Archive for March, 2006

In America’s heartland.

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Sorry for not posting for two weeks – I am currently in the United States. The conference that I attended was very good, my presentation went fine, I think, and now I am sitting in Soma, a café in Bloomington, Indiana, trying to write an application to get funding that would allow me to participate in the Crossroads 2006 conference in Istanbul. My scholarship might end soon (just one more month to go, actually), but I do not intend to end my scholarly activities. To the contrary! We won’t let ourselves get grinded down in the academic wo do not have any jobs – either you get depressed, get a one Euro job, or work until you get sick machine. Loitering for the right to loiter!

Mapping website visitors.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

world map showing website visitor locationsSiteMeter has started offering a view of recent website visitors a few months ago. A nice feature, which I sometimes check out. Today’s map is good enough to be shown. The criteria for good enough is: representative enough. Since only the last 100 visits are shown using a free SiteMeter account, it is difficult to capture the the breadth of the global distribution. The rarer visitors come from specific locations (Latin America and Australia are both pretty rare for me), the easier they fall out of the ‘last 100 visitors’ statistics.
In this map you see two things that are typical: visitors from the Islamic world (parts of Africa, the Middle East but most of them from Malaysia) who come to read my comparison of Ibn Khaldūn and Comte, and a substantial amount of visitors from North America. European visitors are mostly from Germany, but also from Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the other European countries.