Carolina Sunrise

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I’ve not got much to post about.  We did a family BBQ for Memorial Day; a good time was had by all.  My neice is in the hospital trying very hard to NOT have a baby that’s not due until July; her mother (my sister) is in Texas with her.  The company I work for has changed their name, which involves getting new EVERYTHING.  Business cards.  Domain name/website/e-mail addresses.  Letterhead.  Forms.  I’ve been busy.

I took this picture the other day on my way to work, at about 6:10 in the morning.  Actually, I was at the top of my sister’s driveway (which really is on the way to work).  What appears to be a smokestack in the background is actually the cooling tower for Shearon-Harris Nuclear Plant; that’s steam, not smoke.

Carolina Sunrise

Is cybersquatting against the law?

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Christopher Beam has published an article in Slate magazine wherein he says:

But if you were promoting a very different kind of company—Delta Plumbing, for example—then you’d be within your rights to use Delta.com. As long as you’re not profiting off a person or company by misrepresenting them, you’re probably OK.

via Is cybersquatting against the law? – By Christopher Beam – Slate Magazine.

I beg to differ.  There is a local company here in the Triangle that has been waging a years-long battle against a cybersquatting case.  The domain in question is http://www.nissan.com, which belongs to a local computer company.  The owner of the company is a gentleman by the name of Uzi Nissan, an Israeli-born entrepreneur who registered the domain name in 1991 – when today’s Nissan Motors was still using the name Datsun. He was early to get on board the internet train, and he got the name first.  It’s his name.  It’s his company’s name.  And when he registered it, no one else was using it.

In 1999, eight years after Mr. Nissan registered the domain name, the Nissan Motor Company sued him for cybersquatting, to the tune of $10,000,000!  He has been in and out of court ever since, paying exhorbitant legal fees, and basically getting nowhere.  You can read his whole story here.  You can also order anti-Nissan bumper stickers or make a donation to help pay his legal fees.  As someone who has always tried to look out for the little guy, this is a cause I think worthy of support.

Statistics

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I am constantly amazed by the traffic I get here. I average about 200 hits a day (a little less on the weekends). Some days, I get as many as 280 hits. I want to thank all my regulars for their contribution to my hit count. When I check my sitemeter, I get a picture of where my visitors come from, and which posts are attracting the most traffic.

I don’t get it. This is not an “international” forum. Most of what I discuss would be meaningless to anyone outside of the US, or at least, North America. Some of it is just meaningless, period. But as you can see, 40% of my traffic is from outside the U.S., and 31% from overseas.

As if the breakdown by country wasn’t odd enough, check out the top 5 favorite posts, according to SiteMeter:

26% http://morningglory2.wordpress…ies-and-the-men-who-love-them/
14% http://morningglory2.wordpress…unday-top-ten-list-sandwiches/
12% http://morningglory2.wordpress…2007/02/04/favorite-toys-meme/
12% http://morningglory2.wordpress…the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/
5% http://morningglory2.wordpress…05/07/greensberg-tornado-pics/

And according to WordPress:

Top Posts (of all time)

For the ladies, and the men who love them, 9,337 views

Favorite Toys Meme, 6,433 views

‘Perfect Major’ Quiz, 1,875 views

Top Searches (of all time)

lipstick, sandwiches, map of new jersey

Most Active (unsure of the timeframe here)

For the ladies, and the men who love them, 237 views

Favorite Toys Meme, 143 views

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 112 views

For whatever reason, the post about lead in lipstick is the number one, top ranking post of all time (well, of the 3+ years I’ve been blogging). There have been over nine thousand hits on that post since I put it up on October 30 of last year, 7-1/2 months ago. Why?

The lipstick post is followed by one about my favorite sandwiches, one on toy nostalgia, and one on little-known facts about New Jersey. Huh? The Greensburg, KS tornado pictures get a good number of hits, even though it’s been more than a year since the storms, and the ‘Perfect Major” quiz has been popular since I put it up, getting at least one hit every day.

