers I feel a definite slump occurring, duh!  Granted, Kath and I were on a cruise for a week, then I had my head down in the office catching up, then I was away from the office in Dallas at a conference last week, but still...3 posts (before today) this month?  The trend of diminishing frequency of posts started back mid-year, and I just haven't been able to get back in gear.  

Oh, I know, I can blame it on the NHL hockey season not being in session right?  Wrong...or at least a feeble excuse.  I'm sure frequency will increase a bit with the resumption of regular season NHL, but I really should just post when I have something to say, even if it's not profound or terribly useful, and stop talking myself OUT of posting or thinking "I'll mention something about that later", because later usually never presents itself till its too late...then I missed my inspiration.

So, my bad...I'll try to do better...thanks to those that have stuck around during the lean times!

Phil's Listening To - Slice of Sci-Fi - Episode #74
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek DS9 - Hollow Men" - by Una McCormack

July 27th, 2006

Post to test new coComment integration functionality

Anyone who wouldn't mind helping me out here, I'm attempting to test out the code that Sean Burgess posted about integrating coComment with DominoBlog sites.

I think I've got it setup correctly...but that's where you come in.

I'm looking for coComments by both coComment registered users and guests...so have at it, specifically on this post...if you don't mind!  Thanks!  And thanks a TON Sean...I've been wanting to do this since I first found out about coComment.

Update - I've taken the coComment code back out until I can devote a little more time to troubleshooting..and maybe discuss with someone who's already done it successfully.  Thanks anyway...I'll tell you when you can help again.

July 18th, 2006

Pay no attention, just claiming this feed on Bloglines...

Nothing to see here...please move along...
 ; - )

June 29th, 2006

Before our little jaunt up north...

We're going to be in Michigan to celebrate the 4th and my Dad's 76th birthday on the 2nd, so I wanted to get these couple of items up before they are way old news after the weekend:

As multiple sources have reported, Dave Lewis has been hired as the new head coach of the Boston Bruins.  I'm glad for Dave, that he's getting a chance elsewhere as he put so much time in with the Wings as an assistant coach, scout and head coach.  I wish him well, but don't meet up with us in the finals anytime soon!

In some other Hockey related news - as posted by Kukla's, here's a Backyard Zamboni (you don't mind if we clear out some of that landscaping in the backyard do you honey?  Zach will need some place to practice, right?)

And...the Freelance Geek beat me to it, but I'm excited to hear about the upcoming Dragonlance movie, apparently coming in Fall 2007!  I've read that first trilogy of books so many times...it'll be awesome to see them brought to the big screen.

All for now, catch you after the Fourth!

Phil's Listening To - Slice of Sci-Fi #63
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - Enterprise : Rosetta" - by Dave Stern

June 28th, 2006

Stan Rogers

It breaks my heart to hear what's going on with Stan.

I've been helped innumerable times by his posts on LDD/Notes.net, probably more times than I am even aware of, as others have probably based their answers on ones he'd already given many times before.

All over the place (and I'm sure I'll read more today in comments on existing posts and other new posts), our blogger group is stepping up to help him out where we can.  I'm unfortunately not in a position to help out in a financial way, but I can try to take up some of the slack on the forum...so I'm making a committment starting today, to watching for new posts to LDD that I can contribute to, and helping out where I can.

What a great group of people we have, and I know we WILL get Stan back on his feet!

Phil's Listening To - Slice of Sci-Fi #63
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - Enterprise : Rosetta" - by Dave Stern

June 5th, 2006

May Googles - I know...late again

This time I was 3 time zones away for the first few days...what'cha gonna do?

Here's a small sample of some good ones from last month:


IRISH SONG SHANNY JIG
- You know we love it...just got cut off 3 rounds too early :(

red wings screwed game 6
- Yes, but not necessarily by the opposing team

Jeff Foxworthy's real wife photos'
- Someone thinks he has a fake one???  Then "he might be a redneck"

yzerman podcast
- Wouldn't that just rock?  A podcast hosted by Stevie, or all about Stevie?

picking up acorns with roller
- You mean someone else did something like this, or wants instructions?

photo OR picture OR pic OR gallery kirk maltby
- Wow, someone really wanted shots of good 'ole number 18

sites for linz family photos
- Are you kidding?  We've been though a whole other Amazing Race since then...come on...

notes for Happy birthday to you
- Do people really need the lyrics for "Happy Birthday"?

trophy icon lotus notes
- I'd be happy to help design one for use in Hannover, you know, there's this nice shiny metal one that would look really good in ALL my views.

TTOW
- BJ and Tyler said it all the time...anyone know what it means?

May google hits brought 120 of you here

Phil's Listening To - "Stanley Cup Finals - Game 1" on OLN
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - SCE #7: Breakdowns" - by Scott Ciencin, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Heather Jarman and Dayton Ward

June 5th, 2006

2000 Visitors

I was suprised when I looked at my visitor counter this morning, and saw that it had flipped over 2000!

Personally, I don't think that's too bad, since this site's only been up for less than 8 months.  Also, that only accounts for those coming to the blog, and not those who only get the posts via RSS...

Now...if only I posted more often...right?

Phil's Listening To - Taking Notes Podcast #21 - Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - SCE #7: Breakdowns" - by Scott Ciencin, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Heather Jarman and Dayton Ward

May 25th, 2006

Another Birthday, Go Oil, Chelli signed

Lot's been happening over the last week, therefore the lull in posts...

But...

Today is B'Elanna Jadzia Randolph's (our dog's) 9th birthday.  So she's about to begin picking up social security I recon...that will be a help ;-)  I can't believe I don't have a picture with her in it on Flickr - I'll have to take one and get it up here...

Since the Oilers took out our guys in the 1st round, we feel we have to be pulling for them to keep on truckin' through the rest of the playoffs, so GO OIL!  Could be a sweep of the Conference Final tonight in Edmonton!  Good luck to your guys Al!

In other news, Wings fans can rejoice that Chelli has re-signed for another year.  We are also waiting to find out how much Lidstrom is wanting, whether Shanny wants to return, and whether Yzerman is going to retire or come back to play his 23rd season.  Only time will tell.

