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“Are your kids well-behaved, or do they need like a few light slams every now and then?”

July 18, 2004, 12:47 AM

I do enjoy watching Mrs. Doubtfire. I’m watching a tape of it right now. It’s amusing, to say the least. It’s got a great story, and some great lines. It’s got its fair share of big names, like Robin Williams, Sally Field, and Harvey Fierstein, but it’s also not what I would describe as a “celebrity clearinghouse”.

A “celebrity clearinghouse”, as I call it, is one of those productions where there is a larger-than-normal amount of big-name celebrities in the movie, usually making little cameo appearances. The Rocky and Bullwinkle movie was like that. Not a bad movie, mind you, but a high amount of celebrities.

Anyway, though, I enjoy Mrs. Doubtfire. One of my favorite lines was where after the bus driver saw Mrs. Doubtfire’s hairy knee (because she’s actually a he). He said, “I like that Mediterranean look in women. Natural. Just the way God made you.” If only he knew…

Otherwise, today has been one of those days where I’ve been giving Schumin Web some much-needed attention. Still working on the uploads for the new College Life site, though I’m almost done with that one. Also cleaned the remains of Almond Street’s storefront out of my Online Store, and so now that’s 100% Schumin Web inside of there. I still have to clean out all the images left over from Almond Street’s storefront (I have all the images saved somewhere, so it’s not like I’m losing anything). I also designed a new line of products for my Online Store around that expression of mine which I learned recently was original: Never underestimate the power and speed of stupid. That will turn up on the Web site before too long.

I also reminisced a little while I was working on arranging “The Lights of the Night”, my set of nighttime photo sets. The reason this is reminiscing is because these photo sets weren’t initially made to be part of “The Lights of the Night”. In fact, most of them were made for the purpose of, well, I have an evening to myself, so I might as well grab Big Mavica and the tripod and go somewhere. Still, I have some interesting photos to show you, and they’ll be ready before too long.

I am also kind of stumped on designs for the Web site for 2004-2005. This redesign, by the way, is now officially overdue, as I intended to have it up by the middle of July. Most likely, you won’t see a redesign go up until some time in September. I’ve had one person volunteer a full design for Schumin Web, which would make the site way more high-tech than I would feel comfortable making it (i.e. way over my head). In a redesign, I’m looking to keep the site at the same level of low-tech as it is right now, and refresh the look. I’m also planning on some changes in the organization. Web Cam and College Life will be dropped (the latter going to a near-completed subsidiary site), and I’m separating the Journal from Life and Times, making a new section called “Journal”.

What I’m getting at is that if you’re interested in helping me come up with a design idea, get out your pencils or your computer mice, and make a doodle or two. With the 2002 redesign, I gave myself a wide page width, which I’ve put to good use since then. So I need to retain that width. All around that width is open to change (that width is about about 750 pixels). Whatever you want to do.

Send me your design drawings, since I seem to be fresh out of good ideas. You be the architect – design a beautiful building. Send it to me (preferably via Instant Messenger). Then from what I get, I’ll take the elements that I like and incorporate them into a final design, and engineer it into a Web site.

One way or another, though, we’ll get this Web site redesigned. I’m still amazed. I’ve never had this much trouble coming up with a site design.

Web site: Redesigning a Web Site from the University of Massachusetts

Song: The Ketchup Song, which I now associate with Howard Johnson's whenever I hear it. Came from the fact that I first heard the song while I was reading a Web site about HoJo's.

Quote: "I can't take it orally, dear." - Mrs. Doubtfire on her "medicine", and why she couldn't take it at the table.

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