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Our favorite internet DJ's: (alphabetical order)
DJ Artek, DJ Christina Long (www.citrona.net/sorbet.htm), DJ Mitch (www.djmitch.it), DJ Quincy Jointz (www.quincy-jointz.de), DJane Vibrella (www.vibrella.de), Simon Harrison (www.basic-soul.co.uk). To name a few.
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radio42 - Music for Lounge-Lovers.
Monday, December 3, 2007 Day 158 current treadmill total: 191,966.16 meters! (21:30 CET)

Servin' Lucy the Veggie Tacos




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and Pine-Seed supply
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Animation of my hamster Lucy washing her face.



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Saturday (see below), I showed you how to make a Veggie Taco for your hamster.
Here's Lucy enjoying it:


Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
" Great taste, Dude ! " - Lucy

Now let's have a closer look:



Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.


Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
" Can I really have BOTH ? " - Lucy


Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
" Very, very ... nice ... nibble ... nibble ... " - Lucy


It took Lucy only a couple of minutes to
devour the first Taco;


Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
" Dude, I want more ! " - Lucy


Then a split-second later




Servin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
" I'd love to have that again, soon, Dude ! " - Lucy




Saturday, November 30, 2007 Day 156 current treadmill total: 190,879.16 meters! (16:15 CET)

Cookin' Lucy a Veggie Taco

I thought it would be nice for Lucy to enjoy a Veggie Taco;


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Ingredients:
Bag of chopped ('chineese') veggies,
Tortillia Wraps
Graded Gouda cheese



Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Cut a circle out of Tortillia wraps,
using glass and knife.



Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Then cut another one,
using the same technique...



Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Select from the chopped vegtable bag the following hamster-safe veggies:
Carrot,
White Cabbage,
Bean Sprouts.



Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Finely dice the White Cabbage


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
As well as the carrot (and bean sprouts)


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Serve on the Taco's


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Add graded cheese,
using Gouda here...



Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Add a bit on each Taco.


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
Fold Taco's to complete.


Cookin' a Veggie Taco for my hamster Lucy.
TA DA!
(Using whiskey-glass as servin'-table, again) ...



The Servin' Is To Be Continued...


Enjoy more: Cookin' 4 Lucy




Friday, November 30, 2007 Day 155 current treadmill total: 190,820.43 meters! (19:30 CET)

Lucy's Finger Pullin' Friday

Lame humour can be a blast at the beginning of the weekend...


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" What's this I smell ?
Did someone fart ?
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" Are you sure, you didn't pull your finger, Dude ? " - Lucy


So I told Lucy, that it couldn't have been ME,
I've not been in her bed-room;
So I think this could only be YOU Lucy !


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" You CAN'T smell me,
when I pull my finger, Dude !
You know that !
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
Pullin' tha finger, anonymously ...


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" Can't smell nothin' here ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" Nor here ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" Not even here ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" ( But I do need a breather... ) " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy having fun on a friday night.
" Proved my point, right ? " - Lucy




Thursday, November 29, 2007 Day 154 current treadmill total: 190,694.69 meters! (17:40 CET)

Statistical Graphs update

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, 121
[ Dream Machine operational since day 114 ]



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, November 28, 2007 Day 153 current treadmill total: 190,210.22 meters! (17:14 CET)

Lucy's Blush

The HamsterTracker™-Mailbox Dept,
have been makin' quite some overtime the last few days!


They don't mind, the extra Pine-Seeds keeps them motivated,
as well as all wonderfull reactions !


So I woke Lucy, just by opening the 'Observer Dome' near her bedroom,
and offering a treat;


My hamster Lucy's blush
" Hi Dude, is that LOW FAT ? " - Lucy


" I guess not, Lucy ! " - Mathijs


My hamster Lucy's blush
" OK! VERY Nice ! ... Mmmmm ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy's blush
" Any mails Dude ? " - Lucy

So I started readin' while Lucy was nibblin'




" ... I wonder if you realize how cool you are to give so many of us such enjoyment on a regular basis.

For me particularly as I have a passion for both hamsters and computers;
what a glorious merger of the two.

I must say that like great cheese and fine wine you get even better with time.

I also applaud you for giving a voice to hamsters as true pets
since so many people seem to think they are almost disposable.

You and Lucy have a great day!

Give her a nuzzle for me.
..." - Anonymous 3 (known at HamsterTracker™ ;-)

Gulp ! ...

by the HamsterTracker™-Gulp Dept.

