Today is April 1. Today is Easter Sunday (in the United States), and also April Fools Day! Which could be a hilarious but awkward combination, if I were a bad person I could riff inappropriately on, say, “Everybody! Christ is Risen! — just kidding…”
And speaking of blasphemy, I got nicked by some of my Russian friends who took umbrage at my yesterday post by pointing out that Orthodox Easter (like, in Russia) is next Sunday. My excuse is that I don’t celebrate either one, so I honestly don’t care. And no, I’m not Jewish… not that there’s anything wrong with being Jewish, it’s just that I’m not… I hail from that type of Russian stock who were solid Soviet atheists and only celebrated secular holidays like Cosmonauts Day – so there!
In any case, March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. And just in time for Easter dinner, which is Lamb Chops this year! But before that horrific thing happens, it is time to close the books on March. And the news is good. I know, I know, I had threatened to get even with my readers by posting a 20-part book review of Moby Dick. But fortunately it didn’t come to that, although I came close, with my self-indulgent 7-part review of the opera Semiramide. (More on that, below, when I recount the highlights.)
So here it is: Basically, as compared to February, in March Page Views went up – from 5,371 to 5,982. The number of Distinct Visitors also went up, from 2,953 to 3,463. Visitors whom I cherish, each and every one of you, except for that one guy, and you know who you are!
Next: My standard disclaimer:
Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.
Next: Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic trip down memory lane. In which I narcissistically “look-back” through my own posts of the last month, self-assess them, and highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature:
Highlights of the Month
So, here we go, in chronological order:
- So, my first major piece of the month was this problematic one, which consisted of the videotaped interrogation of a Ukrainan POW by his Donetsk captors. The piece is problematic and can now, I reckon, be considered moot, because the source link no longer points to the story I saw in PolitNavigator– I noticed the very next day after I posted it, the link just leads to a”Page not found” error. In other words, the story/video was taken down fairly quickly. And I don’t know if this happened just in the U.S. or everywhere. You’ll just have to take my word for it, that the video did actually exist and was up there at one point in time!
- Next came this post for International Women’s Day, and addressing the ever-burning issue of Sexual Harassment in the workplace.
- Meanwhile, the Winter Olympics were in full swing, and I had this piece featuring Russian irony on the topic of asthmatic Norwegian skiiers.
- And then — drum roll! the jewel in the tiara, as alluded to above: My 7-part review of Rossini’s Semiramide, in its recent Metropolitan Opera production. This show is what Grand Opera is all about: Convoluted political intrigues, murder, switch of identities and even Mother-Son incest – egads! I know it took me a long time to get through this material, but I hope that I made my basic point clear enough: That ghosts do not actually exist, everybody got that, right?
- From the Sublime to the Ugly: That ghastly MH-17 tragedy reared its head again when a “Person of Interest” in the case (allegedly) committed suicide.
- And finally, another foray into one of my favorite topics: Linguistics. Although this story is notable for featuring two protagonists, both of whom are WRONG WRONG WRONG! And one of them is wrong even when he is right!
But now, my friends, it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the
Parade Of Nations
My 3,463 March visitors hail from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here:
|Hong Kong SAR China||8|
|United Arab Emirates||5|
|Trinidad & Tobago||4|
|Antigua & Barbuda||3|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
Thank you, Friends and Visitors, and stay safe out there in the world!