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Way back when I set up this blog, I installed Google Analytics on it. Occasionally, I’ll go in and check out where all the traffic is coming from, and what people seem to be interested in. It doesn’t change what I write or post here, but it does provide some interesting feedback as to how people are responding to the bizarre junk that spills out of my brain.

However, the search terms are a whole different story – these are just plain entertaining. Here’s a list of the best and/or most interesting terms that brought people to my blog:

  1. mood ring colors – Geez Louise – you do one post about how the length of your fingernails reflects your mood and suddenly everyone thinks you’re a mood-ring expert.  It helps that the photo I used in this post used to come up as one of the top hits for the Google Image Search for mood rings, but I’m guessing most people were disappointed when they finally clicked through.
  2. reblog your own post tumblr – By far my most popular post on this blog, I made a bookmarklet for people to use to reblog their own posts on the microblogging platform Tumblr.  I’ve got 76 variations on this search term that lead people to this post, so obviously there’s a lot of folks out there that want to reblog their own content for some reason or another.  Hope my bookmarklet helps them out!
  3. papercraft cd case – The internet is gaga over papercraft.  I could probably title posts “Papercraft Toilet” and “Papercraft Model of the Human Uterus” and I’d get more hits on those posts than all of my others combined. (Actually, I’d love to see either of those if they actually exist!)
  4. barber shop strip club – People still seem to enjoy my “it seemed like a good idea at the time” post about having a barber shop and strip club under one roof, even though I very clearly pointed out how, in the end, it just wouldn’t pan out well.
  5. doing just enough to get by – The unspoken slacker code.  Mostly unspoken because it would take too much effort for the slackers to document it somewhere.
  6. human torch candle in the wind – You know, they really should do a reboot of the Fantastic Four series.  Elton John would be perfect as Johnny Storm. “Flame On! Like a Diva!”
  7. “funny always” “funny once” “funny never” – What are my favorite authors’ blog posts, my attempts at humor, and practical jokes, respectively, Alex?
  8. audible amazon is rubbish – I agree.  And until they remove DRM from their products, I’ll never be a subscriber.
  9. bad nursery rhymes – Happy to oblige: “Mary had a little lamb / its fleece as white as snow / and everywhere that Mary went / pineapple!”
  10. barbershop with strip club – See, what did I say?  Something about that idea just strikes a chord with people!
  11. being a flamingo dancer in a past life – Why yes, my adopted Native American name DOES translates to “Dancing With Flamingos” – how did you know?
  12. can’t wait to meet my family – You and me both!
  13. friends ross calls himself rossotron – Well, I don’t technically call MYSELF Rossotron, so you’re probably looking for a different Ross.  There’s a lot of us out there, so it’s ok if you got confused.
  14. gentlemen club barbar shops – Ok really, that’s enough folks.  THERE IS NO STRIP CLUB BARBER SHOP. END OF CONVERSATION.
  15. grass wolf scrunt – I have no idea what this means, but it sounds like an AWESOME band name.  Feel free to use it and send me a copy of your first demo, and I’ll see if I can get it some play on the radio for you.
  16. green eggs and ham led zeppelin – I’m pretty sure green eggs and ham were NOT on the gig rider for any of Zeppelin’s tours, but I could be mistaken.
  17. haiku about feeling crazy – How’s this? “Insane in da brain / (I’m) Insane in da membrane / Insane in da brain!” Oh no, wait, that’s just Cypress Hill lyrics in haiku form.  Sorry, I guess that’s the best I can manage on such short notice.
  18. how can i get a copy of my purchase receipt from circuit city – I’m sorry to tell you this, but I’m pretty sure you’re out of luck.  Good rule of thumb to remember for the future though: Always request a copy of your purchase receipt BEFORE the company declares bankruptcy.
  19. how not to cry on your wedding day – There’s only one surefire way – surgical removal of the tear ducts.  Better start saving now though – I’m pretty sure that’s not a procedure covered by many HMOs.
  20. how to make my wife cry tears of you at our wedding – Well, you can always do what I did, but I’d recommend just trying to make her day extra-special, and if the tears come, they come.
  21. i made her day – Good for you! If she’s important to you, try to make her day again tomorrow, and the next, and the next, ad infinitum.  She’ll appreciate it, I promise you.
  22. lady in the water scrunt making – Oh wait, NOW I know where that “grass wolf scrunt” search term came from.  Wishing I could forget, though.  Just like I wish I could erase the entire Lady in the Water movie from my brain.  Some things you just can never unsee, however.
  23. liquor and gun shop combo – Sounds like another one of those “It seemed like a good idea at the time” schemes.  I like the double entendre of “taking shots” though.
  24. makemywifecry – Sorry, not my bag.  I’m sure your wife doesn’t enjoy it when someone makes her cry, either.
  25. my mother makes it clear i was an accident – Wow, that’s a little too much information.  It sounds like maybe both you and her need a little group therapy to work through whatever issues are going on there.
  26. radon inspector bainbridge island – Have you heard of the yellow pages? Because I sure as hell won’t be of any use on this query.
  27. redheaded woodpecker smoking a cigar – Now this is something I’d like to see!  How soon can you arrange for me to take a photo of such an avian spectacle?
  28. strip club and barbershop in little rock,ar. – Hmmm. This search seems oddly specific. Perhaps I spoke too soon about the non-existence of a strip club barber shop?  Must do some more research on the subject, methinks.
  29. what is the direction of the movie “city of ember” – Generally, outwards and upwards.  I hope this doesn’t give away too much of the plot for you.
  30. what things come in fives – Fingers and toes come to mind.  Oh yeah, and the Heineken Holiday Five Pack.
  31. why is my sense of direction bad – I have no clue but if you find out, could you please tell me?  I suffer from such an ailment myself and would love to learn how to improve it.
  32. william goldman is a liar – Wow, harsh words there buddy.  And frankly, I’m not sure I believe you.  Where’s your evidence?  And remember that making statements like this in print can be construed as libel, and based on extensive legal knowledge gleaned over the years from such shows as Ally McBeal and Night Court, I can authoritatively tell you this is NOT something you want William Goldman to sue you over.

