Drupal is known to have a pretty steep learning curve. There's a lot to it and it's hard to get your head around just how it works. "No problem", you think, "I'll just learn as I go." Well, I wish it were that easy. The fact is, in the rush to get things built you might employ a suboptimal solution and later discover there was a great module that would have done things nicely for you.
Yes, I think so. There, I said it. Admittedly, it's a selfish opinion since it would make my life at work as "the web guy" a lot easier. However, I also think it would improve the quality of websites in general.
So, you are using Drupal, you've probably read a bunch of articles and tutorials...maybe even skimmed some books and you figure you have a grasp of how it works. You've read that there's the "drupal way" of doing things and you'd be happy to do so, but you're not sure what that means in practice and you're in a rush to get your site working. You know php and mysql so what's the problem? You just want to start coding.
One tends to discover some odd things while net surfing and a while back I came across a site featuring a Silicon Graphics server that had been torn apart and converted into a fridge.
Pretty cool. Nerdy, but cool. Wouldn't it be a nice change to have a computer that served cold drinks instead of tepid aggravation?
Well, it just so happened that sitting beneath my desk at work were two Sun E250 servers that used to house our company's website before it was completely redesigned on a different platform. What's more, these servers had front doors that swing open; much like a fridge!
Lisbon, Portugal - October 2001
In October 2000 we went to the Emerald Isle to see Estonia play Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. The trip was such a success that we decided to do it again in 2001, except this time Estonia was away to Portugal.
While Ireland was lovely, its October weather could not match Portugal's warm sunshine. We spent a fun-filled week touring around the country and then arrived in Lisbon to see the match. As luck would have it, several other loose connections of friends and acquaintances were in Europe at the same time and we all met up in Lisbon the night before the game. The bulk of us were from Toronto but other representatives came from New York, Seattle and Vancouver. In all, there were something like 21 of us going to see the game. I was the one organising the tickets.
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