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March 14th, 2009  · stk

NewsBrief: [Run Dog Run] Dog terrorizes Hutton House Hens | [Liars Go Live] Lindsay Kenney website goes live | [Reef Her Madness] Tourism Queensland Top 50 Update | [Alaskan Cruise] In the cards for the Kimlers? | [Firehall Field Trip] Alex's kindergarten class stops by.

Run Dog Run

Hutton House Chicken Run - For the past two days, some dog has been terrorizing our 7 chickens!

Rachel spotted a dog, out the living room window, by chance.

"There's some dog running down our driveway," she said.

"So?" said Scott, with his usual interest in odd animal behavior.

"So ... he's running toward the chicken coop!" said Rachel, excitement building in her voice.

Afraid that the dog might scare a bird to fly out of the fenced-in run and into "jowls of death", Scott raced outside. The dog was in a fervor, running around the fenced-in chickens, barking at them, which created quite a bit of feathered excitement, from the frightened birds. Scott yelled at the dog, which ran away.

The dog loped off the property, back out the driveway and Scott was relieved that Rachel had spotted it, by happenstance, at the same moment it spied "the girls".

Relief turned to frustration the following day, when Scott again spotted the dog, running around the chicken run, barking and scaring most of the chickens into the coop. This time, however, when Scott gave chase, he realized that the dog had been pestering the girls for quite some time - it had created a rutted path, all around the fenced-in run.

We don't recognize the dog and don't know where it lives, but it's grown suddenly interested in our chickens and we're not certain what we can do to dissuade it. Our poor chickens are being terrorized and spend most of their day in the chicken coop, afraid to come out.

Because it's the weekend, the regional animal services department is closed and besides, we're not sure what they could do, as they're a good 45 minute drive from where we live.

"It would sure be nice to know where the dog lives," said Rachel, "I'd have a talk with its owner, for sure!"

Scott moved the wireless driveway monitor, which is a heat-sensor, aiming it at the chicken coop. "At least we'll get a signal, the minute he comes back."

Meanwhile ... egg production has tapered a tad, as the girls are fearful of a certain, four-legged menace.

Liars Go Live

Vancouver, B.C. - Scott and Yabba have been working for the Law firm of Lindsay Kenney for a number of months, coding, designing and inventing for their new web design.

"Great News!" said Scott, "It went 'live' last night!"

"The site might bounce around for a bit, till the nameservers are propagated around the web," explained Scott, "and there's a known DNS issue, that LK Law's IT staff need to sort, but you should be able to hit the site at - http://lklaw.ca."

"It's hot!" said Scott, about the new design, look and custom features - including Scott's pure-css technique (Photo-caption Zoom) and custom javascript/PHP coding by Yabba.

Reef Her Madness

Queensland, Australia - Though Scott's bid for the "Island Caretake" ended when he found out that he didn't make the Top 50 cut, he's been having fun following the progress of those that did make the short-list.

He's performed a quantitative analysis of all 50 applicants, posting the results in an interactive table that many are using to see how the applicants rank against each other.

"It was surprising to see how many didn't demonstrate any knowledge or experience about the Great Barrier Reef Islands," said Scott, "Especially as this was one of the 'key points' that Tourism Queensland claimed to be evaluating."

Something smells fishy and it's NOT the reef!

Meanwhile, one of the applicants, a 20-year-old girl from Australia, named Hailey Turner, has embarked on a round-the-world tour, to promote her application.

"It's mad!" said Scott, "But it's also fun and exciting!"

Kinda raises the question - What would you do to land a $150k "Dream Job"? How much time, effort and resources would you be willing to commit?

In more scandalous news, it turns out that one contestant is embroiled in a porn scandal and another received professional help from her countries top TV News station, to make her video (leaves many wondering the quality of her own material, should she be selected "Island Caretaker")

For those readers in Canada, a heads-up: Starting this week, Canada AM will be hosting a different Canadian applicant each morning (there are 7 Canadians in the Top 50). They'll showcase each applicant's video, plus have an interview with each.

Alaskan Cruise

Hutton House - Sources close to Randsco staff have heard rumors that Scott, Rachel and Alex might be planning an Alaskan cruise with Norweigen Cruise Lines, early this summer season. No details have been released, though it was rumored they'd be traveling with friends.

Firehall Field Trip

North Cedar Fire Department - The morning and afternoon kindergarten classes at Woodbank Elementary visited the fire hall last week. Scott was one of 5 firefighters that hosted the youngsters. Alex's class (afternoon) had fun and Alex (as well as her Dad) were excited about the event! The two groups watched a safety video, aimed at teaching kids about fire safety, helped firefighters "suit up" (w/SCBA) and got a chance to fire water from a 1 1/2" nozzle, at a distant target. Fun stuff!

Pictures and more to follow in an upcoming Randsco article.

Alex's Thank You Drawing!

All the kids drew a "Thank You" Card. Alex's was the only one that said "Dad" *big-grin* !

Fire Hall

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  • Alex Takes Her Shot w/Dad!
  • Engine 1 was on Display
  • Alex's Thank You Drawing!
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1.flag John Comment
03/14/09
Re Lawyers Site
The site does bounce a bit.
"Error Code: 403 Forbidden. The server denied the specified Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Contact the server administrator. (12202) "
Adding www sends us to what must have been the previous version of the site.
What I saw of the new site, it sure is a huge improvement.
Did I note that "Search" has been converted to lowercase :)
2.flag stk Comment
03/14/09
Yeah, noticed @ site bounce. Was just switched "on" last night, so it could take up to 72 hours to propagate.

Compounding the issue is the fact that we don't control the DNS Zone data (or nameservers) and since there's a physical location change in the hosting server, it means the news site was never benefitted from testing at the proper base-URL. (We warned them and recommended they deploy differently ... but ... what can you tell laywers? Nada, zippo, zilch!) :p

I'm sure we'll be getting a Monday morning "panties-all-in-a-ruffle" call! :D
3.flag stk Comment
03/14/09
Update: LOL. Guess the panties-in-a-ruffle started already! A lawyer has a trial upcoming on Monday and panicked that email was down (not sure if/why they changed the mail server).

Anyway, the reaction from the IT guy was to flip the nameservers BACK to the old host/site.

LOL ... guess this means it's only gone "semi-live!" :p :roll:
4.flag John Comment
03/16/09
The Lawyer's site is up and running, well done guys.
5.flag stk Comment
03/16/09
Thanks! :D
6.flag Gary Comment
03/17/09
Looks like Alex had a blast Scott. I see you have her in training for the Fire Hall :)

" Alaskan cruise " Very nice, don't forget your camera ;)

Gz