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Saturday, February 14, 2004

February 14, 2004

Back Home...For A While, Anyway...

Well, another year of 'sponsoring' the student trip to the State One-Act Play Festival has come and gone. Again this year I would have to consider it a success! With the exception of the first 30 miles of our trip beginning on Thursday morning, the weather and traffic cooperated fairly well (as best as it could be).

This year we did something just a bit different and went to the Mall of America prior to checking into our hotel. This seemed to work out in a positive manner, as the group as a whole was able to eat much earlier than in years past (anytime after 5:30pm, as opposed to anytime after ~7pm). We also were able to beat fighting rush hour as much, and were also able to get in more time at the mall to do whatever.

Beth and I this year were fortunate enough to meet up with Ian and Melody, both of whom (together) we'd not seen since their wedding in August, and Ian whom we'd not seen since sometime this past fall. It was an enjoyable time. Of course, we (Beth and I) also spent a little time in Camp Snoopy...because it's just a 'thing' one has to do while there.

Anyway, we saw two days' worth of very good shows, although I was slightly disappointed in the AA class schools on Friday. I thought that (personally) the smaller A class schools had stronger productions overall (both in selection and performance), but both classes still proved to be the 'best of the best.'

I also think that the group enjoyed the event and therefore also consider it a success. It's something I really look forward to doing as well, so it's a win-win situation. smile

So now we're back at home and hopefully will be, at least for a while. No more three days here, four away. Besides, it really screws with the cat. smile

Until next we meet...

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/25/07

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

February 11, 2004

Bandwidth --> SAVED!

Well, I don't know if the guy got my email or not, but since changing the file info and would appear as though he's changed his reference to the file hosted here. This makes me happy...and only two attempts have been made for the file. It just goes to prove that there is some good in the world. smile

Student (School) Performance...?

Well, our school performance of the RCW One-Act went off as planned, even though school was let out early due to the impending weather situation right afterwards. It was a bit rushed, but went off fairly well and therefore can be considered a success.

Now, for the State Festival trip... smile

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/25/07

Monday, February 9, 2004

February 9, 2004

More Bandwidth...GONE!

Well, as I do once or twice a week (more often just once per week over the last month), I checked out the access statistics and logs for the ol' domain. Much to my surprise, since the middle of last week (e.g. about four-five days), there's been a referral for over 3,000 hits.

This required investigation.

I was surprised to find that (yet again) someone had been linking to an image on the Monty Python Repository and posting those links on a shudder message board. Only difference between this one and the ones prior (which caused me to do the bandwidth stealing prevention CGI program) is that this guy was using an image that nobody else has (and I'd considered low-priority)...and as part of his 'signature' (for illustration). Furthermore, the placement of this image would make it somewhat prohibitive to use the bandwidth CGI to prevent this from occurring in the future.

So, I was forced to change the master page template for the Python web.

This change was actually minor and something which (I believe) makes it actually look better than it did before. I also moved the image and renamed it. I don't actually use the image on the website anymore, but it's still there (as there are still legitimate pointers to it).

Another big difference between this guy and previous -- I was actually able to email him. The email essentially boiled down to informing him as to what I planned on doing later in the day (moving the image and renaming it), and that I would appreciate him at least copying the image and using his own hosted space to link to.

So, we'll see what happens. smile

Tax Time Revisited

I had some time last night, so I took on the income tax returns beast last night. After a battle for about four hours (including some time this morning to finish up), that's another one down for another year. smile Of course, I do things a little weird and do them all on paper, then find a free-file place online and copy all the information there. I do it for two reasons: 1) to see if I did everything correctly, and 2) to save some time in data entry (namely with some of those pdf forms one can fill in and print) during the process.

Things are beginning to SLOW DOWN...

...and that's a good thing. Hopefully I'll have some more time to get here more often and do some more updating (with pictures) and such.

Until next time...

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/25/07

Sunday, February 8, 2004

February 8, 2004

Not Quite As Victorious...

Well, much to the disappointment of all involved, the RCW One-Act didn't do quite as well at competition as we'd hoped. They did, however, perform better than the previous competition (the previous Saturday) at which they won. Overall, I would have to call their performance an overwhelming success, and something of which they should be proud.

At the same time, it was the general concensus of the directors (prior to awards) that this had been the most 'competitive' competition in several years. All of the productions were well-done and put together in a manner appropriate for that level of competition.

Of course, this now means that, while we won't be performing at the State Festival, we get to go watch. The final bits for this trip are falling into line. I'm very much looking forward to another fun (and less-stressful) time at the State Festival. smile

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