With it being New Years Eve, I like to take the time to reflect on how my blog progressed over the year. Despite having Jetpack installed and running via WordPress, I still go through Google Analytics when pulling up this info, as it’s much more accurate. I will admit that I didn’t have high expectations this year as I had a lot of other stuff going on that distracted me from posting regularly, but I still wanted to take a look at some stats.
- My site had 83,749 unique visitors in 2013 (41,622 less than the 125,371 visits I had in 2012)
- 44,579 visitors were from the good ol’ U.S. of A, 5,767 came from across the pond in jolly old England, 5,408 visitors were our neighbors to the north, the came the French at 4,836 and the Germans at 3,493.
- The average user spent 32 seconds on each page view…not exactly great stuff. Though it’s an improvement over last year’s average view time of 31 seconds!
- Chrome continues to be the main browser of choice, with 31,355 people viewing my blog through it. Second are the sad iPeople, as 18,562 views came via Safari. 15,961 weirdos are still using Firefox and 9,608 dinosaurs used Internet Explorer (I’m looking at you, mom & dad)
- Google Analytics now tracks devices as well, so I could see that 60,665 people used their PCs, 26,305 used their phones and 6,189 used their tablets when viewing my site. I will say that my blog is very smartphone/tablet friendly for your viewing purposes when on the go.
- To go even further, Google Analytics even tracks each device. The top mobile device used to view my site was the iPhone, followed by the iPad, the iPod, and then the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only am I surprised by this seeing how low in the totem pole Safari is, but I’m especially shocked to find that more people access my blog through their iPods than and Samsung phone. That doesn’t sound right to me at all.
Now that the nitty-gritty is over, here are the Top Ten most popular posts of the year. To make this more of a New Year’s thing, let’s do it count-down style instead: Read more
I was expecting good things from the second part of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” I was pleased with “An Unexpected Journey” for the most part, and the character portrayals (aside from Radaghast) had left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Unfortunately, Jackson just didn’t do a great job with incorporating a lot of the actual book into the movie. There is A LOT of re-imagining going on, as well as some completely unnecessary side stories that do nothing but steal precious time from things that should have been included, or were barely there at all.
Don’t read on if you want to avoid spoilers about the movie. But then again, you should have read the book by now, so none of this should be spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, bow your head in shame…
This weekend was a pretty nerdy one for me. It started off Saturday morning with a barrage of “May the Fourth Be With You” messages from various people, indicating that it was Star Wars Day. I didn’t do anything Star Wars-y to celebrate, but I got my geek on in a different way…by participating in Free Comic Book Day.
Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne (the perfect name for a comic shop) was my shop of choice, and Shell and I rolled on in at open to snag some free comics. They were all laid out on a giant table and it was a free for all, so you could take whatever you wanted with no restrictions. I’m sure a couple of greedy thugs took multiple copies of the same title, but I was reserved and only took ones I was genuinely interested in. I was really looking forward to The Walking Dead one, since I’ve been really hooked on the comics lately. I was also happy to see Bongo, which was chock-full of short Simpsons comics. Some other titles that peeked my interest were Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog/ Mega Man, Grimm, Judge Dredd, Super Man, and some others.
I love me a good Quentin Tarantino flick…in fact, I don’t think there’s one film of his that I don’t like. I was really looking forward to Django Unchained and was digging the pre-Civil War slavery scene the story was told against. Unfortunately I never got around to seeing it in the theater, and after over a week (and two shipping attempts that were apparently lost in the mail) I finally received the movie from Netflix today. I dedicated the remainder of my day to vegging out and taking in this movie, and it was definitely worth the wait.
The basic premise of the story revolves around an ex-dentist,turned bounty hunter (Dr. Schultz) who frees Django, a slave, and enlists him to help hunt down wanted men for cash. Their relationship soon turns from business partners to friends, and Dr. Schultz eventually decides to help reunite Django with his slave wife, who is at an undisclosed plantation. Hijinks ensue as Dr. Schultz and Django do what is to be expected in a Tarantino film…ruthlessly kill peons in an over-the-top fashion as they strive to achieve their end goal.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since I first saw Jurassic Park in the theater. I was just a little ten year old tyke back then, and being a dinosaur nut at the time (like many young boys are) this movie was like a dream come true. I still remember how mad I was at my Dad after I discovered him snoozing next to me in the theater…RIGHT AFTER THE INITIAL TYRANNOSAURUS ATTACK!!! For a few years after I was addicted to Jurassic Park and had the books, video games, action figures and more. Wow, to think it was twenty years ago that I was setting up my own Jurassic Park in our wooded backyard with my action figures (and Chris Schafer’s action figures as well, if he happens to read this.)
So fast forward twenty years and Jurassic Park has recently been re-released in the theaters as a strictly 3D movie. I couldn’t wait to go, but not for the 3D…only because I wanted to experience one of my favorite all-time movies on the big screen again. To be honest, I’ve never seen a movie in 3D before, and that’s what the meat of this post is actually about. Read more