Category Archives: meta

Man Talks to Turkeys: Video

This video is good for an infectious laugh. Saturday morning and I already guffawed, so you know it’s good stuff.

The meta humor is that the Arabic title is “Important: Leaked Speech of Bashar al-Assad at the Funeral of Assef Shawkat.”

Bashar is somewhat turkey-like. I’m sure you see it.

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Who Do These Two Remind Me Of?

Reading Crooks and Liars I saw this video clip, and seeing the two old dudes sitting upright next to each other reminded me of two other similar characters.

I’m not saying that Statler’s and Waldorf’s views on the Middle East are just as well informed as McCain’s and Lieberman’s, but I am saying they’d be just as welcome at this point. And it’s not about their age, it’s about how many years they’ve been saying stuff that’s just wrong.

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2010 in review

Here’s a new thing WordPress is doing this year. Very cool! It’s a summary of how my blog did this year. Well, good for me. And I’m hoping I write more interesting stuff in 2011.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 7 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 107 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 769 posts. There were 46 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 27mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 31st with 4 views. The most popular post that day was If They Hate Us, Why Haven’t They Killed Us Yet?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, Google Reader,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for fennec fox, jessica alba, kivanc tatlitug, fennec, and johnny depp.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


If They Hate Us, Why Haven’t They Killed Us Yet? August 2010


Squee! Cute animals from the Arab world March 2007


Dark-Eyed Beauties August 2007


Soap Opera Has Powerful Effect in Arab World August 2008


Saladin, the Animated Series August 2007

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