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Well, At Least It's Not All Spam
2007.01.24 (Wed) 00:48
Some of you might have noticed the, ah, "flurry" of activity over on one of our old Sylvia Browne posts. Okay, screw "flurry" — blizzard, monsoon, supernova explosion...any of those might be a better description.
To put it in really, really basic terms: this month, we've tended to get hits in the low five-digits each day. In our busy months (of which January certainly wasn't one), we usually hit an average in the mid five-digits per day, with peaks when we write a particularly popular post — or when we get a particularly favorable link from a more popular website.
Well, chalk AOL's news site up as a "more popular website" — thanks to a very random mention in their entertainment news, we got 1,172,050 hits on Tuesday alone. Don't worry, we're not letting it go to our heads, and we expect the hits to taper off as people get bored — we were never in this for the hits, anyway. (The money and the power, sure, but not the hits. By the way, we're still waiting for the money and power. Somebody get on that.)
But meanwhile, the point is that we're getting quite overwhelmed with visitors! Not "technically" — our server is fine (we've got a great host and a great package) — but in sheer terms of workload: trying to keep up with comments, contact form submissions, and newly excited spammers.
Add to all that the recent birth of a beautiful Two Percent baby (congratulate Tom, would you?) and real life work continuing apace with several challenging deadlines one on top of the other all this week (commiserate with Jeff, would you?), and we'll declare pretty confidently that we're probably not going to be getting anything else new up any time soon. We've got Rants in the works, but simply no time to work on them.
To those folks who are just joining us for the first time: welcome! Sit down, make yourself comfortable, and try not to wreck up the place. If you want to get a taste for the Two Percent flavor, feel free to browse through some of our Greatest Hits, as you won't be getting anything new for at least a week! We do have that cumbersome "real life" thing to attend to, sorry.
In addition, if you're all really interested in that wicked witch who calls herself Sylvia Browne, you'd do well to check out Robert Lancaster's Stop Sylvia Browne site — he's the expert on Browne, we just mention her occasionally.
To the regulars: you probably already figured out we were busy, and with these new 1.1 million hits in one day (and a corresponding number of communications to deal with), it's just going to get busier. Sorry about that, but we'll try to get back in the saddle as soon as we can.
As a bonus, for those who were having trouble keeping track of the frenetic back-and-forth over on the old (and suddenly extremely popular) Rant, we would like to present our response to a quite silly person called JOhn, who asserted that our liberal use of profanity must indicate our "lack of education." Just for fun, we took our cue from the Bard:
Forsooth, dear JOhn! We think they be quite wrought
With humor fit to send us into fits
Of laughter, thy divine inspired words.
For only one whose education lacks
Exposure to the raucous tongues of man
Wouldst posit, in so serious a tone,
An axiom, unfounded, with no bite,
That truth abandons, when 'tis come to light.
If only thy prodigious might of mind
In nobler purpose could be so engaged —
To wit, addressing Sylvia's deceit
Instead of Two Percent's profanity.
But simple minds to simple comments be
Like lodestones lit upon our iron swords,
And simple minds like thine shall ever be
Inept to see the meaning for the words.
And so, with all sincerity, thou tool,
We say to thee: Fuck off, O flaccid fool.
We rather doubt JOhn got it. Must be a lack of education.
So wish us luck with our babies, jobs, and inexplicable popularity with a huge assortment of web surfers with "aol.com" addresses. We feel like the prom queen; except not quite as pretty, and we plan to keep our dresses on tonight. But, as with the one-thrust-and-it's-over prom king, the experience should turn out to be just as fleeting.
We'll keep you posted. Cheers.
[This Rant was edited to correct the Stop Sylvia Browne site links, after fuckhole vulture Boris Kreiman stole the original domain from Robert Lancaster. — The Management.]
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