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Botanical Garden, Longer Run, Protest, Recycling Kits, Being Uncomfortable

Made it through last week and into October without needing to add more of those old book reviews to make room for more personal posts, but that was the end of the line, so I had to throw one here to allow this post, and may well have to do it again for the week’s second post. Then again, if I stuff everything in another long post now, I won’t even have what to add in a second personal one, and a Sunday update at that, so unless I’ll end up just posting that I have nothing to post, or just something about one day, I’ll need to either see about another brief “New Finds” post, which would actually be great and also mean I won’t in fact need another one of those reviews, or fill some survey or something.

Since I mean to stuff everything in this post, I’ll go in reverse order, starting with yesterday, when I went to the Botanical Garden again. Hadn’t set the alarm, but a call, probably someone doing a survey again, woke me up at 12:57 PM, so I didn’t answer but the timing was good, letting me take it easy before eventually leaving, a bit after 4:15 PM, running to the metro station. Walked quite slowly after getting off the train though, so I was at the gate at 4:55 PM, since I had listed myself as coming at 5 PM, just to be there for two hours. Considering the rain that actually started shortly after I left, and the coming wind as well, I probably only wasted that time, the only useful action likely having been to weed, but it did seem that it had been done well enough and I didn’t even really think about it.
After having a quick look, I decided to fill a bucket and get a rag and wash the benches, getting back to the gift shop at 5:45 PM and grabbing a rake before asking the guy who was there whether the closing time was still 7 PM. When he confirmed that, I took a wheelbarrow as well and started raking on the second alley, the one to the left of the central area. Was slow and thorough at first, then went to the end and the much more difficult terrain made it impossible to do it like that anymore, so I did what I could until I checked the time and saw 6:40 PM when I still had a fair bit, so I really rushed that last part, took the leaves to the proper spot and made it back to the gift shop at 6:50 PM, washing my hands and face and rubbing some dirtier spots on my shirt, since I had taken that white one and the running pants this time. Didn’t make much difference for the shirt though.
Was leaving at 6:55 PM, but I wanted to use the other exit, which I knew existed since others had been using it. Didn’t know how to get to it though, so I tried to go one way… And ended up facing the dog that I should have remembered is in that area that’s past the greenhouses, around the “Historical Garden”. Actually seem to remember that there were two there, but now I just saw one, yet it was quite enough. Heard threatening growls and barking and a moment later it rushed at me, as I was all alone in that area at that moment. But I did it pretty much by the book, holding my backpack in front of me, with the other hand held up in front of me as well, ready to bend down to shield my legs with the backpack and slowly backing away, staring at it the whole time. It quite clearly meant business, growling in that manner and alternating between matching my steps, keeping a certain distance, and briefly stopping before rushing at me a few seconds later, but never getting really close and eventually giving up after I got back out of that area.
Walked back after that, going another way to get around that area, and as I was doing that a girl asked me whether there was a closing time of 8 PM, and I hope I didn’t give her wrong information when I said there was, but that you can leave up to an hour and a half later. Quite sure of that second part, it may even be two hours, but the closing time may be the same as the gift shop’s, so 7 PM now. Either way, after that I ended up behind the greenhouses well enough, but can’t quite say what I did from then on, since I was trying to “read” the paths, looking for those that seemed to lead to an exit, and somehow ended up turning completely around and indeed reaching an exit, but the one I knew, not the other one. Can’t even say whether that means I succeeded or completely failed in orienting myself, but I can say that the whole thing just meant that I lost ten minutes, reaching that exit at 7:10 PM, while normally it’d take five to get there from the gift shop.

After that, even though my shirt was still dirty, I walked to the Auchan from that area, getting there at 7:30 PM and back out at 8:05 PM. Did find that cat food that I couldn’t find there otherwise recently, but it looked different now and the quantity had also been reduced, from 100 grams to 85, and I wonder about changes to the ingredients as well, in which case there may be problems if we keep buying it. So I just had a look at that, then only bought some sour cream, being given 268 grams when I had asked for about 150, the person there seeming so certain of trying to give me around 250 grams that I’m sure she had actually thought I had asked for that much. And I didn’t complain, since I’ll be using it anyway, though the fact that the scales didn’t take the weight of the little plastic thing into account did bother me a little. Did put back the teas I had also considered buying though, since I couldn’t make them fit in the budget at the moment anymore, and then used the self-checkout, which Auchan has at that location as well, without any problems. And then came right back, running again after getting out of the metro here, walking in at 8:45 PM. Had considered going to the Carrefour and Kaufland from that area as well, the main target being Kaufland, where I meant to check the changes they had made, supposedly in order to reduce the use of plastic, and to see whether I really could use my own bags for fresh stuff, but it had already started raining a little when I got out of that mall that Auchan is in, so I gave up.

The first thing to say about Tuesday happened just after 3 AM, so midnight GMT, when I posted my little giveaway on the GOG.com forums. There are few entries at this point, extremely few if I only count completely valid ones, one game not having a single one of those yet, but I’m accepting them until 11:59:59 PM GMT on October 7, so I’ll see what will happen until then, and if that game will still have no completely valid entries I’ll decide whether to ask for more entries, possibly from those who had made valid ones and didn’t win anything, or send it to the Community Giveaway.

Slept badly again that morning, waking up about every hour, about 1:15 at most, mostly to pee despite not having made mamaliga that night and only having one tomato in the salad. Actually, went to pee each time, just in case, even when the reason for waking up was that dad’s alarm rang or I received an SMS, or when it had to do with what I was dreaming. And I did dream a lot, and it was quite interesting, and sometimes I was disappointed that I couldn’t see how the dream continued, as I was unable to pick any back up where I had left off. But I kept getting back to sleep, at 12:40 PM setting an alarm for 2 PM and only actually getting up then, since the plan was to run but wanted to leave no later than at 4:30 PM, so still had plenty of time, and I ended up leaving at 4:15 PM anyway.
The idea was to run 16 kilometers again, getting over ten for the first time since the half marathon, not counting the night run, since there had been plenty of breaks then. And the target was 1:18, with all laps in less than 16 minutes, which I thought was what I should be able to do after all this time, that estimate being proven correct, even if sector three of lap four worried me, so I had to push on lap five, and on its last sector in particular. But that went well enough, and the time was 1:17:51, with sector times of 4:24, 5:00, 5:53, 4:30, 5:01, 5:54, 4:34, 5:10, 5:58, 4:37, 5:08, 6:06, 4:33, 5:09, 5:54, making for lap times of 15:17, 15:25, 15:42, 15:51 and 15:36. Yes, I did only look at the seconds, so I have no exact times.
The forecast was listing a high of 28-29°C, actually around 4 PM, but when I left I saw 26-27°C reported, and the wind wasn’t a problem either. Some joints bothered me a bit at various times, but the one actual issue had to do with the fact that there were plenty of people in the park. Had to weave and take the long way around plenty of times. Slowed down a lot and had to go from one side to the other and back to get through groups forming a roadblock on sector one of lap one. On sector three of lap one I had to briefly stop and sidestep when a guy got off a bench and only looked and stopped when on the path, right in front of me. People going in opposite directions had almost formed a roadblock as I was going under the bridge on sector one of lap three and a cyclist was also coming from the opposite direction and making for the one space that was left, so I had to briefly stop and step aside so we won’t run into each other. There were two moments on sector three of lap four, first another cyclist, who also had a child with him, looking elsewhere and coming right at me as I had another deer in headlights moment and didn’t know which way to go even though the entire rest of the path was clear, only briefly stopping and sidestepping as we almost ran into each other, and then two old women stopping just as they were about to pass two other old women, to talk to them, and forcing me to again briefly stop and struggle to squeeze past them. And on sector one of lap five a few guys stopped ahead of me and one suddenly decided to head to the boats just as I was about to go around them on the inside, again forcing me to briefly stop in order to avoid running into him.