My hamster Lucy's blush
" Stop it, Dude, that makes me shy ... " - Lucy

HamsterTracker™ Shouts back to you Anonymous 3



Thank you !



Tuesday, November 27, 2007 Day 152 current treadmill total: 189,958.44 meters! (17:14 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' the Caribbean - Part two

Here's the final part of
this wonderfull two-part-entry posted by Kris.


" My husband and I have just returned from a cruise thru the Caribbean.
We took Lucy with us and showed her a very good time.
" - Kris


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in the Bahamas. Extreme HamsterTrackin the Caribbean by Kris and her husband !
" Lucy visited Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas ... " - Kris


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Tortola in the US Virgin Islands. Extreme HamsterTrackin the Caribbean by Kris and her husband !
" She was also with us on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, " - Kris


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Tortola in the US Virgin Islands. Extreme HamsterTrackin the Caribbean by Kris and her husband !
" but she became very shy that day and declined to have her picture taken.
You just canít get her to do anything without pine seeds!
" - Kris


Extreme HamsterTracker™-Shouts to Kris and her husband!



You've added 4 countries to the Extreme HamsterTrackin' Country List!


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Monday, November 26, 2007 Day 151 current treadmill total: 189,928,72 meters! (18:00 CET)

Geekin' Weekend Project

This weekend the Temperature-measurement-software-module,
development was (finally) finalized !
As a test; this software module was (finally) included in the POS display,
showing the living-room temperature as well as the other sensor-temperature under Lucy's bedroom:


The FT100, Point Of Sale display, geekin' weekend project.
" Lucy was in her bedroom when this photograph was made,
note a few degrees rise in temperature.
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


The FT100, Point Of Sale display, geekin' weekend project.
" The livingroom temperature... " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


The degrees symbol ° was a bit of a puzzle before it displayed correctly.


It took us a while to figure out the communications with the Point Of Sale (POS) display,
was set to 7 bits; this setting ignored all special characters to display.


So using the original ! documentation, we found that a dip-switch setting should be modified.


Here's the hunt,
for finding the dipswitches.


The FT100, Point Of Sale display, geekin' weekend project.
" It's not under the base,
it's under the display.
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


[ The box on the right, is a powersupply I built when I was 13/14 years of age.
It has been converted, over the years,
from a 15 volt DC unit to the current 5 volt DC unit.
this supplies the power to the POS-display.


The FT100, Point Of Sale display, geekin' weekend project.
" Dip-Switches 3 and 4 should be set in the 'OFF' position. " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.

I couldn't wait to tell Lucy...



My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" But, Why ? Dude ? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" I can see the analogue thermometer, from over here ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" It reads 20 °C,
that's a proper... 68 F
If I did my math right ...
" - Lucy



Sunday, November 25, 2007 Day 150 current treadmill total: 189,927.62 meters! (19:45 CET)

Awesome 'Extreme HamsterTrackin' Your Pet' entry

Hot from the HamsterTracker™-Mailbox,
Dena sent in this very cool entry:


" These pics were taken at my computer desk
with my hamster, Mittens and Lucy
" - Dena


Extreme HamsterTrackin Dena's hamster Mittens !
" Mittens was very exited to meet lucy,
he walked right up and said hello.
I think Mittens likes Lucy,
but he's not even 1 yet.
He asked if Lucy could live in his cage
and of course my immediate response was "NO"......
so we compromised.
" - Dena


Extreme HamsterTrackin Dena's hamster Mittens !
" Mittens invited Lucy to his Thanksgiving party.
Notice the chestnut stuffed grape "turkey" and other hamster-safe foods.
I think Lucy looks like she's having a good time.
This is Mittens' 1st real dinner party!
" - Dena

AWESOME cookin' 4 your hamster, Dena!




Extreme HamsterTrackin Dena's hamster Mittens !
" We're still working on manners,
and Mittens isn't that good at them yet.
I told him not to,
I really tried to prevent it,
but mittens hogged the "turkey".
" - Dena


Extreme HamsterTrackin Dena's hamster Mittens !
" Worst of all,
he stepped on the plates just to get to the pudding which he hogged as-well.
Mittens has a lot to learn,
and I think he's not yet ready for a relationship
" - Dena

Extreme HamsterTrackin' shouts to you Dena and Mittens



Welcome to the HamsterTracker™-Family!

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Friday, November 23, 2007 Day 148 current treadmill total: 189,051.22 meters! (18:35 CET)

Lucy is SOOOOOO LOOOOVIN'!

