Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year everyone, a day late, but better than never, right? Hopefully everyone had a good holiday and enjoyed themselves. Here's to hoping we all have a good year in 2011.

It's time though for a look back on 2010, which for many of us was anything but a good year. We can take heart though that signs point to improvement.

January

January brought a foreshadowing of what was to come with the election of Scott Brown to the US Senate in Massachusetts. The first time in 40 years a Republican had held the seat since Ted Kennedy was elected. Hard to imagine that's only been a year ago now, right?

The Spirit probe on Mars gave up the ghost as well, after six long years of service. Though stuck in the sand, it didn't actually die out entirely. NASA resolved to just let it function as a stationary science lab.

Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien also duked it out for possession of their coveted 11:35pm time slot. Oh, wait, that wasn't important though right?

February

Joe Stack had enough and decided to give Uncle Sam a black eye by flying his plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas. Not before leaving behind one hell of a manifesto though.

March

The Prius brought about the downfall of Toyota after a blistering scandal with all manner of recalls in which the model proved to the world that hybrids really are pieces of junk. I still hear people today saying they'll never touch another one again.

John Boehner delivered a short letter with a simple message to the House of Representatives when Obamacare came up for a vote. He challenged the House to stand before the American people and vote on the record. The message was heard, but the Democrats still forced it down our throats anyway when the bill was passed.

We also became aware that a landmark case in the Obama citizenship matter was still winding its way through the courts, and although Kerchner v Obama ultimately failed to get take up by SCOTUS, at least we can rest assured that people are still fighting for what's right.

April

Wow. So, uh, how about... that... nothing?

May

May proved to be the most trying time for the US. Though hardly anyone is still talking about it, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico spilling millions upon millions of gallons of raw crude into the ocean. The disaster dominated the news for nearly three months until the blown well was capped. Environmentalists predicted it would take 100 years to recover. Yet, here we are a mere 6 months later and the Gulf shows no evidence of a problem. Nature is amazing, no?

June

Hellen Thomas put her foot in her mouth for the last time when she told the Jews to go back to Poland. Not long after, her career as one of the most biased liberal journalists alive came to an end. California also held a gubernatorial primary that ultimately led to disaster later when, once again, Republicans in the state picked the most feeble candidate they could find.

July

The Arizona illegal immigrant law got torn to shreds in Federal court, despite them not having the Constitutional authority to do so. Somehow I completely forgot to even talk about that thing, it's a bit late now though.

August

Slow summer in general as the only thing that seemed of interest around here in August was exposing Giskard in all his infamy. The Oblivion community was finally blessed with his departure not long after.

September

James Jay Lee stormed a Discovery Channel office and tried to blow the place up. The cops shot him dead, and we all got to partake of one of the wildest manifestos you'll ever see. Batshit Insane doesn't even do it justice. Not to be forgotten, the Obama administration reminded us all why we don't let progressives run this country when they announced a raft of new warantless wiretapping laws they wanted passed. Things that made the Patriot Act look like the Bill of Rights.

October

Yet another manifesto, only one which is all too possible. A commenter at Marketwatch posted a beauty covering the progressive agenda. Scary stuff, especially since much of it was already in place. As if on cue, NPR fired Juan Williams in an act of gross censorship for speaking his mind while in his role as a news analyst. George Orwell warned us about this. The first two cases seeking to void the Obamacare law reached the courts as well, bringing the first glimmer of hope we as Americans have seen in two long miserable years.

November

That glorious month that will ring through history for years to come. The midterm elections had finally arrived and the country declared loudly in a virtual Crimson Tide of frustration that we are sick and tired of progressive policy ruining this country. The Republicans roared back to the front lines and swept control of the House of Representatives to take a commanding majority there, and also won major victories in the Senate as well. The message was heard far and wide and it was nothing short of a ginormous F* You to Obama and his destructive policies.

The press also reminded us of how stupid they think we are when an unknown missile launch took place off the coast of California, with a giant plume arcing high into the sky. What made this secret test or whatever it was different was that CBS News caught the whole thing live on camera from a traffic helicopter. The military never did explain what went on there and tried to pass the whole thing off as a contrail.

