Speaking of Launches…

The Space Shuttle Discovery launched yesterday… a complete surprise to me as the media seemed to completely ignore it for the most part.  It’s frustrating how the media swings from ambivalence to persecution of the shuttle program depending on the day… ignoring it until something goes wrong, then jumping all over the underfunded program with aging equipment.  All my hopes are with the crew though… and I wish them the best of luck over the coming week.

I am glad the private sector is getting involved with space travel though. If we had to rely solely on NASA, I’d be worried.

Another launch that happened this week was the new Daniel Webster College website.  Over the past 6 months, I have been designing new print materials for the admissions department and the branding has been migrating into other departments.  To refresh the web presence and make it align better with these materials, the Marketing Department was tasked with pulling the design into the web.  As of last Thursday, the resulting site became live and can be found at http://www.dwc.edu



The primary layout for the pages and graphics were developed by me and DWC webmaster Tyson Sukeforth built the underlying code and pulled it all into the current hybrid content management system… no small task at all.  I am really happy with the result and hope that our constituents like it better than the orange design which had been a creation of mine as well back in 2004.

On the environmental front here in AZ today, we had some pretty strong winds… strong enough to kick up a dust storm that lasted all day and obscured our view of South Mountain. These same winds originated from the high pressure dome that’s sitting over Colorado… the same system that is driving the horrid Santa Ana winds that are fueling the terrible forest fires in Southern California.

The apartment community threw the tenants a catered BBQ tonight with ribs and fixin’s from Famous Dave’s BBQ in Chandler. I was really surprised that the turnout was as big as it was (as most other events within the community have really poor attendance). It was good to meet some of our neighbors and have some great food at the same time.  I was even surprised to meet (and have dinner with) a gentleman who moved to the area this past Spring after being hired by USAirways as a Airway and Route Planner/Analyst… and he did say they were hiring (hint hint to my friends looking for aviation work). 

For those of you looking for my contact info (phone and address), it’s just as simple to jump over to my homepage at http://www.ryankeough.com and click on “Contact”… all of the info is there if you need it (including the new cell number).

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