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Month: April 2004

Gumbi and Pokey

Back in high school, I found a turtle walking down the street, and ended up taking him home. After awhile, he ended up dying, and I’ve been wanting a new turtle ever since. Well, Katrina decided to give me one this year for my birthday. Actually, we didn’t just get one, but two. Both of them are Red Ear Sliders, which are fairly common sea-turtles, and we bought them when they were only a month old. Their shells are about an inch and a half long, but they are growing incredibly fast.

Naming them wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. We thought of the name Pokey first, just as a joke…but then I thought of the famous clay-mation characters that I loved to watch as a kid and thought that if one was Pokey, then the other could be Gumbi. So that’s what we called them. There are two ways we can tell them apart. Gumbi has black spots just around the outside of the bottom part of his shell, and Pokey has black spots in the middle of his shell in addition to around the outside. Also, the top of Pokey’s shell has a pretty large ridge of yellow, where Gumbi’s is mostly green.

Anyway, here is a link to some photos and videos of our new buddies.

San Diego Trip

My wife, Katrina, and I recently had the pleasure of visiting San Diego for a week. Katrina had a conference that went for most of the week, and I decided that I wasn’t going to let her go without tagging along. It gave me a lot of time at the beach bodyboarding, which was great because the beaches here in Arizona aren’t that nice (too much sand, not enough ocean). 😉 The last time I had been bodyboarding was last summer when I took my boards out to Hawaii (again, for a conference that Katrina had out there…how come development conferences aren’t in such great locations?).

Anyway, we both had a lot of fun, and I came back with some pictures of our trip. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked because the battery charger for our digital camera broke and I had to make do with a set of alkaline batteries.

Here’s the link if you’re interested: Our San Diego Trip.

Random SPAM

I thought this particular piece of SPAM was rather amusing. Apparently, their interest rates are as random as the list of people they send this crap to…


 Sir or Madam:

Thank you for your mortgage application, which we received yesterday.
 We are glad to confirm that your application is accepted and you can
 get as low as 2.7RND_DIGIT% fixed rate.

WWDC Meetup

Buzz Andersen posted comments and a summary page for the planned WWDC Weblogger Meetup. It looks like there are about 15 people who have already shown interest on his site, so it should be pretty fun.

I guess I should probably register for the conference…one minor technicality that I haven’t taken care of yet. 🙂

1Gb of Traffic!

March was the first month that I’ve gotten over 1Gb of traffic on my web server, 1.07Gb to be exact. Probably chicken feed compared to some sites of more popular software, but it’s a pretty good milestone for me.

WWDC 2004

Buzz Andersen mentioned in his blog that there should be a get-together for Mac bloggers at WWDC this year. I’m all for it. Last year I met a lot of great developers at the MacOS X Conference (some of which are mentioned in the links in the sidebar), and I hope to do the same this year at WWDC.

I’m pretty excited about going to this year’s event. I’ve never been to WWDC before, but every year I hear great things about it, and wish that I could have went. Apple recently posted a partial listing of the conference sessions, and a lot of them look to be very good. I’m hoping they release some good hardware there too, as I want to get a new G5 and I’m waiting for the next revision to come out. 🙂

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