I just don’t get it.

Lumthuxious, and other missing words

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I had the pleasure recently of sharing a brew or two with a group of colleagues, one of whom shares my deep abiding love of words. I’m not entirely certain how the topic came up, but he made me aware of the ongoing problem of missing words: words that should be in the dictionary, but aren’t.

For example, we’re all familiar with the words mileage, yardage, and footage. So what happened to inchage?

We all understand that overcast means clouds that appear overhead which block out your view of the sun. Doesn’t it follow, logically, that undercast should mean clouds that appear below, to block out your view of the earth (as when riding in an airplane)? The same argument could be made for overhang (underhang?)

Ken (the linguaphile to whom I referred in the first paragraph) has been successful in having one of our missing words added back into the dictionary. The commonly used word ruthless, (without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless) has it’s origin in the Middle English word reuthe (pity, compassion). The logical opposite of ruthless, which is ruthful, has disappeared entirely from use, unless the speaker/writer is being deliberately archaic. However, reuthe has been re-entered into Webster’s, after Ken made a call to a friend who is on the editorial staff.

Which brings us to lumthuxious (or lumthuksuous – the spelling is still open to debate). This is a word meaning extremely delicious. Ken made it up. He thinks it should be added to the dictionary – he’s a linguaphile, after all. We all want to get credit for coining a new word.

Molasses in January

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You’ve heard the expression “slower than molasses in January”? The following story, lifted from the Urban Legends section at about.com, tells the story of The Molasses Disaster of 1919, during which molasses was clocked at 35 MPH – in Boston – in January.

The story you’re about to read isn’t an urban legend per se, though there is a longstanding folk belief associated with it: On hot, summer days in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston, they say, a faint, sickeningly-sweet odor wafts up from cracks in the pavement — the stench of 85-year-old molasses….The date was January 15, 1919, a Wednesday. It was about half-past noon. In Boston’s industrial North End, folks were going about their business as usual. Only one small detail seemed out of the ordinary, and that was the temperature — unseasonably warm, in the mid-40s, up from a frigid two degrees above zero just three days before. The sudden thaw had lifted everyone’s spirits. To anyone who was out on the street that day, it scarcely seemed a harbinger of disaster.But trouble was brewing fifty feet above street level in the form of a cast-iron tank containing two-and-a-half million gallons of crude molasses.The molasses, owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company, was slated to be made into rum, but this particular batch would never make it to the distillery.
Sweet, sticky, deadly goo
At about 12:40 p.m. the giant tank ruptured, emptying its entire contents into Commercial Street in the space of a few seconds. The result was nothing less a flash flood consisting of millions of gallons of sweet, sticky, deadly goo.

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Raining Cats and Dogs?

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black-rain.jpgLord, thank you for the much-needed rain shower you sent yesterday while I was on my way home from work.  With the recent drought we so desperately need the rain, and I have no problem driving in a rainstorm.  For that matter, I don’t mind the occasional squirrel or possum running into my path while I’m driving.  But Lord, please don’t fling any more deer at me.

Thanks for listening,

MorningGlory’s Little Sister 

Seeing the USA

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From Paw Paw’s House, I went to a link that allows you to create a map showing all the states you’ve visited. My map is below. The red is the states to which I’ve been, and the white is the ones where I need to go. The red stripe west of the Mississippi is the result of a road trip from Washington (where I was born) to New Jersey (where I grew up), that took place back in 1960. I remember nothing of the trip, having been very, very young at the time. Anything east of the Mississippi, I’ve done more than just drive through. I didn’t even count California as the only time I was there was to refuel on the way to Hawaii, and I didn’t even get off the plane.

create your own personalized map of the USA

UPDATE 12/07/06 – Here’s the Canadian Provinces I’ve visited:

create your own personalized map of Canada

And here’s where else in the world I’ve been:


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