Year End Zeitgeist

It’s that time of year again! I’ve collected the data, crunched the numbers, and have now published the data for Andrew Ferguson dot NET 2008 . As always, these stats mean practically nothing. They are fun (and at time, amusing) to look at, that’s it. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Here are the top ten search terms for 20081:

  1. countdown timer
  2. andrew ferguson
  3. cgi
  4. blockquote cite
  5. deanne bell
  6. ben towne
  7. mafalda
  8. how to tie a tie
  9. vault
  10. wordpress countdown

Top seven web crawlers for 20082:

  1. MSNBot
  2. Yahoo Slurp
  3. Googlebot
  4. Ask
  5. Alexia
  6. Voila
  7. The Web Archive

Top eleven referring web crawlers for 20083:

  1. Google (including regular, Image, and Cache)
  2. Windows Live
  3. Yahoo!
  4. MSN Search
  5. Stumbleupon (Social Bookmark)
  6. AOL
  7. Ask
  8. Dogpile
  9. AltaVista
  10. GoodSearch
  11. del.icio.us (Social Bookmark)

Top five identifiable operating systems for 20084:

  1. Windows
  2. Macintosh
  3. Linux
  4. BSD
  5. Sony PlayStation Portable

Top six identifiable Internet browsers for 20085:

  1. Internet Explorer: 48.9%
    1. MSIE 8: 0.2%
    2. MSIE 7: 31.7%
    3. MSIE 6: 16.4%
    4. MSIE 5.5: 0.1%
  2. Firefox: 35.1%
    1. FF 3.1: 0.1%
    2. FF 3.0: 16.6%
    3. FF 2.0: 16.4%
    4. FF 1.5: 1.5%
  3. Safari: 5.5%
  4. Mozilla: 2.0%
  5. Opera: 1.3%
  6. Netscape: 0.1%

Site visits over the entire year (the spike represents Obama’s visit to CSM)6:
analytics_pageviews
Site visits over the year by regions7:
world_visits

usa_visits

Bandwidth: 108.6 GB of data served89
Page views: 108,739((as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog)) or 126,62110 or 1,224,9881112
Absolute unique visits: 81,11813

Posts: 223 (inclusive)
Comments by me: 203
Comments not by me: 594

Flickr Stats at the end of 200814:
Photos: 10,604
Videos: 21

Tagged: 8,539
Not tagged: 2,086

Geotagged: 5,084
Not geotagged: 5,541

Other:
Emails sent: 925

Anyway, from a numbers perspective, I think that pretty much covers everything worth passing on. If there’s anything else anyone would like to know, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

For comparison, see:
2007 Year-End Zeitgeist and 2007 Year End Zeitgeist, Part 2


  1. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  2. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  3. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  4. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  5. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  6. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  7. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  8. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  9. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  10. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  11. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  12. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  13. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  14. these are all time total numbers, not yearly totals 

Dangit

I was driving back from a day of skiing at Stevens Pass when Darren shared the news:

“Ben Towne passed away today.”

“Dangit.”

That’s really all I have to say right now. There’s no way to express the sadness I feel. Instead, I will (again) share this quote that seems rather applicable:

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” (Hamlet Act V, scene ii)

From www.caringbridge.org:

BENJAMIN WARD TOWNE
July 17, 2005 – December 30, 2008

Comments closed on this page. Please leave them on the Towne’s CaringBridge page instead: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/towne

Update: UPC has posted more details:
From upc.org:

Dear Friends,

We have just received the sad news that about 2 a.m. this morning our beloved Ben Towne died. Our hearts break with this reality, and our hearts are comforted by being able to claim that same promise for Ben which Jesus gave, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” Let’s include in our prayers Jeff, Carin, and the entire Towne family and network of friends who are grieving.

Claiming the Promise,
Ray Moore
Pastor of Congregational Care

Five in Five

As my official time as student nears its end, I’ve been thinking about how I want continue my life.
Of course, I will be working after I graduate. However, It’s hard for me to imagine a time when I didn’t have school, save those fleeting moments during the summer.

Over the last few semesters, I’ve grown to appreciate knowledge and the process of acquiring it. And I don’t think I’m ready to stop yet. I hope I’m never ready to stop learning.

Thus, I’m launching a new project: Five in Five – Five things I want to do in the five years after I graduate. I’ll admit, the list is pretty aggressive, but I think it’s doable.

However, the keyword here is “want.” I want to complete these things because I think they are interesting and I feel they will be useful. That being said, I’m not sure if I will be able to complete it all within five years and, even then, I’m not even sure if I want to complete all things I’ve laid out.

