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Finally, Some Measures, Yet Still Far too Little

At least now that the official results for the local elections were released this week, the authorities started implementing some measures meant to get the COVID-19 situation back under control. But they waited far too long, the number of confirmed daily cases having doubled over the past couple of weeks, the number of people in intensive care also steadily increasing and new records of daily deaths also being reported earlier this week. In some cities, including Bucharest, there’s no room left in intensive care and very little room for other cases that should also be hospitalized, at least temporarily, with patients needing to be moved elsewhere, which is a trip that those in critical condition may not survive. And, of course, the situation will continue to worsen, the effects of any measures likely to only be seen in a week or two.
There’s little reason to hope that those effects will be significant, however. Other countries have started to wake up, taking harsher measures and even declaring the state of emergency and enforcing lockdowns once again, but over here the measures taken are still weak and implemented in a decentralized manner, with the central authorities only deciding what the local ones may implement if the number of cases is high, so a maximum threshold instead of the minimum one. And that maximum threshold is still far too little, closing indoor spaces again for restaurants and theaters, and even there having exceptions for private events with a certain maximum number of people, closing casinos and slot machines, stopping religious pilgrimages, mainly referring to St. Parascheva’s, but still allowing locals to attend, recommending masks to be worn at all times even when outdoors, but only actually requiring it in certain crowded spaces, like farmers’ markets, and possibly also around schools and maybe public institutions, and stating that law enforcement should be more active and thorough when checking that the basic measures are respected, including by using plainclothes officers.
It was just this afternoon that a first city, Bacau, announced that as of Monday all schools will be closed and masks will be required to be worn at all times even outdoors. On the other hand, also this afternoon, the President again said that he does not intend to declare the state of emergency again, also that children need to go to school and schools in general shouldn’t be closed, and that leaving the decision regarding imposing additional restrictions to the local authorities from the places where the number of cases exceeds certain thresholds is the right thing to do. He also repeated that, in general, the basic measures of wearing masks, keeping the distance and washing hands should be enough, and recommended wearing a mask everywhere, but stressed that it was only a personal recommendation.
Admittedly, if everyone would respect them, those basic measures would go a long way, and if those “allowed” additional ones would be implemented everywhere, things would improve even further, but a simple look outside, plus various news reports, prove that to hardly be the case and the situation is already out of control, so there’s no time to wait. Just going on the current numbers, the health system will become completely unable to cope a week from now, which is too little time to turn things around even if a full lockdown would be declared today. But if, and since, it’s not, the situation will become even more desperate and we’re easily looking at over 10000 confirmed cases and hundreds of deaths per day, possibly even over 1000 at this rate, especially since the flu season is also starting and that will complicate matters even further. But let’s see if anything will change next week, after the number of confirmed cases in Bucharest over the past two weeks will exceed that threshold of three per 1000, which the current regulations state should lead to closing schools and even allow for a local quarantine…

Written by Cavalary on October 9, 2020 at 6:05 PM in Health | 0 Comments

Walking, Carrying and Two of Three Runs

Wednesday I got up at 1:40 PM, though I had been awake for a while by then, and left a bit after 4:05 PM, first going to the Carrefour from the park. Forgot the burned LED tubes, but otherwise finally took all the burned light bulbs which had gathered and a few other things that could also be dropped off there and dropped them off at the bins in that mall, then just checked prices at that Carrefour, since I didn’t find cheap eggs and all the bread of the kind I get from there was sliced, those being the only two things I intended to grab right away. Then I kept going, heading for that Kaufland that was opened more recently but meaning to make a couple of other stops on the way, the first being at a Mega Image that should have been very close to an intersection. I didn’t immediately see it when I got there, however, and I couldn’t remember which side it was supposed to be on, and of course I chose the wrong one at first, walking that way for a couple of minutes before turning around and finally finding it on the other side… And finding that it was both small and crowded, with the lines going around the store, inside, and little room to move, and the biscuits I wanted to get didn’t have the discount listed either, so I just left, not caring to stay there too long, especially when I risked doing so for nothing.
Made the first purchase when I reached the Penny that I knew was close to that Kaufland, getting lemons. Then got to that Kaufland just after 6 PM, which was unfortunate, because the President’s press conference started just then and I had my phone on radio, wanting to listen, but it gets pretty much no reception inside, at least not more than a couple of meters away from the outer wall, so I put the lemons in a cabinet, went to pee and wash my hands, then got back outside for a while, wasting time in order to listen. I was wasting too much time, however, so I eventually got back inside and tried to look at what was near the entrance, searching for positions where I still had some reception, keeping the phone in my hand and holding it in a suitable spot when I found one, moving between such spots when I thought I didn’t care for what was being said just then… It still meant a lot of wasted time though, and what made it worse was that, when I finally moved away from that area, I found that I had pretty good reception in the dairy area, where the expiring products also are, since that’s next to the emergency exit, so I could have moved on much earlier and spent much of that time perhaps looking through those. And another pretty serious problem was that I somehow lost my shopping list during that time, and couldn’t find it again even though, after the press conference ended and I noticed that I no longer had it, I tried searching the areas I had been in. And it was a pretty long list, so I was worried I was going to forget things. But I didn’t, so at least that went well.
Either way, there were more things to get from there, but since I was going to return anyway, I just grabbed what was urgent, the toilet paper and one bread, plus three of the remaining five bundles of green onions, someone else getting the last two moments later, used the self-checkout without problems and put everything in that same cabinet, next to the lemons. Then I continued on my way, to the Auchan at Vitan, but with the route connecting the two being one I had never used before, I didn’t follow it, being unable to even find the planned starting point right away, so instead of losing even more time searching around that area, I just headed in the general direction taking me to an area I knew… And finding myself getting there next to the Mega Image from that street, so I went in there as well, finally getting those biscuits. The discount still wasn’t listed, but I had taken one of their catalogs and mentioned the issue to an employee who was just in that area, showing her the catalog when she initially said that the new discounts hadn’t applied yet, though I was referring to the old discounts, the ones ending that day. So I went to the checkout, keeping the catalog in hand in case I’ll be asked for the full price, but the discount was applied there, so there were no issues.
With Auchan starting their anniversary sales that day, there were more things to get from there than I had initially planned. There’d have likely been even more if I’d have looked through more areas, or just more carefully, but I was running out of time, so I got what was planned, starting with a lot of cat food, and what I quickly spotted out of the other things, including another pack of two of those better yogurts that I had gotten Sunday from Mega Image, Auchan also selling two for the price of one and at a significantly lower price, so I shouldn’t have gotten any from there, since I was yet to eat any at that point. But I couldn’t have known that… And I also didn’t know that I was going to find the kind of bread I had so far only seen at the Titan location, unsliced. Though the listed ingredients are exactly the same, it felt slightly different and now that I also ate some of it I can say that it also seems to taste a bit different, but it still seems better than what I get from the other places, so not finding any I could get from Carrefour turned out to be a good thing in the end, even more so considering the fact that I have this planned series of runs and getting back to this kind of bread during this period is likely to help.
Since it was getting close to 9 PM when I got out of there, I didn’t even arrange the purchases properly in my bags, hurrying back to Kaufland and that time finding the intended route right away. However, with both closing at 10 PM, it was clear that I couldn’t get what was left to get from Kaufland and then also return to Carrefour in time, and with that day being the first with those prices at Kaufland and the last at Carrefour, the choice was obvious, so I only got back there to retrieve what I had left in that cabinet, being on my way back to Carrefour at 9:10 PM and getting there at 9:30 PM. It still meant needing to hurry, but I could get what was left to get, plus one of those apple cakes I kept thinking of getting from there for years, needing to wave and call out to the employee from the bakery and pastry area for that, since there was nobody left at the confectionery counter, nor at the cooked food one that’s next to it, so she was the only one who could come over and sell me one.
I was done in time to get checked out and retrieve what I had stuffed in the cabinet, but it was 9:55 PM when I had everything out and it was going to take me quite a while to arrange everything properly in the bags and backpack, so I just pushed everything a short distance away… And noticed the gate starting to close over my things just after the announcement that it was 10 PM and the store had closed. I’m not entirely sure anything would have been caught under it, but I had at least one bag in that area, and I was probably also right under the gate at that moment, so whoever started closing it did so slowly and stopped after a few seconds, and I took the warning for what it was and hurried to move everything a bit farther away, to allow the employees to close and leave while I just got the stuff in the bags in a manner that allowed me to at least carry everything outside, where I stopped again in order to arrange everything much better, finally walking away from there just before 10:10 PM and getting back here just before 10:30 PM, having carried a total of 25.5 kg.
Had some of that watermelon and that apple cake after getting back, but then, after cleaning what dad had left in the kitchen, putting most of the things away and taking a shower, I only started eating dinner at 3:45 AM, though at least I did so in my room, and finished at 4:50 AM, getting in bed at 5:25 AM. And that’s despite not going out again, because that had been my original plan, another argument in favor of getting straight back to Carrefour having been the fact that I knew that this other Kaufland closed at midnight, so I meant to just drop things off and rush there as well. However, I quickly checked again on-line and saw that the hours had changed and it also closed at 10 PM, so that was no longer an option. It also proved to be a good thing, but I’ll get to that later, what I’m going to add here being that not going out again did end up causing a bit of an issue that night, since I had left the door unlocked and forgot about it. I so often think I forgot to lock the door and it’s never the case, but that time I was certain I had locked it and hadn’t, laughing incredulously when dad reminded me to lock it when he called, just before I went to take a shower, but eventually deciding to check after all, just in case, and finding that I had stayed with it unlocked until then.

