Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everybody!

Update on my Raspberry Pi Zero. I got it working a few days ago. I was surprised to find that it included 2 Java compilers. I didn’t know it had any compilers at all, never mind two. I’ve managed to compile and run a simple Java application. There are also two compilers for another language: Python?

And WordPress has produced an annual report for my blog:

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 370,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 16 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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29 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. Yes, happy new year for all friends families neighbors … and for your Frank congratulations.

  2. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Happy New Year to Frank and all the regulars.

  3. Smoking Lamp says:

    Happy New Year to Frank and All!

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    Happy New Year to Frank and all of your interesting followers. Best blog on the net.

  5. Joe L. says:

    I just saw footage of an indoor New Year’s celebration in Syria (appeared to be in a banquet hall of some sort), and I saw numerous people happily smoking cigarettes at their tables. Very interesting, considering the major “Free World” players are currently bombing the hell out of their country.

    Happy New Year to everyone here (with the lone exception of Peter Rachow, who I’m sure is spending his lonely New Year’s Eve/Day hating his life and reading this blog)!!

    Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em in 2016!

    • Joe L. says:

      I realize my comment on the Syrian celebration, posted while quite inebriated, is a bit vague. To clarify, I found it ironic that the Syrians I saw appeared happy and free (in fact, it was the only footage from celebrations around the world that I saw where people were smoking indoors). For a country run by a supposedly murderous dictator that has governmentally-imposed smoking bans as well as a radical terrorist group running around beheading smokers, these folks were nonchalantly smoking while dining in what appeared to be a public venue. While I’m sure the small scene I saw is not representative of the entire population of Syria, I’m now interested to hear about the enforcement of smoking bans from a Syrian (we now know Frank has had visitors from Syria in the past year, so maybe someone will chime in).

  6. smokingscot says:

    Very impressive set of stats Frank. I see your message isn’t being picked up in a raft of nations in central Africa as well as Cuba and Surinam – and I don’t think South Sudan is on any “internet” map. Those aside it really is a worldwide phenomenon.

    You do good Squire. Certainly it’s the best virtual coffee shop or pub there is and your regulars are a good bunch of folks.

    Even the occasional interloper is good sport. Fun to play with if they dare say anything, but best they just hang around outside and observe.

    So to all you guys and gals – and Frank, most especially Frank, thanks for a brill 2015 and all the best for the coming year (with the Scottish Assembly elections in May, the COP in New Dehli and of course the Presidential race to look forward to)!

  7. Rose says:

    A very Happy New Year to All and Congratulations, Frank, on the ongoing success of your virtual online cyber pub, where would we be without it?
    A wonderful place to talk, with new information and ideas coming in everyday.

  8. nisakiman says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Frank, and to all the people who gather here in this virtual pub to discuss the various subjects that come up.

    I found the interactive map quite fascinating. That you’ve had visitors from places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, not to mention more obscure places like Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan is amazing! Your appeal is truly international!

    Long may it continue!

    • Frank Davis says:

      It is rather fascinating. It sort of shows how closed a society China remains, and how open Russia is. I’d expect to get a bit more traffic from India than I do, given that they speak English (or many of them do). I’m not very surprised if sub-Saharan Africa has never looked at my blog, given that there probably isn’t any internet at all in many places.

  9. Steven1951 says:

    To Frank and everybody who contributes to this site a very happy and prosperous new year from myself and fellow smokers in Leeds.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      To all the freedom fighters out there fighting in the trenches everyday. May 2016 be the year we see some repeals start rolling in. Happy New Year it can only get brighter for smokers from here on out. The steam has started to run out of TC.

  10. junican says:

    Although I don’t have your numbers, Frank, I too get views from all over the world. Indeed, Africa is by and large the dark continent.
    My most viewed day in 2015 was over 500 view. An awful lot of them were from Australia that day, viewing my take on the Australian law on growing tobacco plants. If you google ‘the Australian law on growing tobacco plants’, my essay comes second after after the official frightener from the totalitarian, fascist Australian government.
    Anyway, keep up the attacks on the blatant persecution of smokers. The difference between ISIS beheading smokers and persecution by regulation is a matter of degree and not intent.
    Happy new year.

  11. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Only started blogging at the end of April, but I’ve got 3 New York subways full:

    https://roobeedoo2.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

    I’m kinda chuffed; they are smoking carriages… and I can’t even drive ;)

    Thank you, Frank, and to anyone who popped by last year.

    • Clicky says:

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Look who first invented the Passive smoking Fraud

        Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

        One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.

        That’s fine company are so called public health depts. keep with ehh!

        History can shed so much lite on todays own movement it just amazes the mind………..

        Hitler Youth had anti-smoking patrols all over Germany, outside movie houses and in entertainment areas, sports fields etc., and smoking was strictly forbidden to these millions of German youth growing up under Hitler.”

  12. Cecily Collingridge says:

    Happy New Year Frank and friends.
    Resolutions:
    1) Pick a date in the year to be an annual day of action
    2) Pick name/s for annual award/s – nicotine nazi (international, national, local) of the year
    3) Elicit nominations for said awards 2016

    Let’s get the ball rolling…

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  15. harleyrider1978 says:

    “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

    Winston Churchill

  16. cherie79 says:

    As I recall it was if you are not a socialist at 20 you have no heart, if you are still one at 30 you have no brain. Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for 2016.

  17. Happy New Year to everyone!!!

    (No progress with the Pi2 but more quiet time is needed for that.)

    Crunchy numbers

    The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 380,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 16 days for that many people to see it.

    The busiest day of the year was June 22nd with 4,945 views. The most popular post that day was The Black Lung Lie.

    I’m in awe of ranking Nr.4 of most active commenters :)

  18. churchmouse says:

    Congratulations, Frank, on your splendid stats!

    All best wishes to you and your readers for a happy, healthy, prosperous — and smokin’ — 2016!

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