The Recovery Process – Keeping an Active Dog Inactive

First article, read Treating a Torn/Ruptured Cranial Crucial Ligament (CCL) in Dogs (ACL)

So the first night home following her surgery was a nightmare. Roxy cried all night, and none of the medication that they gave us seemed to help.

I would have guessed that she would have been off in La-La-Land with all the meds that she was ramped up on (Meloxicam, Tramadol, Cephalexin, Acepromazine), but she seemed to be absolutely miserable. We’re still not sure if she was crying from being in pain, or crying because we had to keep her in a cage. My gut feeling is that it was the latter of the two because we’ve never really had to confine her.

Thankfully, after crying through the entire night and only 2 hours of sleep for me, she turned off the waterworks and we haven’t heard a peep from her since – 2 days later now. The most difficult part is (and will continue to be) limiting her activity to zero. The only time she can come out of her cage is a couple times a day (on a leash) when we take her out to the bathroom.

Domain Hacks – Domain Names That Say Something

I’m seeing it more and more – in fact, I see it everyday thanks to my blog – domain names that actually spell something. It’s referred to as a domain hack – creating an unconventional domain name that combines domain labels, especially the top-level domain (TLD), to spell out the full “name” or title of the domain.

For example, my site makes use of the top-level domain (TLD) “us“, second-level domain (SLD) “nconspicuo” and third-level domain (no clever acronym) “i“. Domain hacks can make otherwise useless domains have a purpose – who has ever heard of “nconspicuo”? If you like it, I’m sure you could still go register 😉

The first domain hack ever was apperently recorded on Monday, November 23, 1992, when was registered (unverified). Since that time, many many more have popped up and probably the most popular or recognizable is

Some other notable domain hacks:

I’m sure that there are many more out there, I just don’t have the patience to look… that’s what you guys are for! Comment with some cool domain hacks that you’ve seen.

Extreme Zoom Close-Ups in Google Maps

So I just read this article about how some areas on the Google map have extremely hi-res images, but aren’t offered by default. But guess what… this can be changed by simply changing a value in the URL string.

Wanna see how it works??? Follow these directions:

  1. Go to
  2. Paste these Latitude/Longitude coordinates in: 15.298683 19.429651
  3. Once the map loads, change the view from Map view by clicking on the Satelite button
  4. You should get something that looks like this:
    Google Map Normal View
  5. Now, the URL in the address bar should still read:
  6. Press the “Link to this page” button (or click below) and the URL will change to:
  7. Notice the bold parameter &z=13 – this apparently represents the zoom level, and can be adjusted. 13 is the maximum default zoom that the slider will allow.
  8. Change the &z= parameter to 15, 18, 20, 23, or anything else (keep in mind that the image will not appear if you go beyond the available zoom level)
  9. If you don’t see &t=k anywhere in the URL, just add it to the end – don’t ask me what this does, but it works! Press go!
  10. If you don’t want to do all that, click here to see an extreme satellite closeup of a camel in the African desert.
    Google Map Extreme Closeup

If you have any other amazing pictures you find on Google Maps, post links here. I’m curious to see if Google gets into any privacy problems with this.


After doing a little bit of research, there are apparently a quite a few hi-res areas scattered all over Google Maps. Click here to see more.

Treating a Torn/Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) (Crucial Ligament) in Dogs (ACL)

I noticed that I was receiving a lot of searches for Cranial Crucial Ligament, that’s why it’s in the title. The proper term is Cranial Cruciate Ligament, however I thought I’d try to help out all the people who were searching for Crucial Ligament. Just acting as the Good Samaritan of the internet! Thanks to all the response I’ve gotten, I now have a dedicated site for this topic – visit Dog Knee Ligament Injuries.