Sunday I went to buy some things, the urgent thing being that kind of cat food which was cheapest at Auchan but which I could no longer find there recently. So I left just before 4:15 PM, taking out the paper as well and meaning to use the free bus to go to the other Auchan, but ending up waiting until 4:35 PM and eventually walking there, having what should have been the next one drive past me just as I was about to get there. Either way, since I didn’t find that cat food at that location either, I grabbed a few other things and went to the Kaufland from that area. Tried to not go around the parking lot again and ended up walking longer, since I ended up behind it, following a sign, and there’s no access from that side, so I had to get back out and then simply go through it. But at least I found 11 pieces of that cat food left, though one of them was soiled, so I bought the other ten, and those may be the last ones containing the old amount, considering what I mentioned I saw yesterday. Also got some other things, including a few apples, deciding to cheat on those a little, making up for about two thirds of the price difference on those spices.
Well, that came back to bite me when I decided to try using the self-checkouts again. I should have realized it, but I somehow didn’t, just waiting for one that also allowed cash payments to free up and then first trying the “multipack” option, seeing that it did indeed only refer to certain packs and asking the employee whether that meant you really had to scan every single item if you had more of them. And apparently you, the customer, do have to, but they can log on and enter numbers, so he scanned one and entered ten for the cat food and those croissants for dad and then left me to do the rest… Which I could no longer do once I got to those apples, the difference of 48 grams making it say the wrong item had been placed on the scales. So, after trying a few times and also considering just leaving them and only taking the rest, I gave up, grabbed all the stuff and went back to a regular checkout without another word, even though the lines were quite long. Yet those long lines worked out in my favor, since I ended up getting checked out right at 7 PM, apparently when the evening discounts kicked in, so the carrots scanned at half the price, which had already been a good one anyway.
Walked back to Auchan after that, to use their free bus, missing the direct one but catching that one leaving ten minutes after it and walking the rest of the way. And since I was walking past it anyway, also went into this nearby Mega Image for cabbage, having seen the price on the one purchased by dad the previous day. However, I not only found just one left, hidden away in a spot right in the corner of the area with vegetables, at the bottom, but it was also 20% more expensive than he had bought that other one for. Still, it looked good enough, so I bought it anyway… And shouldn’t have, since I haven’t touched it yet and yesterday I saw cabbage for less in Auchan, and it also looked good enough. But it seemed like a good idea at the time, so I got it and made it back here at 7:40 PM.

And that leaves Friday, when I first went to that other announced climate protest, leaving at 3:05 PM and getting off the metro at 3:40 PM. With the start time listed as 4 PM, I was very early, even if a few others were also already there, so I wandered around and returned 15 minutes later, staying until the end of the protest was announced, at 5:35 PM, by which time some had already left. There was a rather awkward moment, when I saw two who, according to his t-shirt and her bag, were vegan activists and I just blurted out that I expected them to be at Victory Square, as I thought the march for animal rights was taking place at the same time, until the guy told me it was from 4 PM the next day. Otherwise, can’t really say that I participated, mostly wandering around and taking some pictures and only weakly joining in a few times when something was being shouted. Not that there was much of that either, as there were only several dozen people, still including quite a few foreigners, and this massive drop in numbers disheartened those who did attend. It should have obviously been completely expected, but those with little or no experience were surprised, and I even saw one person that I clearly recognized from the previous protest walking right past, while two others, who had arrived early and had signs as well, wandered away at 4 PM, though they did eventually return, I think after 4:30 PM. Was somewhat impressed by two girls who spent almost the entire time working on their signs, just managing to finish them some ten minutes before the end was announced.

