Exposing PseudoAstronomy

December 20, 2012

As the December 21, 2012, Solstice Approaches …

Filed under: doomsday,humor — Stuart Robbins @ 5:57 pm
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My blog is getting a lot of hits! Yay! Steadily increasing over the last 12 hours, now over 3x the traffic as usual.

To see what people are coming here for, I created a word cloud. You can embiggen to make it bigger and see how people are finding the blog. It shouldn’t surprise most people who are regulars …

Word Cloud for Blog Search Terms, Week Up to December 21, 2012

Word Cloud for Blog Search Terms, Week Up to December 21, 2012

I’ll do another one Saturday and see what that one looks like. May be interesting to do word clouds for the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, and see how they change.

Oh, P.S. … I forgot to scale the most common terms by the actual number of times they were searched. The word cloud above was created by taking the unique search terms and putting them into the cloud maker. As in, if 20 people put in “nostradamus quatrain 2012” and 5 people put in “sky december 21” and 3 people put in “nostradamus quatrains 2012” then the cloud would have nostradamus 2x, 2012 2x, and the rest 1x. When I make a new cloud, should I take the repetition into account?


  1. cool, gratz. I guess if it works, keep it up 🙂

    Comment by chris9911 — December 20, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  2. 21 December 2012 UK update:- managed to make my way to work without fighting off gangs of Zombie’s. Diasappointed that I can’t see Nibiru in the sky before it plunges into earth, and I think the lack of enlightenment is down to the bottle of wine that I consumed last night

    Comment by Gus — December 21, 2012 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  3. I think the cloud looks good as it is, it is fairly representative of the data I think. Don’t over think the stats analysis…

    Comment by Laith — December 21, 2012 @ 7:36 am | Reply

    • You don’t know me very well … ;). I actually wrote a program last night to do it right. I’ll perhaps post an analysis next week or so — the ones for the last few weeks don’t look too different, so not as interesting as I’d hoped.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 21, 2012 @ 11:30 am | Reply

      • just remember that web stats aren’t worth nearly as much as some folks would like to make them out to be. 🙂

        and yes I’m in web development… 😉

        Still interesting changes…
        Laith – who is still here

        Comment by Laith — December 21, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

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