McCain Loses the Backing of Nerds.

It probably isn’t the smartest idea in the world to insult the people who have no lives and spend much of their time trying to figure out how to gain world domination and kill off giant dragons and ogres. Because it’s usually those people who are pretty handy with computers and swords alike.

Just a thought.

But maybe Michael Goldfarb didn’t realize that before he made a slam towards the biggest campaigners in the world: Dungeons and Dragon players.

Introducing Kendi!

Kendi, the baby ball python.I cannot believe it. I’m still entirely overwhelmed. I finally have a snake. This is something I’ve wanted long before I wanted a tablet – way longer than I even wanted a rat. This is something from my childhood. And when I was holding her after I paid for her, I started crying I was so happy. We ended up naming her Kendi, which is African for The Loved One. I kept flipping between that and Kotoko (Toko for short, which means Beautiful), but she has definitely taken to Kendi. She’s my little Loved One.

I wouldn’t have gotten her if it weren’t for Ash (by the way, it’s her birthday today: Happy Birthday, Sweetie!).

We spent most of Sunday night at Walmart. I bought a clear, plastic tub as her house with secure latches (I’ll also be making sort of car-seat belts to make it even more secure). I bought some tupperware to use as hides and she’s currently using one of my home-made ceramic bowls as a water dish that has some texture to it so it’ll be useful when she sheds. At the moment, the substrate I’m using is just unused reels of newspaper print (without ink). We also have a thermometer and humidity gage on the warm side of the tub, which is heated from underneath by a heating pad. I’ve been monitering the heat to make sure it doesn’t get too hot, but it seems to be working. I’ll eventually get a real UTH, as well as some better hides that will keep the humidity in more. I also want to invest in a thermostat too.

Beautiful girl.If anyone has any pointers for me, then feel free. I’ll be glad to hear anything you’ll have to say. I’ve done a lot of research, but I know there’s always more to learn.

I’m just extremely happy to finally have Kendi. The moment I saw her, I knew she was the one. I couldn’t get her out of my head all day, had two dreams about her, and the next day I went and got her. She was buried under a bunch of other babies, but as soon as I saw her, I knew. She’s perfect.

So this is my welcome into the world of herps. Go me!

Inflatable Dog Poo

Okay, so I’m a couple days behind, but still.

Inflatable Feces Raises a Stink.

Seriously the funniest thing I have ever read. Can you imagine seeing that thing come rolling down the street towards you? Mwahaha. Wow.

MailChimp

I’m sure I’ll be doing a much more thorough review of MailChimp, but as it stands, it’s probably one of the best email services out there. Not only is it the easiest one I have ever used (as opposed to both Constant Contact and Mail Campaigner), but it’s also got a sense of humor that all the other services severely lack.

The templates are easy to customize, the finish product is streamline and professional looking, and the dashboard has the easiest navigation with help at every corner. I also really appreciate the reports they have for the number of opened emails, number of bounced emails, and who clicks on the links in the email.

I’m really enjoying the look and feel of this service. It was a snap to sign up, and I keep refreshing my dashboard just to see what the admin chimp has to say next.

So far, MailChimp has my approval. I’m currently using it for my personal site, and I’ve got the Alumni Association of Northland College signed up with it (I’m in charge of their newsletters), and the price is very reasonable. I highly recommend this email service.

/end blatant advertisement.

battle with a paper-eating machine.

Another thing I hate. Printing in bulk. I designed flyers to send out to Athletic Alumni and I have to print out 1,387 of them to go in a mailing. The printer, the only color printer in the entire building, however, has decided that instead of just printing 1,387 flyers, it must also print out 1,387 blank pages between each flyer. Because when this gigantic hunk of crap from the year 2000 gets too hot, it prints out a blank page to cool itself down.

Apparently, one flyer with two colors on it is far too much for a machine like this to take. So while I could be finishing up my game of Sodoku in peace, I have to get up every two seconds to check on the printer and make sure it’s not dying under the pressure of all these flyers. Sometimes, it gets so hot, that it must print out multiple blank pages before it will actually take a stab at printing the actual flyer.

I have more blank pages printing out then flyers. Since I don’t want to risk completely blowing up the machine, I’ve just been printing out flyers in bulk of 100 instead of all at once. God helps whoever tries that. I think the printer might just take out the whole building in a large red ball of flames and paper cuts.

I’m never going to finish this game of Sodoku. Blah.

On a side note, I’m also completely sunburned, our oldest ferret Jingles just passed away, and my girlfriend is sick. I know I will be soon too since I catch everything. August isn’t proving to be the greatest month. Here’s hoping there’s improvement (there better – Ash’s birthday is on the 18th!).

Right – back to fight the printer into actually doing its job. Agh.