Sunday, July 08, 2012

40. Facts and Stats

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Today, thanks to all of you who have chosen at least once to peruse the articles presented in this blog, the outcome of about six months’ work casts promising figures on the blog’s stats: 5, 597 views since December 25th, and 997 visitors since I installed ClustrMaps – with its tiny yellow souls pulsating friendly to announce that someone at that location is reading a post, looking at the pictures, listening to an audio, or viewing a video and so tuning in to this virtual extension of a blogger’s mind.

And I cannot but be happy that you represent an audience in this vast network of data. I’m imagining that you, people from all walks of life — the general population, as they call us — are, much in the same way as I am, confronted by unprecedented volumes of information available electronically, and the mere fact that you stop to consider and share [some of] my thoughts, concerns, and information is extremely pleasing.

So this is a post which acknowledges your presence ‘on the other side of the looking glass’, where I do hope that things are not the wrong way:

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“I’ll tell you all my ideas about Looking-glass House. First, there’s the room you can see through the glass – that’s just the same as our drawing room, only the things go the other way. I can see all of it when I get upon a chair – all but the bit behind the fireplace. Oh! I do wish I could see that bit! I want so much to know whether they’ve a fire in winter; you never can tell, you know, unless our fire smokes, and then smoke comes up in that room too – but that may be only pretence, just to make it look as if they had a fire. Well then, the books are something like our books, only the words go the wrong way: I know that, because I’ve held up one of our books to the glass, and then they hold up one in the other room.”
  
[Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There]

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