The joy of logs
<p>My <a href="http://www.cornerhost.com">new web host</a> gives me access to the raw webserver logs for my site. Initially I thought this would be a mild curiosity, but now after just a week of having my site hosted there, the log report is pretty interesting. Since the logs recors things like where people are coming from to visit my site, and what search strings they used to find me (in the case of a search engine redirect), you can see what parts of the site are popular, and more important, what’s on people’s minds. </p> <p>Apparently lots of people feel the same way I do about Michael Moore. Lots of people came to rumblestrip.org by way of a search on “michael moore sucks”. </p> <p>A few folks came by to look for Piper aircraft operating checklists, and of course they were disappointed because I have yet to put all my static content back online. Sorry about that. </p> <p>I had some visitors from my pal Jeff Mottle’s<a href="http://www.cgarchitect.com">CGArchitect site</a>, presumably they read my interview over there or my Viz4 review, and came to rumblestrip.org looking for more hard-hitting info on computers in lighting design, only to find a site loaded with juvenile rants and ego-boosting. No one ever said the web was perfect.</p> <p>Perhaps the most disturbing record of all was one from a person looking for “pictures of dead people 911”. I wrote an eyewitness account of my 9/11 experience (which has yet to be reposted to my new site), and that seems to bring some people to my site by way of searches for “911”, “eyewitness World Trade Center” and “story WTC attack”. But apparently there’s someone who’d like to find pictures of victims. This is sad. This is probably the same person who searched for “wtc 911 october”. Anyone who screws up the month the attack occurred on in their search is clearly not ready for prime time. </p>
lighting simulationist, crossfitter, former drinker.