Dependable Erection

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Welcome new readers

If Sitemeter and Google Analytics are to be believed, the number of visitors to this blog has pretty much doubled over the past ten days.

so i thought i'd say hello to y'all and welcome you to my little place.

It's not clear, or at least i can't figure it out, where all the new folks are coming from. surely the link in the Bull's Eye Blog at the N&O last Friday ain't doing it. And since Blazer Manpurse doesn't even have a friggin' blogroll, i know you're not coming from his place. (Except this morning. Thanks for the link, Blazer.) Where's Blazer's blogroll anyway?

if you're wondering where the name came from, or how to find the Seegar's Fence Co. sign which inspired it, scroll down and click on the last link in the left hand column titled "The Origin Issue."

Comments are encouraged and unmoderated. You can post a comment anonymously. Spam protection is turned on, so make sure you type in the squiggly letters to post your comment. You wouldn't believe the kinds of things that were showing up before i enabled that feature.

I write under my real name, so don't expect to see much about my job or my family here. I write about my neighborhood, Duke Park, in Durham, NC. There's a lot to love about it, and a fair number of things that need to be better. Every Sunday i post a church sign that has caught my eye recently. All the church signs are guaranteed to be unretouched. On some Fridays i post a photo of something blooming in the garden. The rest of the time i write about stuff that piques my curiousity. I write about idiots, mostly in the media or in government. There's a lot of them, so it seems like i post about them frequently.

Archives are on the right, sorted by month. Many posts are tagged, but i haven't figured out how to put the library of tags on the front page. I'm not sure i want to. If you see a post you like, and want to read others about the same topic, click on the tag. The blogroll on the left side of the page is almost exclusively devoted to people who write about or are in Durham. Go read their stuff. The "Ephemera" links are mostly science or space related items that catch my eye, but don't need to be commented on. They disappear after a while. That's why they're called ephemera.

That's about it. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around again soon.



  • Hmm...I recently heard a story about how Mick Jagger has tried to enhance his member by getting bees to sting it. If there are others who rely on this same enhancement method, perhaps they are hurting due to the mysterious honeybee plague of 2007. And maybe these people are turning to the internet in search of new ways of achieving a...dependable erection.

    Just a theory...

    By Blogger toastie, at 10:04 AM  

  • Can you create a "normal" RSS feed? That is, one that just provides the text of your post, rather than bring up the whole blog page (which doesn't work offline, which is where I usually read blogs)?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 AM  

  • Can you create a "normal" RSS feed?

    i don't know. currently i have "Short" selected in the site feed preferences. there's an advanced mode that i haven't looked into, but i'll give it a go.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 10:30 AM  

  • Indeed -- "Where's Blazer's Blogroll?" Enquiring Joes want to know. ;)

    Congratulations on the increased readership.

    By Blogger Joe, at 10:31 AM  

  • I'm all red under the bag, dudes--public shaming works! Long past time for me to be a good netizen. Consider your butts blogrolled.

    By Anonymous BM, BFA, at 11:30 AM  

  • Oh, man, that was too easy. I hope it's not too late to cancel the T-shirt order.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 11:41 AM  

  • anonymous - i've done a little experimenting with feeds. I'm not 100% sure i understand your problem.

    if i use my browser's (Firefox) built-in RSS reader, all i get in my bookmarks are a list of recent blog posts, without any text. i'd have to be online to read them.

    Using Sage, if i configure the feed to "full," i can see the entire blog post, including images, in the Sage reader. Is that what you're asking for?

    only problem i'm seeing with that is that some posts from January are showing up with May dates, and i have no idea why that should be.

    if i'm misunderstanding your request, send me an email at dependableerection at gmail dot com and we'll see if we can figure out what to do.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 11:14 PM  

  • Regarding the feeds - they are coming thru "normal" now, so something you did worked :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 AM  

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