Shin
2012-01-04
2012-01-01

2012

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.

2011-12-14

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. Last.fm 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.

2011-12-13
2011-12-10

Let it Snow!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Seeing as, despite our best efforts, it’s still not snowing, we have now added a little shrine to pray to the snowgods. Please hear our call: let it snow!

Siriously?

This should get filed under ‘only in America’, or ‘everyone can have a doctor title these days’, but here’s an article by a Dr. Keith Ablow who claims Siri is harmful for kids. It’s funny and sad to read at the same time.

I have laughed at Siri. I have gotten angry with Siri and called her names.

He obviously has issues. Maybe mister psychiatrist should go see a psychiatrist?

That’s why I told Siri just now, “Siri, I hate you.” She seemed irritated. She said, “Noted.” But she’ll still give me directions and send my emails. So, it doesn’t really matter that I told her that. That’s the point.

Seriously dude… get help.

2011-12-08

Darkmoon Faire

Ahead of you, down the path
A majestic, magical faire
Ignore the darkened, eerie woods
Ignore the eyes that blink and stare
Fun & games & wondrous sights!
Music & Fireworks to light up the night!
Do not stop! You’re nearly there!
Behold, my friend: The Darkmoon Faire!

Warcraft Christmas sales ripoff

Can someone please explain why European ‘sales’ for World of Warcraft are over twice as expensive as the American equivalent? Bit of a ripoff there. Thanks Blizzard.

American Warcraft Christmas Sales!


European Warcraft Christmas Sales?

2011-12-07

iBooks 1.5

 
A new version of iBooks has just been released.
From the release notes:

  • Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
  • Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
  • iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
  • Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
  • A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.

I so approve. As I tend to read a bit every night in total darkness I really appreciate the new night time mode. Although I still love the way the old Sepia theme looks as well.
And seeing as I grab only free iBooks for the iTunes store they now look a lot better on the library shelf.
Nice update.

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