Thank you for all your emails, Guestbook reactions as well as all the support! To take away all concerns: I AM VERY HEALTHY.
I did suffer an (nasty) pneumonia!
It was when I was (slowly) starting to recover (intense fever went down), when Lucy4.0 died...
" This is not quite the real thing !!! " - Mathijs
Fortunatly I fully recovered! While at work I was working on a very exciting project (taking up quite a lot of my spare time)... I had a strict deadline...
Which I've (fortunately as well as) succesfully met!!! I can't share much more information right now other than that is has got to do with (for me) new technologies and stuff.
I will share more details in the future (for the interested). Also I hope to apply these awesome technologies to HamsterTracker.com. Not making promisses on the short term, because something BIGGER is coming.
" I even got some 'encouragement' cards (Thank You, BTW! :-) " - Mathijs
Here's the good stuff:
I've made arrangements with the "Pets Place" store (where I got Lucy4.0) about two weeks ago:
" This picture was shot on the day I picked up Lucy4.0. "
They're going to call me, the day before... they expect a new batch of hamsters!!! This way I can pick up Lucy5.0 the same day!!!
Pretty cool isn't it? The hard thing is waiting... Now being holiday season in the Netherlands, I unfortunately can't predict when.
"Hope to announce 'her cute little fluffieness' soon! " - Mathijs
This has been my longest offline break ever! The time was/is used to tackle some interesting personal/business related issues and projects.
At work I've been working on a very interesting project which does take up quite some of my spare time. A good investment I suppose the technology (amoungst other things) learned can be applied to HamsterTracker™ in the future.
I've also experienced some health issues, which I am fortunate to assign as being in the past, fortunately!
I DO MISS A HAMSTER, though... I've been photographing a little (due to all described above).
Allow me to share:
" Everything is gettin' ready for Lucy5.0 !!! " - Mathijs
" Treats are there for Lucy5.0 !!! " - Mathijs
" Although I have been shooting some photographs,
which was fun,
although it's nothing like photographing your hamster " - Mathijs
" Although it's fun to photograph a Fruit-Fly,
It's still feels very (hamster-) empty... " - Mathijs
So I've been trying to take my mind off,
by doing little projects, like the following;
(more) Wild Life in and around
the HamsterTracker™-Head Quarters:
" Found inside the HamsterTracker™-Office;
after this photograph,
it bugged me quite a while... ;-) " - Mathijs
" This fly I found outside,
in the 'General Green Stuff Area'...
Pretty cool the detail it exposes.
Pretty hard to photograph too, with movement of the wind... " - Mathijs
" Your humble Bumble Bee!
This is the most in focus photograph of the ten I made;
they NEVER sit still for long ... " - Mathijs
I will adopt Lucy 5.0 soon!
Unfortunately I can't really tell when.
I am working on it; hoping to welcome Lucy5.0 within a couple of weeks, soon!
I know there are some regular visitors that do not really like it when I post Lucys latest statistical graphs.
Please keep in mind that this was the primary intention in starting HamsterTracker.com...
I was lagging a bit behind in entering Lucys Statistical data in a spreadsheet. This on average took me an hour to enter a months worth of data (with the additional checks etc.).
The last time I posted Lucys graphs was 8 months ago! 8 times 1 hour = 8 hours of entry work ahead. I then decided on writing some software to collect (and check) this data automatically.
After only two hours of coding, I got 8 months of data. One hour of checking and tweaking later; the graphs where set to go.
Saving me 8 - (2 + 1) = 8 - 3 = 5 hours of work!
It then took another three and a half hours of generating all graphs (of Lucy4.0, Lucy3.0 and Lucy2.0 the same size. I probably blew the software development budget to the max, by allowing you to switch the graph thereby making easy comparison by hamster.
We probably all have experienced weeks like these:
" Dude ... We NEED to talk about the state of the Explorer Ball ! " - Lucy
" It's TERRIBLE!!! " - Lucy
I agree, dear Lucy, there's way too much tape on there!
So I bought a new (shiny) one:
" It is a nice one, isn't it ? " - Mathijs
" That's AWESOME, Dude!
Let me in, let me in ... ! " - Lucy
Meanwhile, I was experiencing HamsterTracker™-Hardware troubles myself!
The SSD drive has failed on me (AGAIN) !
Athough this was a replacement since the first one totally died after a year (or so) of service.
The new one is failing on me as well.
After restoring a backup, the system failed again within 24 hours.
Resulting in a gazillion 'lost chains' errors upon boot; finally failing to boot at all.
Using the webcam page I could see that the system crashed at 02:14:00 (something).
So I installed a spare Harddisk and restored the last backup.
Although the system is much noisier as well as increased energy consumption,
it IS running stable now for 48 hours! It even survived a reboot without 'lost chains' errors !
" An overview of my kludge ... " - Mathijs
" This is the responsible drive that FAILED ! " - Mathijs
" Here's my temporary fix for the new boot drive ... " - Mathijs
" I used to follow Hamster Tracker but when i got a new computer it wasn't in my favorites anymore
and I kinda forgot to....luckily my brother recently sent me "Happy Hamster"
so I decided to make my 2 dwarf hamsters (Woodchip and Lily, theyre siblings)
a 3 course Valentine's day dinner! " - Beth
"I didn't follow the recipes exactly but I mixed and matched and think they had a great dinner! " - Beth
"From left to right:
Appetizer: Cheesy Apple Bites (pretty much straight from the book)
Main Course: Pasta in a Carrot Bowl (Carrot Bowl, pasta, orange pepper, tofu, broccoli)
Remember our free Happy Hamster (exclusively packaged) give a way ???
Here's our first winner:
Ashlee & two of her rats, Harley Quinn and Cassiopeia!
" I live Vancouver, Washington (United States) with my husband and our four rodent babies.
We have rats and I know they love to eat delicious food as much as a hamster does.
I would love to make little delicacies for my rats using Mathijs's book.
" - Ashlee
Lucy got all enthousiastic:
" That's awesome Ash! " - Lucy
" Your hamsters look different ... " - Lucy
That's because they're rats, Lucy!
" Ahh, now I see!
Great goin' Ashlee, Haley Quinn & Cassiopeia ! " - Lucy
Congratulations, the book is (as you already know,) on your way...
During the Holiday Season, Lucy and I have been Loungin' it to tha Max!
Doing pretty much to nothin', while enjoying eachothers company,
as well as eating well.
Therefore it's time to set Lucy to (physical-) work:
" As soon as Lucy attempted to grab this wallnut piece,
I slowely moved it up... while shooting photographs,
giving Lucy a true workout along the way... " - Mathijs
" I GOT IT, Dude ... !!! " - Lucy
" Stop it Dude !
I told you I got it... " - Lucy
" I am bracing myself Dude; you will let go ! (right?) " - Lucy
Of course Lucy, I thought you needed a nice strech ...
( I vaguely replied )
" Phhhhhh-ine-a-ly ! " - Lucy
" Getting back down safely is an underestimated art! " - Lucy
[ Technical detail: This photoshoot took only 40 seconds (from 8:57:21PM to 8:58:01PM) to shoot! ]
Blogging it, took a bit longer :)
This was the last post of 2010!
See you again in 2011!