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This Blog Is Now Closed

Posted by Daniel on Friday, May 25, 2007

Now that the new website is up and running, this site will no longer be updated.

Please add the following link to your blogroll:

All of your links and mentions are now listed on the new site.

Many thanks for the support of this blog over the past 17 months…and we will strive to make The Tempest Online as interesting and informative.



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Now On An “Internets” Near You…

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The day is now upon us. All of the hard work is (we hope) about to pay off.

The new site…

…has come online…and we can’t be more excited.

The Tempest Online has teamed up with WordPress, Vanilla Forum, Coppermine and WPDesigner to create a more streamlined and user-friendly place for us to call home.

Our new address is:

The Tempest Online

As tome goes on, you will see many changes to this site, as we are currently migrating much of the data over to the new site.

Many thanks to Kathy (KatB) for her many hours of dedication and hard work on this massive project.

There will be many new and exciting tweaks and additions made as time goes on, but I think you’ll get the gist of it so far. As always, your feedback is always welcome.

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It’s At A Very Exciting Stage…

Posted by Daniel on Sunday, February 18, 2007

Okay…to answer the emails…yes, I’ve been a tad on the skimpy side with posts of late. Not that I’m becoming over the blogging thing, nor have I actually run out of things to bitch about. (seriously, ask anyone I know…I can – and will – bitch about anything)

There are currently two very large projects underway here that are, to put it mildly, MASSIVE.

Painter Man Steve

First off, there’s the complete re-do of the main level of the the house. (yes, Gracie, there will be another installment of “Caution: Gay Construction Ahead…”. So keep your pantaloons on.) Steve actually spent the entire day today painting the Great Room. I, true to form, have played Little Thithter Thupervithor. I’d go downstairs on occasion and say, “That looks fabulous!!”

After the Great room, we start on the Dining Room. After that, the foyer. The kitchen will be done later.

This project, in itself, has been underway since mid-January and will be completed by the beginning of May.

Hardly At Work

Working her t**s off!!

The other massive project is the building of the new and improved home of The Tempest. Steve’s sister Kathy (one of the contributors here) and I have been hard at work building the new diggs from ground up. Our own domain…all the bells and whistles…something for everyone.

Today, the Preloader has had some nice intro music added to it (created by me on some really cool software…very hot stuff). When I saw the images and heard the intro…my nipples almost knocked the monitor off the desk. Seriously, it was that good.

To be fair, though, Kathy is doing 99.9% of the actual work on this project, as it is one of her assignments for her web-building class at school. I’m just the one she bounces the ideas off and I get to make any input I please. Fortunately, she lives 18 miles north of here, so she can’t just smack me when I get too pissy about things. 😉

Are we seeing a pattern developing here? I’m like one of those people I usually bitch about. Just full of ideas and suggestions…totally worthless at the actual work part of it. I’m actually not that bad, really. The above projects just seem to have the best available people for their respective tasks.

Steve is a much better painter than I am, hands down. And Kathy knows more about what she’s doing than I because she’s smarter and I’m supposed to say that. There were, in fact, several points today where I nagged Steve so much it was all he could do not to smack me across the head with a loaded paintbrush. Fortunately, I can run like a gazelle. Well, in my head I can. In real life I tend to just fall down and play dead a lot.

So, yes, I will get off my lazy ass and get back to work here on the blog.

There…happy now?

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Soup…I Need Soup!!

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well, the winter cold/flu that is going around appears to have landed on our doorstep.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who coughed in our direction.

Really, I know that sharing is supposed to be a good thing, but if you’re sick and you hand me that, “It’s okay, I know it’s not contagious” shit again…

…guess what?

You bloody well are!!!

Thanks for nothing!!

I’m going back to bed.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

…or not. (cough…cough)

UPDATE: Okay, that was a tad crude and inconsiderate.  That I’ll give you.  It isn’t as though I’m stupid…I know this ’tis the seanson to be snotty and hacky and wheezy and coughy.  But this is one present I truly don’t want!  I’ve been around so many sick people lately, and I am, quite frankly, amazed my body held off as long as it has.  

I spent the better part of yesterday nursing Steve  because he’s down with the bug.  Now it’s both of us sick.  WHo’s going to fetch things for us?  Who’s going to run over to WalMart for, “The softer tissues that have the moisturizer already in them.  These are too scratchy on my nose.”

I actually said that this morning.  I am such a puthy-boy.  😉

So, here we are…sick as hell and left to fend for ourselves.  Where’s the justice?  Where’s the nurse?  Where’s my woobie blanket???

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Another Teaser…

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Below is another screenshot teaser for the upcoming new & improved website/blog…Also, after several months of psycotropic drugs and tranquilizer darts shot at their asses, the cast & crew of The Tempest were wrangled together for some group photos. Enjoy the first.

