Archive for March, 2006 Wishlist v5
A little glimpse into the redesign of

A little preview image of the upcoming redesign that I’ve been working on during my tiny amounts of free time here and there since…November ’05 (World of Warcraft has a lot to do with it not coming out much earlier). I’m close, and I can wrap things up after I finish Chesney’s ebay store design this week. I may submit it to CSS Reboot in May, which would get the site a lot of exposure, but then again, do I want that much traffic to my family’s website from strangers? They would mostly be the web design community, but web designers can be a little strange… It would be nice to get a some exposure and critique from other web designers though.

While the site is still in the works, I wanted to ask you guys, friends and family, what you would like to see out of Any suggestions? More videos? Any changes to the pictures section? More pictures of me? Better way to navigate the archives? Categories for the updates? Just thought I would throw out the question while I’m still working on the redesign. Gripes as well as suggestions are welcome too. Though a small audience, you guys are the ones who visit it, so you guys would know the problems with the current site.

Jars of Clay Endorsement

Jars of Clay, Redemption Songs

I, Tim Malabuyo, the author of this site, whole-heartedly endorse and recommend the Jars of Clay album, Redemption Songs. Yeah, I know it’s been out a while, but we only got our copy recently when Chesney won a call-in on Air1 (again). All but a few songs on the album have gotten 4 or 5 stars in my iTunes. Jars of Clay doesn’t “ruin” the hymns (for me) by taking away from the message of the hymn by creating an over-rocked, barely recognizable version of the song, but rather applies their recognizable magic of mellow, soul-ish style. Dan Haseltine singing hymns, man!

Office Makeover!

The new and improved office
It used to look a lot worse.

Wow, I’ve really been lazy in updating this blog. I figured after 3 weeks of no entries, I really should write something–anything (Mac, quit posting every other day and making the rest of us look bad).

Chesney and I finally got sick of stepping over piles of auction items all over the place in our office (I don’t know how she kept it all straight), so we took a trip to IKEA–the one in East Palo Alto, where my long-lost relative is the general manager–and bought ourselves a huge set of shelves and a real desk for Chesney. Up until now, Chesney has been using one of those rolling, portable computer desks with a table beside it as her workspace.

So the office went from the hurricane-like chaos of this to a bona fide nexus of organization like this.

In related news, after more than a year of Mac-evangelizing (the computer, not the cousin) on this blog, I finally quit being a hypocrite and bought myself one of my own: a 20″ widescreen iMac. I’ve had a Mac at work, but this is the first time we’ve had one at home. Since getting this beautiful machine, I made use of wonderful bundled software and created a short video clip of Caleb singing the ABC’s, in literally 10 minutes with iMovie (5 minutes if you don’t count the time it took to import the clip from our camcorder). Ah, coming back to Apple’s OS X after being in Windows XP is wonderful. Just wonderful.

Fireworks is ALIVE!!

Whoo-hoo!! Adobe is keeping Fireworks! I’m a big fan of designing websites in Fireworks, so I was scared that with the Adobe-Macromedia merger, Adobe would axe it in favor of the bloated Photoshop/ImageReady.