This is our 2000th post on CatSynth. It’s appropriate that it is both an (almost) Wordless Wednesday and features Luna.
This is our 2000th post on CatSynth. It’s appropriate that it is both an (almost) Wordless Wednesday and features Luna.
Today marks our 6th anniversary! It’s amazing to think that we have been going on with this for 6 years. The past year has been a good one, in terms of quality of the post and engagement with readers here on the blog as well as via Facebook and Twitter, and we’re looking forward to an even better year ahead.
And we are celebrating as we always do, with statistics.
258 reviews of art, music and technology.
621 catsynth pics and videos.
57% of posts feature cats
19% of posts feature Luna
Most frequently-cited synthesizer brands:
Via Google Analytics, a map of where people are visiting from:
The non-anglophone country that sent the most visitors to CatSynth is Germany.
Our top commenters for July 2011-July 2012:
|Tillie and Georgia||135|
|Sue St Clair||46|
|Beth @ 990 Square||44|
|Daisy the Curly Cat||39|
|Cafe au lait||37|
|Louis la Vache||33|
|Maria @ LSS||32|
|The Chair Speaks||31|
|caite@a lovely shore breeze||29|
|Robin from Israel||27|
|Carol @ There’s Always Thyme to Cook||24|
|Katz (And Other) Tales||21|
|Cats of Wildcat Woods||18|
Our most commented articles this past year:
|Happy Birthday Luna!||36|
|Happy Gotcha Day, Luna!||27|
|Wordless Wednesday: Green Window||26|
|Wordless Wednesday: Cat and Koi Street Art||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Installation views of upcoming show||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Portals||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Blue Barrels||23|
|Wordless Wednesday: Oakland Maze||23|
|Wordless Wednesday: View from Brooklyn||23|
|Wordless Wednesday: Ominous Sky||22|
|Wordless Wednesday: Ferguson||22|
|Dona Nobis Pacem||22|
|Wordless Wednesday: Union and Octavia||22|
|Wordless Wednesday: Looking Upward||21|
|Wordless Wednesday: Quicksilver||20|
|Wordless Wednesday: LACMA||20|
|Wordless Wednesday: Jungle Cat||20|
|Wordless Wednesday: Doll and Fish||19|
|Wordless Wednesday: Mystery Sunburst from New York||19|
And finally, the posts most “liked” by Facebook users.
|Broadside Attractions | Vanquished Terrains at Intersection for the Arts||40|
|CatSynth pic: Happy Minimoog Monday (On Tuesday)||37|
|CatSynth pic: Bengal Cheetah Cat on a Moog Little Phatty||22|
|CatSynth pic: Bessie and Korg Monotron||21|
|Pas Musique and Thomas/Levin duo, Luggage Store Gallery||21|
|CatSynth pic: Mog Moog||20|
|CatSynth pic: Missy and Nord||20|
|Paul Stapleton improvisation sets, Luggage Store Gallery||17|
|CatSynth pic: Mimi and Korg MS-20||16|
|CatSynth pic: Techno Puff (JL Cooper CS-32)||16|
|CatSynth pic: Binary Heap||16|
|CatSynth pic: VideoCat and Korg Mono/Poly||16|
|CatSynth pic: Video the cat with Wurlitzer and Fender||15|
|CatSynth pic: Steerke and Korg Mono/Poly||14|
|ReCardiacs Fly, Surplus 1980, PG13 at Hemlock Tavern||13|
|CatSynth pic: Lenny||13|
|Robert Reich at #OccupySF||13|
|CatSynth pic: I smell a rat||12|
|Alan Turing and Computability||12|
It is quite interesting how the set of posts receiving the most blog comments and those receiving the most Facebook likes are completely disjoint. The former tends towards Wordless Wednesday and Luna, while the latter tends towards cat-and-synth pics and art/music reviews. Certainly something to reflect on as we move forward into this next year.
Today we mark the 5th Anniversary of CatSynth!
I started this site on July 19, 2006 as a novelty when a friend and former colleague at E-MU systems suggested that I “should make a website about cats and synths.”
