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Today exactly one year ago I shot this following photograph,
taken from the HamsterTracker™-Unpublished Photo Archives:
" Here's Lucy having a drink, just before me adopting her !
The hamster on the right was Lucy's babysitter for two hours. " - Mathijs
Lucy 2.0 drank a total of 2003 ml. of water on day 365,
Lucy 3.0 drank a total of 2029 ml. of water on day 365 !
That's data compares pretty close doesn't it ?
A year ago...
It seems like only a month ago that I first met Lucy,
what a year it has been:
" This collage is made of 33 randomly selected photographs of Lucy,
previously published on HamsterTracker.com " - Mathijs
This first year aniversary,
made me curious on how Lucy 3.0 v.s. Lucy 2.0 traedmill distance wise;
here's a preview:
" Lucy 3.0 is running not as much as Lucy 2.0 did in the first year " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
We've also published quite some Geekin' projects this last year,
so these last couple of weeks, I've been updating these now published pages:
The FT100, Point of Sale (POS-) Display page,
The iButton Intranet Webserver page.
These following pages are new:
Building the HamsterTracker™-New 'Dream Machine' server,
The Misc. Geekin' Projects page.
The HamsterTracker™-Menu also got a tweak;
now you can navigate the full menu on using a 800 x 600 pixel screen resolution (!)
Back to Lucy:
" Where are the Pine-Seeds ? So we can PARTY, Dude ... " - Lucy
Party-ing with Lucy while you read this!
Please share your thoughts on Lucy's first year in Lucy's Guestbook,
we love hearing from you !
Thursday, June 25, 2008
current treadmill total: 237,003.31 meters! (21:15 CET)
What has Lucy been up to ???
After a merry night of sleep for me,
Lucy has been keeping busy:
" Please note Lucy's bathroom (in the background) being on its side,
as well as Lucy acting she doesn't know ANYTHING about it ... " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
After restoration, we assessed the damage:
" The stairs got a beatin' ... " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
As well as ...
" Lucy's upper quarters, got loose ...
She SURPRISINGLY unrigged the quarters-fastener (near her waterbottle)...
As well as it got some more serious knawin'-beatin' ... " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
Does this have to do with our first year anniversary tomorrow ?
I guess did my duties today ...
in definitely more than one way ...
" A new TP-roll for Lucy !!! " - 'Al Bundy'
Today I tried to pull a 'Mathijs-prank' on Lucy;
using the old
" Lucy: we ran out of Pine-Seeds !"
" I dunno, Dude ... " - Lucy
" Somethin' smells fishy ! " - Lucy
" You've pulled this prank too many times, Dude ... " - Lucy
" I'll catch you later, when you've found them again ! ... ZZZ ... zzz ... " - Lucy
You know me so well, dear Lucy!
Lucy is keeping track of events,
in a way much better than my electronic-PDA does:
" In less than four day's we have our first year aniversary ! " - Lucy
That's THREE days to be exact, dear Lucy !
" That's what I've been sayin',
that IS less than FOUR, right? ! " - Lucy
" Lock me up if I got that one wrong ! " - Lucy
" Let me out if I didn't ... " - Lucy
" Anyway, I love(d) every second of it, Dude ! " - Lucy
Thank YOU dear little Lucy, the pleasure is ours !
Just yesterday, I noticed that Lucy has done some redecoration:
" Not the most comfortable way to have a drink ! " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
So I moved the Herb 'n' Hide tube away,
and I put in a cardboard box of one of Lucy's favorite treats.
Because Lucy is chewing up the Toilet Rolls
much faster, than I can 'produce', I do use Hamster Food boxes as a replacement.
(Before I give it to Lucy, I make sure that no (plastic-) stickers,
pricetags etc, are removed from these cardboard containers.)
So here's Lucy today:
" Lucy modified the box to her needs ... " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
" A bit more in close-up ! " - HamsterTracker™-Close-Up dept.
" Dude, that was a lot of work to get ready,
it took all evening to make a comfortable drinkin'-seat !
You owe me !