Phil's Listening To - Slice of Sci-Fi Episode #57
Phil's Reading - Commercial Driver License Manual

May 17th, 2006

DominoBlog + coComment

I've been wanting to get coComment integrated into my DominoBlog based site.  Others now have that capability when using BlogSphere (if they enable it) but before I do a trial and error sort of thing trying to get it going, has anyone who is using DominoBlog right now gotten coComment integrated?

Phil's Listening To - Firefly Talk Podcast #30
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - SCE #6: Wildfire"- by Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Mack, J. Steven York & Christina F. York

May 4th, 2006

April Googles

Sorry it's a few days late...work, home stuff, playoff hockey losses and all that...

Another eclectic set caught my eye:


lucas wolenczak icons - I remember having some icons with Star Trek characters, but never SeaQuest characters
Lotus Notes Developer Detroit - you'd think so, based on all the Wings content...but nope, I'm in Cleveland - like Ben
myspace detroit red wings layouts - there were a ton of these that got people here...I don't recall every saying anything about MySpace...oops, I've done it now...
firefly talk podcast - glad I can be doing my part to get people to Firefly content - Go Browncoats!
steve yzerman wife photo - believe it or not...I think this is the best I can do...I'm just assuming here..gotta be her in the black shirt next to him
Philip Randolph pictures - that would be here...
Phil d.dominodeveloper - so are people trying to access me by propeties or methods now?  And I would think I'd rate at least a "B"
field hockey icon palm - hmm...not sure what this is about...some girl with a short curvy ended stick at a university in the south???
no surrender bruce text notes - any ideas Mr. Elgort?
phil randolph - nice to see that a simple search like that can get you here...and it's #2 currently for that search
creative memories scam - I don't think it's a scam...and Kath's really enjoying be a CM Consultant - hit her 30-60-90 incentive targets!  Go Honey!

117 this time.

Phil's Listening To - "Rock and Roll All Nite" - KISS
Phil's Reading - "Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids" - by Isaac Asimov

April 19th, 2006

New Podcasts Section

Just wanted to bring your attention to a new section I've added on my blog navigation side bar...

I've put the set of sites for the podcasts I listen to in their own little container over there on the left.  You've probably seen me mention most or all of them in my little tag lines at the end of my entries, but I thought it would be good to give them a permanent home.

The latest one I got turned on to is Geek Pastor, which was brought to the blogosphere's attention by Kevin Presseault (Domino Preacher).  This is a great mix of geeky kind of topics, books, music, movies, tv, comics, and then also a Christian perspective on everything (since the guy IS a pastor), and he also takes a short time at the end of the cast to do a short devotionally type of thing.  I heartily recommend it, I'm through 8 of 15 episodes he's put out so far.

Phil's Listening To - The Signal, Season 2, Episode #7
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Warpath" - by David Mack

April 1st, 2006

March Googles

Here's this month's set...


funny detroit redwings photos - not sure what's funny about the one's I've displayed...but more GOOD ONES will be coming after next weekend
hockey decorating - we plan on doing some when we can get to it in the playroom/mudroom (all the stuff's up in the garage now)
Detroit Red Wings My Space Layouts - I really hope they are talking about designs for pages, and not something else...
projectdx themes - I'm in the market for some...need to make some kind of design change on the 'ole blog
zach randolph, wife - I bet you want to really get here Mr. Googler...my Zach is only 6!
detroit red wings  font - not sure what it would look like, maybe letters made out of players and their sticks contorting themselves into the shape of letters?
flickr bill buchan - He's right here!
drywall corner beading - yeah, I have to fix some of that after I tried to attach some floor molding pieces today
guy a langlais - wonder what that translates to...assuming it is French???
april 2006 palm sunday coloring contest - sounds like something my kids would be interested in...but not sure how it got you here
orwells animal farm dot points and notes - wow, that's quite an interesting set of seach terms...
Creative Memories April 2006 new product release - it's great that a search like that brought someone here...as it's possible that Kath might get some business out of it! Woo-hoo!

Up to 141 googles this month, 10 more than last month

Phil's Listening To - "Personal Jesus" - Depeche Mode
Phil's Reading - "David Starr - Space Ranger" - by Isaac Asimov

Our Countdown to the Joe - 6 days!

March 28th, 2006

coComments

Hey all, back from our Southern Ohio travels, and have the new office setup at work.

I've added to new icon rectangles (what do we call those things anyway?) to the left navigation.  They point to my coComments conversations, and an RSS feed of those conversations respectively.

I'm planning on doing a lot more commenting and a lot less lurking on the miriad of blogs I read.   Also hoping to figure out how to incorporate the coComment stuff fully into my comment pages here to make it easier for other coComment users.  Will keep you apprised as to how that's going.

Phil's Listening To - Firefly Talk Podcast Episode #23
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek S.C.E. Book 4: No Surrender" - concept by John J. Ordover and Keith R.A. DeCandido 

Our Countdown to the Joe - 10 days - It's getting close!

March 22nd, 2006

Tidbits

Without a lot of time this week, evidenced by the continued infrequency of entries lately,  I thought I'd just put up some quick tidbits...

  • Added Maureen's Blog to the blogroll - thanks to Richard for finding it for us!
  • Our dryer has given up the ghost I think, cluncking and grinding and such, eyeing this one right now...
  • Kath's business is going like gangbusters.  She's met her 30 and 60 day sales incentive targets and is well on her way to meeting her 90 day target before she's even into that last 30 days.  She has recruited two new consultants and is very excited to get a third and more!  She's got a show at her sister's place in Cinci this weekend, and a side trip over to Chillicothe again to help one of her new consultants do her first show!
  • I'm chomping at the bit to get over into my new office, we're moving our group of people for the third time in two years back to our old stomping grounds.  Think I'll head over again to see if they've got everything in place.
  • Well, the boys didn't come out on the winning end of the shootout last night, but Pavel gave us another beautiful Datsyukian Deke!  Thanks A2Y and Kukla's
  • Last but not least, Chris mentioned Podzinger on his blog today.  Think I'll have to see what kind of results I get for some Red Wings related search terms... Maybe I can satisfy all those googlers who keep looking for Red Wings Podcasts!

