Monday, April 4, 2011

It’s been a quiet week in Lake Rhymeswithplague, my hometown...

Not.

This may bore you to tears (I hope it doesn’t, of course), but I am fascinated by the little Feedjit Live Traffic Feed Thingy over there in the sidebar. When you click I click one clicks on the words “Real-time view” you can I can one can see the 50 most recent visitors to your blog my blog one’s blog.

I don’t know what else you or one can see, but here’s what I can see:

I can see that I am not exactly overrun with visitors (50 in the last 36 hours), but I am pleased nevertheless. I can see the beautiful flags (vexillologists of the world, unite!) of my visitors’ homelands -- United States, Portugal, Spain, Tanzania, Finland, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands (is that you, Carolina?), Germany, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Australia, Indonesia, and India. Wow, 18 countries in 36 hours! Pretty good, huh? I can see my friend Pat in there (Cabot, Arkansas) and my friend Putz (Manti, Utah). And because the flags of New Zealand and Thailand are absent, I can see that neither my friend Katherine DeChevalle (not her real name) nor my friend Yorkshire Pudding (not his real name, either) dropped in during the past 36 hours.

Below are the facts, just the facts, ma’am or sir, as they were at the time I put this post together* except that I have replaced Feedjit’s beautiful flags with the bracketed names of the countries they represent. I started with the most recent visitor and worked backward in time to the 50th name on the list.

If I examine the entries a little more closely, I can see that some people are interested in Flannery O’Connor and her peacocks, some people want to quaff (oh, quaff) Edgar Allan Poe’s kind nepenthe, some people want to welcome sweet Springtime and greet her with song, some people want to sing a song of sixpence in Malaysian, and some people just want to A B C D goldfish.

Which leads me to the thing I can see that is the most important conclusion of all:

I can see that people are pretty much the same everywhere, and that we are much more alike than we are different, national boundaries notwithstanding.

...and that’s the news from Lake Rhymeswithplague, where all the women are gorgeous, all the men keep their noses to the grindstone, and all the children have left the nest to start families of their own.

*I composed this post on March 31, 2011, but I decided to delay it and published the post about Lorraine Gallucci first. --RWP


The List

1. [United States] Canton, Georgia arrived on "rhymeswithplague". 08:37:08 -- 10 minutes ago

2 [Portugal] Viseu arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 08:13:19 -- 34 minutes ago

3. [Spain] Vigo, Galicia arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 06:25:23 -- 2 hours 22 mins ago

4. [Tanzania] Arusha arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 05:33:55 -- 3 hours 13 mins ago

5. [Finland] Rauma, Western Finland arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 03:46:35 -- 5 hours ago

6. [Argentina] San Isidro, Buenos Aires arrived from google.com.ar on "rhymeswithplague: And now, for a complete change of pace, here’s...". 01:56:59 -- 6 hours 50 mins ago

7. [Brazil] São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 00:30:45 -- 8 hours 16 mins ago

8. [United States] Bristol, Connecticut arrived from bing.com on "rhymeswithplague: And now, for a complete change of pace, here’s..." by searching for alfalfa. 23:23:33 -- 9 hours 23 mins ago

9. [United States] Hillsville, Virginia arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: “Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe”" by searching for quaff oh quaff this kind nepenthe. 23:12:58 -- 9 hours 34 mins ago

10. [United States] Lancaster, South Carolina left via blogger.com from "rhymeswithplague" 22:32:11 -- 10 hours 15 mins ago

11. [United States] Lancaster, South Carolina arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 22:29:53 -- 10 hours 17 mins ago

12. [United States] Kennesaw, Georgia arrived on "rhymeswithplague". 21:34:45 -- 11 hours 12 mins ago

13. [Canada] Castlegar, British Columbia arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 20:00:06 -- 12 hours 47 mins ago

14. [United States] Cabot, Arkansas arrived on "rhymeswithplague".
19:13:24 -- 13 hours 34 mins ago

15. [Canada] Windsor, Ontario arrived from google.ca on "rhymeswithplague: March 2009". 18:38:03 -- 14 hours 9 mins ago

16. [United Kingdom] United Kingdom arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 18:03:52 -- 14 hours 43 mins ago

17. [France] Paris, Ile-de-France arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: February 2010" by searching for sing a song of sixpence lagu tiga kupang. 17:45:01 -- 15 hours 2 mins ago

18. [Netherlands] Voorthuizen, Gelderland arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 17:35:22 -- 15 hours 12 mins ago

19. [Canada] Waterloo, Ontario arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 16:50:32 -- 15 hours 56 mins ago

20. [Germany] Berlin arrived from google.de on "rhymeswithplague: March 2009". 16:22:31 -- 16 hours 24 mins ago

21. [United States] Oceanside, California arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: Leaf by Niggle" by searching for leaf by niggle blogspot. 15:30:45 -- 17 hours 16 mins ago

22. [United States] Manti, Utah arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 15:02:40 -- 17 hours 44 mins ago

23. [United States] Elizabeth City, North Carolina left via youtube.com from "rhymeswithplague: Welcome, sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song!" 14:10:10 -- 18 hours 37 mins ago

24. [United States] Elizabeth City, North Carolina arrived from bing.com on "rhymeswithplague: Welcome, sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song!" by searching for Welcome Sweet Springtime Song. 14:09:31 -- 18 hours 37 mins ago

25. [Ireland] Dublin arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 13:37:54 -- 19 hours 9 mins ago

26. [Argentina] Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 13:19:45 -- 19 hours 27 mins ago

