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???
Continue reading “Just Enough?”
The geek news channels have recently been full of articles about the recent MIT spam conference. The existence of such a conference is a pretty good indication of how serious the problem is. But I think the geeks are looking for a solution in the wrong place.
Continue reading “Spam, spam, wonderful spam”
As our nation designated today to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, it seems appropriate to reflect on how far we have come since his time, and yet how far we still have to go. Although the blatant institutionalized segregation challenged by Dr. King has disappeared, much of what he tried to teach us is still falling on deaf ears.
Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Dr. King”
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stopped on Friday after the database move, because it was still searching for new articles in the old database that was no longer being updated.
Continue reading “Blog or Borg?”
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.
Continue reading “Deep Freeze”
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.
Continue reading “I feel the need for speed”
A friend sent me this link. I don’t have much to add, but I thought it was worth posting here.
Continue reading “Quickie Political Message”
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.
Continue reading “A Measure of Popularity”
The term “debugging” dates back to 1945 and the days of Grace Hopper, when a computer malfunction was traced to a moth in a relay.
A friend sent me an interesting item about a more recent hardware infiltration problem:. I think I’m glad Admiral Hopper didn’t run into this one; desnaking just doesn’t sound right.
Continue reading “De-BUGging, or .. >>>”