2010 in review

I thought this was junk at first. And I’m not sure if the Wow-o-Metre is a metric or a come-on.

And I have always disliked being in the Lonely Crowd, forever measured and, mene mene tekel upharsin and up yours, being found wanting, with the numbers being gamed by opaque procedures on a darkling plane.

Nonetheless, when the numbers are good, I post ’em. When you live in Asia as I have for several years, you learn to take advantage of numbers and the resultant prizes and certificates because otherwise…you’re screwed, lost in the masses.

These numbers look good. But if you think you’re gonna get a lot more content on sexy French girls at Rugby Sevens, you’re not unless I can afford a ticket next March. Like as not you’ll get more of my Fat Pal Adorno and poems in antique style.

Don’t expect pandering. If I give you what you want you miss out on the essential artistic experience, which is having to sit in a movie theater on a lost island and emerge a changed person.

Influenced by that academic entrepreneur and fraud Robert Maynard Hutchins, whose Great Books program was popular in middlebrow Chicago in 1961, I forced myself to read Shakespeare and Aristotle, understanding little. I dimly understood that boredom comes from overgratification.

Here are my wordpress results for 2010.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

Uh…wait a minute, wordpress. Those hits are not all different people as you seem to imply. What I need to know is how many different people are looking at my blog. My guess is that it’s a small number of very smart people because of my prose style.

In 2010, there were 193 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 378 posts. There were 378 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 138mb. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 171 views. The most popular post that day was The Well-Hung Election, or Brown Goeth Down to China Town.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, libdemvoice.org, search.conduit.com, and ecforum.org.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mondrian, french girl, thomas cole, no poetry after auschwitz, and norman rockwell.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Well-Hung Election, or Brown Goeth Down to China Town May 2010
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Computer software as a philosophical pathology March 2009


Notes on Enrique Chagoya’s “Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” October 2010


Adorno’s “No Poetry After Auschwitz” May 2009


Poems for Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong, March 2009 March 2009

It appears that WordPress has done a reasonable job in factoring out results caused by idiots who write automatic post readers and create false referrals to this blog, either to get you to view their patent medicine ads or because they are pure or Reine examples of the complete jerk…who thinks he’s cute by generating false hits, and distorting the wordpress numbers.

This is because “The Well-Hung Election” generated a real if small buzz both at the Economist and among the local cognoscenti.


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