Moving on to Friday, after managing, for the only time these days, to get in bed seconds before 5:15 AM that morning, I got up just after 1 PM, when dad left and woke me up, deciding to stay up even though I meant to get up at 2 PM and had set the alarm to ring then. Had the usual stuff plus almonds, the yogurt being one of those better ones, and some of those nicer biscuits brought by dad, with added honey, as something sweet. Also drank most of the tea, stuffed a few things in my tights and went out at 3:30 PM, the temperature being supposed to stay around 24°C.
After all the walking and carrying just two days earlier, I again only really meant to stay under 1:20, but of course still entertained the thought of normal times, meaning under 1:18. Didn’t manage that, but I was closer to it than to 1:20, the time being 1:18:41, with sector times of 4:26, 5:07, 5:54, something around 4:30, something around 5:04, 5:59, 4:36, 5:16, 6:03, 4:42, 5:20, 6:05, 4:39, 5:11 and 5:49, making for lap times of 15:27, 15:33, 15:55, 16:07 and 15:39. Those estimated times for sectors one and two of lap two are there because I somehow just forgot to check the time after sector one of lap two, having a look quite some time later and then trying to estimate based on when I got to that point on the following lap. However, with 9:34 for the first two sectors of lap two and 9:52 for the first two of lap three, that didn’t really work, and estimating based on the first lap, when I had 9:33 for the first two sectors, seemed better at first glance. At the same time, I knew I pushed harder on the first lap’s first sector and the second lap’s second sector, and the first lap’s first sector is usually the fastest while the first lap’s second one may often be slower, so while an estimate of 4:28 and 5:06 would seem more appropriate according to some calculations, I decided to go with 4:30 and 5:04 in the end. It may be up to a few seconds off, of course.
Just as I started running, I felt like sneezing and felt something in my right nostril that worried me, but it seemed fine after a little while, though later in the evening something felt a bit odd there again. The knee started giving me some warnings from sector three of lap one, but not more than that as I ran, though it was hurting the next day. Also from that sector, started feeling like I hadn’t emptied enough before leaving, and the feeling got worse as I continued, but it didn’t really get too bad. And felt a mix of exhaustion and runner’s high starting early on lap three, that feeling pretty much staying with me all the way to the end. Otherwise, felt some headwind on the last sector, but it wasn’t too bad and the wind wasn’t an issue the rest of the time, and while there were a fair number of people, it wasn’t actually crowded, so there was plenty of weaving or going the long way around and I also had to squeeze through in a few places, but there were no major problems, only having to slow to wait for an opening through a roadblock that formed ahead of me on a sector three, but I’m not sure whether that was on lap two or three.
Considering the effort made on the first sector and the resulting time, it was already quite clear that 1:18 was out of the question, but I meant to stay under 15:30 on that lap and under 31 minutes for the first two laps, just failing by fractions of a second when it came to that second target. After that, I was thinking of target times for 1:19 and 1:20, hoping only to stay under 16 minutes on lap three and keep the chance to stay under 1:19 in the end. Managing that didn’t seem enough, however, considering how the first two sectors of lap four went, so I was thinking of 1:19:30 at that point, but nevertheless pushed somewhat harder on sector three, ending up with less of a loss than I feared. That made me think of 1:19 again and, though it seemed highly unlikely, I just gave it everything on lap five, pushing hard from the beginning, not caring to keep anything in reserve, and still managing to push even harder on the last sector, which ended up being clearly the fastest sector three. The fact that I was already quite certain of staying under 1:19 after sector two probably gave me the peace of mind needed to do that.

Had a pencil and a slip of paper with me, but knew I’ll remember the times and had already forgotten which lap that roadblock had been on, so I didn’t stop to write anything before putting on my mask and going to that Carrefour again. The plan was to just look for cheap eggs once again, and maybe some more beets, and then get back, change, quickly eat something and leave again, to also go to Kaufland. However, the main things left to get from Kaufland were cucumbers and a certain kind of cheese, and I found both among the expiring things in Carrefour. The discounted price of the cucumbers wasn’t much lower than the current one at Kaufland, especially since I was again charged for the bag as well, and Kaufland might have applied a further discount in the evening, but it was nevertheless somewhat lower and what I saw in two of the three bags that were there seemed good enough, actually making me wonder why were they placed among the fruits and vegetables that were starting to spoil, so I grabbed one of those and one of those cheeses. It is expiring soon and also one of Carrefour’s brands, while the plan was to get four of another brand from Kaufland, but that’d have also involved getting one other product for either dad or my mother in order to get a discount voucher for later and I just mean to eat that kind of cheese these days, so that one was enough and meant I didn’t need to leave again. And yes, I also found cheap eggs, a large pile of them in fact, spending quite a while going through it and selecting those of a certain kind, since they were mixed. Then also got two beets and hurried to the checkout.
The problem was that I didn’t take a moment to calculate the total, so I didn’t notice right away that the cashier had forgotten to apply the discount for that cheese. When I did, after stopping a few steps away to arrange the purchases in the couple of small bags I had taken with me, I went back there, waited for her to pause for a moment, which actually happened before finishing with the next customer, as she needed to call for the price of an item that didn’t have a bar code, and told her what happened, reminding her that I had told her right away that the first two things I had placed on the belt were discounted but she still didn’t enter the discount for the cheese. She looked surprised, checking the product for the discount sticker and the receipt, but apologized when she saw that I was right, and then once again for needing to send me to the service desk, being unable to pay me back the difference herself. I asked if she couldn’t write something on the receipt, so I’ll have proof that I needed to receive that difference, but she said the product and the receipt itself will be enough, which proved to be the case, the matter being sorted out right away.

As for today, I woke up at 2 PM, when the alarm rang, though I took a while to get back to sleep after waking up to pee at 12:20 PM and hardly slept at all after waking up again at 1:20 PM, dad leaving and making noise at some point after that as well. Then I had the usual stuff plus almonds, with the yogurt being one of those better ones and again some of those nicer biscuits, with added honey, as something sweet. Only wasted time on the toilet though, despite rather having to try to not get up and go after I got in bed in the morning, and just before leaving I even tried a second time, albeit only briefly, with the same result. The lost time didn’t mess up my schedule though, so I went out at 4 PM, as planned, the reported temperature being around 30°C and supposed to hold pretty steady. It was cloudy though, which definitely helped, and just as I got to the park I even felt a few drops, though that stopped almost right away.
With the park being so crowded, and with me still feeling rather tired, I was thinking that staying under 49 minutes would be quite nice, but that proved to be a far too optimistic goal, the time being 49:51.93, with sector times of 4:30.78, 5:11 (5:10.89), 6:01 (6:00.66), 4:33.27, 5:33 (5:32.60), 6:08.07, 4:31.72, 5:15 (5:14.84), 6:13 (6:12.30) and 1:56.80, making for lap times of 15:42.33, 16:14 (16:13.94) and 15:59 (15:58.86). Admittedly, I lost a good 25 seconds on sector two of lap two, when I noticed the right shoe’s shoelaces being untied again and fumbled with them for far too long, making me seriously worry about even staying under 50 minutes, but I pretty much gave it everything from then on, aiming for an actual running time that won’t exceed 49:30 in order to make up for that loss and managing it in the end.
The knee was mostly fine, which was rather surprising, considering the pain I felt the day before and all the sudden changes of direction required today, and despite that wasted time before leaving, I only started feeling a certain pressing need on sector two of lap three, and it didn’t get too bad even after that. On the other hand, there was some wind, and I felt that I was running against it on some clearer stretches where I could try to make up for some lost time. But the major problem was how crowded it was, with multiple roadblocks on just about every sector, maybe only sector three of lap one seeming somewhat clearer, so I constantly had to look for ways around or through, taking to the grass plenty of times, a few times for tens of meters, weaving from one side to the other, slowing, sidestepping, even briefly stopping a couple of times, and putting whatever energy I had left into trying to pretty much sprint whenever I saw a clearer area, to make up for what I was losing the rest of the time.

At least I could take a shower without freezing after I got back. The water was barely acceptable for a quick shower, but at least I could do that, while Friday evening I had to make do with water that was mostly cold, so I washed from the waist down and from the neck up, taking deep breaths and gritting my teeth, and then got out of the bathtub and washed my arms and armpits while leaning over the side, just taking water in my hands, so it won’t splash my torso or back, because it was just too cold for me to want to force myself through that as well. It was hot Wednesday night, so it’s still possible, but let’s see how it’ll be Tuesday, after the third and final run of this series…

Wanted to avoid a Sunday update, but didn’t care to ask whether I could get on-line earlier yesterday, so I ended up with one after all, also including today’s run. Waiting longer might have meant getting a reply to the questions sent to the organizers of the marathon and having something more to say, but it seems that they didn’t care to reply anyway, and the deadline’s at midnight, so there are no changes in my plans. Not that I’d have been likely to decide to take part, but after receiving an e-mail, Thursday, inviting me to participate in the marathon after all, I wasn’t absolutely certain that I didn’t want to make use of that offer, depending on the conditions. The e-mail did appear to be sent in error, saying that it’s sent to amateurs with “remarkable results”, which definitely can’t be my case, and based on my results from last year, when I didn’t participate in the marathon at all, and I don’t feel like I can run a marathon now and didn’t really prepare for one despite mostly sticking to the running schedule I came up with before the only one I ran so far, but I did send the organizers some questions and was definitely expecting a reply well before the deadline specified in the e-mail. But since I didn’t receive any, I’ll just assume that, as far as I’m concerned, things remain as announced, this year’s Bucharest Marathon being only for professional athletes, with an optional “virtual marathon”, tracked by some app, for those who desire to take part in something like this, which I obviously don’t, and the actual registrations otherwise being moved to next year’s edition.

