Dre\’s Ramblings


Neon in Birmingham: I’m bringing neon back, (yeah)

Pardon the cheese, it was on a bet from a few months back. I figured the safest way to begin a renaissance at the Ramblings (at least this version) is by restarting the Neon in Birmingham series. For those new to the game, we take images of all of the neon signs located in Birmingham, AL proper. Why? Just because…

SAS neon sign

This is one of the newer signs here in town. It belongs to the new offices for Sims Architectural Studio. The office was formerly located on 20th Street in the city center. Now they’re enjoying digs in what’s becoming another design district for the city along 2nd Avenue South.

The official homepage for the series has moved to the (soon to be) new home for Dre’s Ramblings. You can always check out the Flickr set for the series and visit the Magic City Flickr Group’s set for more images.

Cheers.



So, how do you celebrate two years of blogging?

I’m not quite sure where the time’s gone. I really didn’t even realize it until I started making the first major changes to the site in months. Somewhere between beginning to transfer posts from this account to a self-installed version of the site, I was immediately reminded that Saturday was two years since I first decided to join the blogosphere. As always, here’s the obligatory link to the first post.

This year has been a crazy one for me, with the death of my grandmother and the decision to go off on my own and launch a website. Both have definitely affected how I view the world and have made me appreciate those that can continuously burn a candle at both ends. In many respects, I guess I’ve accomplished the intent of the 101 in 1001 list (already moved to the new site), to get out of the comfort zone and push the limits. I just hope I’m not pushing too hard.

Realizing that it’s been two years also made me realize that it’s been a long time since I’ve posted regularly. Though I will probably never post at that insane level that I did last summer on this blog, I do intend a slow but steady return to doing this more personal site. Plus, I’ve gotten a lot of grief about not putting up a picture in the about us section. We’re in the process of moving to a new site, so I’ll save you from that (not really). Here’s a shot that Bob Farley took for use in an upcoming online magazine article about The Terminal.

Andre on the roof

Speaking of the hub, this link will take you to a submission form that allows you to submit questions for the 2007 mayoral candidates here in Birmingham. It’s my intention (with my now growing staff) to ask the candidates these questions soon and share them with you. Some will be asked to all of them while others will be asked to specific ones. You get to decide who as well. I’m determined to make this more about using the medium as a tool to inform even if it’s become one that leans towards making sure that one’s opinion will reign down on you and you must agree. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ll also take a moment to thank those of you who’ve still stopped by the check on the site and those that are supporting The Terminal. It’s definitely been an interesting journey so far and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the coming year.

Cheers.




The GoDaddy mystery continues…
June 19, 2007, 1:04 pm
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, godaddy

Apparently when I called about what I described in my last post, not everyone was necessarily aware that it was happening. Something has happened with Go Daddy’s servers that have effectively shut down several websites today.

Besides my own site, the actual Go Daddy homepage is not accessible. There also appears to be a problem with the Chicago Sun Times site and locally, the Birmingham Weekly site.

I’m sure there are several other sites that use Go Daddy as a host locally have been affected during the early part of the afternoon.

The person I spoke to at Go Daddy stated that there was not a known time for when the problem would be fixed but that they were working on it as quickly as possible. Luckily just as I was about to hit post, the problem appears solved.

The joys of working in a virtual universe.

We’ll talk to you again soon.

Cheers.



Murphy’s law rears its ugly head
June 19, 2007, 11:20 am
Filed under: AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, The Terminal

I seem to enjoy some of the strangest luck in the world just when I need it least.

As most of you know, I’ve been “neglecting” this site in order to set up The Terminal, a daily news blog for Birmingham, Alabama (NOTE: If you are still not getting a page as you read this when you click on the link, you may see where this post is going).

Well, I had finally decided that it was time to start making a serious push for readership hoping it would lead to more writers and more content.

Well, I’ve already started inviting people to be a friend to the site on MySpace and was getting ready to complete updating Timetable, the site’s arts and culture section after an untimely keystroke yesterday. Unfortunately the bad weather at GoDaddy.com server headquarters has now made this all for naught.

I’ve checked sites that I know are hosted on their servers in addition to mine, and I can safely report that their servers are down. I’m hoping they don’t stay down too long, since every other service I’m using to publicize the site is up and running.

I can’t complain too much, since it’s run fairly safely for more than 3 months during the “beta” period. But to have it go down on the first real day of pushing it is just too ironic to not post about.

For those also wondering, this site will remain a personal site (e.g., you’ll see more pictures of me and what’s going on) and it will still have some things on Birmingham because, well, that’s why I started it. You may not see the amount of pictures on the main site that you’re used to over here because, well, the purpose is to provide information. Hopefully once I have more photographers volunteering that may change, but the purpose is information right now.

Anyhow, the vent’s over, and now I’m going to sit and wait… and wait… and wait.

Enjoy the day! (and the rain if you’re in Birmingham)

Cheers.






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