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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 Day 117 current treadmill total: 179,665.97 meters! (18:25 CET)

Some Homebrew Magic-Trick with Lucy




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Ok, get ready, 'cause here's the trick:


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" Check it out,
Nothin' up my sleeve...


right?


SIM SALA BIM ...
"
Mathijs the Magician


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" Taaa-Daaa ! " - Mathijs the Magician
" Dude, where's that pine-seed, you promised ? " - Lucy the Magician's assistant


Then I explained it wasn't what we have rehearsed ...


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" I know, I just LOVE walkin' over you Dude !

If you know what I mean !

BTW, Pine-Seed ? Where ?
" - Lucy


[ Please Xcuuse the out-of-focus... I was too nervous gettin' this right ! ]




Monday, October 22, 2007 Day 116 current treadmill total: 179,259,72 meters! (18:55 CET)

Geekin' Weekend project

The 10 year old ( Pentium I ) HamsterTracker™-Data-Collector-PC,
was showing signs of aging; the internal clock was lagging a stunning 2 hours every day.


That's not really what you need, when timing the treadmill activity.


So this Gem of a project started 9 weeks ago;
the first five weeks has been spent on comparing various computer components,
after consulting friends and collegues, HamsterTracker™ came up with a new 'Dream Machine'!


After the OK from the HamsterTracker™-Financial Department,
the HamsterTracker™-Order department, got the order to order!


After a week it all came in (this was two weeks ago, last friday) ;


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" Now that's a huge puzzle ahead ! " - Mathijs


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" Here's the heart of the system installed;
an 'AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400+ Processor',
running at only 65 Watts (that's less than half of regular processors!)
" - Mathijs


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" The now end result
(probably there are going to be some additions in the future)
of the new HamsterTracker™-'Dream Machine'-Server.
It's emphasis is on (besides value for money),
SILENCE & SPEED
while being very energy efficient !
" - Mathijs


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" Pretty nice designed case, isn't it ? " - Mathijs


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" Then I was a disc-jockey for like 10 days,
intalling, updating, rebooting, testing, upgrading and re-rebooting for almost every little software tool I use.
" - Mathijs


The HamsterTracker(tm) new server.
" Semi-Final installation,
retire-ing the ol' Pentium I
and Pentium III along the way !
" - Mathijs


I've opted to only use one computer, simply for energy efficiency.
AND this new 'Dream Machine' is sooo fast, it can handle all jobs even with out a sweat.


There are still some problems though; the webcams: I can't seem to get them all up running at this time.
Right now only three webcams are online...
As well as some other little details, which you'll not be bothered with right now.

Meanwhile, when busy Assembling and installing,
Lucy was in her meditations room:




My hamster Lucy no minding the new HamsterTracker(tm) server.
" Must ask pine-seed for testing new system...
Must ask pine-seed for testing new system...
Must ask pine-seed for testing new system...
... ZZZZ zzzz ZZZZ ...
" - Lucy




Sunday, October 21, 2007 Day 115 current treadmill total: 178,806.09 meters! (20:00 CET)

Tough Extreme HamsterTrackin'...

Regular sender inner Katie did some Extreme HamsterTrackin' your pet:


" I've attached a couple of photos of Lucy 3.0 and Colleen (my sister's) dog Cotter.
Cotter is an Apricot poodle that my sister and Todd were lucky enough to rescue.
She is a rambunctious little gal!
" - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in the USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the USA.
" We did our trackin' at Colleen's birthday party.
Cotter was very cooperative at first...
" - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in the USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the USA.
" ... but then decided that the photo of Lucy 3.0 was cute enough to eat!! " - Katie


To make up for this 'shocking' photograph Katie also sent in the next photograph:


" Sending along a photo of my sister in law Trina with Lucy 3.0.. " - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in the USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the USA.
" We went for a lovely autumn canoe/kayak on the Platt river in northern Michigan.
Lucy loved the fall colors!
" - Katie






Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Katie, Colleen, Todd, Cotter and Trina



Thanks again for this wonderfull entry !
We love how you've Extreme HamsterTracked your family !

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Friday, October 19, 2007 Day 113 current treadmill total: 178,806.09 meters! (18:40 CET)

Lucy's surprise!

This morning when I got down in the living room,
I was amazed by Lucy's actions during the past night:


My hamster Lucy sleeping in her 'Meditation-room' for the first time.
" Lucy is sleeping in her 'Meditation-room' for the very first time ! " - HamsterTracker™


My hamster Lucy sleeping in her 'Meditation-room' for the first time.
" Please note the 2/3-up, Bedding-Stop ! " - HamsterTracker™


So I climbed a chair with my camera,
to get a close-up:


My hamster Lucy sleeping in her 'Meditation-room' for the first time.
" Dude, what's this for a Flashing-Wake-up ? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy sleeping in her 'Meditation-room' for the first time.
" mmmnnnnmmn ...
can't even get peace in MY meditation-room,
mmmm nnn mmm mmm ...