After yesterday's little episode,
Lucy appeared, in a very gentle mood:


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" Sorry Dude, 'bout my reaction yesterday... " - Lucy


I explained that I explained, yesterday,
that all was and is forgiven and forgotton,
as long as she would forgive me ...


I thought it would be a nice gesture,
to offer Lucy another Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Drop - which she LOVES!


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" Let me give you
a little
-X- Kiss -X-
first ...
" - Lucy


Sorry, but I got a bit emotional here,
(the Blurry-ness of the next photo's sort-a reflect that)


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" Got it Dude ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy being ULTRA CUTE !
" FFFFFFHANK you 4 GIFFFFFIN' ... Dude ! " - Lucy


Aaaaahhhhwwww ... I guess that's why they call it
FFFhanksgiving !


HamsterTracker™-FFFhanksgivin'-Shouts

To all FFFamsterTracker™-supporters!



Thursday, November 22, 2007 Day 147 current treadmill total: 188,920.94 meters! (17:40 CET)

A private moment with Lucy

When chattin' up with Lucy,
she suddenly excused herself:


My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" 'Xcuse me Dude, I REALLY need to go ... " - Lucy


I've observed this ritual countless times,
so I thought I'd keep the camera rolling...


My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" After checkin' the side on the right,
the left-side must also be checked ...
" - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.


My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" A re-check on the right side... " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.


My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" Another check on the left side...
Wait a minute...
Ooops...
That's a private Lucy-moment...
" - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.


My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" Tell me you didn't !
Dude!
Tell me!
" - Lucy

Sorry Lucy!



My hamster Lucy in need of a bathroom break.
" This is gonna cost ya ...
I am tellin' you!
I am also talkin' serious Pine-Seeds here ...
I'll straighten this out ...
" - Lucy


Makin' it up with Lucy, as you read this ...

[ We are really talking serious Pine-Seeds here!
fortunately; Lucy is starting to have a laugh about this ! ]

[ Pine-Seeds do calm her ]



Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Day 146 current treadmill total: 188,819.03 meters! (18:35 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' the caribbean - Part one

Fresh from the HamsterTracker™ mailbox,
this wonderfull two-part-entry posted by Kris.

[ Remember Kris's first entry with Lyra the guinea pig ? ]


" My husband and I have just returned from a cruise thru the Caribbean.
We took Lucy with us and showed her a very good time.
" - Kris


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Turks & Caicos, by Kris and husband. Extreme HamsterTrackin the Caribbean by Kris and her husband !
" Lucy visited Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos ... " - Kris


Cool to read a Dutch name ( Zuiderdam, [ = South Dam ] ) on the cruise ship!

Introducin' Kris and her husband:



This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, by Kris and husband. Extreme HamsterTrackin the Caribbean by Kris and her husband !
" ... Here's us in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands ... " - Kris

Extreme HamsterTracker™-Shouts to Kris and her husband!



That looks like so much fun!
We wish we could be there too !

To Be Continued...



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Tuesday, November 20, 2007 Day 145 current treadmill total: 188,315.91 meters! (18:15 CET)

Chattin' with Lucy

Today Lucy is all in a brag-brag-brag mood!


- fortunately for us ! -


My hamster Lucy, braggin' it to the max !
" ... so this eMail I got today ...
BTW, are there ANY Pine-Seeds left, Dude ?
" - Lucy

So I tried taking her mind of Pine-Seeds...



My hamster Lucy, Left Paw !
" Did you do your nails, Lucy ? " - Mathijs


" Yes, I've got an EIGHT Pine-Seed, Manicure !
That's ONE Pine-Seed per finger !
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy, braggin' it to the max !
" Now don't you think I at least deserve an extra one ... or three ? " - Lucy


[ " We don't know where she gets that kind of money ! " - HamsterTracker™-Financial Dept. ]




Monday, November 19, 2007 Day 144 current treadmill total: 187,643.22 meters! (18:20 CET)

Geekin' Weekend project(s)

The HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept. has been very busy this weekend.


" A month ago, when installing Windows (XP),
we had to use a 'donor'-3.5" Floppy diskdrive,
[ Appearantly when using the latest state of the art SATA II type hard-disks,
you'll need to install a driver first, using a floppy disk. ]

the little thing did it's job without any problems,
but it's horrendous thing to look at:
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" The horrendous floppy disk-drive
partly covered with a floppy disk to mask...
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" The new Floppy Drive taken from the ol' HamsterTracker™-server.
Please note the 'donor-PC of the horrendous floppy drive' in the background.
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" Sweet !
(The Floppy-Disk-Door, that came with the case, is opened here!)
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" All is up and runnin' again,
but doesn't this look a tiny bit messy ?
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.

