Monday, June 7, 2004

Another Billboard Song
01:25 UTC

Laura Lockhart of Tacoma, Washington, sent us yet another variation on The Billboard Song (you will find it at the bottom of the page).

New Calculator Online
03:50 UTC

You can now use our online tool to Calculate the Diameter of a Circle, from Its Area.

Friday, June 11, 2004

The Real Ooker
19:55 UTC
Modified June 23, 2004 at 06:00 UTC
Category: Leftovers

Today I received a response to my Ooker post from Douglas “ooker” Veleber of Burlington, Connecticut, USA. With his permission, I am passing it on to you (post has been updated to include the entire thread of messages):


(6/11/2004 2:15:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time)

You ask, “What’s an ooker”? Well it’s me of course. That’s been my nickname as long as I can remember. Now there are many definitions of an ooker. It can be used as a noun, an adjective, or a verb. It simply means, to “ook”, is to be selfish, to have all to ones self. I’ll use it in a sentence… Why do you always have to ook the TV, let someone else watch it for a while. Quit being such an ooker! :-) Well, I hope this clears things up a little. It’s mine… all mine… www.ooker.com


My reply (6/11/2004 3:31:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time)

This is very cool and certainly noteworthy. My all means I will post this for our visitors’ enjoyment.

By the way, your page (www.ooker.com) doesn’t show up on a Google search (at least not in the first few pages), possibly because it doesn’t say “ooker” on the page. If it had shown up, I would likely have contacted you before making my original post.

I hope this doesn’t mean you’re going to “ook” the expression itself! Perhaps I can share it with you—as far as the website is concerned.

Charlie Petitt
Webmaster, The Oo Kingdom


(6/11/2004 3:46:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time)

Hi Charlie,

You put a smile on my face! That’s so funny… Oh no, I’m not gonna ook the expression, it’s public domain. :-) But, I made sure ooker.com was mine. That’s good to know on the Google thing… I was wondering why it didn’t come up either. Thanks for the info!

Cheers!
Douglas

(Later I noticed that Douglas added a link labeled “www.ooker.com” to his home page. Now his page appears at the very top of Google search results for “ooker”.)


(6/11/2004 7:29:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time)

Hi Charlie,

It’s me again, the “real ooker”. I really didn’t get a chance to look at your website this afternoon. But when I got home from work I decided to take a closer look. I’m impressed… your site is well done. I guess there’s a reason things happen the way they do… I approve of your posting! It made me laugh so hard. Not only do I approve of your site, but your message of faith. I too, believe those things… and I just wanted to say “God Bless You”. :-)

Warmest Regards,
Douglas “ooker” Veleber

Monday, June 28, 2004

Joe Gone to Michigan
17:10 UTC
Category: Joe

Joe has gone with the church youth group to Adrian, Michigan, for the CIY (Christ in Youth) conference which lasts from today through Friday, July 2. Hopefully it will be a fun and enriching time for all. He should be home on Saturday.

New Label, Same Great Face
17:45 UTC
Category: Charlie

A couple of weeks ago I got the crazy idea to begin spelling my name “Charlie” with a “K” just to be different. Quite a few people spell “C” names with a “K”—Carl, Cathy, even Carol—but not Charlie, because with the “h” in there, it kinda throws people off. I searched the Internet to see if anyone else had ever done the “K” thing with my name (it was easy, duh, just search for “Kharlie”).

Only a few dozen pages turned up in my search, and many of them were duplicates. Several pages pertained to guys named Charlie who had “kharlie” listed as a keyword at the bottom of the page as a possible misspelling. Hmmmm…

On some other pages, “Kharlie” appeared as a girl’s name; it was an alternate spelling of Carly. Then there was a horse named “Kharlie Princess”—probably the same thing. Several more pages used the name but left the gender unclear.

Aha! I finally found a directory of ventriloquists that used the name Kharlie for a male dummy. Just to be sure of the pronunciation, I emailed the guy. Sure enough, it was simply “Charlie” spelled with a “K” (the full name is Kharlie Kukamonga; the children love him). I also found a blog page which gave the name of a six-year-old boy as Kharlie. Since all of the children’s names in the post began with “K” (including Karole, Kym and Khris), one could expect that this Kharlie is also an alternate spelling of “Charlie”.

Charlie's face

Anyway, I have decided to try this new spelling myself. It’s fairly simple to do on this website, thanks to PHP. Change one document, and it goes for every page on the site! And since my real name is Charles, not Charlie, I don’t need to legally change my name, or anything like that.

How did I keep some instances of “Charlie” from being automatically changed to Kharlie? Simple: I used the proper HTML entity code for the capital C, so the script won’t find it and change it.

If I should decide in a few weeks or months that this new, krazy spelling isn’t for me, it will be a simple matter to reverse the process. I’ve even used the proper HTML entity code for the capital K in Kharlie, in this post—just in case.

NOTE: Since this post was written, the entity codes have been replaced by the actual letters, and the PHP swapping codes have been removed.