( this IS peacefull though !
I can recommend it! )
" - Lucy







Thursday, October 18, 2007 Day 112 current treadmill total: 178,560,81 meters! (19:00 CET)

Lucy's corn on the cob - part II

Moments after Lucy's singin' (See Tuesday, October 16, 2007, below),
Lucy dragged her corn on the cob to her bedroom,
to do some serious hamster nibblin':


My hamster Lucy nibbling on a minature Corn on the Cob.
" This is a really nice bite... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy nibbling on a minature Corn on the Cob.
" Some of them are pretty tough to get... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy nibbling on a minature Corn on the Cob.
" The ends are the easiest... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy nibbling on a minature Corn on the Cob.
" Got it! ... Nibble ... Nibble ... " - Lucy




Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Day 111 current treadmill total: 178,366.75 meters! (18:40 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' in Canada

The following wonderfull Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry
was submitted by LeeAnn a little while ago:


" I've been a fan for a while, but this is my first message.
Earlier this month,
I went on a trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta,
Canada and I took Lucy 3.0 with me.
" - LeeAnn


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by LeeAnn in Canada. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by LeeAnn at the Dinoaur Provincial Part in Alberta Canada.
" This park is a river valley carved out of the prairie
where millions of years of erosion
has exposed lots of dinosaur bones.
" - LeeAnn


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by LeeAnn in Canada. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by LeeAnn at the Dinoaur Provincial Part in Alberta Canada.
" There were dinosaur bones everywhere sticking out of the rocks.... " - LeeAnn


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by LeeAnn in Canada. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by LeeAnn at the Dinoaur Provincial Part in Alberta Canada.
" ... and once she knew what to look for Lucy 3.0 found one too! " - LeeAnn


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by LeeAnn in Canada. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by LeeAnn at the Dinoaur Provincial Part in Alberta Canada.
" Back at the Interpretive Center,
Lucy 3.0 was a bit nervous posing by the HUGE SCARY dinosaur,
but I told her that he has been dead for millions of years,
so she relaxed.
" - LeeAnn

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to LeeAnn



Thank you for this wonderfull entry !
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Day 110 current treadmill total: 178,366.44 meters! (18:40 CET)

Singin' with Lucy

Moments after Lucy got a new miniature Corn On the Cob
she started playing with it...

Literally !


Singin' with my hamster Lucy.
" It's like a Mega Mouth Harmonica on the Cob, Dude ! " - Lucy


Singin' with my hamster Lucy.
" Ooooh.... yeah...
Where jazzin' it up here...
Just wait for tha solo...
" - Lucy


Singin' with my hamster Lucy.
" A-Wop-bop-a-loo-lop a-lop-bam-boo
Tutti Frutti, aw rutti ....
" - Lucy



Monday, October 15, 2007 Day 109 current treadmill total: 177,832.56 meters! (18:00 CET)

Fun with Lucy on the couch

Lucy was very interested in all the stuff 'piled' up on the couch;


Fun with my hamster Lucy on the couch.
" What've you been readin', Dude ? " - Lucy


Fun with my hamster Lucy on the couch.
" Interesting stuff,
I just love the graph...
Wait a minute...
" - Lucy


Fun with my hamster Lucy on the couch.
" Is that my doorbell ringin' ? " - Lucy


Lucy's follow up:



" Made you look !!! " - Lucy



Saturday, October 13, 2007 Day 107 current treadmill total: 177,241.44 meters! (22:00 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie.

Regular sender-inner Katie is always on the lookout to do some Extreme HamsterTrackin'.


" Just down the street from me a new store has opened: 'Lucy' " - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in the USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the USA.
" Who knew that between naps and pineseeds Lucy 3.0 is a business owner!! " - Katie


Extremely Well HamsterTracked ! ;-)

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Katie



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Friday, October 12, 2007 Day 106 current treadmill total: 177,238.31 meters! (19:25 CET)

Lucy in her new 'Meditation Room'

These last couple of mornings, ever since Lucy got her new 'Meditation Room'
I caught Lucy sitting there when I entered the room,
(at 6:00 AM, just before shower/coffee)....


Lucy in her (newly added) meditation room.
" I am late, I should get ready... " - Lucy


Lucy in her (newly added) meditation room.
" It's that tough to clean spot on my knee again...
I hope I am in time...
Stressin' it a bit here...
" - Lucy


Sorry for the bit blurry photo's,
it was 6 AM and I didn't have my shower/coffee yet;


Lucy in her (newly added) meditation room.
" 'Cause I KNOW he's here !!!
I think I smell him...
" - Lucy


So after the shower,
Lucy was still sitting there...


Lucy in her (newly added) meditation room.
" You took your time, but that's better Dude !!!
I'll come down for a pine-seed or two... or three ...

