I’m still trying to figure out how to use Twitter. It seems great for keeping up with specific people or organizations that regularly post. However, I am not sure how it is supposed to be useful if you are not a well-known person yourself. Facebook just seems better for keeping up with people you already know, so posting on Twitter feels strange. /rant

You can find me on Twitter as @nargaque.

New Math Blog

I started up a math blog yesterday called Epic Math:

The reason for doing this is that some of the higher-level topics in math that I want to write about are just too advanced for a general audience. In this earlier post, I debated what direction this blog was headed. And I felt it was important to always keep the audience in mind.

My decision is largely due to how theoretical some of my classes are becoming. It would simply make no sense for me to write posts about theorems in topology or abstract algebra or even combinatorics, alongside posts about politics or religion or philosophy. It would be a rather awkward combination.

Thus, I am splitting off mathematical topics into the new blog. The old math posts already on this blog shall remain. Anyways, the new blog will contain more topics, most likely based on what classes I am taking.

Happy Halloween! (Seems like I haven’t posted on a major holiday in a while.)

2010 in Review (For This Blog)

The stats and the presentation of this post were automatically generated by the folks at WordPress. Thanks y’all!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 230,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 10 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 225 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 262 posts. There were 332 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 26th with 89,555 views. The most popular post that day was US Census 2010 Win.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tumblr vs wordpress, persistence of memory, void ray, nargaque, and wordpress vs tumblr.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


US Census 2010 Win March 2010


StarCraft II Unit Review: Protoss Void Ray March 2010


Tumblr vs WordPress: Simplicity vs Power June 2010
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The StarCraft II Map Editor, in Context May 2010


The Persistence of Memory May 2010

Desk After Birthday [Photos]

I got a camera! Thank you parents!

This means you’ll be seeing more photos on this blog. Warning: As a liberal-arts person though, I might sometimes go for “artistic” photos than ones actually containing content. So yeah…

Anyways, here’s the first photo, err, actually the second, as the first was the photo of the box above. But I guess it’s the first real photo:

Desk After Birthday

Note the random things people gave me. There are FOUR Barnes & Noble gift cards, two Target gift cards, a mathematical watch, a Samuel Beckett novel collection, a large light-up bouncy ball, a Silly Straw, Paper Chess, a La Madeleine gift card, numerous notes and letters, cash, and other things. But missing from this picture are four presents: this camera, a WoW game time card, a plate of cookies, and something that should not be mentioned.

Spikes Without StumbleUpon

Stats, yay! Here is a graph of this blog’s hits for the last 30 days.

The final view count for yesterday, Dec. 7, was 661. I have not had this many in one day since April. This spike is nothing compared to a couple of previous spikes, but this one is accomplished without the use of a discovery or social news site such as StumbleUpon or Digg.

Granted, I have StumbleUpon contributing about 10-30 views each day, but it’s not the majority of the views. On Dec 7, I had 17 referrals from StumbleUpon, 28 from Tumblr, 91 from Facebook (!), and 107 from search engine referrals. The rest are scattered. Why are there many more than the previous day? Well, I posted Dec. 6’s topic post at around 10 pm, so most of the views from that actually came in on Dec. 7. Furthermore, I made two posts on Dec. 7, so in total it’s as if I had 3 new posts contributing to view count.

Plus, the scavenger hunt in the last post encouraged people to look around the site, which added even more views.

*Alright, NO hidden meanings or references in this post. Okay? Okay!

Edit: Nevermind, I realized this spike DID come from StumbleUpon. Just indirectly.