Website Update Archive

Monday, December 20, 2010

This Season, Celebrate Reason - Updates to Religious Essays Section

This Season, Celebrate ReasonI've revisited my Religious Essays section, and made a few changes. There's nothing major if you've already read that section and followed this blog. The biggest change was adding a few recent blog entries to the essays. I also made a few formatting changes. In particular, I've made the pdf version nicer, with a cover and even an index. (Actually, I'm working on getting it published on I was hoping to have a link to it by now, but it's been three weeks since Lulu said they shipped the first copy to me, and I still haven't received it yet, and I'm not about to let other people order until I've had a chance to see what it looks like.) I also cleaned up the index page a bit, hopefully making it easier for people to get to the essays they want to read.

Oh, and all that stuff about celebrating reason this season, I only wrote that because of the timing of updating my religious essays. Celebrate the season however you like.

Added 2010-01-12 - My book is now available, if anyone's interested.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for November 2010

Top 10 ListIt's that time of the month again, when I look over the server logs to see what pages have been the most popular on this site. There was one new addition to the top ten list this month - my blog entry, The Texas Republican Platform, or Why I'm Not a Republican, which I wrote back in August.

There's been a continuation of a trend in that my blog is becoming more popular than the old static portion of this site. The first month I compiled one of these top 10 lists, back in November of 2007 (at the bottom of this archive), 9 of the pages on the list were from the static portion of the site, and only 1 was a blog entry. The following two months after that, all of the pages on this list were from the static portion. In the following months, the blog entries began making the list more often. This month, they were up to 7 out of the 10.

My overall traffic (which I don't report here, but which the logs obviously keep track of), has also been increasing significantly. November was my site's most popular month ever. Ignoring the preceding three months where the traffic was ramping up, my site got more than 20% more traffic than the previous most popular month. Although I suspect that a good portion of that traffic is spam, considering that my spam filter junked 679 comments in the past 24 hours (I wonder just how much spam really popular sites get).

Anyway, here's the list, for anybody that's interested.

  1. Autogyro History & Theory
  2. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  3. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  4. Programming
  5. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  6. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  7. Blog - The Texas Republican Platform, or Why I'm Not a Republican
  8. Blog - Ray Comfort - Still Ignorant on Evolution
  9. Blog - Casio EX-F1 - First Impression of the High Speed Video
  10. Factoids Debunked & Verified

Monday, November 15, 2010

Official Commenting Policy

No SpamI periodically have to clean up spam comments. Usually it's only a handful per week, but every once in a while, it's a few dozen per day. So, I figured I would come up an official commenting policy. As usual for any blog, I reserve the right to do anything I want. However, I try to remain fairly open. I don't usually delete comments, even if they're not particularly constructive (for example, the first comment on the entry where I acknowledged my atheism, or the numerous comments disagreeing with my stance on MBT shoes or politics). However, there are a few things that will make me delete comments. Threats or extremely vile comments will obviously be deleted, but I've yet to have any problems with that. The biggest problem I have had is with spam & advertisements. I've had such a problem with this that I tend to err on the side of caution. Links to commercial sites are allowed, but if it seems like nothing more than an advertisement, the comment will be deleted. If the comment linking to a commercial site doesn't add anything constructive, it will be deleted. If the comment is nothing but a short compliment about how great my writing is, with a link to a commercial site, it will be deleted. I've noticed a trend of spammers parroting part of my original entry, and then giving links to commercial sites with no relevance at all to the entry. Deleted.

In short, comments are welcome, even (especially) comments disagreeing with me. Just please, leave comments that further the discussion at hand. Spam will be deleted, as will any comments in the grey area between spam and legitimate comments.

On a side note, let me just add that I love the canned meat product, Spam. So, don't confuse the image in this entry as being in any way against that delicacy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Website Update - Shoo-Fly Pie Recipe

Shoe-Fly PieI've added a new recipe to my How To page - Shoo-Fly Pie. It's a Pennsylvania Dutch dessert made with molasses. I grew up eating store bought shoo-fly pie all the time, but you just can't find it even a couple hours outside of the Pennsylvania Dutch region. This recipe is my great-grandmother's. My mom brought it with her when she came to visit this past weekend. (She also baked a few.)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for October 2010

Top 10 ListWell, it's a new month, so it's time to go looking through the server logs again. Most of my most popular pages stayed popular, with a little shuffling in the rankings. One of my old blog entries from 3 years ago, though, for some reason got a lot of traffic. It was the Crazy E-mail - Cash for Clunkers one. I have no idea why people would start looking into that one now.

  1. Autogyro History & Theory
  2. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  3. Blog - Crazy E-mail - Cash for Clunkers
  4. Programming
  5. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  6. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  7. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  8. Factoids Debunked & Verified
  9. Theoretical Max Propeller Efficiency
  10. Blog - Response to Anti-Liberal Article by Gary Hubbell


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