Thursday, April 26, 2007

MySpace Craze

MySpace is the new cool place to connect with people. Let me tell you how much I was really NOT a fan of MySpace. One of my big issues/concerns with MySpace was splattered all over the news. There were numerous reports of people tracking other people and then killing them. I have also heard stories about men cheating on their wives using MySpace. I wasn’t about to promote a place that would ruin families. When I finally took a look around MySpace and noticed that you could make your profile private I thought okay maybe this isn’t that bad.

I originally made a pretty basic profile, nothing really fancy. My sister is a MySpace know it all. She sent me to some pages that had some cool codes to change the look of my profile layout. I left the page like that for a while with the exception of updating my profile picture.

This week on Sunday and Monday I spent plenty of time generating my own profile with my own background. Yes this took some time. There were plenty of programs out there that all did the same thing; they allowed you to use your own pictures for a background, change the text, change the tables and change colors. Since all the programs were the same I just chose one. The only problem I had was uploading a photo from a URL. I thought I could use the URL of a photo on our server. I quickly learned that our server didn’t create the proper URL needed for the image saved on it. I had no choice but to create an account with photobucket.

I upload the image on photobucket and generate the code with the image to create a cool layout for my profile. I view the profile and then realize you can’t see my background; one of the original layout changes needed to be deleted from the codes. The background code on the original layout was set to white so my background wasn’t showing. I save these changes and think that I am done, nope. The text color that I chose blends in with the colors of my image. I go back through the layout generator to change the color of the text and I resave the new code in my profile. All done; at least I thought so anyway. Hubby checks out my profile and tells me that the image is too small. I remember I resized the image thinking that the original size was too big. So I have to resave the image on photobucket and then I regenerate the background code. I save it and finally done. WOOHOO at this point I felt like the page was my own.

I jump back onto RockYou and update my slideshow and create a countdown for our road trip. I save these codes on MySpace and now I feel even better about the look of my profile. However I am not satisfied with this.

I want to upload some video from Christmas on my page. I got plenty of great video on our JVC Everio Camcorder. I try to upload the video onto photobucket but the size is too big. So Nathan steps in to help me again. I haven’t played with the software that we got with the camcorder. The two video clips need to be converted to lower quality. OMG, I didn’t think that this would be this involved. However this wasn’t that horrible. The JVC software was just a drop down menu to chose which conversion was wanted and then the start button was hit. The video was saved onto our server and then I could use photobucket to get the HTML codes. I got the video codes and saved that in my MySpace profile. Now my page is complete.

I am officially a MySpace Pro and yes I know I am sad for taking two days to do this. If you would like to check it out head here.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Wicked

Nathan and I thought that we should share a wicked secret with you :) Last year while Nathan was on deployment my Nana, Papa and Uncle sent me shipments of these wonderful treats. At the end of the week I would celebrate by pulling one of the Whoopie Pies out of the freezer to defrost, to enjoy for dessert. It was one of the few special treats that I would give myself to say “You got through the week, way to go!” I of course didn’t have one of these every day for they were expensive to ship out to Hawaii. I was even nice and vacuum packed a few of these to send to hubby in his care packages.
Okay so you are probably confused. Whoopie Pies are a big thing in the northeast. Since I am a Bostonian Whoopie Pies, Moon Cookies and Italian cookies are a big part of my child hood. Nathan can tell you that every time we head to Boston we always try to stop off at the bakery. I am sure that hubby remembers one of our trips to Boston required two stops at bakeries to pick up 2 dozen Moon Cookies to take back to my family in VT and other various goodies.
So the point of this note is to brag that Nathan and I had received a special gift for Easter; Wicked Whoopies from Maine. Wicked Whoopies have now followed this girl from the Northeast to the middle of the Pacific and back to the east coast again :) I hope that you will all try a Whoopie Pie and see why Nathan and I are big fans.
Thank you Amy for making it possible for this woman to have some of the comforts from her childhood comfort her in times of sadness and happiness today.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Relay For Life

Mother is doing her annual relay for life, so go donate.