Blogosphere

Chu made a very cool post today, and no it isnt about girls! He posted the EdmontonGasPrices.com ticker! Check it out, its really scary!

Well neither Dickson nor I have done a Blogosphere.ca update in quite a while, so here are the latest statistics:

  • We are 6 days away from three months of existence!
  • We have launched Blogosphere Media which has released two radio shows.
  • There are 39 bloggers, who have contributed to 386 posts and 22 articles.
  • People have left 956 comments, and linked to posts 18 times (this number should be WAY higher).
  • The site has had 282,057 hits, a total of 26,121 visitors, and total transfer of 4.11 GB (thanks to Chu and Inge’s damn photos).
  • The most popular day in our history was May 10th, when 629 visitors flooded the site.
  • The busiest time of day is from 11 PM until midnight. The least busy is 6 AM.
  • Korea is the 4th most active country to visit the site.
  • Popular search engine keywords used to find our site include “milk”, “animal”, “hunnies”, “hot”, “snowboarding”, “william”, “asian”, “groban”, “and girls”. Most popular search phrase by a long shot is “milk and cereal asian version”.
  • Roughly 55% of you use Internet Explorer 6, and thanks to me, Lynx cracked our top 10 to contribute 2.37%!

That’s enough for now. Let’s keep it going!

Has Summer Arrived?

What an incredible day outside today! As I write this post we are still at the high for today of 22 degrees. Amazing is what I say, and tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter! Crack out the shorts and sandals! Too bad its gonna get cold again on Friday.

Everyone remember the Inuvik high school roof collapsing? Well apparently two kids broke in over the weekend and set fire to the mechanical room – that’s right, the room that runs the rest of the school. They also ended up torching the gym in the process. So basically, there is no school. Period. Anyone want to ask me again why I went to high school here?

Finally, it seems like the nasty flu that has been going around has found its way to Inuvik 😦 Hope you are feeling better soon Mom!

More on splogging

Now that splogging has been accepted into PseudoDictionary, I created a special Splogging articles section which can be found here. So far you can read Splogging Defined and The Official Splogging Guide.

Also, if you want to link to the dictionary entry, you can use this easy to remember URL: http://www.pseudodictionary.com/splogging.

[Listening to: Take Me Away – Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin (02:58)]

The Offical Splogging Guide

So you’ve read all about splogging and now you want to splog someone yourself! Well follow the simple steps in this guide and you’ll be splogging in no time!

  1. Select a victim

    The first step in any successful splogging campaign is to select a viable target. Ideal candidates are frequent bloggers, who receive email comments on their blog, and who don’t already have 100 comments on an average post. Even better candidates are people you don’t particularly like or at least someone you like to annoy or otherwise get a rise out of.

  2. Select your co-sploggers

    You cannot splog alone. Well you can, but it’s much less interesting and effective. Step two is to select one, or preferrably two, co-sploggers to assist you in your campaign. Steer clear of anyone who may grow a conscience in the middle of your attack. Ideal candidates are able to come up with something funny on the fly, adjust well to adversity, and obviously who share your dislike or desire to annoy the selected victim.

  3. Plan the attack

    No war has been won without careful planning. To launch a successful splogging attack you must complete step three, and make your plans. Things to prepare in advance are the time to start, the post to splog, and the content (or at least the initial content) for your splogging attack. You should also plan either a comment count or an end time for the attack.

  4. Launch the attack

    Obviously you must launch the attack to be successful at splogging! During the launch you should execute well on your plan and come up with new angles and topics on the fly. The best splogging attack comes from something that a splogger comes up with on the fly during the attack.

  5. Follow up

    A step which might be overlooked is to follow up on the attack! A splogging attack will always be more successful when the sploggers themselves publicly brag about the event, on their own blogs or on some other Internet community type site. A super splogging attack is when the victim finds out by reading a sploggers blog before checking their email or their own blog!

If you follow these simple steps, your splogging attack will be a success and we can add another victim to the ever growing list! Good luck!

Splogging Defined

Now that splogging has made it into the dictionary at PseudoDictionary, I figured I should create a special post for information regarding the word.