Notice that I AM winkin' !!! " - Lucy
" Thanks Dude ! " - Lucy
What would you do if you'd catch Lucy being cute like this,
after just entering the living room?
" Hi Dude ! " - Lucy
I couldn't resist to open Lucy's front door:
" Nice weather isn't it ? " - Lucy
" Did you know that yesterday WAS the LONGEST day ? " - Lucy
" BTW, I must confess about my Pine-Seeds ... " - Lucy
" I just ate them ALL ! ... " - Lucy
After entering the HamsterTracker™-Living room I noticed a not so happy Lucy:
" Dude, if I just had my boksing gloves ... I tell you ... " - Lucy
I tried to calm Lucy down a bit,
taking a seat in front of her cage,
opening up a listening eye,
as well as her cage, so Lucy could give the full report:
" I am missing a lot of stuff,
ONE: my Walnut,
TWO: my Hazelnuts,
THREE: a lot o' Pine Seeds,
FOUR: my Hamster Teddy-treat !!!
I am sure I could think of something else if I had FIVE fingers! " - Lucy
I tried to explain:
" It's because the HamsterTracker™-Sanitation Dept. cleaned your bedroom ! "
" OH REALLY ??? ... " - Lucy
" In that case:
I'll order some Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Pine-Seeds & a Hamster Teddy-treat !
AND SUPER SIZE IT DUDE ! " - Lucy
Sometimes you just can't say no, right ?
When playing 'Hide & Seek',
I cheated, and start looking for her way too early:
" You now have to give me FOUR more minutes, Dude ! " - Lucy
So I waited a little longer,
only to find Lucy making herself more and more comfortable...
" I Love this shirt, Dude ! " - Lucy
You lost this one, Lucy !
" Let's celibrate with a Pine-Seed ! " - Lucy
Look on the shirt, above Lucy's head - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
" ... ! " - Mathijs
" Sorry Dude, you can have my Pine-Seed ... mKay ? " - Lucy
We are sharing Pine-Seeds, while you read this !
Last week the FT100 - Point of Sale Display started to goof up seriously.
Between displaying Lucy's and HamsterTracker™-Website statistics,
it was displaying a a whole lot of nonsense, hundreds of characters at one go.
After checking the HamsterTracker™-Software that is controlling it,
it took a little while to deduce that the power supply was causing this.
This 220 Volt AC to 5 Volt regulated powersupply,
was outputting a solid 1.15 Volts when I measured it (with my new Volt-meter).
So it was time to open it up, (assembled when I was 14 years of age, opening it approx. 27 years later):
" This old beauty has powered a lot of projects ... " - Mathijs
" Opening it ... " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
" Getting all the stuff ready; Multi-Meter, Solder Iron, Solder & Screwdrivers ...
Together with some obligatory pliers ... " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
" After opening:
the powersupply cable connection broke (1)
as well as the problem area became apparent (2) " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
The heating and cooling off,
has (over the years) worn down the (2) connection,
thereby outputting only a slight part of the total power.
" Here it is all (re-)soldered again. " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
" Re-Assemblin' ... " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
" It has been running since this fix ... " - HamsterTracker™-Geek-&-Fix Dept.
Then Lucy asked:
" Tell me it DOESN'T show Pine-Seed consumption, Dude ! " - Lucy
" It [ (un-)fortunately ] doesn't. Dear Lucy ! " - Mathijs
I've experienced this sequence countless of times,
but I don't think I've ever documented it:
After Lucy's Explorer Ball time,
I take the ball (with Lucy inside),
on my lap to open, so Lucy can get out:
" It sometimes takes a little time for Lucy to get out. " - Mathijs
" Hi Dude ! " - Lucy
" I had awesome fun just now, Dude ! " - Lucy
" Now where are the Pine-Seeds ? " - Lucy
We left off yesterday (See below),
with Lucy enjoying her parsley...
" Nice, Dude ... But I've been wondering ... " - Lucy
" The lack of Pine-Seeds is bothering me ... " - Lucy
" They should be here, right ? " - Lucy
Again I explained this treat is without pine-seeds
" Ooh, mmmmmkay ... " - Lucy
" I'll grab it when it's hot then !