Then the large part of this project started




Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" The start of the challenge " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Four (tedious and) enjoyable hours later;
here's the result:

Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" TA DA !
We even vacuumed !
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Geekin' Weekend project: tinkering with the 'Dream Machine'.
" What's all the commotion, Dude ? " - Lucy


It took Lucy 2.48 seconds to appear
asking a Pine-Seed after shooting the above photograph !


... And it took me 3.59 seconds to serve Lucy one !
;-)




Sunday, November 18, 2007 Day 143 current treadmill total: 187,445.72 meters! (18:45 CET)

Servin' Lucy a nice 'Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Treat'

It is always fun serving your pet something
you KNOW your pet just adores!
So I served up an extra treat for Lucy:


Serving my hamster Lucy a 'Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Drop'.
" You *KNOW* I love that smell, Dude ! " - Lucy


Serving my hamster Lucy a 'Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Drop'.
" Got it ! FFFFanks ! " - Lucy


Serving my hamster Lucy a 'Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Drop'.
" I really REALLY, *REALLY* love this ! " - Lucy

After which Lucy's true spirit appeared:



Serving my hamster Lucy a 'Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-Drop'.
" Any more Pine-Seeds in tha house, Dude ? " - Lucy


Yes ! ( Can you say 'NO' to this ? )
Sharing them as you read this!




Friday, November 16, 2007 Day 141 current treadmill total: 186,360.81 meters! (18:21 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' High Rock Lake in Salisbury, North Carolina part II

Regular sender-inner Kim sent in this wonderfull,
multi-, multi-part Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry from USA a while ago


In these cold and grey days we have been experiencing here at the HamsterTracker™-Office
we needed a bit of sunshine, which Kim always seems to deliver:


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.
" Back of the boat with Karen (right) and myself (2 the left o' Lucy). " - 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.
" Lucy also found a new friend on the lake. A River Rat.
So we had to get a picture with her new friend.
" - Kim


Seems to us Lucy made another friend too:
HamsterTracker™-Hello's to the lady on the left of the photograph!


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.
" One weekend she watched the volley ball game. " - 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.
" When the game was over she thought the ball was her ball
and wanted to go and play in the sand.
" - Kim

HamsterTracker™-Shouts to Kim, Karen, and the unknown Lady.


Thanks for all the sunshines !


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Thursday, November 15, 2007 Day 140 current treadmill total: 185,440.53 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, 121
Dream Machine operational since day 114



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, November 14, 2007 Day 139 current treadmill total: 185,324.53 meters! (18:30 CET)

Lucy's portrait photograph


After yesterdays Kraker devourin' by Lucy,
I offered Lucy a 'Wild Berry Yoghurt Drop',
hoping to shoot a photo of Lucy's face upfront,
together with her HUUUGE stuffed pouches...


My hamster Lucy enjoying her Wild-Berry-Yoghurt-treat!
" James Brown voice: AAAAAAAAAhhhhhwww, I FEEEEEL GOOOOOD! " - Lucy

< Can you think of a better caption ? >

Remember the last time (day 94) I asked?

to caption this one?

My hamster Lucy demanding attention.

Here are some of the entries:
" Come closer.
Look deeply into my eyes.
You are falling under my spell.
Now bring me lots of pine seeds.
" - Liz (Chicago IL, USA)
" Slaap kindje slaap
Daar buiten loopt een schaap
Een schaap met witte voetjes
Die drinkt zijn melk zo zoetjes
Slaap kindje slaap
Daar buiten loopt een schaap
" - Virginia ( Washington US )
" Dude, I am just to cute for words!!!! " - Cara (USA)
" I want a Treat, Dude!
Can i have some fun in the Explorer Ball?
" - Pascal ( Duisburg, Germany )
" I think there's a pea under my mattress..... " - SLD (LA, CA, USA)
" I just wanted to let you know that i love you and give a huge kiss to our fans " - Rhiannon (Canada)
" To me you are very sweet and tender,
everyday in my heart you enter.
May one day you be shown from above,
that for you what I feel is unconditional love.
" - Jose (Puerto Rico)
" I had a dream last night that you were going to give me extra pine seeds and treats.
I was so excited,
I couldn't wait for you to wake up!
" - Zoe



Good HamsterTracker™-Luck with rating the above!

