Patterico's Pontifications

1/4/2004

FREQUENTLY UNASKED QUESTIONS (FUQs)

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 1:26 pm

Taking a cue (read: stealing) from Harry Shearer (as is my wont), I have decided to do a post of Frequently Unasked Questions, or FUQs. A link to this post will remain on the main page.

Who are you?

Not tellin’. Not that it’s some big secret. You can probably find out who I am — if you really care. Indeed, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll figure it out sooner or later. I just want to make you work a little bit.

Where does the name “Patterico” come from?

My dad used to call me this sometimes when I was a kid.

How do you pronounce “Patterico”?

Patter-EE-koh.

Why do you run this site?

I explained this in the second post I ever did:

My initial intent with this page is to provide an outlet for my rants that I have in the past sent to people via e-mail. Mass e-mails mean that my opinions may be forced upon people who might not want to hear them. This blog cures that problem, since by definition you have to seek out the page to read the opinion. On the other hand, the blog format has its disadvantages — mainly in that my opinions cannot be forced upon people who don’t want to hear them.

I am still working on a regime whereby my opinions are forcibly jammed down people’s throats, whether they like it or not.

What is the “Dog Trainer“?

The term is a light-hearted reference to the Los Angeles Times. The origin of the phrase is explained in this post. Basically, I stole it from Harry Shearer (just like the title of this post!).

Do you really think the Dog Trainer thinks you are Public Enemy #1?

I average a few hundred anywhere from 1000-4000 visits a day. The Los Angeles Times has a circulation of over one million about 900,000. What do you think?

Of course, their circulation keeps going down, and my traffic has steadily increased . . . But it’s quite some time before those particular trend lines are likely to meet. By then, I’ll be long since dead.

[UPDATE 6-14-10: I'm now up to 12,000 to 15,000 hits per day. They're down to a print circulation of 723,000 per day. Those lines are going to cross any day now!]

Do you think you are Public Enemy #1?

According to the internet (which knows everything), this title used to belong to Al Capone, and now belongs to spam. I wouldn’t dare presume to place myself in such illustrious company.

I may update this post from time to time, if I think of other questions that people never bother asking me.

10 Responses to “FREQUENTLY UNASKED QUESTIONS (FUQs)”

  1. Heh, heh. You said “fuq.”

    Butt-Head (6d213c)

  2. Too much Monkey Business. From a song that was popular when I actually paid for the LAT.

    Rod Stanton (f10b45)

  3. Dear Mr. Patterico:

    I am doing some research into the liberal media. You see, I am a liberal and I keep looking for the liberal media and only find conservatives. So I am following all the leads of conservatives whining (sorry, I meant complaining) about the liberals controlling the media. So I am making it a point to investigate all the leads. You quoted a newsday article about a Georgia man who killed himself at Ground Zero over George W. Bush’s reelection. You said “The story and everybody quoted therein miss the point: there was obcviously something wrong with this man that went deeper than politics. I guess it makes a good news story to say that he killed himself over Bush’s election, but there’s obviously much about the man’s mental state that we’re not being told.

    You provided a link to that Newsday report so I read the article. Only one line in the article speculated as to the man’s motivations and it said, “A source said Veal may have been suffering from some personal problems, though his family has told authorities that he was very upset about the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush’s re-election.”

    If this is an example of liberal bias to get a quote from the family and summarizing that quote then I guess I’m missing the point. Perhaps you could enlighten me as to where the liberalism is here.

    Thank you for reading this post. Hope you can straiten me out.

    F. Klus

    F Klus (4e5fe8)

  4. I am pleased that you are investigating all the leads. While you’re at it, why not investigate this, and this. That’s a few hundred leads for you.

    Patterico (756436)

  5. What is your email address?
    You have mine. As well as my street address if you go back a month or so.
    Rod Stanton
    Cerritos

    Rod Stanton (7edfd7)

  6. I saw your comments on Rick Healeay. I’m married to his first cousin. Rick did not want a memorial service, but his family is planning to meet to celebrate his life. I wanted to know if you & any of his friends would like to contribute any stories about Rick or some of his “quips”? I wanted to present them to his daughter. If you have a private email, I can give you additional information if you would like to contribute.

    Thank you.

    Linda (85f839)

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