So, I’ve got my Blogger page, right? My base of operations, so to speak.
It’s got these statistics I can look at, where my pageviews come from, which entries get the most of said pageviews, all that good stuff. It’s interesting, and not only never fails to surprise me, but also weird me out.
More than half of my views come from the United States. That’s to be expected, I guess; I’m American, my entries are in English, Google is based in California, and it’s fair to say my overall default outlook is notably western. That’s not to exclude anybody, of course, but it’s nonetheless a little puzzling to find that the next biggest slice of that pie chart is Russia.
Why Russia? I have no idea. Germany (which is the third slice) I can understand since I’ve reviewed two Uwe Boll films and that’s where most of those views accumulated. With Russia, my only real guess is my mentioning Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris on a list of underappreciated horror movies. Bear in mind, I’ve nothing against Russia; it’s a very fascinating country and a lot of my film classes often focused on Soviet montage and its effects on cinema, among other points of interest (Lomography, Russian Ark, Magnitizdat, Viktor Korchnoi…). My point is there’s not a lot of Russocentric, if that’s a word, material on my page, so I’m not sure why so many views.
Here’s where this gets weird.
I look at my stats today and in the past week, most of my pageviews have been from Ukraine.
Only yesterday, I was listening to a story on NPR about Ukraine’s present situation in joining the European Union in light of the current political climate in Russia.
I mean… are they waiting for me to say something? Because I got nothing. Honestly, the first word that pops into my head when I hear “Ukraine” is Yamaha. Reason: There’s an issue of Spawn I read back in the day where this Ex-KGB operative is in an electronics store laughing at all the different brands of stereos. There’s also an episode of Seinfeld where George and Kramer are playing Risk on the subway and the mention of, “I’ve still got troops in The Ukraine!” sends an old man into a gibbering fury that knocks the board over, but I don’t think I ever saw more than that clip in the promo.
This is how my mind works sometimes.
Error’s House of Chicken & Waffles
White chocolate coffee.
Probably won’t get this done before the end of the year, but may put parts of the design up to a vote via a poll on DevART or something. That way, I spend less time wrestling with the ideas and more time focusing on other parts of the project.
Still not done with this concept…
I think this approach is working out well.
Upping the scale.
If you had one week to live, what would you do?
Try to visit Japan and the UK in as short a time as I could. Failing that, rent out a really nice suite at the MGM Grand, and watch all my favorite movies.
What is your favorite movie?
Also: Return of the Jedi, American Psycho, Run Lola Run, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Rashomon, Tenchi Muyo: Midsummer’s Eve, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Mardis Gras Massacre, Labyrinth… I was a film major, you really expect a single, concise answer about this?
Name one item you couldn’t live without.
Are you left or right handed?
The correct one.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Tie: Science and Geometry. The latter gets the edge by a gnat’s wing because organic chemistry was frustrating as Hell, not to mention we did conversion equations for I swear four straight weeks.
What is your dream job and why?
Another tie, but it’s not like I can’t do both: I’d like to do stand-up comedy and have a webcomic. They’re basically two things that I love but absolutely cannot work up the confidence to do, and I’m terrified of trying, to say nothing of my embarrassing early attempts. So, if I did them, then that would mean I really achieved something.
What’s the coolest Halloween costume you ever came up with?
One year, I went as the mummy. Apart from a pull-over mask, the rest of it was actually wrapped with Ace bandages. Took probably a good 20 minutes to get it all on, and that was with help. I even watched the Hammer film to get the walk right.
Do you ever want to get married?
No. For better or for worse, I’ve got a very “que sera sera” attitude when it comes to relationships. Obviously, you should do your best to work out any problems and fidelity is important, but sometimes it’s enough to know the other person is happy, even if it’s not with you.
Why does it have to be eleven questions?
Because prime numbers rock.
What’s your most embarrassing memory?
1997, Walt Disney World, Thunder Mountain. My brother and I were waiting in line when this girl reached over the railing and waved her hand in front of me to get my attention. She said what sounded like, “Komo saiyama” which sounded Japanese, of which I spoke not a word. She was cute, and I didn’t want to seem rude, so I stood frozen for what felt like forever, trying to come up with something clever. Finally, my brother (a fluent Spanish speaker) smacked my shoulder and said, “Say your name, stupid.” Those weren’t his exact words, but he’d have been in the right to make it so. I hurriedly said it just as the line started moving. I genuinely tried to get on again on the off-chance of bumping into her, the whole time bugging my brother to translate some pick-up lines and compliments. It’s almost a perfect metaphor for my entire love life.
He had to knock a lot down to get up to where he is, but you don’t get anywhere without making some enemies.
It’s raining, it’s pouring…
I really hope I’ll be snoring tonight.
So, not only am I having a CT Scan to find out why I’ve lost so much weight in hardly any time at all and if the elevated levels of bilirubin in my body chemistry has anything to do with it, but it’s also the day I’m going to go pay taxes on my car to get my plates renewed.
On top of that:
I found out literally just this morning one of my cats has a tapeworm. I called the local animal hospital and set up an appointment for 7am. They said it shouldn’t take long, and therefore will leave me plenty of time to make it to the hospital. In the meantime, I’m really watching where he lays down (already had to clean up some “bits and pieces”), doing some quick housekeeping and laundry (cat likes to sleep on my bed… ick), and will probably run out in a bit to do some grocery shopping that I was going to do on Monday to alleviate some of the stress of that day, which will start with trying to get the cat to the vet.
Yeah, I’m getting my cat “scanned” the morning of my CAT Scan.