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Monday,  01/03/11  10:01 PM

If you've blogged for eight years, you've accumulated some stats, and I have, and I have. 

Yes it was January 1, 2003 that I made my first post, and I've made 2,337 since.  (You can see all these stats and links to *all* my posts in the archive; I still think this is the best way to present an archive, but it has not been copied as far as I know :)  Last year was a bit down for me, just 325 posts, compared to 539 in 2009.  But many of them were summaries with many sub-entries, so I don't think I'm slowing down.  It remains as fun as ever, especially the aspect of laying down a personal history; I love going back to see what was on my mind a year ago or five years ago.

What is especially gratifying is the steady increase in overall traffic.  On a typical day I get about 2,500 page views, of which about half are from RSS feeds.  These generate about 20,000 hits, about two thirds of which are images (depending on the number of pictures on my home page at any moment).  I get about 400 referrals per day - links from other sites - and about 300 links from search results.  My most popular post is *still* The Tyranny of Email, even though it is eight years old; second is IQ and Populations, and third is The Two Switches.  When people visit my blog they get "cookied", and so I can tell whether visitors are new.  This lets me count "new visitors", and they too are steadily increasing.  If you are reading this, it might be your first time here :) 

So - welcome!  thank you for visiting, and onward into the next eight years!



back to normal

Monday,  01/03/11  10:45 PM

The new year is officially under way, it is Monday and we're back to work and I'm back to normal.  Or what passes for normal with me, anyway.  It was fun picking up all the projects that sort of got sidelined during December, and getting energized about the work ahead.  There are vestiges of the Holidays left - many of my neighbors are still showing Christmas lights, and there are still bowl games being played! - but it feels like the world is moving on.  So be it.  Let's make a filter pass, shall we?

Orange Bowl - Stanford over VA TechStanford sure looked dominant tonight defeating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, didn't they?  Those Hokie orange helmets looked cool but the Cardinal looked better.  Would have been great to see them blow away Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl but this was good too.  The first half was close and interesting, but it felt like Stanford was the better team playing worse.  Then they blew it wide open in the second half.  Can't wait for the Oregon - Auburn shootout but we have to, it isn't until next Monday...

Snooth: the Year in Pictures (Erie Cellars)If you like wine you'll like Snooth, a sort of social network for wine lovers, and a good resource for finding interesting new wines.  They've posted The Year in Pictures, featuring some great vineyard shots.  Check 'em out!

Good news from the WSJ: M&A, IPOs Finish 2010 With A Pop For Venture Investors.  Yay, the VCs need liquidity.  (And so do I!)  Meanwhile TechCrunch is less sanguine: IPO Hype Boils for 2011.

Dave Barry mixes humor with truth: 2010 may be the worst year ever.  I must say I was rooting for Obama but his team failed miserably, and the Republican midterm avalanche was the result.  Even ardent Republicans can't be happy about the wild spending, lack of progress on jobs, deterioration of foreign relations, and weird healthcare [insurance] reform.

Niklas Zennstrom's RAN in the Sydney Hobart raceI loved this picture of Niklas "Skype" Zennstrom's RAN racing in the Sydney Hobart race.  Wow.  Makes being successful worth it, doesn't it?

the iSPEC - future of iDevices from Tron Legacy director Joseph KosinskiWhat will the iDevice of the future look like?  Maybe this: the iSPEC, from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski back in 2003.  Excellent.

Apparently Facebook users uploaded 750M pictures over New Year's.  Were you one of them?  Well, you weren't alone.  Yeah I did it too :)  this just confirms for me that connectivity is the most important feature for a camera, and this is why cellphone cameras are going to take over.  They might not have the picture quality - although they'll keep getting better - but there will be a tipping point where they're "good enough".  We might be there already.

This is incredible: How a guy found four new planets without a telescope.  Just by analyzing reported data captured over decades, and looking for anomalies.

the Bermuda Triangle of productivitySomething to ponder for 2011: the Bermuda Triangle of productivity.  For me it would be RSS+blogging rather than Twitter, however... 

Cheers and enjoy the new year!


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may I take your order?
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how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
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Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
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world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
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where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained