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February 2, 2005

Bon Anniversaire à Moi

Though I find myself momentarily lost in the mire of real world hustle and bustle, I can't allow the anniversary of this here website to pass by without comment.

You see, it was one year ago this past Sunday that, after a couple months of test posts and template tweaks, I managed to finally throw up a legit post for all the world to see. It resides here still, though I haven't read it myself in some time. (Hmmm, maybe later... it's looking a tad tedious.)

It's a pretty verbose mission statement for something that was mostly intended as a replacement for talking to myself in traffic. And, as I sit here 12 months, 131 posts and 79,063 words (many of them my own) later, I remain as confused as ever as to just what the hell I think I'm doing. Still, the story of the past year is an undeniably pleasant one:

It begs the question, though: what brings you here? The short answer, if my site stats are to believed: Bea and nudity, mostly.

This snapshot of search engine queries from January '05 is pretty typical of what I've seen every month thus far:

I don't know whether to blame Maude reruns on Comcast or the 1994 Brendan Fraser/Joe Mantegna/Judd Nelson star vehicle Airheads. Whatever the case, the lady seems to be a hit with these bandwidth thieves over at LiveJournal. And at least I'm not pegged as a porn host by your firewalls.

The post that draws these folks out of the woodwork is right here, though I'd humbly suggest that those searching for "naked party" (if you're indeed looking for what I think you are) refine their search a bit. (In terms of helping out with that other "naked" keyphrase, I'm afraid I'd be of little help.)

As for some other searches...

Looking for Jurgen Teller? While I can't offer you a back door into Jurgen's world, Sarah at Forward Retreat has something that might be right up someone's alley. (With, ahem, sincerest apologies.)

Or, perhaps you seek angels, devils, good and evil. Then doubtless you're here for this.

With all that out of the way, and not to bury the lede too deep or anything...

To all who read, whencesoever you've arrived, a hearty 'thank you.'

And to those who've linked to me: all my love. I'll set aside extra love for Blogger Dean Tyler Green, who plugged this shit first—I've benefited from a few subsequent MANhandlings (being the kinder, gentler, art blog version of a Slashdotting, Farking, Drudging or Instalanche, etc.), as well, for which I'm also grateful.

Much appreciation, too, to Raphael Rubinstein for the recent Art in America blurbs, though I don't know if I, for one, deserve the attention.

As for all the Golden Girls fans out there: sit tight. I've got a lead on some hot Estelle Getty pics that you're never gonna believe.

"Bon Anniversaire à Moi"
Posted by Dan at 06:26 PM


Happy birthday!

Posted by: Franklin on February 3, 2005 at 02:52 PM

Happy anniversary. I could have happily gone on not knowing about the Bea Arthur fetishists, though.

Posted by: MS on February 3, 2005 at 04:27 PM

Bea Arthur porn? Tell me more. . . .

(Happy anniversary!)

Posted by: Kriston on February 4, 2005 at 06:58 PM

I'm starting to get hits for Estelle Getty. They seem to be just looking for a bio (for now, anyways).

Posted by: Dan on February 5, 2005 at 02:01 PM

Happy Birthday! Mine is coming up on the 25th. My two top search terms are "knee warmers" and "Brock Obama". Yes, "Brock". Interesting world.

Posted by: Cynthia on February 6, 2005 at 09:56 PM

Interesting world.


I occasionally get hits on "barack osama."

Back here I note that, the night of Obama's primary victory, someone from ABC's newsroom (having some trouble seeing the TelePrompTer or just a slip?) referred to him as "Mr. Barack Osama."

The google search, though, really finds me in good company... wingbats and unhinged trolls galore. Then, of course, there's this.

Posted by: Dan on February 7, 2005 at 10:06 AM

Oh man, I never saw that one before. (the zorn site).

If we write a lot about the Chicago Bears this year will our hit counts go up or down, I wonder?

Unless we suggest that either Estelle Getty or Bea Arthur would make a worthy addition to the coaching staff.

Posted by: Cynthia on February 7, 2005 at 02:54 PM

Unless we suggest that either Estelle Getty or Bea Arthur would make a worthy addition to the coaching staff.

If they can manage a run-based offense, why not?

Posted by: Dan on February 7, 2005 at 05:36 PM

I'm curious about the 5 hits looking for naked retards, what kind of operation you runnin'?

Will iconoduel go on vacation or will you be posting Maui-style?

see you in a week!

Posted by: Rich on February 17, 2005 at 03:18 PM

Most of the naughty bits are courtesy of this early post. That phrase in particular probably hits on my unfortunately-worded parting shot.

I'd have to imagine the people who arrived here through that particular search phrase probably didn't land here until they'd already scrolled through several pages of results. It's these guys, for whom the first 250+ results just weren't enough, that I'm worried about.

> ...will you be posting Maui-style?

Not bloody likely, though I may be waking myself up extra early on the 25th to work the phones for some Cubs tickets. 9:30 am Central Time. Hmmm... might be wiser to work up a plan with some folks on the home front instead.

It snowed here this morning and Tommy Skillet is calling for temps in the lower teens tonight. And Wednesday can't come soon enough.

Posted by: Dan on February 17, 2005 at 05:49 PM

Referenced in this post:

Bea Arthur in the Lime Light
Dict.die.net Definition: drudging
Forward Retreat: From My Mailbox, to Yours
Google Blogoscoped: Slashdotted and BoingBoinged
Google Search: 'naked party' barbara yale
Grammar.police: Dirty
IMDb: Airheads (1994)
Iconoduel: Art in America's Take, Transcribed
Iconoduel: Down the Eschatological Rabbit Hole
Iconoduel: Late to the Party
Iconoduel: On the Air
If You're Friends With Bea..Well Then You're Frien's Journal
If You're Friends With Bea..Well Then You're Frien's Journal: someone wanted to see bea's nude pic.. w
Modern Art Notes: Thursday web surfing
The Republican: On demand offered by Comcast—William Freebairn