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the first message

Well, this is the first message. After fighting with this thing for a little while, I finally figured out the small things to get it to work. I think this will be a great addition to the site.
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xhtml transformation

This is just a quick little musings to say that I’m going to convert the site to XHTML over the next few weeks. As well, I’m going to drop my use of FrontPage and go back to real web creation. So far, the resume has been converted over. I had forgotten how much control of my style I had to give up to use FrontPage themes; I think what I have done so far looks good while regaining my control of the design. One thing I will have to get used to is the phased-out use of the tag. Style Sheets here I come…
Oh yeah, I added a form so you can text message me from the site. Right now, it’s on the resume subweb as a popup. As I convert the site over, I’ll add it to a main page.
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weblog and midwestern

Ok, I just made myself mad. I had written a decent-sized entry and then I deleted it on accident. I don’t do that too often and it really bugs me whenever I do. I’ll try to recreate the post…
I decided to start more of a weblog layout to the site. Recently, I haven’t had either the time or the inspiration to write a long musing at any one time. However, I have had small amounts of both many times so I’m going to post small nuggets whenever I have the urge in a somewhat weekly format. I’ll play with it a little but just so you know, look out for it. Also, Cyberstation still sucks. I’m using them for dial-up ISP access now and they still don’t understand that I cancelled my webhosting services with them (after they stopped providing me service). The Cyberstation nameserver still points brandonkraft.com to their servers so I can’t even see my website! (A nameserver is what directs traffic to brandonkraft.com or any other named site to the numeric IP address of the server. Most IPs run their own using information sent out by the different domain name registrars- hence why it takes between 24 and 48 hours many times for a new- or changed- domain name to be seen by everyone.) In short, if you see any problems, please let me know as I can’t view the pages after going through server-side processing.
Yesterday, I paid my tuition for Summer I at Midwestern State University. I realized how much I really do enjoy The University of Texas. I say that in this context simply because of how smooth everything, for me, as been in Austin. I worked for the University- I applied online, filled out I-9, W-4s online, submitted time sheets online. I attended classes at the University- I submit some assignments online, check grades online, check out offline assignments on the class’ website, I check and pay all my bills online, change my addresses and phone numbers online, appealed my parking ticket online, priced and bought my books from the Co-Op online, checked buyback prices online, etc. At Midwestern, after surfing their site, I seriously think I had the one professor last summer who actually has a website. I haven’t had a class at UT yet that didn’t use either make their own site or used a template site like Blackboard or Nicenet. MSU does have online registration but honestly, I bugged me to death. Every five minutes, I had to log-in again- using my SSN I might add. I wanted to override a prereq for a course- I couldn’t do it online. Hell, I couldn’t even do it over the phone. I suppose it isn’t that bad but I am thankful I’m a Longhorn.
Well, for the moment, I’m going to go and be productive outside the virtual world.
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new year, new upgrades

Well, the spring semester is finally here. I’ll write more about that later but for now, the website is updated. There is a new resume section with information about me, the college courses section has been updated, the “Upgrades” page will have future upgrades and the archives will also contain of history of changed pages. Enjoy!
I’m still at a loss about the Calendar problems but I haven’t really looked into it. For whatever reasons, it comes out sometimes in Korean.
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the first one

Welcome everyone to my ever-improving personal website devoted to whatever I feel the need to rant and rave about. With time, I’m hoping that this becomes a site where I at least can get something out of it. For the rest of you, well, its my personal site with the keywords being my personal site. Nothing but good feelings to you all but that’s my thoughts on it.

Before I go on farther, I must give credit where credit is due. I obtained the idea of Random Musings from Dr. David Laude, a Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. While I have yet to have him as a professor, I came across his Random Musings and thought to myself, “That is one hell of an idea!” I was just wandering around the 1st floor of Welch one Wednesday night/Thursday morning and found it on a table. Inspiration comes in many forms, be sure not to ignore it when it comes.

Now that I got my personal site rant as well as giving proper credit to Dr. Laude for the idea, please let me introduce myself. My name is Brandon Kraft and I’m currently a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin. I’m officially a Chemistry: Opition III (Teaching) major while unofficially I intend to duel-degree in History. Teaching option you ask? Yes, my current career plan places me within the halls of academia teaching a classroom of students the awesomeness of chemistry or history or whatnot. I’m in the UTeach program that currently has me placed at Campbell Elementary School in Austin to teach at once every few weeks. I would like to note while the kids there are great, my goal is not teaching elementary.

Moving on, I’m an alumnus of Hirschi Math-Science International Baccalaureate Magnet High School in Wichita Falls. I’m a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wichita Falls currently calling the UT University Catholic Center my home away from home. I’m a member of countless organizations including the Sigma Pledge Class for the Lambda Omega Alpha fraternity, the Jester East Residence Hall Association (2nd floor wing representative), Freshman Leadership Organization, Texas Exes Student Chapter, Math and Science Teachers of Tomorrow (MASTT), Students Helping Admissions Recruitment Efforts (SHARE), and Longhorn Scholars. As well, I’m a Deputy Voter Registrar of Travis County as well as the webmaster for The Mol Science Club at Hirschi.

For all those who care, I try to keep my calendar public and online. Since I am just a mere college student, I lack the funds to maintain a properly staffed office. Due to those staffing restraints, I have no secretary to maintain my calendar and provide copies of it to all those who wish to know it. Granted, I don’t have that many people asking for my time but all the same. Also, please realize that as hard as I may try, I may not have everything on the calendar so no harsh e-mails detesting me for some sort of event of yours that I failed to add to my calendar.