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RSS Feed Quick Overview

RSS is a relatively new technology that also goes by the name "Web Feeds" and "Live Bookmarks". It allows you to "subscribe" to an RSS feed in your RSS reader. Then you use your RSS reader to check many sites at the same time and you are presented headlines from the sites that are new since you last checked. It's a great way to keep tabs on frequently updates sites like news sources, blogs, or BakerNeighborhood.org.

The best news is that if you are reading this, you probalby already have an "RSS reader" accessible. You can use a variety of applications including the Mozilla Firefox or the Apple Safari browsers or even online services. This is all explained in greater detail in the Wikipedia.

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Best PHP CMS Program

Drupal is the best php, mysql or postgresql, CMS system.

Version to use: 4.6.5 (4.7 is due "soon").

I've used a couple of CMS systems over the years, including a home brewed one and I've tested even more of them. After trying out all of these, my feeling is that Drupal.org.

You may have noticed that our family website is based upon it.

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New Neighborhood Website

This past may I was elected secretary of our neighborhood association. Part of that work is related to publishing the minutes and people really really want them online and the secretary has historically picked up the job of "website person" on occasion, so I did as well.

You may notice a lot of similarities between our personal site and the neighborhood site - when you've got a good thing, why change?

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Our new car

After 6 years in our posession and 18 years on the road, we're nearing the end of life for Nikki's Saab 900 and are looking for something new(er).

The qualities that matter to us:

  1. Mr. Greg has to fit in it comfortably.
  2. Good gas mileage
  3. Good repair rating (above average rating from Consumer Reports)
  4. Crash safety
  5. Low price

This has led us to the Scions:
1. I know I fit in the XB fine, we'll see about the XA.
2. XB is rated at 31/35 (though I've seen tests from Money magazine and Edmunds that showed 37) and the XA is rated at 32/37 at EPA fuel efficiency ratings.

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Be Theo's Friend!

To paraphrase Jordan Fisher Smith from Nature Noir, people think of nature like a single beautiful chord that is played consistently over time when it's really a changing symphony full of interactions of different notes getting louder, quieter, higher, and lower and cycling through various melodies.

The same scientists who believe in evolution instead of divine creation are going to say that a few degrees per century is enough to kill everything and everyone?

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