Phew, that’s quite enough for today.  I’d get some better crazy filters on this blog to keep out the foil-hat-wearing nutjobs, but they’re WAY too much fun to observe (from a safe distance, of course).

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Well, I don't know about you, but my Saturday ended in a bone-tired flop onto my bed (see this post for the reason why).  I sat down to write a post for today and realized that all of the ideas I've got planned to flush out the rest of the month of NaBloPoMo entries are a bit longer than I want to undertake for my Sunday post.  Furthermore, the number of people that are actually hanging out on Vox on Sundays is so small that I didn't want to "waste" an interesting post by putting it up on a day people might not even see it – not that I have any delusions of grandeur about my other posts, but I can pretty much tell when a post will or will not be read, and Sundays definitely fall into the latter category, regardless of subject matter.

So here's the deal:  Today (Sunday) is "Ask Me Anything Sunday".  If you leave a question for me in the comments, I guarantee I'll answer it.  I'll bundle all the questions and answers together into a single post and put it up later this week.

And, since I just said that I don't expect a lot of people to read this post on Sunday, I'll extend the deadline to submit questions until midnight Monday night (Tuesday morning) and I'll remind people about it on Monday.  So get those questions posted in the comments, people! (please!)


 

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #23/30]

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As promised, here's the answers (in red) to yesterday's trivia questions. Categories highlighted in blue are the ones my team answered correctly.

Oh, and Cranky and Grrrace?  Anytime you want to come join us for trivia, feel free.  As you can see, we really could have used your help on this one!

