About this site
I first created this site, www.platetuning.org in November 2007. I had no idea how many people would visit it.
In November 2010 it’s interesting to reflect on who visits the site, and where visitors come from. As far as ‘popularity’ goes, 34%, not surprisingly, are from the US of A. Then comes 12% from the UK, then 6% from Canada, and 3% now from Germany: click on the picture left.
The statistics to mid Feb. 2012 are shown below. The site gets an average of 115 visits a day, and most people stay 2 to 5 minutes, and about 25% of visitors look at 2 or more pages. Some stay for an hour!
I guess that’s pretty surprising in retrospect for such a specialist subject.
Many want the violin plans and articles, and also one ‘popular’ page is the “Books links and Articles” page: hardly surprising I suppose.
Google translation does make this (and any other site) readable in pretty much any language. The greek translation is popular, then the Italian (obviously from Cremona), and then French.
What has surprised me is how few people contact me or visit the blog. I’d hoped that I’d learn more of other people’s experiences as they tell their stories of violins they’ve known, made or modified, but I have had a few great contacts over the last 10 months.
So mail me! and tell me what you’re doing breaking open a violin!
I have some spare space here
..... so here is something totally inappropriate....
I got my son a iPhone for his birthday the other week, and recently got my Daughter a iPod for hers. I was dead chuffed when the family clubbed together and bought me an iPad for father’s day.
So I got my wife an iRon for her Birthday, and that is how the fight started...... she doesn’t realise! The iRon can be integrated into the iWash, iCook and iClean.
The top 10 funniest jokes of the Fringe 2015, with thanks to the BBC
- "I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free" - Darren Walsh
- "Kim Kardashian is saddled with a huge arse ... but enough about Kanye West" - Stewart Francis
- "Surely every car is a people carrier?" - Adam Hess
- "What's the difference between a 'hippo' and a 'Zippo'? One is really heavy, the other is a little lighter" - Masai Graham
- "If I could take just one thing to a desert island I probably wouldn't go" - Dave Green
- "Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fishes and a loaf of bread. That's not a miracle. That's tapas" - Mark Nelson
- "Red sky at night. Shepherd's delight. Blue sky at night. Day" - Tom Parry
- "The first time I met my wife, I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves" - Alun Cochrane
- "Clowns divorce. Custardy battle" - Simon Munnery
- "They're always telling me to live my dreams. But I don't want to be naked in an exam I haven't revised for..." - Grace The Child
The funniest joke was chosen from a shortlist compiled by a panel of judges, who saw an average of 60 shows each at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The shortlisted gags were then put to 2,000 people, with no reference to the comedians who told them, who then voted for the jokes they found the funniest.
The judges also released a list of jokes which just missed out on the shortlist.
- "I never lie on my CV…because it creases it." - Jenny Collier
- "If you don't know what introspection is you need to take a long, hard look at yourself" - Ian Smith
- "I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59 because I like that one-to-one time" - Tom Ward
- "Whenever I get to Edinburgh, I'm reminded of the definition of a gentleman. It's someone who knows how to play the bagpipes, but doesn't" - Gyles Brandreth
- "Let me tell you a little about myself. It's a reflexive pronoun that means 'me'" - Ally Houston
- "Earlier this year I saw "The Theory of Everything" - loved it. Should've been called "Look Who's Hawking", that's my only criticism" - James Acaster.