At last, finally, and not a moment too soon. As preparation for the upcoming necessary redesign and relaunch of my main website, the CPHRC (the poor thing has been rather neglected recently), I have been updating and honing my XHTML and CSS skills by creating a blog: Lusobrandane's Daily Bowl of Stew. Armed with an updated HTML editor, I have been tinkering about with some stylesheets and basically just getting to know what all the new bells and whistles do. I really need to have a grasp of how the thing works, because the CPHRC is a massive site, with well over 1,000 pages. I need to completely redesign the interface and create a new menu structure that will be more intuitive, will take advantage of recent advances in browser technology, provide the Centre with a revenue stream and enable me to make more of the site subscription dependent. Much of this is relatively easy; much of it, however, isn't. I want to make the site much easier to navigate, and for this I am probably going to have to learn how to create and manage a MySQL database (I am told it is easy, but I'm not so sure), and incorporate a secure subscription area and an on-line store as well as a forum and photo-gallery. It is a lot for me to do, but I started the CPHRC way back in September 1998, and it has been a constant and faithful companion since then - one that has undoubtedly helped me in my career as a historian. So, once I have finished the work that I have just now, I intend to make a start on the CPHRC. I fully intend to continue padding, and I will keep on putting up a few sentences of what's going through my head. Starting from today, my blog will be different from my pad, although, at this stage, I'm not entirely sure what the differences will be (at a guess, it will have more to do with the non-photographic aspects of my existence). Oh! One other thing that might interest you, my blog page has links to all of the Pbasers who are on my favourites' list - please don't be upset if your name isn't there, it was probably an oversight!