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Bizarre blog trend

November 12, 2007

What kind of society browses the web for this kind of stuff?

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Scary to say, too, but today was this blog’s highest traffic day ever. Actually, its 5 highest traffic days have all been in the past week. I don’t know why. But traffic lept upward like a rocket the day Bobby Jindal was elected Louisiana governor, and hasn’t slowed down yet. I’m routinely getting 3 times the number of views I was getting in the months prior to Jindal’s election.

But just to put it in perspective: a “high traffic” day on Curly Couch is a popular blog’s ghost town.

Kerry neglect

November 3, 2007

It’s been a while since I took a pot-shot at John Kerry. The whole taser incident at U of Florida was entertaining solely because of the tased student and his now anthemic cry of “Don’t tase me, bro!”

So here’s something one of you sent me by e-mail last October, just before the historic drubbing the Republicans took at the ballot box.

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Another case of Merv captionitis

October 4, 2007

Remember the redundant Merv Griffin obituary caption?

This next thing isn’t a caption, but can be classified with the Merv caption. Dig this model of efficiency (and irony):

Rainfall Daffinson created an elegant and eye-pleasant corporate site with home page that loads 3 times faster. We reduced the home page weight from 100k to 30k resulting in a page loading almost three times faster.

The page loads 3x faster, but now it takes twice as long to read about.

Grey card workaround: palm reading

July 5, 2007

This is probably the oldest trick in the book, but I’ve never read it anywhere and it just occurred to me in the past 24 hours. So of course I had to blog about it. (That’s a blogging rule, right? Post immediately?)

As I was reminded in the comments to my other post (“Is the grey card obsolete?”), the grey card is useful for establishing uniform color balance in a group of pictures. But I tend to use it to check for proper exposure, since I’m not yet very discriminating about things like color balance. But getting the card out every time you have to meter gets old fast.

So it occurred to me: take a reading off your black camera bag. Then meter the grey card in the same light. Figure out the difference, and voila. You can now use your camera bag as a big grey card that is 1.66 stops too dark.

But then it occurred to me: in the absence of your camera bag, you can do the same thing with the palm of your hand. So now I know that a reading from my bag will produce a 5-click overexposure (1 click = 1/3 stop), and a reading from my palm is 3-4 clicks underexposed.

The best thing is that this simple theory works!

I guess I must be a sicko, too

June 17, 2007

The stuff people search for that brings them to this blog. Yesterday the search terms were typical, but the stats inordinately favored the word “decapitation”. What kind of twisted miscreants read this blog?
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More on Cuban healthcare

June 5, 2007

From Bella Thomas’s essay at Prospect Magazine. Doesn’t exactly jive with the comments from Adrien and Subcomandante Marcos on my May 27th post on Michael Moore’s forthcoming movie “Sicko.”

Healthcare and education are supposed to be the redeeming graces of the regime, but this is questionable. (more…)

Sick searchers?

May 18, 2007

For a month now, ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, I don’t think a day has passed that someone hasn’t found this blog after searching for one of the following keywords: decapitation, skulls, animated skulls, how to draw skulls, infanticide, sucking.

I’ve also seen multiple hits for the bizarre “INTACT DECAPITATION.” That must be an oxymoron.

How disappointed they must be if they actually click through and read the post.

“Joel Osteel” is another daily source of hits to my blog, thanks to someone misspelling Osteen’s name in a comment from last summer.

One million demonstrate in Rome; NY Times looks other way

May 14, 2007

My point here is simple and obvious: the news media are dominated by Leftists. Consider the following cases.

Saturday was “Family Day” in Rome—a demonstration in defense of traditional family values against the ever-increasing demands of homosexuals. Estimates for the number of pro-family demonstrators range from several hundred thousand, up to 1.7 million. A huge event by any standard.

And yesterday the World Congress of Families concluded in Warsaw, Poland. This was a three-day event which calls itself “the world’s largest conference of pro-family leaders and grass roots activists.” Thousands of pro-family leaders and governmental ministers from 60 countries participated.

Yet—amazingly? expectedly?—not a single word of this appears to have been reported by the New York Times. I could be wrong on this, but searching for key words such as “Family Day” and “Lateran” (the rally being convened at St. John Lateran Square) turned up ZERO hits at nytimes.com. A search on “World Congress of Families” also turned up nothing, even though this is the fourth such Congress, with previous meetings held in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), and Mexico City (2004). Apparently the Times has ignored them all.

The same goes for cnn.com. Unless I’m searching incorrectly, neither of these “news” outlets considers either of these events newsworthy. (The NY Times did run a full-length report on Leonard Nimoy’s photographs of obese nude women, however. And CNN is rightfully famous for its coverage of such “news” as its current Top Story: “Olympic bomber taunts victims from prison”.)

The LA Times and the BBC reported on Family Day (though neither noticed the World Congress of Families). However, this is not to say that they acknowledged the strength of the pro-family forces in Italy. The BBC ends its piece by lamenting that gay couples are still not getting equal rights, and claims that

Recent polls showed that most Catholics in Italy are in favour of changes to the legislation despite Church opposition.

Interesting, then, that a MILLION of them should turn out in person to demonstrate against the very legislation that “recent polls” claim they support! One really has to believe strongly in something to actually go and participate in person.

Read more about Family Day at the WDTPRS blog, written by an American priest living in Rome. Here is one of his pictures of the pro-family crowd (click for larger picture).
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5,000 views

April 25, 2007

Big milestone for the Couch:

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And as of now, that Georgia post alone is responsible for 8% of all views (402) and 28% of all comments (48). The thing is absolutely anomalous!

Jason Whitlock’s right on Imus & Duke

April 14, 2007

You may remember Karch’s piece on Jason Whitlock from 1994, in response to Whitlock’s claim that “we’re all racist” in America. Whatever the merits or deficiencies of Whitlock’s claims at that time, I think he’s absolutely right on the money in his assessment of the Don Imus and Duke Lacrosse cases. (Forgive him for calling it the Duke “soccer” team.)

Check out the video here.

The fact is that even though Imus was wrong to call the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos,” that very language was invented and popularized by black culture. Hip hop culture is probably the single biggest factor holding back African Americans. Rappers are constantly calling their women whores; maybe there’s a big outcry within their own community against that kind of demeaning language, but I don’t see Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson doing much about it.

By contrast, you can’t get away from Sharpton and Jackson in this Imus case; and last year when the Duke rape accusations came up, Jackson said his PUSH Coalition was going to pay the tuition of the woman who accused the lacrosse players of raping her. Now that it’s officially established that the case had no merit almost from the very beginning, and that Mike Nifong (the prosecutor) kept it alive in order for further his own political ambitions, are we going to see Jesse Jackson say anything about it? Perhaps, that he was wrong, and that he apologizes to the unjustly accused lacrosse players? Not likely.

Whitlock’s right: Sharpton and Jackson act like it’s 1965 and they are trying to bring black/white relations back to the 1940s and 1950s.