Did you know I could cary like 10 Gazillion in one go?
Wanna bet?
" - Lucy



Thursday, October 11, 2007 Day 105 current treadmill total: 176,627.47 meters! (19:25 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' High Rock Lake in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Regular sender-inner Kim sent in this wonderfull,
multi-, multi-part Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry all the way from the U.S. of A. ;


" I thought I send some pictures of the fun Lucy has been having with us over the summer.
She has had a great time with us over the summer.
We took her boating with most weekends.
She really looked forward to going out and spending the day on the lake with us ...
" - Kim


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends.
" We got a new boat flag so she had to check it out. " - Kim


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends.
" She also wanted to know all about the danger sign.
So we needed a picture of Lucy,
and her new friend Karen and me.
" - Kim


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends.
" The next weekend we got EVERYONE together to get a picture with Lucy. " - Kim

A bit more in close-up:


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in High Rock Lake, Salisbury, USA by Kim and friends.

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Kim, Karen
and all other 19 friends!!!


How MASSIVELY COOL is this???

21 persons in one Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo!


(incl. the man in the background)


Lucy sends out HamsterTracker™-eLove to you all!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Day 104 current treadmill total: 176,251.69 meters! (19:35 CET)

Lucy's protest ???!!! ???

This morning I found Lucy's cage,
lookin' like a true disaster area...


The disaster area my hamster Lucy caused in her cage.
" ... speechless here ... " - HamsterTracker™


The disaster area my hamster Lucy caused in her cage.
" A HUUUUGE pile-up behind Lucy's bathroom,
which moved all the way forward by this action.
" - HamsterTracker™


The disaster area my hamster Lucy caused in her cage.
" Not clearly visible;
Another huge pile blocking the IR-Treadmill sensor
(the sensor is marked by a very expensive gold arrow) ...
" - HamsterTracker™

Lucy is quite pleased!



After a quick tidy-up,
I noticed Lucy...


She was sleeping in a pose I've never seen her do.
I took a couple of photo's, only to discover they were all out of focus,
therefore two small ( = hiding blurry-ness ) shots of Lucy:


My hamster Lucy after creating the disaster area in her cage. My hamster Lucy after creating the disaster area in her cage.
" ... ZZZ ... Job well done, Lucy! ... zzz ... " - Lucy


Lucy is gonna have a HUUUGE cage-cleaning purrrrrr-ritty soon!



Tuesday, October 9, 2007 Day 103 current treadmill total: 176,098.16 meters! (18:10 CET)

L3: Lazy Loungin' Lucy

Lucy is very very lazy today,
when I called her for her daily treat she responded :


My hamster Lucy Loungin' it very Lazy.
" Someone's at the door... and I don't wanna get it... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy Loungin' it very Lazy.
" Rude ! Dude ! ...
just because he has a frontdoor key...
doesn't mean ...
ZZZzzzZZZzzz
" - Lucy


So I waited a couple of minutes, for Lucy to awaken in her own pace...
then I tried again:


My hamster Lucy Loungin' it very Lazy.
" Pfffffffrrrrrrrrt! Dude! " - Lucy


I'll try again tonight! :-)



Monday, October 8, 2007 Day 102 current treadmill total: 176,096.72 meters! (19:30 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' your Pet

The HamsterTracker™-mailbox has been overflowing a bit lately,
so in order of the entries that came in here's the wonderfull entry,
by Victoria all the way from Virginia, U.S.A.


" My kitty loves to watch Lucy 3.0 over my shoulder when Iím on the computer,
and I thought Lucy 3.0 looks like a ďmini meĒ of MY Lucy.
Same name, same colors!
Iím sure theyíd be fast friends in real life,
even if Lucy (the cat) sort of looks like
she might just try a little nibble on Lucy 3.0ís ears
" - Victoria


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Virginia, USA, by Victoria starring Lucy the cat. Extreme HamsterTrackin' with Lucy the cat, from Virginia U.S.A.
" Why am I posin' with Lunch? - Lucy the cat, captioned by HamsterTracker™


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Virginia, USA, by Victoria starring Lucy the cat. Extreme HamsterTrackin' with Lucy the cat, from Virginia U.S.A.
You have a very special 'Lucy-Cat', Victoria! - HamsterTracker™


Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to you Victoria
and your Lucy!


You are both a very welcome addition to the HamsterTracker™-family!


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Sunday, October 7, 2007 Day 101 current treadmill total: 175,686.72 meters! (20:00 CET)

Lucy's "1-0-0" party!

Yesterday it was Lucy's 100th day here at Hamstertracker™
To celebrate, Lucy got her second cage expansion...

Lucy's Meditation room


( has returned ! )


The latest living quarters addition to Lucy's cage.
" All the way up to the meditation room" - HamsterTracker™-Cage-Design-Department


The latest living quarters addition to Lucy's cage.
" Meditation room after 1.5 days of service..." - HamsterTracker™-Cage-Design-Department


The latest living quarters addition to Lucy's cage.
" We are presenting a challenge for Lucy here..." - HamsterTracker™-Cage-Design-Department



Friday, October 5, 2007 Day 99 current treadmill total: 175,257.56 meters! (19:40 CET)

Serving Lucy the micro Veggie Pizza

Yesterday I showed on how I made a nice treat to pamper Lucy.
Here are the photographs of Lucy enjoying it:


My hamster Lucy enjoying her micro Veggie Pizza.
" Is there Anchovy on this, Dude? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her micro Veggie Pizza.
" Dunno where to start here... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her micro Veggie Pizza.
" ... " - Lucy


I then explained Lucy that it's not the way to eat pizza,
you're not really supposed to eat all ingredients from the top,
you should take a bite from ALL of it...