After that, headed to Unirii, but since I had the metro card, I was there quickly and decided to check out that Carrefour, ending up buying some bread with what little I had on me. Still that “whole wheat” one from there which now is even worse if you look at the ingredients, even including sugar, and this particular one also seems very salty, but it fit in what I had on me and it also struck me as interesting that the one piece that was left at that hour weighed exactly one kilogram, 1.000. It was harder to fit in my backpack than in the budget though, as I got out of Carrefour at 6:30 PM and then spent quite some time struggling with it, first right there, putting it in the larger part and somehow squeezing everything else in the smaller one, and then in Unirii Park, stopping behind a bench and switching things around, with the rest of the stuff, mainly my jacket, back in the larger part and the bread somehow squeezed in the smaller one, actually pressed to some extent, as it wouldn’t have fit otherwise.
Either way, had headed in that direction to once again help put together those recycling kits, and I got there at 6:55 PM. We ended up working in a smaller room though, the larger one being in use for something else, though after a while we expanded into the one next to it as well, which connects that one to the kitchen, since I guess 15 people came that time as well, and there were no children among them either. It was less of an “assembly line” though, and those things were folded differently by most who did that, and some time after 9 PM some started leaving, only a few of us eventually being left to finish, but finish we did, what we were told had been 600 kits, so 50% more than the first time. And that time I also stayed a few minutes after we were done too, leaving with the last ones, a group going to have a smoke and me and a couple of others leaving directly, at 10:25 PM. Was back here at 11 PM, taking only seven or eight minutes to run from the Dristor metro station, since I just missed one train leaving from there and the next one would have only left ten minutes later.
To return to what happened while I was there, it was unfortunately uncomfortable. I was the only one who had also been there the first time and Olga, this being the one managing this, kept making a point of it, rather pushing me forward, and also at one point, when she started serving the brownie she had purchased, supposedly so this group won’t be discriminated compared to the first one, first telling me to keep my mouth shut and then seconds later asking how much worse it was compared to that one brought by that person the first time. To be honest, it was surprisingly good for something purchased, obviously not at the same level but way better than I expected.
But, to return to it being uncomfortable, another such moment had to do with a woman starting to ask each of the others to say their name and one word to uniquely define themselves, sort of pick their own nickname according to some interest or skill that they think will set them apart from the others currently present. I was closing the envelopes then, Olga having “volunteered” me to do that when nobody else offered, one other guy coming to help once I was there, and fortunately he was better and faster at it than me, so after a while we managed to clear the pile and he seemed like he could handle what was coming on his own. That meant that I at first escaped by going to the other room and helping those who had moved there fold those things, and eventually mostly just splitting them in groups of five, since they were just stacking them without counting. However, when I saw that the envelopes had piled up again and that guy needed my help again, I returned there, apparently too soon, as his turn was just coming to answer that question, and mine was next.
Well, I of course prepared a speech in my mind, in case I’ll be forced into it, but tried to simply stay silent, just ignore the whole thing, and stare at her angrily when she insisted, and she eventually moved on. I mean, seriously, that speech was something like: “Firstly, social anxiety, so if I must interact other than on-line with someone it’s generally possible only if I somehow disconnect my mind and start babbling whatever comes out, after which I struggle for about a week to recover. Which will happen now as well. Then, today is… I don’t know if I can say anniversary for something bad, but… The anniversary of the day when everything ended and any purpose or hope vanished, personally speaking, so I was trying to just focus on doing something useful here, as otherwise… Thirdly, I learned many years ago and keep confirming countless times since then that I’m in direct conflict with just about everyone on many important topics, so if it happens that we can work together for something I try to stay strictly on that issue, otherwise it’ll get ugly. As an example, and if the request is for a word to set me apart from the others, the first I put in my short description on Facebook is antinatalist. Strict, militant, without exceptions, at least until we solve this world’s environmental and social problems, if we’ll solve them. Must I say anything else?” I doubt they’d have wanted to hear that, and I didn’t want to say it. Would have probably grabbed my backpack and left right then if I’d have even gotten to the second point.
Still, more was to come after just a few of us were left. First it was one girl who started complaining about some recent changes that increase the penalties for employers who have their employees work too much overtime and try to ensure that the limits for hours worked are respected more, saying repeatedly that she should be able to work as much as she wants to earn more, and others agreeing. And then it was Olga herself, first when the topic of emissions from flying came up and she showed how bothered she was by the messages urging people not to fly, saying that people got used to do certain things, including flying, and we shouldn’t stop them from doing it, but just find different ways to do those same things while reducing the impact. And then the discussion got to how recycling was done in the Communist days, with the older woman who was there pointing out that reducing and reusing came even before that and again Olga being the one to comment negatively, this time about the idea of reducing consumption. In other words, proving that those aren’t people I’d want to be around, or who’d want me around, once we start discussing other issues, and just why I try to stick strictly to the matter at hand. And I mentioned being uncomfortable in an e-mail I sent her that night, and then spelled all these things out, and also said I won’t go again because of this, when she replied to ask for details. No new reply from her yet, at the time I’m writing this. But at least I also asked about a way to contact that woman who said she’ll take any jars and she sent an e-mail to both of us, so I have that contact if needed.

For the odds and ends, finally cleaned my room a little again and changed the sheets Tuesday evening, and there was a single double middle click that I noticed during this period, Wednesday. As for the timed squats, they were 2:18 Sunday, 2:25 Tuesday and 2:24 Wednesday. Sunday’s time is even more surprising since it was done after doing 200 the day before. Did those quite slowly and didn’t time them, but my muscles were still complaining a bit, and there was the walking done that day as well.

Written by Cavalary on October 4, 2019 at 10:15 PM in Personal | 0 Comments

Fourteen…

This is another September 27 post actually written at night, but should still finish it early enough to still schedule it to be posted at the usual time instead of actually posting it just then, as it was two years ago. And I didn’t even need to make use of one of those old book reviews to free up a “slot” for it, since I managed to throw together that other post this evening, which I guess also counts as something done today. Before going to bed, I did rather mean to try to do that, but the date really hit me when I got up, so I was very uncertain that I’ll even make an effort, but still sort of thought I might give it a shot and eventually managed it, even if it was just a quick one with just three bands and without really going through songs.

Since I mentioned waking up, I guess I was first woken up by some faint noise and I waited for a while, wondering if the cause were the cats or dad waking up, but despite eventually realizing it was dad, still had to go pee, so I did that at 10:15 AM and then spent close to four hours struggling and failing to get some more sleep. Dad started cooking and making noise in the kitchen and I was pretty much stuck there, unable to sleep and too sleepy to get up, occasionally drifting off and waking up again almost right away, and dreaming of my parents waking me up even when I did briefly fall asleep, seeing 2 PM when I finally managed to drag myself out of bed.
As I already mentioned, the date really hit me at that point and I just about crawled back in, but decided to grab something to eat, and after doing that in the kitchen and taking the grapes to eat here, I got on the computer and started trying to gather links and listen to songs for that post, just focusing on that and not even going to the bathroom again until dad left after 5 PM… At which point I ended up cleaning up after him in the kitchen too, though I was telling myself that this time I won’t bother with anything.

Will need to get going after getting up though, and get up earlier that I did now, since there will be another climate protest, also from 4 PM. It was announced on short notice like this, but I guess I’ll go and hope I’ll again be surprised by the turnout. Seems very unlikely though, considering the short notice and, possibly even more so, the fact that a march for animal rights is taking place at the same time, so those focused on that, likely including all the vegans that had quite a notable presence last week, will be absent. But I’ll see what will happen, and then I’m also waiting for a reply to know whether I’ll be going to help put together some more of those recycling kits or not, since I was saying that the person coordinating this said we should alternate, so there won’t be the same people each time, but I saw them posting another call and I sent an e-mail to ask. At least we had hot water again today, which I didn’t expect, so I could shave easily… Though I also confirmed that I’ll need to glue the shaving brush back together again, since last time I thought something seemed loose and now it was threatening to fall apart in my hand.

It again feels wrong to talk about other things in such posts, but since I already did, guess I’ll also mention that today’s squats were done in 2:26 and yesterday’s in 2:21. But what may actually be fitting is the fact that this evening I had a code for Divine Divinity refunded and added the difference to buy one for Arcanum instead, so I now actually have five games played while I was with Andra to give away, Divine Divinity having been played after I got thrown back here and bought because it was so cheap, in case I’ll want to add one a bit more expensive. But both of us actually played Arcanum, and I actually have a couple of other memories specifically tied to it and us, so when I saw it on sale now it was clear that it had to be one of the five. Unfortunately, couldn’t get any of the others that we both played or that bring back clear memories having to do with her, due to either not being on a good enough sale during this period, having some regions pay more than the base price or being unavailable on GOG.com at all. There was one other I could have picked, and there’s still a chance that something will come up in the weekend sale or the next weekly sale, but I’ll feel too bad to ask for another refund to replace something, so I guess this is it for now. At least they’re all games I played then, and I wanted to pick them like this, to remind myself of the one period when life seemed to have a point, when it made some sense to be here, and there was room for hope when things were going well, for thoughts of a future that wasn’t just bleak, frightening and painful.

