2/3 of the way done. Now for a few busy
weeks of catching up on life and long overdue commitments. Revamped
the recipe section (finally!)
to make it more organized. Let me know what you think of it.
I have finally found a good way to express
why I dislike living in California. As paraphrased from Chris
Blizzard's website: "I can't forget that smell. Humidity
mixed with decomposing leaves.... It's something that... may prevent
me from ever moving out of the north-east United States."
So there you have it. A very good encapsulation of all I dislike
about living in a desert... In the spirit of the coming turkey
day, I just put up the recipe
for the single most delicious foodstuff in the world: Sausage
Stuffing. Go and make it. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee
Just got back from MCM.
Race sucked, I bonked. Shoulda
drunk the cool-aid... Only real items of note at the moment are
that I temporarily retired (until ~April) from running on 11:12:08AM
EST on Sunday, October 27 and that I got a few more pages of the
recipe book up - completed everything
up to section 13 and am now working on 14. Only eight more months
Lots of changes around here. I finally
menu (to the left). Now if I want to change the menu, I don't
have to change every page on the site. I could have done it with
Not much else. Running. Running a lot.
Running 80 miles a week. Hoping to get into Marine
Corps Marathon again. You'd think being the 13th place finisher
last year would help my chances. You'd be wrong. Hoping and running....
The entire site is now revamped and "complies"
with my "new" (it's really about 6 months old) look.
Let me know what you think of it and if you find any problems/errors
Everything up to section 10 of the recipes
is done. Might be able to get 11 and 12 done before work heats
up again. Seems like I might actually finish this thing before
Phew! After a marathon coding session today,
I've almost finished totally revamping the Bike
Trip '98 section to get rid of the old kludgy design and bring
it more in line with the 'new' look here. Only part left to bring
up-to-date is the pictures section. There's not a whole lot of
pictures ready to be up anyway. Maybe I'll just forget that sub-section
until I get the 250+ photos ready to be posted.
Everything up to section 8 of the recipes
is done. Slow going but steady.
Rode out to Harpers Ferry on the C&O
last Friday and came back by way of the W&OD
on Saturday. Check out this
site for lots of great info about trails in the DC area.
Survived the drive across the country with
Lindsey. One thing that made it
a lot better was the cruise
control I installed just prior to leaving. I'll put a page
up in the future detailing the installation.
I've added a few more pages to the recipes.
Everything up to section 7 is done, section 8 is almost done.
Running again. Run every day since I arrived.
This environment is so much more conducive to running for
me. Maybe I'll even do a fall marathon if the training goes well.
Finally arrived at the twenty mile mark
of my degree. As all marathoners
know,I'm only 1/2 way there and the last 10K is a killer.
With the end of the term and a long, luxurious
summer break, you can anticipate more effort being put into this
site. For starters, I've added a few more pages to the recipes.
At the rate I've been going, should be only two to three more
years before it is done. Talk about long term projects!
Only a few more days and I head back to
hang with my buds
for the summer. Oh, yeah, I am going to work and make some money...
gotta do something when I'm not running besides eat and sleep...
Just finished and posted "Zen
and the Art of Resource Procurement" - a fundraising
book I wrote while a PCV. I originally did it in PageMaker back
in '96 but lost the disks! So, I just spent about 4 weeks retyping
and designing it AGAIN in PageMaker. Coming sometime in the future
will be an HTML version. Read it, let me know if you find any
errors and what you think of it.
We here at EricZander.com pride ourselves
in maintaining total independence from all influential factors.
This is why we must state that our decision to yet again change
the style/colors of this page (with the rest of the site to follow)
has absolutely nothing to do with various comments made
by our friends and acquaintances.
Supposed comments such as "... it
would look better if you puked on it..." and "... my
grandma could design a better page!" had no effect
upon our decision.
It is a total coincidence that we
have received numerous such comments like those above in the last
two weeks and our decision to do the redesign. ;-)
Let us know what you think of the new scheme....
Well, I survived spring break and am now
back at the grindstone. Despite my predictions otherwise, I actually
got grades good enough to let me stay here. Not sure if this is
good or bad but it certainly helps my future earning power...
If you're reading this, that means that
my switch to a new host went well. I found what appeared to be
a few good hosts - imhosted.com,
They all offer what appears to be good value for what I'm looking
for in a host but I decided to go with hostinggroup.com for two
main reasons - they don't require a year-long sign-up for their
low rates and their website seemed more honest than the rest.
