Larry Hosken: New: Milestone: 17 Million Hits

Wow, it's the site's 17 millionth hit. Looking at the apache log line, I see: - - [06/Sep/2010:02:36:30 -0400] "GET /departures/SFO/hawk_hill/42_golden_gate_bridge_halfway_along.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 442686 "-" "-"

It looks kind of like someone was looking at a photo. Specifically, a snapshot halfway along the Golden Gate Bridge from that time I walked up to Hawk Hill while snapping photos.. But I don't think that's what's actually going on. If that were the case, I'd expect to also see a log of someone visiting the web page holding the .jpg, not just the .jpg itself. But when I look at other logs from around the same time, there's nothing like that. There's no user agent description (i.e., no mention of what browser the user was using). So I guess this is just a bot, and not an especially interesting one. Ho hum.

I just got back from a vacation with Green Tortoise, a tour company that specializes in busing scruffy backbackers and youth hostelers around the USA, seeing sights along the way. So I've been hanging out with backbackers. There I learned a social lubricant that works better than alcohol: Australians. It would be a gross generalization to say that all Australians are outgoing, chatty, boisterous... but not as gross a generalization as you might think. I was glad they were along; they're not much like me; and that probably made the trip go much better. Anyhow, now that I'm scrambling for something webmaster-ish to write about (as is my wont for these million-hits posts), how about this:

A list of popular search terms for Australians who end up at this site, as snagged from Google Webmaster tools.

Maybe my time would be better spent going through my travel photos. Yeah, I'll go do that now.

Thank you for visiting, people of all nations!

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