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January 19 – February 19, 2010

19 Jan 2010 to 19 Feb 2010: 4,376 visits shown above

Statistics updated 19 Feb 2010@11:49GMT:4,407 visits

Total since 19 Jan 2010: 4,407. Previous 24hrs: 147

distance in which individuals are clusteredDot sizes:

= 1,000+ = 100 – 999 = 10 – 99 = 1 – 9 visits

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Where Are You?

I love to see the locations of visitors. I find it amazing and wonderful that people from all parts of the earth can interact with each other by way of the internet. (I wish more of you would leave comments! ūüėČ )

Cluster Maps

I’ve tried in the past to put up maps of visitor locations, but I’ve not been very successful. I’m trying this ‘Clustermap‘ today to see if it will show locations. Sitemeter has a map function, too, but I don’t know how to put it on a visible page on the site.

Where in the World Are You?

Locations of visitors to this page

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This Is From ColorOfChange.org

Stop the race baiting


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Meth vs Gladiolas, neck and neck, May 7th, 2009

May 7th was the day the number of hits on the Meth post equaled the number of people stopping by to look at the flowers. (sigh) I’ve loved having my post with photos of flowers from my yard as the all-time most visited post on this blog.

The Flower Photos Came First

Reality is this, I posted the flowers in the summer of 2007. I posted the meth post in January 2008. So, the gladiolas and purple flowers and baby bird had a 6 or 7 month lead. Over the past year, both posts have been my top posts on most days, but the meth post has usually had just a few more visits, and it has slowly crept up to a position where it is about to choke the flowers.

Am I Serious About This?

No, I don’t take all this as seriously as it sounds, but it has been gratifying to see that people enjoy my flower photos. And, it has made me wonder about the huge interest in meth.I hope that interest is from a hands-off perspective.

Meth Users – The Survivors, The Destroyed

I’ve seen users whose lives are no longer functional. The woman I mentioned in the post lost everything.¬† She was probably a really nice person at the start. Nice people do get caught up in drugs.¬† Chemicals can change lives in ways we can’t control.

I do know a couple of people who I met years after they stopped using. (They were the lucky ones. They were able to stop.) One is a wonderful person who lost a career because of it. The other is a wonderful person who has ongoing health issues that may or may not have come from meth use, but it is an unknown.

Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Medical Services

A few months ago, I talked with a law enforcement officer from a rural area. He was very diplomatic in the way he described the kind of crime they had, but I guessed what he was talking about. “Meth?” I asked. He said yes. Low population and wide open spaces. That used to be a good thing. Live out in the country, breathe fresh air, work hard.

When I took EMS classes, I learned that meth labs can kill. You don’t have to wait to use the drugs. The process of creating the drug is so toxic that rescue people have died when walking into the room. Don’t try to turn off the stove. Get out. It can explode and kill you. And, the fumes can kill you.

Small Children in In-Home Meth Labs

One really hard part of the job for rescue workers is knowing that people have their children right there in the middle of all that poison. When children are removed from meth labs, they not only lose their home, their parents and their pets. They lose their clothes and their toys. The fumes are so toxic, they take everything from the children and wrap them up in a clean blanket to transport them to the hospital. I don’t know how it is done here, but that’s what I learned a few years ago. Some ambulances and police cars have small stuffed animals to give children when they are removed from bad situations, a toy that is small and cuddly and soft to provide some comfort in a bad situation.

Parents Crash After Days of Meth Use and Leave Baby to Die

One of the terrible stories I heard in my first EMS class was of an infant in a bouncy seat, the ones that allow them to walk before they’re able to walk. The parents had been using meth, and they’d been up for days. When all the speedy effects ended, they crashed for hours and hours and hours of sleep. It was winter. The baby was unattended, seated in the bouncy chair. The chair was stuck over an in-floor heat grate. The heat was on.¬† By the time the adults woke up, the baby was horribly burned.

Where’s the Silver Lining in this Very-Not-Pretty Post

Well, I am happy to report (as I have done before) that people are discovering a new source of joy in the midst of all the difficulties of life. I believe that some music can heal and calm and inspire. Listening to certain music can bring joy and hope where it was previously missing.

Nathan Pacheco Saves the Day

I love Nathan Pacheco and the gift he brings to the world. Nathan sings and  wounded, sad and lonely hearts are soothed and comforted. Nathan sings and joy leaps in the hearts of those who hear him. Every time he sings, people are touched by the beauty of his voice, his music, his words and his passion.

Nathan Pacheco’s Music Soars and Lifts Hearts

I’ve only been writing about Nathan Pacheco and his beautiful voice for about a year now (May 2008), a year later than the post about my flowers (July 2007) and five months later than the post about the dangers of meth (January 2008). In spite of that, people are searching for Nathan Pacheco, and the initial post about him is rising quickly.

Read About Nathan Pacheco. Listen to Nathan Pacheco.

The people who spend the most time on this blog are usually reading one of these three posts. The people who click other links, often started on one of these three posts. I am happy when I look at the stats for ‘clicks’ and see that people are going to the Yanni Voices page and to youtube pages with recordings of Nathan’s music.

Some Day You Will Experience the Beauty

I know that not every person loves a classically trained voice. But, I do believe that most people love to hear a beautiful voice. And, most people love to hear an instrument with a beautiful sound played beautifully. That’s Nathan Pacheco. No matter what your musical preference, take a moment some day and listen to Nathan sing. It’s even better if you can see his face while he is singing.¬† You will see the joy in his music while you hear it.