My hamster Lucy enjoying her micro Veggie Pizza.
" Like this Dude? " - Lucy

Lucy3.0 Loves it!



See also: Cookin' 4 Lucy



Thursday, October 4, 2007 Day 98 current treadmill total: 175,236.22 meters! (17:00 CET)

Cookin' 4 Lucy: micro Veggie Pizza

Today it's

World Animal Day

at least here in the Netherlands it is.


A good day to do some Cookin' 4 Lucy style activity to pamper Lucy.
Here's what you'll need:


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Tools:      Food:
Knife      Flour Tortillas
Whiskey glass      Carot
Other glass      Apple
Scissors      Cucumber
Corer      Pine- and Melon-seeds (3 of each)
Workspace      Grated Gouda Cheese
       Fresh Parsley



Make sure all tools and veggies are washed really well before you begin.
And don't forget to wash your hands!


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Open the Flour Tortillas with scissors.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Use the smallest Diameter glass as a cut-around-guide.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Remove the cut out Flour Tortilla,
This will be our Veggie Pizza's Bottom.



Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Use Corer to get a perfectly cylindrical shape.
This is the Veggie Pepperoni Sausage.



Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Cut a few thin slices from the just made Pepperoni Sausage.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Cut a V-shaped wedge from the reddest part of an apple. This will be the paprika substitute.


Because I was not 1000% sure if hamsters are allowed to have paprika,
I took the safe route and substituted this with Apple.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Remove some of the apple, too much is too much.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Cut into paprica like blocks, and carefully place (red side up) on top of pizza.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Thinly slice some cucumber (leavin' the green stuff on)


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Add some fresh parsley.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Then add some cheese.


Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Finally add three Melon-Seeds. (They're there for imitating olives),
and some Pine-Seeds, imitating Pine-Seeds..

Then I used an upside down Whiskey glass as a servin' table.
These glasses have generally a larger diameter,
as well as weight. I wouldn't want Lucy to knock the thing over.

The final result:




Cookin' micro Veggie Pizza.
Makes you kind'a hungry doesn't it?


Then I served it to Lucy:


My hamster Lucy about to try her Veggie Pizza.
" Dude... For ME ??? ... REaLLY ??? " - Lucy

To Be Continiued...




See also: Cookin' 4 Lucy



Wednesday, October 3, 2007 Day 97 current treadmill total: 174,885.31 meters! (19:10 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' your Pet(s)

Hot Hot Hot, Via the HamsterTracker™-Guestbook, followed up on in the HamsterTracker™-mailbox;


Cedar sent in this wonderfull Extreme HamsterTrackin' with the famous Harold the Wonder Hedgehog;
all the way, from Santa Fe, USA;


" I found HamsterTracker™ on CuteOverload and canít get enough Ė I love the way you love your Lucy!
Iíve not yet made it through all of your archives,
but havenít seen her pictured with a hedgehog,
and my Harold thought that needed to be remedied ...
" - Cedar


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Santa Fe, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' with Harold the Wonder Hedgehog by Cedar.
" So I took a pic of Harold the Wonder Hedgehog mugging for the camera with Lucy. " - Cedar


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Santa Fe, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' with Angel by Cedar.
" Then my Angel-dog and Hoo-kitty wanted in on the actionÖ " - Cedar


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Santa Fe, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' with Hoo by Cedar.


" I've now seen that you were visited by a Euro hedgie
[ carefull, this is a long slow loading page !!! ]
,
but of course Harold is an African.

An interesting fact:


African hedgies have four toes on the front like hamsters!
" - Cedar

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Cedar,
Harold the Wonder Hedgehog,
Angel and Hoo!


Welcome to the HamsterTracker™-family!


More info:

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 Day 96 current treadmill total: 174,761.72 meters! (19:10 CET)

Great Guestbook Entry Question

Judith from the UK asked the following a little while ago,

"Is it possible to see a photo of her next to something else - for scale?"


This got the HamsterTracker™-Scaling-Dept. working overtime,
trying to think up a generic way to show Lucy's scale.


You can't use local products,
or a tape-measure; scales can differ from country to country.


So the HamsterTracker™-Archive-Dept. was contacted, to help out:


My hamster Lucy sitting in her food bowl on day 2
" Here's Lucy on day 2, sittin' in her food-bowl " - HamsterTracker™


My hamster Lucy sitting beside her food bowl on day 96
" Here's Lucy on day 96, sittin' beside her food-bowl " - HamsterTracker™

Ok! one more comparison:

Sponsored by the HamsterTracker™-Comparison-Dept. !!!


