Dre\’s Ramblings

Start heading over there
January 2, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Where to find Dre | Tags: , , , ,

By over there I mean http://dresramblings.com. It’s still not where I want it; it’s actually far from where I want it to be. But I want to start doing the daily personal blog thing again and having a self-hosted site seems to be the best way to do so. This site will be up for a while longer, until I’ve finally made all of the necessary changes to the self-hosted links.

Here’s a parting shot from 2007 – I’ll start doing a catch-up series tomorrow. But first:

PhotoMatt at BlogWorld

More about it over there tomorrow (though there will be a post or two up today also).



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.


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.


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)


We’re test driving The Terminal (kind of)

Things have been pretty quiet over the last several weeks here at the blog. There are a few reasons for it, some of which have been mentioned in recent posts. The main reason is because of the suggested announcement that I made a few weeks ago that I was preparing to start a new website focused on Birmingham, Alabama.

The result is an extremely (and I do mean extremely) beta version of The Terminal. I’ve written a lot of stuff about things going on in town in the past few days and am beginning to repost and edit some of the posts from this site to give an idea of the types of items that The Terminal will be covering. This is far from a finished, launchable product, but I figured since many of you may feel the urge to visit the new site often after all of the bugs have been worked out, that you’d be the perfect beta group.

At some point in the next few days we’ll post all of the references as to what is exactly being used on the site, including the logo. In the meantime, I’d ask for some realistic critique of the site. I’d ask that you e-mail me your thoughts on it and the types of things and stories that you’d like to see covered to the following e-mail address:


I’ll get it, and unlike previous attempts to reach me, I’ll actually have time to answer. This is more of a labor of love than anything else; something that will talk about the good and the bad of Birmingham, but in a way that deals with solutions (or at least invites solutions) instead of pointing fingers all of the time. Comment on the posts that are already up there and bookmark the site if you feel like it. Or tell me why it’s not even in the top 100 sites you’d like to visit. There will eventually be ads on the site as well, so speak up about who you’d like to see up here. I’ll also be letting you know of some of the sites features in the coming weeks as they become operational (though some of them already are; I’d like to test drive them a bit more on my own first before turning y’all loose on them).

I think that I can finally promise an update (and a resulting flurry of posts) in the coming days about all of the recent events in the life of yours truly. Try not to get washed away too much and I’ll see you on the other side.

Enjoy the day,


A new website you say… very soon actually
March 9, 2007, 11:00 am
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Commentary

Things have definitely been shaking up around here the past few weeks. We’ve found a new place to live and job changes are upon us. For those of you that don’t already know, I am resigning my job at Main Street Birmingham effective March 22. There is a method to my madness…

For many months now, I’ve been writing about things on this site that affect the entire city and the region. I’ve also realized that there are a lot of people that need to be aware of what’s going on around here, whether it’s the good stuff or some really interesting constructive views on major issues. So while I’ll still write about my feelings here, I figured it was time to finally “hang a shingle outside the door” (as one of my long time mentors always loves to say) and get busy doing something.

The result will be a website focused on Birmingham. It will be some of what you’d expect and a lot of what you probably wouldn’t. I’d try to explain it some more here, but the best way to do it will be in person (at least for the time being). So…

I’m going to be hanging out at Metro Bistro tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon around 2 p.m. to hold an informal interest meeting for those that may in interested in writing for a new “online hub”. Come on out if you can and I can tell you what I’m thinking about doing, if it’s a crazy idea or not, and if you’d be interested in lending whatever talents are at your disposal to help launch this thing. It is my hope that the site will be “ready” for a real launch by the end of May, though information would be up well before then. If you’re not able to come out tomorrow, you can always send a note to acnatta@gmail.com or you can share your thoughts on my insanity in the comments section below.

Hopefully we’ll see you there tomorrow. We’ll be getting back to the land of the Ramblings fairly soon. But first, some more painting of the new loft (with pics to follow soon).

Enjoy the day!