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2010 in review

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 Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 26th with 40 views. The most popular post that day was Tea-baggin’ It.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, slashingtongue.com, digg.com, and zzsst.co.cc.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for john jacobs weatherman, chicago 1968 demonstration photos, chicano moratorium, 1970 philadelphia pa, and nyc 1969 park.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

Tea-baggin’ It February 2010
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2

Fun stuff from the world wide web. April 2010

3

The War Is Making You Poor May 2010

4

Something to Ponder March 2010
5 comments

5

Listening to the gospel. March 2010
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I found this neat visualization online and thought you all might enjoy it. I did. Something about actually seeing these totals in proportion to each other gives me a better perspective of what we’re spending money on.  You can check out the site here. Don’t forget to look at the color key.

Some random points that jump out at me are:

  • The cost of our wars compared to our defense budget (cringe)
  • Our defense budget compared with other big spenders (double cringe)
  • The amount of money oil and pharmaceuticals bring in
  • The amount of money Walmart brings in (!)
  • The amounts it would take to eradicate aids, save the Amazon rain forest and bring a billion people out of poverty
  • The amount we pay on our debt annually

Pretty cool huh? Check out the site and see lots of other cool visualizations. There’s a drop down where you can pick lots of fun options like wikipedia edit wars, what China censors online, left vs. right and other really neat stuff. Waste some time!

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Don’t Sleep on Sam

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I’m not really a church going guy, but lately I’ve spent Sunday afternoons taking semi long walks and listening to Unitarian Church sermon podcasts. As I was walking yesterday I listened to a sermon about respect. The minister touched on many different points, but the main message I got out of the sermon was that respect is absolutely essential in allowing people to function both independently and in groups. He used the example of our current political climate to make the point that when people lack respect for others with differing opinions, when they call people Nazi baby killing assholes and greedy dumbshit douche bags the democracy breaks down. We all suffer.

Well I think about politics a lot, and despite its staying power I remain fascinated by the Tea Party. What I’d like to try here is to look at the Tea Party in the context of respect.

In his sermon, the minister told several stories illustrating how when people feel that they are truly being listened to and their views honored and respected, they are more apt to show that same respect to others. And what’s the Tea Party’s unifying belief? The government doesn’t act in our best interests. They don’t listen to our wants and needs. They do not respect us. And what’s the Tea Party’s collective response? “Fuck us? Nah dawg, Fuck You”. They want to limit the role of government in their lives as much as possible. They say “Why would we give you more money and power when you don’t use it to help us? More often than not, you harm us. You don’t respect us, so we won’t respect you”. And as much as I hate to say it, it’s hard to fault people for feeling this way. But being right doesn’t automatically make any response also right.

Without a mutual respect there can be no compromise, and we’re all witness to what happens in a democracy without compromise. It breaks. It took the Dems five months to pass a bill to help small businesses even though both parties agreed on almost all of its elements. Both parties agree on extending 98% of the Bush tax cuts, but they won’t even vote on it until after the elections. Those that have no faith in the worth of those opposing them are hijacking the political process. There’s no trust, no exchange of ideas, no real debate and no minds being changed. Without respect there is no compromise, and without compromise nothing can be accomplished.

In our government, as well as in our lives, we need to listen to each other, especially when we disagree. I’ll quote the minister, “out of our diversity we can discover a truth that is deeper than any truth that we can find alone”. How can I be sure that my point of view is right unless I allow it to be challenged and give my challenger the attention and respect that she needs to change my mind? How can I changer her mind if she doesn’t feel I’m taking her seriously? The power of a democracy is in the clash of opposing points of view. It’s the idea that all of us are smarter than any one of us. All of us deserve to feel like we are being listened to and valued for who we are, because we are seeing what happens when people aren’t.

We are all neighbors and when your neighbor is different it is a blessing. Respecting each other’s difference makes both of you better people. Don’t just tolerate it, celebrate it.   Respect.

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So you think you’re pretty smart do you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Punk. Well let me tell you about another guy that thought he was pretty smart. His name was Albert Einstein, and he put together a little puzzle for you all you wannabes out there. A puzzle that legend has it can only be solved by 2% of the human population. Now, if I were a betting man, I’d question that legend, because I solved the puzzle (45 minutes suckas), and I write a blog about goofy shit. However, if you feel like you’re balls enough to go for the glory, grab a pencil and some paper and prepare to get yo frustration on.