Written by Cavalary on September 27, 2019 at 4:00 AM in Personal | 0 Comments

New Finds – XVI

I’ll just make a quick addition to this series, mainly to avoid needing to use another one of those old book reviews to get myself a “slot” for tonight’s post. Just three bands in this one, and only one of them an actual recent find, but that’s what I was left with after ending up dismissing the other one, also from Japan, that was even more recent and which made me think of looking through the Asian bands I knew of. Will likely return to that one later, since at the moment the issue is that there are few songs in English and the accent on the older ones is so bad I can hardly tell they are in English. But, either way, after dismissing that one and another one from Singapore which split up a few years ago and had bad vocals anyway, I was only left with two “proper” Asian bands, not including those from Israel or the exact locations of those from Russia, and one of them is an old find. So I then went back to my initial idea, of looking for African bands, but other than Analgesia, which was awesome and I already included in such a post, I only had two of those to begin with, and pretty much only added one back when I stumbled into it because it was so unusual to see such a band from that region, so I don’t care to put it in such a post. But, even though the other African band is also an old find, and may also no longer be active at this point, at least that left me with three bands, which will have to do.

That Japanese band I didn’t discard is Lovebites, and while you definitely notice the accent in the vocals, otherwise they really don’t sound like something you’d expect from a band from there, and even less so like an all-female one. Now I didn’t listen to many of the songs, so I’ll go straight with Rising as first pick, being the one video from their second full album, and with what I read was the ballad from the first one, Edge of the World, but if you’re interested you can currently find just about everything on YouTube. I’ll probably go through at least a few more myself after posting this, and hope I won’t end up regretting including them in such a post once I do, but at this point I don’t think there’s a significant risk of that.

The second Asian band is Blodwen, and they’ve been around for much longer, and I’ve known of them for much longer, but for some reason I remembered them as a band I didn’t care to add in such a post. Based on the few more recent songs I listened to now, I really wonder why, but I first heard of them quite a number of years ago and things might have been different then, and I see that even they don’t have the first full album uploaded on Bandcamp, where they have just about everything released later. Don’t see their most recent release there yet though, Darkest Day Blackest Night, out just this month, so I’ll use that as first pick, to add something particularly recent. And for the second pick I guess I’ll go with Lovelorn, which was also released as a free single, but is in fact from their second full album.

As for the third band, that’s Crimson Chrysalis and it’s from South Africa. Judging from the lack of posts for the past couple of years and the fact that the site vanished, they seem to no longer be active, and they also don’t have a Metal Archives entry, but then again, they list themselves as symphonic rock, not metal. They are listed on Spirit of Metal though, so I’ll use the links from there for the albums. All of the second one is actually available on SoundCloud, but I just went straight with the first video they have for it, Sacred Vow. As for a pick from the first album, let’s say Angels and Demons, to be somewhat different. May end up listening to that second album after posting this, since it’s there, but see no reason to believe I may regret adding them in such a post, at least if you don’t count the fact that they may no longer be active.

Written by Cavalary on September 26, 2019 at 7:32 PM in Music | 0 Comments

Bad Dream, Botanical Garden, Climate March, Recycling Kits

This will be another huge post, and I’ll actually start with the odds and ends, since leaving the important stuff for the end will ensure that I’ll put all of it in one post, even if I’ll write it over multiple days, since I have no buffer anymore and the week’s second post will be the obvious one, so unless I’ll manage to squeeze a non-personal one in between, I’ll need to use another one of those old book reviews to buy myself some more time even without yet another personal post before then, and three of them in the same week. Then again, starting with the odds and ends also pretty much means going through things chronologically, Saturday being the exception, so I’ll start with that in order to really go chronologically after it.

One thing that happened Saturday was that I received a 20% gift code from this store I prefer to buy books from. They had posted a review contest the previous day, asking for reviews in Romanian to be posted, and I asked whether they had line or paragraph breaks now, since when I tried to copy mine before they just showed up as a wall of text and I didn’t leave any there as a result. And to test that, since the boss replied to say we could try and see and figure something out of it doesn’t work, I translated and posted the one for Dragon of Ash & Stars, which shouldn’t have been entered in their contest, since that required reviews for books ordered from them. But I then received an SMS from the boss, with that code, supposedly for helping them like this, and since I felt rather guilty for it I have since then also translated and posted those for Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis and The Slow Regard of Silent Things, the latter revealing another issue I let them know about, on top of the fact that there are still no line or paragraph breaks. Since they also seem to offer the equivalent of a 1 RON discount for each review they approve, I’m feeling I’d be taking advantage of them by posting more, but at the same time I’m going through the trouble of translating these, while I see one-line reviews popping up now from others…
On the other hand, when I was taking some jars out of the refrigerator as I was getting ready to eat at night, I hit two of them against each other. Thought I had hit them quite lightly, but it’s likely that the bottom of one was already cracked all around, and I believe that I had thought so before, possibly even asking my mother when she was here at some point, but had eventually decided that it just looked that way and kept using it… Until then, because I heard a crack and found that the bottom of that jar had snapped off completely. Good thing I held it in a way that meant it didn’t fall on the floor, and I could hold both the bottom and the rest of it, taking it to the kitchen and taking everything that was in it out, first into a bowl and then putting it in another jar. I was worried about glass shards at first, of course, but it seemed to have snapped off very cleanly, and I put the parts back together a few times, before and after washing them, and again when I put it away the next day, and they seemed to fit perfectly, with nothing whatsoever seeming missing or loose, and I also found nothing while trying to look through what was in it, so I kept eating it.

Otherwise, the timed squats during this period were 2:21 on September 15, 2:23 on September 17, 2:19 on September 18, 2:15 on September 19, 2:26 for the second series done on September 21, the first making up for skipping the previous day and being untimed, 2:25 on September 22 and 2:23 on September 24. And while I’m at things spread over multiple days, also noticed a few more double middle clicks, but on the other hand I’ve been starting to be able to wear the new headphones longer and with a fair bit less pain. Also started wearing them somewhat looser, and it’s definitely still a problem and I change the position of my glasses after a while, in part due to being worried of the effects of them pressing so hard on my head in those areas, but it is an improvement and I guess it’s only likely to get even better in time.

Oh, I seem to have one more thing to add here, for Tuesday, since I just went to put the whites in the washing machine and when I added the disinfectant, thinking to make some more use of it, it just flowed right out, being very liquid. Had noticed something odd last time, with water left in those compartments and the one for softener looking very dirty after my mother was here for a while again, but didn’t really think much of it until now. But now that I took those compartments out to wash them, I saw a lot of detergent in the softener compartment, and I wonder if something’s again very wrong or she accidentally put detergent there. The compartments are arranged the same way they were on the old one, which was taken there, but who knows, maybe she was in a hurry and thought they were arranged differently, and mixed things up. Guess I’ll see what happens next. But it is odd, since the old one had also started having water in that softener compartment, and it wasn’t a case of detergent being there then.

To finally get back to the beginning of the period covered by this post, on September 16 Neverwinter Nights crashed as I was saving but remained on the display and I had to use Ctrl+Alt+Del and start Task Manager from that screen to be able to close it, as I couldn’t see or switch to the desktop otherwise. I seem to remember this happening before, including the fact that the save I was overwriting then vanished, but I had only taken a few steps that day, so I could just restore the one that was backed up and continue. However, that made me have a look through event logs and I noticed that I did continue to start Neverwinter Nights after finishing Hordes of the Underdark, so it is indeed likely that I moved on to Kingmaker right away, at the end of August 2016. Either way, it was certainly no later than at the beginning of September, but if I’m trying to dig up dates, being completely uncertain about the month wouldn’t have really allowed me to add anything more than the year.

