Feb 102010
 

After dinking around with both iWeb and the demo of RapidWeaver, I decided to scrap the site I’d created with iWeb and install a WordPress blog on my site instead. I like RapidWeaver better than iWeb, and I could integrate WordPress into it, but the demo only allows three pages, one visible post on a blog page, and four pictures in a gallery. I’m not gonna shell out $80+ just to experiment with something I may not keep up with, however. Suckage.

The purpose of all this was to pull everything into one place instead of being scattered all over the Internet. I don’t really want all my writing in the hands of others, subject to corporate consolidation, policy changes, feature changes, and so on. Having a hosted website still involves a third-party, but all they do is provide blank space and keep my data backed up; the content and format is completely under my control.

Right now, however, I seem to be spending more time tinkering with the method than consolidating the content. I actually feel kind of guilty for tinkering instead of producing, but it was kind of fun to install the blog software on my server by hand and do some troubleshooting when I managed to screw it up afterwards by altering my site structure.

What’s really holding me back is the daunting prospect of importing all of my posts and pics from LiveJournal, Vox, Posterous, and Flickr, then getting it all sorted out: making sure private posts remain that way, setting up galleries, etc. Just the thought of it tempts me to leave it all the way it is and stick to Facebook but, again, I’d still be subject to the whims of another social network.

It also feels like I’m fighting against the current. Most people have moved away from personal hosted sites and onto social networks. They’re already set up for you, easy to configure (for the most part), gather everyone together in one place, make it easy to connect with others, and provide all kinds of bells and whistles. The work is done for you; all you have to do is create content, while I’m here trying to build a hut on my empty little island.

I have this image of standing in my tree fort like Calvin, shouting across the empty landscape, “This is my island! You can’t come here unless I let you!”

I’m probably reading too much into this. Who really cares what I write or where? I’ll still update Facebook and (occasionally) Twitter.

Nov 142007
 

I still have a post about the weekend in Chicago in the pipeline, but one of the Nathans and I are having a friendly competition to see who can get closer to their fitness goals by Valentine’s Day. To do that, we both had fitness assessments done at our respective gyms yesterday. Below are the results from my first test back in March ’06, compared to the new one.

My trainer is convinced that the body fat measurement from the first test was too low; he called bullshit on the fact that I could gain that much fat, keep the same Lean Body Mass, yet gain 23 lbs. of bicep strength.

The 3 month goal is 215 lbs and 15% body fat. Maybe a bit unrealistic, but something to shoot for.

    03/27/06  11/13/07
Height:  6′ 6′
Weight: 198 lbs. 206 lbs.
Lean Body Mass: 159.8 lbs. 159 lbs.
Fat Mass: 38.2 lbs. 47 lbs.
Body Fat %: 19.3% 22.8%
Body Mass Index: 26.8 27.9
Basal Metabolic Rate: 2269 2255
Max VO2: 41.8 40.7
Bicep Strength Test: 84 lbs. 107 lbs.
Sit and Reach Test: 8.7″ 9.5″
Overall Fitness: 45.8% 54.2%
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Oct 022007
 

Just got a copy of my lipid report from the doc’s office, figured this was a good place to track it. I’ve never had mine checked before so it was nice to get a good “report card”.

Total Cholesterol: 150 (<200 is good) LDL: 103 (<130 is good) HDL: 33 (>40 is good. Need more aerobic to boost this.)
Total Chol./HDL Ratio: 4.5 (<5.0 is good) Triglycerides: 68 (<150 is good)

Nov 162006
 

This time with more text and a picture or two.

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Dunno if folks will bother to click to Vox to read the entire thing. Not only that, but edits in Vox don't automatically update on LJ.

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