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Visiting my Parents in Loveland

We’re in Loveland, CO for an extended weekend to visit my parents at their new house. My parents recently moved up here for my Dad’s new job at McLane Co. To keep my mom happy, my dad bought her a big house. I’ll try to take some pictures before we leave and post them when we get back.

Madeline, Laura and my friend from highschool in Plano, lives out here and is visiting us today. We are going hiking in just a few minutes, going white-water rafting tomorrow, and are going for the brewery tour sometime before we leave. Sorry for another short blog-post, but it’s better than nothing, right?!

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Flash Video: End of the World

I promised Alex that I would upload two of our favorite flash videos: Mario Twins and End of the World.  You can find the Mario video at the following link: Mario Twins

The End of the World video is below. It may take a few minutes to load on slow connections as it’s somewhat large file (around 3MB)

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Flash Videos: Mario Twins

I’ve uploaded the Mario Twins (Shiggity Shiggity Shwa) and End of the World flash videos to my website. The Mario one will start playing automatically, so I decided to put the End of the World on it’s own blog post. You can find the End of the World video at this link: End of the World

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Chase and Jill Love Us

We are staying with Chase and Jill Kerlin again this weekend in Austin. They live in Round Rock and always leave a room available for us – even last minute. We were down here just the other weekend to come to a wedding and my friend from Panama (the country) is here this weekend, so we are going to hang out with him.

Thanks Chase and Jill!

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Rollerblading with Shiner

I’ve started rollerblading with Shiner (our dog). Since we got Dish Network, we’ve been watching a lot of Dog Whisperer – the show with Cesar Millan.  He is always talking about releasing the dogs energy and one of the examples we have seen him do to release dog’s energy is to go rollerblading with the dog and the owners. 

When it starts getting closer to bedtime, Shiner starts running around the apartment with a squeaky toy and we figure it has to drive the downstairs neighbor mad.  I usually try to stop her when she starts running around, but that probably keeps all her energy pent up in her.  Instead of just stopping her from running around, we decided to start helping her release some of that energy by taking her out rollerblading.

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Long Time, No Blog

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post to my website, but I guess I’ve just been busy with a lot of things going on in my life. I’ve been travelling a ton for work – which has been really cool, but has kept me ultra busy. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been on business trips to:

Austin, Texas
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Malta, Malta (South of Italy) – Stayed in London, England for a 2 nights
San Francisco, California
Shenzhen, China

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Frontpage Tech Posts

I’ve decided to quit posting technical posts to my frontpage. I figure that most people who land on my blog for a tech post are probably getting here from google or another search engine and will land directly on the article they are interested in. People who are more likely to visit my site on a consistent basis are friends and family. As such, I am trying to make it easier for them to enjoy the site (by simply coming to the frontpage) without having to navigate through all the techy madness that I am always posting about.

If you do read my blog for the techy posts, they will all still be here. They won’t show up on the site’s main front-page, but they’ll still get filed to the tech category of my blog. What do you think about this change? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Josh Lyon Search

My last goal was to make my website the top search result when you searched for ‘Shiner Lyon’ (at least on Google – that’s all that counts right?). I have successfully overtaken the Kansas and Kentucky Wildlife Commissions and a discussion forum about fishing bait to achieve the top position. At least for now.

My new goal is to make my website the top search result when you search for ‘Josh Lyon’ – afterall, this website is pretty much dedicated to my thoughts, my photos, my technical discoveries, etc. Hopefully google will re-index my site and will pickup on the new changes I’ll be making over the coming days.

I would mention the names of the websites I’m below, but for now I don’t want to give them any type of advantage. I’m talking to you Mr. Leet Speak and Mr. Horserider.

Maybe I could put some more pictures of myself up and appropriately label them. If you have any ideas how to make my site more oriented towards me in content (like the use of my name in text, descriptors, etc.) please leave a comment.

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DS Syndicate Write Permissions

I was getting an error with my RSS Syndication component after I moved my site over to the new server. The error message I was getting was:
Error creating feed file, please check write permissions.

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Shiner Lyon Google

I just wanted to let everyone know that my next goal is to make some pictures or information about my dog the top link on Google when you search for "Shiner Lyon".  Laura seemed to think it was ridiculous that I was doing some search engine optimization on my photo gallery tonight primarily for that reason, but I think it’s fun. Hopefully she (Shiner) will the top result shortly.  As a side effect of getting Shiner promoted, I’ve fixed some of the issues with my com_search component and an issue it had with OpenSEF. If anyone is interested in the apache htaccess hack, let me know via a comment and I can post some information on it.