Archive for Search Terms

Disturbing

Posted in Entertainment, Hobby with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by urbannight

I discovered that people have come to my sight using a disturbing search combination of search words.

I like the cartoon Phineas and Ferb. I think it is clever, witty, and entertaining. It appeals on an adult level as much as on the kids level the writers aim for. Actually, I suspect the writers of the show are actually writing it for themselves, which is why it works for adults as well.

What I find disturbing is that there are people out there searching for p . o . r . n . Phineas and Ferb porn. Sorry, none here. Move along now.

I know I’m a little twisted but that is just disturbing.

I’ve probably over used that word now.

Top Searches – The Current Trend is MUCUS.

Posted in Entertainment, Health, History, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

In the past, my top searches had to do with Doctor Who, or more specifically, the Tardis.  This was because of a stitching project where I am doing the Tardis in several different stitching methods.

Then it became Epidermal Suffocation because I did a Bond post and was mentioning the gold-painted girl.  That brought so many people to my page trying to find out if certain things could cause you to suffocate and die by putting them on your skin so I did a post about the fact that medical science has proven there is no such thing as epidermal suffocation (or at least anything fatal).  It is bad for the skin to be covered with gunk that fills the pores on a regular basis but it won’t kill you.  It then lead to a post on the fact that overuse of lotions can be bad for the skin while covering your skin with olive oil is not only NOT fatal, it is probably very good for the skin.   The ancient Romans used olive oil as soap.  I still think they must have had amazing skin.  I put a few drops in my bath water in the winter to keep my skin from drying out.

Searches of Crow Indians and Indians also brings a lot of traffic to my page.  This is because I researched Johnny Depp’s costume for Tonto and found it to be a copy of a stylized painting of a Crow warrior. Researching the Crow Indian images lead me to a photo series done a long time ago that seemed to give valid justification for elements of that particular look.

But now that winter is here and flu season has hit, the searches bring me the most traffic are searches on Mucus, Phlegm, and Clearing the Throat or variations thereof.

I guess I ought not have been surprised. One day, when I had been sick, I wrote a post on all the methods I was using to clear my sinuses and my throat.  So at least the people searching are going to get some information on what actually helped and what didn’t.  But I don’t really care for it being a high search item.  I don’t want to be the Mucus Girl.

Most Viewed Post

Posted in Art, Education, History, Movies and Theatre, Photography, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by urbannight

Image of a Crow Indian has officially become my most viewed item.  I’m not counting homepage/archives.  That is over 2000.  But it doesn’t tell me which archived items are getting viewed.

Over the past two months, I’ve seen Indian and Crow Indian pop up more and more in my search terms.  Over this last month, those two terms are now a daily occurence. 

I’m wondering how much of it has to do the Lone Ranger movie coming out, with Johnny Depp, or with Indians in general or an interest in Crow Indians in specific.  I’m inclined towards the latter two because I’m not seeing Johnny Depp or the Lone Ranger popping up in my search terms.

I’m doing more research on the Crow for another article and if I had some idea what is motivating people to look them up, I would have a better idea of the direction to take. 

I’ve also had a significant upswing in viewers from some very interesting countries, a lot of them being former Eastern Bloc nations or once were part of said nations as some broke apart and became different countries.  I wish I had a way to determine what they were most interested in.  That way I would have some more ideas of things to write about.

I’m a rather strange girl who likes research and am happy to have new topics to dig into.  This blog is somewhat random already so I don’t mind adding some things I normally don’t talk about.

As I’ve said before, the stats page really makes me want more information.

Skinnygurl vs Skinnygirl

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by urbannight

After seeing an amusing search term on the daily stats page, I decided to look up my all time search terms and found something new since the last time I looked at it.  There is a new term creating the most hits for my blog.  Skinnygurl.  Here is the instances of it in the top 11 search terms.

1. Skinny gurl blog
3. Skinny gurl
4. Skinny gurl blogger
6. Skinnygurl blog
8. Who is skinnygurl
11. Who is skinny gurl blogger

So I spent a few minutes looking up some updates and the computer asked me if I meant Skinnygirl.  So I did a little comparing.

Skinnygurl wants to celebrate the unhealthily thin.  She is anonymous.  She admits she is a bit outrageous when she writes.  She never thought the people she was writing about would actually see her page.  She didn’t realize her site looked pro-anorexia and never intended to send that message.  (After looking at  her site a bit, I found that claim to be very hard to believe.  But maybe she really believes that in her own mind). She feels that there is a double standard where people think it is okay to get into an ultra-thin person’s face and tell her she is too thin and she needs to eat more and so on while people don’t do that to overweight people.

Skinnygirl, on the other hand, is not anonymous.  She tells you who she is.  She is about becoming skinny but has a more interesting approach.  She is all about loving yourself and valuing your self as you are and using that self-love and self-worth to convert your lifestyle into a more healthy one.  By loving yourself as you are, you can convert that into self-care and motivation to become more healthy.

Skinnygurl is about cutting people down and being over critical while Skinnygirl is about lifting people up and giving them support.

