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Who are we?

Just in case you wandered to this site by accident. We are Mike and Kathy Smith. We live in Frisco, TX. I grew up in Texas and Kathy grew up in Indiana. We met in the DFW metroplex and were married in September of 2000. 

How did you choose as your domain name?

When I learned that my old ISP Excite@Home was about to declare bankruptcy, I realized that I was about to lose my email address again, through no fault of my own. I decided that it was time to register a domain that I would control. With my plan to use it for family use, I looked for something with smith and family in it. Smith being a common name, none of the combinations were available except in the most obscure of top level domains.

My next thought was I wanted something short. After a little research that I learned that no combination of letters and numbers shorter than 5 characters was available and no English language words shorter than 12 or 13 characters were available.  The website of the guy who had done this research listed 5 character domains that were still available. I scanned that list looking for something that although not an actual word would still be spelled correctly by most people who I told it to. Thus I ended up with iodid. I am sure you can guess how to spell it if said, "Iodid" out loud.

Is there a philosophy behind this web site? (Or why is the site such a jumble of seemingly unrelated information?)

The short answer is that this site is here for experimentation purposes as much as anything. While parts are designed with a specific purpose. Many of the choices are just whatever appealed to the designer (usually Mike) at the time. By the way if any of this looks familiar its because I am using a lot of the stock capabilities of MS FrontPage. I do feel like I am betraying my programming background by contributing to the MS behemoth, but I am more interested in content then method at the moment. Plus I was a shareholder of the behemoth, not much of one, however. (I was rooting for a breakup.) 

If you want the details of how this has site has come to pass look at this boring list of activities.

Why did I get a 404 error page instead of the one I came here for? has had a weblog for quite some time, at least since May of 2002. At the end of August 2003, Mike decided to redesign and restructure the site. The largest single effect of the restructuring was moving the weblog and splitting it into several different logs. Many search engines had indexed the sight before the redesign. As a result, until those search engines update their indexes, they will continue to direct visitors to missing pages. We apologize for this problem, but can say that all of the entries survived the move to the new locations. So  feel free to search the site for the entry you are looking for.

Why do you use Google to search your site?

Searching is a problem that Mike has given a great deal of thought to. One major obstacle has been that two different tools are used in the creation and maintenance of this site. For the main pages and static pages, Microsoft FrontPage is used. For the weblogs, Movable Type is used. Each of these comes with the ability to search pages created by that tool. The problem is that the FrontPage search component doesn't see the computer generated weblog pages unless FrontPage is started and a new text index is created. As a compromise, I decided to use a customized Google search. This doesn't guarantee how often the index will be updated, but at least it will be done without our intervention.

As a fallback, each of the weblogs includes a search capability that will allow you to search just that weblog.


What is a weblog?

There are many different definitions around the Internet for what a weblog of blog is. From's perspective a weblog is a single web page or series of web pages that are created by placing dated material into a template that can only be edited separately from the dated entries. Usually they are created by a personal publishing system. uses Movable Type for this purpose.

What new words' definitions are key to understanding people writing or talking about weblogs?

  • weblog - See preceding question for definition.
  • blog - Synonym for weblog
  • permalinks - A unique URL that should be to a specific blog entry that should remain effective static and unchanging
  • blogosphere - A word used to describe the subset of Internet web sites and web pages that consists of weblogs

What is the best way to link to a log entry on

Though not labeled explicitly as permalinks, each individual entry page has a unique URL that is static after its creation. To get to this page follow the link that includes the posting time from any of the other pages. By linking to these pages, you increase the chance that the link will remain relevant to the reason you linked to it. All date based pages should also remain static. Please feel free to link to any of them.

Apologies are necessary for breaking any links to items that were part of the old combined weblog. They were all destroyed in the redesign. hereby commits to maintaining all of the weblog pages where they are currently located as long as it is owned by the Smith family and the postings are still relevant.