Sunday, April 5, 2015

A question for the readers

Is there some scam I don't know about, or a clickbait website that lures a gullible Ukrainian audience by offering them access to the world of wonder and delight that is Riddled? Because this is our readership right now:

Eucrane politics and culture are not exactly high-rotation themes at the Riddled World of Science and Cowshed Maintenance, with a passing allusion to the two "blue" terms in the Eukrainian colour lexicon, and a one-off use of a Kurelek painting.

I am also concerned by their dependence upon IE and Windoze.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Perhaps the NSA is responsible.

JP said...

I could ask my friend Євген if something about Riddles has a special appeal to the Ukrainian psyche, but I have certain doubts about that explanation.

There's a lot of shady комп'ютер stuff that goes on in Ukraine, as in Russia; you've prob'ly got a case of what's called "referrer spam."

Either that or it's all part of the cosmic unconsciousness or something and I've set something off in the global antakarana, because I have not (yet) sent out any emails to Ukrainian friends saying, Гей, хлопці, подивіться на цей блог!

H. Rumbold, Master Barber said...

Come for the tractors, stay for the babushkas!

JP said...

BTW, Smut, in regards to your disappointment about Czech and therefore prob'ly Western Slavic languages in general not having two words for blue, I can say with certainty that Polish does - "niebieski," light blue, related to the word for "sky," and "granatowy," the etymology of which is still opaque to me. (It can't be from "granit" - granite, I don't think.) There's also błękitny, cognate with Belarussian and Ukrainian, which is another word for "light blue."

I assumed that Czech, by analogy, must have a similar setup, but Czech is weird in a lot of ways.

JP said...

^ Polish W---pedia tells me that "granatowy," dark blue, comes from the word for pomegranate, which seems very odd.

Sirius Lunacy said...

21 from Ukraine, 10 from USA and a Brazillion from South America!

Smut Clyde said...

"Referrer spam" sounds plausible. Lots of skeevy ".ru" sites showing up in the referrer statistics.

I can say with certainty that Polish does - "niebieski," light blue, related to the word for "sky," and "granatowy," the etymology of which is still opaque to me. (It can't be from "granit" - granite, I don't think.) There's also błękitny,

I acquired a copy of Stanulewicz' 2010 paper on "Polish terms for 'blue'", which mentions granatowy 'navy blue' and błękitny 'sky blue'. Both are marginally more salient than 'beige'.

Czech is weird in a lot of ways.
Oh my yes. I can pronounce the r-háček sound, 2 tries out of 3. It has 'blankytný', but that doesn't show up in the data.

JP said...

Both are marginally more salient than 'beige'.

It is highly likely that, having learned Russian first (it was my first foreign language, oddly enough) I have been incorrectly analogizing the синий/голубой thing to Polish all along. It's true, now that I think of it, that "niebieski" really is the generic Polish word for blue, and "granatowy" and "błękitny" are far less commonly used. Poles will argue over whether the latter are colors in themselves or just shades of "niebieski," whereas Russians would never argue about синий and голубой being different colors, any more than English speakers would argue about "red" vs. "pink."

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

If I had to guess, I'd reckon that a passel of Ukrainian college girls decided that you had an enticingly large forehead and forwarded your picture to their friends.

Yastreblyansky said...

My Ukrainian readers, of whom there are many, have a remarkable ability to synchronize their visits, as if they were all in the same room working under a conductor. It's nice to imagine classroomsful of Ukrainians led by their teachers to catch up with the latest results from Riddled Laboratories, but I cannot see why the rest of us should deserve such close attention.

fish said...

They are the only ones who get the jokes. Or maybe they don't think they are jokes. I get confused.

JP said...

Happy Dyngus Day, everybody!

Smut Clyde said...

Today's leading sources of traffic:

JP said...

It's an odd assortment, for sure. Two of the Russian-language sites seem like fairly legit, normal websites/blogs - one on medical issues, and one on do-it-yourself home/garden stuff. Color me puzzled.

A couple are obviously pretty typical skeevy .ru pirate sites, and then you've got the pr0n site. A friend of mine once opined that you can learn a lot about a culture by looking at its pr0n, but at least in the Internet age, all I have "learned"* is that men** all over the world like pretty much the same things: "lesbians," boobs, and anal sex. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

*Uhhh, not that I spend that much time looking at pr0n or anything.
**Or, well, whoever.