Note from blogwriter: it’s gotta be said, the peeps at WordPress know how to flatter their blog owners and make ‘em feel special :) The below arrived via email today.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 387 posts. There were 25 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was May 17th with 466 views. The most popular post that day was froggy cuteness at the Pearl.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were search.aol.com, google.com, bigextracash.com, weheartit.com, and 18.104.22.168.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for frogs, random, abstinence, pictures of frogs, and beethoven.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
froggy cuteness at the Pearl March 2009
Aliens, Bible and Beethoven March 2009
random train of thoughts June 2009
On abstinence February 2009
now only dust mites inhabit my digs April 2009
May 5th 2010
I’ve now set up shop at
It’s quick, easy and cool. I’ve grown somewhat weary of standard blogging, so I moved, to get a fresh start as it were.
First I did what it says below, and then I did what is says above! Who knows where I’ll end up! :)
January 15th 2010
I am moving my blog to
Reason? Mainly bc I don’t want to pay to have a non-static new page / tab under steinunn.wordpress, and this Weebly can do for me. I am a bit apprehensive abt it as I don’t know anyone abt Weebly … but I’m having much fun adding multiple blogs under the one url, blogs about different things (blogs as in not-static pages), so as long as I am having fun it’s all good, right?
Cheerio; you know where to find me!
And here we are together.
I am sporting my bothered bushybrow Playmogirl look, as I generally do in photos (you have to see my hands&arms to understand the Playmo-reference), but I am willing to embarrass myself like this in hopes that someone sees this picture, recognises Tracy, and gets us in contact somehow.
Please! Pretty pls!!?
Here are peoples’ comments on mbl.is’s commentary on the interview. Most folks, I included, thinks he did a fine job. Not once did Paxman manage to talk all over him, which is what he is so good at. He’s a tough one, that Paxman, which is why people like him. Weird how he very disrespectfully referred to the president as just “some president”, though.
Paxman didn’t really have a come-back on the fact that, though the governments of countries like France, Holland and Ireland, and other EU countries, have trusted the people of their nations to vote on important issues in national referendums, Britain’s governments have never shown its people this trust.
Said president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson:
In Britain the parliament is sovereign; in Iceland the people are sovereign.
Iain Martin of WSJ knows his stuff. Well, he sounds like he does, though some of the commentors don’t agree. I don’t really know the facts about the deposit protection which a certain James Baldwin writes about in his comment (under 3) ). It’s an important fact, but of course, if it’s correct, it’s utterly disgusting and unfair – those in this world who have dosh and deposit it in banks are protected and get their money back – from whom? From me, who have no money. Why? How is that fair?
At the height of this cheap money boom, savers abroad were attracted when offered high returns from the odd-sounding Icesave (think about it and it sounds like your investments could easily be frozen at any point). But in the crazed excitement of those years, savers in the Netherlands flocked to open accounts. And for the British it also looked too good to be true, with savings rates guaranteed to be above the Bank of England’s base rate. The problem for everyone involved was that it was too good to be true.
In Britain, the Icesave business was positively welcomed by the government in good times and regulators failed to spot that it was woefully under-capitalised. When it collapsed, the British government, along with the Dutch, decided to bailout its citizens with money in Icesave. They didn’t have to do this; those who had placed money in an institution rooted abroad were all adults who should have been aware of the risks. Of course, the governments only paid up because it knew that it was vulnerable to the charge that its regulatory regime had failed. They then set about claiming back the money with menaces from Iceland. Until yesterday the tactics were working.
What message will savers in large countries draw from this for next time there is a boom? That they needn’t ask too many questions about apparently easy returns, because if it goes wrong then their government, or their fellow taxpayers, will bail them out. The bill can then be sent abroad and bullied out of foreign taxpayers. Thus they learn the wrong lesson and forget caveat emptor, or buyer beware.
It sounds harsh, but it’s true!