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December 17th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (FLorida)

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No skateboarding today. Had an interview with a local newspaper. Made the landing page for 14degrees.org a bit easier to navigate. Previously, the fancy Flash animation posed issues for some visitors to the site. I hope that the changes makes it a little easier.

Check it out here: 14degrees.org

Abuse and constructive criticism appreciated.

Must sleep now.

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Comment by Luc — December 19, 2007 @ 1:12 am | post a comment

Wow! An amazing project! I wish you continued success and I look forward to reading updates! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Cousin Tim — December 19, 2007 @ 3:24 am | post a comment

Looks a bit plain/generic in my opinion. I think that how you've done the top of the rest of the site pages is good and personally I would've copied that style – simple yet stylish.

Comment by Rob Thomson — December 19, 2007 @ 8:26 am | post a comment

Cousin Tim, I agree…if only I had my own computer with me to tinker properly. I think I'll just go with this one for a while until I can fix it up nice and pretty.

Comment by Kevin J. Shutt — December 19, 2007 @ 10:10 am | post a comment

It was a pleasure to meet you, Rob. You have some great stories and I was happy to one of the tellers.
Here’s hoping you have fair winds and a safe few weeks closing out this year.

Comment by Thu-Thao — December 19, 2007 @ 11:39 am | post a comment

Your adventure is so addictive! The website seems fine before (once you figure out what to click on). I look forward to reading the updates!

Comment by Carl — December 19, 2007 @ 2:49 pm | post a comment

By jingo, the new page freaked me out, it did need a change but there was simple style in the design.

Would say it's work in progress bit like your trip.

what problem did the falsh front cause I'm guessing search engines found it hard to find?

I like the comparative shot what about photoshoping em together? one side snow other side sunshine?

just a suggestion I need a beer all the Best

Lo-IQ sends his regards from darkest surrey.

Comment by Kyle Teal — December 19, 2007 @ 4:58 pm | post a comment


Glad to see you're still going strong, and that you made it out of Hialeah alive!

I like the comment about no one speaking English. Trust me, you raised some valid questions.

I've told most my friends about your adventure and if you happen to make your way up to Oviedo (very small town) my folks would love to give you a hot meal and a place to stay. 407-366-6934 (the Teals).

got a cell phone yet?


Comment by rob dubay — December 19, 2007 @ 4:59 pm | post a comment

wanted to tell you i had a great time meeting you the past couple of days, the bacon wraped bananas and asparagus where a pleasent surprise. i hope the journey continues to be good to you . and i will folow your progress often. you've been an inspiration. keep in touch if possible….

Comment by Rob Thomson — December 19, 2007 @ 5:02 pm | post a comment

Lo-IQ, the problem with the original front page was that on some browsers the flash animation had to be clicked once to activate it, and then once again to enter the site. People who are not quite as web savvy as others seemed to have some issues with getting past the top page. I agree about the simplicity thing. I preferred the uncluttered niceness of the original one, but hey. Such is life. Enjoy the sunny weather there in Surrey.

Comment by Rob Thomson — December 19, 2007 @ 5:09 pm | post a comment

Kyle, I have a mobile now for the US trip. The number is +1 305 484 0416.

Comment by Mum — December 19, 2007 @ 5:15 pm | post a comment

Thanks for the mobile number. Have put it into my phone. Not that you'll hear very much from this end.

Comment by Mum — December 19, 2007 @ 5:18 pm | post a comment

By the way I agree with Tim. The page is a bit stark but I guess when you on the journey you don't have the same time to get it looking like you want.

Comment by Lo-IQ — December 20, 2007 @ 10:03 am | post a comment

well that is a problem alright but i'm sure a clever chap like yerself will apply himself the that little problem in due course.

I've sent a few more readers your way all have come back with how impressed they are. Which is all good they've all read your Asian travels seems 2008 is a year for most people I nkow to venture into all the stans.

As for the weather in surrey I was out today it's very cold about 3 degrees but at 90-100mph it's proper cold probably closer to -15 degrees!

One day I have to buy a new full face crash helmet this happy shopper openfaced number is more suited to Sunny Spain… DOH!

Comment by James Barker — December 20, 2007 @ 10:30 am | post a comment

Hi Weka,

I was one of the students when ISL came to Switzerland for a week in june 2006. You were really cool!!

Comment by Aunty Les — December 20, 2007 @ 1:48 pm | post a comment

Clean and green?

You've no idea how much like your granddad B0nd you look in your scruffy beard and beanie!

Comment by Rach Callander — December 20, 2007 @ 1:59 pm | post a comment

hey Rob… is your cell phone able to take calls from all oevr the world… like even from Dunedin??

is this a dumb question and can all cell phones do that anyway?… I am still amazed at what technology is doing for me….

love rach

Comment by Bubbles (eric) — December 20, 2007 @ 3:00 pm | post a comment

I havent been seeing too many jumping pictures…your slacking buddy…come on.

have fun in the USA…ill be back in Switzerland when you are probably rolling back through my area. but still email or facebook me when your close to ohio and ill help you as much as possible with contacts

Comment by Chris J — December 21, 2007 @ 7:15 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

The new title page kind of threw me for a loop, but I am all caught up on your travels over the past week.

Once again, I am just amazed and pleased that you are meeting so many helpful people along the way. As always, I will just add my voice to the many cheering you on and hoping that your trip continues so smoothly in 2008.

Comment by Nana — December 21, 2007 @ 9:36 pm | post a comment

Hi Rob

Great newspaper article. I continue to say you should write a book. Michael Palin has just done another trip round Eastern Europe, written a book about it and done a TV programme. I saw some of it on TV the other night. Not nearly as interesting as your stuff. You could make a fortune selling your story to TV. I continue to pray that you will have safe travel and meet lots of great people on the way. It will be interesting to hear what you do for Christmas.

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