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Metapost: You never give me your money

A lot of blogs and Websites with substantial readerships have linked to me lately, which has translated into me getting a serious increase in traffic. Now, I consider my actual traffic numbers to be a trade secret, but I can tell you that the number of regular IRTCSYDHT readers has gone from dozens to literally hundreds per day. This is great for stroking my ego, but, if things keep going at their current pace, I may have to pay more to my Web host because of the additional bandwidth.

To defray these possible costs, I’ve added some Google and Amazon ads to the site (they’re in the left-hand navbar; scroll down a bit to see them). I hope the ads are visible but not too obtrusive, and I promise to do no more pimping for them in the blog itself after this.

And now some linkbacks to the aforementioned linkers: J-Walk Blog, Howling Curmudgeons, Hubris, Tom McMahon, disjoint thoughts, The Grand Staircase, Renaissance Man, MEEP MEEP MEEP MEEP MEEP, Partisan Shots, and

And finally, big thanks to Dan at, who has developed a nifty parser that will allow you to view IRTCSYDHT (and other, lesser, comics sites) on a Danger hiptop or other similarly screen-constrainted gadgets. The parser cuts out the stylesheets, rotates the images, and suppresses pop-ups. I’m honored that Dan chose my blog as one of the demonstration sites for his work. Check it out!

8 responses to “Metapost: You never give me your money”

  1. Chuck
    December 8th, 2004 at 4:00 am [Reply]

    I’ve been up all night putting off working on a presentation and grant proposal due this week (I am a grad student). I found your site literally an hour ago, and I am already hooked. Will support your advertisers if I can. Keep up the good work!

  2. Ted
    December 8th, 2004 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    You may want to restrict the front page to the last few days of posts rather than an entire month. Think of the bandwidth you save if I don’t reload that December 1 post 20 more times this month.

  3. Joel
    December 8th, 2004 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    Well I snagged a thing I was thinking of getting off Amazon through your add. (Rino hard case for my iPaq pocket PC.) So now you’ll know if everything is set up correctly and hopefully receive some kickback.

  4. Hubris
    December 8th, 2004 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    Thanks for the linkback. Perhaps we could formulate some sort of web traffic pyramid scheme?

  5. Matt
    December 8th, 2004 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    I noticed that Amazon’s unique genius included Art Spielgelman among the otherwise comic-themed suggestions in their ad on the front page. Because, you know, there are drawings in there and stuff, just like Peanuts.

  6. dalton
    December 8th, 2004 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    I did, in fact, click on a few of your Google ads and the Amazon banner (new to my site as well). I wonder if any of the Google clicks registered without some sort of follow through?

  7. Anonymous
    December 13th, 2004 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    This is what you people talk about in this strip? What about the fact that the box office is drawn by scribbling the message “Tickets for tonight’s show” on a door with a porthole window hoping people will mistake it for a ticket booth when it is clearly the door the couple just exited.

    Meanwhile the bar is lovingly drawn with plate glass accents and everything. This guy is about to jump and the sweet pool of liquor waiting for him is all that keeps him going.

  8. Dan
    January 7th, 2005 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    So it took me a month to notice that you’d mentioned my humble tool. I’m still working on getting the kinks out. Also my host keeps shutting the copy on p0mi down because it gets hit by thousands of people a day (which, IMHO, speaks to the unrealized popularity of the hiptop). It’s mirrored on a few equally unreliable servers, of which is usually the best bet.

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