Who is responsible?

Fitness Model 1I’ve been going to the YWCA off and on since we moved to Victoria. Mostly I’ve used the weight circuit, treadmills, sometimes the rowing machines, and I’ve run with a group from the Y. I’ve never done any of the drop-in classes. Aerobics and step classes make me feel like a klutz.

But recently I started taking a class with a friend because my motivation for going to the gym had reached an all time low and I thought that if I committed to meeting my friend there, I’d HAVE to go. Then, once I started moving, I wanted to do more and more. Endorphins – I love you!

So I wanted to check out all the classes, and to do that I needed to visit the Victoria Y website.

No worries, you’d think. I’m online, so I can just surf over there and see what’s happening.

But no! For the last two weeks (apparently it’s actually been going on for months,) I and other people in Victoria who use a certain ISP (internet service provider) cannot access the Victoria Y website.

Ridiculous, I thought. I’ll contact my ISP and they’ll sort it out.

On the first chat session, the support guy tried all the usual things (he told me to connect the computer directly to the modem, blah blah blah), assuming the problem was at my end. Eventually when he decided that I wasn’t the problem, he logged onto my computer remotely and traced the connection from my computer to the Victoria Y website. “Ahh, it fails outside our network,” he said. “Nothing we can do.” I talked to the Y. “The problem is not on our end.” I waited a week. I contacted my ISP again. Talked to another support person. Explained the problem and had him trace the connection again. Same thing.

Apart from being incredibly annoying, it got me thinking. Who is responsible? The fault is outside my ISP’s network. The server hosting the Victoria Y website isn’t the problem. Who decides what route my connection takes? Who owns those servers in that tangled-ball-of-string that makes up the Internet?

Who can fix this for me? Anyone?

Photo via Flickr user spunkinator

—Update 4 Feb, 2011 – It’s fixed. Wahoo!

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Spam-o-rama

Being a blogging newbie, I have so many things to learn.

For example, SPAM. We’re all inundated with spam in our email, but I had no idea that blogs are subject to spamming too. This blog, hosted by WordPress.com has a spam filter. The only information I’ve seen about the spam so far is in the form of a graph. Like this:

So you can see, not much spam. And I’ve got no idea what it is or where it came from. (Ham are the comments that you guys are leaving – ie. the valuable stuff!)

On my other site (email me if you want a link), I’ve been getting comment spam, which like email spam, I have to delete. Here’s an example:

“I just wanted to jot down a brief message so as to say thanks to you for all of the superb concepts you are posting at this site. My extensive internet look up has finally been honored with pleasant details to share with my friends. I would declare that most of us site visitors are quite endowed to dwell in a notable place with very many outstanding people with helpful tips. I feel really blessed to have used your entire website page and look forward to so many more thrilling moments reading here. Thanks once again for everything.”

If I approve this comment, the person can add comments to all my posts with links selling stuff like online classes and viagra, or just send my readers to places I would never recommend.

Interesting eh?

Sleep Cycle app worth it?

So… was it worth paying 99 cents for the Sleep Cycle app for my ipod?

Yes and No.

Here’s one of my sleep graphs from December:

It worked marvelously. I’d wake up to the gentle sounds of the Warm Breeze alarm (doesn’t that sound soothing!). No more dragging myself out of bed half asleep. I was awake and ready to go. All was well with the world – my world.

Then a terrible thing happened.

He, who shall remain nameless, turned over a New Leaf for the new year. No discussion. No warning.

The first day we were back from France, at the unearthly hour of 6am, I was awoken to…

WAH WAH WAH WAH!
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!

Any suggestions…?

Unexpected find

Remember my post about finding Christmas wrap? Well today, in the piles of stuff sitting on the floor in the office, I’m embarrassed to say I made another discovery – an unwrapped present! How could this have happened?

How perfect is this Christmas card? It came with a calendar – paintings and photos of the real New Zealand – pohutukawa trees, keas, sheep, beach scenes, even a caravan.

Love it! Thank you!

Crazy parking

Parking

The first time we were in France, sitting outside a bar in a little town across the river from Avignon in Provence, we watched in amazement as a chap in a delivery van pulled up outside the building next door, put his flashers on, and strode inside.

Not so different than here, you think. But this was on a one way street and there was absolutely no room to pass.

A minute later a car pulled up behind him, cut his engine and sat patiently waiting. We couldn’t believe it – no honking of horns, no waving of arms, no swearing in a loud voice. We waited to see what would happen. Surely there would be a confrontation?

Twenty minutes passed, and finally the first chap reappeared, jauntily circled round to the driver’s door, waved at the chap behind, hopped in, and drove away. The second chap started his car and drove off.

Honestly, the French confound me. In some respects, they take their social rules very seriously – remember the Mon Dieu incident. But parking on street corners and blocking traffic – these rules, not so rigid.

Yes – all those cars in the photo above are parked!

See more parking photos on Flickr.