Lator Gator Dude ! " - Lucy
Lator, dear Princess !
Lucy and I are having our (lately almost daily) fun on the couch.
Besides exploring, Lucy tries to score a Lucy Touchdown;
that's when she climbs up on the back to the table right behind the couch.
Whenever she makes it, without me catching her first,
Lucy scores a Lucy-Touch Down,
thereby winning a Pine-Seed.
But not all touchdowns are allowed,
there are the ones that are simply Off-Side:
" TOUCH DOWN DUDE !!!
Jipppy, Aaai, Aaaye ! " - Lucy
I then had to be stern
but fair ...
Sorry Lucy this is Off-Side ...
" I am just lookin' at the HamsterTracker™-Equipment, Dude ! " - Lucy
Lucy started to 'dig' my hand; trying to find a way through.
She first tried to push her nose through my fingers, which didn't give in (much).
Then, to my amazement, Lucy tried to dig into my fingers like she would dig into sand !
That was an AMAZING sensation,
although I must admit I was a bit scared of Lucy getting over excited,
and bite her way through...
Fortunately Lucy IS a LADY and she didn't use force...
" I give up Dude... Let's grab a Pine-Seed ! " - Lucy
Lucy got her Pine-Seed;
I've got to be a gentleman ...
We are a bit posh sometimes at HamsterTracker™
Lucy always makes my day,
From Lucy sleeping in an extreme cute way,
to having quality time on the couch with her.
So whenever Lucy's acting shy,
I just know, she's up to something:
" Dude, would you like a game of 'Hide & Seek' ? " - Lucy
( This means, that Lucy will hide,
and I have to go seek )
I started counting : 1 ... 2 ... 3 ...
Then I couldn't stop giggle-ing;
" He will NEVER find me here ! " - Lucy
I see your tail, Lucy !
" Huh ? What ? How ? ... " - Lucy
After two minutes:
" Let's play again, Dude ! " - Lucy
It's been quite a while,
so here are Lucy's latest:
HamsterTracker™ Server crashes/ISP blackouts/Sensor misalignments:
Day 4, 19, 55, 56, 66 - 69, 121, 239, 252
[ Dream Machine operational since day 114,
day 121 & 239 where forced reboots by Windows XP during night time, after auto update. ]
Treadmill time graph
Total Distance Trend Graph:
The more vertical the above line is,
the more distance Lucy ran in her treadmill.
Today I made some wonderfull pasta for myself,
I was enjoying it soo much, I had to come up with a Hamster version:
Cooked & cooled Pasta,
'Red Sweet Pepper' ( = PAPRIKA in Dutch).
Put the pasta in a circle like shape,
thereby making a 'bowl' of pasta.
" - Mathijs
I checked, checked and re-checked on the internet,
to see if hamsters can have 'Red Sweet Pepper';
as it seems a lot of (Dutch) hamsters do.
I am not sure if I've got the translation of 'Red Sweet Peppers' right,
so check with your local petshop or hamster-expert, to see if your choice of veggie is the right one.
Please remember, your hamster will eat ANYTHING you'll feed it,
it's your responsibility to make it hamster-safe !
" Slice & dice some of your hamsters favorite veggies... " - Mathijs
" Then add some parsley, in a real 'Chefs'-Way ... " - Mathijs
" Don't forget some grated cheese, to top it off ! " - Mathijs
The Servin' of the Simple Pasta dish
" Dude, for me ?
It smells great ! " - Lucy
" NIIIIIIIce ! " - Lucy
" Chompin' like a real Italian ! " - HamsterTracker™-Observation Dept.
" ... " - Lucy
Way too nice, for Lucy to make a final remark.
It took Lucy less than three minutes to pouch it !
See also: The Cookin' 4 Lucy page.
On may 30th Lucy gave me the most awesome present,
I've been working on it all week to get it fully installed:
" That's a Huge 'n' Heavy base speaker ! " - HamsterTracker™-Gift-Installation Dept.
" All unpacked with the main console hooked up ... " - HamsterTracker™-Gift-Installation Dept.
" To connect my computer we'll use these
10 meters of Optical cable. " - HamsterTracker™-Geek Dept.
