I like this article I found on msnbc the other day. I always knew it was true! I remember getting the old “you have to be an example” speach. I always figured it was just my family though. I think parents tend to get tired of fighting and expect the younger siblings to act just like the oldest sibling.

I was talking to Trever today about music we liked from the 90’s and I mention how much I liked The Offspring and wish they hadn’t broken up. Well I decided to check and see if they were up to anything now and guess what I find out! Apparently they didn’t break up and they are releasing a new cd next month!! this is their first cd in 5 years. How awesome is that?? Well I can tell you right now, inconceivably awesome. These guys have always been one of my favorite bands. I included the flash widget below so you can listen to the new single or click the download link to get a link sent to you inbox.

I checked my google analytics page the other day and to my surprise I had no traffic for the past couple weeks! After thinking about this little problem for a minute I realized the time traffic had dropped off was when I installed the new wordpress updates there by replacing the index.php I had edited to include the analytics code….

For those looking to install analytics please install it at the end of your footer.php for your theme or you’ll probably end up reinstalling it again a few months down the road!

I laughed for a good 30 seconds after reading this one. For some reason Davonne didn’t enjoy it as much as me. This ones a classic.

The Slip

I picked up on this when I stopped by creative commons yesterday so I figured I post up my own review. So far The Slip isn’t bad at all but I don’t have much interest in Ghosts. The Slip is pretty normal NIN stuff, the stuff I like, you can find a full breakdown on synthtopia. Ghosts is completely instrumental and while it might make great background music isn’t something I’ll be playing again.

NIN – 1,000,000 – Download

I want to personally thank everyone thats celebrating Cinco De Mayo today. Its a holiday that really means alot to me. To see all the local Mexican restaurants celebrating with me is heart warming.

Of course I’m taking about the day just 3 short years ago today (5/5/05) that I started High Performance Computer Services. I’m fairly surprised that I’ve been able to reach national holiday status already but it really is appreciated.

Over at one of my favorite sites wikipedia.org they describe Cinco De Mayo as:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. It is not an obligatory federal holiday.[1][2][3][4][5] The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

They dress it up a bit, misspell my name a little (nathan – ignacio..), I’m not really mexican I just tan easily, and the dates off by a few years, but whatever the general gist of it’s there… somewhere.

When I think of Plymouth Rock I think of this:

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But apparently this is what you get if you visit Plymouth rock…

Plymouth Rock

For more exciting Plymouth Rock information click here. Seriously though, When you think of Plymouth rock you think of a rock way more awesome than that. Seriously if I was William Bradford I would have been thinking “we can’t land here, we need a rock with awesome written all over it!” I’m not sure were he would have found that rock but man I’m sure he could have come up with something more awesome than that!

I just saw this the other day, I seem to remember seeing it before but it was worth seeing again. Click the thumbnail to view the full image.  I was laughing so hard on the line for December 23 I almost fell out of my chair!

How to get kicked out of k-mart

I was discussing which language is the most common with a few people the other day and some said chinese, some said spainish, and I said english. While most lists show Mandarin Chinese as the #1 language those lists are organized by native speakers.

1.05 billion can speak Mandarin Chinese while 1.5 billion can speak English. Chinese only wins because it has more native speakers, english wins by a mile when considering total speakers. English is also the most dominant language when it comes to different countries with chinese being spoken in 16 countries and English being spoken in 104 countries.

Personally though I think we all need to be learning Ter Sami, apparently only 10 people speak it now. If everyone learned it we could really increase their numbers! What a difference we could make! Might be difficult to learn since it has no written version though…

I’ve been looking for a good way to forward from my highpcs.com address to include the www for a while and finally took the time to set down and do it tonight. This little bit of code can be very helpful for canonization of a domain. All you have to do is put in your .htaccess file.

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^domain.com [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]

While that seems simple it makes things easier for the search engine that crawls your site. For instance supercow.net is different to www.supercow.net to google. Duplicate sites and content make it difficult for google to properly rank and return results for your site. I’ve also used this to forward accounts on my server to their domain so there isn’t another “way” to access their site. For example:

domain.com/~user – in this case the domain is the server hosting the sites domain and the user is the public_html account that the files are stored in.

Using the .htaccess lines above you can forward the site right on to the proper domain without any problems. For more information or other ways of accomplishing the same task click here.

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