9.05.2006

Where Have I Been?

I guess it's been a while . . .

Job hunting. Takes a bit of time getting resumes and cover letters together, plus recruiting people to write recommendation letters. However, additional money is not necessarily a bad thing.

Updating the website. Take a looksee if you like at www[dot]charleshbryan[dot]com. (Why I'm cautious about the web address, I don't know, but I've seen others do it and I figure that there must be a reason -- which is likely the same story that the famed lemmings tell themselves.)

More household repair. I had to replace the pump to my well system. Again, I remain confident with a home repair manual in my hands and the will to prevail. I'm also a cheapskate.

More later.

7.20.2006

Just Checking In

I've been putting in mucho time on the web portfolio (at www[dot]charleshbryan[dot]com). It's surprising how much you get the hang of software the more you use it.

The actual look of the site isn't yet what I aspire to, but it doesn't look TOO freaking horrible and I've managed to keep track of most of the links.

Just Checking In

I've been putting in mucho time on the web portfolio (at www.charleshbryan.com). It's surprising how much you get the hang of software the more you use it.

The actual look of the site isn't yet what I aspire to, but it doesn't look TOO freaking horrible and I've managed to keep track of most of the links.

7.15.2006

Ahhh --- The Website Begins!

Finally managed to master enough GoLive to get a rudimentary portfolio site running. I still have to scan a lot of work -- mostly I've been uploading thing generated in PhotoShop, Illustrator, and PageMaker. So, initial success!

I'm adding the URL to my links list at right.

7.13.2006

Web Host With The Most?

I wish I could answer that question. I've spent most of the day trying to figure out where I want to place my website.

I visited some review sites, but I have no idea how trustworthy they may be. How easy is it for a hosting service to send in a bunch of its own glowing reviews?

Thus, I chose the default -- Yahoo! Geocities. (Oh, stop laughing.) THAT was a mistake for me, since I live in the boonies, have slow dial-up, and couldn't get their site-builder to work. So, I upgraded to a paying package -- just about the cheapest one, since I enjoy being Mr. Frugal -- with which I can use my software to design and just upload.

Of course, mastering that software is the next step.

Onward and upward.

"Surely, I Must Matter in the World!"

A quick bit of recommendation for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

I always tape Letterman, but I've started taping Ferguson as well, mostly due to his monologue. Unlike other hosts, who tell a collection of one-liners, Ferguson actually does a monologue -- every night, it's a ten minute or so stand-up style delivery which sounds as if he's making it up on the spot. I'm sure he's prepared, but I don't see him glancing at cue cards.

Because it isn't "set-up, punchline, set-up, punchline" -- there are actual surprises. I genuinely laugh during his performance. Yes, he's a little goofy, and sometimes "naughty" (in the sense of "I'm going to be 'naughty' now") in a showy sort of way.

What leads me to this post is what he said in last night's (Wednesday, July 12) monologue. In mentioning people on the Internet, he pantomimed someone typing maniacally, making blubbering sounds, and then saying as he 'typed' "Surely, I must matter in the world! Surely, I must matter!"

I wished I'd heard that before I titled my blog.

7.11.2006

Stupefying Tales of My Unbounded Genius, Part 1

Not that I want to make a career of lawn mower repair, but I'm pretty self-satisfied with the work I did on the Ancient Craftsman Lawn Tractor.

The last time I used it, the brake was sticking, the clutch wasn't releasing, and then the belt that powers the blades came flying out. "No problem," thinks I, "I'll just call Sears and order the parts."

The parts showed up the next day (which astonished me) and when I went to replace the belt, I noticed that both brackets that hold the mower deck to the arms that raise and lower it had broken off. They had been welded originally. They weren't any longer.

I thought I could take the cheap route, which is my favorite highway in life, by drilling some holes and bolting in braces. Nope. Uh Uh. Would not work.

So, I pried my credit card out with the Jaws of Life, placed another order with Sears, and, to my further astonishment, the new housing for the deck arrived the next day.

I had to take off the old deck, remove all of the moving parts -- pulleys, mandrels, connecting rods, etc., -- and then install them in the new housing. Thank God for Owner's Manual diagrams.

With everything in place, I held my breath and started the Iron Horse of Lawn Care.

A terrible droning noise came out. Upon inspection, I found that the belt had slipped off one of the pulleys. So, I took the deck off again, placed the belt correctly, and re-reconnected the deck.

Again, I start the mower. No droning niose this time, but now I couldn't disengage the blades, which is not a good thing. So, I took the deck off again, wiggled some items around, and realized I had overtightened one of the pulleys. I loosened it, re-re-reconnected the deck, and tried once again.

Voila! I'm as proud as I can be with my mechanical skills. Especially since shop labor, at $45-$60 an hour, would have set me back about another $150 or so. (It couldn't possibly have taken as long when someone who might have known what they were doing was involved.)

Of course, this pride lasts until the moment something comes flying out.

Actually important (to me, at least) -- I made significant headway on the website design today. I still have many images to convert to gif. I feel somewhat ashamed that I'm using MS Publisher to do it, but it's quicker than learning GoLive.

Good Day!