My hamster Lucy sitting in her food bowl on day 2
" Here's Lucy on day 2, gettin' a pat on the back in her food-bowl " - HamsterTracker™


My hamster Lucy sitting grabbin' food from her food bowl on day 96
" Here's Lucy on day 96, sittin' gettin' food from her food-bowl " - HamsterTracker™


The difference of 94 days is amazing, isn't it?

HamsterTracker™-shouts to Judith


Thank you for this interesting question!




Monday, October 1, 2007 Day 95 current treadmill total: 174,761.56 meters! (19:50 CET)

Geekin' Weekend project & Lucy

I've been working on the iButton network wiring
this last weekend.


Remember day 27, when I started
this modular project?


Using standard modem/phone jacks and wire,
modding a few ('untwisting' the cross-wire),
this is the result:


The new HamsterTracker-iButton-Temperature-network wire-in'


Legend:

Bedroom This hooks up to Lucy's Bedroom sensor
USB This hooks up to the HamsterTracker™-server
Livingroom The Livingroom temperature sensor
Extention plug This allows more modules to connect (using an [telephone-] extention cord)
Misc. An unused temperature sensor,
which is used as a Livingroom backup sensor.



The new HamsterTracker-iButton-Temperature-network wire-in'
Here's another angle so you can see the workin's of the
Extention Plug

I couldn't wait to tell Lucy

Lucy was all exited (while on the couch with me),
after I told her:


My hamster Lucy inspectin' the iButton network-work
" I don't see any wires, Dude! " - Lucy


So I moved the camera,
to try to get a HamstertTracker™-Frontal-Face-Close-Up of Lucy here:


My hamster Lucy inspectin' the iButton network-work
" Are you sure you haven't gone wireless? " - Lucy





BTW: Thank you for all the wonderfull caption suggestions!



Since yesterday (see below) HamsterTracker™ is asking your help on
captioning Lucy's photograph.


Please continue to send them in!
Next weekend, the HamsterTracker™-compilation-Dept.
will compile a list of the best entries sent in!


So browse down,
read the blog,
(think 'pine-seed' thoughts),
get your creative juices floin' & goin',


And submit your caption by email (see bottom of this page),
or by Guestbook entry.


Remember: You could win World Wide HamsterTracker™-Fame !!!



Sunday, September 30, 2007 Day 94 current treadmill total: 174,306.31 meters! (19:05 CET)

Please help with the last caption...

This mornin' Lucy demanded attention...


My hamster Lucy demanding attention...
" Mornin' Dude, I need to tell you somethin'... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy demanding attention...
" Really! ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy demanding attention...
" Get closer 'cause you've gotta know this ... " - Lucy

Please help in captioning the following
photograph of Lucy.



There are so many possible captions here,
HamsterTracker™ couldn't decide!


My hamster Lucy demanding attention...
" < your caption here > "

Submit your caption by email (see bottom of this page),
or by Guestbook entry.



Friday, September 28, 2007 Day 92 current treadmill total: 172,763.62 meters! (18:05 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' Japan

Hot Hot Hot, in the HamsterTracker™-mailbox;


Patricia sent in this wonderfull Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry

all the way from Mount Fuji


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Japan. Extreme HamsterTrackin' from Mt. Fuji, by Patricia.

" Here's a picture from the top of Mt. Fuji.
I wanted to get a picture during sunrise,
but my fingers were too frozen,
and I was worried that Lucy might blow away!
Lillian (left) and Fernando (right),
my travel buddies,
are also in the shot.
They're at the edge of the main crater,
with the highest point in the background.
" - Patricia

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Patricia,
Lillian and Fernando!


You've added another country to the Extreme HamsterTrackin' list!


Thanks for showing us this special place on earth!


More info:

Global Extreme HamsterTrackin'.
Download your FREE Do It Yourself Extreme HamsterTrackin' kit and submit  your entry, TODAY!



Thursday, September 27, 2007 Day 91 current treadmill total: 172,390.38 meters! (18:05 CET)

Statistical Graphs

Here are Lucy's latest:


My hamster Lucy lastest statistical graph.


HamsterTracker™ Server crashes/ISP blackouts/Sensor misalignments:
Day 4, 19, 55, 56, 66 - 69,


Treadmill time graph

My hamster Lucy treadmill time graph.


Total Distance Trend Graph:

My hamster Lucy Total Distance graph.


The more vertical the above line is,
the more distance Lucy ran in her treadmill.


My hamster Lucy water consumption graph.



Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Day 90 current treadmill total: 171,688.31 meters! (19:30 CET)

Wakin' Lucy... (again)

Lucy has (still) been ignoring me these last couple of evenings.
So again, we're trainin' Lucy to wake up earlier, today,
by giving her a treat: After I gave Lucy her treat, she started foolin';


Training to wake up Lucy earlier AGAIN.
" Where's the promised treat, Dude? " - Lucy


I just gave it to her, so I asked if she already pouched it;


Training to wake up Lucy earlier AGAIN.
" No Dude, Look! " - Lucy


I was not willing on giving in now,
so I promised a new treat on her next appearance;


Training to wake up Lucy earlier AGAIN.
" Tough bargain'in' Dude,
I think I'll get out of here then...
" - Lucy


Then it really noticed:
Lucy walks backwards to her bedroom,
EVERYTIME !!!



