I demanded a new apostle song, and they delivered!

So, as you may remember, back in December when Joseph B. Wirthlin died, I posted a “demand” for a new apostle song.

I was actually surprised that more Mormon-themed blogs did not at least mention the fact that a new apostle song was needed.

But in any case, this afternoon I got a comment on that old post from the “Sons of Ammon” who were the writers of the song, saying that they had posted a new video up on YouTube.

And sure enough, here it is.

Enjoy! Let me see if I can help spread the song – as of this post, February 10th at 7:40 p.m. the YouTube video had 49 views.

Some blog updates

So I spent some time working on the blog this evening. A few weeks ago I did a little blog makeover. There were a few things that I left somewhat unfinished then and I think I may have fixed some of those.

  1. I fixed the width of the archive and category drop downs in the far left column.
  2. I reduced the maximum font in the tag cloud in the other column. There are still a few tags that kind of “bleed over” into neighboring ones but I think it looks much better.
  3. I fixed where the reCaptcha anti-spam comment plugin was appearing way off the side of the screen. I know some of you don’t like that plugin but I don’t care because it’s my blog, so bite me.

Constructive bug reports or things that don’t seem right are welcome. Comments about how you don’t like this layout or how it’s boring or other such opinions unwelcome.

One of those 25 things posts

So going around Facebook lately are these 25 random things posts.  So here is mine.  I thought I’d put it on my blog and wait for it to import over to Facebook

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

In MY rules, you can tag as many or as few people as you feel like and if you are tagged  you don’t have to do anything.

1. I have resisted doing one of these things for very long but have finally given in.  Kind of like Facebook itself….
2. In my high school graduating class of about 400, I was voted “Most likely to be a millionaire”.  Hasn’t happened (yet)
3. I am a giant cheapskate.  Though I prefer “frugal”. In 2005, I bought $15,519.82 of groceries for $763.10
4. I once sat in every seat of the entire Row W of the Richfield Coliseum (where the Cleveland Cavaliers used to play)
5. Continuing the stadium / arena theme, I once fell down about 10 rows of metal bleachers at Nippert Stadium (where the University of Cincinnati football team plays).  Looking back at it, I really could have died but managed to survive with only a cut above my ear and a dislocated shoulder (which popped back in at the hospital before a doctor even got around to seeing me)
6. Back in the early 90s my friend and I used to dial into text-based bulletin boards on our 300 baud modem and register accounts under the name “John Jaha”
7. There was also a phone number that we used to call pretty much non-stop (777-4513 I think?).  Nobody ever answered but it had an answering machine where we used to leave messages all about John Jaha.  Hey it wasn’t our fault that he’s the man who can bring it (and he’ll never get sent to the minors).  All this John Jaha talk started when we noticed that he had hit .344-30-134 for a minor league team in 1991 (back when those numbers meant something).  We talked about how he was “the man” who “could bring it”.  We talked about him for years, including the creation of a song detailing his many exploits (kind of like the Chuck Norris facts I guess).  The punchline of each stanza of the song was “And he’ll never get sent to the minors”.  Example – “He’ll hit .400 lifetime, he’ll slug 1000 homers, he’ll drive in 5000 RBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS…. and he’ll never get sent to the minors”.   Good times!
8. I have pooped off the side of a pickup truck that was moving at about 50 mph
9. I have pooped my pants while simultaneously throwing up
10. It’s not my fault that many of my interesting stories involve poop and other bodily fluids
11. I got a 1400 on my SAT (back when it was out of 1600) and a 33 on my ACT
12. I was born in Germany and was in many countries in Europe when I was a baby that I don’t remember, but I have been to Canada and lived in the Dominican Republic (for 2 years) that I do remember.  In the US, I have been to 40 states and 807 counties (including every county in OH, IL, DC and RI, DE, and hope to visit all 3142 counties before I die
13. Speaking of counties, I once drove through all 88 counties in Ohio in under 24 hours (23 hours, 34 minutes and 34 seconds to be precise).  On another occasion, I drove 34 hours from Chicago to Cincinnati by way of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, entirely to pickup new counties
14. The first music cassette tape that I owned was Young MC’s “Stone Cold Rhymin’”.  In college, I created the first (and probably only) Young MC fan homepage.  I still think that Young MC is awesome
15. Since June 2008, I have found over $39 in coins on the ground and such – that’s not counting the $1.14 that a 10 year old girl gave me, quite possibly thinking that I was a homeless person trying to find money to feed my starving kids
16. In high school, I was once at a friends house where one of my other friends was opening up some mail that had gotten sent to the wrong address.  As my friend was trying to figure out ways that he could cash this $100 check made out to someone else (while we all tried to convince him what a horrible idea that was), someone commented “Isn’t opening up someone else’s mail a federal offense?”  Literally no more than 15 seconds later, the doorbell rang and it was the police
17. Like my wife said in her 25 things note, we did initially bond over Beavis and Butthead jokes.
18. I also really did not want to go to the dance where I initially met my wife but my friend Jim convinced me to go
19. With 5, I have more children than probably 98% of the people I know.   But I still don’t think I have a huge family
20. I own 3 rental properties
21. Starting in about 11th grade and up until about 2 years ago when I decided I was old, I wore shorts year-round. In those 15 years or so, there were only 2 times that I was ever cold.  #1, when my friends and I went out at night and walked on the ice at Lake Erie during a week where it was so cold (like 20 or 30 below windchills) that they closed the school for “cold”.  So cold that as I struggled to walk back up the ice covered stairs from the lake, my (non-gloved of course) hands were sticking to the metal bannisters and pulling skin off.  #2, when we came down to UC for an official visit.  We sat at Nippert Stadium and watched a football game in a blizzard.  This caused us to create a new temperature scale to compete with Celsius and Fahrenheit called “Stadium” where all temperatures are measured in the number of degrees that they were warmer than that day
22. In high school, I was a National Merit Finalist but (in my opinion because one of my teachers didn’t like me) was not invited to be in National Honor Society
23. I have a daughter who has Asperger’s Syndrome / mild autism.
24. I really want to hike the entire Appalachian Trail before I die.  I’m not sure I have my wife convinced that we should all hike the AT in 2016 as a family
25. I can type 100 words per minute which explains (part of the reason) why I am so good at games like Word Challenge