Creation

The word “splogging” was created on April 14th, 2004 at 9:16 PM MST. The actual splogging began at 1:27 PM MST that same day on Jeanie’s post entitled “Utility Programs” which can be found at http://blogosphere.ca/genie/archive/2004/04/13/1142.aspx. The original post announcing the creation of the word can be found at https://blog.mastermaq.ca/archive/2004/04/14/472.aspx.

Definition

You can read the official dictionary entry and definition at PseudoDictionary: http://www.pseudodictionary.com/splogging.

Forms

The word splogging can be used in the following forms:

noun. splogging, splog – Mack practices the fine art of splogging. That last attack was the best splog ever!
verb. splog, splogged, splogging – Dickson likes to splog people! Looks like Jeanie got splogged again! Chu is splogging!

Meaning

Splogging is a cross between the terms “blogging” and “spam”. Making a post on your weblog or perhaps even reading other blogs is commonly referred to as blogging. And spam as I am sure you are aware is that annoying email that is either unsolicited, repeated, or both. Splogging then is the unsoliticed, repeated, or both, type of comments found on a blog post. The link above provides an excellent example.

Future

I suppose the term splogging could be expanded in the future to refer to inserting the types of posts in a blog that are strictly advertising. As people increasingly read news and other websites in feed aggregators, a new form of advertising will inevitable have to emerge, and that might include inserting advertisement posts into a feed.

REVIEW: Troy

Tonight was all Greek to me! I went to see Troy with Andrew, and his friends Will, and Renee. While the critics didn’t particularly like the movie, I thought it was excellent, and here’s why (I suppose the following will contain spoilers, but its not like the story has never been told or anything, so read on at your own will).

First of all, the movie was quite long with a running time of 163 minutes. To be honest though, I didn’t even notice the length during the movie. In fact, I think the length was perfect as you really developed a relationship with the characters early on in the movie – so you felt it more when they died later on. And you really hope the bad guys get killed and the good guys succeed, the movie does a great job of making you feel it!

Yes don’t be surprised, almost everyone dies in this movie. Before I saw it, I was hoping that Eric Bana would die as I didn’t think he was exceptional by any means in The Hulk. Well he more than redeemed himself in this movie playing Hector, the eldest Prince of Troy. I thought he did a great job – and yes he dies, though by the time it happened I was hoping he’d live.

While I didn’t particularly like his cowardly character (and it was cowardly from start to finish), Orlando Bloom gave another great performance. He will be a true star one day if he could only put down the bow and arrow! Fortunately we will see him do this in Elizabethtown next year with Kirsten Dunst.

Bloom plays Paris who steals Helen away from Menelaus, a Greek king, and in the process gives the Greeks a reason to attack Troy. Helen is played by an actress by the name of Diane Kruger. All I can say is, why haven’t we seen her before! She is beautiful, with the same strikingly attractive type face as Liv Tyler. She just draws you in with her eyes.

Of course, this movie is all about Brad Pitt. No question he is the star of this movie, and he gives a wonderful performance. You really become attached to and enthralled by his character, Achilles. And ladies he does not disappoint as he looks super buff in the movie! This has to be a defining role for Pitt, a character with incredible strength and like any hero, a weakness. And he portrays both superbly.

The battle scenes reminded me of LOTR if only for their scale. The sets and costumes looked very real and appropriate, and the Greek mythology was nicely thrown in (except that the Greeks almost never mention it in the movie, the Trojans do). Also, it was refreshing to see a movie with war strategy that actually seems realistic (being in range of the deadly archers and the importance of Troy’s walls). I have heard some people say that this movie is better than Gladiator, and while I do not agree, I do think it was an excellent movie, one you do not want to miss.

The people who claimed Van Helsing was the beginning of the summer movie season were horribly wrong, as it pales in comparison. Troy is the epic to start your summer!

the plastics!

Saw Mean Girls tonight with Inge, interesting movie! Yes it has the teeny bopper stuff, yes it has girl wants boy, yes it has catfights, but it was rather funny and well written like Andrew said. I can’t figure out why all the high schools in these movies have cafeterias that EVERYONE eats at. Maybe its an American thing.

Oh yes and as for jailbait, Lindsay rocks!