The next morning I had an awful dream. I was again at my grandparents’, as it usually happens in such dreams, and I had been taken there and was spiraling further down into a really bad place as my parents kept pushing me to behave differently. I was trying to get away from them, to escape, always on the move, running around the yard, ending up in places where spiders could be… I remember wanting to go back inside to take a book, but deciding against it in order to avoid them, and breaking through the fence to end up in the neighbor’s yard when they gave chase, with my mother coming there after me and somehow catching me as I was trying to climb the neighbor’s fence to reach the street. Fought loose and went back, but she wanted me to go to a psychologist, so I tried to climb my grandparents’ fence and reach the street from there, but she caught me again and I almost impaled myself on the spikes that are on top of it. Fought loose again, but somehow went back again, and inside, and put on a very thick jacket despite not being cold.
I was in the kitchen and just kept saying “no” and “never” over and over and my mother pushed the phone at me to make me talk to the psychologist that way, then she left and dad came in and I wasn’t able to get the phone away from my hand, kept repeating those words until I eventually did manage to throw it away. Dad took it then, to talk to that woman, and I heard her say that something would help me in multiple ways and I realized what she was talking about and asked if they’ll drug me again, and dad said “what else can we do if you won’t have it otherwise” and I saw someone with a syringe.
So I ran again, climbed the fence again, running past my mother who was on the sidewalk that time, talking to someone else, crying and crying out for help, first for some reason saying “save the children” before realizing I wasn’t one and shouting “save people from other people” instead. I was so hot inside that jacket, and exhausted, but so desperate to still be myself, to just be left with my grief… But the thing is, I woke up at that point and couldn’t remember what I was grieving. I mean, I assume it was about Andra leaving, but remembered all those details about the dream yet didn’t remember what it was actually all about. I guess it means they had succeeded in wiping it from my mind? Shudder to think of that…

The following day I left around 2:15 PM, but was struck by the smell of gas as I went out the door. Called dad and asked him to smell it as well, but that was about it, so I was left worrying about it until I got back, though at least the smell seemed gone by then. Either way, I was going to Carrefour and Kaufland, and also took out the plastic, which I put in the bin, and some other things I finally got around to taking to the bins that are at Kaufland. And I tried to find a somewhat shorter way to that Kaufland, for such times when I want to go there first, but couldn’t find a way through, so I lost a fair bit of time going back and forth and eventually ending up back on the usual route that takes me to the mall that Carrefour is in first, going around it for Kaufland. Still, that meant I was on that road between the National Arena and that mall when trucks were still loading up the trees which had just been cut, the authorities so blatantly continuing their war against trees and nature, clearing pretty much that entire stretch. Maybe they’re replacing some of those old trees with some little saplings, but even in that case, those are of a different species and won’t match the size and benefits of the old ones for decades to come, if they’ll even survive at all.
That made my mood even worse, and once I got to Kaufland I also saw that they didn’t have any more of those treats that Liza is addicted to. Dad had told me to get some more, but I looked through and behind all the boxes and found all other types, but not the one they want for her. And then, when I went to get some spices that I noticed we’ll be running out of, I saw that the actual price of one was higher than the listed one. An employee with a lot of price labels came to that area as I was trying to work up the courage to say something to the other one who was nearby, so I told her about it and she checked, but just put that wrong price label in a vertical position, not even removing it completely from the shelf, and walked away… And I still bought that thing, since it was still a fair bit cheaper than the same thing from other brands. And also managed to properly use the self-checkouts, since I noticed that this location had them now as well and I knew how to look for those that also accepted cash. The one I used also reactivated the scanner much faster after the item was placed on the scales, so I didn’t have to keep waiting like that, though I had to place one of the spices three times on the scales, until I put it there very gently, I guess the low weight making the force of it striking the scales as I was dropping it be too large by comparison and leading to the machine assuming it had been taken off a moment later. By the time I finished, a few girls were standing next to me and telling each other to watch me and learn how to use the machine. If they’d have known the mess I made of it that first time
Went to Carrefour after that, put the stuff in one of the cabinets… And at some point lost the other bags from my back pocket. And I had taken two pretty good ones that time. I think I checked again as I was entering Carrefour and they were still there and I didn’t take anything out of that pocket or even bend down while I was inside, so I have no idea what happened, and I was completely unaware of it as I got a few things from there. Wanted another cabbage as well, but all of it looked bad, so I got two beets instead, then got to checkout and found that I had no bags, struggling to carry the stuff back to the cabinet in my hands and trying to figure out how to use that one bag for everything. Tried to rearrange things outside, which was a bad idea due to the wind that was making it hard to hold on to the bag and threatened to blow the spices away as well unless I placed them under something heavier, but I eventually settled for putting everything else in the bag and holding the toilet paper with the other hand. And, to also add this here, that morning I went to bed at 4:40 AM.

Last week’s run was Thursday, September 19, the time being 47:37.77, with sector times of 4:20.59, 5:04.35, 5:53 (5:52.36), 4:26 (4:25.80), 4:58.63, 5:49 (5:48.61), 4:24 (4:23.66), 5:00.87, 5:53 (5:52.26) and 1:50.64, making for lap times of 15:17.30, 15:13.04 and 15:17 (15:16.79). Since I needed to go earlier, had set the alarm at 11 AM, but woke up on my own at 10:54 AM. Had honeycomb again, but also those rice things, and left just before 12:50 PM, after fixing that hole in the pocket of my pants. Unfortunately, I only realized once I was done that I stood in an uncomfortable position while doing so, which led to my leg muscles not being happy, which obviously worried me. It was still a bit windy as well, and also found a fair number of people in the park, the only good thing being that it was much cooler. As such, was tempted to just aim to stay under 48:30 and was worried even about that, as it was rather difficult at first, and after also deciding to take it a bit easier early on, that first lap didn’t look good. But then I pushed more and it was no problem to stay well under 48 minutes again at the end, that first lap actually ending up being the slowest one, though if you just look at the seconds the third was equal to it.