Phil's Listening To - Slice of SciFi #49
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek S.C.E. Book 4: No Surrender" - concept by John J. Ordover and Keith R.A. DeCandido 

Our Countdown to the Joe - 16 days!

March 16th, 2006

seaQuest

Sorry I've been horrible this last week about conversing with you all.  Don't know, nothing really jumped into my mind, and once again I've had my head down and been coding away most days.

Well, you can expect a barrage of stuff today...

What I'm really jazzed about right now, is that I got my ebay purchase of seaQuest DSV - The Complete First Season this week.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on this.   I've been watching parts of episodes on my way to and from work on the bus, and it's all coming back to me now. 

It's kinda nostalgic for me becasue I first watched this series with Kath when we were dating and engaged back in the mid-90s.

Anyway, I just love listening to the theme music and loved watching Captain Bridger being cajoled into taking the ship that he built back over again, bringing his dolphin "Darwin" on board, and Mr. Computer Whiz - Lucas Wolenczak (Jonathan Brandis - RIP) lurking around every corner to save the say in his Wesley Crusher sorta way. 

Ahh....I love it!  Anyone else out there in the blogosphere love that show as much as I did/do?

Phil's Listening To - Angel Child - Al Jolson
Phil's Reading - "I, Robot" - Isaac Asimov

Our Countdown to the Joe - 22 days!

March 10th, 2006

Changes and nifty icon

Alright, with the announcement on Rob's blog today - now LotusRockStar.com, we've got a name change on the left...so long lotusdigerati...

I was the first to pop in with a comment on Rob's introduction post and asked for the icon...and it was delivered. Now it holds a prominent place next to Rocky's LotusGeek one there at the top!  Dang, but they look good together!

Also added Kitty to the ever-lengthening roll...at mrselsmore.com

Phil's Reading - "I, Robot" - Isaac Asimov
Our Countdown to the Joe - 28 days!

March 1st, 2006

February Googles

Not wanting to bore you to tears like last month, I'm going to highlight a much
smaller subset of important, interesting, or funny February google searches that reached this site:


Mark Jourdain alternative - Hope that search wasn't done by his wife
ibm, lotus, boxing, gloves - Nice marketing!
ajax jsf sdo - Thus concludes our acronym lesson for today
detroit red wings coloring contest - My kids would probably want to enter that!
web domino view inline editing - Gotta find a place to shoehorn this in somewhere
ibm activity explorer screenshots 2006 - Just get me the real thing, SOON!!!
forum barons de cleveland - wow, looks like a French hit...
steve yzerman family - We'd like to meet em
philip randolphs family - I'd say ya came to the right place
detroit red wings podcast - This has been hanging on here steadily since I started, must really be a need for it!
detroit red wings color scheme 2006 - I'm thinking pretty much red and white...right???
zach randolph's wife picture - What are you a psychic or prophet or something?
best practices - I try to follow them, I really do
hockey string lights - You mean like lights to put up and leave on your house all through hockey season - I'm there!!
Detroit Red Wings Hockey 2005 2006 fans personal stories - Wow, that's a heck of a search string!
tie rod cost pt-cruiser - Not cheap, I'll tell ya!
philippe riand - "Missed it by that much"
hockey birthday parties randolph - It's what he wanted, really...no pressure

For the record, 131 googles this month!

Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - Tales From the Captain's Table" - edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido

February 28th, 2006

1000 Visitors!

Been watching it closely for the last couple of days, wondering when it was going to flip. I'm amazed it's come so fast...having only started on November 21st 2005. 

Thanks to all of you for your patronage so far!

I hope my posts are of use or at least interesting to those of you that get here in the various ways, search engine, feed reader, blogrolls, etc...I hope to keep up the pace or even increase it has time goes on.

Phil's Listening To - Slice of Sci-fi Podcast #46
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek - Tales From the Captain's Table" - edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido

February 24th, 2006

My preferred crew...as I expected

Found this over on Volker's site, posted by Esther Schindler

And here's my results:

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different.  Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)

94%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

69%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

63%

SG-1 (Stargate)

63%

Moya (Farscape)

63%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

56%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

50%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

44%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

44%

FBI&#039;s X-Files Division (The X-Files)

38%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

31%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

25%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com

Phil's Listening To - Taking Notes Podcast #15
Phil's Reading - "Yzerman" - Douglas Hunter

February 23rd, 2006

Anyone else having trouble with multiple feeds? Including mine...

I'm wondering if it is just Bloglines, or if my feed is malfunctioning for others of you out there using other RSS readers. 

I'm actually having problems with Bloglines trying to get:

Business Controls Caddy, Chris Doig, IBM Eye, Notes Goddess, Phigment Said What?, and my own blog

Some of them get a Not Authorized error, some a does not exist error, and others a forbidden error...

Any help out there? Thanks! ;)

Phil's Listening To - Firefly Talk #18
Phil's Reading - "Yzerman" - Douglas Hunter

Update 2/27: All of these seemed to fix themselves over the weekend, and as that happened I noticed information from Bloglines that they had been monkeying with the editting functions of managing feeds/folders/etc... so who knows?

And of course we got the explanation for Chris' site's unreachability

February 22nd, 2006

On the day I was born...and the day I was...well...’nuff said

Well, the week at least...

Gabriella Davis at Turtleweb.com posted this entry that caught my interest.  So I looked into it for myself...

My info -

Birthday (May 10, 1974) - "The Loco-Motion" by Grand Funk

Possible (do I really want to think about this...) conception date (Aug 10, 1973) - "The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern

I don't think I want to touch either of those comment-wise...not a pretty mental picture on either of them...

Phil's Listening To - Olympic Women's Slalom
Phil's Reading - "Titan - Orion's Hounds" by Christopher L. Bennett

February 22nd, 2006

Right with you there Andy...

Just like Andy mentions over at his blog, I've sorta been in a slump of sorts too over the last week or so (as is evidenced from my last post being back last Tuesday on Zach's birthday). 

With the Olympics on and not much Wings specific stuff to be had, that isn't grabbing my interest too much right now.  After all the festivities around Zach's birthday, we've been just trying to recover.  Kath of course is launching her new business with Creative Memories and I'm trying to pick up some slack with house stuff and kids stuff so she can devote the time she needs to that.

