Dyske Suematsu
Since the beginning
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I think, theorize, and write about highly irrelevant matters.
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Re: Poll Position (Quality and Quantity vs Frequency)

I think Bob makes a good point.

Knowing that it comes 5 days a week, diminishes the significance of the
news. I'm subscribed to CNN's news alert, and surprisingly they do not abuse
it. They only send me an email when there is a major news story. So,
whenever it comes in, I take it seriously, and I read it as soon as it comes
in. Some week, I might receive 5, other weeks, I might receive none.

The more frequently it comes in, the less significance it would have
psychologically. Beyond a certain number, I would want a service that
notifies me of the important ones out of all the Net Art News. If this
becomes necessary, it would be unfortunate. At that point, Net Art News
would be just another post on RAW.

I think Bob's suggestion is a sound one. It's a compromise of the two. You
keep the minimum, but can be increased depending on the number of
significant news items that comes up every week.



Re: Unique Visits

Now, I'm going to sound like I'm defending my low rank on Alexa, but the
problem with that service is that it is highly inaccurate. Here is a quote
from their own site:

" Generally, Traffic Rankings of 100,000+ should be regarded as not reliable
because the amount of data we receive is not statistically significant.
Conversely, the more traffic a site receives (the closer it gets to the
number 1 position), the more reliable its Traffic Ranking becomes."

I've checked this against the data I have access to for the sites that my
company hosts. The only one that seem to match up with the actual analysis
of the server logs is my alllooksame.com

144,917 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=alllooksame.com

Here is another site that I have:

3,043,334 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=painintheenglish.com

Compare this with DYSKE.COM

3,861,449 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=dyske.com

The latter comes out below the former, but according to FastStats Analyzer,
the average daily visitors are as follows:

PainInTheEnglish.com = 111

Total visiting users per month:
PainInTheEnglish.com = 3,337
DYSKE.COM = 12,973

These are pretty substantial differences that Alexa is not capable of


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-list@rhizome.org [mailto:owner-list@rhizome.org]On Behalf Of
Curt Cloninger
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 2:32 AM
To: dyske@dyske.com
Cc: list@rhizome.org
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: Re: Unique Visits

hi dyske,

i did this project last year:

which led to this fallout:

also, check web-wide comparative traffic ratings (least to most visited):
3,861,449 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=dyske.com
2,345,992 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=mteww.com
903,833 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=playdamage.org
707,768 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=lab404.com
431,201 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?urlez.org
295,983 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=potatoland.org
241,314 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=rhizome.org
239.340 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=jodi.org
148,995 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=praystation.com
57,789 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=sfmoma.org
51,156 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=zefrank.com
31,075 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=k10k.net
1,066 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=homestarrunner.com
5 http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=google.com



Unique Visits

Oddly, I had just written an essay about Website traffic a day before. I was
fascinated by the fact that no one seems to have a clear picture of how web
traffic is distributed along the percentile of all websites. For instance,
if you get 50 visitors a day, what percentile are you in? Is your site
above, below, or around the average?

When you hear that some sites like Instapundit.com are getting over 80,000
visitors a day, you think that your site which is getting, say, 100 visitors
a day seems to be very low in the ranks. Well, you are not. According to my
study, 100 visitors a day would place you around the top 35 percentile. So,
you wonder, when does it jump from 100 to 80,000? You can see it on my
graph. It happens around top 1 percentile. Compared to what happens once you
reach that top 1 percentile, any increase in visitors before that is
miniscule. I conclude that this is how fame works. The vest majority of us
are nobody. The difference between the top 2 percentile and the very bottom
percentile is negligible compared to the popularity of the top 1 percentile.

Here is my essay:




The Homeless Museum (HoMu) launches online


Hi all,

The Homeless Museum (HoMu) is a project by Filip Noterdaeme. I helped him d=
esign and build the web component of it. He is an interesting artist who wo=
rked for various museums in his working career. Many artists find their ins=
pirations in the work they do for a living. In his case, it was the busines=
s of running a museum.

The physical component of the HoMu moves around from one place to another, =
relying on the generocity of anyone who could spare him a space. The projec=
t is "homeless" in many ways, often one aspect contradicting another. It is=
n't so much about homeless people as it is about the notion of homelessness=
. For an artist, not having a gallery to represent him/her can create a sen=
se of homelessness. In our culture, both artists and their artwork find the=
ir homes in galleries and museums, which seems rather absurd if you conside=
r the fact that the institutions are inherently alien to the artists. Art s=
hould feel at home in the hearts and the souls of the artists themselves. F=
ilip Noterdaeme critiques and parodies the effect the institutions of art h=
ave on the artists in making them feel homeless.



The Works of Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Hi all,

I wrote a review of Jonah Brucker-Cohen's work after seeing him at Upgrade!