Please don't forget to send your caption of the first picture.




Tuesday, November 13, 2007 Day 138 current treadmill total: 185,245.09 meters! (17:55 CET)

Lucy's devourin' a Kracker...


Lucy just woke up to devour her treat,
So I got my camera and started to photograph the phenomenon:


My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" Nibble ... Nibble ... " - Lucy

What's up, Lucy ?

I asked...

My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" Nothin' much... Dude... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" More Nibble ... Nibble ... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" Note Lucy's body shape... " - HamsterTracker™

How much did you take, Lucy ?

I also asked...

My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" Not really much... I tell you... Dude ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her Kracker-treat!
" Seem to us, like TWO BIG stuffed pouches ! " - HamsterTracker™


;-)





Monday, November 12, 2007 Day 137 current treadmill total: 184,851.34 meters! (19:15 CET)

Geekin' Weekend Project

This weekend was all about disecting the Ol' HamsterTracker™-Server
and transplanting it to the new Dream Machine.


The last of the USB-PCI hubs was installed (together with the 1 Gb flashdisk,
see also last weeks Geekin' Weekend Project, day 131, below )


Installing the last of two PCI USB-hubs in the 'Dream Machine'.
" The card on the left (with the blue-bubbled-flashdisk) is the newly installed,
the one on the right, was quickly whiped with a finger to carefully remove the dust.

(The one on the left was carefully cleaned BEFORE installing).
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Quieting down my 'Dream Machine'.
" When opened up like that,
we couldn't resist a 'Birds Eye View'-like photograph !
" - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Quieting down my 'Dream Machine'.
" The Dream Machine's endless connectivity possibilities " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


From Left to right and up and down:

  • 220 V power supply input
  • PS2 Mouse
  • PS2 Keyboard
  • Parallel port
  • Coaxial SPDIF out
  • Serial RS232 (COM 1)
  • FireWire port 1
  • USB (2.0) port 1
  • USB (2.0) port 2
  • 1000 Mb/s capable Ethernet port
  • USB (2.0) port 3
  • USB (2.0) port 4
  • 8.1 sound
  • + microphone input
  • Serial RS232 (COM 2) (installed two weeks ago)
  • (Not connected parallel port connector)
  • SVideo output
  • VGA output
  • DV-I output, fitted here with a VGA converter
  • USB (2.0) port 5
  • USB (2.0) port 6
  • USB (2.0) port 7
  • USB (2.0) port 8
  • USB (2.0) port 9
  • USB (2.0) port 10


IMPRESSIVELY, ASTONISHINGLY & SERIOUSLY: WOW !


isn't it?


I couldn't wait to tell Lucy:


My hamster Lucy being very very LAZY!
" Do you REALLY want me to get up and see that ? " - Lucy


Yes, she did get her pineseed!

(Not really sure if she understood this all though ;-)




Sunday, November 11, 2007 Day 136 current treadmill total: 184,349.47 meters! (20:25 CET)

Lucy's persuasiveness

Today when workin' behind the HamsterTracker™-scenes,
Lucy woke up and demanded some attention:


My hamster Lucy being very persuasive.
" I'd really, really, really love a snack right now, Dude ! " - Lucy

How could I resist ?



My hamster Lucy being very persuasive.
" FFFFFanks ... FFFFFude ! " - Lucy




Friday, November 9, 2007 Day 134 current treadmill total: 184,168.47 meters! (19:45 CET)

Lucy's Exploration

Since I've adjusted the webcam lighting to daylight settings,
Lucy wants out of her cage more!

Which is FUN!

Although she was a bit more to herself today...


My hamster Lucy exploring the couch.
" ... OK, this is the deep end,
I should stay away from that,
although the view is AWESOME ! ...
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" ... 90 degree up
is a steep angle ...
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" ... 20 paces ... then ...
trajectory ... !
E equals M Csquare !

Rocket science is way much easier ! ...
" - Lucy

What's up Lucy ?



My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" ... OOOpsss ...
Not much ... Dude ...
Just doin' some MATH !
MATH-ijs !

Didn't even need to use the PDA, Dude !
" - Lucy




Thursday, November 8, 2007 Day 133 current treadmill total: 183,708.59 meters! (18:25 CET)

A visit to the Pet-Shop

I think I've kept the over-indulging reasonably minimal this time.
Although I am hoarding snacks for Lucy, supposingly...


