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2007: A Year in Review

I spent some time this morning while in the shower (where much of my deep thinking and incredible singing takes place these days) thinking, as many of you probably have, about the year 2007. This year was both a great and terrible year at the same time. I thought I’d chronicle some of the events that took place throughout the year and my thoughts about them. A fair amount of these events came directly out of iPhoto (our “events”).

So, prepare for 2007: A Year in Review (insert theme music here):

  • January: We spend the New Year in beautiful (ha!) Kansas City, KS with the IHOP crowd at OneThing (which, coincidentally, is happening right now as I write this). It is a time of growth for both Amber and myself, and we really enjoy reconnecting with everyone from Hawai’i. We both leave with a resolve to create an atmosphere of prayer and worship at our current church.

    Amber standing in line at OneThing

    The Shanes playing at OneThing

  • March: Our “resolve” from OneThing is effectively broken by news that our pastor had participated in numerous extramarital “activities” throughout his life and, most importantly, during his tenure as pastor of our church. I could write a lot on how this has affected me and my family, but suffice it to say that it was a fairly dramatic turning point for me. We’re still trying to figure out what our faith looks like now, and have no easy answers.

  • April: My neice, Jordan, is born.



  • May: A lot took place this month! We go on a cruise with some great friends, I get my first Mac, I get another niece (Scarlet; double the fun!), and Amber and I see Wicked (an amazing experience!)

    I’m awesome


    Written on the beach


    She’s pretty good looking


    My first Mac (tear)


    Scarlet and I (I am not going to eat her)


  • June: I turn 26 (I am old).

  • July: Amber has her second Broadway Review along with planning a beautiful wedding for David and Megan.

  • August: Amber and I visit the Garden of the God’s and Seven Falls in Colorado Springs for our anniversary. I think it would be funny to place one of my many Apple stickers on our dog, Reepicheep. It was. It still is.

    Amber and I on the road to the Springs




  • September: We have a family reunion in Kansas (and also visit the Wizard of Oz museum). Also, Amber turns 25 (she’s old!) and I get a funny picture of Reepicheep sleeping backwards. Ahahaha! Also, for David’s birthday, we dress up and, as luck would have it, I was a badass. I mean AM … I AM a badass!

    Amber at the Wizard of Oz museum


    Amber shows off her sweet HSM shirt at her birthday party (I got her that)


    Reepicheep sleeping backwards


    Just like Horatio Caine before me, I am a badass


  • October: Amber takes a picture of herself randomly playing guitar. Jon and I dress up as Doug and Jeremy for Halloween, and Amber dresses up as Lucille Ball. However, Harley mistakes her for Angelina Jolie’s “Mrs. Smith” character (??)

    Amber playing guitar


    Jon and I dressed up as Doug and Jeremy


    I can see why Harley made the mistake … the outfits are the same, including the pink “I Love Lucy” pin (just to avoid confusion, Amber is on the left)

    amber jolie.jpg

  • November: Jon, Jenna, Amber, and I attend a marriage conference / retreat. We have a great time painting Estes Park red, and spend much more time “retreating” than “conferencing.”

    Jon, Jenna, Amber and I living it up in Estes



Recursion in the “Real World”

For those of you who haven’t heard the term before, “recursion” is the idea that something is self-defining in mathematics and computer science (put in simple terms).

For example, the following definition is recursive:

  • The father of a son is that son’s ancestor.
  • The father of the son’s father is his ancestor.
  • etc.

On that vein of thinking, check out this picture I found on As the author states, the sign is warning the escalator patron not to hit their head on the sign that is warning the escalator patron not to hit their head! It’s like some sort of lame Back to the Future paradox but in the real world.


The beginning and end of iWeb

Just about as quickly as I began trying out iWeb for blogging purposes, I realized that it wasn’t nearly robust enough to do the sorts of things I wanted to do.

Here is a list of what I believe to be hindrances to my use of the product:

  1. There is no easy way to change a theme. I wanted to see how the formatting of the blog worked on different iWeb themes, but I quickly discovered that you are, for all intents and purposes, locked into the theme you initially select for the site. To try a new theme, I’d have to create a new site and then copy the content from the old site. This almost makes the theme functionality worthless.
  2. I wanted to add code across all the .html pages, but was unable to without loading a third-party solution such as MassReplaceIt. This made adding something like a favorite icon burdensome.
  3. The commenting system doesn’t work for non .mac hosted solutions.

In short, I just didn’t feel like the package was enough for the type of blog I want this to become. It’s a great application for very simple use, and I can see how perhaps those using .mac would benefit greatly from it.

After deciding to dump iWeb, I had a huge list of solutions that I could choose from to form the framework for this blog. I decided to go with WordPress. For now, I am hosting the blog on the domain. However, I intend to move it to its own server some time in the future. I have a fair amount of experience in PHP and mySQL, and I’d like to see how difficult an application such as WordPress would be to setup on my own site.

iWeb screenshot

 (My old iWeb site)