April 21, 2013
About noon today Central Time, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub recorded its 4 millionth visit.
Thank you, Dear Reader.
Bring on the confetti and champagne. Well, champagne, anyway. Save the confetti money and send it instead to Nothing But Nets to fight malaria.
More notes on “4 million”:
April 19, 2013
4 million & counting cake, from (almost) Bald Trainer Blog
At this total and at this rate, sometime next week Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub will pass the 4 million view mark.
If I had a nickel for every view . . .
Cover of Halcyon Classics’ edition of The Four Million, by O. Henry, a Texas-related author; have you read it?
Better, if I had a dollar . . . I’d keep it up.
Thank you, Dear Reader. Please bring friends.
March 24, 2013
4,500 posts here? Where else is “4500″ notable? Look at this beautiful, vintage computer from 1986, a National FS-4500: This MSX 2 computer was marketed as a wordprocessor system, and indeed it is! It has a big 24 dots thermal printer built-in, wordprocessor software (Word Processor, MSX Sentence Paragraph Exchanger, Dictionary, MSX Address Book, Name Card and MSX JE 1 & 2). Impressive. It was available in black or white case. Image and caption from OldComputers.com
Just passed 4,500 posts here at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. Closing in on 4 million views.
If I had a nickel for every post, or a penny for every view . . .
4,500 is a good number, for posts for a blog named after a hoax perpetrated about the obscurity of our 13th president.
Any other significance to the number 4,500?
Dodge Ram 4500, at Chrysler’s Saltillo Plant, Saltillo, Mexico.
July 2, 2012
Which is considerably more than Rutledge Taylor can get to see his crappy movie, even with the assistance of his famous girlfriend.
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub turned over 3.5 million readers today, or about a day’s worth at some of the great pseudo-reality sites like Watt’s Up, or the popular sites like P. Z. Myers’ often-brilliant and much more scientific Pharyngula.
Thank you to each and every reader.
3.5 million is:
June 19, 2012
Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr
Haven’t caught up with stuff from last week’s tour of the Midwest. In Washington, D.C., today, and little chance to post.
My apologies. Much to talk about.
Read the old posts, eh?
May 6, 2012
Either that last post, or the one before it, was the 4,000th post at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. (Two different post counters give two different tallies.)
Kathryn and me. checking out local history at the Grassy Knoll , next door to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, in 2011; photo by Darrell Knowles. Really.
Thanks to gracious readers who have clicked 3.4 million times on those 4,000 posts. Great thanks to the one-in-a-thousand who leave a comment. We work for accuracy here, and comments pointing us to new information and better information always help.
Please tell your friends to come over and give us a piece of their mind. Surely they can find some topic here on which they have an opinion.
March 31, 2012
Or get a cup of coffee, or an ice cream cone, and relax.
Porlock is a village in Somerset, England. I wonder, where does he get the "Porlock, Jr." moniker? This is a 1937 map of the village, Wikipedia image.
It’s been a rough couple of months, personally, away from the blog. So I’ve got the two lowest-posting months in the history of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, back to back.
Regrets, and apologies to faithful readers (especially to Porlock, Jr., who is having some bizarre difficulties leaving comments which may require a trip to WordPress HQ in San Francisco to work out — any excuse to visit the City by the Bay, eh?).
I’ll try to clean out the drafts-to-be-posted bin, and otherwise get some life in the old Tub for you, faithful readers. It’s not that there aren’t things that need to be blogged, nor that I haven’t had anything to say about events. Not enough time to get everything else done, and find time to write. I’ll try to mend that issue. Thanks for hanging with us.
Wish me luck with the off-blog stuff, will you? Thanks.
San Francisco at night, photo by Jon Sullivan, Creative Commons copyright; image via Wikipedia
February 10, 2012
Would have, could have, should have been a great week, especially with those 11-, 12- and 13-year old Scouts showing so much moxie and understanding of Constitutional rights and history on Monday night.
Photo from The Guardian: British boy scouts around a fire, 1910; Boy Scouts provided boosts in morale, and solid security work around Britain's perimeter during World War I.
They couldn’t have had my back the rest of the week, though, and I’ve got wounds to nurse as a result. Sorry about the pause in postings.
“Rhapsody in Blue” with the Dallas Wind Symphony on Valentine’s Day; next week looks better.
Leo Cullum's classic cartoon from New Yorker. CondeNast store asks $125 for its smallest print; might be a good buy for me this week, if Cullum autographs it. (Click image if you want to buy one.)
November 21, 2011
Of course there are many others, but these are the top ten search phrases that hit on this blog today:
- famous long poems about life
- build a prairie
- natural lakes in texas
- only the dead have seen the end of war
- political cartoons
- texas map
- how to deal with dementia
- japanese american internment camp original dorothea lange
“How to deal with dementia?” Do you suppose those queries hit on how well I deal with demented commenters, or the fact that I deal with them at all?
October 9, 2011
I estimated wrong.
Millard Fillmore's head, from Futurama, tallying hits at Millard Fillmore's Bathtub.**
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub passed 3 million hits sometime this afternoon:
- 3,000,536 views all-time (7:51 p.m. CDT)
That’s about a month’s traffic on P. Z. Myers’ blog, Pharyngula (I’m estimating wildly); that’s a couple day’s traffic on Anthony Watts’ blog, Watts Up, even though most of the time you can’t find out what’s up from that blog, even if you need to know just the facts.
Which brings two aphorisms to mind:
- A lie can run around the world before truth gets its boots on. (Let’s attribute it to Mark Twain, just to tweak the fans of Charles Haddon Spurgeon; even Spurgeon said it was an aphorism.)
- We’ve been fighting ignorance since 1973. It’s taking longer than we thought. (Paraphrase of the motto of the “Straight Dope” column.)
Truth takes longer, even for a guy who writes quickly and can post non-stop, like Myers.
For those few readers who have stuck it out, thanks. For those new ones, stick it out for a while. To all of you: Hey, would it kill you to leave a comment when you drop by?
Thank you. Thank you a lot. Thanks, and come again soon.
* Yeah, it’s a jab at Rutledge Taylor’s ill-tempered mockumentary, “3 Billion and Counting.” No one can say what the 3 billion things are, and the movie is wildly error-prone, even for a mockumentary. Plus, it’s not funny, like “Best in Show.”
** No, it’s not really from Futurama (but wouldn’t that be cool — Filllmore and Nixon together?) I linked to the photo at Presidents “R” Us.com — but they were kind enough to link to that same photo at the Bathtub, earlier.
October 8, 2011
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub may have its 3 millionth reader on Monday, October 10. At present rates, Tuesday for sure.
Thank you, readers.
July 27, 2011
Posting is slow this week, some of you have noted.
I’m on the 7th floor of the old Texas School Book Depository building. Teacher training, you know. A great series of sessions put together by the 6th Floor Museum, with the Library of Congress and Texas Bar, on teaching with original documents using the resources of the 6th Floor Museum, a unique Dallas resource.
I’ll have pictures, and probably more . . . eventually.
Please feel free to comment away.
June 29, 2011
And, why do people so very, very much, want that story to be true and not fictional?
Here’s the list of stories from this blog that were most popular over the past seven days; the top two stories hold about those ranks week in and week out:
June 20, 2011
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