Maybe I’m weird, but I find Statistics fun. So here’s a list of the most popular articles on my blog. You’ll note that they cover a range of interests. My mind wanders into a lot of strange places…
- Server Operating System Market Share – Lies, Lies, And More Lies
- Microsoft Death Watch – Fall 2012 Update, Part One
- Rape, Football, Bloggers, and Anonymous
- Microsoft Death Watch – Office for Linux Rumour
- Libre Office VS Open Office – Looks And Stability
- The Big Pornography BBS Raids & Byron Sonne
- Why I Know They are Lying in Steubenville – High School – Spring of 1971
- Mother’s Day Poem To My Wonderful And Beautiful Wife
- Microsoft Death Watch – Winter 2013 Report Part 02
- It’s Just A Bunch Of Fags – A Straight Man’s Look Back At The Bath House Raids
- Doctor Who, Ethics, And The British Fee Protests
- Ellen Seidler – And Then Came Lola (2009)
- Why J. J. Abrams is a Total Idiot
- Steubenville Update – Some Background for Outsiders
- Ubuntu Drops Mono?
- The Mythical Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field Debunked
- Lies Of Omission – James Gannon Doesn’t Tell You All The Details
- TimeTrex Payroll and Time Management – Lying to Potentional Customers
- Corporate Copyright Scofflaws 0011 – Hephaestus Books
- FBI Blows it – Barrett Brown Arrested
It’s really amusing in some ways. The #1 post, on Server Operating System Market Share, a rather specialized subject, has consistently been one of the most popular for two and a half years. That’s nearly forever in Internet time.
The Microsoft Death Watch Series is always popular.
Then there’s Libre Office vs. Open Office. I have no idea why people keep reading it, but they do. And they keep on reading it.
I thought the BBS Raids and Byron Sonne’s legal troubles over the G20 were strictly local interest, but that article gets visitors from everywhere.
I covered the Steubenville Rape case while it was still relatively unknown. I thought I could help bring some attention to it, and I had a viewpoint that others didn’t.
It’s been three years since I went mind blank, and couldn’t think of a Mother’s Day present for my wife, so I wrote her a simple poem. That poem has consistently been one of the most popular things I’ve written. I’m in shock. Really. I hadn’t written any poetry for about thirty years, and didn’t expect anyone except her to read it. Guess I’d better write one for this year, since I can’t think of anything she wants. Of course that will be a change of pace after writing and selling a whole bunch of Horror stories…
The Bath House Raids article was my attempt at an apology. I used to be homophobic. Everyone I knew was. If you weren’t, people thought you were weird. Times change, attitudes change, and I shudder when I remember what my younger self thought. So I wrote the article as an apology of sorts. Too late, and probably insufficient, but I tried.
Doctor Who, Ethics, and the Fee Protests hinges on an idea I’d been playing with for a while. All of the “First World” cultures have cultural heroes who lead by doing the right thing, whether they are Doctor Who, Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker, or George Washington. We tell kids that this is something to aspire to, and then get upset when they try to aspire to those heights. We get confused when they decide Anonymous is more trustworthy than the Government. Guess what? We brought it on ourselves.
The Ellen Seidler article was a look at a movie that was reported to be widely pirated. Some of what I found seemed to contradict the reporting.
When you are a writer, you are concerned with Setting, Plot, and Character. Setting often defines Plot and Character. You don’t have people wandering around a starship with swords, except in unusual circumstances (see the original Star Trek episode “The Naked Time”). When I saw what Abrams was doing with the new Star Trek movies, I choked. He mucked up the setting so badly that it made the movies unwatchable. I picked some of the worst examples. If you want more, find a Navy veteran, and ask how the depiction of a space navy in the Original Series compares to the Reboot, and remember that Roddenbury, the creator of Star Trek fought in World War II.
I’ll stop here. While the others are all interesting in their own right, I’ve got a short story that is overdue. I really need to finish it.
Then I should write my wife a Mother’s Day poem.
One final note. I started writing this blog because I wanted to practise my writing skills. It worked. I’m now selling stuff.
If I hadn’t started blogging, I’d probably still be moaning about how difficult it was to put a sentence together!
Monday May 6, 2013