31 March 2008 - 11:28pmOh, April Fool’s Day

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April Fool’s Day was welcomed just 18 minutes ago (EDT) and already there are a wealth of pranks littering teh intarwebs.

First, I present to you the Global Internet Maintenance Organization (GIMO). The GIMO is the organization responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the intertubes and has designated April 1st as its annual “Internet Cleaning Day”. The GIMO’s very own Alexander Gotham sent out a mass emailing just today announcing this to all internet users. For more information, visit their website.

Second, Google released a brand new service today called gDay. Powered by MATE technology, gDay seeks to provide the user with tomorrow’s search results today. Check it out here.

Third, the author’s of XKCD, Questionable Content and Dinosaur Comics have teamed up to present what I find to be the most humorous April Fool’s Day prank I’ve seen. Take a look at their respective websites, keeping in mind which you’re clicking on. I think you’ll find the results quite amusing. Of course, this will probably no longer be valid after April Fool’s Day is over.

Fourth, heeding the requests of the aforementioned Alexander Gotham of the GIMO, P-Dub of pdub.net has brought his site down for spring cleaning.

Fifth, Zach and Ryan officially announced the end of the Clarkson Open Source Institute. All hardware is either being sold or donated with proceeds benefiting the K12 Program and the MCS Department here at Clarkson.

Sixth, I saw this link at the top of my Gmail screen last night, but at that time it didn’t actually go anywhere. This morning, however, it leads to a new feature in Gmail known as Custom Time. Check it out for yourself.

What a funny day. I will probably update this list as I become aware of new pranks, so stay tuned.

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18 March 2008 - 8:03pmHappily Engaged!

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Joelle and I are engaged!! We’re very excited about it and are really looking forward to our wedding on July 11th of next year.

How it went down:

I got home from school on Friday for my spring break. I had been planning for the last few weeks that I would use my week off from school to shop for a ring and plan how I was going to do everything. Joelle’s spring break wasn’t until a week after mine, so I had the week to shop around and such without her being home to find out.

That all changed when Miss Joelle decided she wanted to come home for the weekend a week before her break. I had planned to wait another week but I was so excited about it that I wanted to do it early. So I stayed up for hours on Friday night (the 14th) making this webpage for her. On Saturday morning (the day she was coming home), I went out to do some shopping and found this ring at Ruby and Sons Jewelry.

Later that day, after spending some time at her house, Joelle and I went back to my house and I seized my opportunity. I sat Joelle down at the computer and had her watch the slideshow. At the end, I knealt down beside her and asked her to marry me. Needless to say, she said yes and we spent the next several minutes just hugging each other and looking at how pretty her ring is on her hand.

Watch the slideshow, look at the ring and leave us comments if you want to. We’re excited and we’d love to hear from you if you’re excited too.

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