Did take an advanced Excel class yesterday which was very good, and showed me alot of options that I'd known nothing about as I have not delved very deeply into the advanced functions...I should me more proficient and efficient with that now...hope I can use some of my new tricks!

I do have a set of things queued up to talk about and even have a possible 'show and tell' for tomorrow winding it's way through my brain at the moment.

More later today (and tomorrow)...hopefully!

Phil's Listening To - Firefly Talk #18
Phil's Reading - "Titan - Orion's Hounds" by Christopher L. Bennett

 

February 9th, 2006

More blogroll additions

After walking through the XML in the OPML file on Richard Schwartz's site, I found a whole bunch of new blogs that look interesting...and some that I thought I had on my blogroll already (it's so hard to keep track since it's so long).

Here's the newcomers:

The Sickos - http://www.thesickos.com/
Vision for Hire - http://www.thenorth.com/apblog4.nsf/bloghome
The Jagular - http://www.bhrpconsulting.com/bruceperry/thejagular.nsf
Curt Stone - http://d.dominodeveloper.net/curtstone/home.nsf
Gary Devendorf - http://blog.advisor.com/blog/garydev.nsf
eknori.de - http://www.eknori.de/
IBMeye - http://www.ibmeye.com/
DomBlog.de - http://www.domblog.de/
Kathleen McGivney - http://www.kmnow.com/kmnow/kmnow.nsf
Yellerdog.net - http://www.yellerdog.net/yellerdog/yellerdogblog.nsf
Laurette Rynne - http://www.lauretterynne.com/
lekkimworld - http://blog.lekkim.heisterberg.dk/
Neil Agate's Weblog - http://www.neilagate.com/
Domino Unplugged - http://www.dominounplugged.com/
The Old Git - http://www.royholder.com/
Tim Rynne - http://www.timrynne.com/

Phil's Listening To - Kath doing her first show for Creative Memories
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek S.C.E. Book Three - Some Assembly Required" concept by John J. Ordover and Keith R.A. DeCandido

February 2nd, 2006

January Googles

Wow, did my numbers shoot up last month in terms of page hits, returning visits, RSS hits, and of course Googles...hmm, blog about some interesting people in the community, and voila...

Here's the list that got you to me last month:


Comedian with routine hot pocket - he was funny, but as I said before...wierd...
snappsBP303
Lotusphere and jourdain
marty moore ibm
Maureen leland
using ajax in domino views - yup, I will
ask the developers AND picture AND lotusphere AND 2006
Troy Reimer web services
Domino NAB Open
hot pocket jason alexander - he didn't talk about them, Jim did
domino hitcounter
jsf sdo application examples
red wings rss feeds - I subscribe to a few...
BP303 tips tricks
slides lotusphere 2006 ad101
domino ajax nab lookup (2 variations) - I'll be using that one
paul mooney bill buchan Worst Practices - what an awesome session Bill and Paul did
Bill Buchan Worst Practices
Phil Randolph lotusphere picture - I took a bunch...too many to put on flickr with my limited account - anyone wanna chip in?
Domino Development - that's what I do
detroit red wings funny pictures - maybe the one where Woolley smacks down Hagman
nikopoulos lotusphere 2006 photo
ad202 photo lotusphere
INV302
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lotus notes 7 screenshots - they are up...
keith decandido - I've read alot of his stuff, and he crosses lots of different sci-fi shows
Jessica Stratton admin for developers - awesome session and totally done in the open, no pre-work
maureen leland lotusphere
Lotusphere 2006 comedian - "he's wierd...."
date picker lotus domino
maureen leland, demo - awesome woman, great architect...demo only bombed because of connectivity
domino 6 forum - 7 is in there too now
domino AND tinymce (4 variations)
wild bill domino lotus notes - the kilt, the eyes...feel the burn
notes/domino 4 and 5 - that's where I came in
domino developers blog - yes we do!!!!!! :)
lotusphere 2006 opening session jason alexander - he was funny and unexpected
Detroit wings blog - there's lots of them, some in my blogroll under umm...."Red Wings"
lotusphere 2006 and pics - flickr tag "lotusphere2006"
Workplace 2.6 screenshot - they are out there
domino 8 - you would think so...we'll see
dwight wilbanks - a great guy - and he remembered my blog and my name!
Domino FaceLift Toolkit (3 variations) - I'm all over it, from one of the best sessions at the 'Sphere
what is *.ntf in lotus notes - Huh????
detroit red wing song - I'd like to hear it, anyone write one?
Cleveland Barons Blog - don't think there will ever be one, they are folding at the end of the year and moving
things to know about lotus notes domino - read all of my fellow blogger's sites - and LDD of course
notes notessession closing
the amazing race family edition winners linz
Red wings and there family - Kath is always intersted in that kind of stuff
domino Dbprofile - I use them all the time
notes  domino blog - yah, that's what this is and what it's running
Jiri Fischer - wishing and praying for you Jiri
randolph - that got your here? cool :)
tinymce blank popup
linz family links - see December posts or cbs.com maybe
dominoblog webadmin (2 variations) - I use it when I'm not at home, works great!
lotus notes podcast - Taking Notes is my favorite, anyone know of others out there?
lang_insert_link - how about lang, insert yourself in the defense...
domino rich text field obligatory - obligatory???
Detroit Red Wings Podcast (14 variations) - yeah, I'd really like to find one about them too, this as on last month's list as well
tinymce empty popup - mhm....
tinymce is undefined (3 variations)
tinymce and domino
robert domino red wings
red wings widget (2 variations)
detroitredwings internet radio - AM1270 is where I go if it won't be televised, but I rarely have that problem anymore...
tinymce edit link firefox blank page - someone seems to be having the same issue as me...
zach and katie amazing race - maybe in about 20 years, that would be an interesting team to watch!
lotus notes lowes - wonder if they use it there, anyone know?
linz family pics - wow, there's an old one
Alan  Lepofsky IBM - great tips!
pt cruiser tie rod remove - yup, that's what they had to do...
amazing rac - not touching that one, hope they meant to type "race"

