New Month, New Job, New Blog Theme and Plugins, Damn that was a good Vacation!

Well it is July 1st 2009 and the Sonoran Desert is heating up nicely. I had a nice little vacation for a couple months and now its time to get things rolling again!
kathryn and roger at 4 corners

New Job:
The first and most pressing news is that I am once again employed! The even better news about this is that I am employed by a very good company and am working with peers that are intelligent and trust my abilities.
My new employer is Member Solutions who have existed in a few forms over the last 15 years and specialize in Billing Services for the health industry. They have been successful in the Martial Arts market and are ready to expand. Since I have such a strong interest in Yoga I will be focused on that vertical but am in no way restricted. The services are centered around a full service billing solution that allows businesses to stay focused on providing their clients with their service while we make sure they continue to pay. Beyond that we offer scheduling, event management, and marketing services fully integrated and complimentary to the billing.
To top it off I am going to be working from my home office and am managed by a good old friend from my years at Godaddy. She trusts my abilities and has seen me in action so there is no micro management and I am encouraged to speak up when things are going poorly.
I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to talking about it more here soon.

Updated Blog Version, Theme, and Plugins
I finally sat down and made it happen. I had to go and find an FTP client for my new laptop and rediscover how the heck WordPress works but in the end I made it happen and even more important it all works.
Yes indeed Desertstandard.com is now running on WordPress version 2.8!

Theme Update!
In honor of this miraculous movement of momentus procrastination I decided to update my theme. I found Scribblings and am quite pleased with the results.

To keep the ball rolling I also updated and added a few plugins:
IntenseDebate.The one I am most excited by is Its from the guys who came up with WordPress originally and basically ties my site into social networks without me having to get dirty in code, yuk! So now you can post a comment and tie it into facebook or any other site you are using. You can create a quick poll for anyone else to take, post a Seesmic Video comment, and other things that I wont bore you with just yet.

I have also pulled Twitpress and replaced it with Twitter Tools. Now my Tweets will also show up on my website. It looks like I threw up on everyone (twitteristically) when I implemented this, for that I apologize, but be warned that it could happen again. Please have mercy on my soul!


Finally I added WordPress Mobile Edition so that you can easily read all my important posts from your mobile phone.

So please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Screencast of the new WordPress 2.5

This site is run by an open source software package called WordPress. Its really easy to use and has some great features for getting all this really important writing out to the masses. ;)

Anyway they are coming out with a new version really soon and have posted a screencast covering some of the new features.WordPress › Blog » Screencast and WordPress 2.5 RC2

The coolest one is the Gallery feature. Now instead of posting my photos to flickr and then linking to them from a post here I will be able to upload them straight into my post. This means that wordpress is handling the FTP’ing of my image files up to my host and then creating the links to them. While the current version of WordPress lets you do this the new version makes it easier with a snazzy interface that makes it feel like a desktop application. Its pretty snazzy and takes a lot of steps out of the process.

If you need help setting up a wordpress site let me know. Its dead easy.