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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 53 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 147 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 67mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 1st with 254 views. The most popular post that day was The Leviathan.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, facebook.com, slashingtongue.com, webcache.googleusercontent.com, and digg.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kronosaurus, basking shark, leviathan, dogfish, and leviathan melville.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Leviathan February 2010


Captain Nemo Provokes the Orange Monk, Unpunished! March 2010
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The Orange Monk Surfaces from 20,000 Leagues May 2010


The Orange Monk Besieged by Pirates! (Part 2) February 2010


The Orange Monk Besieged by Pirates! (Part 1) February 2010

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The violence of these subterranean forces is constantly diminishing. Volcanoes were numerous in the world’s early days, but they’re becoming extinct one by one. The heat inside the earth is weakening, the temperature in the lower strata of our planet is declining appreciably each century, all this to our detriment, because that heat is life.”

— Professor Aronnax

…And in the void left by diminishing volcanic activity, we seem to be left with a whole lot of seismic activity. If Verne were alive today, I imagine he’d be pretty interested in our planet’s recent rash of large earthquakes.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part 2, anyone?

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"...and very soon, professor, you too will have travelled through my Arabian Tunnel."

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For Conseil, the captain was still a neglected genius who, weary of earth’s deceptions, had been driven to take refuge in this inaccessible medium where he was free to follow his instincts. But to my mind, this theory explained only one side of Captain Nemo.


No, Captain Nemo was not content simply with avoiding humanity. His formidable submarine served not only his instincts for freedom but also, perhaps, his needs for some terrible revenge.”

— Professor Aronnax

Part II, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Our globe began with the sea, and maybe it will end with it. Here is supreme tranquility! The sea does not belong to despots! Up there on the surface, men can still exercise their iniquitous claims, fight each other, tear one another to pieces, and transport their terrestrial horrors. But thirty feet below the surface, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, their power vanishes… Here I recognize no master! Here I am free!”

— Captain Nemo

Flippin’ your fins, you don’t get too far. Legs are required for jumping, dancing, strolling down a — what’s that word again? Street. Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun… Wanderin’ free — wish I could be part of that world.”

— Ariel the Mermaid

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A Chancy Business

[…T]hese were questions that would require more work. To answer them, we would have to dissect the monster; to dissect it, catch it; to catch it, harpoon it, which was Ned’s business; to harpoon it, sight it, which was the crew’s business; and to sight it, meet it, which was a chancy business.”

— Professor Aronnax, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Behold! ye lubbers of the English language, ye stalwart students of SAT trivia: here be one of the grandest examples of parallel sentence structure I’ve ever seen (not to mention a good example of a proper use of semicolons). Why, there’s almost a double parallel structure (parallel parallel structures?) happening here: it begins with the rhythm of “to x it, y it,” and after repeating this a couple times, adds in another element: “which was z‘s business”; which on the third iteration yields the subtle variation, “a chancy business.” A beautiful, cascading sentence.

Yeah I know, I’m a huge dork.

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The Sea… and Beyond!

The human mind delights in grand visions of supernatural beings. And the sea is precisely their best medium, the only medium that can produce and develop such giants, against which land animals, like the elephant and the rhinoceros, are mere midgets.”

— Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, p. 15

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