Written by Cavalary on October 4, 2020 at 9:29 PM in Personal | 0 Comments

A Fast Run, Voting and Living Room Furniture

There was a CPU warning just after I turned off the monitor before going to bed last Saturday morning and the seconds of the listed time were different from the previous one, but there was no time synchronization in between. The next one I got, during that day, stuck to this new time though. And I got that while going through some old documents of Andra’s that I hadn’t touched since then, deleting all those she had for school, many I think done together with another student, and just leaving a few that were by or for her. One of those, actually the last one left to open, caused LibreOffice Writer to hang though, so I opened it with WordPad, this apparently being the first time I used that on this computer, and then removed everything that showed up and wasn’t actual content and saved like that, then opened it again in LibreOffice and went through it to remove all those extra spaces and fix a few more things. Wonder what was wrong with that file though, if all others worked just fine. Hope it didn’t contain some malware that can’t be detected now…

Last Sunday was a mess, since my parents are changing most of the living room furniture, my mother having apparently found some suspiciously amazing deals, so that Tuesday they brought a part of the new stuff, dad removed the old parts bit by bit after that, and that Sunday the old stuff was taken away and the last of the new stuff brought in. Somebody with a truck was supposed to come around 1 PM, to carry the old stuff to my grandmother’s, and then I gather that they were going to meet with someone else and pick up the remaining new things together, and last Sunday evening I had been told that they should be here, along with that guy, who was to stay for a while after helping them carry everything inside, before 5 PM, dad first saying between 4:30 PM and 5 PM and then between 4 PM and 5 PM. And dad also said that, with everything moved outside the previous evening, he shouldn’t make noise before leaving, so I should be able to sleep.
Well, things obviously didn’t go that way, and he woke me up around 11 AM, going in and out multiple times, buying drinks and snacks and struggling to find room to stuff them in the fridge, making plenty of noise with bags or who knows what else as well, getting calls… Did manage to nap again for a little while at one point, being woken up again just at 1 PM, when I gathered that he had left for good, but then I thought I heard the door again, and voices whenever I tried to listen, but it was all a blur, I thought it was real but couldn’t really focus, so it might have been a dream or just confusion, something in between. I didn’t risk it, however, assuming they got back sooner, or my mother was brought here early and they didn’t leave again, and eventually I fell fully asleep again, or stopped having those dreams if I was already asleep, and only woke up again at 3:15 PM, just before getting a message from dad, letting me know they’ll be here in ten minutes! So I rushed to the bathroom, then to the kitchen, finding that he had left some dirty stuff around, of course. The handball match had also started and Le Mans was about to finish, and I wanted to watch those as well, and I also wanted to grab plums or grapes and maybe also something sweet, but I obviously had no time for what I wanted and couldn’t decide what to do, losing seconds I couldn’t spare and ending up just turning on the TV for the handball, washing what was in the kitchen and grabbing one of those apples that were starting to spoil.
Was still cutting away the bad parts of that apple when I heard the key in the door, exactly ten minutes after that message, and instead of taking it with me, to wash later, I ended up just dropping it and the knife on the counter, turning the TV off and running to my room without anything. Then I snuck back out when it seemed that everyone had left again for a moment, to bring in another piece, ending up first going to the bathroom to wash my hands, which felt sticky, and staying there while dad and that guy brought in another piece of furniture and left yet again for the next. Then I rushed to the kitchen, threw away the bad parts of the apple, washed the knife and ducked, hiding away when they came in again, breathing a sigh of relief when they left yet again and I could also wash the apple, or at least I believe I washed it before running out of there and back to my room, so I at least ate an apple while hiding away, that apple remaining the only thing I had until dad left in the evening, as I obviously couldn’t even make tea… Though at least that meant I could stay here and not need to go to the bathroom again.
As it turns out, hid away for far too long, until dad left and in fact for some 20 minutes longer, since I didn’t know that the guy left at some point. Had been so tense that my muscles were hurting a fair bit and I rather limped for a while, and by the time dad did leave I was just curled in a ball, in bed, and too afraid to go out right away, seeing as I hadn’t heard anyone else leaving with him and was wondering whether that meant that he had been the only one left here for a while, since at that point I had my headphones off for over an hour, or my mother and possibly also that guy were still here and going to leave later, or who knows what the plan might have been. And if, as it seemed likely, the first option was the correct one, I was certain to find a note from dad on the kitchen table, demanding to know why I didn’t come out of my room at all and lashing out at me for it, which was exactly what I did find when I finally did go there, the note mentioning nothing about that guy but saying he wouldn’t have even made me help him with the work, as if that was my concern. And when I sent him an e-mail to say that I didn’t come out because I didn’t know that guy left, he said he shouted at me, loudly, when that happened, and that I’m “exaggerating” with being like this, conveniently “forgetting”, as always, that I’m actually much worse normally, and without all the effort I’m making to stay at least somewhat functional in this manner I’d immediately snap right back to hiding away even from him, only running to the bathroom when really necessary and sneaking to the kitchen when alone or after he goes to bed, and not going shopping anymore either, except perhaps to Kaufland, where the self-checkout means that, if there are no problems there, I don’t actually need to interact with anyone at all.