Training to wake up Lucy earlier AGAIN.
[ Direction of movement: right to left! ]

" We rest our case! " - HamsterTracker™


I think Lucy is lovingly silly in this thing! ;-)



Tuesday, September 25, 2007 Day 89 current treadmill total: 170,829.53 meters! (19:30 CET)

Wakin' Lucy...

Lucy has been ignoring me these last couple of evenings.
She keeps on sleeping, getting up, only after I went to bed.
Every morning Lucy wants attention;
3 minutes before I should leave to get to work.


Today we're trainin' Lucy to wake up earlier,
by giving her a treat; (she LOVES that!)


Training to wake up Lucy earlier.
" Nice treat, Dude! " - Lucy


Training to wake up Lucy earlier.
" Are you willing to let go of that ??? " - Lucy


Training to wake up Lucy earlier.
" Thanks and Love Dude, here's a *KISS* " - Lucy


I got the flash setting wrong during this photoshoot,
it was set to night time photography,
therefore you can see Lucy's every move in these pictures.

That qualifies as a genuine "Blessing in disguise", doesn't it?



Monday, September 24, 2007 Day 88 current treadmill total: 169,917.75 meters! (18:30 CET)

Geekin' week'nd project

Remember the HamsterTracker™-Temperature-Controled-Proximity-Sensor?
( See, day 81, september 17th below )


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Here's the not so pretty, version I, of the proximity sensor. - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II. Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.
Here's the latest build,
using aluminimum foil,
we're trying to direct the temperatures to the sensor.
We also redesigned it so the sensor will be the other side up,
Please note the 'NASA' like look of sensor
- HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II. Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.

Left photo: The old sensor (on the right,) covered with Duck-tape.

Right photo: Note the sensor being upside down in this design.

- HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.
Version II of the sensor! (the neat version). - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.

Then, let there be Software:



Without going into details on how it's developed,
here are some screenshots of a software module,
which will be incorporated in the HamsterTracker™-server software,
in the near future:


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.
The software reads all three sensors,
displaying measured temperature,
as well as the trend (going up/down, or staying the same).
- HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


[ The second temperature-sensor was held in hand while grabbing this screenshot ]


After some modifications on the HamsterTracker™-iButton-server,
the system was Hot-Plugable,
meaning, that removing a sensor, while the system is running,
doesn't disturb it:


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.
These are REAL measurements,
while Lucy was sleeping...
26 ° C, (five degrees (Celcius) more than the surroundings!
- HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor, version II.
A few minutes and measurements later, after hooking up the sensor again, it was still runnin' !!! - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Looks like the HamsterTracker™-Temperature-Controlled-Proximity-Sensor, is doin' it's thing!!


There is more background info about the HamsterTracker™-iButton Temperature Webserver.



Sunday, September 23, 2007 Day 87 current treadmill total: 169,429.75 meters! (20:25 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' New Zealand! - part 2

Here's the final part of Natalie's wonderfull,
and informative report;


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" This photo is of Lucy at Lake Wanaka.
The township before it is called Wanaka too,
but up until the 1940's it's name was Pembroke.
Now it's the gate way to the Mt Aspiring national park,
and tourism central for all those who want to ski and skydive!
The moutains you see in the background are called the Misty Mountains
and they were in the Lord of the Rings movie.
" - Natalie


[ Natalie, forgot to mention the name of the *unknown* person in the above photo. ]


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" Here's Lucy and my best friend and budding movie director,
Rajneel Singh in our local restaurant in Highland Park, Auckland.
It's open 24 hours,
American style - so we often end up there at 1 in the morning for an ice-cream sundae.
" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" The first one is Lucy at the signpost in Bluff.
It is the oldest European settled town in New Zealand and also the southernmost town.
The signpost is quite famous and countless tourists have their photo taken underneath it.
" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" This is outside the Royal Albatross Colony on Otago Peninsula near Dunedin.
You pay 30 bucks to climb a steep hill that takes you to a hideout
where you can watch albatross fly in over the ocean and tend to their chicks.
Unfortunately we arrived to filthy weather and didn't see much,
but we got a cool photo of Lucy!
" - Natalie

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Natalie, *unknown* and Rajneel Singh


More info:

Global Extreme HamsterTrackin'.
Download your FREE Do It Yourself Extreme HamsterTrackin' kit and submit  your entry, TODAY!



Friday, September 21, 2007 Day 85 current treadmill total: 168,584.09 meters! (19:25 CET)

Autumn fun with Lucy

Today is friday (one of my favorite day's o' the week),
as well as the start of autumn.


