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I just did that???

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:54 PM

Call me a glutton for punishment, but I just decided to run for office. Not a real office, but the BlogShares Player Securities Board. To get in the real election, all I need is someone to second me as a candidate, and then of course during the polling days, I need votes. :-) If anyone is interested in reading my platform and/or seconding or thirding me, please take a look here. If you really want to get into the fun, feel free to take a copy of my campaign sign too:

This should be kinda fun. Being an avid political observer, it's fun running for a virtual office. I'm not use to trying to sell myself in such a manor, so who knows how this will go, but it should be fun no matter what…

More Blogroll, More Blogshares

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:45 PM

Well, I conducted a reverse stock split this morning in hopes of increasing my share price so that I could issue some more shares. That worked, and there's 940 shares available for the taking if you so desire. The only bad news is issuing more shares caused my P/E to rise precipitously, and I lost $2,000 in worth in my personal portfolio as the price dropped. It seems a bit odd that buying sixty shares should cause such a large drop, but oh well. It should be stable now though, as the P/E is close to perfect and at a much better price than it would have been a day or two ago… remember buy when it's low (but, because you like asisaid, don't sell high)! ;-)

In other news, I have made some Blogroll additions. First, I've added “Sisters' Weblog: It Bloggles the Mind,” which I've been following for a little while now. Also, just this morning while following my Blogshares, I noticed Josiah Richie's blog was linking to me, and I've returned the link. I know Josiah from ChristianSource Free Software and Linux Users Group and I knew he had a blog, but I was thinking it was mostly discussion of Gentoo news. Anyway, it is now blogrolled as well.

Perpetually Behind

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:00 AM

Well, I've been so far behind I haven't had the time to post anything meaningful here for a little while. I'll shape up… I promise!

Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, comes home from shopping with everything in a
cardboard box.

Saddam says: “Why have you brought the shopping home in a cardboard box,
Uday ?” To which his son replies: “Because there's no Baghdad.”

Okay, now, if you're looking for something to do, go visit Pressed's site and read his interesting piece on Pluralism. This is a really important topic and one that faces every Christian today. I can't even begin to remember how many times people have used the arguments that Pressed discusses to argue against absolute truth — and as Pressed explains, these arguments fall apart by themselves.


I'm sorry, Mr. Butler.

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:04 PM

He was especially upset not only about my blogging activities, but also my posting as him on other blogs, such as What in Tarnation!?!?!? and sakamuyo 2.0. I'm sorry Mr. Butler, I never meant any harm at all.

In fact, I had started this blog when I'd gotten ahold of a copy of the code from Butler's friend Ciaran. I planned to keep it private (just a fun testbed of blogging technology), but couldn't resist including it in my information when I posted on some other sites. Now Mr. Butler has asked me to give up the blog AND give him as payment for the damages against him (he also said he's getting a new web maintainer, so if anyone is looking to hire, please let me know).

Whatever the case, this is the end of the line for me. It's been nice knowing y'all, I'm sorry it was all really a hoax all along.

-Dan Now Publically Traded!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:50 PM
Listed on BlogShares
Yes, that's right, now you can buy on the BlogShares Exchange (thanks to Christopher)! Right now, is on the BlogShares 500 less than a day after its IPO. :-) If you're looking for a secure investment for your blogging dollars, why not invest in a reliable stock like asisaid? Today BlogShares, tomorrow NYSE!


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:01 AM
Everything will pretty much stay the same, save perhaps some more graphics changes, etc., and the old address will indefinately forward to this new site since is my company's domain. I think I can even get blogrolling to work properly without anyone having to modify their blog roll. However, if you are so inclinded, the new info for your blogroll is:
So what do you think of the new name? Catchy? Stupid? A waste of a good $15? Feel free to take the opportunity to be the first poster on :-)

Stupid Me!!!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:21 PM

Note to self: Always check the front page of your blog to make sure it is working after making major changes to the code.

It seems that Tim's Journal was not accessible for about three or four hours tonight because of a bug I created in the code that caused the main page to attempt to load an article created at “0” (the UNIX epoch, that is, January 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT). Unfortunately, it seems people did visit the site during that time, and sadly one person from blogs4God stopped by and seeing that nothing worked, gave the site a “6” rating (all things considered, “6” is more than fair for a site that doesn't work. ;-)). Oh well, hopefully whomever stopped by will come again now that things are working again.

A Year and Counting...

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:41 PM

Well, depending on if you count my blog starting when I posted the first substantial item or if you count the first 'testing' message, my blog either turned a year old on February 21 or will turn a year old March 4. I'll just go with March 4 so that I don't have to admit that I forgot to post something on the 21st… Did I just say that?

By the way, congratulations to Christopher, of What in Tarnation?!?, who achieved a blog entry-a-day for an entire month in February! That's not necessarily an easy task, but he seemed up to the challenge. Considering that he just won an award from me yesterday, he's on quite a roll. :-)

Need Some Punditing?

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 11:26 PM

I'm pleased to introduce a new entry to my blog roll. Le Renard Subtil's Citizen of the State is an interesting “pundit blog” that's part of the Gone Ape Web Network (as is What in Tarnation!?!). This blog has been up for about a month, and I decided it was high time for me to add it to my blog roll rather than using my blog roll to get to Christopher's blog roll to get to COTS (if you aren't confused by now, you should get some kind of award!).

Improved Journal

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:54 PM

Yes, I've done some more minor adjustments. Nothing terribly noticable mostly - a few design tweaks that probably no one will notice. However, while I was at it, I added XML/RSS headline support to the code too.

Now, if you aren't familar with RSS, its a format pioneered by Netscape and Userland (yes, the same Userland of Radio Userland fame). Awhile back, Netscape wanted a convenient way to include syndicated headlines in their My Netscape site. Well, the predecessor to RSS (RDF) was the creation, and soon lots of sites adopted it. In fact, for a time, any site could be included in My Netscape because of this. My Userland sprung up later on, and they ended up pioneering much of what would become the RSS standard.

Alas, My Netscape moved back to a proprietary system - so now only a select few sites are included in its catalog - and My Userland bit the dust in an effort to move everyone over to Radio Userland. All is not lost though, some sites, such as my company's still offer portals that use RSS, and places such as Slashdot use RSS headlines too. Finally, many desktop news aggregators such as KNewsTicker (included with KDE) and Radio Userland offer RSS support.

The great thing about RSS is, even though some of the major support is gone, literally thousands of sites still offer channels. In fact, every PHP-Nuke, PostNuke, or Slashcode powered site automatically comes with RSS output support. That includes sites such as Open for Business and (bias alert: the first site is owned by my company, the latter is sponsored by it).

Anyway, now Tim's Journal can enter the arena as a proud supporter of this wonderful open format. You can find my RSS file at

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