*Phew* that was alot to go through...apparently 97 googles in all

Phil's Listening To - The fan still...
Phil's Reading - "Enterprise - Daedalus's Children" - Dave Stern

February 2nd, 2006

Additions to the list

Several more blogs/people have come to my attention during or after the recent festivities in Florida, so the already expansive blogroll keeps on expanding...here's the new additions:


The Pridelands - http://bilykspride.blogspot.com/
Jonesy's Babble - http://dbjones.blogspot.com/
Yellow Is The New Black - http://www.rhs.com/web/blog/thenewblack.nsf
11TMR - http://www.11tmr.com/11tmr.nsf
Notes Goddess - http://www.notesgoddess.net/NotesGoddess/NotesGoddess.nsf
Surjit Chana - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/dw_blog.jspa?blog€8&ca=drs-bl  

Phil's Listening To - The whining computer fan
Phil's Reading - "Enterprise - Daedalus's Children" - Dave Stern

January 20th, 2006

Just about time...

Should be getting on site about 4-ish. I'll see a bunch of you guys (and gals too) tomorrow night! Can't wait for eveything to get started!

Really looking forward to seeing how the JamFest thing works out.

I also resolve to make a valiant effort to blog at least a summary for each day, if not more, regarding sessions and cool stuff I've seen (and done).

Got the camera software setup last night...so I can point and shoot away! And I'll try to make sure I tag everything correctly guys!!!!!

Phil's Listening To - "The Signal Podcast 17a"
Phil's Reading - "Enterprise - Daedalus" - Dave Stern

January 18th, 2006

Several things...

Sorry, I've had my head down the last couple of days and the long MLK weekend, so haven't gotten any entries up.  I do have a backlog, so instead of multiple posts, I'll just throw them all together here.

Had to try that Ego thing....lots of you guys have been doing this, and even though I knew it would be embarrasingly low, I thought I'd try it out now, and then see how it trends after the sphere and as more and more content goes on this site.  So here's my EgoSurf results as of today (1/18):

Searching for phil randolph, looking for links to philrandolph.com & hostit1.connectria.com -
google.com - 1135
msn.com - 746

Been pouring over the sessions database, and have got most all time slots figured out, there is so much good content this year.  Also have pulled down some of the related pdfs (thanks for getting some up early!) So I can annotate if I want.

Next...
I'm going to attempt to blog while at the Sphere this year, and if I can with pics from our new digital camera. Depends on how well the wi-fi holds up to our relentless usage!

And...I guess I might be singing???  Still got to figure out how we will determine who will be doing what song at what time in what order with which other people, and oh yeah, do we know the words???  Should be an interesting time.

Phil's Listening To - "Taking Notes - Episode 9 with Bill Buchan" - Taking Notes Podcast
Phil's Reading - "Enterprise - Daedalus" - Dave Stern

 

January 4th, 2006

They’ve arrived!

The mailman walked up to the front door with a box in hand and handed it to me...Kath wanted it to be her long-awaited book about Brendan Shanahan, but I aasumed it was my order from just after Christmas...And it was!

It was my new Firefly - The Complete Series and Serenity movie DVD sets.

As you know from my customary tag lines at the bottom of my posts that I've been listening to alot of the podcasts out there that relate to Joss Whedon's Firefly. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the dvd set with the commentaries and unaired episodes and such...

Kath and I popped in the Serenity DVD last night after the Wing's disappointing loss to the Wild (4-2)

On the way to work this morning on the bus, I started on the original pilot episode also named "Serenity", not the episode that fox started their run of the series with, but the episode Joss intended as the pilot. It fun to hear Joss and Nathan Fillion (who played the ship's Captain Mal Reynolds), discuss what went on during the very beginning of the series, over the actual show content.

Anyway, just had to tell ya about it...

Phil's Listening To - "The Signal - Serenity Talk"
Phil's In Between Books at present...

January 3rd, 2006

’Sphere 06 Wikis

Ben and Bruce both promoted the new Lotusphere 2006 Wiki that's up and getting chock-full of goodness for our consumption - I'm planning on getting my info in soon.

Chris, my most prolifc commenter, has also put up a Wiki for the JamFest at this year's 'Sphere. I saw some intiguing stuff in there the other day that I may have to apply for, perhaps a vocal quartet or two... But I know I better not try to match my sadly deteriorated drumming skills from high school with any of the big boys that have been keeping there's up over the years.

Phil's Listening To - "The Greatest American Hero" - My TV Themes Playlist
Phil's Reading - "Hockey Gods" - Nicholas J. Cotsonika

January 1st, 2006

December Googles

I'm going to try to remember to list these on a monthly basis...maybe at some point they'll become as interesting as some of yours, based on the widely ranging subjects of posts I put up

Right now they have a fairly similar ring to most of them!

- lotus notes composedocument view backend -
that one seems pretty straightfoward, although "view backend" could be taken out of context...
- Detroit red wings theme song
 - I'd love to hear it, or even write it!!
- lotusscript link field two databases -
yup, good search
- Domino Lotus Notes Podcast -
sounds like someone must have found Taking Notes eh???
- passing value from backend to hidden fields .net -
how'd .net get in there...oops, I've made it worse...ahhhhh!
- lotus notes picture gallery -
actually mine's on flickr, but I'm sure there's something about it in OpenNTF
- detroit red wings all-time stats -
well, pretty soon I may know alot of them after I get all these books I got for Christmas from Kath read :)
- theme projectDX -
not sure anyone will want this one I'm using, but there are some good ones out there...
- Detroit Red Wings Buzzer -
note to self, check for this on shop.nhl.com
- closing a notesSession -
umm, is this something you really have to do yourself?
- detroit red wing playlists
- if they are looking for what music the wings listen to, I'm sure Kath will go to work on that one for you, especially Shanny's
- the linz family, linz family, linz family.amazing race
- gee, someone is persistent - try cbs.com!
- detroit red wings podcast -
I've been looking high and low for one specifically devoted to the Wings, and I too have come up short...but I'll keep looking.

Wow, I actually had something remotely usefully or maybe even slightly funny to say about every one of them...miracles do occur!
Here's hoping for a big ramp-up in readership and some more hits to report on next month!

