Chris Jefferies

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Monthly Archives: October 2003

Font on the Jumano Blog root page

I used a site called Flaming Text to generate the Old Stone styled logo on the blog root page:

You can use it to generate images of fonts of different styles…



Google Blogging…

Here’s a link to an article about Google’s blogging service…  It’s free.

“Forget whistling while you work. Many Googlers are blogging while hard at work on the world’s largest search engine, thanks to a simple technology Evan Williams developed.

Nearly eight months after Google bought Blogger creator Pyra Labs, Williams is helping Google deploy the technology he built only as a side project in 1999–which is now part of a revolution in personal journaling.”

Grandpa’s suit

Elena has a photo on her blog showing Carter wearing a little suit I had as a child.I hated that itchy suit, and there is poor Carter, dutifully posing in the historical garment:


Don Horn has added a photo to his blog that depicts how I might have looked in my childhood suit:


Here’s the same image on my site:


New Movie Reviews from Tom

Family Film Stills

Derek has been editing our family film footage for my mom.  While trying to clean up the film, Derek grabbed some stills.  You can see them in an image gallery I set up on my blog at:


Derek said he is going to apply filters to attempt to clean up the film.

Qualities Named Frailty, Cattiness and Desire

Annalee has another great review.  I am so proud of her.  This one, yet again, confirms what we who know her know very well; she does indeed have an affinity for the material.

The teaser on the NY Times Arts page – October 15, 2003:


Qualities Named Frailty, Cattiness and Desire

In a flurry of mixed Tennessee Williams’ one-acts, the highlight is Annalee Jefferies’ affinity for the material.


Here’s the link to the article at NY Times:

Here’s the printer friendly version:

For safe keeping here’s a link to the full article I saved in an article post on this blog:


Recall – Let’s break out the booze and have a good cry

I was drinking pretty heavy last night…

I think the following lyrics describe my mood, but the part about “having a ball” is about crying, not partying…

Is That All There Is?
by Peggy Lee:

I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.
I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face as he gathered me up
in his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement.
I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames.
And when it was all over I said to myself, “Is that all there is to a fire”

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is

And when I was 12 years old, my father took me to a circus, the greatest show on earth.
There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears.
And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads.
And so I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle.
I had the feeling that something was missing.
I don’t know what, but when it was over,
I said to myself, “is that all there is to a circus?

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is

Then I fell in love, head over heels in love, with the most wonderful boy in the world.
We would take long walks by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other’s eyes.
We were so very much in love.
Then one day he went away and I thought I’d die, but I didn’t,
and when I didn’t I said to myself, “is that all there is to love?”

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing

I know what you must be saying to yourselves,
if that’s the way she feels about it why doesn’t she just end it all?
Oh, no, not me. I’m in no hurry for that final disappointment,
for I know just as well as I’m standing here talking to you,
when that final moment comes and I’m breathing my last breath, I’ll be saying to myself

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is


Big Bend – Adams Ranch

Derek spoke to Lee Roberts (care taker of the Adams Ranch) and it appears we’re good to go for another year.  Derek is supposed to check in with Lee closer to the time when we go out there to make sure of any last minute details.

Yee Haa! Happy Fucking New Year…

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Over Labor Day weekend a group of us went to the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and stayed in some “miner’s” cabins.  This was arranged by Jimmy Bruno.

Aurora and I arrived late on Saturday afternoon and were informed that after dinner we were going to participate in the camp ground Talent Contest put on by the park rangers  We were the final act and we had a good time.  Bob stole the show with a great sing along tune.

Later in the evening as we played some tunes around our cabin front campfire, the Ranger, Christy, came over and mentioned that she had organized an “Ice Cream Social” in the historic town square near the gazebo and wanted to invite us to play some music for the event.  We, of course, agreed.

Next afternoon, the gathering included bubble gum bubble blowing contests, sack races, water balloon tossing and finally ice cream for everybody.  We entertained the crowd with about a half dozen tunes and great fun was had by all.

We look forward to attending again next year.

Here is the info from the business card I got from Christy the ranger:

State of California
Department of Parks and Recreation

Christy Sherr
State Park Ranger
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

23579 North Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
530.265.2740 FAX

The Blues – PBS Series

Has anyone been watching the PBS Blues series.  Check it out, it’s pretty good.

“Under the guiding vision of Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, seven directors will explore the blues through their own personal styles and perspectives. The films in the series are motivated by a central theme: how the blues evolved from parochial folk tunes to a universal language.“

Tonight I’ve been watching the Red, White, and Blue episode by Mike Figgis.

“Director Mike Figgis (Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, Time Code) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the music of the early sixties British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America.”

Blogging & Journalism

Glenn just sent some interesting articles on Blogging and Journalism from Nieman Reports at Harvard.

It is in a PDF format and the references to Blogs & Journalism are on page 4 of the PDF.  They are linkable titles to the various articles.

Here’s the first:


Blog Admin

Here are some brief notes about administering your web log:


Accessing the Admin pages:
You can access your admin pages by logging in with the supplied username/password combination I originally provided when I set up the blog. If you’ve forgotten your username/password, please contact me for a replacement.

Once you log in, there will be an additional link in the “My Links“ titled “Admin“.  Click on this link to access the Admin pages.  Under some conditions, there may be a secondary login.  Use the same username/password you used to login the first time and check the “Remember Me“ link to avoid this extra login in the future.  Once there, you should see a web page with 7 tabs; Posts, Articles, Feedback, Links, Galleries, Stats, and Options.

To get back to your blog’s home page, click on the Blog Title link in the upper right of the admin page.

NOTE: In some cases I have seen a prfectly good login fail to bring up the Admin link.  I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but in one case, stopping and restarting the browser fixed the problem.  In another case, I re-booted the computer. Finally, in yet another scenario, I found that clearing cookies from my IE browser fixed the problem (in IE, Tools > Internet Option > Delete Cookies button).  This last step will clear cookies from other applications as well, so don’t do this unless you really need to.

Adding new posts is the main activity of a blog.  Click on the “New Post“ link to add a new entry.  Make sure to  add a subject title and the body of the entry.  On most browsers, the edit area of the blog entry is called a ‘rich text’ editor.  This means you can edit the contents with ‘what you see is what you get’ capabilities.  You can change the font, color, etc of your entry.

The rich text editor has a spell checker (you may need to download an additional component to use it).  It also has a “Remove Font Formating“ button and a “Word Clean“ button.  These buttons allow you to clean up specialized formatting from a source document when you “cut and paste“ into your blog entry.

I recommend that you keep formatting to a minimum as it will sometime conflict with the style of your blog.

Make sure you click on the ‘Post’ button to save your work

Post Categories
Before you start adding blog entries, it would be good to create some categories.  Categories can be associated with each post.  I recommend setting up a few to start with, and add more as you think of them. 


Articles are like posts except they are better suited for longer pieces. 

Article Categories
Article Categories create links under a “Story Categories“ link box that provide access to articles in each category.  You can only assign one category to each article.


The Links tab allows you to define links of favorites that you want to share with your site visitors.

Link Categories
Link Categories create blocks of links that provide access to links in each category.  You can only assign one category to each link.


The Galleries link allows you to set up multiple galleries, each with multiple images.  First define an image gallery.  Once defined, click on the small down button at the right end of the “Add New Image” bar.  Then you can upload images via the browse button to find the local image for upload.  When you save the image, the application uploads your image into the server (may be a little slow with large images) and then creates thumbnail images used for previewing the images.


The Options tab allows you to make configuration changes and your password.

The Configuration link allows you to change the Title, Sub Title, Blog “Skin”, and other aspects of your blog.