Last Monday I woke up to pee at 8:50 AM and by the time I also finished washing what dad had left in the kitchen and rearranging what he had thrown in the fridge a bit it was after 9 AM and some drilling had started. Fortunately, it was some distance away and from my room it wasn’t much louder than the computer’s fans, but it was a different sound, so it took me quite a while to get back to sleep. And then I got up at 11:10 AM, deciding to start getting ready to go out, though at first I lost a good 20 minutes on the toilet, not that it was necessary to prove once again that I just can’t do that so soon after waking up, even if it feels like it should work. But I had time, so I had the usual stuff plus almonds, then went again, and then also had two doughnuts inside which I placed and melted the last of some crappy chocolate that supposedly has rum cream that dad got and ripped open and eventually left on a plate in the fridge for quite a while. Also stuffed some things in my tights again and quickly trimmed just that toenail that still has a bruise under it, since it had again jabbed the finger next to it during the previous week’s run. And then, wearing the full running gear, I went out a little before 2 PM, though it was 2:01 PM when I was leaving the building, after stopping to glance through a Kaufland catalog. It was sunny and the temperature was supposed to pretty much hold around 25°C, so in the sunlight it felt pleasantly warm for a walk but still rather hot for running, but in the shade it actually seemed a bit chilly when I was just walking, on the way to the park.
After the previous day’s mess, I just wanted to clear my head, putting everything into the run, so I started almost at a sprint, just going for it, not pacing myself to still have something left towards the end… But I guess I did have quite a lot left, in fact, the time being 46:37.99, with sector times of 4:09.52, 4:56.40, 5:46 (5:45.68), 4:23.11, 4:54 (4:53.75), 5:49.02, 4:22 (4:21.99), 4:53 (4:52.62), 5:38.37 and 1:47.53, making for lap times of 14:51.60, 15:06 (15:05.88) and 14:53 (14:52.98). So I managed that first lap in less than 15 minutes that I ended up aiming for after seeing such a good first sector, then slowed a bit on the second, but not by much, and then I could still push again on lap three, with a first sector that was faster than lap two’s and sectors two and three that were the fastest of the day, sector three by quite some margin, leading to another lap in less than 15 minutes and a time for the three laps that was safely under 45 minutes, so getting back under 47 minutes was not an issue. It’d have been impossible to get under 46:30 and getting under 46:40 also seemed unlikely, but I just gave it everything, drawing on reserves I didn’t think I still had by then, and somehow managed it.
The park was quite clear, some people still making me weave and go the long way around but not being much of a problem overall. There was some significant headwind in the usual parts of sector three of lap one though, and then I still noticed it in sectors one and three of lap two and a bit of sector one of lap three, but it was less of an issue in those cases. Interestingly, the knee wasn’t a problem anymore, as in I felt something there at first but then it just seemed to go away and nothing bothered me anymore. Admittedly, I was feeling myself getting into runner’s high from sector three of lap one, if not even the end of sector two to some extent, so that would explain not feeling much of anything at the time, but the fact that it didn’t hurt like it used to after the run either can’t also be explained by that. Still, feeling runner’s high so early was why I took it a bit easier on lap two, so I won’t get past that state, but then held nothing back on lap three, and was also helped by a pretty fast runner who showed up ahead of me towards the end of sector two, and just when I passed her, early on sector three, two cyclists passed both of us and they weren’t that much faster than me, so I aimed to not lose contact with them by the end of the lap. My body was starting to want to get rid of any excess weight left by the end of that sector, and by its last straight I felt just drained, but somehow found some more reserves, to keep pushing on the final sector as well, finding myself going up a couple of those steps almost at a walk but then just pushing through it again and somehow getting back to a good speed all the way to the end, despite feeling quite out of it. And I’ll also mention that I pretty much sprinted on the second sector two straight, the long one, each time.

Did once again stop on a bench to write down the times and a few quick notes, then put on my mask and went to that Carrefour again, this time finding some of those cheap eggs again, though selecting those that weren’t cracked took a while and somebody put a hand on my back as I was doing that, just walking away by the time I turned to look. Then I grabbed some more cabbage as well, since they still had a large pile at a heavy discount, obviously struggling to get rid of it before it all went bad, and also got some yogurt, calculated and prepared the exact amount of change to get 1 RON back… And was asked for less. Since it was less, I said that it means I had calculated wrongly, but didn’t try to figure out what had happened on the spot, just giving the correct change to get 2 RON back and only stopping to check after stepping away and arranging everything in the bag, at which point I realized the cashier hadn’t scanned the smallest cabbage. Had two of them, one quite small and the other very much so, with the labels on each, and I don’t know whether she assumed the label on the larger one was for both or just forgot about that very small one, or possibly even intentionally skipped over it for some reason, but I ended up with a tiny cabbage for free. Considered going back to pay for it, but eventually shrugged it off and walked away, getting back at 4:25 PM, after making a quick detour to that pet shop that’s across the road from the park, to get two more bags of cat litter.

Left again a bit before 7:55 PM, taking the recyclables as well, including those things I drop off at Kaufland… And again finding that the bin that used to be nearby was no longer there, so I again went the other way and to that other one I found the previous time this happened, before making my way to Kaufland and dropping off those other things there. Then I got some more things from there, including some oregano that scanned as being on sale and for slightly less than the listed price, which is definitely unusual for Kaufland, “mistakes” with prices there almost always meaning that the real price is higher than the listed one. It didn’t cause any issues at the self-checkout either, though things that are so light tended to do that so far, and nobody said anything when I scanned a label placed on the bag with the carrots and then placed the one with the potatoes on the scale, before scanning the other label on the bag with the carrots and only then placing it there as well, since I had both labels on that one, not wanting to get glue on the other one, to make it easier to reuse. So I left without any issues, had a look through that Carrefour on the way back, not finding anything interesting other than perhaps watermelon, and got back here at 9:45 PM.
About that watermelon, did consider getting another when I saw that, despite being gone from other places, a handful were still available at that Carrefour, at a good enough price and at least some seeming to still be pretty good at a very quick check. But I hadn’t even touched the last one bought from Kaufland, only cutting into it the next day, so I decided against getting another… And ended up regretting it, since this one did well enough in the fridge all this time, so another one would have likely lasted as well, and that was quite clearly my last chance this year. Then again, since I saved this one to still have enough of it left to eat after the planned runs, it’d have been rather pointless to get another one.

With probably the only other things worth mentioning that happened last week being in the previous post, I’ll skip straight to Sunday, when I got up at 8:45 AM and saw dad’s note, saying that he voted when he got back from work, threw away the mask, pen and gloves used there before getting back, and left gloves and pens for me as well, telling me to also throw them away. That struck me as particularly excessive, especially since people had to follow the regulations much more closely when voting, so the risks are far greater even while shopping, not to mention while using public transportation, but since I didn’t want another argument, after eating something and glancing at a few things on-line I did pick a pen that was rather sticky and I didn’t mind throwing away and a pair of gloves from another bag, not the new and better ones he had left for me, and of course also a mask, and was out at 10:30 AM.
Dad’s note also mentioned that he had to wait in quite a line in the morning, and when I saw a line outside this school where we vote I expected the same, but we were all allowed in moments after I took my place in that line and when I got to the station my address is assigned to I just saw one person at the door who was only there to ask which station her address was assigned to and one more inside who had just been entered in the system, so I didn’t have to wait at all and ended up the only voter in the station by the time I entered the booth. The regulations were followed very loosely, however, and while I also ignored the part saying that people should use disinfectant before entering and was relieved to not be asked to remove my mask in order for the person there to check that I matched the photo on my ID card, I raised an eyebrow at the fact that two others were eating, so obviously had their masks down, and instead of being instructed how to put my ID card in the machine and then place the sticker on it after voting and needing to do so myself, these things were done by the members of the committee, according to the regular procedure. Was also handed a pen, but pulled out my own and signed with that, and did use a bit of disinfectant after leaving, though mostly to rub on my ID card a little, since I then threw away the gloves anyway. Still, while all of this may appear to contradict what I said above about people following the regulations much more closely, it doesn’t, considering how many behave otherwise.

