Nothing or everything including the kitchen sink?

As you can tell, I have not said anything on here since July.  A lot of things have happened since then that I could go on about.  So, do I talk about everything in one post or keep it all separate, focused on one topic?  I suppose what I could do is just a brief synopsis of what’s been going on without too much detail and those things that could be detailed out I will do in some other more focused posts… provided I get around to it LOL.  So, in brief what’s been going on:

  1. I’ve started playing EverQuest II during the past few months.  This mostly explains my absence from the blog. 🙂  I’ve started playing a Warden in the game that has reached level 72 and is also a level 72 tailor. I happen to be on the Befallen server and am currently in the Elysian Storm guild on there.

  2. I have been dealing with this Gout Arthritis stuff in my right foot.. big toe area.  What a pain in the, well, foot. LOL.  After this last flare-up I’ve started taking medicine to help keep my Uric acid levels normal.  Looks like I’ve reached that point in life where you have to start taking some kind of medicine every day. I’m sure being old and over-weight has much to do with it… the body is falling apart.  I really need to exercise but my jacked-up foot is preventing that at the moment.

  3. I have been keeping my WordPress blog and Gallery up to date during this time; however, there were some problems with the latest Gallery upgrade.  In short, after upgrading to version 2.3 of Gallery2, I could no longer log in as admin or any other user.  It would just timeout/lockup.  Thankfully I was eventually able to restore my gallery back to version 2.2.6 and am able to use it fine.  I will hold off upgrading my gallery again until they release version 3.

  4. During my problems with the gallery upgrade, I started to check out the Coppermine Photo Gallery script.  To test it out, I made a gallery for my EverQuest character to hold snapshots and so on.  Not sure if I want to include a link to it yet. The code is much less complicated to deal with and does seem to put less stress on the server.  Customizing the theme also seems much easier and intuitive.  My main problem with it so far has to do with how it handles SEO urls and urls in general.  The links to image pages are not consistent as they are based on the position of the image in the album and not the actual image.  So, if I were to post a link to an image page and then changed the album sorting order or even added new images to the album, that link would all of a sudden point to a different image.  Dumb.  From what I read about the newer version of Coppermine it will correct that and use image IDs instead which will always be the same.

  5. During this time there’s also been an historic presidential election.  As it happens, the candidate I voted for, Barack Obama, won. 🙂 Hopefully he can help improve this economy which has gone down the toilet and change how the rest of the world sees the United States. I don’t even want to think what my 401K is worth now. The positive thing is that I shouldn’t need it for some 20+ years. There’s a lot I could go into but this isn’t the post for it.

  6. I have added to my DVD collection during this time; however, I have not got around to creating DVD pages for them yet. Once I do, I’ll make a posting about them. 🙂

Well, I guess that’s it for now and will publish this.  The Big 12 Championship game is about to start between the OU Sooners and Missouri and I’ll be watching that.

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