Phil's Listening To - Still Nothin'
Phil's Reading - "Hockey Gods" - Nicholas J. Cotsonika

December 30th, 2005

A newly revealed blogger - and lots in common

Duffbert mentioned a guy in his area in one of his blog entries this morning - Jim Anderton and his blog "With a T!"

After following the link and checking out his About page - seems Jim and I have quite a few things in common...

  • I'm a dad of two (although mine are a boy and a girl)
  • Kath and I are active in our church
  • I'm in love with my wife too!
  • Kath is a stay at home mom, who also tries to get out as much as she can
  • And this one is just crazy - my son Zachary was born just the day after Jim's son Sam, on Valentine's day - February 14, 2000

I'm also intrigued by the Google Analytics information Jim has shared, and have since gone and signed up to be on the waiting list for new users when they get the load under control.

Phil's Listening To - My son's hotwheels race track cars going round and round the track
Phil's Reading - "Hockey Gods" - Nicholas J. Cotsonika

December 30th, 2005

Firewall seems to be the culprit

Well, I think the mystery is solved, although I don't really like the verdict...

I went to my webadmin site from my laptop and tried out the tinyMCE functions while not connected to my company's lan, and voila...no issues with the link editor function nor any of the others.

A change must have been made to our company's firewall or something in the last couple of days...

Oh well, I'll have to build my links manually in actual HTML while on my lan...horror of horrors! ;-)

Phil's Listening To - Cartoons my son is watching (working from home - Kath is sick)
Phil's Reading - "Hockey Gods" - Nicholas J. Cotsonika

 

 

December 29th, 2005

TinyMCE issues

Back at work again, and trying to see if I can get the Insert/edit link widget in the rich text web editor in Dominoblog working again. As I said last night, I was able to use it on my home pc with Firefox. Up until 12/27 (Tuesday) I was working fine from Firefox at work. I've tried both my firefox at work and my IE at work, and both bomb showing some wierd stuff like:

{$lang_theme_insert_link_titlefield}:
{$lang_insert_link_target}:

_self ({$lang_insert_link_target_same})

_parent ({$lang_insert_link_target_parent})

_top ({$lang_insert_link_target_top})

_blank ({$lang_insert_link_target_blank})

{$lang_insert_link_target_named}:
{$lang_insert_link_popup}:
{$lang_insert_link_popup_url}:


{$lang_insert_link_popup_name}:
{$lang_insert_link_popup_size}: x px
{$lang_insert_link_popup_position}: / (c /c = center)

{$lang_insert_link _popup_location}

{$lang_insert_link_popup_scrollbars}

{$lang_insert_link_popup_menubar}

{$lang_insert_link_popup_resizable}

{$lang_insert_link_popup_toolbar}



{$lang_insert_link_popup_statusbar}

{$lang_insert_link_popup_return}


It seems like something isn't going completely through the formatting correctly.

When I try it in IE, I also am able to see the following errors:

Line: 6 Char: 1
and Line: 30 Char: 9
Error: 'tinyMCE' is undefined
Code: 0
URL: http://hostit1.connectria.com/philrandolph/philrandolph.nsf/+sfgRmluamFuX1R5cGU9amF2YV9zY3JpcHQmRmlu/plugins/advlink/link.htm

Also seeing similar problems when trying to use the 'Insert/edit anchor' widget, 'Insert/edit image' widget, 'Inserts a new table' widget.

Along with troubleshooting it inside of my Dominoblog database, I went to TinyMCE's site, and reading the entry in the faq:

- Does TinyMCE work on the TinyMCE website. Then you know that TinyMCE works with your browser.

I tried that...and on their site, I don't even get the unformatted code, I just get a blank popup window (with an error apparent in IE).

Has anyone else been experiencing this? I'm at a loss. I may cross-post this a couple of places to see what I can find out...

Phil's Listening To - "Firefly Talk #11" - www.fireflytalk.com
Phil's Reading - "Hockey Gods" - Nicholas J. Cotsonika

December 27th, 2005

5 days, no posts - Christmas happens...

Sorry about the lull in posts people...

Neither Kath nor I have had a chance to put up anything for the last couple of days.  I had thought about and intended to at least put up the obligatory "Merry Christmas" post late on the 24th, but the evening got away from me due to our 4pm Christmas Eve service at church, and then opening our Christmas Eve presents and then getting the munchkins (in their new disney themed jammies) to bed.

I had a very RedWings-full Christmas this year.  Going from memory, I believe I got at least 4 or 5 books, a DVD set of favorite games and other Wings features, and a RedWings steering wheel cover (got to remember to try to install that tonight).    We together got a 3 X 5 ft Wings banner/flag and Kath got a 48 Hours in Hockeytown book and a Shanahan t-shirt.  Zach even got a cool Wings t-shirt.  I'm sure I'm leaving more out.

I'll let Kath go into more detail about our Christmas with her own post if she wants.

Phil's Listening To - "Firefly Talk #10" - www.fireflytalk.com
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

 

