One Of Our Number

Correction: T’Marcus actually isn’t the person that I thought he was when I wrote this post. I looked through all of my yearbooks and couldn’t find him in high school. I thought I was crazy until I went further back and looked in my middle school yearbooks. I finally found him at HMS but he didn’t follow me to Hopkinsville High. He must have moved to County, instead. It is strange that I remember him after all these years.

Hopkinsville Police are looking for a suspect believed to be the man responsible for a murder on East 17th Street Sunday afternoon.

Lieutenant Michael Felts says police are looking for 28-year old T’Marcus Hall, who is a black male standing about 6-5 and weighing around 280 pounds. Hall allegedly stabbed a woman identified as Autumn Rollins multiple times, with her body found at 208 East 17th, Apartment 2 just after 5pm. Police say Hall is the father of the victim’s child.

Hall is believed to be in a 2006 Dodge Charger with Kentucky tags 060 LLM. Officers believe Bell [sic] has fled the city, but do not know to where. Anyone knowing Hall’s whereabouts should call 911 immediately.


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Human Behavior Changes When Gas Hits Four Dollars


I buy gas every two weeks like clockwork. This week’s experience was very different from any other week. I typically buy gas early on a Saturday morning right after I leave the grocery store. The Kroger gas station I fill up at has 8 pumps available and if there are one or two people already at the pump it’s no big deal. It was very different today, two pumps were broken leaving only six available. Every pump was busy with at least one other person waiting behind them. I tried again that afternoon after lunch with the same result. Every pump was busy… I did eventually fill up at a nearby Shell station that wasn’t quite as busy. When I got up Sunday morning there were already two people waiting at a gas station near my house even though it wasn’t going to open for another 30 minutes!

Does this story mean that every gas pump in Hopkinsville was busy all day yesterday? No. I didn’t visit every gas station to know that but I do know what I feel when gas is difficult to buy. There is just a hint of desperation in the air.




On a cloudy day there is still sunlight!

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Driving Alone 2: Lost in Kantucky

I didn’t misspell the blog title and this post isn’t about the movie starring Macaulay Culkin. “Driving Alone” stars a cranky elderly man lost between two lakes. Watch him struggle to find his way back to I-24! Will he make it out of the Twilight Zone or be LOST IN KANTUCKY FOREVER!

Coming to a Box Office near you.

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Eggner’s Ferry: Everybody Was Running Back And Forth

WKDZ did a great job covering the bridge hit and collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry bridge. Of all the coverage they did I want to highlight one interview. It is a classic that will live forever in the genre of country-fried disaster interviews.

 MP3: Robert Parker Interview – (C) WKDZ Radio

WKDZ: Did you get out of the vehicle after this happened and look down there?

RP: Yes.

WKDZ: Did you yell at anyone on the boat? Did anyone yell at you?

RP: Nuh Uh, everybody was running back and forth.

WKDZ: Did any of them know you were up there?

RP: I don’t know that they did or not.

Everybody was running back and forth, I’ll bet they were!

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Blinking Lights, Blink A Little Slower

The BrakeBlog is running on the Energynet network now. My day off for MLK Jr. Day was a day for considering bandwidth issues related to my websites and moving them to Energynet. My first thought was to mark the current response times as measured through the Google Webmaster tools. Since one of the recurring problems I experienced with Godaddy was slow load times. It would be good information for me to know and it would make a good blog post later.

BrakeBlog Oct 2011 – Jan 2012 (Godaddy)

BrakeBlog download time

Page loadtime High 1086ms – Average 639ms – Low 360ms

Christian Heights UMC (ditto)

CHUMC download time

High 1730ms – Average 1080ms – Low 379ms

The church website loads 440ms slower on average when it is running normally. It will be interesting to see how these numbers change since the BrakeBlog has transitioned to its new home.

Another thing which is much more surprising to me personally is the radical difference in traffic patterns between my personal blog and the church website. The BrakeBlog received 143 (non-unique) visits in December while transferring 709 megabytes of data during the same period. These numbers are reversed on the church though. CHUMC received only 64 (non-unique) visits while transferring 1,810 megabytes in December. 28 megabytes per CHUMC user versus only 5 megabytes per BrakeBlog user. I have to think that the sermons I post online are far more popular than I realized.

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Thanks to Paul Lloyd

Doing this analysis I realize how large both websites are. The church website seems to hit a ceiling at 100 users. I have been disappointed that I haven’t been able to attract more than that. A CHUMC user, however, is much more involved and that counts as much or more than the simple visitor total. After I move both websites away from Godaddy those TX/RX lights on the server won’t be blinking quite as fast as they were.

To all my visitors on the BrakeBlog and Christian Heights, THANK YOU! Stay tuned for the follow-up post when we find out what were the results of this experiment.

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The BrakeBlog is Packing to Move!

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Energynet Datacenter

I have been a GoDaddy customer since 2003. For the vast majority of that time the service from GoDaddy was acceptable though not excellent. I tolerated many of GoDaddy issues because none justified the time necessary to switch. The most recent example happened in September 2011. The website for Christian Heights began loading very slowly and throwing “500 Internal Server” errors. When I emailed Support about this, their best response was to paraphrase; “It’s not our fault! WordPress is slow, you need to optimize your database.”

Our administrators actively monitor the performance of our hosting and balance the load on the servers as needed. However, as your site is hosted within a shared environment, you may experience periods of reduced performance. This can generally be caused by the application interfacing with the database or just to the amount of content the site contains. You can improve performance by optimizing the fields and tables of your database.

They are full of —— er, baloney. I know this primarily because the problem stopped immediately after I contacted them even though Support never admitted to doing anything. I have shopped for alternatives before but never bothered to make a serious move because Godaddy was always the cheapest among the mid-tier registrars. Being cheap always trumped whatever service problems I experienced.

It became a matter of principle when I read that Godaddy was supporting SOPA/PIPA. This time I am strongly motivated to leave Godaddy. I picked Hopkinsville Electric’s Energynet service to be my new web host. Energynet being local is very important. It is the primary reason why I am willing to pay more. I have taken the first step by transferring to Hover. I expect to move and also though not immediately. will operate as a test site while I learn how to migrate both blogs to new installations of WordPress.


Christmas Parade 2011

Here is a selection of photos from the Christmas Parade in Hopkinsville.