My Blog Site Goes ‘Ka-Ching’ for WordPress.com


I’m simultaneously watching the State of the Nation Address and surfing the net.  Here’s a juicy bit of information I found via Freewebsitereport.org:

 “The estimated website net worth based on it’s traffic value and online website advertisement revenue alone is around $110. Aquashift.wordpress.com receives 50 page views per day and generates nearly $0.15 in daily ad revenue.”

 

When I read this I was first a little jealous that I wasn’t getting a cut, and then I wondered about how many wordpress.com users there are.  While I couldn’t find an exact number, I did get some information on just how large WordPress.com is:

http://en.wordpress.com/stats/  says that “Over 401 million people view more than 4.1 billion pages each month.”

Also: “WordPress.com users produce about 39.3 million new posts and 42.7 million new comments each month.”

 

Then on the site http://www.easystaffhawaii.com/how-big-is-wordpress/

I read that 32 million active websites were run on the Multisite version installation of WordPress in 2012.

 

I’m too lazy to whip out my excel program and crunch the numbers, but in this case I don’t think I have to.  WordPress.com is banking it.  

So, like I said, I was a little jealous.  Then, I thought about how much joy WordPress gives me, and I say they deserve the money they make, even if a tiny part of it is off of advertisements on my blog.

 

– The Philosopher


 

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Another Year


Well, fellow bloggers and readers everywhere, another year of American football has come and gone again.  Every season is like a beautifully crafted story of honor, courage, strength, and …well, let’s face it, cheating.  I can’t think of one nationally-recognized sport that doesn’t involve itself in some form of shystering.  Even Lance Armstrong needs drugs to ride his bike up and down the grassy hills of France.

Here’s the deal.  I just spent 4 hours straight trying to find a correlation between Super Bowl attendance and football game trends. Why?  I don’t know.  Perhaps I’m bitter my team didn’t win the Super Bowl… didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, heck, has never won a Super Bowl ring.   Perhaps I really like making graphs on Microsoft Office’s Excel (ooh, more on graphs and football in another post!).  Either way, I may or may not have some evidence for the NFL and/or other affiliates rigging Super Bowl games.

So read on.   There’s already no way to refute the the truth that football athletes take illegal ‘performance enhancing drugs,’ and there are many people and organizations who believe, but can’t prove, that games in the NFL are thrown.  This is just one more attempt to hack away at their facade of credibility.  I mean seriously, even if the NFL doesn’t orchestrate and plan their games ahead, it’s already such a corrupt organization in so many other ways that it doesn’t really matter.

People often forget that the NFL is an umbrella company, and the teams are franchises, just like we have a corporate McDonald’s corporation, with franchise restaurants that make money under its name and protocols.

The NFL is corporate headquarters Mickey D’s, the Broncos are the McDonald’s restaurant down the block, Peyton Manning is the Big Mac, and every 50 yard completion or hand-off to Moreno or McGahee for a touchdown is the beef.

And hey, please don’t misunderstand, I love McDonald’s.  I also just know it’s a company, and companies only have one goal: make money.  They don’t want to find a cure for cancer, or have empathy for suffering, or spend money on sheltering the homeless… well unless those activities happen to make them money, that is.  And I think that’s just fine, but let’s call a spade a spade and not kid ourselves…. They’re certainly not.

I really don’t care that the games are likely thrown, I will still love football until I die.  The athleticism and mathematics that run it are mind-blowing and will keep me occupied and diverted forever.

So here’s to truth and the eternal search for it:

After the Raven’s beat the 49ers to win the 2013 Super Bowl, I looked up the list of Super Bowl contenders and stats since 1967 on Wikipedia.  I played around with the numbers, trying to find a correlation between ‘exciting’ games and Super Bowl attendance.

Here’s some of the graphs I compiled with the data:

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The Blue line is the attendance at the Super  Bowl over the years, and the Red line represents the total points scored per game.  The correlation on this is 0.027581.  For those of you who aren’t math geeks we’re looking for a .5 correlation at the very least to signal a strong enough correlation to consider using it as a predictive tool for future games.

