Random Roundup

On Monday I had 172 visitors, stomping the previous (year-to-date) record of 148.  Then on Tuesday I had 186.  I’d been wanting to re-add my daily visitors bar graph to the site, and having a surge in visitors helped convince me to do it last night.  You can see it at the bottom of the navigation section on the lefthand side of the page.

One reason for the increase in the visitor count is that previously, I didn’t have my visitor-logger on my photos pages.  I added it last week, and discovered that I was getting a few dozen hits per day from people searching for things like beefalo pictures, pistachio insect, and nice scenery, and those search-terms lead them directly to the photo-sets bypassing the main page and the visitor logger.  So it’s not actually a few dozen new visitors, it’s just that they weren’t being logged before.

In other news...

Google Maps is awesome.  It’s awesome because you can click and drag anywhere on the map itself to navigate -- the page never has to reload.  I think that mapquest and yahoo!maps will be switching to this format soon, as it’s just leaps and bounds better than their way of doing it (click, wait for page to load, find what you want, click again, wait again...).  It’s also awesome because it’s implemented entirely in JavaScript, which means it doesn’t require any yucky plugins like Java or Flash.  Finally, it’s awesome because it works in Moz/FF, and it doesn’t spike my computer’s CPU at 100% like many yucky-plugin-based webapps tend to do.

Update: AND, the size of the map-image on the screen isn’t fixed (and tiny) like Mapquest’s is.  If you put your browser into fullscreen mode (press the F11 key), the map is HUGE.  These are the best map features of all time, and yet they seem so obvious... I almost can’t believe no one has done this before.

And last but not least, why does "not at all" mean "not even a little"?

Posted by Anthony on 2 replies


01. Apr 21, 2006 at 10:13pm by Damien Chambers:

What the Hell is that bug I keep finding in my pistachio nuts?  Please does anyone know for sure?  Looks like a bee inside there...  I have accidentally bit into a few and ended up pukeing the taste was so nasty.  Please shed some light on this... I love pistachio nuts but hate those [oops] bugs that hide in there!

02. Apr 25, 2006 at 09:41pm by Mom:

ummmm....Damien, are you in the right discussion loop here?  I know Anthony had a comment and photo about these nasty critters in his pistachios but I don’t think it had to do with this page.  I could be wrong, though so try not to eat any of those little guys until you get to the warning page.

...just ’the mom’

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