We'll see. You know I'll tell you if they suck! I wanted
to go with web-x but they are having network problems and aren't
taking new clients. imhosted would be my second choice followed
by bravidio and solidload together. But, like I said, it was very
close between all five.
The BEST benefit of moving hosts is that
I now have Soupermail
up and running! What does this mean? It means that finally I have
a way for people to contact me through this site using a form.
Coming sometime this week will be a bunch
more recipes - I finished sections
3 and 4 during break and just have to distill them and post them.
I had big plans for break but that's all I got done web-wise.
good luck at Boston in 2 weeks!
Spring is finally here! Exams are done,
papers are handed in and, if my grades are good enough, I might
actually be able to stay in school for another few terms!
Expect to see a bunch of updates to the
site over the next 2-3 weeks since I have time now to work on
it. Primary goal for right now is getting more recipes
up and working on my bike trip
pictures (there's like 200 of them or so!).
I'm also looking for a name for my new
Zelda is the current leader but I'm also considering Guenivere,
Heidi and others. Let me know what you think of these or offer
me new ideas.
Within the month I'll be changing hosts.
I'm currently hosted by readyhosting.com.
I do not recommend them. They're not that bad but not that great
either. My new host will be Web-X.
They come with good reviews and have *nix hosting cheap. We'll
see how this works out. You can be sure I'll tell you what I think!
Finally, I'm running again. Just a little,
like planning on ~20-30 miles a week for the next week or two,
slowly building up to ~50 or 60 by June. Then we'll see where
to go from there. Maybe NYC
Hmmm.... Wish Joe
good luck at Boston in 3 weeks!
So I was researching a school paper today
and came across this
web page which says This web page is part of the copyrighted
web domain, Authorlink (http://www.authorlink.com), and may
NOT be linked or re-distributed without written permission
by Authorlink. I find it silly that people think they can
prevent others from linking to their publicly available pages
- like I just did. This was all settled long ago through the courts
(against Neanderthals like Authorlink). Obviously the people over
at Authorlink live under a rock - especially looking at how bad
their web page is and how long ago it was last updated. Even ericzander.com
looks better and is updated more often! Now watch them slap me
with a lawsuit for linking to them. Wouldn't that be fun?
Go check out the Golden
Valley Harriers website from time to time - I've been slowly
rebuilding it for them. Won't be long before it looks much better
than this site. But it's content that's important, right? [long
silence] OK, ok, the silence is deafening. I'll do something soon
about the lack of aesthetic qualities of this site. Really I will.
Real soon now.
Check out Overlib.
My friend Eric Rusten discovered
Finally, a shameless plug for myself ---
Want to hire me for an MBA
summer internship? I'm looking for a position that will allow
me to pursue my interests in all things open source (from the
business end), work in the DC area (prefer but would be willing
to go to North Carolina for Red Hat or the Bay Area for a good
opportunity or even Boston!), work for a dynamic organization
and allow me to learn a LOT.
No real changes to report today except
the color change. Samantha doesn't like the old color scheme.
she says it is godawful and ugly and perhaps she even said it
is putrid. So, to make her happy I have changed it.....
Although I made it a while back, I forgot
to add in a link to the downloads
page. Now you too can access it... I've also added a few more
recipe book pages.
I have finished scanning all the pictures
from my bike trip. Now I have to convert them from TIFF to JPG,
make thumbnails, build the HTML pages.... all in all, about 1/2
way done with them. I'll throw them up here as soon as possible.
Like I've said before, content is the first priority right now.
Next week is midterms so you won't be seeing
a whole lot new up here between now and the end of the term what
with projects, papers and exams. So sue me...
The Raw Logs from my bike trip
are finally all typed in. Took so long... and, I haven't even
spell checked them or anything so I'm sure they are rife with
errors. Presently I am scanning in the photos and, after that
you get the idea. It's a lot of work. For maps, last week I happened
guys site - he and his wife rode across the country same summer
as me and finished 3 weeks later and only 3 miles away from me!
What a neat coincidence!
I've also added a few more recipe
book pages. I predict this will take years before I finish
this project.... But, like I may have said before, once typed
in, neither I nor anyone else'll ever have to do it again.
