Daily Archives: Thursday, 12th Apr 2007

Statistically speaking…

About a month ago, I mentioned the list of the most prolific bloggers. Since then, my post count has gone from 1,900 to 1,998[1], and the list has developed into a user-editable Wiki-style thingy.

But looking at all these sites with lots of posts made me wonder about another figure: word count, which could be the basis of another definition of “prolific”. A bit of searching led me to the TD Word Count plugin, which provides some interesting details. It shows the total number of words posted, the average number of words per post, and lists all posts with their word counts. The list can be sorted in various ways, which is handy. If your site has multiple authors, it separates the counts for each one, so you can see who’s brief and to the point, and who goes on a bit.

Anyway, here are the figures to date, not including this post:

  • Total number of words: 285,390
  • Average number of words per post: 141
  • Longest ever post: this one
  • Shortest ever post: this one

That’s quite an alarming word count. It’s the equivalent of two or three reasonably long novels[2]! :eek2: You know, if I could focus my writing on something or other, I might be able to get somewhere. But that seems unlikely.

Oh, and if anyone with mathematical tendencies[3] checks the figures above and spots a discrepancy, it’ll be because the plugin counts WordPress’s static pages as posts, and adds their word count to the total.

[1] If I include this one
[2] Or maybe one Harry Potter
[3] Hi Twisty! :wave:

Another walk

This morning, I got it together even earlier than yesterday, and went out before 10am, which is outrageously early for me on a non-work day. My main aim was to have a look at the new Northumbria University buildings. I’ve been meaning to look at these for a while, having admired them from a distance, but my main motivation today was to see

  1. The remains of the building next door, which burnt down on Sunday night
  2. The (slight) damage to the new buildings, which are due to open in September

As the remains of the burnt building were in an extremely unsafe condition, I couldn’t get all that close, but I was able to take some pictures, which I’ll sort out sooner or later.[1] I hadn’t been in that part of town for years – last time I was in the vicinity, the multi-screen cinema was still there. Even Google had been there more recently than me!


It was a good walk, too!

[1] Yes, yes. And all the other ones.

Newcastle City Library: 12 April

I had another walk this morning. I’ll make another post about the main object of the walk[1], but apart from that, it was an ideal opportunity to see what was going on at the City Library. The gap I spotted last week is now a little wider and deeper. The big machine that does the pulling down wasn’t in action, but I did see the digger loading rubble into a truck, which was moderately entertaining. Enjoy the pictures. :smile:

[1] Just a little suspense to keep the readers interested :rolleyes:

I hope they both lose

Well, well, well. It seems Virgin Media have made up their minds, and have started High Court action against Sky.

As ever, both parties are presenting their version of events, and personally, I don’t believe a word from either of them. Virgin claim Sky wanted to double the price of their channels, while Sky claim the increase would have been 3p per customer[1] and what’s more they were going to throw in some extra channels. Virgin are also a wee bit miffed about the price Sky are paying for Virgin’s channels. Sky apparently decided to pay less, and Virgin apparently went along with this, presumably imagining that Sky would play nicely when it came to their channels.

And so it goes on, with claim and counter-claim. All quite pathetic really. I hope they get a really nasty judge. :laugh:

Wouldn’t it be nice if they could lock up Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch[2]?

[1] Note that these two claims are not mutually exclusive
[2] OK, technically, Sky is run by Rupert’s son James, but let’s not spoil a nice fantasy, OK?