Apparently starved for attention, North Korea attacked South Korea killing civilians for the first time since the armistice was signed in the 1950s. South Korea failed to respond in an appropriate manner though, and it eventually led to the resignation of their equivalent to our Secretary of Defense. The new guy has vowed to retaliate severely if the South is attacked again and the US has been conducting military exercises with them ever since.

My personal favorite of 2010 came right at the end of November when Nigel Farage delivered a blistering speech to the parliament in the EU. They clearly did not want to hear the truth of their failed experiment laid out so plainly for all to see.

December

NASA made an announcement that they'd found... something... that would turn astrobiology on its ear. The world was buzzing with excitement, at least right up until the information was released. Then it turned out to be nothing more than an elaborate stretching of the truth. The "new" lifeform they "found" in Mono Lake turned out to be the result of 8 years of genetic manipulation in a lab. Bastards :(

Right at the end of November, Wikileaks claimed to be in possession of a huge cache of stolen diplomatic cables from the United States. It wasn't until December rolled around that the full scope of what happened became widely known. Not only did they have a cache, it was the mother of all caches. Some 250,000 documents in all. The resulting fallout proved to be more than Julian Assange could fend off as accusations started flying. Two women came forward in Sweden claiming he'd raped them. The US is seeking to file espionage charges. Rumor mills churn that other governments are seeking to end his antics once and for all and want him dead. Anonymous (the skiddie group) launched "Operation Payback" and to this day continues to randomly DDoS whoever they think is messing with Assange. The end result? Nothing much happened. Assange was arrested, members of Anonymous were arrested, and the victims of their DDoS attacks got their revenge when 4chan itself was knocked offline for nearly 12 hours.

The FCC, figuring to slip under the holiday radar, passed sweeping "Net Neutrality" rules to impose regulation on the internet. The reality is that they are sweeping new restrictions on what can and can't be done on the internet. If ever there was a target Anonymous SHOULD go after, the FCC is it. The new Congress has made it clear they'll be seeking to overturn these new regulations.

By far the best news of the year though came when the federal court in Virginia finally ruled on the first of two cases brought against the Obamacare law. The insurance mandate clause of the law has been ruled unconstitutional, as was expected. It remains to be seen whether or not this will result in the proper outcome of voiding the entire law as unconstitutional. Obama has appealed the ruling.

2010 brought us a decent run of new movies as well: Clash of the Titans, Iron Man 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Tron Legacy. It also brought us at least one really bad one: Skyline.

It was a pretty dry year for RPGs with only two of note that made it: Gothic 4 and Fallout: New Vegas. Gothic 4 didn't seem to get much press, but Fallout got loads. Not all good.

And now for what's become a tradition here, Google's top 10 results for 2010 at iguanadons.net:

#10: collateral murder site:iguanadons.net - A surprisingly large number of folks looking for the collateral murder video, here of all places.
#9: iguanadons - Dropped all the way down from #3 this time last year.
#8: medievia - As predicted last January, this dropped all the way from #2. Sill a strong showing though since it's a prominent feature of the site and is still linked in enough MUD related places.
#7: "vergayun pile of shit" - Aw, now that's not very nice :( Oh.. right, that Tiber Septim guy from that UESP blog doesn't like me.
#6: giskard - Looks like that Giskard expose has done its job. Currently ranked #4 out of all hits on Google for his name.
#5: empire of iguanadons - Why do people search for the name of the blog anyway?
#4: oblivion corrupt spawn points - More Oblivion stuff. Apparently corrupt spawn points are more common than we realized. I'm also the #1 hit for this particular search.
#3: iraq wmd site:iguanadons.net - Empire of the Iguanadons. Hotbed of WMD info on Iraq? Who knew?
#2: "ayleid steps" murder - Oh now that's interesting. Since I haven't played the quest yet, I wonder what that's all about?

And the #1 search for 2010?

#1: empire of the iguanadons - No, really people. Why are so many of you searching for the name of the blog?