Shopping for Lucy.
" The product in the center,
' Rolling Delights Treats '
is a new discovered product...
" - Lucy


So I couldn't wait to serve it to Lucy:


My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" Smells nice, Dude ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" Lucy didn't start on the most easily reachable part ... " - HamsterTracker™


My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" Now ... Let's think ... " - Lucy

Then after 31 minutes, 43 seconds:



My hamster Lucy enjoying her 'Rolling Delight Treat'.
" We still haven't discovered where Lucy hides it ! " - HamsterTracker™


After thought:
Do hamster-intelligence-test(s) exist?




Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Day 132 current treadmill total: 183,152.44 meters! (19:00 CET)

Lucy's Dude Interview

Having Lucy on the couch,
AND having the camera and notebook ready,
I asked Lucy's permission on an interview...


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" An interview about my Dude? " - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" Let me think ... " - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" Xcuse me... I have to get ready for the next photograph... " - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" He loves it when I explore his back... " - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" And we do love sunsets together... " - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" Don't try this at home fellow hamsters,
we are professionals...
" - Lucy


Lucy's on the spot interview.
" YES! My Dude is 100% climb-able ! " - Lucy




Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Day 131 current treadmill total: 183,034.94 meters! (18:30 CET)

Geekin' Weekend Project

I've been having a lot of fun last weekend,
tuning the " Dream Machine ",


The machine is awesomely quiet, (one of the major design issues),
as well as being Blisteringly fast ;-)


But I did notice that the Webcam-Server software was keeping the harddisk very busy.
Every twenty seconds a new webcam-snapshot is written to disk,
manipulating (adding time and camera identification information),
and finally converting to jpg-format before uploading.


When you've got a quiet machine like the " Dream Machine ",
those little harddisk-sounds where getting annoying.
[ I know there's always that next loudest sound...
but this one needed some immediate attention ]


So I decided to do an experiment by running the webcam server software,
from a flash-ram disk:


Quieting down my 'Dream Machine'.
" The blue bubble on the left, second down, from the top, is a 1 Gigabyte flash-disk " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


The second (and last) 4 port USB (2.0) PCI card was removed from the ol' HamsterTracker™-server.
One of those two is already installed in the Dream Machine.
This one is going to be installed soon,
taking advantage of the internal port; that's for the flash-drive.


Quieting down my 'Dream Machine'.
" Partly dusted 4 port USB PCI with 2 Gb FLASH! " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


Quieting down my 'Dream Machine'.
" Here the other side of it ! " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


By this the harddisk has stopped making noise, when updating webcam pictures!
This is giving the harddisk a time to rest,
after a few minutes it will shut down,
prolonging it's life,
while saving energy,
AND (ofcourse, therefore) being more quiet!

Lucy's reaction:

My hamster Lucy sleeping like a log.
" We didn't call it 'Dream-Machine' for nothin' ! " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.


After thought:
[ it is difficult to photograph silence ... ]




Monday, November 5, 2007 Day 130 current treadmill total: 182,852.72 meters! (19:20 CET)

Couch fun with Lucy

When I sat with Lucy on the couch,
I offered her a hazelnut:


My hamster Lucy enjoying a hazelnut!.
" For me ? Dude that's nice ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying a hazelnut!.
" ... Mmmmm ... MmmmMMMMmm... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying a hazelnut!.
" Seriously Dude, Do you know that... " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy enjoying a hazelnut!.
" *giggle* ... This makes me kind o' nutty ! ... *giggle* " - Lucy




Saturday, November 3, 2007 Day 128 current treadmill total: 182,373.44 meters! (21:15 CET)

Challengin' Lucy

It is fun to give Lucy a challenge every once in a while,
this time I got the my camera set in video-shoot-mode:



" Lucy's Challenge! " - HamsterTracker™


My hamster Lucy mastered the challenge!.
Lucy mastered the challenge, as I discovered this morning.




Friday, November 2, 2007 Day 127 current treadmill total: 182,299.22 meters! (20:05 CET)

Lucy's message ? ...

Last night Lucy didn't run much in her treadmill,
could it be that she's telling me something?


My hamster Lucy's protest!.
This morning I found the cage in this state...


My hamster Lucy's protest!.
Note her bathroom all tipped...


My hamster Lucy's protest!.
A more detailed close-up...


My hamster Lucy's protest!.
Last detailed close-up...


