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Today’s Odds & Ends

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Byron the Quokka reports 58,268 comments received so far. That leaves 1,732 to go to reach our goal of 60,000.

As a prize, he thinks we should offer a train. “Sixty thousand is a big deal,” he explains, “it deserves a big prize.” But I don’t think I can afford a train.

My knee is still a mess, although not as painful as it was two days ago. I appreciate your prayers.

I’ve just discovered I have these little “^ ^ ^” symbols on my keyboard. What are they for? In fact, just looking at it now, I have a lot of keys whose purposes are unknown to me. And if you think I’m going to press any of them, away wi’ ye!

Unless it simply can’t be helped, I don’t plan to cover any nooze today.

Special to “TheWhiteRabbit”–Burt Kwok has nothing to do with quokkas. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.

I Am Injured (Oh, Fap!)

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I don’t know how I did this, but my right knee is a mess and I find it hard to get around today.

The other day I woke up with some stiffness and soreness in the knee. It must have been the merest little misstep, too trivial to be noticed or remembered, that did the damage, probably the day before. It was stiffer and sorer yesterday, so I, er, reasoned that a little walk would do me good. Just a little walk downtown to the pharmacy, to get Robbie’s medicine. Just the ticket to get the knee back into shape.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I barely made it home. And you don’t need to ask why I haven’t gone to the doctor, do you?

The last time I had a knee injury, it happened in a judo match (right in front of all my students) and I had to be carted off on a stretcher. You don’t forget a thing like that. This time, I just don’t know what happened.

I’m praying time and rest and our Lord’s good grace will heal me.

New Milestone Comment Contest!

Is the Quokka a Real Animal?

G’day, everybody! Those quokkas up there in the picture are a few of the deans we’ve picked for Quokka University. From left to write, clockwise: Dr. Jimbo, Dean of Something or Other, Dr. Mimsy, Dean of Flattery, and Dr. Reggie, Dean of Play-Doh–every college needs a good supply of Play-Doh!

Lee has just told me he wants me to run another comment contest, like I don’t already have enough to do. This is a big one, though: we’re shooting for Comment No. 60,000! It takes my breath away, just thinking about it.

Just now we have 58,085 comments, so we need 1,915 more. Lee thinks he’s giving it plenty of lead time, but I dunno–something tells me we’ll hit 60,000 faster than he thinks.

And what about the prize? What’ll you win if you post No. 60,000? If it was up to me, it’d be a bicycle, or a ship–but I just work here, y’know? The guy wants to give out one of his books as the prize. I guess you can’t blame him. We’ll see–maybe I can talk him into something a little snazzier than that.

Anyway, let’s start the ball rolling with some sharp, witty, subcutaneous comments!

We’ve Set Another Record

Breaking Records – Sarah Krycinski

Wahoo! We’ve set a new record here for views in one month. March 2020, you’re the new champeen!

The old record was 11,484, set in October 2019. The new record is 11,550–with half the afternoon and the whole night still to go.

Thanks to all of you, readers, commenters, regular and casual viewers. The next mark to shoot for is, I think, 12,000 views in a month. Hard to believe that’s possible; but we’re really not that far from doing it.

I wonder if I should mark the occasion by opening a new comment contest. I must consult with Byron the Quokka, see if he can run it for me. They’re awful busy, founding Quokka University. Trying to choose a mascot, I hear. Suggestions welcome.

Would you believe it? Tomorrow’s April Fool’s Day already. It feels like it was just Valentine’s Day a week ago.

Birthday Greetings: Lydia

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Happy birthday, Lydia! We hear you’re now 18!

Lee asked me to tell you that you’re a star on his blog and everybody here loves you. As if Byron the Quokka needed to be asked! Crikey, he put me in charge of all the birthday stuff. I’m doing it!

Let us know the next time you’re coming to Rottnest Island, and we’ll save a place for you in the Clue game.

Can This Blog Scale the Heights?

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How do you tell if your blog is successful? I have no idea, really. See “Our Mission Statement” to see what we’re trying to do here–Christian fellowship, among other purposes.

But how do I tell if I’m doing it? Again, I don’t know. I think it ought to be something to do with numbers. For instance, here are some numbers we’ve never achieved here.

One thousand views in a day. Closest I came was 800-and-something, once. Just once.

Twelve thousand views in a month. Made it over 11,000 a few times, but never up to 12,000.

A post getting 50 to 100 views in one day. I’ve come to think of 20 views in a day as a successful post. I wonder what it’d take to get 50. Coupons, maybe?

And then there’s the “Be careful what you wish for!” caveat. I want to provide a nice resource for people. I want to sell more books–I mean, every author wants to see his books read. Not much point writing ’em, if no one reads ’em. But I think I’d rather not become Famous. That just paints a target on your back. I don’t want to turn into a talking head (like that awful thing in That Hideous Strength). I don’t want to start sounding Important. You can’t be Important and still write Violet Crepuscular.

I am willing to teach a course in literature at Quokka U., if they decide to have a course in literature. Beyond that, I think writers should write. Not run around being empty metal drums that go “Bong!” when they crash into a tree.

So I wonder if any of those aforementioned (and how often do I get to use that word?) blog numbers are actually attainable.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

‘Keep the Komments Klean, Please’ (2015)

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Happily, we’re always adding readers to this blog–and, I hope, many of them will want to post comments. For their benefit, here are some of the rules we follow here.


It was tremendously liberating, when I realized that I didn’t have to publish comments by trolls, but could simply delete them as soon as I saw them. I don’t want to join the Speech Police, but I will enforce the rules.

It’s so easy, in the social media, for one little drip to pretend he’s several dozen different people as he attacks a Christian blog for not being Far Left Crazy. Note to same: we do see through you, sunshine. Don’t think we don’t.

A Purely Personal Note

I had to unclog the bathroom sink’s drain this morning… and voila! Fifteen minutes–a new world’s record. If Julius Caesar were a guy who unclogged bathroom sinks, he’d be me.

So before this good mood passes, let me post this song for no other reason than I’ve always loved it and I’d like to share it with you: Sweet Betsy from Pike, sung by Burl Ives. It’s an ancient folk song so there are a hundred different versions of it; but they all start with Betsy and Ike trying to cross the mountain.

Anybody thinking about a contest to create a school song or a cheer for Quokka U.? Maybe I’d better just back off and leave it to Byron.

Time for a cigar.

Yeesh, I’m Tired!

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The weather changed radically today, temperature up 25 degrees from the weekend–and yeesh, I’m beat! If I feel like this on Monday, what’s going to be left of me by Friday?

Somehow I made it to the supermarket, cranked out a Newswithviews column, and managed a few blog posts. I should ride my bike, but I’m too tired.

Spending a couple hours reading and writing about public education, that’ll wear out anyone who has a soul.

We’re still trying to find a way to post the full cover of His Mercy Endureth Forever, but so far the computer has defeated us at every turn. Even Patty hasn’t been able to find the way.

Doctor visits set for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Oh-blah-dee, oh-blah-da…

My Turn to Fade?

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We’ve been trying all morning to post the whole cover of His Mercy Endureth Forever, and it just ain’t workin’.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s blog had a two-year low in viewership. I don’t know about these past several days. Ian Malcolm in the Jurassic Park books would probably be able to explain it in terms of Chaos Theory, but that’d be perfectly good science wasted on me.

I have no idea how I’m going to crank out a Newswithviews article this week. I have doctor visits Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I’m not even sure I’ll be able to keep this blog afloat.

Maybe if I go outside and have a cigar, inspiration will descend on me.

See you in a bit.

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