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Website update

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

After not having much time to work on the website, I still don’t have much time to work on the website. I did, however, manage to remove a couple of main links that are no longer useful (News and Private). The News feeds do not work, and I don’t have time to troubleshoot them. The Private pages are no longer useful, as they are either outdated, or not really private anymore. In general, the Travel pages are the only ones that are maintained frequently, and even those need some additions and updates, which I hope to add…well…sometime.


Friday, August 21st, 2020

Due to a chronic lack of time to work on this website, several things went out of date. The Web Host changed from Lunarpages to Host Papa (acquisition or something–didn’t really have time to investigate), and the CGI-based hit counter, calendar, and clock went away. Also, Weather Underground changed something, so their weather widget doesn’t work anymore, either. Also, I have yet to get a rework of my Storm Prediction Center Convective Outlook page completed. The News page doesn’t work anymore, nor does the selectable weather (Weather Underground again), nor the widget for YoWindow. So…I’ve just removed the links to the broken CGI stuff, and placed a text explanation of their absence in their places. As time permits, I’ll make similar changes to the other broken items. I have also shut off registration for this blog. The only people (bots?) that were trying to register were spammers, so my email inbox kept getting clogged with dozens of requests for registration, all of which were ignored. I have, however, managed to keep the all-important Travel pages more or less up to date…although near-future travel is in jeopardy, “thanks” to COVID-19.

Website back to normal, finally

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Begin rant.

(No) Thanks to the Storm Prediction Center, my Web host (Lunarpages), and especially Google, parts of this site have been broken or completely non-functional for quite a while.

SPC changed their outlooks last year, to add “Marginal” and “Enhanced” Risks. In addition, the NWS changed the location of SPC’s “points” file, which my Severe Weather Outlook page uses to create the outlook table. Those problems were finally fixed (more or less) today. The problem with SPC not closing their points (but leaving them open at the edge of the United States coast or border) remains, so sometimes the risk levels are misinterpreted.

A few days ago, Lunarpages updated PHP and MySQL, among other things. That broke this blog, my photo gallery, the Looney Tunes list, and probably other stuff that’s in the Private section that I rarely use anymore. They did, at least, include warnings and instructions on how to fix the problems that resulted. So, that didn’t take too long to fix, but was more complicated than their e-mail suggested.

Finally, Google last year removed important functionality from It was previously quite trivial to display a GPX or KML file directly on that site just by including it as a parameter in the URL. Now, there is a seriously complicated API involved, and GPX files are particularly hard to display. Thanks to Leaflet (JavaScript library), OpenStreetMap, and others (including hints from various on-line help pages like Stack Overflow), I’ve finally gotten something usable on-line for my Travel pages.

End rant.

Website update: Other Sites

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

I finally got around to updating the “Other Sites” page. As is explained at the top of the page, dead stuff was removed, and a few items were added or updated. The page is still far from what I envision it to be…eventually.

News page: major update

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Lunarpages says that someone hacked their DNS, which appears to have disrupted my site’s access to, and the various weather services derived from it. During the investigation to see if anything else was affected, I noticed that my news page wasn’t working right. After some further investigation, I found that the format of CNN’s and Yahoo’s news RSS feeds had changed. So, I looked at my code, and found that it used old-style (PHP4) XML parsing (the expat parser, to be exact). Today, I rewrote that part of the code to use DOMDocument, after discovering that the simple XML reader in PHP doesn’t appear to handle these files. Now, CNN works, and BBC still works (it worked the old way, too). Unfortunately, it appears that Yahoo’s changes are incompatible with my format, so I have–at least temporarily–removed Yahoo! as a news choice.

Website Overhaul

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I had considered getting a CMS (Content Management System) for this site, but decided instead to simply overhaul the XHTML and remove language support. That should make it much easier for me to add/change/delete content as needed. And, to go with the newly fixed-up pages, there is a brand new logo:
New logo

This replaces the previous logo:
Older logo

As I write this, the “overhaul” is a work in progress, and it may take a few days to get all the pages (excluding the blog and gallery) converted. The overall appearance of the site will not change much, but my ability to manage it should be greatly improved.

New Travel Page

Monday, August 11th, 2008

As of this evening, there is now a page on this site that shows selected travel that I’ve done (obviously, this is intended for friends and family, and is unlikely to be of interest to anyone else).  For now, only the recent trip to Spain is shown, and (for now) the travel page and the associated data are still kind of “rough.”

Speaking of Spain, it was a wonderful trip.  Stu and I spent about a week and a half touring mainly the southeast part of Spain, especially Lorca, Cazorla, Salobreña, and Granada.  Since we flew into – and out of – Madrid, we also drove between Madrid and the southern part of the country. Photos are also available (and have been for several days) in the photo gallery.

Akismet – one month later

Friday, October 26th, 2007

It’s been exactly a month (30 days) since I installed Akismet on this site in an effort to reduce the impact of comment spam. In that short time, Akismet has flagged nearly 1,300 spam comments! 😮 Only a couple have made it through to regular moderation (nearly all comments are moderated). Spammers: 😛

WordPress & Akismet

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Today, I upgraded the blog software to its latest version and activated the Akismet anti-spam plug-in. Of course, my preference would be the elimination of all spam, :mrgreen: but this will have to do for now. Note to self: the Akismet display line goes in sidebar.php within the active theme, as the next-to-last line.

10 Years of Cheryl’s Spot on the Web!

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Today is the day!  It was 10 years ago today that the website that eventually became’s Spot on the Web was originally launched.  The site has come a long way since the original black-text-on-gray-background single page started it all.  Lots more is planned — if I ever have time to do it…!

10 years! graphic