While I’m at it, this week’s run was Monday, the time being 47:24.11, with sector times of 4:15.37, 4:58 (4:57.69), 5:50.54, 4:23 (4:22.92), 5:01.32, 5:56 (5:55.78), 4:28 (4:27.42), 5:09.02, 5:41.56 and 1:43 (1:42.49), making for lap times of 15:03.60, 15:20.02 and 15:18.00. Had slept poorly for the first few hours, having scary dreams about health problems, but it was better after that. Still felt tired, and I also learned that we’ll have no hot water until at least Thursday, so including Thursday, but it still seemed lukewarm and I stuck to the plan, hoping to still somehow manage to take a quick shower after getting back. And I actually did manage that, first just leaning over the bathtub to wash my hair with water that was mostly cold, but then noticing that it was getting warmer, jumping straight in and getting it done, getting a bit more used to it and also figuring out just how long to let it run, since the temperature seemed to increase up to a point and then drop again if it continued to run.
Getting back to the run, went out at 2:55 PM and the weather was nice, with little wind and a good temperature. There were some people in the park, but they didn’t cause notable problems, only requiring some weaving or going on the outside in some spots. Perhaps a worse issue was that I was finding it rather hard to focus, but I nevertheless tried a more controlled early part and was still faster than I thought I’d be, so I sort of thought to aim to stay under 47:30 after the first lap. The second one didn’t go as planned though, and in its first sector my right knee also started hurting, but it got better after a while. The left one bothered me a bit as well, on the third lap, but not much, and I’m not particularly concerned that it’s happening again, not after Thursday and Friday. So I pushed harder on lap three, and while sector two didn’t look good, I really went for it on sector three and managed a great time, aided in part by seeing a guy in a Bucharest Marathon t-shirt ahead of me as I was approaching the end and really pushing to overtake him. It’s actually possible that I lost a second or so at the end of the sector, as my mind was still on him despite having gotten ahead of him a bit earlier and I think I stopped for a moment to be able to focus again and hit the interval button, but I then recovered and kept pushing on that final sector as well, managing a great time there too, despite the person who was just standing at the top of the stairs, which led to me needing a moment to decide which way to choose to go around her. At the start of sector three of lap three, I wasn’t thinking that staying under 47:30 was still possible, but then, after it, it seemed like I might just have a chance, barely, and in the end I actually managed it with over five seconds to spare.

Getting back to last week’s run, it had to be earlier because I was going back to the Botanical Garden, having listed myself as getting there at 4 PM. I initially thought I’ll be helping Eszter again, as she was also listed, but when I checked again after waking up I saw that she had moved herself to the next day, so I thought I was going to be alone and was wondering how I’ll manage it this time. However, as I was getting ready to leave I ended up wondering whether I’ll be going at all, since I saw another one of those errors and wondered whether Anca had sent a message, this possibly being the reason Eszter had changed the day as well. But there was no reply right away when I sent Anca a message on Facebook and, after turning the phone off and then on again, I saw a message about something else I had signed up to take part in the next day, so assumed the error had been caused by that one and left. The delay made me run late, as I was only out the door after 3:15 PM, and when I also just missed the metro and had to wait five minutes for the next one I didn’t think I’ll get there on time, but I nevertheless did manage to be at the gate right at 4 PM.
Well, apparently there was something going on that day, Anca being there with people from a company, and she later said that they’ll be there the following day as well, but apparently not Saturday, even though that was when she had listed the activity as taking place in the file. But that was no reason for me to not be there, as they weren’t going to water the plants, so she “recruited” a man to help me with the hose and went back to the others… And I rather ended up making things harder for that man, since he certainly seemed to know how things were supposed to be done better than me. He did agree that the hose was rolled the wrong way around, which had also been my impression, but we managed well enough for the first part, yet when it came to the second I messed things up and he eventually sorted it out while I just pulled on the other end, with a girl also helping, probably after he had asked her to do so. When I finally got back after turning on the water and sorting things out at that end, so the hose won’t bend too tightly, I found that he had even started watering, but then he did pass me the hose and went back to the others.
The water pressure was good, so after that I just did my thing until I reached that central area and Anca came to ask how was it going and tell me a few things about what was going on. And then, after I finished with that central area and she came back to ask me to water some empty areas more, since they were going to plant something there the next day, she also asked whether I wanted a sandwich, asking which kind and saying she’ll bring me both if I don’t choose. Actually, even after I did choose she asked whether I didn’t actually want both, mentioning that they were small, but when I refused she did indeed just bring one of those, which I quickly ate before continuing, until I reached the point where the two halves of the hose are joined.
At that point she asked how was it going again, seeing me struggle to pull back the hose, and I asked whether we should split it again. However, that better water pressure made it quite a problem, since she agreed but then all we managed while trying to put the end on that first half of the hose was to get wet, so she eventually went to turn the water off… And then had to do it again, since something had messed up, I couldn’t put it on and she assumed I had and turned the water back on after a little while. When I showed her the problem, she asked whether I had a key and sorted it out with that, making me wonder how come I hadn’t thought of that, but at least that meant I could fix it in place when she turned the water off again, and then I could finish, turning the water off just before 6:30 PM, when she was telling the others to get ready to gather the equipment.
Started rolling the first hose and she came to help me after a bit, and after moving to the second one that man came to help again, and again I ended up helping him, and not much at that, as he did most of the work. So that was done relatively quickly and I was actually thinking of grabbing another sandwich then, especially since someone asked who wanted more, since there were plenty left, but decided to first take that second part of the hose back to the gift shop and wash my hands first, and when I came out Anca said she was getting ready to end the evening with the others and asked whether I was done, and also whether I’ll come next Thursday as well, saying she’s getting ready to schedule the cleaning events and would like to take the availability of those of us who volunteered during this period into account. But I didn’t give her a clear answer, and that’s a good thing, since it’s likely to rain and therefore rather pointless to go. So I ended up leaving just before 6:55 PM, giving up on the idea of picking another sandwich, though they had been brought there as well, and there were indeed plenty left. It obviously wouldn’t have been any problem, but I just couldn’t get myself to stick around. And that also meant I caught the metro well, and then I pretty much ran back here, arriving at 7:35 PM and rushing to take a quick shower, managing to just get out of the bathroom as the match started.

But the most important part has to do with Friday, September 20, when I took part in the climate march. Already posted about the event itself, so this will just be about the personal aspects, starting with the fact that I again woke up just before the alarm, 12:58 PM instead of 1 PM. Planned to leave at 3:15 PM and, despite being a few minutes late, still got there at 3:55 PM, the changed start location meaning I walked and actually didn’t have the metro card with me at all. What I did take with me, on the other hand, was that green thing which would normally go on my wrist, to wipe sweat with, but which I placed up on my arm when I got there, using it as an armband, since I had seen a message from the organizers asking participants to wear green.
Well, that caused an uncomfortable moment as soon as I reached the start location and was using my phone to make a note of the time, saving it as a draft message with no recipient and losing the similar message I had saved with the instructions for reaching the other place I meant to go to after the march, forgetting that only one draft per recipient is saved, and all messages with no recipient entered are considered as being for the same recipient. But that wasn’t the problem, as I remembered that information well enough. The problem was that a gendarme approached me as I was still looking at the phone and asked me to tell the other participants to move to the designated area and not stay behind me. When I looked at him in confusion and said I’m also just a participant myself, he pointed to that green thing and said he saw the armband and assumed I was an organizer, and when I said we had just been asked to wear green he probably took it as confirming his assumption, since he said that perhaps the organizers gave me a task in that case, and to just tell people that the organizers say to not stay there. But he left after that, not sticking around to see whether I will do as he asked, and I obviously didn’t, instead quickly removing that thing and stuffing it in a pocket and moving away from that spot, starting to take pictures, which I continued to do during the actual march.
As I already mentioned in the other post, after reaching the Ministry it was hard to move around, being split in two groups and with people packed as they were in the fenced area, though I eventually did switch sides and also spent a little time outside the fenced area, next to others who were taking pictures, until those without a press badge were asked to get back behind the fences and I did so, returning to the side I had been caught in the first time. Did wander around a while longer after the end of the protest was announced and the fences were removed and people started scattering, making it much easier to move, but couldn’t really find anything else of interest, and eventually walked away at 6:25 PM.