Now the new term has begun so I'll probably
have less time to work on all this stuff. Enjoy what I have gotten
Soon it'll be a new year - in fact, by the time you read this
I *know* it'll be a new year. There's a lot of changes around
here in the past few weeks. No, not the bad graphics or color
schemes (though some of the color schemes don't seem too bad)
but CONTENT. Yes, as Jakob Nielsen would say, it's all about the
content. I've added a lot of the raw logs from my bike
trip, a whole new recipe section,
a new running book review and
a download page for some files.
Yes, content is king around here - especially because we don't
have anything else to brag about. Once I get all the raw logs
from my bike trip up, I'll start working on things other than
Happy Holidays and thanks for visiting...
Ah, a week ago I was struggling with finals, living moment to
moment just trying to keep my sanity between finals and studying
for finals. Well, grades aren't in yet but I'm fairly sure I did
OK. This was the toughest term, what being out of school for so
long and having massive financial aid problems. Bureaucracy (spelling?)
in any form hates me...
But, finals have ended, financial aid is
done and now there's still nearly 3 weeks left before winter term!
So, there'll be lots of changes around here in that time, I'm
sure. I'm hoping to have the whole month of June posted for my
bike trip. Also want to figure out a few things, like how to let
you, my adoring fan, contact me without my revealing my email
Life is OK and getting better all the time.....
OK, the school term is over and so now I have time to work on
this site a little. Today I just added in 3 more days of the raw
logs in my bike trip. Up to end of May now - approaching San Fran.
Only 5,200 or so more miles to go on that...
It's really something how life changes
over such short amounts of time. School, running, etc. Sometimes
I can't wait until I'm old just to see where life takes me between
now and then....
Thanks for visiting, come back again...
For those of you who await these updates with bated breath, don't
hold your breath too much - I'm not promising that there'll be
updates as regular as they've been coming.
So, I keep plugging away at inputting the
Raw Logs in (See the bike trip). I'm only up to May 20th. I've
got to go until sometime in August. That's a LOT of typing. Especially
for the hunt-and-peck method. Oh well, with the marvels of computer
technology, I'll only EVER have to type them in once. Never again!
I also finally found a map and traced the route I followed on
it in photoshop. This'll help for now - in the future I want to
put up much more detailed maps.
Also updated is the running section - not
much, just some links and stuff. Check it out. Coming soon - a
way to send me email by using a form. maybe....
Thanks for visiting, come back again...
It's late and time for me to go. I've got a race tonight and it's
raining. I love rain...
But you don't care about that, do you?
I took the message board down - not sure if it's the PERL script
I'm using (Soupermail)
or the NT server my site lives on. Do yourself a favor when you
get your own website - DON'T use an NT host, go with *nix. It's
better. trust me..... I'll put something up eventually in the
place of a guestbook. Maybe when Ikonboard
goes gold I'll use that as a guestbook as well as discussion forum.
But, with a discussion forum, who needs a guestbook? It's just
One good thing I've done is fixed the Raw
Logs in the bike trip - seems older browsers (and they don't have
to be very old) don't recognize *.txt files as text files. I added
in some simple formatting and the all important head and body
tags. Now you should be able to read them. More coming soon. Gotta
Well, I've been futzing around with this stuff for a week now
(8 days according to the last update). I've added a whole lot
of stuff - Raw Logs of my bike trip are growing, I have a guestbook
up and running (but it's pretty crappy layout and stuff right
now), I updated the running books - finally added in the authors
of the books. And, other stuff has been done.
My primary objective for now is content
generation - getting it up and making it work, even if it is kludgy.
I'll make everything work well and look pretty later. So, if it's
ugly or doesn't quite work now, sign the guest book and tell me
your suggestions. I might incorporate them later.
Have you ever noticed how your computer 'desktop' mimics your
real desktop? Neat people have neat desks, messy people have messy
desks, artistic types have cool images/graphics, engineers have
boring color schemes...
Not sure what this web site
says about us here at EricZander.com.... maybe that we puke our
stuff onto our desktop?
Cut us some slack here on
the lack of content, design and such - we're just starting out
on this little adventure. if you can look beyond the obvious flaws
in navigation, design, lack of content, lack of creativity, lack
of innovation (that pretty much covers this whole website now,
doesn't it?) and see the potential, We're sure you'll enjoy yourself.
We have plans to improve this mess. Really we do!