News and Notes

« Thu.07.20.2000 »
12:36 am EDT    58°F (14°C) in Ann Arbor

UPDATE #90 -- 10 MORE UNTIL 100

I'm a tricky fucking bastard, aren't I? :) I waited all of 30 minutes past midnight, just so I didn't update twice in one day. Anyway, as you can see, the countdown to the all-important, world-famous, greatly over-hyped event has begun. This is like 11:59:50 pm in Times Square last December 31, with the ball dropping, just seconds away from the millenium. This is like the moment when the referee sets the ball down on the penalty dot of a World Cup championship game soccer field, just before some guy most of us arrogant Americans have never heard of is about to make the final penalty kick in the shootout. This is ... oh, forget it. I'm rambling.

The weather is very cool for this time of year here. I don't know whether to think that's a good thing (nice weather) or a bad thing (no 90°-and-severe-thunderstorms stuff to keep the Art Fair tourists away).

Yes, it's that time of year again. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs began today, and run through Saturday. I probably should have stopped by today, but since it was a rare midweek day off from work, I slept in. Anyway, I'll have to either fit it in somewhere tomorrow or early Friday afternoon, or just skip it altogether (I'll be out of town from Friday afternoon to late Saturday evening). The big problem is, of course, parking and traffic; a bunch of streets are closed, those that are open aren't moving too quickly, and if you find a parking spot within ½ mile of campus, consider yourself damn lucky. The really fun part should be driving Commuter the next two days ...

As part of the countdown to my 100th update, I'm bringing back selected updates from the history of this page. Basically, the updates that I have selected for this Top 10 I am starting today are chosen because (a) they're quite funny, (b) they announce some big news about my life or stuff like that, or (c) they're just "over the top" in one way or another. Enjoy this one from May 23, 2000, announcing the creation of


Another long night -- this time, it's almost 3 am.

The big news that I have to announce is that my brand-new domain,, is now up and running. Never again will you have to remember some IP address to access my page, faithful Web surfers. I finally have all the pages copied there, and I've also set up a e-mail address. It cost me $60 to InterNIC to register the name for two years, and it will cost me $7 a month to to host it, but I hope it will be worth it in increased traffic. Not to mention it should be fun to maintain.

Speaking of web pages and such, I'm going to retain Apache on my machine at least for the time being. I'm not sure how long I'll be keeping it, but I'm not going to take it down just yet. So, as of now, my Hippie web server, as I call it, is still up and running.

Need ... sleep ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ...