Are we all perhaps linked by invisible bonds? Do the actions of one affect others, even if those others are far away? Our lives and the universe itself may be all part of a single mechanism in which all creatures and events are 'entangled' with one another.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blog Readership....Explained

So this explains why I have so few readers. And I thought it was just because I do such a crappy blog !

The real reason why no one reads your (my) blog.

Ever wonder why the traffic to your blog is so terrible? I too am concerned about increasing my readership, so I decided to gather some information to help me decipher why my traffic sucks.

What I found wasn’t encouraging.

Consider the following facts:

16% of the world’s population is illiterate, which leaves only 840 million readers.

Of that, only 20% of the world’s population speaks English, leaving 168 million readers.

Only 30% of internet users read blogs, leaving 50 million readers.

50 million people, sounds like a lot right? Wrong!

That’s pretty simple math, 50 million blogs for 50 million readers.

Therefore, with an average of only 1 reader per blog, then who’s reading your blog?

That’s right, just you. Depressing, ain’t it?
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Jupiter Flyby: NASA's Pluto Probe Set for Gas Giant Rendezvous

(Reprinted from

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is about to welcome a robotic visitor.

NASA’s New Horizons probe will make its closest pass by the gas giant at about 12:45 a.m. EST (0545 GMT) Wednesday in a sort of cosmic stopover on its long trek to distant Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. The planetary flyby comes just 13 months after New Horizons’ launch, with the probe hurtling through space at about 47,000 miles per hour (75,639 kph) on what NASA is billing as its fastest mission to solar system’s edge.

How I wish I could have stowed away on this spacecraft and gone along on its journey

....although it might have been a bit cramped as the New Horizons probe is pretty small.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Videos Of The Week

WARNING: This next video contains GRAPHIC WAR IMAGES !

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A Simple Act Of Courage

Sometimes what seems to be a simple action can be an incredible act of bravery. That's what I thought when I saw the following story at In China five lesbians and one gay man
stood on a busy street giving out leaflets calling for equal rights for gay people. This in a country not exactly known for it's willingness to allow any sort of dissent or openness to ideas that conflict with the government's views. China censors all incoming internet traffic to keep unwanted opinions away from the people.
In such an environment, I think these six people displayed great courage in undertaking this simple action in their effort to have their voices heard.

Here's an excerpt from the the title above to visit for the whole story.
During a busy lunch hour on Valentine’s Day in Beijing’s central business district, six lesbians and gays handed out 200 red carnations wrapped in leaflets calling for the acceptance of gay love and marriage. A Beijing exclusive by Dinah Gardner.
“Love has no boundaries; it is nothing to do with gender,” the flyer read. “We are homosexuals. We also want a life together with our loved one… please support all kinds of partnerships and all kinds of love. Please support same sex marriage.”
A gay man handing out red carnations
wrapped in leaflets calling for the acceptance
of gay love and marriage in Beijing’s
central business district on Feb 14. (Photo by Dinah Gardner)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Blizzard
"It's Valentine's Day and all I got was this lousy blizzard!"
How's that sound for a new T-shirt slogan?

Instead of candy and flowers,
it was cold and flurries,
In place of a sweet warm embrace,
There was a bitter cold wind,
Instead of waiting for a loved one to return home,
I waited for a bus to finally return me home.

And that's my Valentine's Day....
Guess I won't get a job writing cards for Hallmark
With that kind of verse !

Here's a photo I just took out of my front window
showing some of the snow piled up.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Cavalry Is Coming !

Cavalry 250GB USB 2.0 3.5" Aluminum Ext Hard Drive Storage CAUE37250 Well, actually the cavalry has already arrived. My new Cavalry USB hard drive, that is. It's 250GB of storage should alleviate some of the crowding on my laptop's drive. It's hard to believe I've managed to fill up my 100GB drive in only seven months since I bought the computer, but I was getting 'low memory' messages because the drive had less than 1 gigabyte of space left on it. And no--it's not all porn, either! I listen to a number of podcasts (some of them video podcasts) and tend to get behind in listening to/viewing them all, so they have piled up on me. As well as a bunch of videos downloaded from Veoh I haven't watched yet. I also run across a lot of programs I like to try out (freeware/shareware) some of which I keep which eats up space.
I've already managed to free up about 8GB on the laptop's drive after moving some videos over to the new drive. I still want to add some more memory to the computer as well, as it only has 512MB of RAM and I'd like to double that to 1 GB. When several programs are running, the system tends to slow down and more RAM should help out. And a scanner would be nice to have, too.
I know--I'm such a geek ! But my computer is my best friend, after all....hehehe!

Friday, February 02, 2007


I have just one question--whatever happened to the 4-day work week that was talked about years ago? That we were supposed to have by now.
And where are all the robots I read about as a kid that were going to do all the work in the 21st century so Humans didn't have to?
Ok--I lied--that's two questions....but I still want my robot !!! (And a flying car would be nice, too!)