Just Enough?

I subscribe to a free service that sends me email notification of severe weather and other emergency warnings. I usually don’t get much mail from it, maybe a couple of messages a month, and a few more during thunderstorm seasons. The last couple of days, it’s been frantically warning me several times a day about the arctic air blast hitting us, as if I didn’t already know its fu-reeezing cold. This morning’s message included the statement:

“TEMPERATURES WILL BOTTOM OUT AT 5 TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE
ZERO, BUT WHEN COMBINED WITH NW WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH, WIND
CHILL VALUES WILL APPROACH 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. TEMPERATURES
SHOULD WARM JUST ENOUGH BY LUNCHTIME BUT WIND CHILL VALUES WILL
STILL BE JUST BELOW ZERO.”

Umm .. just enough for WHAT???

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Blog or Borg?

Resistance is futile. I’m slowly being assimilated. I’ve allowed the blog to creep onto the front page of this site. The previous front page was little more than a picture of me and some miscellaneous links to other pages within the site. Since those links (and more) are now in the blog’s links section, and most traffic to those pages came via search engines bypassing the front page anyway, the page served little purpose other than a monument to my ego. And that could be achieved with a copy of that page. I’ve also done some minor fiddling with the site, probably nothing that anybody would notice. I think I got the email notification working again. It stopped on Friday after the database move, because it was still searching for new articles in the old database that was no longer being updated.

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Deep Freeze

Sincere apologies to those of you who enjoy the equestrian content here, which has been pretty sparse lately. Old Man Winter has pretty much shut things down for a while. We’re going through one of those spells where the temperature never climbs above freezing for a week or longer, and the end isn’t in sight yet. That’s subnormal for this part of the country, but it happens occasionally. I haven’t been on a horse since last year (12/29). Actually, there was one day (1/8) when the weather was coöperative, and I thought I was going to hunt, until I caught Arthur and noticed he was missing a front shoe. It’s always something.

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I feel the need for speed

Some of you, as you waited (im)patiently for some of these pages to load, may have been silently (or loudly) cursing me for abandoning the speed and simplicity of Blosxom for this bloated, sluggish monstrosity so overloaded with useless features that it takes eons to load a single page. In fairness to the Geeklog software and its creators, I have to confess that the previous pathetic performance here was a result of my own unwise implementation decision, which I have reversed.

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The USA has gone mad

That headline is on an excellent column by John le Carré in The London Times. As one who often shares these doubts about the sanity of my fellow Americans, I’m not sure whether to be embarrassed for my country by the way we appear to the rest of the world, or relieved that at least others recognize our insanity if we don’t. I keep thinking that as this kind of international sentiment continues to be published, certainly Dumbya and his more intelligent but evil handlers can’t keep their loyal subjects so isolated that we don’t notice that the rest of the world says our emperor has no clothes.
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A Measure of Popularity

One of the interesting things about running a website is browsing the referrer strings in the access logs to see what brings people to the site. Some of my visitors come from other sites that link to this one, but the vast majority are referred by a search engine, and the referrer string usually contains the search keywords. Eyeballing the raw logs turns up an occasional source of amusement; based on some of the search words I’ve seen, I think some visitors have been sorely disappointed.
The summary reports provide a more high-level view of what attracts people. It’s not really surprising that the vast majority of visitors are looking for foxhunting (as one word or two), but it’s somewhat humbling to see that I rank below sheath cleaning as a popular search target.

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