So we were out at the beach the other day, and our dog Roxy (a 5 1/2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier) came up limping. She’s had slight hip problems in the past, so we took her home, let her rest and decided to see how she was doing the following day. The following day was the same, rear leg just dangling, unable to put any pressure on it, so we took her into the “Doggie ER”. Side note – if your dog isn’t suffering from a life threatening condition, don’t bother with a Pet Emergency Clinic – you’ll see why. At the ER, they decided to give her X-Rays to see if her ligament was torn – those of you who have ever done ligament damage to yourself probably realize that ligaments cannot be seen in X-Rays, you need an MRI for that! So in addition to X-Rays ($400) our dog had to be sedated, so that the doctor could “aggressively manipulate the joint” to test for instability… can we do this in the first place next time??? Anyways, the conclusion at the ER was that the dog had ruptured her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL, or the doggie ACL) and we were then advised to take our dog to its primary care veterinarian in 1-3 days. We unfortunately didn’t have a primary care vet, but we came across a local clinic that has a specialist fly in once a month to perform CCL surgeries, and it was our lucky day, because the day that we took our dog in, the doctor had another “patient” cancel, so he had one opening and he performed the surgery yesterday, and I picked our dog up today. I’ll follow this article up with updates on the dogs status & treatment, but for the time being, I’ve put together some information below about CCL injuries and surgical repair procedures.

Continue reading here.

Google’s Picasa Web Albums Increases Storage to 1GB

For those of you who are fans of Picasa like I am, you were probably very pleased when they introduced Picasa Web Albums back in the summer of 2006. I had never really jumped onto the Flickr bandwagon, so I was very happy when Google debuted Picasa Web Albums.

Like all Google products, Picasa gradually changes, getting new features and updates, and so has Picasa Web Albums; recently receiving some its most significant changes yet. After chatting with a friend about some needed features/functionality in Picasa through Google Talk, the following features were added the following day… kinda creepy… is Google really monitoring EVERYTHING on the web???

  • The free version of Picasa now gets 1GB of storage (up from the original worthless 250MB). Note that it says 1GB and counting… I’m hopeful that the storage amount will grow like it does in Gmail.
  • Now, search photos from the entire Picasa community. Prior to this, you were only able to search your own photos, and public photos added by your friends.
  • And the final feature (I think… there could be more) is photo comment notification. When users comment on your photos, it sends you a notification email. This is an extremely useful feature, because prior to this, you used to have to browse through all of your pictures in order to see which ones had comments.

New Picasa Features Increased Storage : Now 1GBSearch Picasa community photos,
with the option to make your photos
searchable to the Picasa community.Comment Notification for recent
comments – very useful to see what
people are saying about you!

Picasa new comments email
Picasa New Comments
Email – Click to Enlarge

American Pit Bull Terriers – A Little History

Despite their reputation and all of the bad press that they receive, American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT) are surprisingly very loyal, intelligent, energetic and caring. Contrary to how they’re often portrayed, APBTs make great companions, and they are noted for their outgoing, affectionate, eager-to-please disposition and their fondness for people; they love attention and relish the company of humans. The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. breed statistics as of December 2005 show an 83.5% passing rate for the APBT as compared to an 81.2% overall pass rate for all the different breeds they test, showing that many of these dogs have stable and dependable temperaments.

Always portrayed as an evil, vicious breed, I’d just like to go on record stating: It’s not the dog (or the breed), it’s the owner.

History (taken from Wikipedia)

Originally bred from bull-and-terrier crosses brought to America from England and Ireland in the 1800s, they were popular in emerging cities for the sport of dog fighting. As the country grew, many dogs traveled with settlers to new homesteads where they were sometimes used as working dogs on farms. When bred for fighting, the breeder would look for strength, and gameness: from its bulldog and terrier ancestors it inherited the instincts to never give up and to bite down and never let go. A breeder also knew that a dog like this could be dangerous to people if it was a man-biter, so he would look for the crucial trait of non-agression towards humans. Any fighting dog that showed aggression towards its owner or handler would be culled immediately. This created a line of strong dogs that, while being dog aggressive, would not turn on their owners. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, two clubs were formed for the specific purpose of registering APBTs: the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeder’s Association. After dog fighting was made illegal in the United States, many dog owners wanted to legitimize the breed and distance it from its fighting roots. The name “Staffordshire Terrier” was adopted by some owners and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. Later, the word “American” was added to reduce confusion with its smaller cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Not all breeders, however, agreed with the standard adopted by the AKC, and continued to use the name APBT for their lines. Much confusion still remains in regards to the APBT, the AST, and the SBT.

