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Still Yet More Snails

Posted 2011.11.30 20.47 in Aquaria

It’s almost become a regular thing – last day of the month, time to take another bucket of snails to the pet store.

September 30th, I took a huge amount of snails – they were in all different sizes, too many to count, I guesstimated afterwards that it was as many as 300 snails. October 31st, I did count them, as I took 180 snails to the pet store.

And today, I counted them again. The number was 215. Here’s what 215 snails look like, in a 1-gallon tupperware dish:

These are all still out of the three clutches that hatched in July.

And there’s still about 60 more in my tanks, that were too small to take to market…

Numbers

Posted 2010.03.12 11.48 in Computers/Internet/Technology

A hundred thousand hits. Wow. The 100,000th page hit came in sometime in the last 30 hours or so. There was no fanfare, it just happened. During the night probably.

On the one hand, it’s not too great an accomplishment when you consider I’ve been counting hits since around autumn 2005. On the other hand, over 60% of the hits have come in the last year or so!

My memory is not the greatest, but I think it was around this time last year that I migrated my whole site over to WordPress. Then it was some time after that, when I built my Simple Counter plugin. I didn’t bother to make note of when I had the 0.1alpha version up and running on my site, but it was probably in spring of 2009.

Whenever it was, my counter was around 37,000ish, when I moved it over into the Simple Counter plugin. So however you slice it, that’s over 60,000 hits since moving the whole shebang into WordPress. Pretty nifty.

Some other interesting numbers:

  • My Lasers subsection has gone over 400,000 hits. Lots of geeks out there like shiney, dangerous things. I know, I’m one of them.
  • Much to my surprise, my Knife-Making page has proved to be rather popular; indeed it is second only to the Lasers section in popularity.
  • Since I started using Akismet, it has blocked over 10,000 spam comments.
  • I’ve published 678 posts, and 65 pages on this site.
  • There have been 328 comments posted.

Other pointless info: Lately most of the spam has started with the word “Porno!” which is wierd, you’d think spammers would have guessed this word might raise alarm bells. Unless it’s reverse psychology…

So that’s about it for the gosh-numbers I guess.

Thank you all who come and read my crazy babbling. I invite you to leave comments, sign the guestbook, or share your opinions on whatever posts catch your interest.

Just don’t open your comment with the word “Porno!” 😀

Cheers!

The Truth About 2012

Posted 2009.11.03 9.44 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather

By now, you’ve probably heard about this 2012 thing. If not from something on the Discovery or History channel, then maybe from promos for the hollywood movie. On the off-chance you aren’t up to speed on the thing, here’s the short version. The Mayan civilization were very good with numbers and calendars and stuff, and their calendar showed a definite end – in other words, their calendar had a day that was the ‘last day’. Converting the Mayan calendar into our own system, the ‘last day’ translated to the Winter Solstace (December 21), 2012.

Now, the Mayans knew how long a year was with more accuracy than anyone else up until the last hundred years or so, and for whatever reason, people seem to think that this means they knew something that we don’t. In other words, since the Mayans didn’t bother to make a calendar that lasted beyond Dec. 21, 2012, that meant that the world would end that day and there was no point in having further days on the calendar.

Consequently, there’s lots of doom-and-gloom predictions.

I, however, propose a different theory.

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Planet Stephanie Facts and Figures

Posted 2009.04.19 9.29 in Pointless Blather

Over the years, a number(*) of people have asked what it’s like to live on Planet Stephanie; how big the planet is, where it is, and so forth. Basically, what are the details, the facts and figures, of this world I live on.

Read on, for the full story.

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