Saturday, August 23, 2008

Little Earthquake

We had two small earthquakes this morning.

I haven't felt an earthquake here since last year around this time. They were at 7:54am and 7:55am, and were of 3.6 and 3.0 magnitudes respectively....they pretty much felt like one earthquake but according to the Japan Meteorological Agency site (the earthquake section), there were two of them and they were very close to our island about 20kms down in the water.

Their site is pretty can just click back in history to see all kinds of seismic activity. When the page loads, it shows you automatically the most recent activity and then you can just click back to see previous ones.

They also have some interesting tsunami and typhoon pages but right now we have no typhoons out in the water so there isn't much to see there.


Three Years Ago on In My Words...PETA Asks NCAA to Ban Gamecocks Name

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fresh Ink Redux

One of the local stores has started carrying the Hallmark Fresh Ink cards....I am so thrilled...I usually stock up on them when I am in the I don't have to.

There doesn't seem to be a direct link to them on Hallmark's site anywhere but I love them is a link to my other post about them.


Seven Years Ago on In My Words...Seawall

Monday, August 18, 2008


Okay, remember this post from last week?

I was devastated that I lost that list of books and was willing to just get the names of the books back even if I couldn't get the whole page back.....I had given one seemed to even have a copy of it (not like tons of people read my book blog anyhow).

Tonight, while fooling around on the computer, I came across one more caching site called Wayback. I thought I would give it a whirl and amazingly, this place had TWO cached copies of that page. Now understand...that page (because of my issues with Amazon) had not even been on the web for the last year, but somehow this site had a cached page of it from October and from May of 2006 when it was still up.

At first the page did not come up fully but the book list was there so I was thrilled.....then I decided to view the source and all my comments, the stars and all the other stuff about each book is in the I just have a lot of cutting and pasting to do but at least I don't have to do it from scratch.

You have no idea how happy I am that this list was found....for a perfectionist like me, not having one year in the middle of all the other years was just terrible....not knowing the names of the books I had read was equally as terrible...whooohoooo....this just made my day!!!!!

So now, the lesson from this is not to just let Wayback retrieve your stuff for you....the lesson is that backing up important blog posts and anything else you want to keep on your computer is essential (and that sometimes if you don't, you will get a second chance like I did).


Two Years Ago on In My Words...Myst, Riven and the Like

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Astronomy Picture of the Day

If you don't know about this should check it out. It is of my new daily favorites. Chicken turned me on to it with the happy people dancing video.

What a great idea.


Two Years Ago on In My Words...Sounds of Footsteps

I Did It Again

Pledge got on the wood floor in the know what this means...


Three Years Ago on In My Words...Squirrel Aftermath

Saturday, August 16, 2008


My mom worked at Sears when I was a kid.....I am still using some of the pant hangers for my wet clothes...those babies rock.


One Year Ago on In My Words....Our New Wheels

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Progress (Or Maybe Not)

I have actually been getting quite a few things done that have been nagging me (no, not the big things that have been on my list since last year, but others) and that feels great. Thing is, most of them aren't on the list, so what do I do? I add them to the list of course so that I can then strike them out....duh!!!

One of the things that I have wanted to do was get all my book posts on my reading blog switched over to Powell's from Amazon because I am not doing business with Amazon anymore. While I was waiting to do this, I had made most of my old posts into drafts so they wouldn't be seen and therefore the links to Amazon would not be available. This included all of my year end recaps.

Okay, so the other day, I spend a fair amount of time updating that blog with my new post for July which had all my books from our trip listed in it. While I am on there, I figure, what the heck, why not just get the update for the year ending 2007 done and then fix those other posts. I do this.

Now, here is the bad part.

After I was all done, I go to view the blog and realize that in the year end recaps, the html I was using to show little stars for rating of books, was not showing little stars in anything but Internet Explorer. Well, if you know from a previous post, I recently switched over to Firefox from IE because it pissed me off one day, and that is how I am...I love using Firefox now but there are small (miniscule actually) cases where I still do need to go on the web in IE. Anyhow, I wanted the posts to show stars in Firefox so I did some searching and found some html that would work to make this happen.