One letter off and you have a diametrically opposing method for the same topic, weight loss.  Skinnygirl is a bit on the touchy-feely side of the self-help guru methodology of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  But still, it isn’t a bad message and it isn’t a bad methodology when it works for someone.  For a misanthropic person such as myself, it’s to saccharine sweet.  But I can still see that is has much more value in it than using a critical, shame-based method to motivate people to be super skinny.

How to Get Rid of Mucus in Your Throat

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Movies and Theatre, Tea, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by urbannight

This is how I feel when I have a sinus infection and am searching for relief.

The title is a search term that brought someone to my bolg.  For some reason, it really amused me.  Maybe because I’ve had issues with it.  Maybe because I woke up at 4:00 am with a sore throat, swollen glands, and totally congested.  So I thought I might address the issue.

So I promptly went and made dinner (smashed potatoes, a hamburger patty, and herb gravy for beef).  While cooking and eating dinner I watched Chalet Girl.  It didn’t bore or annoy me in the first 5 minutes.  This was good.  Bill Nighy came on the screen.  This was better.  It was at that moment I knew I would finish the movie and, at the very least, like it.  I loved it.  A winning skateboarder takes a job at a chalet in the Alps in order to help support her father after they were in a car crash that killer her mother.  She has never skied and this puts her in an awkward position with her coworker.  She comes across a snow board.  This resembles a skateboard.  So she gives it a go.  And the movie progresses from there.  Give it a go.  It won’t clear your throat but it will entertain you and distract you from it.  Just like it distracted me from writing the post after I got out the first paragraph.

One of the most common methods is decongestants.  After all, the mucus is coming from the sinuses.  The only problem with these is that sometimes they really dry you out.  You end up with dry mouth, dry nostrils, dry eyes, over dryness in more delicate areas.  And if it isn’t very effective, you can’t really take much else for a few hours.  I tend to fluctuate between using them a lot and using them as a last resort.  I’m in a ‘last resort’ sort of place now.

Soup is good.  Hot soup.  Steaming soup.  Spicy soup that gets the sinuses flowing and hot in temperature that  sort of ‘melts’ it from your throat.  I like Chicken Soup from Hell.   Dice up a chicken breast, brown in some olive oil.  Toss in onion and garlic. LOTS of onion and garlic.  Add water.  Add bullion. Add seasoning.  The most important being the cayenne pepper.   In fact, the chicken is just to give the soup some thing to actually eat in it.  The point is to get the onion, garlic, and cayenne into the system for their health and cold fighting properties. 

They say hot tea works, especially hot mint tea.  I never found this to be true.   Inhaling the steam while it cools enough to actually drink it just doesn’t get enough through the sinuses.  The hot tea helps the throat somewhat, but usually, once it gets to drinking temperature, it doesn’t clear the throat as well as soup in general does.  Now if you take a pure mint tea bag and use it as a smelling sachet, that does work clear the sinuses and eventually the throat.  A warning, you will be inhaling small particles of mint leaves and it will turn your mucus a deep green when you next blow your nose.

Nasal sprays work fantastic on the nose and can sorta clear the throat.  But they leave a horrible taste in the back of the throat, make the nose feel raw, can lead to increased sore throats, can lead to increased congestion when they wear off, and can result in a cycle of constant use to clear the increasingly worse congestion.  And you should never use them for longer than seven days.  So I’ll only use them at bed time if I’m too bad off to fall asleep.  I and use them very sparingly.

There is an old chorus trick of gargling or drinking lemon juice to clear the throat of mucus.  This can be somewhat effective.  But if you have an actual sore throat, this can also sting.   On a similar note, I’ve found gargling with strong alcohol (think vodka and such) to be helpful in the short-term.  The very short-term.  For 15 minutes or so.  probably not worth it really.  Unless it’s to get some relief while you are cooking soup or something.  Or you want a few drinks so you don’t care about the annoying, thick, choking mucus in  your throat that is really annoying you.

And then there is my personal favorite, the neti pot.  This like device washes the sinuses out with a saline solution.  It helps pull it out of the back the help clear the throat.  This also makes the mucus shift and makes you want to spit a few times which also helps.  You have to blow your nose a couple of times in the 5 or 10 minutes after using it so that helps too.  It really makes you feel better in the nose and throat.  And if you feel like you are coming down with a sinus infection, regular use every 4 – 6 hours helps prevent said infection.  By clearing it out regularly, it can’t build up a ‘pool’ of infected mucus in your sinuses and thus the body’s natural defenses are able to better fight off any infection and you can avoid having to over use antibiotics from the doctor. 

So, the neti pot is my favorite method of not only clearing my nose, but clearing out the thick gunk that builds up and coats the throat, so it feels like you cannot clear your throat.  That’s as long as I remember to actually use it. Some days, I don’t notice it until I’ve left for work and it will annoy me all day long.  I hate it when that happens.  I had bought a second one to keep at work and a second box of the saline, but somewhere along the line one set vanished and I once again must remember to carry mine around with extra packets of saline.

Search Terms

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2012 by urbannight

I’m scanning the All Time list of search terms that have lead people to my blog.  Most of them make some sort of sense.  Only two really surprised me.

1. Urbannight Asia

and

2. What is an urbannight?

The second is a question for which I have no answer.  Because I think people don’t stop growing or evolving or discovering themselves.  Any answer I might give tonight might change next week.