Meet Evi

Finally, competition for Siri. Meet Evi, available for iPhone (not just the 4S) and Android.
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Designed in the US, made in China

Very interesting NY Times article about exactly why Apple, and many others I’m sure, have their products made in China. Bit of an eye opener for everyone who thinks they’re ‘stealing’ jobs away.

“We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers,” a current Apple executive said. “The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”

Food prices

About 6 months ago we switched to a different brand of coffee because our then regular one had gone up in price from about €3.30 to €4.95. The brand we switched to was €1.95. By now it’s crept up to €2.29. And that’s just the coffee. The same thing goes for every single piece of food one buys at the stores here. Inflation much? I’m surprised people aren’t complaining about this more. At this rate even food will become a luxury item sooner or later.


Een grote meid

Often when the girls do something well we’ll them they’re ‘een grote meid’, which is Dutch for a big girl. You can just see ’em grow all proud when we say it.
The downside is that now every time I do something the kids approve of, they call me a big girl. >.<





It’s 2012 and the world hasn’t exploded yet. Maybe if Mayan civilization hadn’t collapsed they would have made a new calendar by now.
2012… that sounds sci-fi’ish, where are the flying cars?
To all strangers dropping by, friends, family, stalkers and what not, only one New Year’s wish covers the whole lot:
May you all get what you deserve. :D
My New Year’s resolution? Still 1680×1050.


Top posts and searches of 2011

Like last year, here’s an overview of what was popular on this site in the past year, or more specifically in the last 365 days as of today.
Both lists are based on data from the WordPress Stats plugin, which means a lot of content that wasn’t imported/embedded to WP yet isn’t included, this includes the member blogs, the gallery, FFMO and the still popular avatar creators.
The top 20 search terms is unedited, the top 20 posts and pages has been edited to include only 1 of the wallpapers, the most popular one, otherwise the entire list would have been 90% wallpapers.
I also noticed more and more the discrepancy in how hits are recorded, as I see quite different figures looking at the data recorded by WordPress Stats, Mint & Analytics. So all hits should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s only interesting because it does give an indication of what’s popular and what’s not. More info on this further down.

Top 20 search terms:

  1. soul calibur (1,454)
  2. x111 (693)
  3. soul calibur 4 (635)
  4. pixdaus (587)
  5. scrapbook (493)
  6. tron legacy (371)
  7. concrete (260)
  8. soul calibur wallpaper (248)
  9. quorra tron (229)
  10. gatchaman (223)
  11. soul calibur iv (211)
  12. tron (207)
  13. battle of the planets (197)
  14. rosario vampire (184)
  15. tron legacy wallpaper (181)
  16. yumeria (151)
  17. soul calibur women (149)
  18. encrypted_search_terms (144)
  19. soul calibur 4 wallpaper (139)
  20. bomberman (134)

No real surprises here, with the exception of Tron I think it pretty much shows the same thing as last year. It’s funny to see some recurring words as they link to posts that are more of the ‘hey, check this out’ one liner kind.

Top 20 posts & pages:

  1. Soul Calibur IV women (4,368)
  2. Pixdaus (1,370)
  3. Tron: Legacy (953)
  4. wallpaper generator (419)
  5. Witch Hunter ROBIN Original Sound Scores (388)
  6. Bomberman Land Touch! (373)
  7. Photos (345)
  8. Yumeria (315)
  9. Anime (304)
  10. Dragon Wars (261)
  11. Nintendogs – Dalmatian & Friends (254)
  12. Top 50 atheism quotes (220)
  13. The Legend of Zelda – Phantom Hourglass (179)
  14. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (176)
  15. Inuyasha Wind -Symphonic Theme Collection- (167)
  16. World of Warcraft – Cataclysm (159)
  17. Hilarious Muppet Show bloopers? (153)
  18. Cigarette prices (149)
  19. Fighting Spirit (Hajime no Ippo) (148)
  20. Line attenuation and SNR (146)

Several interesting things to note here. I left out all wallpapers but the Soul Calibur one as that’s the most popular one this year, although the Apple wallpaper dump is catching up quickly. It’s interesting to see what gets indexed in the search engine and how.
For example the post containing the Soul Calibur wallpaper only has 301 hits at the time of writing this, but the attachment page in that post is already up to 8837 hits. This why I have, for the moment, constructed the wallpaper page to only link to the attachment links until I can come up with a different solution and see how this plays out.

Remember at the start of this post me saying how different stat tracker have different hits? The Tron Legacy post is a nice example of this. According to the Stats it’s been viewed 953 times, but click on the post and it says (again at the time of writing this) that it’s been viewed 1944 times. Both are set to not track my hits or bots, so I am clueless why there’s such a big difference.

Finally, if anything, this list proves once again that no matter what you do, you have no idea what ends up being popular. Some posts that I spend a lot of time researching and writing are not even on the radar. And some posts that were of the ‘hey, click on this link it’s cool’ variation that took about a minute of my time years ago just keep coming back year after year as the most popular posts.
So you never know, might as well just have fun and roll the dice.

Work in progress... home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.