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June 18, 2005

Emerald Eyed Cormorant

Emerald Eyed Cormorant

Emerald Eyed Cormorant

Originally uploaded by eclectic echoes.

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May 21, 2005


I’m so glad to hear that Salsa Express is starting to carry the products from BBQ’N FOOLS. They have got an excellent range of sauces and rubs. I’m not the only one that thinks so, out of 7 food products they make, they have collected 17 major food awards – including at least 3 Scovies and 8 Fiery Food Challenge awards. They’re not all aimed at the chilehead, but every one of them is an excellent product for the grill. Tammy and I also like that they donate 4% of all their profits to breast cancer research.

Actually my favorite product of theirs is, unfortunately one Salsa Express isn’t carrying – yet. Their Signature Montreal BBQ Rub. Oh, man is that stuff good! So far I have only found one place I don’t use it… desserts. It has become a staple table spice in this house, for the most part replacing salt and pepper altogether. I use it on sandwiches, salads, steamed veggies, dips, beef, pork, chicken, fish, potatoes, you name it.

We use it as a rub and in marinades before cooking, in addition to salt when baking potatoes, and we keep it on the table to add after cooking. It has a wonderful flavor, which really accents whatever it is put on, instead of overpowering or fightin it. A mix of garlic, onion, pepper, corriander, mustard seed and chili, it is Zesty but still mild enough that Tammy uses it almost as much as I do. I’m working hard to get Salsa Express to carry it, but in the mean time I think I will order at least a four pack direct from the fools.

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May 15, 2005

Osprey Watching

Osprey Watching

Osprey Watching

Originally uploaded by eclectic echoes.

This was shot with a 70-200 and a 2x and 1.4x teleconverter. Not the ideal combination (soft) but it does give me reach I don’t have otherwise.

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February 13, 2005

One Door Closes, Another Opens

Well the initial part of the move is now complete. Eclectic Echoes is now installed on it’s own domain:

With that, this area of will be closing. Well, not really closing, the archived content will remain here in a static form, and this page will feature 5 randomized entries. I am closing I have closed down the comments and trackbacks for all entries all entries over 2 weeks old. Eventually I will close commenting for those entries as well and remove the scripts that handle those functions. I will regenerate the site later tonight with a notice on each page pointing to the new site, and point the syndication feeds (and search engines) to the new site as well. will continue to function, but will change in it’s use, part will be aimed at family, part will be portfolio and resume. Stay tuned…

The new site has a complete mirror of the content here, but there is still much to be done. The templates are the default WordPress 1.5 ones. Lot’s of changes will be taking place, also have to evaluate which plugins will be going up there to handle the things I want to do.

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February 11, 2005

Moving Day

I’ve been debating for a while what I want to do with this site. I need to update the software behind it (currently MT 2.661 with modifications). While I like MT – I am running an internal site with the latest version and still using it for other sites – when I move this site, I will be moving to WordPress. Both MT and WP are good platforms for blogs and much, much more. WordPress just meets my needs better right now and I like the developer’s philosophy.

The current rel="nofollow" thing is a small part of my decision – not that MT has it and WP doesn’t, because WP has it also. What turned me off was the antagonistic, even hostile, way in which some 6A developers publicly addressed those who did not agree or like the nofollow implementation. For the record I believe that nofollow is throwing the baby out with the bath. Part of the decision also involves being able to extensively customize WordPress only through plugins instead of hacking the source as I had to with the old MoveableType (not as much of an issue with the latest releases of MT). In truth upgrading my this site’s installation to the current MT release would actually involve much more work than migrating to WP.

As for moving, I could switch over in place, and there would be advantages to that, or I could leave the archives as they are, turn off all comments and trackbacks, then start again fresh at the new domain and link back here for the archives. (I may still do this.) Right now the plan is to move everything into Wordpress at the new site, and leave a copy here as well with a header/footer announcing the location of the current version of the site. I have tested the migration already on the laptop. Just have to decide if I really want to move everything over or not. Well, I also need to work on getting a customized template set up, but that I can do after the move.

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February 10, 2005

Painful Cover

I listen to a few podcasts regularly – The Daily Source Code, Deutsche Welle Langsam, RevTim and Coverville. Coverville, if you are not familiar with it, is:

“A music podcast featuring the best and worst of cover songs. Presented with full legal licensing from ASCAP.

Usually each show follows a theme or an artist or two. I usually listen to Coverville late at night when I am working, but lately I have been listening to playlists from my own collection in iTunes. Today I finally got around to listening to Brian’s Tribute to Holly, Valens and Richardson edition of Coverville.

True to his tagline, there were some good covers in there including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Misfits and Harry Belafonte and then… well… pain. So painful it was actually funny, at least for the fist 30 seconds. It was The Brady Bunch covering Don McLean’s “American Pie.” For this one I had to unplug the headphones and share the pain with Tammy. This song ranks right up there with William Shatner’s Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds cover. Good for a laugh or two, but also suitable for use in psychological warfare ops on roommates etc.

Now if only I had the iPod… but more on how I swallowed my iPod – and an iMac – later…

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February 05, 2005

Bandwidth Theft

I have noticed an marked increase in the number of sites and people who have been stealing bandwidth embedding my images on their websites. I don’t mind people using my images – as soon as it is put on line you have to assume someone will use it, with or without your permission – most of the images are licensed under a Creative Commons’ Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license in fact. Just do me a favor, download the image to your own system/server, all it takes is a Right-Click -> “Save Image As”.

So, to combat the problem… Since most of the violators are teenagers from some of the one-button-push web log sites, I am starting with a limited response. Most are using the images as their backgrounds or as mastheads. So I created an Image Quilt with the 14 most popular images I have found being snaked. I added a little plug and a “Just ask” notice. A little work in .htaccess:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !stealImage\.jpg$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} blogger [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} myspace [NC,OR]
... more domain matches here ...
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} xanga [NC]
RewriteRule .*\.(gif|GIF|jpg|JPG)$ http: //www\.heupel\.com/stealImage\.jpg [R,L]

and now any bandwidth stealing image links from banned domains get that image instead of whatever image they were linking to. I know, it’s still getting the bandwidth, but now I can look at it as a sort of advertising. I don’t want to shutdown having outside access to my images, since I myself often link to them from a few photography forums, so doing that would hinder my own use. At the same time I really don’t want to just do nothing either.

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