December 17th, 2005

An Interesting Day...part 2

Continuing on from last post...
    We went to a Cleveland Barons AHL game at the "Q" (formerly Gund Arena) in which they played against the Rochester Americans.  The game was fun to watch and Zach was very excited about going to his first "real" hockey game.   There was an annoying guy monotoning the whole time saying the same stuff over an over again and ringing cowbells and such, and playing a kuzoo to get the "CHARGE" cheer going, but to us it really was mostly just annoying, even to Zach.  The game went to overtime and then a shootout which we were happy to see, as we haven't see on live before.  Our Barons won the shootout 2-1 and therefore the game 3-2.  So that was cool.   Also got the call on the car and got the expected price (which they had ballparked pretty closely), so the car can be picked up tomorrow - that's a relief!
    We then went back to tower city to walk around a bit and Kath and the kids watched a Christmas show in the main open area.  Then over to have dinner at Cooper'stown restaurant, and enjoyed a few of their sampler type appetizer dishes.  That hit the spot.
    Back to the car and then around public square to look that the Christmas lights that are up.  On they way home, Katie fell asleep, and Kath was able to get her out of the car, into the house, into her room, and ready for bed without her waking all the way up...good job hon!  Hope she doesn't wake up too early tomorrow morning (I know, I'll be the one to get up with her right?)
    Now, we sit down to watch hockey game #2 for the day, our beloved Wings (of course) vs. the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.  At the start of the 2nd period, we had started looking at the 2 sliding glass doors the separate our family room from our "craft" room, we'd been wanting to get them out so I could get the frame out and then re-drywall the opening to finish it all off (we just redid the entire family room this fall).  Up to this point we figured we would need someone to come over who knew what they were doing to get them out, as I to this point hadn't been able to get them to budge.  But, being the huge strapping guy I am (5'6", 150lbs), I thought lets see if I can try manhandling them off the track with a crowbar.
    So, I began and what do you know, I got the beginning of the first one up out of it's seating in the track.  Encouraged by this, I kept on pulling and prodding and lifting and started to make some headway with the whole thing.  The only thing in my way now was the wonderful thick shag carpet in the craft room, but I didn't let that stop me and I finally yanked it out and we set it down in the front of the couch.  Now I was on a roll of course, and it was still only midway through the 2nd period and via updates from Kath I knew the score was 3-2 Lightning at that point.  So I began tackling the other one.  I'm sure I bent a bit more of the bottom part of the frame this time and the carpet was a factor again.  But that one's now out too. Yay me!
    Sat back down sweating and tired (but happy) for the end of the 2nd period, and the boys tied it up 3-3.  From there, for the first time in a while, they really kicked it into high gear and dominated the 3rd period scoring 3 unanswered goals and taking the game 6-3
    Now I've got some frame yanking and drywalling and corner beading to do over the next couple of days, hoping to have most of it done before my parents get here for Christmas, good timing, as Kath and the kids are going to take a couple days trip to see Great Grandma, then Kath's sister's family and then a good friend from college before getting back Thursday.  

Alright that's enough...anyone sick of me yet???

Phil's Listening To - Just the computer and the furnace humming.
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

December 17th, 2005

An Interesting Day...part 1

Started out good...
    Slept in a little bit (comparatively) for a Saturday, after sending the kids back to their rooms to play after they woke up.
Got the kids breakfast and then out the door with them to JCPenney's to get mommy some Christmas presents from the kids. Pulled out of the parking lot and then SCREEECH, CRUNCH, RUMBLE....uh-oh
    Hmm...I can't control my car...this is bad as I'm out on a street instead of the parking lot I was just in, oh yeah and the kids are in the back seat pretty much oblivious that there is a problem.  Let's see what I can do... It lumbers back a little, but still little control, ok, I'm still in a lane on the street, let's hope I can at least get it into the middle turn lane so people can get past.  So I do that (who knows how, and I honestly can't remember right now, but somehow I was able to get the car pretty much at about a 75 degree perpendicular mostly in the middle turn lane, not 30 feet or more out of the mall parking lot, and not 30 more feet from our church's parking lot... well, that was convenient.  Fortunately this is the PT Cruiser so it's pretty squat so people can get by, although of course alot are slowing down and gawking at this point.  A couple of them ask if I need help, as I'm calling Kath on my cell to please come over with the mini-van as the car is out of commission, of course I don't know why yet.   Got the kids out of the car, and told them to stay on the sidewalk in front of our church.  They of course want to be messing around in the snow, and all they know is that daddy's car won't move and it's in the middle of the street.
    So, now someone stops and gets out of their car behind me in the middle lane and ask if I'd like help with trying to push it out.  I say "that would be great, thanks!" but we try to budge it and it's going nowhere in any gear, even in drive with no break on it's doing nothing.  Another guy stops in our church driveway, walks over and says, "hey, your front tires are facing two different directions".  Of course I hadn't even gotten around to that side of the car yet, and when we look, yup, a broken tie rod...wow, never even seen that before... Yeah, I'm a bit screwed at this point.
    So, after a little while, and more gawkers and more offerings of help, most of which I just directed on past, Kath gets there and sees what we've got, and we determine that the best thing would be to get it towed to the Firestone place behind us at the perimeter of the mall parking lot, another nice coincidence.   Someone up there is looking out for us down here!
    I hike over to the Firestone place as she gets the kids in the van, I let them know our situation and they call a tow truck to bring in on over, a matter of about 200 feet maybe, but it's not getting there any other way.  We wait what seems like forever, but I'm sure it was our impatience along with the kid's impatience that made it seem longer.  The tow guy finally got there and zipped it right over.  I left everything in there hands with the expectation of a call later that morning or afternoon with a repair estimate.
    Back to the mini-van with mommy to complete our morning's shopping trip (for her present).  I run in and get her the book she wants from the bookstore (yeah I know she reads and post on here, and it's not a suprise anyway, so don't worry about it).  Then a zip back home to pick up a couple of things and a snack for the young-uns before we head downtown for the next phase of the day.

Continued in next post

Phil's Listening To - Silence for just about the first time today!
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

December 13th, 2005

My 10 Words about me

Taking Rocky's suggestion, here's my 10 words:

  1. Christian
  2. Husband
  3. Father
  4. Caring
  5. RedWings-Fan
  6. Developer
  7. Decisive
  8. Short-memory
  9. Comical
  10. Smart-Alec

Lets see how that compares...

Phil's Listening To - "Firefly Talk #7" - Podcast on www.fireflytalk.com
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

December 12th, 2005

My wife will soon be joining us...

That's right. Within the next few days, whenever she can find the time, my wife Kathy will be posting in her own category I've setup called "Kath's Korner".

She's seen how easy it is to put up an entry, and wants to do more than just comment on my entries. She'll likely blog most about Red Wings hockey, but may branch in to other things like family, shows we like to watch, stuff she's trying to do around the house, hobbies and things she likes to do. Who knows??? I'm glad she will have a place to voice her own opinions and maybe some of you will like some blog entries from a slightly different angle.

Phil's Listening To - "Taking Notes Episode 7 - Interview with Chris Linfoot" - Taking Notes Podcast
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

December 8th, 2005

I’m back

I've returned from my brief work-related excursion.  I hate to stop posting for a couple of days especially on a new blog just getting started.

Boy, visitor numbers sure are down, not that they were ever really high in the first place...YET!  

