Internet Abuse, I’m Being ‘Hit’ Over and Over

As with all things our lives are a series of ups and downs. In this case, in the life of this website, we have seen extreme ‘ups’, that of a very high number of ‘hits‘, or people/things visiting sklapsky.ca. It’s tantamount to Internet abuse.

I mentioned this in the last post, the hits are not necessarily visits by people. They are in fact ‘hits’ by other computers or software that searches the internet called ‘bots‘ or web crawlers. It has come to my attention that this is an issue I need to resolve. I’m told this by my internet host, the company that allows me to show sklapsky.ca to you. The ‘hits’ have reached the point where they are impacting the operation of the host, causing a disproportionate use of resources by sklapsky.ca over that of other users.

This is something I’ve been working on for a while, the internet host (HostPapa) called me about 2-3 weeks ago with offers to sell me additional products to allegedly help me with this problem. This/that is not something that’s in the cards for me. I’d prefer to spend some of my (limited) time in resolving it rather than the cash I don’t have.

I tell you this for two reasons. One, if this website goes down (disappears) that may be the reason why. Two, I don’t post enough here and to maintain any presence at all the frequency of writing needs to significantly improve. This may happen as a matter of course, the summer is apparently over and there will likely be more genealogical ‘stuff’ taking place and with it an increase in an internet presence. Let’s see what time holds for us, shall we.

Bottom line I’m still here, I hope you are too. Take care, and as Spock said “Live long and prosper”.

Lott Family Sites

Here’s a couple links to sites with info on the Lott family. While at the time of writing this I haven’t found the connection to Albena Novak I think this info may have some benefit in the future.

Yuma County, Colorado, Photographs
http://www.cogenweb.com/yuma/photos/pioneer/Lansing/Lott.htm

Friends of the Lott House
http://www.lotthouse.org/

Ongoing Issues

For those that follow this site you have likely seen some inconsistencies in its layout and display. I continue to have issues, mostly of my own making, and I haven’t spent the time required to ‘keep it up to snuff’.

One of the problems you may have encountered is the inability to log in. Hopefully that’s resolved. If you do run into any problems, or have any questions, please let me know.

Dwayne

Change, More Than A Move. Who We Were Has Gone.

Change is underway, and it’s due to more than a move. It’s a new, and different, life. So many things we’ve taken for granted will no longer be part of our lives.

I guess you could say that the move is the impetus for this change, and you wouldn’t be far off, however it’s more than that. It’s the way we think, it’s the change in our priorities at this stage of our lives. It’s simply who we are, and who we are becoming. Who we were has gone.

Likely very few of you know that we were even considering moving away from our home town of approximately 55 years. It’s something we’ve been talking about for a number of years but has never reached critical mass until just recently. And critical mass it did reach.

We were making plans to list our home and had talked about the issues and potential issues around that plan. When should we list, how much should we ask, what about timing for the listing? Maureen’s questions were around her job, whether to retire or quit and then return to work in our new home town. Then of course where to we look to purchase once we relocate? We have already determined Kelowna will be the destination but what in what area there will we try to set up shop?

Much of this was pre decided for us however. Prior to even listing our house we had a potential buyer through word of mouth. That meeting has become an accepted offer, with a possible transfer of ownership and possession as early as mid-April. Wow! Wow, that was fast.

This has, of course, forced our hands in a few areas. Our planned/expected move that was to take place June/July has now advanced 2 months. All factors that hinged on that will now also have to change.

Personally …… I believe I’m ok with all of this, the move and all the changes around it. I think Maureen is as well, although a little more tenuously perhaps. These changes are certainly more significant for her, she is forced to undergo more changes at one time than I am.

I have made my peace with the change. I tell myself that anyway, and in my gut I feel it. For whatever reason(s) I am ready. Perhaps it’s because everywhere I look I see change. I see changes in people, in my friends and acquaintances, both in who they are and how they are (relative to my wants/needs). There are changes in my town, my neighbourhood, my circles of living. My wants and goals have changed regarding my home and the property it’s on. How I want to spend my life has changed, and is changing constantly.

All this is good. All this is normal. We look upon it as another adventure. It’s an adventure we will go on together. It’s the future, move forward and don’t look to the past. Looking at the past is like looking at the wake from a boat your travelling in. It’s what was, there is no changing it. Look forward to where you’re steering the boat, that’s what is important.

Update: Genealogy, DNA, Web issues

Some time has passed and I have a few things to offer, some snippets of interest or just plain updates:

Website changes

You may have noticed this site has changed looks over the last month or so, if you’ve been visiting. I’m trying to find “the look” I want. It’s still a work in progress but hey, that’s part of the fun.

DNA testing

On a whim I signed up for the Ancestry.com DNA exam. There were no rubber gloves involved, just a small vial of saliva to be sent back to their labs for analysis. I received the results the other day. Most interesting!