Kept going after that, keeping the ink chamber and spring and throwing away that pen in a recycling bin I passed and then first making a small detour to check one Mega Image and then also having a quick look in that one on the way to Penny. Then I went to Penny, for onions, but had to wait for quite a while, an older man getting there just before me and taking his time to carefully select enough to fill three or four bags, with his nose out of the mask. A couple of other people reached around him and grabbed some as well, but I wandered around for a while, then sort of stood around that area until he finally moved away and I could also get some. Didn’t get the 0.05 RON I should have gotten as change, but more unpleasant was that when I meant to grab the bag after being checked out I banged my head against that hanging shelf cigarettes are in, and with my coordination being as it is, when I instinctively reached to rub that spot I knocked the cap off my head and when I tried to grab it in the air I only managed to push it farther away from me on its way to the floor.
Got back to that Mega Image after that, getting some of the nice yogurt that was on a two for the price of one sale those days. Interestingly, that Mega Image had been crowded when I had that first look, but by the time I went back it was nearly empty, with few people inside, only one checkout still open, just one person ahead of me when I got there and only one behind me by the time I was done. That took a bit longer than it should have, however, since the cashier just threw away the receipt, so I asked for it and she started searching through the trash can, needing a while to find it among all the others filling it, which made it clear that it was quite a habit. That person who was behind me told me to ask for it right away next time, and then made a dismissive noise when I said I thought receipts should be handed to the customer each time.
Either way, got back at 12:10 PM, also throwing away the mask before walking into the building, to keep following dad’s “instructions” even though I disagreed. And, speaking of dad, just after 10 PM I told him I was going to take a nap and did so, actually falling asleep quickly… Only to be woken up at 10:25 PM by him banging on the new living room furniture. Went there to ask what that was about, then got back to bed, but after being startled in that manner I couldn’t get back to sleep, so only wasted close to an hour tossing and turning before eventually getting up. And, of course, when I asked why does he want me to tell him when I go to bed if he still makes loud noises anyway, he just said he didn’t think I’ll hear it, and that he was quiet after I told him he woke me up, as if that made any difference at that point. But we had tense exchanges pretty much every time we happened to be in the same room since then as well, some having to do with the elections or politics in general, others with how each of us pisses the other off with how we behave, some even with food, and those tense exchanges would have certainly turned into nasty arguments if I wouldn’t have mostly ignored him, just letting him speak and not reacting or, for the most part, caring.

Otherwise, kept going to bed after 5:15 AM, the only two exceptions during this period being Friday morning, when I was in bed mere seconds before 5:15 AM, and Tuesday morning, when it was “only” 5:10 AM. It was also Tuesday morning, however, when I woke up with that pain that I used to think was caused by those lumps in my neck, but now I’m thinking it’s actually also caused by my back, and the positions that used to make it go away only made it bearable, so it took me a while to manage to get back to sleep, and even after eventually getting up my back kept feeling like it was just waiting for one wrong move to hurt again, possibly in different ways. Needless to say, I’m increasingly worried about that, and all I carried yesterday definitely didn’t help either.

Won’t be including the part about yesterday in this post, however. Meant to, which is the reason why I waited and didn’t post it Tuesday, but while dad was away and I could have spent all of today on-line, I cooked, took care of laundry, finished putting away yesterday’s purchases, and am yet to even finish catching up on the usual stuff I check, since there were some things I didn’t get around to checking last night. At this point, don’t see how I could write all of that this evening anyway, but I won’t even try, so I’ll leave it for the next post, which should also include tomorrow’s run. That will make for four personal posts in a row, nearly depleting that buffer I had managed to build, but I’ll see what I’ll do about that later.

Written by Cavalary on October 1, 2020 at 9:26 PM in Personal | 0 Comments


What would be left to say after 15 years? Even if the first necessary miracle would somehow happen someday, it’d take a second for things to go even acceptably well after that and a third for that to mean regaining what I lost and still need, what we had, with her also feeling that this would be at least acceptable. Not sure how all of that would be affected by the fact that, considering what’s been going on this year, I’m partially back to how I was back then, and possibly getting more so as time passes, but with the chances being merely theoretical, and in truth not even that, I doubt it matters.

Wonder how much I should dare to risk on a message… Probably nothing, as in nothing relevant, just sending an e-mail which won’t get anywhere and not risking another block and likely being left with no place where I’m not blocked, at least as far as I’m aware. Not that I’d know what to say, or that there’s any point in saying anything in that message that won’t get anywhere… But I just need to send something, and just the fact that it won’t get anywhere means it doesn’t matter what I’ll end up writing. Probably won’t be what I need to say though, or the part of it that’s in that scheduled post I keep moving every week…

Have obviously been thinking about her more than usual these days, but I think Thursday morning was the worst. Slept poorly then, and I don’t know whether that was because of what was on my mind or my mind went there in that manner because I wasn’t sleeping, but there was the entire mix of memories and fantasies, wishes and fears, whether while awake or when dreaming, in the brief naps I was catching, or in that state in between, when I even briefly thought that it might just be real, being momentarily thrilled or terrified, depending on exactly what my mind was coming up with at the time, before realizing none of it was real and crashing even worse, possibly after a brief moment of relief if the realization came after a terrifying bit.

Maybe this afternoon’s argument with dad and remaining furious after that, spending over an hour getting the worst of the cat hair and other crap off his pile of socks before putting them in the washing machine likely also “helping” with that, and then also taking a little time to finally finish year two in Grim Fandango Remastered spared me from spending much of this day lost in such thoughts as well, but I’d hardly consider that a good thing. And wonder what the actual day of September 27 will be like, seeing as the plan is to go vote relatively early, maybe when I’ll happen to wake up to pee, and if I’ll get that over with early enough to know I’ll get back before the race, I also mean to go buy a few things from places that are relatively nearby. And then dad said he’ll also be away for a while, so maybe we won’t bump into each other too much and I’ll also be able to spend some more time on-line, but who knows what will actually end up happening and how that will affect me…

With the Museum of Broken Relationships having an exhibition in Bucharest until October 17, I’m thinking to go for a visit next week, since it’s also free. Probably not appropriate, and definitely not helpful, but it still seems fitting in a way. Would have probably gone Monday, but it’s closed then, as museums tend to be, and I think the latest version of the plan, changed twice already, has dad bringing my mother back here Tuesday and, even if I don’t want to, I should probably stick around that day, so I’ll see what I’ll do, seeing as the plans I have for running mean I’d rather not wander around too much later in the week. I’ll need to decide ahead of time though, seeing as they strongly recommend scheduling your visit on-line, considering the current circumstances.