Perhaps if I actually write about something interesting...hmm...that would be an idea

Its amazing how many places outside the midwest (in a more southerly direction) can't handle even a little bit of snow.  I was on the east coast for my trip, and with an inch or so of snow on the ground and a little bit of ice, they shut all the public schools down for a 100 mile radius, and the office I was in had a two hour delay.  Kind of amazed me...

Phil's Listening To - "The Best Is Yet To Come" - James Darren
Phil's Reading - "Star Trek New Frontier: After The Fall" - Peter David

December 1st, 2005

New color scheme in place - whatcha think?

As you can see, (assuming you've been here before) I've made some changes to the colors the blog uses. I've not fiddled with much else yet...but I'm going to try to bone up a bit on CSS so I can decipher what does what in this design so I can tweak what I want.

The first big thing I want to get working, is the text formatting in the actual blog entries. Right now it appears to be just plain text even when in the Rich Text editor I've changed colors or fonts or sizes. Hopefully that one won't be too hard to figure out.

Phil's Listening To -"Happy Days Theme Song" - My TV Themes Playlist
Phil's Reading -"Stargazer - Maker" - Michael Jan Friedman

November 29th, 2005

Blogroll is up!

Well, as you can see, after quite a bit of tedious work adding a whole bunch of links into the database, the blogroll is now in place. I couldn't believe how large it has gotten.

I actually read most of these via RSS in Bloglines. But it is nice to see more than just the blog entry content from time to time and view the flickr pictures or other interesting items.

I would assume that I should start showing up in Technorati listings soon as "sites linking here" on some of your pages. Although, that may be only in posts, not in blogrolls...I'll have to experiment. I think I'll explore getting that in place here today.

Phil's Listening To - "Episode 3 - Interview with Ben Poole" - Taking Notes Podcast
Phil's Reading - "Stargazer - Engima" - Michael Jan Friedman

November 28th, 2005

Blogroll on the way

Still getting the hang of this template, but I think I'll be able to pull together my blogroll pretty soon, and make it look halfway decent in here...


Plus it'll make me weed out some of the dead stuff, and break it up between what I read in Bloglines and what's a manual look at the real blog pages.

November 26th, 2005

Mr. Miyagi - Pat Morita gone at 73

I was sad to see on the news last night and in an blog entry on Stan's site that Pat Morita had died.  

I really loved him in the Karate Kid movies (even that last one with the girl), and then to find out, when I was finally paying attention on Happy Days reruns that he was "Arnold".

Its sad to see these people go, and some of them younger than my father, who turned 75 this last July.  I bet its a bit unnerving for him to see it happen too.  I'm just glad Dad is still with us, and able to enjoy his grandkids.

Phil's Listening To - "Happy Holidays"- Bing Crosby
Phil's Reading - "Stargazer - Engima" - Michael Jan Friedman

November 26th, 2005

To do AdSense or not???

I'm batting around the idea of putting Google AdSense up on this new site.  

For those of you that are doing it, how is it going?  Any gotchas I would need to know about?  Is it worth it?  How have others who read your blogs reacted to it?  Favorably or unfavorably?  

Just want to be well informed before I bring it on board.

Phil's Listening To - "Adeste Fidelis" - Bing Crosby
Phil's Reading - "Stargazer - Engima" - Michael Jan Friedman

November 24th, 2005

Still setting up

Well, as you can see, I'm starting to get the basics in place on the left side of the blog, as well as putting out a few entries...

Still need to get a blogroll in place, are there any good automated ways to programmatically do this, or some way specifically built into the Dominoblog template?

Also may try to go over to a slightly different site template (colors, boxes and such).  I know that there are some here, but I know there are a lot more of Dominoblog based blogs out there and a wide range of looks.  Do most of you just roll your own, or are you getting them from some other source out there?  Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!   ; - )

Phil's Listening To - "Look Away"- Chicago
Phil's Reading - "Stargazer - Engima" - Michael Jan Friedman

November 22nd, 2005

Forgive me for my ignorance

Hope you won't hold too much against me for some of my somewhat basic questions about getting this blog rolling, but I'm having a heck of a time figuring out how to get the bio page that I built (as a Static Web Page document).  

It's named Bio.htm and marked as published, but I can't directly reference it in the url as I think I should be able to, and I'm confused as to how to create a link under either one of the existing blocks on the left, or building a new one...

I'm sure I'll come across the right way to do it, but any pointers in the right direction from all you "old pros" at this thing would be appreciated.

Update 11:25pm - when I actually concentrated on it for a minute, I figured, well, it's a link - and it's local to this database, maybe I should find where to put links and pop it in there to begin with...and low and behold, a link directly to bio.htm is now on the right...granted, not where I want it to reside long term, but it's there, and I've learned something!

November 22nd, 2005

Frappr

Following the lead of others of you, I went to the frappr link on Carl's page

I've added myself to this one for sametime users, and this one for Lotusphere 2006 attendees.

It's kinda fun to see the demographics of these things, and it will make things a bit easier with the pictures that some people are adding to their frappr profiles.

November 21st, 2005

My New Blog

Welcome to PhilRandolph.com

It's great to be running an actual Notes/Domino database for my new blog.  It's also nice to have my name on it (and at some point here - the domain too!)

Thanks a ton to Chris for letting me ride along on his server and for all his expertise in getting me going.

This blog will at times be dominated by entries on everything from Notes/Domino client and web development, Detroit Red Wings Hockey, the life and times of myself and my family, my eclectic music tastes, who knows what else...

As I am brand new to using this Dominoblog template, I will be experimenting with the layout and looks of various parts of the site, so please bare with me, as I trudge up the learning curve : - 0

I'll be trying to get a page up soon about me and my family as well as my notes/domino development background.

What you will NOT fiend is any info about my employer, as they have agreed to let me blog and also put my name on it, but not to mention them, which is something I'll be happy to comply with.

Hope you enjoy the ride on this new blog 'o mine.

Phil's Listening To - "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Bing Crosby
Phil's Reading - "Stargazer - Engima" - Michael Jan Friedman

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Special thanks to Chris Miller at Connectria for providing hosting services for this site.

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