While you were working…




Well, there have to be some advantages in being retired…

Wollongong Harbour this afternoon.


My blogs and other more or less related things

First the state of my stats.

On this blog things have been more or less as has been the pattern: 110 views per day, the average this year being 111!  On the now archived Floating Life blogs Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07 had 84 views a day (96 in March but 36 in January), Floating Life had 67 a day (79 in March) and Ninglun’s Specials had 38 (41 in March). Thus the overall Sitemeter version shows a fall for the month: 10,222 page views from 7,057 visits, compared with 11,279 and 8,130 in March. However, compare with April 2011: 8,631 page views from 6,175 visits.

The blog that has revived somewhat is the photo blog: 31 per day up from 21 in March, giving the highest monthly total since August last year!

Of course my little atom on the World Wide Web wouldn’t have existed without Web history – CERN open sourced World Wide Web today in 1993. That seems like yesterday to me, but how all our lives have changed as a result! And there’s more to come…

One development in recent years I have only started on myself, but it has already revolutionised one of the core things about me: my reading habits! See The Only Way is eBooks? by Moira on Vulpes Libris.

We’re certainly witnessing a revolution, but are we also witnessing the death of ‘real’ books, or will ebooks and ereaders sales find their own level once the novelty has worn off and people discover that you can’t rid an ereader of bath water by draping it over a heater?

Here on Vulpes Libris we have quietly been reviewing ebooks for a couple of years, but we thought that the time had come to tackle the subject head on, which is why, from the 21st of May, we will be running a series of features, reviews, interviews and opinion pieces on all things ebook.


Me and my Kobo

On the religion front I have found an interesting site from the often foetid world of US Christianity: J. Zachary Bailes’s Crazy Liberals and Conservatives. It’s well worth exploring.

Over on God’s Politics Christian Platt has reservations about a recent University of Chicago Global Belief Survey (PDF).

Still, it is interesting to see how people respond to this limited set of options about their faith. I could go on in nerdy detail about the need for more qualitative measures of such category-defying phenomena as human faith, particularly in an increasingly postmodern global culture, but the study does tell us something.

What exactly it tells us, I suppose, is still up for debate.

Here’s an extract from the survey, referring to 2008.