So I woke up Lucy, asking her for an early autumn explore in her ball


My hamster Lucy enjoying the start of autumn.
" Mornin' Dude!
I was dreaming that I put a wet cloth on my forehead...
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying the start of autumn.
" Let me get up here... " - Lucy


Then I place the opening of her Explorer ball,
in such a way,
that it would be easy to get in:


My hamster Lucy enjoying the start of autumn.
" Give me a minute Dude... that's camera number 4, right? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying the start of autumn.
" Now where's that Explorer Ball??? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying the start of autumn.
" I really need to get out Dude! " - Lucy


Lucy got her autumn wish!!!

;-)



Thursday, September 20, 2007 Day 84 current treadmill total: 167,878.75 meters! (19:00 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' Chicago

One of the great things in running this website,
is all the awesome reactions it receives.


Via email, Snail-mail, Smoke-signals, MORSE-code, Instant Messaging, SMS,
as well as Lucy's Guestbook!


All reactions, are very valuable to HamsterTracker™,
but this Guestbook entry no. 724, needs more attention:


" I am a surgeon here in Chicago, IL and I wanted to let you know that I am totally in love with Lucy!
I keep a picture of her above the operating table here in the hospital
so that all of my patients can smile to her right before they go under.

Thanks for the great site!

Hamsters are my life!

Here is a picture of me and Lucy...
" - Paul Le


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Chicago IL, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in Chicago IL, USA.

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Paul Le,
(unknown) collegue and all PATIENTS!


How TOTALLY COOL is this???


May all your patients recover pleasantly & quickly [ and hopefully also fall in love with Lucy 3.0 ] !


Lucy sends out HamsterTracker™-support to you all!
More info:

Global Extreme HamsterTrackin'.
Download your FREE Do It Yourself Extreme HamsterTrackin' kit and submit  your entry, TODAY!



Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Day 83 current treadmill total: 167,872.59 meters! (19:20 CET)

The Worst HamsterTracker™-Video EVER!


What happens if I need to do some professional stuff with a ticket printer?
I just couldn't resist...


[ Quickly and badly designed ASCII art I know,
but it does do it's trick ;-)
]


(Unfortunately Lucy doesn't star in this video).



Here's the 'partly cut' version


Just, havin' fun,

as always! ;-)


This passed the 'speed-printing' test!!!

Thereby makin' this an official (professional) test!



Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Day 82 current treadmill total: 167,364.91 meters! (19:30 CET)

Lucy loves explorin' the coffee-table

After some Explorer ball fun,
I put Lucy on the coffee-table again,
for her to explore:


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' the coffee table.
" That's deep, Dude! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' the coffee table.
" Isn't that Virginia's gift down there? " - Lucy


[ See day 78, september 14 (below) for more details on Virginia's gift ]


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' the coffee table.
" Sorry Dude, I am gonna do some more Explorin' ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' the coffee table.
" Soo much to see... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' the coffee table.
" And soo much to smell! " - Lucy


Not really sure if THAT was a good idea, Lucy!


Fortunately Lucy is very gentle and cautious!



Monday, September 17, 2007 Day 81 current treadmill total: 166,797,09 meters! (18:10 CET)

HamsterTracker™ Temperature Controlled Proximity Sensor

The HamsterTracker™ Technical Department is always looking out for new improvements.
So they came up with an idea of using one of the recently bought iButton-temperature sensors,
to let the computer make an educated guess if Lucy is in her bedroom.


If there is a higher temperature in her bedroom as opposed to the environment,
we can assume that Lucy is in there (or was pretty shortly ago)...


So we need a sensor holder, to put UNDER Lucy's bedroom.
This way, Lucy never knows the sensor is there,
and there are no wires or other hardware in her cage.


Using a stack of (donated) coasters,
HamsterTracker™ started workin' on a prototype:


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Mark the outline of the iButton (here in it's holder).


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
I used a very blunt knife here to cut it out,
a couple of times.
Note the gutter for the wire...



Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Using ( lots o' ) glue...


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Stack all coasters properly...


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
And press firmly.


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Test-fit...


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
This is how it will be implemented


Making the iButton Temperature controlled proximity sensor.
Hopefully Lucy will be sleeping right on top of the sensor,
and we can measure a rise in temperature.



To be Continued...



More background info about the HamsterTracker™-iButton Temperature Webserver



Sunday, September 16, 2007 Day 80 current treadmill total: 166,132.91 meters! (21:00 CET)

Lucy keeps on Explorin'

Lucy does love her explorer ball,
After some initial washing up...


My hamster Lucy (3.0) in her Explorer Ball.
" Almost ready, Dude... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) in her Explorer Ball.
" Heee Haaa ... Dude ... Let's go! " - Lucy


Lucy does love to run around the living room,
while taking regular 'washing-up' breaks.



Friday, September 14, 2007 Day 78 current treadmill total: 165,814.03 meters! (20:10 CET)

Awesome 'Lucy on the couch' fun!