The Top 10 Visited Pages in 2010

#10: Googleblivion - Made #10 despite only having a 3 week long spike in the figures.
#9: Read the Readmes People - This one trended for almost 3 solid months!
#8: Oblivion Projects - Pegged the needle for 2 solid months, which is rather unusual.
#7: The Gallery - Probably shouldn't be surprised about this. Although it appears to be mostly random hits now, pretty even distribution among all categories.
#6: Oblivion Humor - People can't seem to get enough. There are regular spikes to the page all year long.
#5: Sandbox Downloads - This is surprising. The page draws in hundreds of hits a month, and why? Nobody uses it!
#4: The Download Area - Probably attributable to the Oblivion mods being stored here.
#3: Giskard and False Accusations - Initial spike rose up high in July, and strangely hasn't subsided much ever since. Wow. Who knew?
#2: The Sandbox Project Page - Ok, so clearly there's an awful lot of interest in Sandbox. I am therefore quite puzzled by the fact that NOBODY IS USING IT!
#1: Probably goes without saying, the root page. Overwhelmingly huge number of people just passing through or something.

Those Lakota guys didn't quite make it this time, falling just short at #11. Sorry, try again for 2011 maybe?

In 2007: 703 pages were viewed a total of 32,595 times.
In 2008: 760 pages were viewed a total of 31,276 times.
In 2009: 752 pages were viewed a total of 27,939 times.
In 2010: 1,707 pages were viewed a total of 74,087 times.

Busy year, that's more than twice the number of visitors from the 3 previous years. Also hard to believe I've had this thing running now for 4 years.
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July 1776 - November 2012.

       
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Posted on Jan 2, 2011 3:17 am by Samson in: | 15 comment(s) [Closed]
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The_Fury [Anon] said:
Comment #1 Jan 2, 2011 2:32 pm
Happy new year to all of you, and i look forward to many intersting discussions through out all of this year.

Love, The_Fury.

       
It has indeed been a busy year, and most of it not so good... Here's hoping that 2011 brings us all much better tidings.

Samson said:

Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien also duked it out for possession of their coveted 11:35pm time slot. Oh, wait, that wasn't important though right?

Nope, neither Jay nor Conan is/was important.

Samson said:

April

Wow. So, uh, how about... that... nothing?

There were plenty of headlines for April 2010. According to CNN's 2010 Year in review, April 10th brought us the death of the President of Poland in a plane crash (along with 96 other people), April 20th brought us the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, and April 23rd brought us the enactment of the new Arizona immigration law. Those were just the biggest stories that CNN covered. We actually discussed two of those three here as well...

Samson said:

May

May proved to be the most trying time for the US. Though hardly anyone is still talking about it, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico spilling millions upon millions of gallons of raw crude into the ocean. The disaster dominated the news for nearly three months until the blown well was capped. Environmentalists predicted it would take 100 years to recover. Yet, here we are a mere 6 months later and the Gulf shows no evidence of a problem. Nature is amazing, no?

CNN says the explosion itself was in April which was 8 months ago,but... also, in May we found a car bomb in Times Square.

Samson said:

August

Slow summer in general as the only thing that seemed of interest around here in August was exposing Giskard in all his infamy. The Oblivion community was finally blessed with his departure not long after.

What about Kagan being sworn in on August 7th? Or Obama's national address on August 31st in which he told the American people, from the Oval office, that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended."? Do neither of those count?

Samson said:

#5: empire of iguanadons - Why do people search for the name of the blog anyway?

Samson said:

And the #1 search for 2010?

#1: empire of the iguanadons - No, really people. Why are so many of you searching for the name of the blog?

You know, I get the same sort of thing on my web sites too, I assume it's that folks remember the name of the site but not it's address and so they do a web search for it to reconnect. :shrug:

Samson said:

#3: iraq wmd site:iguanadons.net - Empire of the Iguanadons. Hotbed of WMD info on Iraq? Who knew?

:lol:

Samson said:

#9: Read the Readmes People - This one trended for almost 3 solid months!
#8: Oblivion Projects - Pegged the needle for 2 solid months, which is rather unusual.
[...]
#5: Sandbox Downloads - This is surprising. The page draws in hundreds of hits a month, and why? Nobody uses it!
[...]
#3: Giskard and False Accusations - Initial spike rose up high in July, and strangely hasn't subsided much ever since. Wow. Who knew?
#2: The Sandbox Project Page - Ok, so clearly there's an awful lot of interest in Sandbox. I am therefore quite puzzled by the fact that NOBODY IS USING IT!
[...]
Those Lakota guys didn't quite make it this time, falling just short at #11. Sorry, try again for 2011 maybe?