Nathan Pacheco in Concert

Put it on the back burner, if you must, but keep it as a possible future plan. Some day, make it a point to see Nathan Pacheco perform live.  You will feel the joy. You will be inspired. You will remember it forever.

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So many people came looking for Santa on Christmas Eve.¬† The links to NORAD’s¬† Santa Tracker videos, tracking Santa’s progress in his Christmas Eve travels around the globe, only work on Christmas Eve. So, if you missed seeing Santa visiting famous spots around the globe, check back next year when he makes his Christmas Eve trip around the world.

I asked the young ones in my family if they’d like to see where Santa was.¬† One said, “I do,¬† but I’m too busy right now.” He was¬† drawing and doing other fun things. When they finally got ready for bed about 10:30pm, they watched the video of¬† Santa in Brazil, and they heard the voice of the NORAD Santa Tracker saying that Santa had just visited South America and would be in North America soon. They got the message, and the lights were out in a flash! ūüôā

If you stopped by this page looking for Santa, please stay for awhile and see if there is anything else here that interests you. Please leave a comment, too, if you’re so inclined. I’d love to hear from you, even if you disagree with me, as long as you are polite.

Here were the Christmas Eve stats from Sitemeter (from midnight to midnight on December 24, 2008). It looks like searching for Santa has been as popular as obsessing about certain political figures a few months ago. It’s certainly more rewarding! ūüôā

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Site Summary
Total 50,727
Average Per Day 167
Average Visit Length 1:35
Last Hour 21
Today 264
This Week 1,169
Total 73,620
Average Per Day 238
Average Per Visit 1.4
Last Hour 26
Today 378
This Week 1,664

Thanks again for stopping by. And, thanks to the men and women of NORAD, our strategic defense military personnel, who take a night to keep us posted on Santa’s whereabouts.

If you’re curious about previous Santa posts, they’re here:

December 24, 2007
Christmas Eve Fun РSanta Tracker by NORAD
December 24, 2008
SANTA! Norad Santa Tracker 2008
Here’s are other good posts about the NORAD Santa Trackers:
Santa On YouTube
NORAD Tracks Santa (Wikipedia)
SANTA TRACKER 2008: Military center tracking Santa’s sleigh ride

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I’m copying in full from this post:¬† http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/111811

Major flaw revealed in Internet Explorer; users urged to switch

Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:49AM EST

Major flaw revealed in Internet Explorer; users urged to switch

Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:49AM EST

Christopher Null: The Working Guy

The major press outlets are abuzz this morning with news of a major new security flaw that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from IE5 to the latest beta of IE8. The attack has serious and far-reaching ramifications — and they’re not just theoretical attacks. In fact, the flaw is already in wide use as a tool to steal online game passwords, with some 10,000 websites infected with the code needed to take advantage of the hole in IE.

Virtually all security experts (as well as myself) are counseling users to switch to any other web browser — none of the others are affected, including Firefox, Chrome, and Opera — at least for the time being, though Microsoft has stubbornly said it “cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw.” Microsoft adds that it is working on a fix but has offered no ETA on when that might happen. Meanwhile it offers some suggestions for a temporary patch, including setting your Internet security zone settings to “high” and offering some complicated workarounds. (Some reports state, however, that the fixes do not actually work.)

Expedient patching or switching are essential. Security pros fear that the attack will soon spread beyond the theft of gaming passwords and into more criminal arenas, as the malicious code can be placed on any website and can be adapted to steal any password stored or entered using the browser. It’s now down to the issue of time: Will Microsoft repair the problem and distribute a patch quickly enough to head off the tsunami of fraud that’s about to hit or will it come too late to do any good?

Meanwhile, I’ll reiterate my recommendation: Switch from Internet Explorer as soon as you can. You can always switch back once the threat is eliminated. (To clarify: You don’t need to uninstall IE, just don’t use it for the time being.)

Links for other browsers to try: Firefox Chrome Safari Opera

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Here are the results of my “Will You Call In Gay?” Poll

(The answer choices were in a random order. There were 16 answers at the time of this post.)

Poll Results


Answer Votes
No, but I’ll not spend any money all day.

¬†4 …¬†27%

No, I’m ‘gay’, but I’m in a job where I can’t miss work.

¬†3 …¬†20%

Yes, I’ll stay out, not spend money AND volunteer.

¬†2 …¬†13%


No, I can’t stay out ‘gay’, because I’m heterosexual.

¬†2 …¬†13%

No, I’m not out at work. I am afraid I’ll be harrassed.


Yes, I want to stand up and be counted.

¬†0 …¬†0%

No, I’m not out at work. I am afraid I’ll be fired.

¬†0 …¬† 0%

Other (see below)

¬†3 …¬† 20%

Other Answer Votes
No, I’ve already had to use over 70 unpaid leave hours this year due to sickness 1
Coincidentally I did call in today but am really sick! My straight boss said are 1
No, I’m a non-heterosexual, but I cannot miss school. I won’t spend any money a 1


What were your experiences with “A Day Without A Gay” day?

What were your experiences at work yesterday? (I¬†heard nothing about “A Day Without A Gay” at my job. But, there was not much time for talking about anything not work-related.)

Was “A Day Without A Gay” in the news today?

Was¬†“A Day Without A Gay” in the news today? I’ve not seen or heard news so far today. Please comment with what you experienced or heard about this.

You can still participate in my “A Day Without A Gay” poll.

Just say what you did yesterday (related to going to work or staying out). You can click “view results” to see all the answers (except the write in votes). Any total over 16 votes will include any answers after this post was published.


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