Archive for March, 2008

Daylight Savings Time

March 31, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining, Musings, Politics

Europe, and the rest of the non-US world that likes taking an hour of sleep from its citizens every spring, changed over to daylight savings time this weekend. They had a special report about it on the mid-day Saturday news. The reporter was interviewing a nerdy-looking fellow who was sitting at a huge switchboard full of flickering lights and monitors showing graphs and maps and things. He was some scientist working for an important electricity provider in Spain. The man said…


March 30, 2008 By: erik Category: Food, Photos

StrawberryWe had some strawberries for dessert today. Yum.

Arcturus Rising

March 30, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Geeky, Science, Timelapse, Videos

Ever since discovering, recently, that my new DSLR camera can pick up star light, I’ve been waiting impatiently for a clear night to do a timelapse video. The sky was blue all afternoon yesterday, and was relatively clear when the sun set, so I got excited that I’d finally have a chance. Unfortunately, the sky clouded over after about 90 minutes of photos. This is the first of what I hope to be many timelapse videos starring, well, stars.

Orange Flowers, Green Bicycle

March 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Geeky, Photos, Photoshop, Spain

Orange FlowersWalking around town the other day, I snapped two photos that screamed out at me to be played with in Photoshop. The first were some bright orange flowers that were a little beaten up by the recent heavy rains, but still standing proud, reflecting orange light. The second is a bicycle that an old man rides into a central location to go bar hopping. He parks it in the same place almost every day.

Blog Whoring

March 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Stuff I Found

I’m always fascinated by the new and creative ways that people think up to make money on the internet. A week or two ago, I found myself looking for ways to better my PageRank. For those of you who don’t know, PageRank is a number from 0 to 9 assigned by Google to every website. The higher your PageRank, the more of an “expert” you are considered and the higher you will appear on the search results and the more traffic you will get. The way you get more PageRank is by getting other websites to link to you. I don’t remember why I started looking, but I found some blog cataloging sites, like, for instance, that are basically like a phonebook of blogs, with a dash of social networking thrown in. And from there, I got sucked into the depressingly lonely narcissism of nominating my own blog for the Blogger’s Choice Awards, knowing full well that the only votes I’d receive would be my own. Sigh…

Lottery Year – First Quarter Results

March 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, News, Spain

Well, we’ve made it through the first quarter of 2008. So far, I have kept to my plan to play 5€ in the ONCE lottery every Friday. Statistically, I would expect to lose that 5€ on 18 of the first 20 weeks. Since, as every card player knows, there are 13 weeks every quarter, at this point, I would have predicted that I would have lost all but maybe one or two weeks. Well, guess what’s happened?

The Rasmussen Family Vault

March 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, News, Photos

Ruth and Glen RasmussenLast September, a distant cousin of mine, Mark, found my blog and left a comment explaining who he was. Mark’s mother and my grandfather were cousins, both the grandchildren of Rasmus Rasmussen, a sailor, author and Lutheran reverend that sailed from Norway to the United States on a viking ship for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The fair was set up to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus “discovering” the New World. No doubt the Spaniards, who had arrived in replicas of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, were a little peeved to have a replica viking ship proven capable of the journey as well. They first stopped in Washington, D.C., so that President Cleveland could meet the captain of the ship, Magnus Andersen. Check out this awesome list of “famous firsts” from the fair.

Unfortunate Rhyme

March 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining, Golf, Spain, Stuff I Found

During my investigations into poems, prayers, or dances that could be done to make this stop this seemingly eternal rain, I discovered the reason for all this watery misery. It turns out that everybody else in the world is sending their rain over here to get rid of it! That hardly seems fair. Well, thanks a lot, everybody!

Absentee Primary Ballot

March 27, 2008 By: erik Category: News, Politics, USA, Voting

Absentee Primary BallotMy absentee ballot for the May 6, 2008, North Carolina Democratic Primary arrived finally. Like a good voter, I spent a couple hours putting each candidate’s name into Google and learning about their opinions on various issues. Some of them, like the humorously named Duskin Lassiter, lost my vote for simple reasons of web site design. And then there were those candidates that couldn’t even afford their own domain name, like Howard Staley, whose page is hosted on a website that advertises “Have A Website in 5 Minutes!” By far the most professional website by a non-presidential candidate was that of Kay Hagan, a woman running for Elizabeth Dole’s Senate seat.


March 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining, News

Two disasters befell me yesterday. Both times, I was saved by the foresight of my friends. The largest disaster, by far, was that I accidentally deleted my entire blog database. All those 198,919 words in 522 posts, and 93,656 words in 1,730 comments, everything was gone! I had no backups!