Geeklog 1.4.0

February 5th, 2006 No comments


After almost one year in development, a public beta and two release candidates, today Geeklog 1.4.0 has been released. This “is one of the biggest updates in Geeklog’s history and introduces many new features and changes. Among them:

* Geeklog now works with register_globals = off.
* Ships with FCKeditor (WYSIWYG editor).
* Supports Trackback, Pingback, and pinging weblog directories.
* New syndication framework that can both read and write feeds in RSS (0.9x and 2.0), RDF, and Atom (0.3 and 1.0 formats.

For additional information, please read the full Geeklog release announcement.

Categories: News

Jennifer Berry

January 29th, 2006 2 comments

[Jennifer Berry]

Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry was crowned Miss America 2006 last week in Las Vegas.

Jennifer, 22, is a student at the University of Oklahoma, where she is majoring in elementary education. She’s active against drunk driving and underage drinking. With the title, Jennifer won a $30,000 scholarship to continue her education.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to all young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well. For more information, you can visit the Miss America and Miss Oklahoma websites.

Categories: Oklahoma!

Oklahoma 2006 Calendar

January 27th, 2006 No comments

[Oklahoma calendar]

I have just discovered this wonderful Wild & Scenic Oklahoma 2006 Calendar, by BrownTrout Publishers. BrownTrout is probably the largest publisher of calendars in the world, with over 900 different titles available for the year 2006. An excerpt from the publisher’s site:

Life on the plains of Oklahoma is hardly, if ever, dull. In the summer when dramatic storms come blowing in from the west to accentuate the beautiful landscape, the Sooner State somehow seems blessed and on edge all at the same time. With canyon bluffs overlooking ancient mesas, limestone cliffs, and crystal clear lakes, Oklahoma offers an exciting range of wonderful vistas. Adding to the beauty of this legendary land are wild blue sage and grounds sacred to the Choctaw tribe.

Photography by Michael Hardeman.

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About the author

January 19th, 2006 Comments off

Welcome to!

My name is Andrea Tarantini, I’m a software engineer and web developer based in Italy.

This site collects information on many blog platforms and content management systems, and maintains simple indicators of their popularity and market share. Currently the leading system appears to be WordPress, and I’m usually using WordPress in my site development projects.

I’m also the author of two free WordPress plugins, Menubar and BP Profile Search.

You can reach me using the contact form below. Comments posted here won’t be published.

Edit: site is no longer updated – this static copy is kept online for reference.

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Martin Luther King Day

January 16th, 2006 No comments

[Martin Luther King]

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. A Baptist Preacher and American Civil Rights leader, he preached non-violence and worked to bring about social, political and economic equality for citizens of all races.

In 1963, in Washinghton D.C., he delivered one of his most memorable speeches: “I have a dream … that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”.

He was awarded the Nobel prize for Peace in 1964, for leading his struggle for equality through non-violence.

Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Each year on the third Monday of January the U.S. celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Martin Luther King.

For more information, you can visit The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Institute at Stanford University. The portrait of Martin Luther King is courtesy of Chantal’s Stained Glass Patterns.

Categories: Oklahoma!

The Oklahoma rose

January 13th, 2006 No comments

[Oklahoma Rose]

The Oklahoma rose is a hybrid tea rose, developed in 1964 at Oklahoma State University. It’s one of the most fragrant of hybrid teas, and the darkest of the reds. Its long pointed buds open into huge, fully double blooms with wonderfully strong and sweet old rose perfume. The bushy plant is covered with leathery, dark green foliage.

The Oklahoma rose was declared the official state flower of Oklahoma in 2004. Oklahoma had already adopted the mistletoe as the official floral emblem in 1893, and the Indian blanket as the official state wild flower in 1910.

The Oklahoma rose photo is courtesy of Just Joey’s Roses; they sell own root, not grafted roses, guaranteed to be free from the RMV, the Rose Mosaic Virus.

Categories: Oklahoma!

Carrie Underwood

January 1st, 2006 No comments

[Carrie Underwood]

Country singer Carrie Underwood has been named Oklahoman of the Year 2005 by Oklahoma Today magazine.

After her successful first single “Inside Your Heaven”, Carrie has released her first full country album in November 2005. “Some Hearts” has recently been No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling more than 270,000 copies.

More information on Carrie Underwood is available on her fan website Carrie Underwood Online, and on Carrie Underwood Official Site, where you can also listen to her songs.

Categories: Oklahoma!

The Guardian

December 13th, 2005 No comments

[Capitol Dome]

The State Capitol of Oklahoma was dedicated on June 30, 1917. Although originally designed with a dome, that part was postponed indefinitely because of World War I.

In 2000, $21 million were raised to build the missing dome; construction was completed two years later and the dome was dedicated on Statehood Day, November 16, 2002.

A 6,000 pound, 22-foot tall bronze statue stands on top of the capitol dome: the Guardian, an handsome Native American warrior figure representing Oklahoma heritage and values. It was sculpted by former State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney, a well known artist of Seminole and Creek descent.

Speaking as the voice for the statue he created, Haney said during the dedication ceremony: ” .. and I will stand guard here, over our great state, over our majestic land, over our values .. I will not be moved from my duty, from my love of Oklahoma and all of its people”.

Categories: Oklahoma!

The Santa Fe Trail

December 9th, 2005 No comments

[Covered wagon]

In 1821 the borders of New Mexico, then a Mexican province, were opened to trade with the United States after Mexico gained independence from Spain.

The Santa Fe Trail, the transportation route connecting Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico, was first used that same year by William Becknell.

Initially the route followed the Arkansas River through Colorado down into New Mexico (the Mountain Route); later Becknell found an easier route for wagon trains, coming across the Oklahoma Panhandle, and known as the Cimarron Cutoff.

After the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War and the U.S. acquisition of the Southwest, the trail helped open the region to U.S. economic development and settlement, playing a vital role in the expansion of the U.S. into the lands it had acquired.

The Santa Fe Trail served as a major commercial and military road for many years, until the arrival of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880.

More information about the Santa Fe Trail can be found on the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail websites.

Categories: Oklahoma!


November 30th, 2005 No comments


Adapted from the 1929 novel by Edna Ferber, Cimarron (1931) was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture (the second one was Dances with Wolves in 1990).

The film opens with the spectacular sequence of the first Oklahoma Land Run on 22 April 1889, starting the epic saga of the Cravat family.

Yancey Cravat is the adventurer-idealist who spurns the opportunity to become governor, because he opposes legislation taking land away from the Native Americans. His restless spirit forces him to leave his family, ever in pursuit of new adventures, while his wife Sabra builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a publishing empire.

Cimarron was directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne; a remake in 1960 was directed by Anthony Mann, and interpreted by Glenn Ford and Maria Schell.

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