27. [United States] Conyers, Georgia arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: Who’s your Daddy, er, Representative?". 12:50:23 -- 19 hours 57 mins ago

28. [United States] United States arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: A B C D goldfish? L M N O goldfish! O S A R...C M?" by searching for abcd birds l,mno. 12:25:01 -- 20 hours 22 mins ago

29. [United States] Channelview, Texas arrived on "rhymeswithplague: Who’s your Daddy, er, Representative?". 11:39:30 -- 21 hours 7 mins ago

30. [United States] Fayetteville, North Carolina arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: What’s your sign?" by searching for what is your sign if your birthday is Sept 28, 2011?. 10:45:12 -- 22 hours 2 mins ago

31. [United States] Cave Spring, Georgia arrived on "rhymeswithplague: Who’s your Daddy, er, Representative?". 10:38:47 -- 22 hours 8 mins ago

32. [Saudi Arabia] Riyadh, Ar Riyad arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 10:28:45 -- 22 hours 18 mins ago

33. [United States] Canton, Georgia arrived on "rhymeswithplague". 10:28:16 -- 22 hours 19 mins ago

34. [United States] Manti, Utah arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 10:15:23 -- 22 hours 32 mins ago

35. [Algeria] Algiers, Alger arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 10:09:11 -- 22 hours 38 mins ago

36. [United States] Budd Lake, New Jersey left via youtube.com from "rhymeswithplague: Welcome, sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song!" 09:46:28 -- 23 hours ago

37. [United States] Hempstead, New York arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: Flannery O'Connor writes of peacocks" by searching for Flannery O'Connor peacock quotes. 09:33:00 -- 23 hours 14 mins ago

38. [United Kingdom] Ely, Cambridgeshire arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 09:32:40 -- 23 hours 14 mins ago

39. [United States] Budd Lake, New Jersey arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: Welcome, sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song!" by searching for "Welcome, Sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song". 09:28:20 -- 23 hours 19 mins ago

40. [United States] Canton, Georgia arrived on "rhymeswithplague". 08:59:18 -- 23 hours 48 mins ago

41. [Australia] Sydney, New South Wales arrived from google.com.au on "rhymeswithplague". 08:15:00 -- 1 day ago

42. [Indonesia] Indonesia arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 08:13:22 -- 1 day ago

43. [United States] Johnson City, Tennessee arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: Flannery O'Connor writes of peacocks" by searching for peacocks flannery o'connor. 06:23:25 -- 1 day 2 hours ago

44. [United States] North Las Vegas, Nevada arrived from bing.com on "rhymeswithplague: And now, for a complete change of pace, here’s..." by searching for alfalfa. 02:37:48 -- 1 day 6 hours ago

45. [India] Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh arrived from google.co.in on "rhymeswithplague: A B C D goldfish? L M N O goldfish! O S A R...C M?" by searching for show me curcive abcd. 02:30:33 -- 1 day 6 hours ago

46. [Brazil] Macarani, Bahia arrived from blogger.com on "rhymeswithplague". 01:53:43 -- 1 day 6 hours ago

47. [United States] Birmingham, Alabama arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: I always loved The Waltons." by searching for kristin simpson sale birmingham al. 01:33:23 -- 1 day 7 hours ago

48. [United States] Charlottesville, Virginia arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: A B C D goldfish? L M N O goldfish! O S A R...C M?" by searching for lmno goldfish. 01:31:36 -- 1 day 7 hours ago

49. [United States] Lumpkin, Georgia arrived from internetmonk.com on "rhymeswithplague". 22:49:43 -- 1 day 9 hours ago

50. [United States] Cincinnati, Ohio arrived from google.com on "rhymeswithplague: “Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe”" by searching for Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe. 22:25:19 -- 1 day 10 hours ago

[end of list]

[P.S. - I peeked at Feedjit again this morning (April 4th) and discovered visitors from Belgium, Philippines, Greece, Sweden, and Bangladesh as well. Welcome to all of you! --RWP]

7 comments:

Putz said...

i am your most frequent and famous celebrity twice in the last 50><<>,.i also like to see the peolpolpolpies that frequent my abode, we must be like two peas from the same pea patch that pee in the same pea patch<><>i din't miss spell any thing there did i???????

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, definitely the most frequent and arguably the most famous, and the spelling is perfect except for peolpolpolpies and din't, which I was unable to find in any dictionary in any language.

Pat - Arkansas said...

This is a returning visitor from Cabot, AR (actually a city 8 miles up the road and not where I live.) I'm glad you're home safely after traveling to Sweet Lorraine's memorial service. (I make an assumption; you could be posting from anywhere.)

Word verification is 'hylotard.' Definition: leotards that, on the waist, appear to be either too high or too low.

Carolina said...

Well, there must be another Dutch person visiting you behind my back, for I am not number 18 on the list. (I'm from Glimmen, Groningen.)
I don't like the Feedjit Live Traffic Feed Thingy. It gives me a little bit too much of a 'Big Brother is watching you' feeling.

Carolina said...

Just read Pat's comment and am laughing out loud about her explanation of the word verification.

Snowbrush said...

Where do all these people come from--and why? I don't mean to pick on you; it's just that I'm astounded by how many people are out there surfing blogs.

By the way, I always show up as being from Portland, but I'm not, so I wonder if other people are also incorrectly located.

Snowbrush said...

P.S. "the spelling is perfect except for peolpolpolpies and din't, which I was unable to find in any dictionary in any language."

Yeah, right, you really went and looked; sure you did.

My guess is that Putz only works out of the Oxford Unabridged because for such a scholar as he, nothing else would do.