I also drew up graphs for other correlations I thought might exist, but nothing with a correlation coefficient  higher than .003.   I also found out, just for fun that the average combined score for all Super Bowls is 46.98, with a standard deviation of 13.1545, a minimum total score of 21, and a max of 75.  But plugging those numbers into algorithms to try to find a pattern ended up nowhere.  Then I found this:

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The blue line is attendance again, but the red line represents how close the game was, i.e. how many points the winning team won by.  It looked visually like a good correlation, but when I did the math it was only a -0.014 (negative and positive coefficients can have the same strength, they’re just moving in opposite directions.  A positive correlation means that the more of x, the more of y.. and negative is the more of x, the less of y.  They’re just different correlations).

But then I thought about it, and it didn’t make sense that the attendance THAT YEAR would reflect or be reflected by the outcome of the game.  The fans wouldn’t know ahead of time how awesome the game would be.. but if there were to be an awesome game, they would sure as hell come next year.  And if there was a crappy game, that wouldn’t be reflected in attendance until the year after as well.  So, after I stopped assuming that fans are mind readers and psychics, I figured in a one year delay in correlation, and this is what I got:

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This is the same graph, only the attendance by the fans of the Super Bowl game is delayed by one year.

I found this extremely high correlation with a cheap old version of excel and 4 hours.  I’m pretty sure a huge corporation is going to notice pretty quick.. and not only this correlation, but dozens of others I haven’t found.  And what do you think an entity whose only existence is to make money will do once it finds something like this?  Not take advantage of this almost guaranteed way to raise their cash-flow?  No, I’m afraid not.  It’s impossible to think of them not exploiting this, and anything else.

Anyway, let me reiterate how much I love football, because I think despite my varied protestations to the contrary, some of you may take this in the wrong way.  I don’t care that football games are rigged, I just want people to wake up about it.  Don’t be like the pro-wrestling fans that still think it’s real.  🙂

The Super Bowl 2013 Event!


Ravens vs. 49ers!

Unfortunately, neither team deserves the Ring this year, in my biased opinion.  Nevertheless, if one has to go home with a Victory, Flacco and the Ravens are the most worthy.  Their quarterback has excelled all my expectations; his accuracy is dead-on, and he can throw bullets 50 yards out no problem.  This will be the biggest game of his life, and I hope he’s up to the challenge of trouncing the 49ers.

MY PREDICTION:
RAVENS 34, 49er, 21

Take that to the bank.


Since I, and vicariously, my family, are Vikings and bleed purple for life, we are attired appropriately for today’s game:

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Note my son’s face of disgust  at the Vikings absence in this game. He knows.

Vikings 2014!!!!!

Skol!

Ban Lifted for Women in Combat, and Female Quarterbacks


Ok, so this being my first post in my ‘General Football’ page, I wish it were longer, better, and more palatable. But such is life.
Anyway, I already wrote a post concerning the news that just broke today about the ban on women in combat being lifted in the U.S., but I had a joke that fit nicely into this category.
I was driving home from work when I heard it on a libertarian talk radio show. Someone called in and made the point that there were no female quarterbacks in the NFL, and I thought about that.

And you know what? We do have a female quarterback in the NFL, and her name is Tony Romo!

I bleed purple! SKOL!

Ban Lifted for Women in Combat in the U.S.


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Warning: Some or all of the ideas and thoughts put forward in this post may be offensive to some people because of the nature of the subject talked about (women in the military).

