Welcome, Insta-readers

Welcome, new readers. Here is the post about my impressions from Pakistan. While you are here, please take a look at my other posts as well and leave comments. I hope you would like to visit this blog regularly. A reason to visit again: I promised a long tiime ago but hopefully this week I will write about the different religious groups in Pakistan, not all of whom are murderous thugs.

Thanks, Jim and Glenn. Wow, so this is what an insta-mention looks like. I have already gotten as many visitors today as I got in the whole of December.

Google Rank

I am the #1 result on Google for zackandamber. For Procrastination, I am #19. For Zack Ajmal, I am #2 as the #1 result is Virginia Postrel’s The Scene who has me on her blogroll. This site is #56 on the Google search for Zack. I definitely need to do better here.

Blog Talk

I have been getting quite a few of my recent hits from search engines. The most common keyword is “Procrastination,” though I have no idea whether these people were searching for my weblog or for info on procrastination. After all, what better way to procrastinate than to search for information on procrastination. The second most common search term has been about the INS special registration. I have blogged about it, but here’s the link to the INS web page on the topic. The strangest search was for “weapons suppliers.” I have no idea how to help him.

Looking at my referrer logs, I have got the most visitors from Virginia Postrel, Aziz Poonawalla, Jim Henley, Bill Allison and Andrew Northrup. Thanks to them and everyone else who reads my weblog or sends/sent visitors my way.

Also, thanks to Andrew Northrup, Max Sawicky, Aziz Poonawalla, Bin Gregory, Al-Muhajabah, Bill Allison, Jonathan Edelstein, Virginia Postrel and Ikram Saeed for putting me on their blogrolls.

And finally I must thank the two regulars in my comment section, Ikram and Jonathan.

UPDATE: Also thanks to Kramerius and No Point of Reference for having this blog on their blogroll.

Nigerian 419 Scam Variation

I have received quite a few emails from the well-known Nigerian 419 scam artists. Today I received a Brunei variation:

My name is Haja I am a 23 years old and a British citizen who was taken to Brunei by my father at the young age of 12. He deceived me that I was going there on vacation and later married me off to a wealthy Prince in Brunei who is 30 years older than me.

I was thus forced into marriage and when I objected I was beaten and raped by this Prince. I was locked up in a house for two years after which I submitted and decided to accept my faith, knowing that was the only way out.

After I got my freedom back I have been allowed by my husband to have access to his businesses. Over the years I am been able to acquire some money $16,000,000.00 ( Sixteen million dollars), which I diverted into a private finance house in Darussalam without his knowledge.

Right now I have mapped out a plan of escape out of Brunei, first of all I want to move the fund out of the Brunei. This is where I need your assistance, I will move the fund out of Brunei on your name through a Cargo courier company to Europe to avoid been detected by my husband. After which you will help me secure the fund before I get out of Brunei.

If you know you are capable of handling such a huge amount of money respond to me and I will compensate you by giving you 10% of
the total fund.

Note also that you must keep this transaction secret as my life is at stake if my husband or any of his relatives hear of this transaction
they will stone me to death or hang me.

Paging Atlanta Bloggers

Other than myself, I only know Reid Stott of PhotoDude who lives in Atlanta. If you have a blog and live in the Atlanta area, please leave a comment or drop me an email.

Coming Attractions

  • Comments on the article “Wrestling with Islam” via Aziz Poonawalla.
  • Comments on Aziz’s latest in the silence of the media series.
  • More comments on the Israel-Palestine problem, especially discussing this NY Review of Books article via The Poor Man.
  • A discussion of the theology of the religious political parties in Pakistan, to dispel some of the obsession with Wahabism in the media and the blogworld. Ikram Saeed’s comments (1, 2)

Look of Blog using Netscape

From my logs I have noticed that a number of my visitors are using browsers other than MSIE (Netscape, Opera, etc.) I would appreciate comments on how this site looks in those browsers? Please leave comments or email me.

Comments

I have added comments using Haloscan. Please let me know if there are any problems with the comment system.

My First Link

Thanks to Bill Allison of Ideofact for linking to me.

He is very kind and is trying to motivate me to write about Pakistan. However, this being close to the end of the semester, I should better do some work. Hopefully, I’ll get to the topic in the next couple of weeks. Or earlier if I procrastinate like I am doing now. 😉

UPDATE: A correction: Ideofact is the second blog to link me. The first one is Jim Henley’s Unqualified Offerings. Thanks, Jim.

UPDATE II: I just started writing my thoughts here as it is better than boring my roommates with long discussions of everything under the sun. Hence, I really would like some feedback about this site. So, if you like or dislike what you see here or want to argue/discuss any of my posts, please drop me an email (my address is on the left.)

UPDATE III: I have hit the trifecta of links with the Wahabis as born again post. Bin Gregory whose writing inspired it has also linked.

Blogroll

I just added a blogroll to the left of the blogs I read. As you can see, most of them deal with politics. I am very interested in politics and international affairs and waste a lot of time reading about it instead of working on my research. You’ll probably also notice that I am a liberal, though I do like reading conservative and libertarian blogs. My favorite conservative blog is Volokh Conspiracy. Eugene Volokh, a Law Professor at UCLA, is good and argues his points very convincingly. One of my favorite libertarian blogs is Jim Henley’s Unqualified Offerings whose Washington DC sniper coverage is the best there is.