Rebecca and talked extensively about doing a blog over a webpage and have come to the conclusion that she wants a blog that you can read from your email account.Â Her brother signed up with Blogger and had this option available so she wanted the same thing.Â I explained to her how we can maintain a blog on our own server instead of signing up with another service and we can still have our blog delivered to people’s email application.Â Well, to make the long story short the outcome of our discussion lead to my pursuit to find the way to deliver my blog into emails.Â I discovered that Blogger (owned by Google) is using the service of Feedburner (also recently acquired by Google) to have the email.Â I researched and found a way for Feedburner to provide the emailing while I kept my blog on my own server.Â So now this will probably be a family blog depending on how much Rebecca writes posts.
A long time ago I downloaded a cool free little application called Journaler for my Mac. I haven’t done anything with it until now and while I was looking around the program and discovered that it has a blog posting option, which solves my problem with writing in this blog because I usually don’t feel like writing a blog post whenever I have online access, so I can now write my blog entries in Journaler and post them up later when I have online access.
The Beautiful thing about blogs is that ofttimes you never have to visit the website to see if there is any new content. You can subscribe to you favorite blogs by using either online services or by software on you computer by what is called an aggregator. The way it works is that tell it where to look and it will go out and see if there are any changes or what the current post is. This isnâ€™t as simple as telling your aggregator a .com address and it will know what to do. You have to give it a specific address. Let me tell you briefly how it works both on the web or on your computer.
On both methods you have to have a rss address this is often found by its icon.
That looks like this.
It might also say somewhere on the page (likely on the bottom) â€œsubscribe to postâ€. This is where you will find the feed address.
The first method is by subscribing to a blog by using an online service. These include Google and Yahoo. If you have an account with these companies they offer a personalized homepage that will give you an option of adding a feed address to you personal page. To do this you just right click on the RSS icon or the subscribe link and click on â€œcopy link locationâ€. This will add the link to your computerâ€™s clipboard. You then go to Google or Yahooâ€™s personalized page and you paste the address in the subscription field on your page.
AN AGGREGATOR PROGRAM
You can download a program or use a program that you already own to download the blog entries. It is often associated with your browser. You can also use your email program like Outlook or Thunderbird. All you have to do in this case is to click on the subscribe icon or link and the browser will ask you with what you want to subscribe. I use a program called Vienna that deal specifically with blog posts. You can find programs like this as free downloads many places on the web.
I hope I have been sufficiently clear about how to subscribe and if I havenâ€™t then feel free to let me know and Iâ€™ll try to make things clearer.
On our way home the premiere of Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (for more info on that see earlier post)it was snowing like crazy. We were going around a bend somewhere near Kaysville and we began sliding. The bend was to the left and the back of our car began sliding to the right. I turned the wheel to the right to try and correct out slide. We got corrected but since we had the momentum of rotating to the right, when we got straitened out we just continued rotating in that direction. I didn’t slam on the brakes because I felt like that would be dangerous. I thought about using the emergency brake since it is connected to the brakes on our back tires and that could have hopefully caused some drag on the back end of our car so that we would keep straight, but in the moment I questioned whether the emergency brake was also attached to the front brakes and that it wouldn’t help us out at all. Once we got our clockwise rotation going, we continued turning in that direction. At the same time we were traveling in the direction of the cement barrier on the side of the freeway. We continued to rotate and by the time we hit the cement barricade we had turn almost all the way around and our rear bumper crashed into the barricade. This help flip us around the rest of the way. At this point both Rebecca and I saw a large car sliding right at us, so I gunned the gas to get us out of the way. The tires were still sliding on the snow so it took a bit to get us heading out of the way. Luckily we did make it out of the way and weren’t slammed into by the other car. We traveled to the other shoulder of the freeway where there was a highway patrol car parked. It turns out that the officer had just been hit by a small red car. The woman in the car was in pretty bad shape. We waited in the car until the police could attend to us. Neither of us were hurt so we were lucky. I looked in the rear view mirror and I saw that the car that almost hit us had pulled over. There was also a tractor trailer that flipped around and within a minute another car came sliding and almost hit the person who had almost hit us. We were very fortunate because we were the only car that didn’t have to be towed away, but our car bumper is in pretty bad shape and it will probably cost a lot to fix.
BYU went to a bowl game in Vegas so my family had to go show our support.
A bowling game before the bowl game:
We saw a comedy magic show:
Ben got his autograph. I’m sure he treasures it to this day:
Then we saw another magic show. Looks like Ben was the only one who liked to pose with the talent: