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That’s just scary!

I was working on adding some meta tags to my website and happened to be a TerraServer.com so I could get the lat/long coordinates for my house. When I went to get them, I noticed that TerraServer had some new pictures taken in ’02. So I looked at them. And, yea…they were awesome. 1/2 meter color resolution. It was absolutely fantastic. Anyways, click on the roofs of the houses below and try to figure out which one is mine.

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Why looking at the web log is funny

I finally got around to installing and configuring the server log viewer. I’m trying some new software this time, AWStats. Thus far, I like it a lot. However, I have been noticing some funny things. No, the software is working just fine. I’m talking about search strings used to find my website. For the month of January, the top keyphrase used was…”prom pictures” with 27.9% (61 hits). What the hell? I know I have a few prom pictures on the site, but that many hits? Other notable keyphrases delt with Titus Andronicus, 1984, Pictures from el Salvador, EPA regulations on vehicles, Clockwork Orange, and paideia definition. And another thing. I believe AFdN set a new site record with a total of 3.78 GB of data transferd (bandwidth) for the month of January (which still isn’t over yet!). 90% of that was from WMV files. However, I’m sure that was just an anomoly for this month. I added quite a few videos and I have been testing some new streaming software protocals. By the way, for December, the most common keyphrase was “fergcorp” followed by “fireworks video.” Total about of bandwidth? A mere 238.32 MB.

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Merry Christmas Eve

A Merry Christmas Eve to everybody. I’ve been having a great vacation so far. I’ve gotten quite a bit of work done on my website. Most of the work I’ve done has the intention of bringing to a place where I can leave it for about four years or so, with minimum house keeping. This of course is in preparation for college. I still don’t know where I am going, but I do know that I am going having been accepted by two schools thus far. I will post a blog tomorrow with the list of presents that I recieved. You did get me a present didn’t you? On a separate note, I did see an absolutly hilarious film on AtomFilms.com, you really should check it out. It’s good.

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Oh! That’s so cool!

I am reminded time and time again about the main philosophy of my website: “To help myself develop an automated website.” Yes, it sounds somewhat egotistical, and in fact, it sort of is, but hey, it’s my site, my rules. In any event, I added yet another feature, “how many people are online?”. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and you can see how many people are online. At some point, I may include some IP resolving to determine where the people are, but for know, just take heart that you know who is looking on with you.

Also, for those of you who couldn’t figure out what that random code at the bottom of the website is, is a hex version of your IP address. Just try it: http://0x3f.0xe2.0xda.0x8e.

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What the ****?

I finally got around to coding the “New Update” Feature. When you see an asterisk (*) next to the navigation link, that means that the section has been updated within the last week.

On a separate note, I thought this comic was pretty good:
Frazz: 5 Oct 2003

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New ideas, new updates….aren’t we lucky

I have a novel idea, instead of making an announcement in the “blog” section everytime I add or update a page, I’ll just add a little “Updated” icon next to the link in the menu. But then I thought to myself, that requires work…and if you know me at all, I really don’t like to work at all. So I’m going to build it into the PHP and mySQL code. Everytime I make an update, a date stamp will be added. Then for the next week, an icon will show up next to the link. How cool is that? I’ve written the code yet, but I will. In fact, I plan on making a page dedicated to the code I write, including snipits of code YOU can use.

In the meantime, I’ve updated the “Andrew” page. You should check it out, it’s really kind of funny.

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Some new stuff

You may have noticed that the words “Sections”, “Articles”, and “Technical” have been replaced by an image. I have now added on-the-fly production of such images elsewhere on the site. It’s cool. Really cool.

Also, I fixed a coding error that prevented the end of a page from being displayed when no music was playing.

Finally, I will send $1 to anybody who can figure out what the mysterious alphanumberic combination at the bottom is AND can decipher it. Just send you answers to me with subject of “Mysterious letters on website” in the subject.

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