Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No One of Consequence

When one is feeling contemplative, it is never a bad idea to turn to the immortal words of the teacher, Lao Tzu, and the Tao Te Ching.  The following is a translation of verse 67 which really spoke to me today.

All the world says,
"I am important;
I am separate from all the world.
I am important because I am separate,
Were I the same, I could never be important.

"Yet here are three treasures
That I cherish and commend to you:
The first is compassion,
By which one finds courage.
The second is restraint,
By which one finds strength.
And the third is unimportance,
By which one finds influence.

Those who are fearless, but without compassion,
Powerful, but without restraint,
Or influential, yet important,
Cannot endure.

Yours most sincerely,

The Apprentice Philosopher

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Who Are You? Who, who, who, who?

I wanted to take a minute today and do something a little unusual for my blog.  I just recently discovered that Blogger provides reader statistics for both my blog and individual posts.  After controlling for my own views (which is another very nice feature), I have discovered some statistics about you.  That's right.  I'm on to you.  I would like to take this opportunity to share some of these statistics about yourselves and then make some observations about those statistics so that maybe we can learn a little more about who exactly reads this blog (those that comment on posts would be a much narrower group.  ;) )

I begin with the country from which you are accessing this blog.  Although, it might seem pretty obvious that the majority of my readers undoubtedly come from America, I was definitely surprised to see that apparently, I also have a rather significant audience in Slovenia and Germany.  The complete list of nations from which you read this blog is as follows:

  • United States
  • Germany
  • Slovenia
  • China
  • Canada 
  • Denmark
  • UK
  • Latvia
  • Pakistan.

While automated bots are always a possibility in such an analysis as this, I must point out that I specifically only listed the countries that showed as having more than 10 pageviews. 

Blogger also provides me with statistics about which web browser and operating system that you are using to read my posts.  Those statistics are as follows:

I apologize for the cut out words in these images, that is beyond my control.  However the list of the first category includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, OneRiot, Safari, Opera, Mobile, Jakarta Commons and Java.  The second category includes Windows, Macintosh, Other Unix, iPhone, iPod and Blackberry.

So what does all this mean?  Who knows. But sometimes gathering data can be just as important as making inferences.  So until next time, remember that just as you read me, I am also reading you.

And as always, I remain most sincerely yours,

The Apprentice Philosopher