WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to fine employers who hire illegal immigrants up to $20,000 for each unauthorized worker, providing teeth to a broad immigration bill before sending it to a final vote later this week.

Employers would have to check Social Security numbers and the immigration status of all new hires within 18 months after money is provided to the Homeland Security Department to expand the electronic system for screening workers. Read Full Article on CNN…

America is nothing without its immigrants. I’m not for returning America to isolation, but we need to do something to solve the problem of illegal immigration into our country. This is the best proposal I’ve seen thusfar, though one problem remains: enforcement. Unless Congress comes up with a way to enforce this, it’s all bark and no bite.

SlideShowPro Director

SlideShowPro DirectorTaking SlideShowPro a step further, DomineyDesign just released SlideShowPro Director, a browser-based application that let’s you manage slideshows. It installs on any Linux server with PHP/MySQL, has an intuitive Ajax-driven user interface for managing all your photos, creates thumbnails in a snap, plus a whole lot more. The demo is quite impressive. I hope compatibility with Windows servers comes soon. I’d love to incorporate it into a few projects I have coming through the pipeline.

Live Redesign

Nevermind the mess. I’ll be updating the look and feel of the site live over the coming weeks. I’ve been toying with a few concepts in Photoshop, and have finally decided on a direction to take. I had hoped to just unveil a new design, and I certainly still could… but I feel like this route is the saner way for me to go. (Plus, it fits into my schedule better, which is entirely too hectic sometimes.)
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If you printed out an email that you had received and it had a ‘Reply’ button on it, would you assume by pressing the button, you could respond to the email? I seriously couldn’t have taken that support call… God bless our email support guys. Read More


Cork’d is a delightfully refreshing niche site devoted to reviewing and sharing experiences with wine. Developed by Dan Cederholm (SimpleBits) and Dan Benjamin (Hivelogic), Cork’d allows you to rate the wines you’ve tasted, keep track of the wine you own, and shop for the wines you’d like to buy.

Cork'd LogoI’m going to be honest here: I don’t drink a whole lot of wine these days, but I will enjoy a glass or two on special occasions. I don’t think you have to be a hardcore wine afficianado in order to use Cork’d. Quite the contrary, actually. I think this is going to be the perfect site for people who have been a little afraid to try out new wines, because they didn’t know what to expect of them. (I’d tell you about the time I first sampled a Pinot Grigio, but I’ll refrain. It’s just too painful a memory.)

I have bought wine in the past that I truly enjoyed, and forgotten what it was. I have bought wine, based on the design of a label, or the uniqueness of a bottle… only to be completely and utterly disappointed by the taste. Now, I can see what others think about wines, before I bite the bullet and buy a bottle.

If you sign up, add me (cdharrison) as one of your “Drinking Buddies”!

MacBook, Whoa.

MacBook from AppleSo, let me get this straight, Apple It’s $1299 for the top-end white MacBook, and it’s $1499 for the black MacBook, and the only differences being the enclosure color and 20Gb extra hard drive space? You’re not serious, right? Should we expect black to cost more in the future on all Mac products?
Sure, one could argue their supply of black MacBook’s will be in higher demand, hence the higher price… but it couldn’t be that much more to produce … Certainly not $200 more to produce. What’s the deal here???

Change is Coming

Inspired by the amazing redesigns of Bryan Veloso (AvalonStar) and Jeff Croft I am more motivated than ever to do something about my site. I had hoped to have something ready in time for the Spring CSS Reboot, but the May 1st deadline came and went. So now, I’m being a little more realistic and I’m giving myself more time to plan and execute something new and different.

Goals for the Redesign

  • Improve overall organization of the site.
  • Better showcase my design and coding capabilities.
  • Give people a reason to come back.

Personal Goals for the Site

  • Post on a more regular schedule.
  • Improve the quality of posts.

Color Palette

This is the new color palette I am considering, but the final design may deviate from it somewhat:

New color palette

So, stay tuned…

Invisible Children

Got this today via email, and I thought I’d pass it on…

From Scott V.: Tonight the Documentary “Invisible Children”, about how the lives of children in Uganda are effected by the civil war, is playing for FREE at the Imperial Theater [in Augusta, GA], all you have to do is show up. It starts at 6:30pm, the filmmakers will be on hand to speak after the film, pretty cool. Learn more at

I’m doubtful I’ll be able to go, but checking out the website really has piqued my interest. Let me know if you end up going. I’d love to hear what you thought about the movie, and the reality of life in Uganda it discusses…


Not yet. Maybe not for several days. Not enough time over the past few days… I’ll keep ya posted.