In church yesterday, when singing the closing hymn, the two young boys in the row in front of my wife and me kept looking at us. Afterwards, my wife teased me saying, “you like the attention.” The boys’ mother told us, “they’re just not used to hearing good singing. I kept telling them not to stare.” My wife was right–I did kind of like the attention. I wonder, though: Why don’t more people sing the harmony lines, instead of just the melody?

I took my wife out to dinner Friday to Pierpont Cafe in Salt Lake City in celebration of our two-year anniversary. The food was good, but I didn’t really like the feeling of the resturaunt. And, although they had an assortment of lovely flavored limeades, their menus only mentioned alcohol.

I got an e-mail from my webhost today informing me that I was approaching my bandwidth limit for the month. I was quite surprised–I didn’t think my website was that popular. After looking at the server log files, I found out that there are a lot–and I mean a lot–of people visiting my website about dragons. In order to cut down the traffic, I figured I am probably going to have to optimize some of my image files to reduce filesize. However, something else caught my eye while perusing the log files–people had been hotlinking to my images. (Hotlinking is also often called bandwidth theft–basically, other “webmasters” are showing my images on their servers, but I am the one who has to pay for the traffic.)

So, after a quick web search, I came across a website which explains how to prevent hotlinking using a .htaccess file. Then, voila, people are no longer hotlinking to my images–when they try to, they get a different image instead. Here are some before and after screenshots of one site in particular that was stealing my bandwidth:

Before–Notice the background picture of a wizard and some angry dragons:

After–Notice the lovely picture of a bandwidth-stealing hog:

My morning work routine

Usually when I get in, I will check my e-mail, and open up the company intranet to see what’s on the calendar for today. I will also check the intranet’s Fun & Games page to see today’s Dilbert.

Then, I will go through the e-mails and respond to the easy/fun ones. I will then look at some lists of things to do and do them, doing first the ones that I feel most like doing.

I feel like I’m not very organized. If I were working on one project only, I think it would be easier to keep track of what needs to be done–but I have assignments from all kinds of projects and it is hard to keep track of them. So, it is hard to focus on getting them done because I am not sure which ones to do, and sometimes I do not know exactly what needs to be done to complete the assignment.