Daily Archives: October 19, 2017

It’s not the cars, it’s the oysters!

Jan’s feeling a lot better today, and I’m pretty much back to normal. Or as normal as I get, anyway.

A while back, I mentioned UpTimeRobot, a free service that let’s you monitor up to 50 websites, checking every 5 minutes to see if your website or blog is up or down, sending you an email for any change.

If you need to monitor more sites (more than 50?), want UpTimeRobot to check every minute instead of every 5, or want to receive text messages as well as emails, it’s only about $5 a month.

Any way, about 1pm I got two UpTimeRobot alerts saying that both my Clear Lake client;’s websites had gone down, so I was immediately on the phone. Turns out that the phone guy was there, and had unplugged the wrong wire, taking the Internet down. And now he was scrambling to get everything back up.

But apparently he did, since while I was on the phone, I got emails telling me everything was now up and running again.

A great service, and it’s free.

While I’m mentioning good deals, I thought  I’d pass along this email I received from La Crosse Technology, a well-known maker of weather monitoring and atomic clocks.

They’ve just announced a line of WiFi-enabled weather stations and are introducing them with large discounts.

For example:

LaCrosse V22


A great deal at only $50 and the one I ordered.

And if you don’t want something quite as fancy, check out this one.

LaCrosse V10


Only $25. Both this one and the one above are WiFi-enabled and connect with the National Weather Service to give the latest forecast in your area.

Or for just a plain-jane inside/outside temperature and humidity display, try this one.

LaCrosse S85


At only $19.95, this one doesn’t connect to the Internet, but still show inside/outside temperature and humidity, atomic clock time and date.

Just click on the link(s) and enter the related Promo Code to get your discount.

And just to be clear, I don’t make anything from either UpTimeRobot or La Crosse. Just passing on a good deal.

I mentioned the other day how we were thinking about moving down to the Clear Lake area to cut down on my 450 miles per week drives down there. And as I had thought, it’s going to be hard to get a space. I’ve still got a number of places to check, but so far it’s not looking good. The one place that has responded put me on a list behind 15 other RV’s. But I’ll keep checking.

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It’s not the cars, it’s the oysters!

According to a recent article in Scientific Reports, oyster farts are a major cause of global warming, producing “one-tenth of methane and nitrous oxide gases in the Baltic Sea as a result of digestion. Therefore, researchers have warned that shellfish “may play an important but overlooked role in regulating greenhouse gas production”.

“Shellfish flatulence is not the first bodily function to be blamed for having an impact on the climate. EU lawmakers in 2015 decided to exempt enteric methane, mostly found in the burps of ruminant animals like cows, from caps on methane and ammonia.”

It is nice to see someone acknowledge that methane is 20 times more potent and nitrous oxide is 300 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

So eat more oysters, and beef too, just to be safe.

The Word of the Day is:  Efficacious

Thought for the Day: 

“Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.” – What’s legal for the gods is not legal for mere cattle.


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