Saturday, 23 March 2013

09:09 – Spring arrived here as expected on the 20th, with sunny skies and warm temperatures, but it’s disappeared again. Our highs over the next several days are to be in the mid- to upper-40’s (< 10C) and lows near freezing.

Colin and I almost got into a fight yesterday afternoon. I was walking Colin on the 10-meter roller leash and he was sniffing around in Kim’s front yard when we spotted Jack, a neighborhood dog, approaching at a dead run. Jack is a full-size poodle, roughly Colin’s size. Jack circled around a large bush in Kim’s yard, came to a stop between me and Colin, and then snarled and lunged at Colin. Colin’s hackles rose and he responded with a snarl of his own. It was looking like a serious dog fight was about to break out, and I was getting ready to kill Jack with a snap kick. I yelled as I began the kick, and Jack took off running toward home.


09:50 – I’ve never paid much attention to visitor stats. I write this page for myself. If people visit and comment, great. If they don’t, I’d still write it. But I just checked my visitor stats this morning, and the contrast between now and the Good Olde Days is striking. Nowadays, I get maybe 30,000 visitors per month, and maybe 1,200 on a good day. Back when I was writing computer books, I got much more traffic. Days with 8,000 to 10,000 visitors were routine, days with 15,000 to 20,000 visitors weren’t uncommon, and I think my best day ever was more than 30,000 visitors. In other words, back then I got about as much traffic on a very heavy day as I get nowadays in a month.