A little blog makeover

I did a little blog makeover recently. So if you only read TPMHTDM in Google Reader or such (As I do), you might want to check out the actual site to see the newness.

Carolyn called it “…all minimalist. very opposite of how i like my blogs.”

Which is kind of what I was going for.

Blogger conversion

Okay – I am still in the process of converting things over to WordPress from Blogger.  I now have the RSS / Atom feeds working, so those of you who are my loyal Google Reader feeds can now have your Dan Miller once again.  Used this link to put a few lines in my .htaccess files as none of the plugins seemed to be working.

I am still working on getting the old images and internal links working.

Had a kid

Yup.  Had a kid.  Well, mostly it was Carolyn that had the kid – I mostly just sat around and watched. It was a boy and if you’re reading this you probably have already seen the announcement I emailed out. If you haven’t, then it’s probably because I don’t have your email address.

Also, this is my first post on our new blog, on the new web host with the new blogging software. We’ve moved from Blogger over to WordPress. I will probably (possibly? maybe?) write more about this a bit later on after I figure more stuff out. For now, I need to go get Carolyn’s blog working over there before she yells at me.

The middle number’s an 8!

Yup that middle number is now an 8. Again. For now.

I’ve been in the middle of my revolutionary weight loss program – “Eat less; exercise more”. It’s been going pretty well as you can see below. Blue line is my actual daily weights – Green line is the “trend” line which is just a weighted average.

I was down to 188.4 on Sunday morning (slightly up this morning). I’m shooting for 170.

I am trying to get this weight loss pic on my blog somehow as a widget so that I can be accountable and that you can all follow along with me, but it’s not working so well.

I’m actually considering moving from Blogger over to WordPress.


So I have now been blogging for 3 years now. I meant to put up a post on the actual 3 year anniversary date, but for some reason I was thinking that it was at the end of the month, when in fact it was on April 12th.

To celebrate, all readers will receive 50% off their monthly membership fees for TPMTHDM for the rest of the month!!!!

See now don’t say I never do anything for you.

One of those people

Get ready for a plethora of posts from me today. I have a few in mind that I’ve been meaning to post. So yeah, I’m going to temporarily turn into one of “those” people that don’t post for awhile and then post like 40 things at once.

A few points to clarify

#1. I’ll post when I’m good and ready.
#2. The goals bar only gets updated when I remember
#3. Exercising isn’t even one of the goals on the goals bar anyways.
#4. I can’t believe that my “stalker” wasn’t Ray.