Your #'s 9 & 8 are probably due to all the activity we had in those threads, we did have some pretty huge threads this year.
#3 is just a testament to how many folks obviously exist on both sides of the Giskard situation.
#'s 5 & 2 would lead me to believe it's not nearly as underused as you believe, there are folks who hit my Sandbox site ridiculously often each month considering I haven't done anything with it in a few years other than occasionally playing with unpublished facets of it to explore changes you've made to the software package itself. Of course, I'm guilty of adding hits to these two as well since I religiously download every new version you publish too, but I generally only hit either page when you do publish something new. :shrug:
:lol: Maybe the whole Lakota thing has finally died back to obscurity then?

Samson said:

In 2007: 703 pages were viewed a total of 32,595 times.
In 2008: 760 pages were viewed a total of 31,276 times.
In 2009: 752 pages were viewed a total of 27,939 times.
In 2010: 1,707 pages were viewed a total of 74,087 times.

Busy year, that's more than twice the number of visitors from the 3 previous years. Also hard to believe I've had this thing running now for 4 years.

It has been a busy year and it is hard to believe we've been at this for four years now. I'll bet I'm the only one hitting your sites with Akregator as a client (as well as Opera, Thunderbird, and occasionally Chrome) though... You get all these stats from Google Analytics? I still just use webmin and webalyzer (which comes included in webmin) to get my stats so while I get monthly stats as detailed what you've got, to figure out what was the top for the year in each category would require manual manipulation of the data in a spreadsheet or some such.

The_Fury [Anon said:

]Happy new year to all of you, and i look forward to many intersting discussions through out all of this year.

Love, The_Fury.

Forgot your logon again?
I'm glad to see that you weren't one of the casualties from the recent 'Biblical floods' in Australia, luckily for us all, prettyfly's been posting recently over at the AFK Mods site so we already knew he was okay.

       
Conner said:

There were plenty of headlines for April 2010.


Yes, but clearly none of which were discussed as a major topic here. Sure, we mentioned it in comments but I didn't use those as a basis for the post :)

What about Kagan being sworn in on August 7th? Or Obama's national address on August 31st in which he told the American people, from the Oval office, that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended."? Do neither of those count?


They do, but neither got discussed here. I guess I should have made it clear my criteria was based on what I/we thought was important enough to discuss.

You get all these stats from Google Analytics?


Yep. Awesome tool, has a lot of stats, but obviously can't tell me anything about individual IPs. Akregator doesn't register btw. It must be ignored by Analytics, because I've seen it on Sandbox's active users list. Also, my own visits to the site are not counted, if they were then things would be radically different in the stats.

Firefox dominates, at 43% of the visitors.
IE has 34%. Overwhelmingly dominated by IE8 users, with IE7 distant second behind that. IE9 is surging though, already overtaking IE6.
Chrome moved into 3rd at 9.6%.
Opera holds 4th at 8%.
Safari makes 5th with 2.5%.

Everything else below that is minuscule numbers, including such oddities as people surfing the site on their Playstations. The IE group is the only one where users are clustered around a particular version. All the rest of the browers have essentially random distribution across multiple versions.

@Fury: Least you haven't floated away yet. Those are some epic floods you guys are having down there.

       
Edited by Samson on Jan 2, 2011 4:21 pm
Samson said:

I guess I should have made it clear my criteria was based on what I/we thought was important enough to discuss.

Ah, I see. So you were going off of the dates of the blog entries then. That explains the Deepwater Horizon entry too then.

Samson said:

Yep. Awesome tool, has a lot of stats, but obviously can't tell me anything about individual IPs. Akregator doesn't register btw. It must be ignored by Analytics, because I've seen it on Sandbox's active users list. Also, my own visits to the site are not counted, if they were then things would be radically different in the stats

One of these days I've really got to register for analytics and compare it personally for my own sites. I've got webalyzer set to note my own statistics too, but I have a pretty good idea what influence they play on them and just automatically take it into account when I review them.

Samson said:

Firefox dominates, at 43% of the visitors.
IE has 34%. Overwhelmingly dominated by IE8 users, with IE7 distant second behind that. IE9 is surging though, already overtaking IE6.
Chrome moved into 3rd at 9.6%.
Opera holds 4th at 8%.
Safari makes 5th with 2.5%.

