“Only a soul full of despair can ever attain serenity and, to be in despair, you must have loved a good deal and still love the world.” — Blaise Cendrars (poet/novelist 1887-1961)
poem © Jeffrey Beaty
September 1993 — 19 lines
Written after a late night visit to the top of the “sail” (conning tower) of the USS Pasadena, SSN 752, a nuclear submarine that was making way on the surface of the Persian Gulf.
“There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”
— Kurt Vonnegut (novelist 1922-2007)
Well, I got a lot of work done tonight / this morning. I have a new website up, but it has a long way to go. Haven’t decided what all I want to do with it, just that it is high time I got off my tookas and start doing something. So while there isn’t anything here yet, here’s what I did:
- Installed IIS on my new laptop.
- Backed up my old site.
- Installed WordPress and began to play with it all.
Everything went fairly smoothly; even though I had a lot to learn about changes to my host, operating system (haven’t used Windows 7 much until now except for “the basics”,) and WordPress itself. I’ve never been great in PHP but I managed to alter the default WordPress theme (which I kind of like) to randomly pull from some of my own images. Pretty kludgy the way it works, but I’m using WordPress’s own code and just adding to it.
I also played with one of my photos to make my first header which you should be able to see at the top of this page as I have set it as the featured image for this post. The thumbnail below also links to this new header image:
Well, long past time that I should hit the sack, so I will continue to experiment with this site in the days and months to come. Hopefully somewhere along the way it will actually become something worth visiting.