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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Down to the Wire (Blog Notes)

This is actually kind of exciting, in a totally pointless, arbitrary, time-wasting kind of way...last month we exceeded 300k hits (total page loads) for the first time, and this month I was wondering if we'd exceed 350k. That's the number I pulled out of a hat when I was writing the new Introductory Page a few weeks ago.

Well, here we are, down to the wire, 7:07 p.m. on January 31st, and the monthly total for hits this month stands at 397,549, only 2,451 away from the Big Numbah. It's already a record; but are we going to make 400k hits before midnight? Tough to tell, but it's entirely possible.

See what fun you can have with a blog?


UPDATE: We hit 400k for the month with half an hour to spare—by midnight, the official number was 400,248 hits in January. Cool! (Yes, I know it's silly, because round numbers are just accidents of our base ten numerical system, dependent on the fact that we have ten digits on our hands. If we had eight fingers on each hand, we'd count in hexadecimal, and we'd understand binary better, and computers would have been invented sooner. As you probably know, there are only 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't. <*Rimshot*>)


Blogger Max said...

It's the age-old subject: all the dates and celebrations we consider ever-present institutions, are just based on conventions about calendars based on easily measurable physical events. Nothing sacred there, just convenience.
But I believe, as an agnostic, that faith is necessary, and reason alone doesn't give all the answers, it leads only to pessimism. Faith is the word used by religious people, I believe optimism is the wider word used by every human being. True optimism is irrational, as choosing randomly a moment in time to remember about some long past fact or a way of measuring the flux of events.
We give true meaning to stuff, and we choose to celebrate because we need it, it makes us better, not because the time or the number has come to do so. The time or the number is just the vehicle.
Or, as Tolstoy put it in short "If you want to be happy, be".

7:28 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Oops, after writing all that I forgot, Congratulations for the 400k visitor!

7:30 AM  
Blogger thedoctah said...

Um, we'd count in octal. Hexadecimal would require us to also use our four toed feet.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Dwight Jones said...

People are divided into two groups- Those think we are divided into groups and those who don't think we are divided into groups.

9:35 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide people into two groups, and those who don't.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Steven Bufton said...

What about the people who think they understand binary, but don't? Or think they don't, but do (OK, that's unlikely...)? Does that mean that there are 100 kinds of people?

1:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Gibbons said...

As a pessimist, I'm sorry that I'm commenting here 15 hours too late, so my hit doesn't count.

As an optimist, I'm thrilled to contribute to the breaking of this record at the end of February!

Tom Gibbons
The CameraArts Blog

4:18 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Just curious but you realize your numbers are nowhere near accurate, right? You have over 100 subscribers on bloglines alone, not counting other RSS readers. Some of us read every update that is made on one of these readers and it never shows in your stats unless we click and come to the actual page to comment or something.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Dwight, I believe you're a spaghetti western fan, aren't you?
The line about groups and its variations is from "The good, the bad and the ugly", if I remember correctly.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

Actually, I'm curious as to how I have 10 fingers and 10 toes and how that fits into the binary scheme of things.

-- Airhead (Am I Really HExADecimal?)

9:21 PM  

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