Much to my surprise (and I’m not sure why I’m surprised) but the results show my genetic make-up to be predominantly Scandinavian, 52% in fact. Being that my maternal grandfather was born and bred in Norway I guess that should come as no surprise however it did give me cause to think. As I’ve been somewhat predisposed to focus my family/genealogical search on the Sklapsky name and history, Bohemian or middle/western European, it is only a small (very small) part of my genetic make-up. No cause or reason to change direction from my current search direction, just a gentle prod that there are other family roots to take into consideration. As with all family structures we are all made up of the sum of our maternal and paternal ancestors genes.

Other percentages are

  • 19% Ireland
  • 17% Europe West
  • 4 Other regions – this includes:
    • Iberian Peninsula 6%
    • Great Britain 4%
    • Europe East 1%
    • Italy/Greece < 1%

So the real surprise for me, other than 52% Scandinavian, is the 19% Irish. Might explain why I always wanted to visit Ireland. There may be some subliminal draw there, a calling to my roots shall we say. They like beer, I like beer. They like Irish whiskey, I like Irish whiskey. Heck, I even married an Irish lass.

Apologies

An apology is in order. There have been a number of folk that have tried to sign up or enroll to gain access to private areas of this site. I didn’t realize that until today when I began looking at the “users” of the site and saw there were a number that hadn’t been approved. As of today you should be good to go. If I’ve deleted any applicants by mistake I apologize, please don’t hesitate to try again. If you prefer you can contact me directly and I’ll hook you up right away.

Website Family Tree (TNG)

The TNG Family Tree, found here on this site, and reached by using the ‘Family Tree’ menu item, is still enabling me to ‘learn’. For whatever reason my current challenge is getting family members photos to display, attached or linked to their appropriate person. The family members seem to be all in order, just displaying their photos is the issue. If you’d like access to the Ancestry tree, with photos, please let me know.

 

Names, Names, and More Names

I think I mentioned earlier that I made contact with a fellow researching the Novak line, how he passed on to me a great deal of research on that side of the family.

Well, I ‘bumped’ into him again the other day, this time regarding a photo of Mary Shebester. The Shebester name is another one of the names that keeps popping up in the research. In this case more than one Shebester married Novaks.

So the plot thickens.

Unfortunately I’m still no closer to finding that link ‘over the pond’, and in fact am considering whether to pass that onto a professional, someone who has skills in that area. Certainly that’s not me, at least not at this point.

Other names that are becoming more prominent are the Taurs and Thomashack (and various spellings). I look forward to seeing where they take me.

Important Family History – ARVC

The type of family history I’d like to comment on here now is one that in many ways I’d care not to re-visit, however to not bring it up or make it more broadly known would be negligent and irresponsible. I’d also like it to be clear this is not a means of attention seeking, in fact comments of condolences (while truly appreciated) are not required here. This post is meant to be proactive, for information and foreknowledge only.

On Jan.18 2000 at the age of 17 our son Shawn passed away, while in school, during his Drama class. In some ways he may have seen some irony there, that was just the kind of humour he could relate to,  but the truth of it is there was nothing really funny or comical about it. The facts are that he collapsed, numerous heroic attempts at resuscitation failed, and many people’s lives changed significantly and forever.

Rumours began to circulate as to the cause of his death, as one might imagine. As a parent this was hard to hear, hard to believe that the negative and dark side of human nature could be seen so rapidly. Hard to believe that this was how people, strangers, choose to categorize this painful event.

The truth, as it came out later, was that the cause of death was Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a congenital heart defect. Where and why were some of the questions that we pondered, where did this gene come from and why did it affect us, why did it show up in our family. To quote an article from “Cardiac Risk in the Young” (http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/arvc/):

The pattern of inheritance is known as ‘autosomal dominant with variable penetrance’ meaning the child of an affected parent will have 50% chance of inheriting the abnormal gene, but will not then necessarily go on to have the condition.

Essentially the ‘bad’ gene was inherited somewhere along our genetic lines, from which side of our family we do not know. We contacted as many of our family as we could, to inform them and to be proactive. Many were tested however none were identified as having the gene and no further situations occurred.

In short I would again remind you this blog and short history is meant to be proactive. If you know someone in our extended family you think may benefit from this information please share. I’d be happy to chat with anyone who has questions.

More information can be found at either of the sites below, or just by Googling ARVC:

Wikipedia

Genetics Home Reference

The ‘New’ Sklapsky Family Tree

Eureka, I’ve found a solution (I hope) to an issue that’s bugged me for a while, that of displaying our family tree on-line.

Up until now displaying the family tree in the ‘Ancestors’ or ‘Descendants’ format eluded me. Giving access to my web based Ancestry Family Tree was problematic and the current method of showing it is cludgy.

The other day I came across a program that allows me to import and display my current Ancestry Family tree on the sklapsky.ca website. It’s not without it’s own issues, and I’m still learning how to do some things, but already it’s head and shoulders above what I’ve been able to do up to now.

Please go to “The Sklapsky Family Tree” , or use the link in the top menu bar, and check it out. Keep in mind it’s still a work in progress but at least now we have more photos and the format seems easier to follow.