This Blog in 2010

Here’s a high level summary of how this blog did through 2010; emailed to me this morning by

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 4,500 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 71 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 161 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 20th with 207 views. The most popular post that day was Killing Joke & Tim Burgess.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for halo reach sabre, dandelion and burdock cake, ultima 8, best cake in the world, and halo sabre.

Attractions in 2010

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


Killing Joke & Tim Burgess March 2010


Halo: Reach September 2010


Halo: Reach – Matchmaking September 2010


How to Remove Images from a Word Document September 2010


LRP vs MMO: Why the two are worlds apart. June 2010


Google Mail

I started to use GMail last night.

Having seen some of the features of Android I’m determined to give it a third trial; allowing Gmail to manage my Hotmail will deal with my only real anti-Android issue.

As I write this I note that I appear to be dwelling on the negative aspects of Gmail, something I will endeavour to change – negativity is never a good thing.

My first reaction to Gmail was one of annoyance; as a UK user I am limited to, what a mouthful. Furthermore, armaitus@ has already been taken. I’ll explain more about my decision to use Armaitus as a web monicker in a later blog; the short version is that I needed a unique name that wasn’t taken by web services at the time. Every now and then I find that there is another Armaitus somewhere who has taken my user name. And so I am designated the verbose armaitussyn@ address at the equally lengthy domain.

The user interface is refreshing though and the trivial matter of being able to set a theme pleases me.

One thing did frighten me a little as I was browsing my morning mail.  Whilst replying to a mail that contained the name “Yog Sothoth”, I noticed the ad banner change to read:

Alice at R’lyeh – When Alice met Lovecraft… (and Cthulhu popped up, too)”

Cthulhu Cycle Deities and Advertising – makes me shudder even to write about it.

It’s taken until this morning for my Hotmail to sync and there must still be some teething issue as new mail isn’t appearing in the Gmail inbox “instantly” but as long as it’s “timely” I can deal with that. As I understand it, I will still need to take time to clear out messages from my Hotmail but I am definitely a step closer to being able to comfortably use an Android device. (Or ‘Droid as I’ve seen them referred to, how quaint)

We’ll see how well I take to it over the coming weeks, pretty soon the HTC Desire should be released and that does indeed look like a worthy device.