Milestones and Visitor Data

Some time during my move, this weblog crossed the 200,000 visit mark. It took about 23 months since I made the blog public. The second 100,000 mark took only 6 months compared to 17 months for the first.

My traffic is up after being down a bit during the summer. I also seem to have gotten a jump in traffic this week due to the election since I am getting about 200 more visitors per day than the usual.

October was the highest traffic month with more than 22,000 visitors doubling the traffic from a year ago. The bandwidth usage for my domain (most of it for the weblog) is now around 2.5 GB/month.

Top 20 search queries for October 2004:

  1. procrastination
  2. arranged marriages
  3. level 2 ultrasound
  4. pregnancy pics
  5. harun yahya
  6. arranged marriage
  7. gays sex
  8. mexican immigration
  9. democrat vs republican
  10. political contributions
  11. spring break movies
  12. darfur sudan
  13. julius caeser
  14. political surveys
  15. spring break girls
  16. facial expression
  17. personality quiz
  18. kashmir photos
  19. urdu fonts
  20. urdu

Here is a world map with the countries I have had visitors from shown in red.

Countries from which weblog visitors came from

create your own visited country map

The list of 140 countries follows:

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The Day the Iraq War was Lost

Phil Carter in an excellent article in the Washington Monthly Nov 2004 issue:

A generation from now, historians may look back to April 28, 2004, as the day the United States lost the war in Iraq. On that date, “CBS News” broadcast the first ugly photographs of abuses by American soldiers at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison. There were images of a man standing hooded on a box with wires attached to his hands; of guards leering as they forced naked men to simulate sexual acts; of a man led around on a leash by a female soldier; of a dead Iraqi detainee, packed in ice; and more.

I on May 3, 2004:

A year after President Bush declared major combat operations over in Iraq, the war in Iraq has finally ended. In case you don’t know, the US lost.

Phil’s article, unlike my post, is a must-read.

Biting My Fingernails

It is election day. I am sitting on the floor with the computer in my lap and watching a borrowed TV. I have to continually switch internet connections between leeching off a neighborhood wireless connection and when that’s not available, a free 10 hours on Juno dialup.

Let us start with a typical Pakistani election slogan:

جیتے گا بھئی جیتے گا کیری ہمارا جیتے گا۔

I expect the election to be very close. My last minute prediction for the result is Kerry by 279—259 (with Kerry winning Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). I’ll update that as the results come in.

2:19pm : According to Drudge,

Kerry campaign finds comfort in first batch of exit polls.

Daily Kos has some exit poll numbers which look good for Kerry.

6:20pm : Mystery Pollster warns against relying on the leaked exit poll data.

The results start coming in in another 40 minutes. There is a time sheet based table here.

7:07pm : The first 4 results were expected since they were safe. Bush leads 34—3. My prediction stays the same as before. I am surprised South Carolina wasn’t called yet. Virginia is also expected to go for Bush but hasn’t been called either.

7:39pm : West Virginia goes to Bush. North Carolina and Ohio still in play. Actual electoral votes are now 39—3 for Bush. My prediction hasn’t changed a bit.

7:58pm : Slate has some late afternoon exit poll numbers which are very encouraging for Kerry.

8:20pm : It’s 77—66 for Kerry now. My former (by 2 days) home state of New Jersey has been called for Kerry. Surprise Undecideds: Kansas, Mississippi, and Missouri.

8:40pm : North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia finally called for Bush. Bush leads 102—77 right now, but that’s expected.

Bush leads 1,158,153—971,176 in Florida with 23% of the precints reporting. Captain Arrrgh, I won’t worry about that since as CNN showed a county map of Florida, most of the counting has been done in Bush counties. It is instructive to compare to the 2000 map. Broward and Miami-Dade still have not reported anything.

9:08pm : Nothing surprising yet. No battleground states have been called. Bush leads 155—112 right now.

9:38pm : Colorado’s Amendment 36 defeated. So Colorado’s electoral votes won’t be divided.

10:22pm : Bush leads 193—112. Amber is panicking, but no problems yet. Bush leads in Florida by 180,000 votes with 73.7% precints reporting. The Senate will remain in Republican hands, it seems.

11:05pm : Kerry wins Pennsylvania. Florida does not look good though. With California called by the networks for Kerry, Bush’s lead has narrowed to 197—188.

12:03am : Florida is over. Everything now depends on Ohio. Without Ohio, Kerry loses.

12:29am : Colorado goes to Bush while Oregon and Washington to Kerry. The score is now 246—207 for Bush. It’s an uphill task for Kerry now.

12:43am : Some guy in Columbus, OH on CNN is saying that people are still voting over there. The polls closed at 7:30pm. That is a more than 5 hour long line.

12:50am : Minnesota and New Hampshire go to Kerry. It’s now 246—221 for Bush.

1:06am : All that’s left now is for the fat lady to sing. Bush’s lead in Ohio has shrunk but it still seems strong enough. Fox News has already called Ohio for Bush.

1:11am : Here’s an interesting article about the global monitors observing the US elections.

11:08am : We get the leaders we deserve and deserve the leaders we get. That is probably more true for a democracy like the US.

WMD in Iraq = Lost Coin at Beach

There are times when a comment on one of my posts is so worthy that it needs to be lifted from the comments section and reproduced as a blog post for a wider audience. I think Andrew Hughes qualifies:

Quite frankly the weapons of mass destruction may not have been found but are there. Any of you ever went to the beach and dropped a quarter. Go swimming and come back and find that quarter. Now multiply that beach by 100 and make the quarter a nuclear weapon. Understand now?

What do you think?