Fortunately, the place I had to get to after that was very close, and I was actually there in about five minutes, but only walked in at 6:45 PM, following two other guys, after having wasted some time wandering around the area, since we had been asked to arrive at 7 PM and I didn’t want to be that early. The location was the headquarters of an NGO I wasn’t even aware still had a stable one in Bucharest, the listed one being in Cluj, but they obviously do have one and they had asked people to help them pack the “recycling kits” they were going to send people. Now those “kits” only consist of five identical sheets of paper with information about recycling, so the recipient will be able to hand some to friends or place them in multiple places, six stickers, one for each of the three categories of waste that can be recycled, one for the rest, and two promoting recycling and using less plastic, respectively, and three light reusable bags, mainly meant for fruits and vegetables, so you won’t get plastic bags whenever you purchase some. And I guess it’s these bags that most people signed up for, or perhaps the simple fact that it’s something given away for free, because the person who was there said that they had expected about 1000 requests and ended up with 8000 before pulling the plug and telling any others who kept sending requests that there are no more kits available. As such, while their first problem is being able to pay for all these materials and have them delivered, they also need some volunteers to take a few hours and actually create the kits, placing the proper items in the envelopes and checking the recipients off the list.
Only a small part of the kits were going to be made that evening, 400 in fact, as they only had 1200 of those bags at that point and that was the limiting factor, but even so the message that was sent, stating that eight volunteers should get it done in less than two hours, was too optimistic. Not that we didn’t finish in less than two hours, but it wasn’t much less than two hours and I counted 17 people who came, though that did include three children who only helped a little bit with the stickers at first and then came by now and then to take away the box when it was filled with envelopes. The girl who was there was confused by the numbers though, since she said fewer had signed up and she expected less to come, not more, especially since the exact address was only in the e-mail sent to those who had signed up, only the street being listed in the form itself.
Either way, on top of the snacks they had, someone brought two big brownies, which were sliced in pieces… And which were really good. I had three pieces, plus some snacks and two glasses of mint water, probably munching on more things than any except the children, since I ended up working on a corner of the table the snacks were on. Had taken a spot at the main one at first, but to group the stickers as needed for each kit, and with that being the easiest thing and three of us doing it, plus at least one child helping too at first, we ended up with a lot of piles of stickers while all others needed help, so a woman who had moved to the snack table to fold the sheets of paper, having too little room at the main one, asked me over to help separate them, since she was folding two at once. I was slow at first, struggling to pull them aside and having her help with that too, counted wrong once as well and she had to point it out to me, as I’d have passed on six to be placed in one kit, and even though I got better after a little while I was still falling behind her. But eventually she moved back to the table, in the spot where that child used to be, and switched to putting the items in envelopes, and after going to help her there as well for just a few moments, only filling two or three envelopes, and taking a full box away, I got back to the snack table and started folding those papers, even though I had first told myself that I won’t do that, as I thought I’ll mess up too much. But, while they didn’t look too nice, I was doing well enough, and it also meant that I just did my thing, on my own, helping without really having anything to do with the others, so I just kept doing that until the end, and occasionally grabbed something off the table…
It was 8:45 PM when we finished, so imagine how long it’d have taken if we would have really been just the eight they had asked for. Still, the girl who was there was saying that we should perhaps stick around a while longer, socialize, finish the snacks, not only be there to work, but people started leaving quickly and I did so as well, just after 8:50 PM, being back here at 9:45 PM. What’s unfortunate is that, when the issue of recycling glass came up, as that’s actually quite a problem at the moment, the woman who brought those brownies said she makes a lot of jams, and in some years other things too, though probably not this year, and therefore has use for as many jars, and possibly also bottles, as people have to give her, and some did get her contact information to do just that, while I obviously didn’t ask but thought it’ll be enough that I saw her name on the list made for the kits taken by those of us who volunteered, since pretty much each of us took one, since we were there. However, I didn’t write it down and after getting back here I found that I couldn’t really remember it, and couldn’t find anyone who seemed to be her after looking up the names I thought were possible, and I guess the message I sent that girl to ask her about it ended up being filtered, as it doesn’t show up as having been read yet and I obviously got no reply. Then again, she sent an e-mail to ask us to fill a little survey about that evening now, so I was thinking to reply to that and ask that way again, but I didn’t yet, as I’m thinking I may just go there again and have another chance to find out directly, since she said they’ll be doing this every Friday until they’ll finish with the kits, which at this rate will only be at the end of January. But that may take a while, as she also said they’d rather not have the same people come every time, so those of us who came then shouldn’t also come this week.

Written by Cavalary on September 25, 2019 at 4:52 AM in Personal | 0 Comments

A Fourth Year of Statistics After Starting Over

As the title states, this is just a post with the site’s statistics for the fourth year after I started over. Thinking to do that again after next year, which would mean another much more thorough post then, covering what will be these last five years, but for now, it’ll just be a regular statistics post again. As usual, the first column covers the entire period between September 21, 2015 and September 20, 2019, the second covers the period since the previous such post, September 21, 2018 to September 20, 2019, while the third is the usual one I add at the end, covering the last month, so starting on August 21, 2019 and also ending on September 20, 2019. Not that it should be of any interest to anyone, of course, especially considering the low number of visits, but I’m posting it nevertheless, largely for my own use.