So, NPR broke the news that the ban on women in combat is to be lifted. This means that women, after the ban is lifted, can serve in special ops, and other extremely dangerous and difficult positions in the military. The news comes from “several unnamed senior defense officials” (Associated Press). I heard this on the radio as I was driving back from work today, and my sentiments on this issue are so strong that I wanted to post my opinions on it immediately.
My wife’s ex-husband served in the military, and from what I gather, women get special treatment already in many instances in the military. In boot camp, and in training in general, they don’t have to do some activities, or else are required to only do a portion of some activities because of their period; for instance, when training in sharp shooting, men have to lay still and watch for their target for days at a time, in some cases, while women do not have to, because of health concerns due to their menstruation. They are therefore only required to lay still for a fraction of the time that men do in training, so that their menstruate doesn’t leak out and cause infection.
There are many other instances where women are treated less harshly in training and boot camp; the above is just one example.
Now, with this ban, women can potentially serve as a navy seal, or in special ops. Does this mean that the U.S. military will have to lower the standards for those positions, as they have done in other areas of the military in the past? I would assume so. Women, as a whole, are weaker physically than men, and simply cannot pass the rigorous tests to be able to become a navy seal, or a marine. I’m not saying that there are some women who can, I’m saying that most can’t.
I wouldn’t have a problem with women assuming all the positions in the military if they can pass the extremely high standards that are required for those positions. Chivalry is long dead, and everyone knows it. Not everyone knows why though. Chivalry died because pop culture feminism wanted women to be equal to men in every way. That’s fine, but then these same feminists who are in the driving seat also complain about how chivalry is dead. They don’t see the connection, I suppose. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You want to be equal to me physically? Fine. Then no more stigmas about men fighting women. If you are a big, strong woman, and you want to fight me, I will oblige, but don’t cry if you get your butt handed to you. You want equal opportunity in the workplace, fine, but stop using your breasts to get ahead of other people who are working hard for the same position you are, and don’t happen to have female attributes to help them. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
Wanna join the marines or navy seals? Fine, but you have to pass the standards that are in place, not watered down ones because of your menstruation cycle. And once you become a navy seal, be ready for hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, with a possible outcome of you being subdued, tortured, raped, tied to a tree, and used as a human pinata. And American citizens, when this happens and the enemy releases a video of female marines being tortured and raped, don’t gasp in astonishment. Because it’s going to happen.
If you are a woman who wants to be equal to a man, and are capable of passing the standards for being a navy seal, there is no reason why you can’t be one. But don’t ask for special treatment, and know what is ahead of you in the future.

Gun Control Legislation Gets More Support with This Sad Story


This 5 murder killing happened in my hometown a week ago. A 15 year old boy killed all of his immediate family, using a handgun and an AR15.
This is news article came from ABC news:

Relatives: Teen Massacre Suspect ‘Bright,’ ‘Troubled’

By MICHAEL S. JAMES (@bymsj) and COLLEEN CURRY Jan 23, 2013, 7:10 AM

Relatives of a New Mexico teenager accused of killing his mother, father and younger siblings with an assault rifle, then telling police he hoped to shoot up a Walmart, are described as stunned by his actions and “heartbroken over this senseless tragedy.”

Though surviving relatives conceded in an unsigned “family statement” that 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego is a “troubled young man,” the statement also described him as an outgoing boy who loved music and hoped one day to serve in the military.

“We know him as a bright, curious and incredibly talented young man. He was a brother, nephew, grandson and cousin,” said the statement, obtained by the ABC News affiliate KOAT in Albuquerque from former New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego, the suspect’s uncle.

“We are deeply concerned about the portrayal in some media of Nehemiah as some kind of a monster,” said the statement. “It is clear to those of us who know and love him that something went terribly wrong. Whether it was a mental breakdown or some deeper undiagnosed psychological issue, we can’t be sure yet. What we do know is that none of us, even in our wildest nightmare, could have imagined that he could do something like this.”

Nehemiah Griego, the 15-year-old son of an Albuquerque pastor, had plans to kill his family, his 12-year-old girlfriend’s family and local Walmart shoppers for weeks before he acted on the impulse on Sunday, according to police.

“Nehemiah said after killing five of his family members he reloaded the weapons so that he could drive to a populated area to murder more people,” read a police report from the incident released Tuesday.

“Nehemiah stated he wanted to shoot people at random and eventually be killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement,” the report said.

However, after allegedly killing his family members, Griego ended up spending most of his day with his girlfriend rather than going to the Walmart, Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Tuesday.

Griego later was arrested and is expected to face adult charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death. He waived his right to arraignment in adult court Tuesday and a judge ordered him held without bond.

The district attorney’s office and Griego’s public defender now are preparing to face a grand jury, KOAT reported.

“We never had a case like this, as far as I know, in the state of New Mexico,” District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said, “so I can’t compare this to any other case.”

Police also are considering charging Griego’s girlfriend, who they have not named publicly.

Griego has five older siblings who were not living at the home at the time of the shooting and were unharmed.

Eric Griego, the uncle who released the family statement, also released family photos late Tuesday, including one of his nephew in a tuxedo at a wedding and another of him playing a drum kit.

Eric Griego is the brother of Greg Griego, a former church pastor at Calvary Church in Albuquerque who also is the father Nehemiah Griego is accused of killing.

