I’m famous-er

Flickr: 500 GBFlickr: PizzaI logged into Flickr for my first time today in months to post some pictures I took with my cell phone. I uploaded newly taken photographs of the new 500GB WD5000YS Western Digital Hard Drive I purchased and installed along with some pictures of pizza I baked.

Flickr: Thank YouAfter doing that I looked at the record of what pictures people found most interesting. Come to find out this “Thank You” picture, which has a max-resolution of 384 x 288, was my best one. As of today this image has been viewed 174 times and 2 people call it a favorite. I’m amazed!

Flickr: PawnsThe second most popular photo of mine is titled “Pawns.” This picture has been viewed 40 times and has 1 person who marked it as a favorite. This same person marked another picture of mine as a favorite too, but that one doesn’t have as many views.

Have Fun!,
-Daniel Slaughter

I logged into Yahoo

Today, I logged into yahoo to find that I was presented with an advertisement from Sprint. They were advertising like they typically do on the right side of my email client, but today they caught my eye. They had an advertisement for a sleek looking cell-phone (M610 by Samsung). So, curiously, I clicked it. Low and behold it loaded in a Valentines Day looking Flash Applet. This would be fine, except everywhere it said “Undefined” (meaning the flash didn’t load an xml source correctly somewhere). Oops, that’s what is known as a loss in profit.

I found the correct path. I just stripped off the GET crap in the url and everything loaded correctly. But, as you may see, it still didn’t take me directly to information on that cell phone. I gave up looking in frustration and posted this instead. Good think I went with Verizon Wireless.

Daniel Slaughter

Kidney Stones (They Suck)


Kidney StoneSaturday I had my third, and hopefully last (I wish), Kidney Stone. I woke up at 8am, felt a burning pain in my lower back on the right side. No matter what direction I sat, how much I cracked my back, or my use of the bathroom, there was nothing that could stop this constant pain. I knew almost right away that I was the third-time victim of a Kidney Stone by the symptoms the others had granted me. I was hesitant getting medical attention though I did have liquid codeine from my tonsillectomy. Unlike the two other Kidney Stones my body had produces over the last four years, this one followed other bodily symptoms I was concerned about. I wasn’t sure if it was something else, like my pancreas or something deep in my digestive system.

My hesitation to call for help lasted for about ten minutes. My parental units were off to their typical Saturday breakfast at an unknown location when I decided to call Martha who was to be at work at 9:30am. I ended up calling her initially at 8:30am stating that I may need medical attention, but not to worry. I then called her back at 8:45 (or maybe earlier) pleading with her to bring me to the Grand Haven Hospital.

The Far Side: Kidney StoneIt wasn’t long until she was at my house and we were on the road. I was in great pain as she drove me there. I was emitted into the emergency room (ER) right away and because the doctor was busy with another patient it took them another half-hour to get pain killers in me. As they were administering the pain killers and nausea medication I asked for a bucket that I then proceeded to vomit into. A lot of vomit came out. I filled that sucker more than half the way. I was impressed. The nurse said that most patients who have that amount of pain from Kidney Stones throw up; that was my first time ever doing it.

Whatever drug they gave me knocked me out. I slept for 24 hours on and off from 11am Saturday to 11am Sunday. During this time they gave me a cat-scan using a Panasonic dough-nut looking xray machine (from what I remember). They told me to hold still, and the machine randomly asked me to hold my breath as it scanned. I remember falling asleep as I was holding my breath and waking up still holding it. I wonder how long that would have lasted?

Well, I’m all better for now. I’ve decided to cut back on carbonated beverages (one of the top causes for Kidney Stones). My insides feel like I have been beaten and bruised.

Wish me luck!
-Daniel Slaughter

Christmas Presents

My girlfriend’s, Martha’s, parents bought me a racing jersey along with gift cards to various places (Meijer’s Gas Station, Rivertown Crossings, Movie Theatres). This racing jersey is pretty nice. I was not expecting them to spend that much on me. I had assumed they bought me clothing because it was wrapped in one of those boxes you would get with clothing in it. Here are a couple pictures, taken with my LG VX8600, that show me in my gear:

Dirtbike Gear 1Dirtbike Gear 2

Ain’t I fancy?

Martha’s Sister got us a gift certificate to Applebees, and her mom bought her a gift certificate to the Comedy Den. I suppose dinner and entertainment is on them this year! =)

I bought Martha a Rubiks cube because she had mentioned she wanted one a while back. It was one of those random presents you get someone because you don’t expect them to guess it. Anyways, at Martha’s Christmas party they were having the pass around game where you each select or steal a present from someone else. The present I managed to get contained another Rubiks cube!!! Which is sweet, because I stole Martha’s and wouldn’t give it back.

From my parents I got assorted clothes and a Ronco Dehydrator. This dehydrator will come in handy for making delicious dehydrated fruits and assorted jerky products. I have yet to use it, but I will let you know when I do.

I think that’s pretty much it for now. I have two more Christmas parties to go to this week, so I’m sure I’ll have more to report when those are done.

-Daniel Slaughter

Verve Pipe

I went to The Verve Pipe concert at the Intersection Saturday night. It was pretty sweet. Here are some pictures of the concert I took with my LG VX8600:

Verve Pipe 3Verve Pipe 4Verve Pipe 5

Verve Pipe 1Verve Pipe 2

I have a movie that’s in my cell-phone’s .3g2 format. I’ll find a converter and then post it for you to see in the future. It is 45 seconds of The Verve Pipe’s “Colors.”

Until Next Time,
Daniel Slaughter