- Marcel’s got some fantastic photos of skyscrapers in vertical perspective.
- Great spring photos at The Big Picture
- Understanding Christianese: Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, Lesson 4 (via Friendly Atheist)
- Die Ergebnisse des UFO-Bilder-Fälscherwettbewerbs.
- The theory of relativity as a song: (via Astrodicticum)
- Guess everyone’s seen this video of the already, but anyway:
- Das Fellmonster erklärt die Rätsel der Menschheit: Außerirdische entführen Menschen — was steckt wirklich dahinter und wie kam es dazu?
- Das Unwort-Jahrbuch 2008 – Bastis “unseriöse, unerhört unpolitische Ungereimtheiten” = Blog-Beiträge des Jahres in einem PDF
- Great photos from the Space Shuttle Endeavour
- 20 professional fonts – for free (via a blog about nothing)
Now what are the results – as far as they concern myself – of the incredible TV muck, erm, “experiment” called “Uri Geller live – Ufos & Aliens” about which I reported more or less live?
- A new record on Saturday that didn’t last long: WP.com-Stats counted 2826 page views (probably not 12am CET being their limit, but UTC), including 768 for the pre-report and 1120 for the live report. The best value since the start of my blog, even better than the 2549 in February – also thanks to Uri Geller.
The visitor run continued on Sunday: 3068 total, 1126 for the pre-report and 809 for the live report. On early Sunday afternoon, the average of the last 6 months was already reached in November.
- Almost all searchers arrived at the pre-report initially – which I expected and placed a big link there. (And of course this also contributed to the high total page views.) The pre-report was also in Google.de’s top 5 for several search word combinations, sometimes even ahead of ProSieben, the show’s TV station. And the highest-placed blog.
- Bloggerei.de counted on Saturday until midnight 423 unique visitors1 for the live report, which was enough for no. 12 in the top topics list; there were a total of 1295 visitors on Saturday. (Which also means that another estimated 350-400 visitors were satisfied with the pre-report. Or unsatisfied and left again. Or didn’t notice the link after all.)
On Sunday, I temporarily reached no. 5 in the top topics and rank 28 in the top blogs list, as far as I noticed (there’s no history) – 2110 unique visitors total, about 700 for the live report.
Addendum: Originally I had left out the data from browser-statistik.de in order to not overload this post with numbers, but since Jan, who operates the site, cried so heart-rendingly (“ ”), I added them now: 2751 pages accessed by 1111 visitors on Saturday, 3061 pages by 2002 visitors on Sunday. Which put me on no. 9 on the charts there.
- According to whos.amung.us, there were up to 53 online at the same time – even if that tool isn’t known for its reliability, it rather has outages (sometimes for hours) than counting too much.
- Originally I had planned to update my report in every or every other commercial break – but when there still was none on 9pm (there apparently were rather few commercial customers), I quickly uploaded the first part (in German) anyway; after all, there were already several readers and a few comments.
- 13 commenters wrote 35 comments during the show; more were added later on – thanks!
The ratings were surprisingly low, rather disastrous for ProSieben – here’s the top 5 of Saturday’s primetime (source: teletexts):
|Sat.1||Chronicles of Narnia (movie)||5.56 Mio.||18.9%||3.25 Mio||27.6%|
|RTL||Das Supertalent (casting show)||5.55 Mio.||18.8%||3.09 Mio.||26.2%|
|ARD||Musikantenstadl (“folk” music)||5.32 Mio.||17.8%|
|ZDF||Unter Verdacht (TV movie)||4.57 Mio.||15.2%|
|Pro7||Uri Geller live||1.40 Mio.||4.8%||0.85 Mio.||7.3%|
|Rerun on Sunday morning||0.54 Mio.||6.1%||0.38 Mio.||8.6%|
Now does ARD being that far ahead of Pro7 speak for the intelligence of the TV audience or against it…?
- 423? 42 and 23 blended together? Conspiracy!!!! [↩]
…criticism, grumbling, call it what you want. At any rate, here I’m writing about today’s show “Uri Geller live – Ufos & Aliens – Das unglaubliche Live-Experiment” (“The incredible live experiment”) on ProSieben (Germany).
You can even have your own message sent into space – but if you’re hoping for a real reply, you’re hoping in vain, the distances are just too long, and if there actually are intelligent beings “out there”, they’d have to understand the messages in the first place. No matter how pretentious the chief spoon fiddler’s talk is (my translation):
“Anything can happen”, Uri Geller says. He, too, has a personal message for the aliens: “We open our hearts and out thoughts for you. We strongly believe that you are somewhere out there. Please show yourselves in the night of November 15. The people will look out their windows and wait for your signal.”
Be careful, Uri, when the people look out the windows, they miss the commercials, and ProSieben won’t like that!
- Mysticism eccentric Nina Hagen – present despite her recent virus illnes.
- Ancient astronaut dreamer Erich von Däniken.
- “The Next Uri Geller” (Germany) winner Vincent Raven.
- “A man and a woman who, according to their own statement, first met in a spaceship. Today they are a couple and will be asked about their experiences with aliens during the show under hypnosis.” Oh dear.
- By telephone from the USA: Edgar Mitchell – Apollo 14 astronaut and ufo believer. Note that the former is no basis of a higher credibility of the latter.
- Host will be the same as for “The Next Uri Geller”: Stefan Gödde.
What did ali comment at Florian’s live blogging (German) who’d also have liked to read along (translated):
But I’m already appointed for a fondue. Lots of cheese, too, but better.
Well then bon appetit – which I also wish my readers with this nice mess. After commercials with aliens in them in talk talk talk for accomodation, they’re starting overly punctual with Gödde’s and Geller’s prerecorded introduction and the Ukrainian radiotelescope, Geller promises that some of us will receive a reply, and the raven guy will take care of the soul contact – but somehow I’m missing the warning message “Don’t try this at home!” from the magic show…
A pale head with alien face tattoo on its back was briefly seen, then Gödde alredy starts with a lie by saying there will be messages sent into space for the first time – more respectable people have done so already via radio and space probes as well as more or less intentional all radio and TV stations for a long time.
But first a little film as introduction with some “c-lebrities” and Geller himself saying a few sentences. Geller says we’d deserve a true answer. From him? Impossible. Impossible in a different sense, too, the amount of applause he gets when entering the stage and reporting about his large ball of light as a child. The biggest experiment of his life is what is supposed to happen tonight – I rather think that was the test whether his cheap spoon trick would bring him success back then – and us viewers are to get pen and paper ready.
Switch to the Deep Space Center in Evpatoria/Ukraine, brief introduction of the radiotelescope – no money left for 16:9 in the recording, apparently, the presenter colleague Daniel Aminati looked quite fat. Direction of the ‘scope will be the star Hip 4872, 310 trillion kilometers away from us (32.8 lightyears, in the area of the Cassiopeia constellation). And the speed of light is “absolute madness” for him.