I’ve ordered the list is roughly the order I plan to complete them in:

  1. Travel the World
  2. Pilot’s license
  3. Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  4. Masters Degree
  5. Professional Engineer

As always, keep it tuned here for all the fun. Soon, I’ll be doing a lot of talking, asking, and planning about the first part of my Five in Five: Traveling the World.

New Site Layout

It’s been just about a year since I last updated the theme for this site, but I finally have a new design.

There are several reasons for the redesign, primary motivated by my desire to take advantage of some of the new features in WordPress 2.7: Paged comments and Threaded comments.

I also wanted to simplify the design layout of the site. This theme is what I found: Internet Music by Smashing WordPress Themes.

I modified it a bit to make it wider (I wanted more room for text) and to make it fit my style better.

I like that it’s not as visually cluttered as the previous theme, but it still manages to maintain essence of me (orange color and view of Seattle, for example).

I also took the time to update many of the pages I have. Pages are different from posts in that they live outside of the chronology of the blog. I uses pages for content that is subject to much change or is updated often. Some of the pages I moved to posts (the old links will automatically forward) and a couple pages I deleted.

I’m still tweaking the design a bit, but I think it’s pretty much there. Let me know what you think!
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Merry Christmas Eve

Yes, it’s creepy and weird, but when I saw it, it made be laugh. The dog on the right is Buddy (our family dog). Merry Christmas Eve.
Buddy with green eye lasers!

via Cooper

Seattle Refuses to Use Salt

…that’s the headline from today’s Seattle Times. After reading the article (well, the above the fold part at least) I can’t believe how idiotic the city is. This is really just precious:
From seattletimes.nwsource.com:

To hear the city’s spin, Seattle’s road crews are making “great progress” in clearing the ice-caked streets.

But it turns out “plowed streets” in Seattle actually means “snow-packed,” as in there’s snow and ice left on major arterials by design.

“We’re trying to create a hard-packed surface,” said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. “It doesn’t look like anything you’d find in Chicago or New York.”

The city’s approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.

The icy streets are the result of Seattle’s refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.

“If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,” Wiggins said. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”

So quick recap:

  • “Great progress”
  • Snow and ice left on major arterials by design
  • Trying to create a hard-packed surface
  • Refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster
  • “If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,” Wiggins said. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”
  • “Great progress”

Yup, sounds like a great plan. Sometimes I’m sorry I ever left Colorado.

See also: 2 buses skid down slick hill, barely avoid plunge to I-5 (with amazing picture)

P.S. Back in Seattle

In case you missed the memo, I am back in Seattle. I think the twittering was a success, more or less. I’ve archived my twitter updates from the trip below:

is home sweet home! 8:13 PM Dec 16th from web
On I-5. Only 7 more miles! 7:09 PM Dec 16th from txt
Ugh. Traffic sucks. 6:26 PM Dec 16th from txt
Seattle ETA 5:30p 5:27 PM Dec 16th from txt
Ellensberg…getting closer 5:03 PM Dec 16th from txt
About two hours outside of seattle. It’s a race against the run! 4:25 PM Dec 16th from txt
Starbucks in Spokane with liz. Back on the road now. Seattle ETA 6pm? 2:31 PM Dec 16th from txt
Washington!! 1:19 PM Dec 16th from txt
1 1:18 PM Dec 16th from txt
2 1:17 PM Dec 16th from txt
3 1:17 PM Dec 16th from txt
Coeur d’Alene 1:06 PM Dec 16th from txt
What did Ida hoe? 12:18 PM Dec 16th from txt
Spokane: 131 11:52 AM Dec 16th from txt
Alberton? 11:22 AM Dec 16th from txt
Missoula 10:59 AM Dec 16th from txt
Weather: Bozeman, MT -21F, Mostly Cloudy Hum: 70% Tue: -4F-5F, Mostly Sunny Wed: 2F-13F, Mostly Sunny Thu: -1F-20F, Chance of Snow 7:38 AM Dec 16th from txt
In Bozeman for the night 12:04 AM Dec 16th from txt
is eating dinner at Perkins in Billings, MT. 9:01 PM Dec 15th from web
Now entering Montana. Roads have been amazingly good thus far. 7:07 PM Dec 15th from txt
Finally on I90 6:16 PM Dec 15th from txt
Gas is 1.299 at the Exxon in Casper. It’s also -3 F outside. 4:52 PM Dec 15th from txt
Driving through Casper, Wyoming 4:34 PM Dec 15th from txt
Woo! Wyoming! 2:13 PM Dec 15th from txt
At QDoba in FoCo with Caleb. 1:11 PM Dec 15th from txt
Leaving Grandma’s 11:36 AM Dec 15th from txt
Gas at Costco was $1.349/gal! 11:04 AM Dec 15th from txt
Is getting ready to leave. 10:01 AM Dec 15th from txt