Everything else below that is minuscule numbers, including such oddities as people surfing the site on their Playstations. The IE group is the only one where users are clustered around a particular version. All the rest of the browers have essentially random distribution across multiple versions.

Interesting, on my own sites Opera dominates and I sort of cluster firefox, chrome, etc as Mozilla so they collectively come in second and IE comes in third but trailing by a pretty significant margin. I definitely know what you mean about the marginal clients like playstations and such and the oddity of version distributions, though I've found Safari tends to cluster on version too amongst my visitors.

Samson said:

Those are some epic floods you guys are having down there.

No kidding.

       
Happy New Year to you all to!

samson said:


May proved to be the most trying time for the US. Though hardly anyone is still talking about it, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico spilling millions upon millions of gallons of raw crude into the ocean. The disaster dominated the news for nearly three months until the blown well was capped. Environmentalists predicted it would take 100 years to recover. Yet, here we are a mere 6 months later and the Gulf shows no evidence of a problem. Nature is amazing, no?


I heard that while things seem good at the surface, deep underwater nothings even begun to recover yet. But then again, its the gulf, not the Great Barrier Reef. Why do I care?

samson said:


Slow summer in general as the only thing that seemed of interest around here in August was exposing Giskard in all his infamy. The Oblivion community was finally blessed with his departure not long after.


I'm still kind of sad I missed out on that party.

samson said:

It was a pretty dry year for RPGs with only two of note that made it: Gothic 4 and Fallout: New Vegas. Gothic 4 didn't seem to get much press, but Fallout got loads. Not all good.


Bugs galore was the consensus wasn't it. Still, my PS3 copy hasn't given me any issues...yet.

conner said:

I'm glad to see that you weren't one of the casualties from the recent 'Biblical floods' in Australia, luckily for us all, prettyfly's been posting recently over at the AFK Mods site so we already knew he was okay.


I live a bit further south than the floods and I'm lucky enough to live on a hill in the middle of a town on a hill anyway, so I'd never get flooded anyway. There were record falls a couple of year back where I am but the river didn't even break its banks. You should've seen what happened to the poor suckers downstream though...

       
#4: oblivion corrupt spawn points - More Oblivion stuff. Apparently corrupt spawn points are more common than we realized. I'm also the #1 hit for this particular search.


I've actually been to that page a lot just for the cell block gridmap

       
Happy New Year prettyfly! :)

Eventually even the parts no one can see will heal themselves. What folks fail to want to realize is that crude oil is a natural resource and the world really is equipped to deal with the repercussions of it's own natural disasters better than we are able to anyway. ;)

I don't think the Giskard threads ever did get locked.. but it would be a bit late for most of it now, I suppose. :shrug:

Sounds like you're certainly safe enough from the flooding as long as we don't need Noah to save y'all. I can imagine far more well than you might know given that I live in farm country myself.

       
Threads don't lock for registered members, only for anonymous posters. Unless I override that.

       
I guess I've been a registered user for so long now that I'd forgotten you have us auto-override the thread locking at this point. :lol:

       
I still think the manner of Giskard's departure was childish at best.
"Oh, I'm going to destroy the modding world by making the greatest super-mod ever. I'm even going to support those I'm trying to destroy. Oh, look, I'm going to have a fit because someone made a patch. Oh, NOES...someone made a better super-mod than mine...I'm taking my toys and going home! :cry: "

       
Yup, that's a pretty good paraphrasing of what I recall of that too. :lol:

       
Yeah, good luck making a super mod with just the construction set :smile: He probably ate his own head in exasperation which is why he had to leave the community.

       
Maybe he had a preview of the Construction Set Extender that none of us had heard about yet and figured it'd be enough? Or maybe the frustration factor of realizing what an impossible task he'd committed himself to made his head explode... ;)

       
In case any of you American users haven't heard, the floods in Australia just got a whole lot worse (I didn't think a single article would cut it, so I improvised).

I hope you're hanging on tight there in Brisbane Fury (you are in Brisbane right?...otherwise I'll feel dumb).

       
Edited by prettyfly on Jan 10, 2011 6:00 pm
Wow, good luck over there guys. (and thanks for reminding me to keep the rains we're getting here in perspective. We got 2.5 inches of rain yesterday and today our farm looks like a 25 acre mud pit with significant puddles interspersed between the really muddy parts, but that's got to be nothing comparatively.)

       
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