Thursday, July 19, 2001

Jul 19 2001

I’m sort of a do-it-yourselfer, particularly when it comes to software. If a program doesn’t do everything that I want it to, well, why not re-write it myself?

As a result, I wrote the program that I use to analyze traffic on other-space.com. There are lots of apps that will do this automatically with as much style as Elle Macpherson, but I couldn’t find one that was easy to set up or use.

That’s why I spent several hours yesterday combing my log files so that I could create a report of referrals. Every time anyone hits my site, not only is the hit logged, but so is the URL that the visitor is coming from. Now I can view a report of the sites that are linking to me.

Excite screenshot

And I found out that…well, check out this (slightly edited) screenshot from an Excite search for “telekinesis” on the right. Why is Wine the second-most choice for telling people about telekinesis?

Other than that, there aren’t that many weird referrals. Well, since I warn of “hentai content” in one of my links off of ABe Watch, I’ve gotten a couple of peopel searching for “hentai.” I also found out that this page on Be.com links to my comp.sys.be.help FAQ. Cool.

So, what else is going on in my life? I had a chat with Saalon last night about his short film leet. It’s looking great.

I’m thinking of flying up to see Saal the week he starts shooting, but I don’t know if I can make it, as that coincides with the weekend of Otakon. And Pioneer will probably be showing NieA Under 7 there, which I feel like I can’t miss.

If I plan to miss Sunday at Otakon, I can get a US Airways flight leaving at 8:10 p.m. from Reagan National on Saturday, and come back (arriving) at 7:10 p.m. on Monday. I’d have to skip a day of work, but I just might be able to swing this. :sigh: I really wish Otakon had published their schedule of events on their website by now, so I’d know if I’d be missing anything that way (they may show NieA at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday).

What else? I want to work on Calliope tonight, if I can make time for it. My plans rarely match up with my reality, but is that due to circumstances or laziness? I suspect the latter.

You’ll probably have noticed that I added the navigation bar to the side of this diary page. I’m annoyed at the amount of space that the navbar takes up, but I think this is the best thing to do.

(Boy, this is turning into a long entry.)

I ended up reading several dozen pages of American Gods last night. I like it thus far, despite its frequent vulgarity. I’m intrigued by all of the characters — particularly the protagonist, Shadow — and the prose is as engaging as I’d hoped it would be. Unfortunately, it suffers from a malady that I only identified today: Rampant selfishness. Nobody cares about anyone else, except Shadow for his wife, and (minor spoiler here, but it happens in the first chapter) she dies before the plot kicks in. This crops up a lot in Sandman, too; nobody really cares about anyone, except where it happens to intersect with their own current goals.

Which, while understandable in some people, doesn’t make for a particularly enjoyable reading experience.

But this is Gaiman, man. It’s still worth it, thus far.

“People have stopped assuming I’m American though, and my daughter Holly, when I phoned home last night, said ‘Dad! You sound so English!’ which I shall take as a compliment, although I’m not entirely sure that was how she meant it. Really, my accent is just a universal sort of case of ‘you aren’t from round here, are you?’ “ — Neil Gaiman, July 13, 2001

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