Do you remember day 6, the day that Virginia's awesome gift arrived for Lucy?
Finally here's Lucy checking it out:


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' Virginia's gift.
" He Dude, there's an entrance here! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' Virginia's gift.
" I could have sworn that I heard the door-bell ring... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' Virginia's gift.
" Wait a minute... that's the entrance I used... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) explorin' Virginia's gift.
" Please thank Virginia, for me
but don't count on me gettin' out of here...
" - Lucy

HamsterTracker™-shouts to Virginia


Approved by Lucy!



Thursday, September 13, 2007 Day 77 current treadmill total: 165,144.00 meters! (20:15 CET)

Lucy's first Coffee-Table-Photo-Shoot!

Lucy almost jumped out of her cage,
wanting out, after not wanting it for quite some days.


So after some Explorer Ball time,
Lucy was put on the coffee-table for her to explore:


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being on the coffee-table for the first time.
" Wait a minute, you sit all over there right, Dude? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being on the coffee-table for the first time.
" I Love this, although it's a bit scary ... right now ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being on the coffee-table for the first time.
" Struttin' it, Dude
[ AND DO NOTE my reflection! ]
" - Lucy


Please also note: Lucy's perfectly 100%-horizontal tail !



Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Day 76 current treadmill total: 164,456.84 meters! (18:30 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' New Zealand! - part 1

Natalie sent in this wonderfull,
and informative report;



" Here as I promised you - the photos of Lucy in New Zealand;" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" The first one is Lucy on the steepest street
in the world - Baldwin Street in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand.
It's so steep, the very top part of the road has to be cement, not asphalt,
or it would run down the hill on a warm day!
" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" The second one is Lucy in front of the big trout at the entrance to the town of Gore.
(Gore is the Country and Western music capital of New Zealand as the annual
New Zealand Country and Western Music Awards are held there. Ha!)
It's a small town of about 13,000 people and it's known for
producing moonshine (illicit alcohol) during the prohibition. *hic!*
" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" The third photo is Lucy at the Mirror Lakes.
The lakes are so clear and still that you can see the alps reflected in the water.
" - Natalie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in New Zealand. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in New Zealand by Natalie.
" As you can see in this fourth photo!" - Natalie


To be continiued...




Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Natalie

You've added a new country as well as a new contingent!


More info:

Global Extreme HamsterTrackin'.
Download your FREE Do It Yourself Extreme HamsterTrackin' kit and submit  your entry, TODAY!



Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Day 75 current treadmill total: 164,119.62 meters! (19:15 CET)

A Lot o' Fun behind the scenes!

The website transfer didn't go as smooth as hoped,
(it took more than seven weeks, and a lot o' emails),
when it went back online, it was 95% functional (!)


Although some data (another 3% of the 100%) on the poll and ratings was lost during this transfer,
the modified scripts worked like a charm.


Last friday night I got the last thing resolved (the last 2%),
so HamsterTracker.com is now fully functional and compliant to the previous version!!!


So this weekend, I had some fun,
doing other projects (as opposed to the [lengthy] website-transfer-project(s)).


I printed some photographs of Lucy,
and filled a new picture-frame...
(while saving the previous photo-frame of Lucy 2.0.)


HamsterTracker(tm) projects, done behind the scenes!
Here's the new (prototype) photo-frame.
I should have used some tape or other sticky stuff,
to keep it all in place,
it's moving, as I write this...



Then there is the other project;
improving all webcam stands...


It took a while, but then it hit me...
Use (unused-,) (beer-/whiskey-) glasses as a base to put a webcam on!


That doesn't block the light,
so other webcams, have more light!


Simple isn't it?
I wonder why I didn't think of it sooner:



HamsterTracker(tm) projects, done behind the scenes!
Note the differences with the picture above!


I am waiting for Lucy to wake up,
to tell and show her all about this!




Monday, September 10, 2007 Day 74 current treadmill total: 163,546,03 meters! (19:30 CET)

Challengin' Lucy

I thought it would be fun for Lucy
to keep busy while trying to hoard a brand new
Vitakraft Hamster-Donut:


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being challenged by me.
" Thanks Dude, you know I love these! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being challenged by me.
" I'll take THAT to my B'droom! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being challenged by me.
" The trick is to pull, not push! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy (3.0) being challenged by me.
" 1 minute, 20 seconds! A record!
Why don't you teach me Sudoku instead?
" - Lucy


She IS smart! ;-)



Sunday, September 9, 2007 Day 73 current treadmill total: 162,522.53 meters! (20:40 CET)

Lazy Loungin' Lucy

I guess all the party-ing,
pine-seeds and extra couch time:
Did get the better of Lucy;


My hamster Lucy (3.0) relaxin' after a week of party-in'.
Here's Lucy sleepin', head pointed to the entrance of her bedroom


My hamster Lucy (3.0) relaxin' after a week of party-in'.
" Was that a flash I saw? " - Lucy


Note: Lucy's eyes are closed!


My hamster Lucy (3.0) relaxin' after a week of party-in'.
" I guess I must be dreamin' " - Lucy




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