To Boldly Go . . . Back in the day, English teachers bawled us out if we split infinitives. But the original Star Trek series broke new ground, and I am following its crew into a new era. A half century after getting into the publishing industry — successively newspapers, newsletters and magazines — I made up my mind to get serious about electronic publishing. I have enrolled in a course in Web design at Anne Arundel Community College up the road from our home in Annapolis. Students range in age from post-high school to retirees. One of our assignments for the first week was to create our own Weblogs, or blogs, and you are looking at mine (https://jvreistrup.wordpress.com/). The assignment includes sharing learning experiences with other members of the class, which may be helpful to them but perhaps of less interest to anyone else who ventures here. Those readers may want to scroll to a reminiscence posted earlier.

I learned that starting a blog is easy. As advised by Jenn Schuster, our instructor in CAT 274 Web Publishing, I went to http://www.wordpress.com/, clicked on the large SIGN UP NOW button and set up a new account. I also took advantage of the options to post messages and change the look of the page (my choice of theme is Andreas09). We were also encouraged to add photos of ourselves, so I uploaded a photo taken after the traditional Thanksgiving touch-football game between my brother’s and my families. I am third from the right; next to me is my wife Cathe and on the right is my brother Paul. The rest are my sister-in-law Tat on the far left (a first for her!) and assorted children, grandchildren and in Paul’s case great-grandchildren. My full name is John Valdemar Reistrup but I have opted to head this blog with my preferred byline, J.V. Reistrup.

Our family's Thanksgiving touch football game

Our family's Thanksgiving touch football game

Notes on my class assignments:

FTP article on Webmonkey:  Assigned reading on the Web was FTP: For the People. The cited link was http://www.webmonkey.com/02/36/index4a.html but when I clicked on it I actually got http://www.webmonkey.com/tutorial/FTP_for_Beginners

Assuming that is where we were supposed to wind up, I read the assignment. The original author was Michael Calore. but it has evidently been edited since then. The use of “FTP” as “For the People” is a play on the real meaning, which is File Transfer Protocol. FTP can be used either by networked computers to communicate with one another or by computers on the Internet to transfer files to one another. The process begins with logging in, which the author manages to make both cutesy and complicated. (“Lucky for you, I’m here to give you a holier-than-thou sigh of my own and send you down the dharma path.”) Fortunately, there are a few paragraphs that appear helpful. I will find out when I try to transfer files.

Chapter 1 of Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Classroom in a Book provides a clear and helpful guide to creating Web pages with Dreamweaver software. Although it took me twice as long to get through as the estimate of one hour, I managed it and learned a lot. The time spent was worth it. The first obstacle, as I recall it, was that the book gives instructions on page viii of the preface about creating a folder named DW CIB, which I did, but when I got to Chapter 1 proper I learned through trial and error that I couldn’t create a New Site called DW CIB. It took me a while to figure out I could edit the existing one. The second time-consuming challenge was that after I inserted the picture of an Italian hill town, I didn’t get the promised popup allowing me to “float right.” I finally left it where it was and came back later to move it via a workaround.

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