September 13, 2008 at 8:10 am (General)
I wrote my first post on this blog in July, 2007, and in the following year wrote almost 300 short posts related to economics, religion, and politics in the United States. In that time, this blog has received tens of thousands of views. It’s a modest number, but considering the small amount of time I spend maintaining the site and a complete lack of advertising and marketing, it’s not unexpected. The most popular posts have remained fairly consistent and can be found in the “Top Posts” sidebar.
I have been wondering whether I would consider this blog to be “successful”, but I don’t think there’s a clear answer. I originally started writing as an attempt at catharsis. Seeing the state of American politics, religion, and a general disdain for rational thought was more than I could bear in silence. It was (and is) difficult to find people with whom I can speak on a rational and intellectual level. Yet, I had to do so, even if only for my own sanity. I thought about questions like, how could I justify sitting idly by when the worst administration in the history of the U.S. escaped from accountability? What would I tell kids and future generations that would be bound to ask? Had I never received a single page view on the site, by that measure, I might still have considered it to be useful. In any case, this would be a good time to thank those of you who have visited the site and those of you have commented. Hopefully, there will be more to come in the future…
January 31, 2008 at 11:07 am (Fun Stuff, General, Science)
This isn’t strictly related to politics or the topic of this blog, but I recently ran across a very useful web site from Nikon. The site is Universcale and it provides a Flash-based interactive demonstration that allows users to navigate through various levels of magnitude to compare the sizes of things. The site’s introduction explains it well:
We are able to view all entities, from the microworld to the universe, from a single perspective. By setting them up against a scale, we are able to compare and understand things which cannot be physically compared.
Today, using the electron microscope and astronomical telescope, we can see the objects which we have not been aware of its existence before. Are you able to fathom, or even roughly grasp, these sizes?
See our Universcale and experience the sizes of various objects.
I would love to see something like this for comparing dollar amounts of, say, United States expenditures. In past posts, I have linked to static images that do a pretty good job of helping us visualize spending (see The 2008 Budget Poster). But wouldn’t it be great to be able to zoom in on the cost of attacking Iraq and to be able to compare that with our spending on education, law enforcement, and healthcare? If anyone’s aware of any such site, please post it in the comments.
July 10, 2007 at 7:42 am (General)
While there’s no specific agenda for this blog, I created it to express thoughts and ideas for which I don’t seem to have another outlet. The hope is to encourage discussion and to get other perspectives on topics that range from technology to politics and religion. I encourage you to participate in providing your feedback!
P.S. While I have other blogs and information on the Internet, I have decided to keep this blog private and anonymous for now.