Archives for the month of: April, 2009

8am train crossing broadway, originally uploaded by nshontz.

Could they have picked a better time? Probably so. It backed up traffic on both sides, and I was the poor sucker trying to turn left onto broadway.

These are the browser stats for The University of Montana homepage complex between Mar 28, 2009 and Apr 27, 2009, as reported by Google Analytics. I would keep in mind that we have a different demographic than most E-Commerce sites and that a large percentage of our hits come from on campus. A lot of these are hits from labs, students on their personal computers, and professors that are sometimes hesitant to upgrade (we have a large IE6 population).

I’ve compared our results to the data posted by w3schools, and as they mention at the bottom of the page their site is used by folks who are tech savvy and more than likely are web developers and that is why their results are skewed.

The University of Montana w3schools
Browser Count Percent Percent
Internet Explorer 5.5 57 0.01%
Internet Explorer 6 30,289 6.87% 17.00%
Internet Explorer 7 243,125 55.18% 24.90%
Internet Explorer 8 13,635 3.09% 1.40%
Internet Explorer Total 287,106 65.17% 43.30%
Firefox 1 1,531 0.35%
Firefox 2 9,785 2.22%
Firefox 3 89,559 20.33%
Firefox Total 100,875 22.90% 46.50%
Safari 47,903 10.87% 3.10%
Chrome 3,170 0.72% 4.20%
Opera 710 0.16% 2.30%
other 812 0.18% 0.60%
Total 440,576 100.00% 100.00%
Earth Week Flower

I got this flowering plant from the Food Zoo.

All Those Beers

@cupoflizard took us to The Thirsty bear (be ready… this site autoplays music) in San Francisco a Tapas restaurant. I’ve never eaten Tapas before and wasn’t really sure what to expect. They are very small portions, but they were delicious. Some of the best food I’ve had in a long time. The Thirsty Bear is also a brewery, and Jon (who isn’t on twitter) and I got their beer sampler. Above is a photo of both samplers, 18 3oz glasses of beer. I took a photo of their Beer List and i’ve rated the beers below. Keep in mind these are my Own personal tastes, and all of the beers were good, but we all have our preferences. The seasonal beers were the Black Bear Lager and the Double I.P.A which has 9.2% alcohol. I was very impressed with the Double I.P.A because you couldn’t taste the alcohol in it, i’ve had some other 8% and 9% that are almost undrinkable because the hairspray taste ruins them.

  • Polar Bear Pilsner

    golden bohemian-style pilsner

  • Golden Vanilla

    light, smooth ale infused with vanilla beans

  • Valencia Wheat

    belgian-inspired white, coriander & orange peel

  • Brown Bear Ale

    british style amber with a robust & malty body

  • Meyer E.S.B – nitrogen conditioned

    smooth carmel body with a floral hop aroma

  • Koslov Stout – nitrogen conditioned

    dry irish style stout with black & rosted malts

  • Howard St I.P.A.

    well bittered strong ale witha citrus nose

  • Black Bear Lager
  • Double IPA – 9.2% alcohol

We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to tour’s server room. That’s right, They are committed to openness (for real). I don’t get to go into the server room at work where the servers I work on are located, but I was given a glass of wine and allowed to peruse the racks. There are a couple of notable things about this server room, first that it runs hotter than most server rooms. This is a new trend and falls in line with a lot of Sustainability initiatives. The other is that the server cost around $2,000 a piece. The hardware specs are open and can be reproduced, you can view more information on’s Large Scale Data Repository: Petabox page.

They have the ability to scan pages and digitally save them forever. This can be done for 10 cents a page. Forever. That is the cost of a black and white copy at Kinkos. Each book that is scanned is made available to the public, and they are working with libraries to improve their collection. You can request any book from the Boston Library and it will be scanned and made available online, it’s really and amazing system. The most remarkable part of it is lack of machines in the process. When you request a book to be scanned, a Human Librarian receives a message to take the book from the shelf and it is sent to the scanning center. The scanning center employs Humans that scan the books. Every page is turned by someone who can look with sensibility at each page and ensure that it wont damage the material. There are Lots more photos on flickr.

Photos from’s server room

  • Welcome to the Internet Archive

  • Internet Archive

  • Lots of servers

  • The Internet Archive folks are classy

  • The wayback Machine Servers

Social Networking sites and often things Web 2.0 are based on user content. Users contribute what they like and from it is born something that came from a little bit of chaos and a lot of great people. Take for example Twitter hash tags, they are used to organize tweets around an event or idea. A lot of folks feel the urge to formalize it, to control it. You must mold the clay in order for a beautiful sculpture to form, right? It would be cool to give 100 people each a cubic inch of clay have them make something and then put all of the pieces together. The result I bet would be really amazing. This is user generated content.

The problem is in trying to control it. Twitter is about freedom, finding a gem in the chaos. It is a side discussion to a conference or to a political march and ultimately to life. In a lot of ways I feel like the tweeter stream is more like a stream in the @jamierob way (nature) and less in the @tomfite way (computer science), it flows freely and when you try to control a river it will go right around you. The commercial entities section seems to be getting the hang of this, better than the higher ed folks. There is a mentality in education to control what kids do in the classroom and to try to control what they do outside of the classroom (you must live in the dorm your first year…)

My advice: not only can you NOT control it, but you shouldn’t want to. If you really want to use the technology, just use it. Use it like everyone else, the twitter ocean is very big, and this time you aren’t special (the fail whale will catch you). Not only will going with the flow bring you a better sense of the how you can successfully use the technology, but your users will appreciate you more and will be willing to interact with you.

Thanks for riding the BART

Thanks, originally uploaded by nshontz.

Thanks for taking BART today. It really helps. I’m sweating like crazy thanks to this global warming thing. Not good. So please, keep on taking the BART. Not only will you stop sweating your commute, you’ll help me stop sweating period. It’s a win-win.

Keep it up.
Love, the Polar Ice Cap

I really appreciate you taking BART today. It helps big time.

Things have been pretty turbulent up here for me – I’m all congested and stressed. There is a ray of hope. Every time you take BART, you help clear the air. So, keep it up. Hopefully I’ll find a little calm, and consequently, so will you.

Thanks again.
Your pal, the sky


thanks to finnegan_again both for the Creative Commons Photo (Above) and for selling me the camera. Craigslist is a beautiful thing. I’ll try to take some decent photos and put them up on Flickr.

My first foray into the world of DSLR

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It is beautiful, originally uploaded by nshontz.

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