Entries from October 2007
October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween Everyone!
There is a list floating around called “You know your a Coloradoen if”, and one of the items on it is “You plan your kids Halloween costumes around their snow suits”. This year isn’t going to be too bad, it looks like it is going to be about 40 degrees tonight when the kids are out trick or treating.
The Weather Channel’s Holiday Helper Site will let you find out the same information for your area. Although not the most intuitive tool in the world, it isn’t too bad.
(Note: You can get the same information on the Weather Channel, with a few more clicks, if you find your local forecast, and keep choosing the detailed forecast. Eventually you will get the hour by hour forecast.)
Step 1: Navigate to this URL (Open in New Window)
Step 2: Enter Your Zip Code, and Click “Go”.
Step 3: Scroll down to the “Holiday Cast” section. You can choose either the day that you want, or the hour that you think the trick or treaters will be out. Once you have made your choice, click “Play”.
If you want to look at the day’s forecast, or a different hour, you have to press the back button.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
October 23, 2007
I mentioned in an earlier post, that I had promised Pearl a guest post for her blog, Interesting Observations.
Well, I finally got my act together, sent the finished post to Pearl, and she posted it today, along with some kind words.
Please go over and read “Free RSS Icons – Help visitors become regular readers“.
I’ve mention Pearl and her blog from time to time, but if you haven’t visited, then your missing some really great posts, at least the ones before my post. I highly suggest making the time to check out Interesting Observations.
October 22, 2007
There hasn’t been much going on recently, at least nothing that I felt deserved an update.
I haven’t even been reading my RSS feeds, and I do apologize about that. Now that I am feeling better, I hope to get caught up on that again.
But there was one thing interesting that happened, for some reason, a whole bunch of people found my blog from Stumble Upon, on two occasions. The first spike you see in the picture above represents 252 visits, and the second spike is 394 visits.
One of the strange things is that although the first blip was 252 visits, I registered 496 pageviews. The second blip was 394 visits, and 831 pageviews. They were one week apart, both on a Saturday.
Another strange thing is that these two spikes didn’t translate into a big increase in subscribers.
I have heard other bloggers asking if there has been any long term traffic increase from stumble upon, and I can’t say that there has been. I had about 40 visitors fir the week between the spikes, and 2 or 3 a day since, but the visitors don’t stick around. Maybe my Subscribe to Port 16 icon isn’t big enough?
Yet another strange thing is that the article that they are all visiting is the “Fortress Forever is Now Available“.
I think the biggest long term effect I have seen here is that my normal stats look really bad now, at least compared to those spikes.
October 21, 2007
Well, I think I’m finally back to posting again. I do apologize for the long absence. I haven’t posted about anything besides being sick since the 5th, and I am about fed up with that.
Today I was able to finally finish a guest post that I had promised a long time ago. I’ll let everyone know when it goes live.
Also, Weber finally added “Command of the Grill” to their web site again. Although you can’t buy it yet from the Command of the Grill website, you can buy it from Weber’s online store, for a very reasonable $10.00.
Although I haven’t been doing much, I have been able to squeeze out a recipe from the book every weekend. Right now I think I’ll be able to do a week of recipes. So expect to see the recipes starting to get posted on November 4th through the 9th, with a summary post on the 10th. The 10th of November being the Marine Corps Birthday.
No one has yet to contact me about doing a recipe, but if you are interested, please let me know. I could use at least one more recipe to make it an even 7 recipes. As it is, I think I’m going to have to cook 3 recipes the weekend of the 3rd.
Let me tell you, it has been a huge hardship eating all of those steaks
October 11, 2007
When I posted earlier that I thought I was doing better, it turned out that I was wrong. Really wrong.
I spent the rest of the weekend in bed, and even missed some work this week. I finally went to a doctor Tuesday, since it marked 2 weeks that I had been sick. Boy was I glad that I went.
Turns out that besides a bad chest cold, I also had a ear, sinus and throat infection. They put me on antibiotics, an inhaler, nasal decongestant, and some over the counter meds. I finally saw some improvement yesterday.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well!
I hope to start posting again pretty quickly, and I owe Pearl a guest post, which I will be getting to very soon.
I managed to cook some meat on Saturday for the Command of the Grill promotion series that I’m planning. I still haven’t heard from anyone who was interested in taking part, but Art was kind enough to help me get the word out.
I hope I didn’t scare anyone off, I’m not a gourmet chef, and I fully expect some of the recipes not to come out so well, due to my ineptitude.
I’m only looking for a picture, and what you thought of the recipe you prepared. The posting doesn’t have to be on my site, I’m glad to just link to you.
If you are interested in participating, just leave a comment here, and I can get in touch with you to see what you want to cook. You don’t have to own the book, I’ll gladly email you a recipe from it.