Today was quite productive. Went to Milo to see my parents, as today was Father's Day and yesterday was my Mom's Birthday. On the way, I was requested to pick up an ice cream cake in Bangor. The shenanigans I went through… Let me tell you. To start out, Dairy Queen wasn't open. I have no idea why, they just weren't open. I had to go to Walmart for other things, so I looked there next. No ice cream cakes. Then I remembered there being a Baskin Robins in with the Dunkin Donuts on Hogan Road at one point. Apparently I was dreaming, or that was eons ago. Last stop was Gifford's, which I knew would be open. Well I got there. I stood in line for 10 minutes. They had one cake left, but it was going to take 15 minutes to put the icing on. In the end, I got a cake. It was apparently the only ice cream cake in Bangor.
I got Dad the new Die Hard movie, as he's a Bruce Willis nut, and I got Mom some solar-powered lights to go outside her new camper I also inherited a shiny new-ish printer, as they upgraded to one with AirPrint, so Mom's iPad can print. Now I can print wirelessly!!! Oh, and Dad showed me off his new tech toy. He got a wireless backup camera to use with the camper! Its pretty slick, wireless, and the camera magnets onto the truck. I guess he was having problems backing up to the new camper in the spot he's got it living.
Now I'm off to watch TV and relax.
Whilst digging through my genealogy crap, I realized like 2-3 years ago I made a big breakthrough, connecting Frederick Barden back to a line of other Bardens, starting with his supposed father Stephen Barden. Well, I forgot to make any reference of WHERE I found that tidbit of information. I know I wouldn't have entered all that crap in if I wasn't at least pretty sure it was a real connection. But now, I can't remember… And its been driving me crazy for like 3 hours now. I've scoured the internet and given myself a headache. Its just bugging me that I can't even find a slight hint of the connection. As far as the internet and history are concerned, Frederick Barden walked into Dover, Massachusetts out of nowhere, with no family. But SOMEWHERE I found the name Stephen connected, and the dates / ages lined up. Once upon a time.
Sigh, that is all for now. Back to uploading Google Map Data.
I've finally gotten myself into a grove of working on some Genealogy stuff. No actual research just yet, but I'm doing some major overhauls on my family genealogy webpage. The old software I was using was severely outdated, so I've upgraded to a new software called Webtrees. Its based on the system I was using, so its very similar, just not as outdated.
Today I'm working on finally getting the Google Maps portion of this thing to work. I could never get it figured out before, but I got it working on the new system. Just requires me to upload a ridiculous amount of CSV data files to give it coordinates and whatnot. The end result will be that any properly entered location will have a corresponding map marker!
The key issue is I need to get everyone who enters information here to use the standard layout for place names. All of the US will be entered when I'm done, so its important! The layout is "Town, County, State, Country". For instance, Milo would be listed as "Milo, Piscataquis, Maine, USA". (I chose USA instead of United States of America simply cuz its much shorter.) If anyone has questions about place names, let me know!
I give up. I've been eyeing www.threerivers.me as a new domain for TRC for a few months now, And I finally go to register it and ITS BEEN REGISTERED. And the big slap in the face, it was within the last few weeks. I'm so angry now. Three Rivers of Salem. WHY did you need a .me domain? It was perfect for TRC, being in Maine and all.
Now I need to find another domain name. I really wanted to get us a .me one
The Worldwide Developers Conference was yesterday, and at Apple's keynote they announced an overhaul of the Mac Pro (the desktop). They haven't updated it in a very long time, and they're attempting to revolutionize the standard way desktops are configured!
Go there. Look at how shiny it is!! Its a cylinder, with one fan, two 6GB graphics cards, and a ridiculously fast new storage interface.
Now, I'm not saying apple is god or anything here, I'm just saying its pretty intense what they've done to the standards of desktop structure. Everyone should give it a look!
Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes! It was a pretty relaxing day overall. I'm starting to feel old.
I did want to share my birthday wake-up call with everyone. I got a call about 9 am from my mom, and her first grade class sang happy birthday to me