Bryan Ruby


Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Weather Forecast Accuracy

I came across an interesting site that monitors the accuracy of forecasts from weather providers.  The site is called ForecastAdvisor.com.  The site compares the accuracy of weather forecasts from such groups as the National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, Accuweather, etc.

It's interesting, to see that for Sioux Falls the National Weather Service is considered more accurate than the other providers.  Yet for Kansas City, the NWS is nearly at the bottom.  I wonder what the reason for this is?  Is it the fact that the NWS forecast for Sioux Falls and Kansas City area are provided by two different NWS forecast offices?  If that's the case, maybe NWS Kansas City has a thing or two to learn from Sioux Falls.  Some might argue that the weather is more difficult to forecast in Kansas and Missouri.  Yet, even the NWS Topeka office (less than 60 miles from KC) is looking much better than NWS Kansas City. Hmmm....

My first online business

Over the past several years, I have had a number of people ask me for advice on how to get their own Web site online.  I've been very cautious in the advice I've given.  I simply didn't have the resources available to really get them where they needed to go and stay there.  You would think with more than 20 years of computer experience, helping the government manage their Web pages the past  ten years, and having my own Website would be enough to start my own Internet business.  However, someone who wants to put their business online needs much more than just a single computer geek can provide.  They need 24-hour user support, they need various options in Internet services as their business grows, and most importantly they need to have online security.  None of these customer needs could really be provided by me  to prospective customers, so I've waited.  I've waited for the right moment and the moment is now.

Family Vacation and more Web Development

Our family recently went on a mini-vacation a couple weeks ago.  We spent a few days at Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side).  The weather was initially warm so we were able to dine outside and walk the tourist areas.  This is my fourth time in Canada and I'm always amazed just how much more "relaxed" everyone seems.  On the third day it rained and we were pretty soaked during our visit to Marine land.  Karen likes to see the Dolphins and more importantly, Logan does too.  We had a blast despite being wet. 
 
The second leg of the trip was spent in upstate New York, around Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes region.  We went there so Karen could visit with a Navy buddy from here Marine days and here family was gracious to let us stay at their house for a few days.  That area is wine country so we were able to sample some of the wineries finest.  I'll write more about our trip once I have the pictures posted.
 
For those who visit the site often, I'm still making a lot of changes to the Website.  I can't settle on the new look and finding that I'm having to learn a lot more about XHTML and CSS in order to modify the Drupal themes that are available.  I likely won't write my own theme until Drupal 4.7 is out.   I'm also trying a new photo album for my site.

New Look

Last week we moved bryansplace.com to a new hosting company. You likely noticed the new look. For the most part, consider the site still under construction. After taking a look at several Content Mangement Systems (CMS), I've settled on Drupal. Once I install a few more modules and tweak the code a bit I think I'll be happy with the results. At least happy enough to go to bed at a decent hour.