Round 1
1. Category: History.  The Ancon was the first ship to travel through something, in 1914.  What did it travel through? Panama Canal
2. Category: Football.  Which NFL team was the first to win the Vince Lombardi trophy five times? The 49ers
3. Category: Hobbies.  What hobby do enthusiasts spend more money on than any other hobby?  (No sports, so golf, auto racing, etc are not right) Gardening
4. Category: Space.  Name the 7th planet from our sun. Uranus
5. Category: Advertising. Name the full name of the sauce marketed as "The Burger Booster" (generic answers like "ketchup" are not right, it needs to be like "Heinz Ketchup" (although that's not the answer)). Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Round 2
6. Category: Music.  Kenny Alphin and John Rich are a duo better known by what name? Big and Rich
7. Category: Technology.  President Jimmy Carter was the first president to have these installed on the roof of the White House.  What did he have installed? solar panels
8. Category: Beatles.  Provide Paul McCartney's FULL name. Sir James Paul McCartney
9. Category: Beer.  This beer manufacturer makes "Triple Boch", the world's most potent beer, coming in at 17% alcohol by volume.  Name the manufacturer. Samuel Adams
10. Category: US Geography.  Name the U.S. state that is bordered by 8 (eight) other states.  For 8 bonus points, name all 8 surrounding states. Tennessee

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Scooby Doo, Where Are You (the original cartoon) premiered on television in what year?

  • A. 1968
  • B. 1969
  • C. 1970
  • D. 1971

B. 1969

Round 3
11. Category: Politics.  This organization elects the 15 judges of the World Court.  Name the organization. The United Nations
12. Category: Religion.  This Pope was named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1990.  Name the full name of the pope. Pope John Paul II
13. Category: Celebrity Deaths.  Ben Affleck starred as this individual in the movie about his mysterious death, Hollywoodland. For 2 bonus points, name the role that made this mystery actor famous. George Reeves, Superman
14. Category: Male Solo Artists.  This artist has released albums such as "Dare to Be Stupid", "Running with Scissors", and "Straight out of Lynwood". Name the artist. Weird Al Yankovic
15. Category: Weddings. This actress divorced Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame to marry the lead guitarist of Bon Jovi. Name the actress. Heather Locklear

Round 4
16. Category: Measurements.  What is the more common name for a cubic decimeter? A liter
17. Category: US History.  On March 4th, 1789, this replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Name the replacement document. The Constitution
18. Category: Television.  Name the popular hang-out spot (on the show) for the characters  the show Beverly Hills, 90210. The Peach Pit
19. Category: Comedians.  Terry Jones, John Cleese, and Eric Idle are three of the six comedians that originally made up which comedy group? Monty Python's Flying Circus
20. Category: Game Shows.  Which game show has a possible 61 answers? Jeopardy

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which of the following was the first to provide a credit card in 1950?

  • A. Sears and Roebuck
  • B. Avon
  • C. Pan Am
  • D. Diners Club

D. Diners Club

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Last night was another trivia night out with some of my family – we didn't do so hot the first couple of rounds but ended up coming back (although not quite enough to be in contention.)  Still, a good time was had by all, and plenty of libations were consumed in the process.  On to the trivia!

Again, I'll post the answers tomorrow.

Oh, and if you feel like trying to answer these yourself, just be aware that some people may try to answer in the comments, so don't read ahead unless you want some of the answers spoiled for you.

Round 1
1. Category: History.  The Ancon was the first ship to travel through something, in 1914.  What did it travel through?
2. Category: Football.  Which NFL team was the first to win the Vince Lombardi trophy five times?
3. Category: Hobbies.  What hobby do enthusiasts spend more money on than any other hobby?  (No sports, so golf, auto racing, etc are not right)
4. Category: Space.  Name the 7th planet from our sun.
5. Category: Advertising. Name the full name of the sauce marketed as "The Burger Booster" (generic answers like "ketchup" are not right, it needs to be like "Heinz Ketchup" (although that's not the answer)).

Round 2
6. Category: Music.  Kenny Alphin and John Rich are a duo better known by what name?
7. Category: Technology.  President Jimmy Carter was the first president to have these installed on the roof of the White House.  What did he have installed?
8. Category: Beatles.  Provide Paul McCartney's FULL name.
9. Category: Beer.  This beer manufacturer makes "Triple Boch", the world's most potent beer, coming in at 17% alcohol by volume.  Name the manufacturer.
10. Category: US Geography.  Name the U.S. state that is bordered by 8 (eight) other states.  For 8 bonus points, name all 8 surrounding states.