Although I am surprised,

One huge Cage-cleaning comming up!



[ I just cleaned her bathroom yesterday, so that's not it... ]




Thursday, November 1, 2007 Day 126 current treadmill total: 182,266.12 meters! (18:30 CET)

Halloween Extreme HamsterTrackin'...

Regular sender inner Katie does spend a lot of time
during her Extreme HamsterTrackin' expeditions.
Katie is responsible for quite a few (and all very wonderfull) entries,
here is her latest:


" Hello and Happy Halloween!
I'm in New York (for work and had the chance) to do some Extreme HamsterTrackin' !!
" - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in New York, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the New York, USA.
" The first shot is Lucy in Times Square.
It was fun to have Lucy there with me!
" - Katie


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was taken by Katie in New York, USA. Extreme HamsterTrackin' by Katie in the New York, USA.
" The second photo is Lucy and a (wax) Vampire
in front of Madame Tussuads. Scary!
" - Katie

Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Katie !



Thanks again for this wonderfull Halloween-ed entry !


More info:

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





Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Day 125 current treadmill total: 181,974.19 meters! (18:10 CET)

Trick or Treatin' Lucy

Being Halloween and all,
I rang Lucy's doorbell,
for a 'Trick or Treat'


Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" Why are you ringin' my doorbell? " - Lucy

It's Halloween! Lucy



Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" Oooh oooh,
Today?
Already?
" - Lucy




Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" Sorry, I forgot all about Halloween...
Now that I think of it ...
" - Lucy





Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" We could swap pine-seeds,
'cause I think you're a bit of a cute-y ... ! ... !
" - Lucy


Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" ... I Love your dress-up,
you look 'xactly like MY DUDE!
" - Lucy


I then explained I AM YOUR DUDE! , dear Lucy !!!
(no costume, unfortunately)


Trick or Treatin' my hamster Lucy on Halloween 2007.
" In that case, Dude, why don't you 'Trick or Treat' ME a Pine-Seed! " - Lucy


-x- She got me there ... Again ;-) -x-


... Tricked into Treatin' ! ...




Tuesday, October 30, 2007 Day 124 current treadmill total: 181,357.19 meters! (19:10 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' the daytime office

Remember the ol' daytime office before the move on april 1st?


Extreme HamsterTrackin' the ol' Office.
to refresh your memory


The new office doesn't have the same HamsterTrackin' space:


Extreme HamsterTrackin' the new office.
Can't use staples here,
we're using magnets.



Extreme HamsterTrackin' the new office.
Another angle!


One of the advantages is that it can be easily changed/updated!
(and it is a(n office) conversation piece!)


So I showed Lucy these pictures;


My hamster Lucy not finding this post interesting.
" Interestin' Dude ! " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy not finding this post interesting.
" Nice work ... ZZZ ... zzz ... ZZZZ ... " - Lucy






Monday, October 29, 2007 Day 123 current treadmill total: 181,145.38 meters! (19:05 CET)

Geekin' Weekend Project

I've been working on assembling, installing and tuning my new 'Dream Machine'
for over three (very enjoyable) weeks now.


The dowside of this new system is, that it has only one
serial communications (RS-232) port on the motherboard.
And this port is used by the HamsterTracker™-Data-Collector hardware.


Remember my Point of Sale- or (more simply stated) POS-display?
That one too, uses a serial communications port.
So I bought a USB to RS-232 converter. And I moved a USB card from the ol' PC to the Dream Machine
Which does the job fine (I must add).


Because the USB card has a port INSIDE the casing, I thought I would jam the USB-RS-232-thing,
also inside the computer case.
That required some soldering and stuff:


Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
This will, after soldering, hookup to the USB-thingy.


Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
The new soldered cable hooks up to a RS-232 jack that I can fit in the back.


Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
Here's how it all looks hooked up,
before installing in PC.
Note the connector on the right (a printer connector),
remains unused ... I just didn't want to leave an empty hole in there.



Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
On the back of the computer,
it's now installed in the dead middle of this photograph.
(To the left of the VGA connectors (one is a DV-I or something,
which is fitted with a VGA converter-connector.
(That was supplied with the Graphics card btw.)


Note the three 'new' USB (2.0) connectors,
that have also been installed



Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
The USB plug plugged in into the back of the newly installed USB card.
(I should have dusted that card before installing, I know)



Weekend project, installing USB-RS232 device.
It's still messy,
but it did clear ONE wire from the USB thingy!