“From the time he was a young boy, his father Greg supported his love for music,” the family statement said. “Thanks to his interest, practice and natural ability, Nehemiah has become a very accomplished musician. He plays guitar, drums and bass. For years he has played at youth and other church services at Calvary and elsewhere.

“The idea that he was a loner also has been manufactured by the media and those who simply did not know him,” the statement said. “He had many friends at Calvary where he spent most of his free time playing basketball or music. Like his father, who was a champion wrestler and coach, Nehemiah also competed in wrestling tournaments throughout the state and country.”

The statement noted that several family members were military veterans.

“Pictures of [Nehemiah Griego] being circulated in his dad’s old fatigues were part of his interest in someday being a soldier,” the family statement noted.

The shooting spree began shortly around 1 a.m. on Sunday, when Griego allegedly snuck into his parents’ bedroom while his mother, Sara Griego, was asleep. There he raided the closet where the family kept their guns, and immediately used a .22 rifle to kill her, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Griego’s 9-year-old brother was sleeping with his mother at the time and woke up. When Griego told the boy his mother was dead, the youngster didn’t believe him, according to a police report.

“So Nehemiah picked up his mother’s head to show his brother her bloody face,” the report said. “Nehemiah stated his brother became so upset so he shot his brother in the head.”

He then went into his sisters’ bedroom, police said.

“Nehemiah stated when he entered he noticed that his sisters were crying and he shot them in the head,” the police report said.

The girls were 5 and 2 years old.

The teenager waited for his father to come from his overnight shift working at a nearby rescue mission. When his father, Greg Griego, walked into the home around 5 a.m., unaware of what had taken place, Griego shot him multiple times with the AR-15 rifle, Houston said Tuesday.

Besides being a former pastor at Calvary Church, Greg Griego worked as a chaplain at a local jail where he counseled convicts. The family was very involved in the church, according to its website.

The complaint said Nehemiah Griego took a photo of his dead mother and “sent it to his girlfriend.”

Griego then packed up the guns, including two shotguns, as well as ammunition for the rifles, and planned to drive to a Walmart to shoot additional people — but ended up at his girlfriend’s house instead, Houston said.

Around 8 p.m. on Sunday, the pair drove to Calvary Church. Griego told people his family had died in a car crash. Someone on the church’s staff then called 911, Houston said.

“At this time, Nehemiah had been contemplating this for some time. The information that Nehemiah had contemplated going to the local Walmart and participating in a shooting in there is accurate,” Houston said. “There is no information at all that he went to church to cause anyone bodily harm there. The suspect also contemplated killing his girlfriend’s parents.”

The girlfriend’s name was not released, but police are investigating whether to press any charges against her, Houston said. Houston said she had some knowledge about the deaths during the day Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Griego home around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday and arrived 10 minutes later, where they found the five bodies.

Nehemiah Griego told investigators he came home around 5 a.m. that morning and found his family dead. He said he then took the guns to protect himself.

But he admitted to the crime when pressed by police, telling investigators he was “frustrated” with his mother. Deputies said he was “unemotional” and “very stern” during the confession.

“The motive was purely that he was frustrated with his mother. He could not articulate to our investigators any farther,” Houston said. “In the time our investigators spent with him, it was a very casual [statement], he was just frustrated with how things were, and would not even articulate any further details of that frustration.”

“It’s horrific,” Houston added.

A police report from the incident shows that Griego admitted to having “homicidal and suicidal thoughts” in the time leading up to the incident.

Griego reportedly gushed to police about his love for violent video games during the interrogation, Houston said. He told police he loved to play Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto.

“The suspect was involved heavily in games, violent games, it’s what he was into,” Houston said. “He was quite excited as he discussed this with our investigators.”

Houston said that Griego had occasionally lost touch with his family and then reconnected with them multiple times in his life. He told investigators that his father had taught him how to shoot the weapons and the pair had practiced shooting them together.

The family asked the media not to politicize Nehemiah Griego’s death.

“Our family has differing views on gun rights and gun control,” the family statement said. “What we do agree on is that those who wish to score political points should not use a confused, misguided, 15-year old boy to make their case.

“He is a troubled young man who made a terrible decision that will haunt him and his family forever,” the family said.