Tuesday, May 26, 2009

250,000

Visitor #250,000 to this blog arrived here at 3:23pm today, Tuesday. Site Meter couldn't identify a referring URL which means, I think, that my visitor wasn't referred here by a search engine or link from another site. So perhaps they have Proper Course bookmarked and might actually be a regular reader rather than a casual passer-by?

Here's where it gets interesting. Visitor #250,000's Internet Service Provider is the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland which I assume means that he or she is a midshipman, or member of staff, or other employee at the Naval Academy. Maybe it's the Superintendent? Maybe it's the janitor? I don't know.

Anyway, he or she entered on the front page, lingered here for 1 minute 49 seconds and then clicked out to... oh no... they out-clicked to the site of my blogging nemesis, Joe Rouse, producer of the infamous The Horse's Mouth blog, a somewhat dodgy soft porn site full of semi-naked women photographed in suggestive poses with fish. You really don't want to go there.

Admiral! How dare you! And on working hours too!

So, if visitor #250,000 is prepared to identify themselves I would like to honor them here (assuming that by doing so I won't earn them demerits or anything bad like that.) It has been suggested that the lucky person #250,000 will win naming rights to my Laser and I am happy to award such privilege if they are interested.

13 comments:

O Docker said...

Congratulations on your quarter-millionth hit.

Considering where the lucky visitor is from, your Laser could be renamed the USS Tiverton, painted navy gray, fitted with a deck gun, and conscripted into service. If all the other boats have to maintain 500 yards clearance, mark roundings should now be a snap.

So the feds are sniffing around on your blog and Joe's, huh? Move the flower pot to the windward side of your dock if you want to talk about this.

Greg and Kris said...

It's haze gray, not navy gray. And that's the part that you look at. There's a darker gray on the scale called deck gray. That's the stuff you can walk on.

A bosun's mate sorted me out on the important distinction when I was doing hard time in the engineroom of the USS Wabash (AOR-5).

Now I'm a real sailor, which means I am owned by the wind and I get to drink more martinis than before.

Greg and Kris said...

Or is it grey?

O Docker said...

For the martinis, I think it's 'Olive Gray'.

Tillerman said...

As a British owned vessel I do believe that my Laser should be painted in Royal Navy camouflage colours. After consulting the definitive work on Naval camouflage 1914-1945 I think I am going to go for "Mountbatten Pink".

Litoralis said...

Watch out for the Purkinje Effect!

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

Well done!

EVK4 said...

You'll never hear from him again...not with the new cybersecurity czar set to come on board soon. So, Admiral Soft Porn has to be your boat's name.

Carol Anne said...

G&K, it depends on what side of the Atlantic you're on.

If you're in the United States, the color is gray.

If you're in the United Kingdom, the colour is grey.

There's a saying (I believe it originated with G.K. Chesterton, but I may be wrong), "The United States and Britain are two countries divided by a common tongue."

Carol Anne said...

Oh, and Litoralis ... I've actually seen Purkinje's grave. Have you?

tillerman said...

I love you guys. I start off talking about my 250,000th visitor, and ten comments later we are talking about the grave of a Czech physiologist.

tillerman said...

Oh, and just to enjoy the rare pleasure of correcting Carol Anne, the correct form of that quote is "separated by a common language", and it's usually attributed to Shaw not Chesterton, though several others including Wilde said something similar. Also Shaw was referring to the English not the British, an important distinction, especially for an Irishman.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it gravy? ...or perhaps that's something else...

What's wrong with The-Armada-was-badass-anyway for a name, Tiller?

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