Welcome to Doerrstop 9.0

Welcome to the latest revision of Doerrstop.com. This remake have been a month in the making and utilizes some really cool database technology to allow me to do some real cool things with the site.

The Reason
So why did I do this? Three reasons. First, I thought the site needed a cleaner and simpler interface that would allow quicker access to the photos, movies, and music. The site design was getting old and needed someting a bit more visually interesting. And finally, I wanted to use some technology that would let me and the kids edit the site from anywhere we wanted rather than being tied to the machine where I had the blogging software and site content installed. This redesign addressed all of those needs and more.

The Technology
I’m utilizing the same databse driven web technology that I’ve used on 3 recent web projects (www.thelaughterclub.org, www.ncyte.org and www.christmethodist.org) to bring a nice design and added functionality to the site.

This software is free and opensource and has a large community of developers. That helps me out when I find a problem and I need an answer. It also assists me when I want to add new features to the site as many of my ideas have already been implemented and I can use and build on what is already available. You will see some of those new features coming out soon so stay tuned.

It’s here! The 2005 Christmas Caper is done!

It’s that time of the year again and the kids were off to Texas to help Santa save Christmas. This year’s caper has all the excitement of years past with a few new maneuvers along the way.  Make sure your seat-belts are fastened and your tray tables are in their upright and locked position cause this baby is ready for take-off!

You will need Quicktime 7, which you can get here. This allows me to provide much higher quality video this year. If you see white screen when you watch it, you need it.

You can find this movie under movies.

-Brian

Its almost ready…but not quite!

Well,

I almost have the 05 caper completed. It would have been done by now but I had to do a little project for work. So just as a little present while you wait, here is the video I made.

Its called Danger in the Streets and its an edited version of a bunch of 1930’s public service video footage with some 1950s Sci-Fi movie music added for effect. I made it in an attempt to communicate all of the perils we face in trying to collect money in our business as the Duke University Health System CBO. If you think of the traffic as all of the problems we face in getting paid you’ll get the idea.

And bonus points if you know the movie the music came from!

Let me know what you think!

-Brian

Fun with Photobooth

{moszoomthumb imgid=528}Well, we hit the mall for a few minutes yesterday so Mary could return something and of course I had to stop by the Apple store and check out a few things. While we were there we played with the new Photobooth software from Apple. It comes standard on the iMac now that it has a built in camera.

Check out the fun in the media gallery

Yikes. Maybe we shouldn't play around so much!

-brian

Christmas Caper 2005 is on it way!

We thought we might not have a caper to solve this year but then we got the call…This year Santa needed help in order to save Christmas for boys and girls everywhere and the Doerrstop Detectives had to fly to Texas to help.

Stay tuned to doerrstop.com and be the first one on your block to see this 2005 blockbuster! We hope to have it finished by New Years.

Merry Christmas 2005

Merry Christmas from the Doerrs!

Another year has flown by and Brian and I have found ourselves wondering where the time has gone and whose big idea it was to have 7 children?!  2005 has been a good year, albeit extremely hectic.  We love our large family, but find ourselves getting bogged down with family activities and an exorbitant amount of homework!

Mary starts high school next fall, and her homework load has picked up considerably.  In addition to school, she dances, has a lead role in the school play, and played field hockey this past fall. Mitchell and Mason are both playing basketball and have joined in the tap craze.  Madeline just earned a spot as a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) along with her big sis Mary. Mark started kindergarten this year and Matthew goes to preschool three days a week and then hangs out with Maisie and me at home the other two days.  Speaking of Maisie, she’s almost walking!  She’s 14 months old now and weighs a whopping 14 pounds 12 ounces!

Brian is still working for Duke and volunteering at church doing AV work and building our church website (christmethodist.org). I’ve continued my job as house manager and tutor extraordinaire in addition to directing the church Christmas Pageant and leading Madeline’s Girl Scout Troop.  Nothing new there!  

So that’s our life in a postcard.  Please drop in when you’re in town.  God bless you and your family this Christmas season.  Make sure you take time out of your busy schedule to remember the miracle of Christ’s birth.

Love, Cheryl

Mark’s Birthday

I turned 6 and had a humongus birthday party at Pump It Up. Check out the new photos here and let me know what you think. I know they are bit late but my Dad says he has been real busy.

Check for the slides in the media gallery.

-Mark