Dog Eats Man's "Twigs & Berries"

Albuquerque got a little national news this morning, or so my Girlfriend tells me. As she saw it on some national news show this morning (a slow news day I guess). It also explains all the cops near the house yesterday.

Albuquerque police say the unidentified man was walking the dog when it attacked him. Police say the man was seriously injured in the groin area.

Susie Rayos Marmon Elementary School, where this happened, is about 1000 feet from my house. Apparently the dog took the mans parts with him. I also heard that the guy was drunk but it’s just hearsay at this point. As far as I know they haven’t found the dog. I will be wearing a cup prior to leaving the house today.

[Update 8/31/04] It’s gets stranger. According to the news tonight (in which they showed our house for 2 seconds) the man was found naked and the dog was “abused”. The dog is still at large. 

I've Seen A Large Spike In Traffic

It has been an interesting week after receiving the most traffic to my site ever. After posting my PowerBook SuperDrive cleaning article I sent it to AccelerateYourMac. In which I received a lot of traffic. It then got picked up by mactechnews, macsurfer, Albireo’s PowerBook, macfeber, macbytes, powerbook-fr and finally AppleTalk Australia. Just shows you what can happen with a link or two from a Mac site.

It will probably be the most traffic I will ever see. Unfortunately I’ve been too busy with work to post much else to really take advantage of it.

Last 20 Days Unique Visitors
12 Aug, Thu 173
13 Aug, Fri 140
14 Aug, Sat 127
15 Aug, Sun 156
16 Aug, Mon 155
17 Aug, Tue 170
18 Aug, Wed 131
19 Aug, Thu 126
20 Aug, Fri 139
21 Aug, Sat 534
22 Aug, Sun 645
23 Aug, Mon 1104
24 Aug, Tue 747
25 Aug, Wed 1158
26 Aug, Thu 367
27 Aug, Fri 182
28 Aug, Sat 117
29 Aug, Sun 163
30 Aug, Mon 234
31 Aug, Tue 13


Santa Fe Macintosh User Group

The Mac User Groups (MUGs) are really the singe best resource Mac Users have. I got an email about the Santa Fe Macintosh Users Group but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it this time. (by the way, should this get filed under Macintosh or New Mexico? Darn you iBlog!)

September 1st meeting will be at The College of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michaels Drive at 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. the first Wednesday of the month

Tipton Hall: The Santa Fe Macintosh User Group: Location Map:


Evaporative Cooler Thermostat Fail

I woke up early this morning mainly because the swamp cooler had been running an extra long time (it blows right on me). I knew something was wrong because it felt cold yet I knew I set the super fancy digital thermostat to 78 degrees before I went to bed. The house temp was 68 degrees and the darn thermostat wouldn’t turn off. Even setting it to “off” wouldn’t turn it off.

I sent a email off to Dial Manufacturing of Phoenix, Az but I suspect it’s going to be easier to just replace the darned thing. 

Wrong Kind Of Cactus On New Mexico Poster

The 2004 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is due to start in October. There’s been a bit of hub-bub because of the poster.

The major problem to me is they hired a Texas artist to do the poster. There’s always been a kind of Texas/New Mexico rivalry between the two states but this isn’t my issue. See New Mexico is pretty well know for it’s fancy-smancy artists. Santa Fe and Taos both have quite a few of those types there. I suspect they are at least better known for their artists than Texas.

Second problem is the Texas Artist screwed it up. There’s Balloons and there’s a cowboy. Sounds good. There are also Saguaro cactuses. For those not familiar with the South West United States, these are native to the Sonoran Desert which, “has a quite limited geographical range, centred on southern Arizona and extending into western Sonora (Mexico)” which means they don’t even exists in New Mexico. I know, to the rest of the world these cactuses exist in the desert southwest and that includes New Mexico. But if you want to accurately show one of New Mexico’s few claims to fames then it’s probably a good idea to be accurate on such a little detail. Perhaps the cactuses could be replaced with power lines.

By the way, thanks to Metaquerque for the links

Arizona Dust Storm Pictures

These photos were taken by my Cousin (forwarded by my Dad, thanks Dad!). This is one thing Arizona is famous for. The area between Phoenix and Tucson gets the type of dust storms that you saw in the Movie “Stargate”. The area she was in was just south of Phoenix. I didn’t ask her permission to post these so I hope she doesn’t mind!

These are pictures from the Dust Storm on Friday the 13th. I had to pull off the highway because visibility was at zero. As you can see in the first two photos I was approaching the dust storm. It was about 6:00 in the evening or so and I was leaving the Ahwatukee/Chandler heading towards Casa Grande. Just thought I would share.