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Scooby Doo, Where Are You (the original cartoon) premiered on television in what year?

  • A. 1968
  • B. 1969
  • C. 1970
  • D. 1971

Round 3
11. Category: Politics.  This organization elects the 15 judges of the World Court.  Name the organization.
12. Category: Religion.  This Pope was named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1990.  Name the full name of the pope.
13. Category: Celebrity Deaths.  Ben Affleck starred as this individual in the movie about his mysterious death, Hollywoodland. For 2 bonus points, name the role that made this mystery actor famous.
14. Category: Male Solo Artists.  This artist has released albums such as "Dare to Be Stupid", "Running with Scissors", and "Straight out of Lynwood". Name the artist.
15. Category: Weddings. This actress divorced Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame to marry the lead guitarist of Bon Jovi. Name the actress.

Round 4
16. Category: Measurements.  What is the more common name for a cubic decimeter?
17. Category: US History.  On March 4th, 1789, this replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Name the replacement document.
18. Category: Television.  Name the popular hang-out spot (on the show) for the characters  the show Beverly Hills, 90210.
19. Category: Comedians.  Terry Jones, John Cleese, and Eric Idle are three of the six comedians that originally made up which comedy group?
20. Category: Game Shows.  Which game show has a possible 61 answers?

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which of the following was the first to provide a credit card in 1950?

  • A. Sears and Roebuck
  • B. Avon
  • C. Pan Am
  • D. Diners Club

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Ok, it's not actually a game, but the website Answerbag.com definitely gets my pick as most addictive site of the year, and possibly most addictive site, ever.

Like many other question/answer sites, people post questions for anyone/everyone to answer.  There's a digg-like voting system, where you can rate up/down both the questions and people's answers.  You can accumulate points by having people rate up your questions or answers, and gain levels by getting enough points.  New questions are posted by users all the time, and you can also search the archives if you're actually just looking for a decent answer, and not interested in "playing the game".

As of right now, I'm a level 4 user with 57 points needed to hit level 5.  The higher a level you are, the more points you can bestow on a question or answer. Answers get more points than questions, so two good ways to earn points are either throw out a bunch of good questions, or just answer a few questions with good answers.

So, if you're in the mood to dole out some advice, ask some questions, or just try to "level up", check out Answerbag.  If I see it, maybe I'll answer your question!

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Posted: 2007-08-10 in General
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For lack of better content to post today (sorry, not feeling creative and gotta spend some time getting ready for my trip to the UK next week) I thought I'd throw up a quick 10-question True/False quiz about my childhood for everyone.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to respond in the comments with the answer "True" or "False" for items 1-10.  I'll post the correct answers over the weekend or on Monday, whenever I have time.

This message will not self destruct in 10 seconds.  *Beep*

1. My elementary school teachers nicknamed (and called) me "Motormouth".
2. I cried in high school when I got a grade of 'B' in Phys. Ed.
3. I once nearly severed my middle finger when I fell while carrying firewood while wearing roller-skates.
4. My brother's best friend once hit me in the head with a heavy steel chain.
5. When I was in elementary school, a girl told me I "sung like a frog" and it scarred me to the point of choosing to refrain from singing until halfway through high school.
6. I once won a mini-triathlon at a summer camp where the prize was a chance to eat McDonald's with the hot female camp counselor.
7. I wore bright red pants to my middle-school graduation.  Nobody probably would have noticed, except I was Valedictorian and had to give a speech.
8. My two best friends in high school were a Taiwanese boy nicknamed "Grasshopper" and a Somalian boy nicknamed "Jackrabbit".
9. I once hit someone upside the head with a copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.
10. I once got a ticket from a police officer while riding my bike home from the neighborhood swimming pool.

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