ridiculous bear-like microscopic creature floating in the ether
Still, weird things happen. Things you would not expect to happen to a small blog like TB.
About 2000+ people have visited TB in the past week or so to look at one particular post, an old post.
There was no direct link, and not one of them has left a comment.
They come in on an image search for "hazing."
Most of them used this type of search: yahoo image search for hazing.
If you click on that URL, you get a general yahoo image search.
Enter "hazing" into the search bar.
You will get some hazing images.
Which one do you think is the one we used in the post 18 months ago? Take a guess.
All these people guessed the same.
A few came in on other image searches for "hazing," google images, etc. Those people guessed right too.
What are the odds? Maybe they have some direction? Maybe there is some reason they all click the same image when they do their image search, all 2000+ of them in a week or two?
Not one of these people came in on a proper link, to a source that we could say, Oh, that's where they came from. They all come in on an image search, and they all pick the same image.
These 2000+ people all came in "randomly," as it were.
These 2000+ or so people all clicked on the same image, the image from this old post we did in June 2010. It is not the first image that comes up in the image search for "hazing." It's not even the most interesting image. Nonetheless, they all selected it.
There is no innocent explanation for how all these people ended up on this post. Their behavior defies the laws of chance. There's nothing random about it unless it is computer generated traffic chicanery, and they are not really people, but "people."
And the post moved up the popular post ladder. It is now at #1: disaster lottery.
A suddenly popular post from 18 months ago, although no one wants to leave a comment.
It's a very strange phenomenon. It has happened probably a dozen times before with other posts.
It happened with this post. They came in on an image of Christine O'Donnell.
Do an image search on Christine O'Donnell and see how many pop up. They all picked the same image.
Who are these people?
They come from all over the world to read TB? We feel so honored.
A tiny sample of URLs that have clicked on disaster lottery on 12/1/11:
Deutsche Telekom Ag (220.127.116.11) 0 returning visitsPegnitz, Bayern, Germany
Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (18.104.22.168) 0 returning visitsFruitland, Idaho, United States
Purchase College - Suny (22.214.171.124) 0 returning visits Purchase, New York, United States
France Telecom (126.96.36.199) 0 returning visitsParis, Ile-de-france, France
Uvalco Supply (188.8.131.52)Sabinal, Texas, United States
U.s. Department Of Labor/employment Standards Admi (184.108.40.206) 0 returning visitsElyria, Ohio, United States
Jpmorgan Chase & Co. (220.127.116.11) 0 returning visitsWesterville, Ohio, United States
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (18.104.22.168) 0 returning visitsOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Weaver Automotive - Firewall P2p (22.214.171.124) 0 returning visitsCarnesville, Georgia, United States
The Boeing Company (126.96.36.199) 0 returning visitsRenton, Washington, United States
Great Plains Communications (188.8.131.52) 0 returning visitsBroken Bow, Nebraska, United States
Comcast Business Communications (184.108.40.206) 0 returning visitsLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States
Puerto Rico Telephone Company (220.127.116.11) 0 returning visitsSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Antelecom N.v (18.104.22.168) 0 returning visitsWillemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Elk Grove School District (22.214.171.124) 0 returning visitsSacramento, California, United States
Google (126.96.36.199) 0 returning visits Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Google (188.8.131.52) 0 returning visitsTaipei, T'ai-pei, Taiwan
Telecomplus (184.108.40.206) 0 returning visitsQuatre Bornes, Plaines Wilhems, Mauritius
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (220.127.116.11) 0 returning visitsDubai, United Arab Emirates
Golden Lines Cable (18.104.22.168) 0 returning visitsTel Aviv, Israel
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (22.214.171.124) 0 returning visitsBacolod, Philippines
Buckeye Cablevision (126.96.36.199) 0 returning visitsSandusky, Ohio, United States
Sigma Chi (188.8.131.52) 0 returning visitsLawrence, Kansas, United States
Bright House Networks (184.108.40.206) 0 returning visitsBunnell, Florida, United States
There have been 2000+ such visits in the past week or two.
What does it mean? Who are they? We have no idea. We just wanted you to know that we wrote a fascinating post in June 2010.
And you should read it too.
Carbon Credits may be buried in Durban; India, China to lose, 12/3/11
Durban: The much-heralded carbon trading system may be headed for a dead end, if discussions underway over the last few days at the United Nations-organised global conference on climate change are any indication. This will have a major impact on India and China, the leaders in such trading.
JP Morgan follows UBS cutting carbon jobs as permits plunge, 12/2/11
Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Investment banks are cutting traders and analysts in climate-related businesses as a slump in shares and carbon emission permits coincides with a deadlock in international climate talks....Clean-power stocks and emission permits have plunged as the European Union, the biggest advocate for climate action among developed nations, is ravaged by its own sovereign debt crisis.