Look at that fog rollin' in... great pic. Not sure what city that is, but it's kinda cool. I suppose I could tie it in somehow with my current mood, if I was feeling particularly clever... but I'll spare you the attempt.
OK, so I was looking at the built-in stats page for this here blog, and the data is strangely fascinating. Check this out...
I have 5 posts in this blog's history that are over 1,000 specific page views (#2, #3, #4, #5, #6)... that's where people pull up just the post, not the blog itself... and I have one post that has over 2,000... it has 2193 at this moment... and you'll never guess which one it is...
It's a post I made on Feb 22, 2011, and it was called Present Tense For the Tense Present, and I just riffed a while about hanging out at the mall, and weird people I saw, and different stores I wandered into. It was mostly fiction, obviously, because of the absurd nonsense I liberally injected into it... but there doesn't seem to be any logic behind people ending up there in such numbers. I mean, this week alone it had 42 specific, unique visitors. It's just a nonsense post, really.
Well, I dug a bit deeper into the ways people are coming to the site, and actually, I get most of my traffic from Google Image Search. I used a photo in that post of a Husky making a weird face...
... and another photo of a monorail cat...
... and apparently, these two photos bring a ton of people to that particular post. Isn't that odd? So people looking for funny animal pics are my main source of visitors. In fact, the top all-time search keyword that bring people here is the phrase "funny animal pictures"... the rest of the top five include: "twilight humor", "cat taco costume", "bacon flavored ice cream" and the direct URL to this blog. Lol, yep, the phrase "cat taco costume" has brought 168 people to this blog...
If you look at the sites that refer people here, most are Google sites from various countries, and one is Facebook. Beyond that, the only other interesting referral site is Mattson Tomlin's blog, believe it or not. Also in the top ten is a blog called "Confessions of a Compulsive Liar" by a lady named Meg... Here is her link, just so I can return the love I didn't know I was getting, lol... she hasn't updated in about 6 months... not sure why I'm getting so many referrals from her blog - it doesn't seem to get much activity...
Anyway... the month with the most page views all time is March of 2012, with April 2012 (the A-to-Z Challenge) coming in a very close second (5,866 in March, 5830 in April). And other than the US (easily first), the other countries that send the most eyes here are: UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Netherlands and Russia.
So that was interesting to me today... I guess it makes sense that most of my traffic comes from image searches, since I use a bunch of them... and Lord knows, people don't come here for my dry wit, lol.
Video Challenge of the Week:
OK, this week's challenge is... see how many of David Caruso's corny one-liners from the recently-cancelled CSI: Miami you can make it through before pulling your hair out and breaking your mouse... check your score afterwards...
0-1 minutes: Sorry, you're a pansy
1-2 minutes: Weak stomach, loose bowels
2-3 minutes: Not bad, don't be ashamed
3-4 minutes: An honorable breaking point, though you'll still have bad dreams tonight because of this
4-5 minutes: The patience of Job
5-6 minutes: Nerves of steel and a constitution of iron
6 min - end: You're either a die-hard fan or your brain froze. I'll notify the mortician.
So I know you're dying to know what I've been up to lately, as far as gaming. Check this madness out. I bought Diablo 3, installed it on the 16th and haven't played it yet. I finally installed a game I bought last Thanksgiving called Batman: Arkham City, but haven't played it yet. Instead, I've been playing Battlefield 2 a lot, offline since when I attempt to go online with it, it crashes to desktop. I doubt you realize how odd that is, me playing a 7-year old online game "offline" while the most anticipated game of the past decade is on my computer, ignored, and I went to the trouble of downloading and installing a game I got half a year ago, and then promptly avoided it.
Oh, never mind... I better post some funny animal pictures, since that's what everyone wants anyway!
Would that be considered "specism"? Here, lemme grab another one...
So we had an interesting discussion at the Wednesday night prayer meeting at Stan's last week... it is Stan's assertion that people are fundamentally driven by one of three things: emotion, intellect or will. Not that we only have one, but that in each of us, one of them will override the other two and dictate our behavior. It was an interesting discussion, because Stan was one type, I was another and my brother John was the third one, so we all kicked it around a while.
For me, things have to make sense, or I'll drive myself crazy thinking about them (which is odd, for such a fan of absurdism, eh?). I tend to go with the logical choice even if my emotions are screaming for me to do something else... although I have to wonder about my gaming choices, as detailed above (Diablo/Batman/BF2). Nothing logical about that... maybe I'm full of crapola, eh? Maybe a better way to say it is that I prefer to think about stuff rather than actually do stuff... The idea of something being more appealing than the reality, perhaps.
I suppose the will-driven person would decide what he or she was going to do and do it, whether it made sense or produced a desired emotional result or not. And the emotion-driven person would (I assume) float around almost on whim, based on how things were making him/her feel.
Of course, I may not have thought all three types through fully, which is why I'm mentioning it here... do you think those three types of personalities are right? Is there a fourth I don't know about? Are you one of those types? If so, which one? I suppose it ultimately doesn't matter, since regardless of the type of person we are, if we are a Christian, we need to learn to submit to God in our decision making anyway...
Do you think people *really* want to get to where they go to God with every decision? Or is that just something we say because it sounds good? Is it practical at all? OK, if you're a Christian, think about what you're doing right now... did you ask God if you could come read this? What if you did and He said "no", what would you have done? What about what you'll do after you leave here? Do we *really* want to ask God about everything? And more importantly, does He really want us to ask Him about everything? How on earth could one Entity "control" (for lack of a better word) so many zillions of people's every move... or even want to do such a thing?
The whole thing makes my head hurt...
What the Heck Am I Reading?
Yay! I finally found a great book! I've been slogging my way through free book samples and false starts, looking for a good-to-great read, and I found it... it's called The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, and it is really well done. He has such a fun style, quirky almost. I find myself smiling as I'm reading, which doesn't happen often. And here's the capper.... I bought the paperback a few years back, when I was just starting to read fantasy novels, and it's been on my bookshelf ever since... so after reading the free sample of it on my Kindle, I decided to grab it off the shelf to read it (instead of spending $10 on a digital copy), and as I held the paperback in my grubby little hands, I tried to remember the last time I actually read a physical book... I've been digital for so long... it must be over a year. I think Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell was the last physical book I read, back when I had jury duty in March of 2010.
Actually, I just checked my book reviews page... I read The Red Wolf Conspiracy by RVS Reddick in June 2010. That was the last one.
Anyway, I'll review The Dragonbone Chair for sure, once I finish it... if I remember how to read a real book anymore, that is...
So my sweet Oldest Daughter is getting married sooner that I anticipated. The glitch is that the branch of the Navy that her fiance Paul is going into will require certain security clearances and things, and thus the rules are much stricter than normal. They need to be married before he even signs up to join the Navy in the first place, otherwise he can't join that route... they must marry, and soon, if he's to sign and depart in September for boot camp, as planned. So, they are going to the court house on June 8 and they're gettin' hitched. Then he'll sign and get the ball rollin', and then we'll have a small ceremony in late August for immediate family and a few close friends, where they'll do the tux and dress and "i do" thing, with a pastor and flowers, etc. Extremely minimal. I'm torn about it, of course. She's my sweetie, and I wanted to give them a proper wedding at a big church, etc., but this is what they want to (need to?) do, and they're thrilled about it, so who am I to stand in the way? I wish them every happiness, of course.
I'll end this post with an Inspirational Video for you...
Wow. That's all I can say about that.
Well, another mellow, barely-interesting blog post coasts to a stop. If you made it this far, thank you from somewhere near the bottom of my heart, that sort of thing.
Have a great week.
Dave the Placid