Wrote the above earlier this evening, waiting for dad to leave, then managed to finally finish and post the statistics post surprisingly quickly after he did, seeing as I had left what should have been the hardest section, the viewed pages for the entire five-year period, last and yet it took me less time than a couple of others. In fact, took me less time than it did to clean up after him in the kitchen, since I spent a good hour and a half doing that after I was done with the post, then ate and shaved, and after finishing and scheduling this to be posted at the usual time of 4 AM I’ll… Well, I guess I’ll see what I’ll send into the void, then what else I’ll manage to still do on-line, depending on the state I’ll be in after something like that… And like this.

Written by Cavalary on September 27, 2020 at 4:00 AM in Personal | 0 Comments

Statistics Marking Five More Years

Even if it’s quite a pain to put together something like this and as of this year it’s that much worse, considering the limited time I spend on-line, this post is meant to be like the one from five years ago, being far more thorough than normal and marking the end of a “cycle”, after which I’ll start over, the next such post no longer including this first column which in this one covers the entire period since I started over, meaning September 21, 2015 to September 20, 2020. The second covers the period since the previous such post, September 21, 2019 to September 20, 2020, while the third is the usual one I add at the end, covering the last month, so starting on August 21, 2020 and also ending on September 20, 2020. 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 Total Since the previous listing Last month
Visitors 10299 1171 140
Visits 11198 1316 150
Pageviews 16089 2589 197
Countries 1. United States: 46.88%
2. United Kingdom: 6.80%
3. China: 4.51%
4. Romania: 4.38%
5. Canada: 3.58%
6. Singapore: 3.46%
7. Australia: 2.34%
8. Germany: 2.08%
9. Japan: 1.86%
10. India: 1.36%
11. Brazil: 1.31%
12. Indonesia: 1.29%
13. Philippines: 1.21%
14. Netherlands: 1.16%
129 other countries have less than 1% each.
1. United States: 36.55%
2. China: 11.32%
3. Germany: 3.95%
4. United Kingdom: 3.57%
5. Romania: 3.42%
6. Japan: 3.12%
7. Canada: 2.74%
8. Brazil: 2.51%
9. Indonesia: 2.20%
10. Australia: 1.75%
10. Philippines: 1.75%
12. Poland: 1.60%
13. Spain: 1.44%
14. France: 1.37%
15. Singapore: 1.14%
16. India: 1.06%
16. Netherlands: 1.06%
62 other countries have less than 1% each.
1. China: 46.00%
2. United States: 34.67%
3. Germany: 4.00%
4. Australia: 1.33%
4. Belgium: 1.33%
4. Chile: 1.33%
4. India: 1.33%
4. South Korea: 1.33%
4. Ukraine: 1.33%
11 other countries have less than 1% each.
1. Google: 69.07%
2. Direct visits [2]: 21.12%
3. Sogou: 2.21%
4. Facebook: 1.38%
5. WordPress Tavern: 1.21%
6. Baidu: 0.94%
7. MobyGames: 0.78%
8. Bing: 0.68%
9. Yahoo!: 0.38%
10. Google Images: 0.32%
79 other sources have less than 0.25% each.
1. Google: 57.29%
2. Direct visits: 25.30%
3. Sogou: 5.93%
4. Baidu: 5.02%
5. Facebook: 0.84%
6. Bing: 0.76%
7. WordPress Tavern: 0.61%
8. DuckDuckGo: 0.46%
9. GOG.com: 0.38%
28 other sources have less than 0.25% each.
1. Direct visits: 28.67%
2. Google: 26.00%
3. Baidu: 25.33%
4. Sogou: 14.67%
5. Bing: 1.33%
6. DuckDuckGo: 0.67%
6. Facebook: 0.67%
6. Simply Bucharest: 0.67%
6. Turnitin: 0.67%
1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 49.66%
2. Site index: 10.80%
3. Perfect World International Information Dump: 8.67%
4. Blog first page: 4.62%
5. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.87%
6. Hackers “Killed” The Adrenaline Vault: 1.87%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 1.08%
8. Games Played front page: 1.04%
9. Why Ruin It with Growls?: 1.02%
10. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 1.00%
11. Evidence for the WP-SpamShield Mess: 0.96%
11. Healer by Jason Engle: 0.96%
13. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 0.85%
14. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – I: 0.83%
15. Review: Tropico 4: Collector’s Bundle: 0.82%
16. The Golden Compass Daemon Test: 0.76%
17. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 0.66%
382 other pages have less than 0.5% each. [3]
1. Perfect World International Information Dump: 19.22%
2. Site index: 17.55%
3. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 12.54%
4. Blog first page: 7.67%
5. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 6.61%
6. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 4.79%
7. Games Played front page: 2.58%
8. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 2.36%
9. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 1.98%
10. The Golden Compass Daemon Test: 1.75%
11. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 1.44%
12. Troll Shaman by Wu Shuang: 1.37%
12. Why Ruin It with Growls?: 1.37%
14. Review: Tropico 4: Collector’s Bundle: 1.06%
89 other pages have less than 1% each.
1. Site index: 25.33%
2. Perfect World International Information Dump: 14.00%
3. Blog first page: 11.33%
4. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 10.67%
5. Games Played front page: 10.00%
6. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 9.33%
7. Bands List front page: 5.33%
8. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 1.33%
8. Scholomance Special Edition by Wu Shuang: 1.33%
8. Why Ruin It with Growls?: 1.33%
11 other pages have less than 1% each.
1. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 35.56%
2. Site index: 8.29%
3. Perfect World International Information Dump: 6.61%
4. Blog first page: 4.87%
5. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.16%
6. Fantasy Art Gallery index: 1.63%
7. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 1.45%
8. Hackers “Killed” The Adrenaline Vault: 1.34%
9. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 1.09%
10. Games Played front page: 0.99%
11. Healer by Jason Engle: 0.86%
12. Tactics for Empires of Arkeia: 0.78%
865 other pages have less than 0.75% each. [3]
1. Perfect World International Information Dump: 10.27%
1. Site index: 10.27%
3. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 6.64%
4. Redemption by Mario Wibisono: 5.56%
5. Blog first page: 5.29%
6. Fantasy Art Gallery index: 2.94%
7. Answers for the Forsaken World Searches – II: 2.59%
8. Hand of the Jade Dragon by Mario Wibisono: 1.85%
9. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 1.82%
10. Games Played front page: 1.58%
11. Troll Shaman by Wu Shuang: 1.51%
206 other pages have less than 1.5% each.
1. Site index: 21.83%
2. Perfect World International Information Dump: 11.68%
3. Blog first page: 10.66%
4. Fantasy Art Gallery front page: 9.14%
5. Games Played front page: 7.61%
6. Now I Know What Having Your Bowels Turn to Water Means…: 7.11%
7. Bands List front page: 5.08%
8. Relationships category first page: 2.54%
9. Anybody Friendly?: 2.03%
9. At Least I Finished Mission Six of Tropico 4: Modern Times…: 2.03%
9. Tyrande by Wu Shuang: 2.03%
12. Fantasy Art Gallery index: 1.52%
12. Overpopulation category first page: 1.52%
12. Partial Comment Published on The Guardian’s The Upside, So Here’s the Full One: 1.52%
12. Scholomance Special Edition by Wu Shuang: 1.52%
20 other pages have less than 1.5% each.
One page: 90.54%
Two or three pages: 6.18%
Four or five pages: 1.14%
Six to ten pages: 1.09%
11-19 pages: 0.57%
20+ pages: 0.47%
One page: 86.17%
Two or three pages: 6.00%
Four or five pages: 1.82%
Six to ten pages: 2.51%
11-19 pages: 2.13%
20+ pages: 1.37%
One page: 92.00%
Two or three pages: 5.33%
Four or five pages: 1.33%
Six to ten pages: 0.67%
11-19 pages: 0.00%
20+ pages: 0.67%
1. Chrome: 50.17%
2. Safari: 30.07%
3. Firefox: 7.63%
4. Internet Explorer: 4.13%
5. Opera: 1.20%
6. Samsung Internet: 1.19%
7. UC Browser: 1.12%
8. Edge: 0.99%
9. Mozilla Compatible Agent [4]: 0.98%
10. Android Browser: 0.61%
11. Android WebView: 0.52%
12. Opera Mini: 0.35%
13. Yandex Browser: 0.25%
14. Unknown: 0.24%
15. Amazon Silk: 0.14%
16. SeaMonkey: 0.09%
17. BlackBerry Browser: 0.06%
10 other browsers have less than 0.05% each.
1. Chrome: 60.64%
2. Safari: 13.07%
3. Firefox: 7.60%
4. UC Browser: 5.32%
5. Mozilla Compatible Agent [4]: 3.88%
6. Samsung Internet: 3.12%
7. Opera: 1.60%
8. Edge: 1.52%
9. Android WebView: 0.99%
10. Unknown: 0.91%
11. Internet Explorer: 0.53%
12. Yandex Browser: 0.23%
13. Coc Coc: 0.15%
14. Android Browser: 0.08%
14. Nokia Browser: 0.08%
14. Opera Mini: 0.08%
14. PlayStation 3: 0.08%
14. SeaMonkey: 0.08%
1. Chrome: 56.67%
2. UC Browser: 25.33%
3. Safari: 8.67%
4. Mozilla Compatible Agent [4]: 5.33%
5. Edge: 2.00%
6. Samsung Internet: 1.33%
7. Firefox: 0.67%
1. Windows: 33.71%
2. iOS: 30.59%
3. Android: 28.05%
4. macOS: 3.55%
5. Linux: 2.44%
6. Unknown: 1.15%
7. Chrome OS: 0.17%
8. Windows Phone: 0.13%
9. BlackBerry OS: 0.07%
10. Nintendo Wii: 0.04%
11. PlayStation Vita: 0.03%
12. PlayStation 3: 0.02%
12. Samsung S8000: 0.02%
14. Firefox OS: 0.01%
14. PlayStation 4: 0.01%
14. Tizen: 0.01%
1. Windows: 47.26%
2. Android: 27.36%
3. iOS: 12.08%
4. Linux: 5.93%
5. macOS: 3.72%
6. Unknown: 3.27%
7. Chrome OS: 0.30%
8. PlayStation 3: 0.08%
1. Windows: 41.33%
2. Android: 36.00%
3. Linux: 8.00%
4. iOS: 6.67%
4. Unknown: 5.33%
6. Chrome OS: 1.33%
6. macOS: 1.33%
1. 360×640: 16.33%
2. 375×667: 13.49%
3. 1920×1080: 8.45%
4. 320×568: 7.80%
5. 1366×768: 6.92%
6. 1024×768: 4.80%
7. 414×736: 4.68%
8. 800×600: 4.64%
9. 768×1024: 2.25%
10. 1280×1024: 2.22%
11. 1440×900: 2.19%
12. 1600×900: 2.13%
13. 412×732: 1.82%
14. 1280×800: 1.71%
15. 1536×864: 1.57%
16. 1680×1050: 1.38%
17. 412×846: 1.11%
303 other resolutions have less than 1% each.
1. 800×600: 17.17%
2. 1920×1080: 15.73%
3. 1366×768: 6.53%
4. 360×640: 6.38%
5. 1536×864: 4.86%
6. 1024×768: 4.56%
7. 1280×1024: 3.88%
8. 375×667: 3.42%
9. 414×896: 2.51%
10. 1600×900: 2.20%
11. 360×760: 1.82%
11. 1440×900: 1.82%
13. 412×846: 1.75%
13. 414×736: 1.75%
15. 360×740: 1.67%
16. 375×812: 1.52%
17. 320×568: 1.44%
18. 360×720: 1.14%
102 other resolutions have less than 1% each.
1. 800×600: 49.33%
2. 1366×768: 6.67%
3. 1920×1080: 6.00%
4. 1600×1600: 4.67%
5. 1356×763: 3.33%
6. 414×896: 2.67%
6. 1024×768: 2.67%
8. 360×640: 2.00%
8. 360×740: 2.00%
8. 1280×1024: 2.00%
8. 1600×900: 2.00%
12. 375×667: 1.33%
12. 375×812: 1.33%
12. 393×851: 1.33%
12. 412×892: 1.33%
12. 414×736: 1.33%
15 other resolutions have less than 1% each.

[1] Spam entries obviously not listed.
[2] 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.
[3] Lower threshold because the number of entries allowed it.
[4] Including entries labeled “‘Mozilla”. They’re probably all crawlers or bots though.

I hope I didn’t make any mistakes. Of course, especially considering how many parts I split this into and how I at times rushed to finish a section while I could remain on-line, it is possible that something slipped through despite checking each section, often more than once, after finishing it, but I’m definitely not going to go over all of 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 last year, and this time I’m also adding those for visitors, visits and pageviews for the entire five-year period.

Written by Cavalary on September 26, 2020 at 10:01 PM in Personal | 0 Comments