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Randsco "Shout Outs"
Many folks have helped Randsco.com. Some donate money, some use our Photo-caption Zoom, popINFO and other scripts in a creative way, some hire Scott for CSS or XHTML coding or site design, some back-link to Randsco and still others help with website development and/or content.
This growing list of websites showcases and says "thanks" to some of those people.
There aren't many folks running a b2evolution blog that don't owe this Brit some sort of "thanks" for helping them with their blog. This amazingly generous bloke is a first-class coder & is also very giving with his time. It's appropriate to kick off the *NEW* "Shout Out" section, with a post about ¥åßßå - and his "Tacky Pad" website ... (Note: Post not done yet, which is, ironically ... the story of my life!)
Okay ... wow ... how do I start? It's appropriate that my first "shout out" should go to my fellow b2evo buddy, friend and "business partner" ¥åßßå, but it's not all that easy, introducing someone you've never actually met (especially if you don't want it to sound like a eulogy).
On the plus side, ¥åßßå is super helpful and an amazing coder (if you can keep the bottles of beer tucked out of sight). He's also pretty wicked at growing Dahlias (championship-like wicked), but that's another story. At other times, he's just plain wicked.
Chances are, however, if you have a b2evolution blog and ever gone onto the b2evo forums, he's either helped you directly or "opened the door" so you can help yourself.
I guess it's high time to tip a hat to this bloke and his coding-spiffy, but styling-wasteland of a "tacky pad" website - Innervisions.org.uk (that's ORG dot UK, not UK dot ORG, so try to get it right). So here goes ... my tribute to ¥åßßå ... a sort of "stream-of-conscience" thing that may (or may not) change over time. You know ... how we met, what a wanker *cough* - great guy he is and a bit about how he's single-handedly battling SPAM and fighting to make b2evolution better than ever.
If you're lucky, I might even reveal his *gasp* real name, as well as other semi-embarrasing things ... all of which, I'm sure, he'll get me back at me for, in due time.
Yeah, yeah, you know the drill ... click "Read Full Story" to get the skinny on this skinny Brit (I'm gonna be totally hosed if I ever change "Read Full Story" to something else, but then again ... I like to hard-code stuff!)
Hitting Rock Bottom in 2004
Technically, I met ¥åßßå in 2005, but I started playing, urm ... using ... b2evolution in December. Alex was just over a year old, Rachel was in University. I was the stay-at-home Dad and my mind was going to mush from listening to "goo-goo, gah-gah" all day long. (Nothing wrong with babies, especially your own, but an adult brain can only handle so much, eh?).
I was looking for a little mental exercise and (as it happens) our old (free) webhost (GeoCities.com) was monkeying about with advertising, which was affecting the user experience on a couple of adventure websites we'd built. Shared hosting costs were coming down and we decided to take the plunge and PAY MONEY for our web presence. Of course, it was a whole new world, compared with the free host, and one of the things I did, was look into using a blog (what's that) application. Eventually, I settled on b2evolution (open-source, multiple blogs ... I wanted POWER!). Soon, I was hitting the forums, asking questions, rubbing elbows with some old-timers. Along the way, I happened to meet someone else who was just starting with b2evolution too.
And the rest (as they say) is history.
(LOL ... expect more about ¥åßßå ... just not today. I'm off to take my (now 5-year-old) daughter to swim practice. The life of Mr. Mom, I'll tell ya! Later, it's "cook dinner", then firefighting practice, so it'll be a while till this gets fluffed out in its entirety. By then, Obama will be President. )
(Update: 18-Nov-2009) Well, shiver me timbers. Obama IS president (or is that President?) and has been for nearly a year. (So much for timely completion of this post!) ... Guess you'll have to wait a tad longer. I just added the "Green Man T-Shirt" page to this - slowly - growing list and realize that it does really and truly grow slowly!