Relaunch 2018

Submitted by mikeryan on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:04pm

At long last I've upgraded to Drupal 8. In the process, I've migrated all my Drupal- (and other tech-) related posts over to, leaving this site for personal commentary. Since it's been a long while since I've done such commentary, this site looks awfully thin at the moment. We'll see whether or not my aspiration to blog more often comes to fruition...

Wired #triplefail

Submitted by mikeryan on Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:12am

I've subscribed to the Wired print edition for years. I knew they had an iPad edition for a while (being total Apple fanboys), but I've got a Google Nexus 10 tablet. In the latest issue I saw "Get the digital edition of WIRED for your tablet at (note the all-caps magazine name, which doesn't actually work - you need to go with all lower-case - I'm not even counting that one). Great, I thought, they finally have Android support. Here I pick up with the feedback I attempted to send from (clicked under TABLET):

Went to the tablets page on my Nexus, only to find that you support the Kindle Fire but not other Android tablets. Clicked the FAQ link to try to find your excuse, got 404'd. #doublefail

Submitting that gave me a WSOD at

The Choice

Submitted by mikeryan on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 6:02pm

When the party nominees emerged, I was for the first time in my life satisfied with the choice before me. I've been voting in Presidential elections since 1980, and had never before seen both parties nominate candidates who I respected, and expected to serve well.

NOLA Day 7 - 5/2/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 9:27pm

Friday was our last work day. This one was, again, helping out a FUUNO church member, who is having a new home built by Habitat for Humanity:


Habitat for Humanity 


We worked on the framing inside:

NOLA Day 6 - 5/1/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 8:58pm

Thursday morning we continued our drywalling and firestopping in the Ninth Ward. Sorry, looks like I didn't get any more photos... In the afternoon, we returned to JazzFest. First up: Randy Newman, who performed a great set - of course, Lousiana 1927 was featured, but he also had some good new material. Including the audience participatory I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It).

NOLA Day 5 - 4/30/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 8:12pm

So, that Wednesday we moved on the the Lower Ninth Ward. A group called is working on rebuilding homes in the most heavily devastated neighborhood in New Orleans, and we did our small part Wednesday and Thursday. Here's the house we were working on:


House in Lower Ninth Ward


NOLA Day 3 - 4/28/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 8:17pm

So, on Monday we got down to work. The volunteers gathered at FUUNO, and split into three groups. One group worked at the church, and one went to another location that I don't recall. Here are some before photos at the church (afraid I didn't get any after), where they are building a commercial kitchen (you can see the sanctuary through the framing in the last photo):

NOLA day 2 - 4/27/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 7:36pm

On to our 2nd day in New Orleans (at this rate, I should have the week finished by Christmas!). First thing, of course, we visited Cafe du Monde (no visit to NOLA is complete without a plate of their beignets, wallowing through ankle-deep powdered sugar).

NOLA day 1 - 4/26/08

Submitted by mikeryan on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 7:39pm

Sarah and I got back a week ago from a week in New Orleans, and I've finally got a little time to start writing about it. Arlington Street Church, where Sarah is very active, has a partner church in NOLA - First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, in the Broadmoor neighborhood. She's a member of the PC3 (Partner Church Coordinating Committee), which organizes regular trips to help rebuild.