I'll work on the wire-ing as soon as all is installed and functioning
the way we envisioned here at HamsterTracker™

And we are really getting there!


Almost forgot: Proof of concept:



Here's a mute video of the POS display in action:







Saturday, October 27, 2007 Day 121 current treadmill total: 180,655.31 meters! (21:00 CET)

Loooong weekend, due to Daylight savings time shift

Don't forget to adjust your alarm clock,
or else you'll arrive an hour early on your appointment tomorrow,
( at least in the Netherlands you will ! )


Taking advantage of this extra weekend-hour;
I promissed Lucy a pine-seed for an (extra) photo-shoot on the couch:


My hamster Lucy posin' for an extra pine-seed.
" Where is that pine-seed, Dude ?
Btw; THAT's DEEP !
" - Lucy


So I told Lucy she could find one hidden in my sweater,
that I took off, and put on the couch for Lucy to explore...


My hamster Lucy posin' for an extra pine-seed.
" So, you're tellin' me there is a pine-seed in there ? " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy posin' for an extra pine-seed.
" Can I have some lighting in here ? 'Cause I can't seem to find it. " - Lucy


My hamster Lucy posin' for an extra pine-seed.
" You owe me a pine-seed Dude ! " - Lucy


Although I am cutting down on Lucy's pine-seeds,
instead of the daily two to three,
Lucy is allowed only one per day...

(or TWO for special occasions, like today ! )




Friday, October 26, 2007 Day 120 current treadmill total: 180,235.12 meters! (22:22 CET)

Interviewed by Yahoo! Picks...

Exciting times here at HamsterTracker™
We have been interviewed and FEATURED on YAHOO! PICKS !!!


My hamster Lucy's reaction on being featured on Yahoo! Picks.
" You must be jokin' " - Lucy


Sorry I couldn't get it to focus... WAY TOO EXCITED!

We are enjoying pine-seeds and champagne here !



HamsterTracker™-Yahoo's to Yahoo!





Thursday, October 25, 2007 Day 119 current treadmill total: 180,235.12 meters! (17:25 CET)

Extreme HamsterTrackin' in Kenia!

This is an Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry with a twist;
about a month ago the website www.BeachName.com was all over the Dutch news.


a snippet from their website:


" Your own name written by hand in the sand of the Kenyan Bamburi Beach.
Your name is written by Moses and Joan Onoo and their team.
You receive a beautiful colour print on high-quality photographic paper
of your beach name photo by regular mail (20 x 30 cm/8 x 12 inches) and email...
"


... and ...


" ... Before the beach name project started, Moses worked as a night watchman at a hotel at the minimum wage of 2250 Kenyan shillings per month (approximately Ä 25 / US$ 30) for 25 twelve-hour nights. ... "


So by ordering this HamsterTracker™ is helping out in Kenia,
in return they'll do some Extreme HamsterTrackin' in a previously un-HamsterTracked continent !

WIN WIN for BOTH parties!



Here's the emailed photograph we recieved:


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was made in Kenia, Africa. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in Kenia.


In the snail-mail-box of HamsterTracker.com the paper version also arrived!


This Extreme HamsterTrackin' photo was made in Kenia, Africa. Extreme HamsterTrackin' in Kenia.
" I think it's Moses and Joan sitting
at the left of the HamsterTracker artwork!
" - HamsterTracker™

As it seems, after the Dutch news coverage,
they got over a 1000 orders! The whole community over there is helping out to process all orders!
(and they are all financially gaining from it in the process)


So if you're still looking for that perfect Birthday-, Xmas- or other gift...
Check out www.BeachName.com


Extreme HamsterTracker™-shouts to Moses and Joan and their Team.



Thanks again for all the work involved!
More info:

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





Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Day 118 current treadmill total: 180,235.12 meters! (18:35 CET)

The Homebrew Magic-Trick-aftermath with Lucy

After yesterdays Magic-Trick Lucy had a blast on the couch with me.
The following photographs are shot by myself,
sitting in/on the couch,
aiming the camera towards me,
guessing for a nice shot.


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" Showbizz stuff is hard work, Dude.
I need to freshen up.
" - Lucy


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" Give me a minute dude. " - Lucy


Lucy is sitting behind my back,
all protected and comfortable,
to have a nice elaborate cleaning...

It took Lucy a little while before she came out again:


My hamster Lucy doin' a magic trick.
" I do love chillin' with you Dude,

let us hang out a little longer !
" - Lucy




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