Elusive Meeting Times
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:34 am)

Migrating meetings.. we all hate them. I hate today's since it has moved form mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and I can't run home and take a nap for fear of zonking out for several hours too many.

Zonking is the official term, by the way.

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Long-Distance Hits
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:28 am)

I got some hits from several Chinese friends in Taiwan. Check out the screenshot of one of the hops! It goes through some small island I haven't bothered to look up yet, then to Hong Kong, then Australia, then back to Taiwan. What a trip for those little packets...

The stack of yellow dots on the upper right (hidden) side of the globe are actually this area (where I live). Dots are placed for every router a packet passes through in the approximate geographical position, although this is not always accurate.

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Web Visits, Part II
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:21 am)

Well, I think the Mexico one may be EP, my dad's friend in Argentina. I traced the IP back through Mexico and on down to Argentina. Cool, eh?

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Strange Web Visits
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Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:55 am)

Well, because I'm a technoguy, and because I can, I started looking through my webserver logs for more information (you never know what you're going to find—it's how I found out about the racquetball/cutthroat page ranking business!) and found some interesting hits.

I got hits from several Universities in the small sampling I took the time to trace back. To name a few: Princeton, University of Rhode Island, University of Central Oklahoma to name a few.

I also got hits from navy.mil (no links, type it in yourself if you really want to go there), Somewhere in Mexico, Merck, someone in Bakersfield (family?), and various assorted crawlers, spiders, search engines, and the bad harvesters. I'm banning the ones I don't like. Why you might ask? To which I reply (again), because I can.

At least that's better than the "I'm the mom, that's why" answer 🙂 Did you hear that a lot as a kid?

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Missing Time
Morning watch, 6 bells (7:20 am)

Well, not in the Alien Abduction sense (by the way, you can get plans to make a really nice "thought screen helmet" at that site), but more alcohol-induced.

My coworker JS was apparently more drunk than I gave him credit for at last Friday's company Christmas party. On Monday, he was at his desk examining receipts, trying to figure out what he'd done that night after the party.

I think I would be really bothered if I couldn't remember what I'd done on any specific night. Perhaps I'm just weird, but the concept disturbs me.

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Return of the King
Morning watch, 4 bells (6:00 am)

Well, I did it, went and saw the midnight show of Return of the King. I got home at about 4:15 this morning, took a shower and just drove to work. I have a meeting at 10am—I couldn't risk taking a "nap" and sleeping too long. Besides, getting 1 or 2 hours of sleep is worse than getting no sleep at all. At least this way I'll finish the day early and catch up on some sleep.

ROTK was great. My coworkers felt the ending was drawn out too much. I see where they're coming from, but I still liked it. I don't like when they change things, though. I prefer them just left out instead of changed.

LH is seeing the all-day marathon showing with her family today, she told me it goes from like 11am to 1am—all day. It's pretty cool.

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