Every anniversary we feature the photo of Luna from the inaugural post.
I still have that Novation keyboard, though it does not get used as often of late. Luna of course still is very territorial about that beanbag chair. Times have changed a bit, here is an iconic photo of Luna from this past year, this time with an iPad app (in this case, the Smule Magic Piano):
Another quirky way we like to celebrate is with statistics. First the basics:
0.85 posts per day.
5.63 comments per post.
476 posts featuring cats and synthesizers.
195 reviews (and gig reports).
Even after five years, people from around the world continue to send us pictures of cats and music gear. These days most of those come via our Facebook, which together with twitter has become a major way people engage with this site.
From Google Analytics (which we finally got working properly over the past year), here is an overview of where our visitors come from around the world.
By far and away most of our visitors are from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France and Germany. I’m gratified to see so many visitors from India, though I’m curious why we never receive any comments from there…
It’s also interesting to look at cities.
Not surprisingly, the top cities are San Francisco and New York. In Google, it’s SF followed by NYC, while in Facebook, New York is the top city.
Our most popular posts judged by number of visitors are the annual endangered wild cats on earth day. Over the past year, our most commented posts were:
|Wordless Wednesday: Herman (Groundhog Day)||35|
|Wordless Wednesday: Doll and Metal Beams||28|
|Wordless Wednesday: 6506 (Baker Beach)||27|
|Wordless Wednesday: Matzoh Man||27|
|Happy Birthday Luna!||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: 7643 (New York, Late Autumn)||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Wet Paint||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Mosaic with Saxophones||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Summer Solstice||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Harrison Street Hipstomatic||23|
Our top commenters the past year:
|Mickey, Georgia and Tillie||146|
|The Chair Speaks||66|
|Daisy the Curly Cat||48|
|Cats of Wildcat Woods||41|
|Beth @ 990 Square||40|
Thanks to all our friends (in time zones earlier than U.S. Pacific Daylight Time) who already sent in comments for the anniversary, and to the Cat Blogosphere for their anniversary shout-out!
And while we will continue to keep doing what we do, it has been more of a challenge over this past year to keep up with posts, especially the longer-form reviews. There is a trade between doing music and art, and writing about people doing music and art. But I still love doing everything here, and will find a way…
1500, cat, farsifa, keyboard, Synthesizers
Facebook provides a number of interesting statistics about fans, one of which is the cities (or metropolitan areas) in which they reside. The top cities for CatSynth are not surprising: New York City is #1, with San Francisco and other Bay Area communities high on the list. But one has consistently stuck out among the top cities: Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Today we pay tribute to this rather surprising enclave of CatSynth Facebook fans in our own unique way: a “Fun with Highways” article.
Saint Catharines is located in the Niagara region of Ontario, on the southwest edge of Lake Ontario, not far from Niagara Falls. It’s official nickname is the “Garden City” and is unofficially nicknamed “St Kitts” by people in the area (thanks to regular reader Sue St. Clair for providing this insight).
The city is served by two major highways (known as 400-series highways in Ontario): highway 406 and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which connects Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls to Toronto. The QEW has an interesting history, not only for its name but also its distinction as one of the oldest divided highways in Canada. Below one can see the Garden City Skyway portion of the QEW spanning the city’s other historic transportation feature, the Welland Canal.
[Public domain image via Wikipedia]
One of the first long road trips with my family growing up went through Niagara Falls and Toronto, and I’m sure I passed through Saint Catharines on the QEW with little notice, despite my penchant for staring out the window and observing road signs. One tragic story of the QEW in Saint Catharines involves the death of hockey star Tim Horton in an automobile accident – I mostly know about him not from hockey but as the eponymous late owner of the chain where my friends in Canada go to get their daily coffee.
Interestingly for a highway article, Saint Catharines is also home to the headquarters of the provincial Ministry of Transportation – or rather a headquarters of the Ministry of Transportation, as there seem to be several. Of course, the city is also home to many parks and gardens as the name would imply. One more iconic is Montebello Park.
