April 19, 2011 - Tuesday | 11:27 PM, CST
The newest addition to my arsenal... a Ruger 1911! I had no idea they were even contemplating production of a 1911, until I read it this morning here. Within an hour I was on the phone with Merrill asking him to order me one... it is currently on backorder (the website says "available May 2011"), so I'm not sure when I'll actually receive my purchase. It's going to look really good sitting next to my SR 5.56. I can hardly wait!
*cue angelic chorus*
Bryan, Kelly, and I attended last Thursday's tea party in Watseka. I had to get home for a nap, so we only stayed about a half an hour: long enough to hear a speech by our newly appointed state representative, Jason Barickman. I can report that Mr. Barickman seemed genuinely concerned about fiscal responsibility, and based upon his comments, we can expect more common sense voting in the future. That is not to say we should trust him at his word, I believe strongly in keeping well informed of our representative's actions and communicating frequently with them. However, I do believe he may be a keeper. After his speech, I approached him and asked for his contact information. I'd be happy to e-mail this information to anyone upon request, should you be too lazy to look it up for yourselves. I'm sure that everyone has recently done so with regards to HB 148, the concealed carry law currently before the Illinois House, but I thought perhaps I should provide a reminder...
Here are some pictures from the event:
Image 1: Bryan and I stopped at Berkots before the tea party. Here he is being immature.
Image 2: Here is a sign seen at the raffle ticket table. Did I mention I won the raffle? Whoo!
Image 3: Another sign. Very appropriate, methinks. But then, I'm greedy and racist for saying so.
Image 4: This one is pretty clever. It's a tax poem, with a partial list of all the new taxes we've been blessed to have burdened upon us within the last century.
Image 5: Kelly showing her support!
Image 6: The lovely Kelly at the tea party.
Image 7: The not-so-lovely Bryan at the tea party. See that table in the background? Yes, we do have free cookies at tea parties!
Image 8: Kelly and I stopped for ice cream afterwards. See that sign? Apparently you can charge extra for large nuts. I wish I'd have known that before I got married...
Every so often I review my Webalizer statistics, and I think I may have a stalker. I noticed that several search strings people were using to find my site included my old alcade at alcade dot net e-mail address. People were also searching for "alcade.net" and "www.alcade.net." Why you would enter this string into a search engine and not simply the address bar of your browser beats me. Maybe it's a search bot? Who knows.
It may interest you all to point out that the most heavily requested file on my website is my housewife picture. These are direct requests, meaning that people all over the internet are stealing my bandwidth by linking to the file directly on their websites rather than simply downloading the file onto their servers. Even with my recent posts of those Islamic videos, the housewife picture still wins out.
Years ago I attempted to address this problem when people were stealing pictures of my tonsils. Remember that post? Once that got on Google Images it was all over the place. Now if you search "swollen tonsils" my pictures aren't found. Usually it would be some kid who called up the image on his site from my server rather than just stealing the picture and posting it directly. I'd find the site in my weblogs, and send them a message. Usually something to the effect of "Hey, I noticed you were stealing the picture of my swollen tonsils. Normally I'd be ok with that if you asked permission, but as it is you are stealing the bandwidth of my site. Please either ask permission or finish stealing it and post it on your server." Pretty straightforward, I thought. But the usual response was "Man, u r a dick!"
Hmm... Didn't think I could have made it any more clear. Either ask permission and you can use my bandwidth, or steal it the rest of the way and post it on your server. You know what was the best part, though? I actually found a doctor at a medical school who posted it in an essay he wrote on tonsilitis! You know you've hit the top of photographic excellence when medical universities are stealing your stuff. I think I sent him an e-mail worded similiarly to what I wrote above, but rather than simply ask permission, he took it down! C'est la vie!
Another tidbit of information I find interesting is the strange sites that supposedly link to mine. Below is a screen capture of the highest rated total referrers to my site (meaning, in theory, that these websites link to mine somehow):
Pretty bizarre, huh? They must not realize that Zach's website is here.
Date: Wednesday, Apr 20th 2011, 12:15 PM
Loved the tax poem, sadly because it's true.
Date: Wednesday, Apr 20th 2011, 7:00 PM
That's because nobody browses my site anymore... probably because I haven't updated it in over 2 years now. One of these years when I get a computer again I'll work on it.
Name: The Mom
Date: Thursday, Apr 21st 2011, 7:17 AM
Glad you went to the tea party....pics were great!!! LOL
From the list you posted it looks like you have porn bots checking out your site, kinda really weird and sick!
Gotta run.....wanna get to DQ and order me up some large nuts before they run out!
Date: Thursday, Apr 21st 2011, 1:12 PM
Jake - You should come with us to the next one.
Zach - Time to get a computer and start updating your site again!
Mom - Very disturbing!