I went back to the recaps (which mind you have only been re-published for one day at this point) to get this done. Basically, I copied the html (Ctrl C) I needed to use, and then selected the old area, deleted it with a backspace and then pasted in the html from my clipboard using my keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl V). This worked fine on two of the recaps and most of a third. Unfortunately, one of the quirky things about Firefox is that sometimes it doesn't get along with Blogger....and what is selected in the post editing window is not what gets can see where this is going, right?

Yep, that is right. For my 2005 book list, most of it was deleted during this process of modification, but it was happening above where I could see in the ITTY BITTY POST EDITING WINDOW BLOGGER GIVES US. So I dind't notice it until I had already re-published the post......

As soon as I realized what had happened, I tried to get back to the previous version and couldn't (those fast Blogger servers), and even tried to find a cached copy of it online. Unfortunately, that didn't work either because the recaps were posts that hadn't be online except for that day and therefore hadn't been recently cached by the search engines. I even wrote to our friendly Blogger Employee (being a Blog*Star does sometimes have its perks) and he was not able to help me retrieve even a text copy of it.

So if there is anyone out there that does read my reading blog regularly and might have printed or saved a copy of my 2005 list to read from....I would love a copy of it....otherwise it is just one more thing lost to the ethernet...

Right now, I have the post saved as draft until I can figure something out. I don't own most of the books I read during that time anymore so I don't even know where to start to recompile it. I DIDN'T BACK UP the post like I SHOULD have.....back up, people, back up,...I am living proof of losing something you don't want to lose.


Two Years Ago on In My Words...Amazing Skies

Monday, August 11, 2008

Another Product Down The Tubes

Well, I was a huge fan of Pond's Clean Sweep cloths until this week. A few weeks back, the packaging changed on their product. On the 30 count package (which is in plastic "babywipe" kind of set up), they added a cereal box type outer package with "new look" printed on it. This box-like package is immediately thrown away the first time you open the package. The only reason for it I can find is to make the product easier to stack on the shelves at the store.

So I email Pond's about it....actually the email ended up at Unilever, the parent company. With a week of traffic going back and forth, I get nothing but a canned response the first time, with no LEGITIMATE reason for adding unnecessary packaging to a perfectly good package, and further responses ask me to call their CS those fools that answer the phones are going to know why some marketing person made an executive decision to increase the useless packaging in the world.

So I sent them a note telling them that since they can't seem to take the time and explain to a loyal customer the reasoning behind the new useless packaging, I was going to stop using their product because it is increasing the waste in the world, not improving it.

I hope this blog article causes you to do the same. I will get off my soap box now....thanks.

Note: In the second picture, the box is just slipped over the same plastic packaging in the first picture. You can't open the product from the outside of the box, it has to be removed and then you are just left with the original plastic packaging....the second picture doesn't do the point I am trying to make justice but it was the only picture I could find of it


One Year Ago on In My Words...Back On Island

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mishka's Reading

I finally got a chance today (really had other things on my plate but got sucked into this somehow) to update my reading blog with my read's from July (while we were on vacation). I also fixed all the links on all my other posts that were previously pointing to Amazon (because I don't do business with them anymore) and now the links all point to Powells.

Lastly, I did the year-end consolodation for is about time...since we are already in August...huh?

Anyhow, if you have time check out the links and perhaps you will find some good reads in there for you as well.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Out of Habit

Since our vacation, I have had a hard time getting time in the day to read blogs...I got used to not reading them much while we were gone and I was paying for every second of Internet time and now it is hard to get back to it....I am lurking on a few and I am still trying to keep things under control via my Google reader, but I am not as active as I was a month ago...that is for sure.

Another thing I am not doing much of is helping out on the Blogger Help boards....and I do need to get back to that...and pronto...haha.

On the other hand, I seem to have found time to take on a few other projects (fodder for another post) I guess that is good....or bad...depending on how you look at it.


One Year Ago on In My Words
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