[Public domain image via Wikipedia.]
The pavilion in the photo above overall has a very classic appearance that one would see in many town parks from this era. But that one structure on the left also evokes a more modernist aesthetic with its unadorned smooth curves. There is something very 1960s about it. Additionally, Montebello Park has a significant connection to Central Park in New York City which I leave as an exercise to the reader.
In light of today’s Nobel Prize award in peace, a little number-crunching of peace prizes by country (using this Wikipedia page as a data source). I actually did not guess this distribution in advance.
|Russia / USSR||2|
|Czech Republic / Austria-Hungary||1|
You can read a speech by the most recent winner Liu Xiaobo here.
Another year has past since we started this site four years ago. Thanks to everyone who already wished us a happy anniversary, and to the folks at the Cat Blogosphere for their shout-out today.
And just as we have with previous anniversaries, we are celebrating with statistics of questionable import.
Over the past four years, we have written 1220 posts, and readers have contributed 6699 comments. We have received 293,916 visits. This comes out to about 5.5 comments per post, and about 43 visits for every one comment left. We also have about 270 “catsynth pic” or “catsynth video” posts. Make of these numbers what you will.
In terms of tags and categories, there are not really any surprises. These top terms do reflect what the site continues to be about:
|weekend cat blogging||183|
|cats on tuesday||70|
|carnival of the cats||45|
We now turn to stats specific to the past year. The top five days for visits since July 19, 2009 are:
|November 6, 2009||1036|
|April 18, 2010||859|
|May 11, 2010||808|
|October 15, 2009||787|
|March 22, 2010||780|
Hmm, November 6, 2009. Who knew our post on Reconnaissance Fly and Noertker’s Moxie at the SIMM Series would get so much attention
The posts that received the most comments over the past year:
|Wordless Wednesday: Morning Sunshine||36|
|Wordless Wednesday: Cooper River Bridge, South Carolina||32|
|Wordless Wednesday: High Line||32|
|Dona Nobis Pacem: Blogblast for Peace!||31|
|Wordless Wednesday: Asians.com||28|
|Wordless Wednesday: Bay Bridge from Pier 14||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Yan’an Elevated Road, Shanghai||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Before Winter||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: 5946 (Vacant Lot, California)||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Three Circles||23|
|Wordless Wednesday: Coffee Cup on the Patio||23|
And the top commenters over the past year:
|Robin from Israel||38|
|Beth @ 990 Square||37|
|Katz (And Other) Tales||32|
|jams o donnell||47|
|Sniffie and the Florida Furkids||23|
|Cats of Wildcat Woods||22|
|Cafe Au Lait||17|
|The Chair Speaks||16|
These are the stats that change the most from year to year, as we welcome new readers and others fade away for any number of reasons. One interesting thing to note is our two top commenters (who have retained those spots for the last two years running) are both from Canada.
Our Facebook page gives us a new source of questionable stats to reflect upon. We have received about 30 contributions (pictures or videos). The city with the most declared CatSynth fans is New York. The countries with the most fans (after the United States) are Canada, the United Kingdom, and Finland. These are all plausible, but I am a bit skeptical of Facebook’s data gathering and presentation tools.
Thanks to everyone who has read and supported us, wherever you happen to be, and we’ll look forward to more over the next year…
I heard this report last night on Fresh Air, and then went to read the original article at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Here are some not-so-fun statistics:
It’s easy to forget sometimes, but your friends here at CatSynth could be targets for such groups. Far less of a danger than an auto accident, statistically speaking, but still…
“”Bigfoot the cat gets minimal on a Roland JD-800″
Bigfoot should really join in one of our Droneshift performances!
Today we at CatSynth publish our 1000th Post!
To mark this milestone, I created this mosaic featuring a few of Luna’s appearances:
[click to enlarge]
A few fun statistical facts about our first 1000 posts:
Here are the top 25 terms:
|weekend cat blogging||153|
|cats on tuesday||56|
|carnival of the cats||43|