Daniel (Tempest) & Kat / Back: Ray, Scott & Steve (Revel)

Just before the thorazine kicked in…

Screen Shot 1

Click the image above for a full view.

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New Site…

Posted by Daniel on Saturday, November 25, 2006

The TempestThat’s right…The Tempest has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of months. Much faster than I thought it would. It’s a pleasant surprise, nonetheless.

Our I.S. department (Kathy) and I.T. department (Ray) have been working their respective asses off in order to make our new cyber-home something you’ll really love. A lot of planning, brainstorming and, quite frankly, fan-fucking-tastic artwork are going into this project.

For now, the teaser is here. It’s just a temporary “front door”…for now…




Front door stationary image 32003.


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Excuse me while I pick a background for MySpace…

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Background Test

Gives new meaning to the phrase “There’s plenty more fish in the sea”.

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Fall…and the winds of change.

Posted by Daniel on Sunday, November 12, 2006

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.There’s just something about Fall, ya’ know? All that was old withers, dies, and then, in three months, is reborn. Okay, maybe that was a bit new-agie-ish, but it does apply, somewhat.

There’s so much happening during this season and I’m not just talking about Steve and his never-ending crusade with the leaf-blower. Although, he is about as obsessed with the falling leaves as he is with the maple seeds.  Don’t even get me started on that one again!!

This Fall begins the long-awaited test to see just how fianancially practical the greenhouse we built really is.  Will all of the delicate lovelies now crammed in there actually make it through what is forecast to be an especially nasty Missouri Winter?  Or will that project have been all for naught?  Keep your eyes peeled on Ebay next Spring for the results.

There is also something else in store for a renewal this Fall.  This site.  After all of the constant tweeking and pruning, I have, as of now, apparently outgrown this host site.  There is literally nothing more I can do with WordPress to make this site more user-friendly.  

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this site has become visually “busy”, and that was antithetic to my initial goal.  I’ll admit, I do love all the twinkly little “thingies”, “buttons”, “Badges”, etc.,however, it was also my intent to have those baubles on a seperate tab or page so as to keep the clutter at a minimum.  Just trying to manage some of these things has become quite a project in itself.  Seriously, these little bastards buttons require daily attention, feeding, walking and more.  I’m just waiting for one of them to take a dump on the new carpeting so Steve can go ballistic.

I know what you’re thinking, “Why the hell do you even need those things?”  Need?  Not so much a need.  I’ve just learned so very much from each and every one of those sites and I wanted to make sure there was a link to them here.  Again, I had planned for them to be on a seperate page, though.

Another reason is that WordPress, still, doesn’t allow for java script and barely supports flash properly.  

Note to WordPress:  Not to show inpunity towards your site.  I know you guys are trying like hell to get things tweeked as fast as you can.  And there will be a button for your site on our new page.  (shit, another button…!)

So, beginning sometime this month, Kathy, Ray & I will be building a new site from the ground up.  My own template and all.  Kathy (our recent addition to Contributors) is my I.T. Department, handling this massive data project with me.  Ray, who sucks as a Contributor but is and has always been invaluable as my I.S. Department, will be upgrading my hardware.  Essentially building me a new PC from scratch.  One that will be able to handle the massive amount of action and data required for this blog update.  I am still amazed at the speed with which I outgrew this PC, which is not even two years old.

During this reconstruction, I will keep posting (sorry I’ve been a little distracted of late) here as often as I can.  

Hey, you guys are pretty smart.  I need some ideas.  Kathy keeps asking me, “What do you want on your page?  What do you want it to do?”  

Any ideas…?

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Here Kitty Kitty…

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, November 2, 2006

KatI’d like to take this time to introduce the newest contributor/editor to The Tempest:

A great big KatB (Kathy to those who know her). Kathy is a strong and energetic writer with a quick wit and a sassy attitude. We think her input will be invaluable as well as entertaining.

Please join me in making her feel at home while she’s overdecorating her cubicle.

Oh, and did I mention Kathy happens to be Steve’s (Revel) big sister? This ought to make things even more interesting.

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If I’d Known You Were Coming…

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I’ve always wondered who all these people are that have subscribed to our feed via the many feed listings we have splattered all over the net. There’s anywhere from 60 to 90 of you but I still only see comments and email from the same people. Who are those people, lurking, with one hand on the keyboard…and the other hand…making balloon animals??, sometimes I feel as though I’ve just stepped out of the shower and someone is peering at me through the window. Sheesh! At least let a girl grab a towel to cover the unmentionables!!

Well, it’s your time to shine, peepers, lurkers, stalkers and rubber-neckers! Just pop a comment here. Don’t be shy. Let us know who you are, where you’re from, what you do, why you read, what you like, do these panties make me look fat, whatever.

If you are one of our regulars you can comment, too. If you run a blog as well, I think it would be a great idea to get to know some of your lurkers as well? You might even find some people that live across the street or always go to that Krispy-Kreme you work – study – live at…you never know.

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