" Note the (red) audio light comming from the Dream Machine ! " - HamsterTracker™-Gift-Installation Dept.
" A bit blurry photo,
but it does show the laser-light from the Dream Machine's Audio card
more clearly ... " - HamsterTracker™-Gift-Installation Dept.
" After using four screws (without using powertools),
I finally got the back speakers installed ... " - Mathijs
I couldn't wait to demonstrate it to Lucy:
" Let's see, you say you've FINALLY got it installed now ? " - Lucy
" Front is working ... as usual ... " - Lucy
" WOW now there is sound from the BACK Dude, that's awesome !
Now, let's finally watch 'Pinky and the Brain' : " - Lucy
Love this show too, Lucy !
I was planning to do a much needed update on Lucy's statistics,
untill Lucy came up with this neat trick:
" I can magically change this leather paper carry-ing thing,
into your favorite magazine, Dude !
Just let me check your sleeve...
that's appropriate under these circumstances, you know ... mKay ? " - Lucy
" Not yet, Dude ... I am still preparin' mentally ... " - Lucy
2... 3... 4... ... 8 minutes later:
" Whenever you are ready, Dude ! " - Lucy
" Mr. Wonka, please help me here ...
Please let us have Make: Magazine be t-here ! " - Lucy
" WOW Dude, this is their latest issue !
I didn't know I could do that ... Thank you Mr. Wonka !
This startles me, Dude ...
Anyway, let's have some Pine-Seeds while you read it to me ... " - Lucy
Great Idea Lucy !
Donated by Sophie (see may 27, day 334 below), I gave Lucy some of her
new 'Nibble Potpourri':
" Is this ALSO from Sophie ? " - Lucy
" You, let go now Dude,
or I'll use some drastic measures ...
YES, I AM pointin' at YOU, Dude !!! ;-) " - Lucy
" FFFFou afffked for it ! " - Lucy
" Told you, didn't I, Dude ? " - Lucy
" This is insanely very nice, Dude !
Please thank Sophie for me, 'cause I'm a bit busy ! " - Lucy
Again, you've earned your HamsterTracker™-Shouts, Sophie!
Lucy's cage was getting a bit smelly,
time for some serious cleaning up:
" I've added a 'twist' for Lucy.
As well as a Mc. Green (these are both new to Lucy) " - Mathijs
" Main Cage - Clean, toilet & all ! " - HamsterTracker™-Cleaning Dept.
" Fresh wood-shavings and Lucy's Herb 'n' Hide ... " - HamsterTracker™-Cleaning Dept.
" Here it's all installed again ! " - Mathijs
Meanwhile Lucy has been waiting
" It's been 9 minutes now; Let me out, Dude ! " - Lucy
" Can't wait to see what pillow treat I've got ... " - Lucy
" A Vitakraft Raviolos AND a Happy Teddy ! " - Mathijs
HamsterTracker™-Regulars do know Sandra,
She not only borrowed her camera for HamsterTracker™ to experiment with,
Sandra also started the Extreme HamsterTrackin' concept.
For my Birthday, Sandra did some Extreme HamsterTrackin'
all the way in Scotland:
" Lucy posing for the Rockness festival (next satur-/sun-day, june 7th - 8th 2008)
Photograph made in Inverness, Scotland " - Sandra
" This Extreme HamsterTrackin' entry comes from Portree (Skye), Scotland. " - Sandra
I also got this following, wonderfull,
book Adventure according to Humphrey
for my birthday last friday...
" The book is written in a very funny way;
viewing the world from the eyes of Humphrey,
hamster of room 26 of Longfellow school.
Also check out Hamster Humphrey's site, FunWithHumphrey.com,
it's great for kids (and Dudes like me! :-) " - Mathijs
Yes, I DID eat a few of Lucy's Hazelnuts while reading ...
Again HamsterTracker™-Shouts to Sandra !
Again a new Extreme HamsterTracked country submitted by you !!!
Global Extreme HamsterTrackin'.
Download your FREE Do It Yourself Extreme HamsterTrackin' kit and submit your entry, TODAY!