Once an extremely popular family dog in the United States, the American Pit Bull Terrier’s popularity began to decline in the United States following World War II in favor of other breeds. Though still overwhelmingly kept by families with children in its homeland, it has come under fire in the past thirty years for its association with inner city crime and drugs. Many people of ill-repute mistakenly breed this dog for human aggression. They exploit its awesome willingness to please its master by teaching it to aggressively guard property against humans or leave it to roam the streets. However, this breed of dog does not have natural watch dog tendencies. If not trained to be wary or bark at intruders, they would sooner lick a burglar to death than bite or attack. (The majority of home raised pit bulls only attack if they feel a family member or friend is in grave danger.) They also may be kept for purposes of illegal gambling and dogfighting.

Unfortunately, this breed is also often the most common target of dog abuse in urban areas. Outside of dog fighting and guarding property, the APBTs have been found beaten, starved, burned, mutilated, and mistreated to make them particularly aggressive. After the owner no longer has any use for the dog, the dog is left for dead, turned loose to die, or finds its way into animal control services, where it will most likely have to be destroyed. A large percentage of dogs euthanized in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are pit bull type breeds, despite the fact that in all three cities this particular instance of animal cruelty is a serious felony.

In jurisdictions where breed-specific legislation threatens ownership of American Pit Bull Terriers, owners are often advised by their peers to refer to their Pit Bulls, Pit Bull crosses, or even “pit bull looking” dogs as ‘Staffys’ or ‘Amstaffs’, which may be exempt from such regulations. Purists among American Staffordshire and Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners find this unethical, and resent it, perhaps fearing that the ultimate result of the subterfuge will be restrictions on their breed as well.

In the United Kingdom, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits the sale or breeding of “any dog of the type known as pit bull terrier”. Some jurisdictions in the Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales, and the United States have similar breed-specific legislation, varying from a total ban on ownership to muzzling in public.

The United Kennel Club was founded with an American Pit Bull Terrier. It was also the first registry to recognize them.

Some text and passages were taken from the sources below:

February Web Traffic and Revenue Report

We should start by revisiting my January goal “To double my number of pages per visit from 1.27” – didn’t quite happen… actually, didn’t even come close to happening, but I guess I can’t complain, because the average number of pageviews per visit did increase – from 1.27 to 1.29. At this rate it could take years for me to reach my goal of about 2.5 pages per visit.


On a more positive note, one thing that did increase greatly (just about doubling in both categories) was the total number of visits, and the total number of pageviews. Looking at the chart below, you’ll see that my site visits were 5,055 – up from 2,543 in January; and my pageviews were 6,501 – up from the 3,236 pageviews that I had in January. I’m happy with these numbers, but I’m still hoping to generate more pageviews per visit. Any suggestions? I’ll probably just have to write more content.

February Visits and Pageviews

As you can see in the graph below, the majority of all my traffic still comes from Google – over 67% of all my traffic – though MSN is starting to up the ante – now at 4.25%, up from the measly 2.5% in January. Digg also had a larger chunk of referrals, however I think that most Digg visitors read what they’re looking for, then leave the site, whether they find what they’re looking for or not.

February Visitor Sources (Refering Sites)


How much money did the site generate?

On the month, my revenue saw a significant jump from January. I think that this can largely be attributed to the nearly double pageviews and visitors. Once again, the total number of page impressions tracked by Google Adsense and Google Analytics were different. Adsense counted 5,887 page impressions (6,501 for Analytics). Of the 5,887 pageviews, I recieved 107 clicks (a 1.82% click-thru rate). On the month, I earned $29.34 from Adsense – about $20 more than I saw in January. I think this might partially be due to the quality of ads that are displayed on the site now – with more pageviews & traffic, higher paying ads are more likely to be displayed. So overall, my Adsense revenue in February nearly tripled and I earned nearly $1.05/day.

In addition to Adsense, AdBrite definitely helped me to bring in some additional advertising revenue after I implemented the Leaderboard banner at the end of January, totaling $3.54 for February. I wasn’t expecting too much from the leaderboard banner because its way outside the text area, but I was happy with it bringing in about 10% of my overall revenue.

On the month, the site generated $32.88 – slightly up from previous months, but still below the triple digit numbers that I’m looking to achieve each month prior to the end of 2007 – that’s still my long term goal for this site.

Stay tuned for more!