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    Flattery...  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon June 16 2003 at 3:09 AM
    wow. I feel very flattered. It had been awhile since I'd checked any of my friends' webpages (hey, give me a break, I've been extremely busy), so I didn't realize that Erin had started writing quite a bit. If I remember right, she's also actually set up a webpage, but I don't remember what the URL is. Shame on me, bad Jo-Pete (Erin, please forgive me and send me the URL so I can update my page with it). Of course, since I don't remember the URL, I don't know exactly what she's done with her webpage lately. In an effort to find her adress, I checked out Eric's page. He has a list of links he terms the "Hall of Fame" (as opposed to the the Hall of Shame, which is more entertaining). I figured that since he and Erin are friends, he might have her link posted there.

    Well, unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down Erin's URL, but I did find something rather interesting on his site... on his links page, he states (I'm gonna quote this directly now):
    "Jo-Pete - A friend of mine @ BYU. His website is titled 'Jo-Pete's Messed up mind. He does a good job with his writings and has some super sweet code underneath a lot of what he does. Check it out! Let me emphasize that:
    !Check It Out! JoPete's Messed Up Mind !Check It Out!"

    WOAH! Dude... extreme flattery in a very big way. I'm seriously blushing on this end. Now... if only I could get my website to show up on google. (BTW, just checked it again, and now I have a couple CS labs showing up on google... probably because I posted them on the BYU server...).

    Of course, with such high praise, I feel a bit of pressure. I mean, if everybody was reading this site out of a twisted, misguided sense of duty, then I wouldn't really need to perform on it. On the other hand, if I have people who are actively reading it, and are interested to see what comes next... well... geeze. Such responsibility.

    Google  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon June 16 2003 at 3:32 AM
    You can find the weirdest stuff on Google. periodically, I like to check to see if I can find myself in a search- mostly to know if anybody else could find me. First of all, if you just search for "Jo-Pete", you get a lot of "Jo & Pete" hits... a couple hundred, by my nearest estimation. If you make it more specific and search for "Jo-Pete Nelson," I pop up a few times. Each of the dance competitions I participated in comes back with a positive match. There's an email I wrote about 5 years ago that got posted on "Keith's Tuba webpage." There's a math problem-of-the-week website that I entered once in elementary school. Sometimes I can find a couple java programs that I posted on the CS server last semester. The Arizona All-State festival has a webpage with my name on it. The surprising hit, however, was a personal page dedicated to MCJROTC. Somebody neglected to tell me that I was the adjutant for Tuba City High School's MCJROTC.

    Adjutant? I had to look it up at to even figure out what that meant. I did a little further research into the source of the webpage and discovered that it had been created the summer before I moved to Flagstaff. Apparently, I had been selected to be the adjutant ("A staff officer who helps a commanding officer with administrative affairs") before anybody realized that I was moving. It's good to know, however, that I will forever be remembered on the internet as the adjutant for TCHS MCJROTC. Ooh-rah Marine Corps.

    this note should be obvious, but I will make it nonetheless. The background image here is a trademark of, and was in no way created by Jo-Pete Nelson. The only reason I used it is because it has become a household trademark, and it has the TM on the picture.

    up in smoke  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon June 16 2003 at 10:06 PM
    I left the house at about 3 or 4 in the afternoon to go run errands, and when I looked to the west, the sky was brown. For some reason the first thing that popped in my head was that there must be a dust storm blowing in, but then I realized that wind didn't kick up that much dust here in Flagstaff. Then I realized that it wasn't dust... it was smoke.

    Warning signals flashed through my mind. The hill that the smoke was rising over is a veritable tinderbox. The forest was recently ravished by a very destructive bark beetle, and between that and the drought conditions in the southwest, half the hill is brown instead of green. It's a very sad sight, seeing all those dead brown pine trees. At any rate, if it were to catch fire, then there would be a very big problem; with a little bit of wind, it would very probably tear through the forest like lightening. Last summer's fire down by Showlow burned almost half a million acres and if I remember correctly it moved at about 60 mph at certain points. Needless to say, I don't want one of those beasts burning behind my house.

    Imagine my relief when I watched the news and found out that it was actually a prescribed burn quite a ways away. It still, however, is a big concern that the tree huggers won't let anybody cut down the dead trees. It's all fine with me to keep as many trees as possible as long as it doesn't mean my house is about to burn down for the sake of a few dead trees. It's all of our prayers that the whole area doesn't go up in smoke.