Einstein’s Logic Problem:

Facts:

1: There are 5 houses in 5 different colors.
2: In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
3: These 5 owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
4: No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same drink.

From the following information, can you determine WHO KEEPS FISH?

1: The Brit lives in a red house.
2: The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3: The Dane drinks tea.
4: The green house is on the left of the white house.
5: The green house owner drinks coffee.
6: The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7: The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8: The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk.
9: The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10: The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11: The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12: The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13: The German smokes Prince.
14: The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15: The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

OK – When you’re ready, here is the answer. Let me know how you did!

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I gotta tell ya friends, this blogging business is tough. I thought I’d drop a couple tasty posts and boom, I’m snorting caviar off Arianna Huffington’s smooth-ass frown lines. But after trying it for a while, I slowly realized
1.    People, even especially rich people, don’t snort caviar like they used to (makes you miss the 90’s doesn’t it?)
2.    Blogging, like most things in life (except the lottery), gives back what you put in

And I haven’t been putting much in. I’ll admit, before I became an internationally accredited blogger, I read Blogging for Dummies. And in this little gem of a turd-burgler’n-book, I remember highlighting (sorry Norman Public Library) the topic of “quantity over quality”. To paraphrase, the book claimed that with regards to blogging, quantity trumps quality most of the time.
Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “That’s straight baloney. Why eat caviar every day when you can snort it Sunday and only Sunday, and achieve the pinnacle of pretentiousness?!”. Well, dummy, it just don’t work that way. I let lose with some quality posts right off the bat (emphasis on posts), and I couldn’t handle the pressure. You don’t serve a plate of graham crackers after the filet mignon, no matter how hungry the guests still are. But if you only have one man working the restaurant, sometimes you don’t have much choice. And I’ve come to terms with this fact. Eff quality. From now on, I’m operating a CC’s Pizza (or Feces Pizza as my better half affectionately refers to it). Come in, eat as much as you want, and leave feeling satisfied and somewhat gassy. That’s what I want the blog to be. So for all you folks that want to snort caviar all the time, Get Real! You’re living in the past man! Come to genwhen and fill up on carbs. I’m not judging. And get ready for a blog that, if nothing else, will be consistently filling. To show that I’m not joking about quantity over quality (as if this post wasn’t proof enough), click this link and enjoy the sort of daily special served up by yours truly. Happy grazing, and I guarantee I’ll see you tomorrow.
And as always, thanks for reading.

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Anyone else fretting that they never really read the bible? Well I wasn’t either. I mean, I like the bible, for God’s sake it’s the “good” book and I’m certainly familiar with it. I have a nice copy. But I’ve never made a big effort to read the thing. So when I came across a free bible on CD I snatched it up. It’s titled “You’ve got the time”, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (nice people I assume) put it out. Basically it’s the New Testament, and by breaking it into 28 minutes a day, you too can read (listen to) the gospel of Jesus in 40 days. I have about a 14-minute commute to work every day, so it seemed divinely ordained. I’m taking the challenge!

Day 1: Hop in my car, first making sure there aren’t any sweet classic rock songs on (Satan is the ultimate temptress). After deducing out that stations don’t play music during the morning commute (divine intervention?), I pop the disc in. Initial response? Well, it’s an Mp3 disc, so it doesn’t play in my car’s CD player. No one said this was going to be easy, but a man can assume.

After prepping myself for a little Matthew, I’m kind of conflicted about going back to morning DJ ramblings. 5 minutes of inner monologue later I’m super pumped to hear Foreigner. This might be harder than I thought.

At work I rip the CD to my computer and burn Mathew to 2 CDs. I also calculate that 28 minutes times 40 days equals 1,120 minutes. Hmmm…That’s a lot of Foreigner I’m missing.

Nevertheless, when I get off work I’m looking forward to hearing the good word. The disc works, and so it begins:

Matthew 1
The Genealogy of Jesus
1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[a] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Jesus! At this point I’m almost home so I go back to classic rock for the remainder of the drive. I’ll admit, I don’t feel particularly closer to enlightenment, but definitely not further away. Chock this one up in the win column!

The voice acting was decent, but the sound effects were a little excessive. Overall, I think it was a fantastic first day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s sermon. I’ll keep you posted.


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