Turillo [Collared Plover] (Charadrius collaris)
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Disqus. Pronounced “Discuss.” It’s a new feature I’m trying out, and I’d love your comments.

Really. The whole idea is to encourage better comments. You can see replies to your comments, there’s a discussion page, you can better see other people’s comments. It even links to social sites like Twitter and Facebook.

And for Jo, a long awaited feature. If you “claim” your comments by creating your own Disqus account, you can even edit your comments. Finally.

So drop me a comment. Tell me yay or nay, keep it or junk it?

Happy 5th Birthday

Remember when blogging was new? The word “blog” itself was new. The whole concept of people finding an outlet to express whatever was on their mind in a forum that reached globally was new.

Now it’s ordinary. People create blogs for their pets now. Or maybe the pets themselves do it, it’s so easy.

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the beginning of Chasing the Wind. Happy birthday to us.

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Hey, I got a report card –

Dear Michael,

Our editors recently reviewed your blog and have given it an 8.0 score out of (10) in the Society/Religion & Spirituality category of Blogged.com.

This is quite an achievement!


We evaluated your blog based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style.

After carefully reviewing each of these criteria, your site was given its 8.0 score.

We’ve also created Blogged.com score badges with your score prominently displayed. Simply visit your website’s summary page on Blogged.com:

Chasing the Wind at Blogged

It sound like I got a “B”. I would have studied harder if I knew there was going to be a test.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

When I was kid, I was fascinated by the huge Encyclopedia Britannica books. Who were these amazing eggheads that wrote all the world’s information down? How did they get so smart?

Times change. The Encyclopedia Britannica still has the most vetted information, but is no longer the largest or easiest accessible. They’ve offered to bloggers, though, the opportunity to search their tomes for free, and even better, and article I link to is completely available to all the Chasing the Wind readers. I’m going to give it a try, and look up information on the Grand Canyon:

The Grand Canyon lies in the southwestern portion of the Colorado Plateau, which is a large area of the southwestern United States consisting essentially of horizontal, layered rocks and lava flows. The broad, intricately sculptured chasm of the canyon contains between its outer walls a multitude of imposing peaks, buttes, gorges, and ravines. It ranges in width from about 0.1 to 18 miles (0.2 to 29 km) and extends in a winding course from the mouth of the Paria River, near Lees Ferry and the northern boundary of Arizona, to Grand Wash Cliffs, near the Nevada line, a distance of about 277 miles (446 km). Its greatest depths lie more than a mile (some 6,000 feet [1,800 metres]) below its rim. The canyon includes many tributary side canyons and surrounding plateaus. The deepest and most impressively beautiful section, 56 miles (90 km) long, is within the central part of Grand Canyon National Park, which encompasses the river’s length from Lake Powell (formed by Glen Canyon Dam in 1963) to Lake Mead (formed by Hoover Dam in 1936). In its general colour, the canyon is red, but each stratum or group of strata has a distinctive hue—buff and gray, delicate green and pink, and, in its depths, brown, slate-gray, and violet. At approximately 8,200 feet (2,500 metres) above sea level, the North Rim is some 1,200 feet (3,658 metres) higher than the South Rim.

Hey, pretty spiffy. Can you click the link for the Grand Canyon and tell me if you can read the whole article?

Four Year Blogiversary

It seems they grow up so fast. 🙂 Chasing the Wind is now 4 years old. Happy Birthday!

I find it amazing how fast things have changed in the last 4 years. Then, blogs were amazing new inventions. “You mean, *I* can write something on the web? Don’t I need permission or something?” Today, sites like MySpace and Facebook and Plaxo and Twitter and Flickr and who knows what else makes it easy to tell all your friends what’s going on in your life. I can see a day where blogs are archaic and email is obsolete.

But for now, we’re just going to keep posting along. 🙂

Where's the Spam?

Where’s the spam? I get around 1800 pieces of email spam a month; it’s been that way for at least 3 years.

But in the last month, I’ve only received 550 pieces of email spam. And in the last week, only about 20 pieces of spam. At this rate, I’ll only get about 100 pieces of spam next month.

Where did all the spam go? Not that I’m missing it, I’m actually pretty happy it’s so low. That’s low enough I could probably be bothered to inspect my spam folder once in a while. But I’m curious why it suddenly diminished after all these years.

Galloping Buzz II

Once upon a time I wrote about a galloping buzz generated by my computer monitor, my desk phone, all sorts of electronics. Dwight Silverman had written an article on the same subject a few days before, and I was prompted to share my experience.

I think there’s a solution to this annoying buzz – there’s a video of it on metacafe.

All I need is one of those anti-static bags. They used to be so common, but I haven’t seen on in a long time.