Field Last four years Last year Last month
Visitors 9098 1452 137
Visits 9882 1556 142
Pageviews 13500 2349 248
Top countries 1. United States: 48.26%
2. United Kingdom: 7.23%
3. Romania: 4.50%
4. Singapore: 3.77%
5. Canada: 3.69%
6. China: 3.60%
7. Australia: 2.42%
8. Germany: 1.83%
9. Japan: 1.69%
10. India: 1.40%
1. United States: 35.48%
2. China: 15.81%
3. Japan: 8.87%
4. Romania: 7.58%
5. United Kingdom: 3.21%
6. Canada: 2.89%
7. Singapore: 2.06%
8. India: 1.86%
9. Italy: 1.54%
9. Netherlands: 1.54%
1. United States: 28.17%
2. China: 23.24%
3. Japan: 16.20%
4. Italy: 2.82%
4. Netherlands: 2.82%
4. United Kingdom: 2.82%
7. Brazil: 2.11%
7. Indonesia: 2.11%
7. Romania: 2.11%
10. Australia: 1.41%
10. Belarus: 1.41%
10. Germany: 1.41%
10. Hungary: 1.41%
10. India: 1.41%
10. Mexico: 1.41%
Top traffic sources 1. Google: 71.00%
2. Direct visits [1]: 20.56%
3. Sogou: 1.72%
4. Facebook: 1.45%
5. WordPress Tavern: 1.29%
6. MobyGames: 0.85%
7. Bing: 0.67%
8. Yahoo!: 0.41%
9. Baidu: 0.39%
10. Gret.ro: 0.19%
1. Google: 50.58%
2. Direct visits: 27.63%
3. Sogou: 10.93%
4. Facebook: 3.02%
5. Baidu: 2.25%
6. WordPress Tavern: 1.16%
7. Bing: 1.03%
8. MobyGames: 0.84%
9. Simply Bucharest: 0.71%
10. GOG.com: 0.45%
1. Google: 41.55%
2. Sogou: 19.72%
3. Direct visits: 19.01%
4. Baidu: 13.38%
5. Facebook: 2.11%
6. Bing: 1.41%
7. GOG.com: 0.70%
7. MobyGames: 0.70%
7. WordPress Tavern: 0.70%
7. Yahoo!: 0.70%
Top landing pages 1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 54.60%
2. Site index: 9.90%
3. Perfect World International Information Dump: 7.27%
4. Blog first page: 4.21%
5. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.61%
6. Hackers “Killed” The Adrenaline Vault: 2.05%
7. Evidence for the WP-SpamShield Mess: 1.03%
8. Healer by Jason Engle: 1.01%
9. Why Ruin It with Growls?: 0.97%
10. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 0.94%
1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 28.02%
2. Site index: 22.69%
3. Blog first page: 10.48%
4. Perfect World International Information Dump: 8.93%
5. Games Played front page: 3.98%
6. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 3.47%
7. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 2.31%
8. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 1.67%
9. Review: Tropico 4: Collector’s Bundle: 1.41%
10. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 0.96%
1. Site index: 28.17%
2. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 16.20%
3. Blog first page: 10.56%
4. Perfect World International Information Dump: 5.63%
4. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 5.63%
6. Games Played front page: 4.93%
7. Blood Elf by Wu Shuang: 4.23%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 4.23%
9. The Golden Compass Daemon Test: 2.82%
10. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 2.11%
Top viewed pages 1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 41.11%
2. Site index: 7.88%
3. Perfect World International Information Dump: 5.90%
4. Blog first page: 4.79%
5. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.07%
6. Hackers “Killed” The Adrenaline Vault: 1.55%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 1.38%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery index: 1.38%
9. Healer by Jason Engle: 0.94%
10. Games Played front page: 0.87%
1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 19.16%
2. Site index: 16.30%
3. Blog first page: 9.45%
4. Perfect World International Information Dump: 6.22%
5. Games Played front page: 3.15%
6. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.51%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 2.30%
8. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 1.62%
9. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 1.19%
10. Fantasy Art Gallery index: 1.15%
1. Site index: 16.13%
2. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 10.08%
3. Blood Elf by Wu Shuang: 8.87%
4. Blog first page: 7.26%
5. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 4.03%
6. Perfect World International Information Dump: 3.23%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 2.82%
7. Games Played front page: 2.82%
9. The Golden Compass Daemon Test: 2.02%
9. Redemption by Wu Shuang: 2.02%
9. Tyrande by Wu Shuang: 2.02%
Visit depth – One page: 91.13%
– Two or three pages: 6.20%
– Four or five pages: 1.05%
– Six to ten pages: 0.90%
– 11-19 pages: 0.36%
– 20+ pages: 0.35%
– One page: 89.65%
– Two or three pages: 6.43%
– Four or five pages: 1.29%
– Six to ten pages: 1.41%
– 11-19 pages: 0.84%
– 20+ pages: 0.39%
– One page: 87.32%
– Two or three pages: 7.04%
– Four or five pages: 0.70%
– Six to ten pages: 2.11%
– 11-19 pages: 2.11%
– 20+ pages: 0.70%
Top browsers 1. Chrome: 48.78%
2. Safari: 32.33%
3. Firefox: 7.63%
4. Internet Explorer: 4.60%
5. Opera: 1.14%
1. Chrome: 48.78%
2. Safari: 23.52%
3. Internet Explorer: 14.27%
4. Firefox: 4.82%
5. UC Browser: 2.38%
1. Chrome: 65.49%
2. UC Browser: 15.49%
3. Safari: 9.86%
4. Firefox: 4.23%
5. Edge: 2.11%
Top operating systems 1. iOS: 33.06%
2. Windows: 31.91%
3. Android: 28.14%
4. macOS: 3.53%
5. Linux: 1.97%
1. Windows: 45.05%
2. Android: 24.04%
3. iOS: 22.56%
4. Linux: 3.66%
5. macOS: 3.28%
1. Windows: 45.07%
2. Android: 38.03%
3. iOS: 7.04%
4. Linux: 4.23%
4. macOS: 4.23%
Top screen resolutions 1. 360×640: 17.66%
2. 375×667: 14.84%
3. 320×568: 8.64%
4. 1920×1080: 7.48%
5. 1366×768: 6.97%
6. 414×736: 5.07%
7. 1024×768: 4.83%
8. 800×600: 2.98%
9. 768×1024: 2.43%
10. 1440×900: 2.24%
1. 800×600: 15.81%
2. 1024×768: 12.72%
3. 360×640: 8.80%
4. 375×667: 7.97%
5. 320×568: 6.62%
6. 1920×1080: 6.43%
7. 1366×768: 5.33%
8. 412×846: 3.15%
9. 414×736: 3.02%
10. 1536×864: 2.38%
1. 800×600: 38.73%
2. 360×640: 11.27%
3. 1920×1080: 7.75%
4. 1366×768: 5.63%
5. 1536×864: 3.52%
6. 320×568: 2.82%
6. 412×846: 2.82%
8. 1280×1024: 2.11%
8. 1440×900: 2.11%
8. 2000×2000: 2.11%

[1] Even though one’s own domain should automatically be added to exclusions, after switching to what at the time was the new Analytics code I ended up with a number of entries listing my own site as source, some of those likely being direct hits from returning visitors who had last visited a different section and many being incorrectly registered new sessions from visitors who landed on the site index and then went to other sections. I have since manually added my domain to the exclusions list and this eliminated the issue, but the only thing I can do about the past statistics is what I’ve been doing since this started happening, which is to add these visits to the number of direct ones and leave the inflated numbers as they are otherwise.

I hope I didn’t make any mistakes. Of course, it is possible that something slipped through despite checking quite a number of times, but I’m definitely not going to go over it yet again now.
As for the records, those are unchanged, namely 169 visitors and 180 visits, set on the old site by that large spike on August 16, 2009, and 333 pageviews, set on March 3, 2013. And here are the usual graphs for visitors, visits and pageviews for this period as well.

Written by Cavalary on September 22, 2019 at 9:50 PM in Personal | 0 Comments