Archive for February, 2008

Ridiculously fast indexing

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

I think the title of this post should be a new slogan for Google.  I posted a technical question to a forum less than an hour ago.  In my continued search for the answer to that question, Google just returned my post (in the number three spot no less).  I mean, I know the Googlebot is continuously crawling the web and all, but it seriously only took about 40 minutes to get my post indexed.

Google Web Search, new and improved with Ridiculously Fast Indexing!

I’m impressed.

Goats!

Monday, February 25th, 2008

On Saturday, we traveled to Monett, Missouri (well, a little South of there actually) to pick up two goats.  Yes, I guess that makes me a goatherd as well as a shepherd.  Total mental jump here for just a sec – how come “shepherd” isn’t spelled “sheepherd”??? Ok, back to what I was saying.  Actually, I’m not a goatherd.  Dominic is a goatherd, and to a lesser extent Elizabeth is too.

Dominic is participating in the goat project in 4H this year – dairy goats in our case, although a lot of kids raise meat goats.  Now, I’ll confess that he was forced encouraged to take on this project, but in theory he will be taking care of the goats – feeding, giving shots, hoof trimming, milking, the works.  Elizabeth will help to the extent she’s able – she really likes feeding them of course, and she’s actually old enough to learn how to milk them.  I imagine I’ll have to help some, so maybe I’m a goatherd too.

So why was Dominic “encouraged” to take on this project?  Simple economics.  We drink a lot of milk.  If we don’t limit our kids milk consumption, we can quite easily consume a gallon of milk a day.  In my area, milk currently costs $3.75 – $4.25 depending on what grocery store you happen to be in.  Do the math.  Trust me when I say that it does not cost anywhere near $3.75 a day to keep a goat.  If the feed and other costs of keeping a goat worked out to be five bucks a week, I’d be truly surprised.

So why goats?  Why not get a cow?  Again, simple economics.  We bought two goats – both heavy producers and from very good bloodlines and both bred for March kidding – for $300.  A cow, especially a grown cow that is already bred, costs a LOT more than $300.  And frankly, even though we drink a lot of milk, I don’t think we could keep up with a cow.  At peak, these two goats should give us a gallon of milk a day each – maybe a little more.  So, we’re planning on making cheese too, and even still we’ll  probably have more than we can consume ourselves.  A cow can give four to six gallons a day (depending on the breed).  Another reason to pick goats over a cow:  Our kids will be milking these animals.  A cow can, quite literally, cave your head in with a well placed kick, or step on your foot and crush it.  A goat can kick you, or step on your foot, and mostly it’s going to hurt but not be damaging.

Yeah, but goats?  Who drinks goat milk?  Well, it turns out we have a friend that has a goat.  She’s an elderly lady from Europe and grew up drinking the stuff, so she keeps a goat.  We tried it and found that it has a very nice taste – very similar to cows milk, only I find it to be a little sweeter.  We’ve also tried goat cheese before and found it very tasty!  (I’m just crackers about cheese, Grommet!)

So anyway, now we’ve added goats to our three ring ranch.  The circus just keeps growing!

I guess it finally wore off

Friday, February 15th, 2008

As a general rule, I don’t get sick.  At least not very often, and when I do get sick it tends to be mild and short lived.  This is in contrast to my wife and kids who get sick at fairly normal intervals and at what you might call normal severities.

One popular theory for my good health is that the Army gave me some super-immunization.  I suppose it’s possible.  When I was in the Army, they gave us immunizations for EVERYTHING.  They just put us all in a line with our sleeves rolled up an walked down the line with a pneumatic injector.  I don’t even know most of what they were immunizing us against (although I do remember yellow fever being mentioned at one point).  So who knows, maybe they did give me some whiz-bang super injection.  It would make sense – a sick soldier is not an effective soldier.

So what’s the point of saying all of that?  If they did give me a super-shot, I guess it finally wore off, because I’ve been running a fever for five days now and have one heck of a deep chest cough.

The irony is that the last time I had a case of the flu this severe was when I was in the Army and they made us take flu shots.  That was back when they still were using live virus in the flu shots and I did NOT react well to that.  I haven’t had a flu shot in 15 years, but I’m thinking maybe it’s time to start taking them again.

Ugh.  I hate being sick.

A fun way to understand Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

I realize that today is Thursday (a day late and a dollar short – the story of my life), but have you ever wondered why Catholics (and some other Christian denominations) do the thing with the ashes on Ash Wednesday? Here’s a fun little way to learn about it. Just click on the image below!

Church Sign

Hacked Again!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

You know, in a way, it’s flattering.  I got hacked again.  This time my password got changed, and also the index.php file of my WordPress theme so that you would see a big ol’ “TurkHackTeam” page declaring how 733t they were.  Why is it flattering?  Because some schmuck(s) in Turkey (maybe?  maybe not.) took the time to hack my site, ’cause you know it’s such busy site.  I think I get…um…ten visitors a day, on a busy day – and most of them stay at my site for two or three seconds.

On the other hand, it’s kind of pathetic.  Why is it pathetic?  Because some schmuck(s) in Turkey (maybe?  maybe not.) took the time to hack my site, ’cause you know it’s such busy site.  I think I get…um…ten visitors a day, on a busy day – and most of them stay at my site for two or three seconds.  Oh, wait…I just said that.

So, to the TurkHackTeam – nice job.  You got in, you changed some stuff, and hey – the index.php file you swapped in actually was kind of nice – good design work and aesthetically pleasing.  Pat yourselves on the back and move on to bigger challenges, ’cause hacking my site ain’t that impressive.  It’s just annoying.  And really – not many people are seeing the results of your handy work.

What’ll happen if you keep hacking my site?  Nothing really.  I’ve changed my password, deleted superfluous user accounts (there was only one other one), and taken a few other precautions.  If you hack again, I’ll assume it’s a hole in WordPress and I’ll change my software.  No big deal.  Like I said, just annoying, and probably nobody is really going to notice besides a few friends of mine.